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There’s More to Wine Tasting than the Wine
February 7th, 2012
Peggy Fiandaca

I was putting wine away in the cellar and I came across a bottle of 2008 Brick House Les Dijonnais Pinot Noir. It is amazing how a bottle of wine can transport you to a beautiful Newburg, Oregon afternoon in your past. On a neighbor’s recommendation (the neighbor just happened to be Patricia Green, award-winning winemaker in her own right), Doug Tunnell, Brick House’s winemaker welcomed us for a wine tasting (which he never does). Some four hours later, after talking about everything from politics, lady bugs, manure, organic farming, the Middle East, and wine we left with a case of fabulous Brick House wines and great stories to tell every time we open one.

That is what wine tasting should be about – making connections and creating memories. Next time you are wine tasting, instead of asking only about the wine, learn about the winemaker’s philosophy or vineyard management or the vision the winemaker had for that particular bottle of wine. Experience the nuances of the flavors and aromas with all five of your senses.

But most of all, walk away from the experience with a memory. It is our goal to have 1,000 friends buy Lawrence Dunham Vineyards’ wines and be able to tell a story about us while they pour our wine for their friends and family.