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Preview: Anne Amie Vineyards, Carlton Oregon

Anne Amie Vineyards, Carlton Oregon



Willamette Valley Cellar Blog with winemaker Thomas Houseman, winegrower Jason Tosch and Marketing Director Kim McLeodClick here to visit the Anne Amie Vineyards Website



Updated: 2010-03-12T09:36:02-08:00

 



Bottling time again

2010-03-12T09:55:06-08:00

Click on the photo to see 'Live' footage of this springs bottling process. Video is only displayed in Internet Explorer at this time. Please allow pop-ups. Safari, Firefox, Opera browsers are not supported.



March Wine of the Month

2010-03-04T17:40:39-08:00

March 2010, Wine of the Month 2006 Winemaker's Selection Pinot Noir Save 25% when you buy a 4-Pack 4 bottles for only $120 Try it before you buy it in the tasting room! 2006 Winemaker's Selection Pinot Noir is included on the Reserve Flight Reserve Flight tasting fee is only $10 (Refunded with a $50+ purchase) All tastings are complimentary for Wine Club Members Interested in how this wine is produced? Click here to view a tech sheet for the 2006 Winemaker's Selection Pinot Noir Try pairing your 2006 Winemaker's Selection Pinot Noir with some of these delicious matches: Garlic and Rosemary Steak Tagliatelle with Duck Confit Sauteed Wild Mushrooms Crusty Bread with Chevre and Black Cherry Chutney Pork Chops with Caramelized Cippolini Onions Some nice things people have said about our 2006 Winemaker's Selection Pinot Noir 90 Points -...



Dont Mess with Texas!

2010-03-01T15:02:16-08:00

People seem to have strong opinions and/or pre-conceived notions about Texas and its people. But, for those of you who’ve never been, let me set the record straight… Texas is awesome. And not just Austin. I spent the last week going from Houston to San Antonio to Austin to Dallas and to Fort Worth. If there’s one thing Texans know how to do – it’s eat and drink! Houston, the fourth largest city in the country, is a force to be reckoned with. With a population of over 2.2 million people, and a really busy airport, Houston was named one of the most progressive cities for Asian-fusion. The Houston Rodeo itself is the single largest volunteer organization – with over 22,000 volunteers participating each year. I spent the better part of Sunday pouring our Reserve Class Champion Wine – 2008...



Winter Dinner 2010

2010-02-23T17:23:28-08:00

Prep Work: The Menu: The Chef Paul Murphy: Service with a smile The Meal: Our Guests (always our favorite part of a dinner): At the end of the meal, Chef Paul Murphy was welcomed from the kitchen with a standing ovation by a room full of grateful palates. He and his crew turned out 9 incredible courses each paired with one, two, or three different wines. Thank you for such an amazing experience, and thank you to everyone who attended. I would like to say a very special thank you to our guest wineries Quady North, Vidon, and Winderlea. Your wines are stunning! It was a pleasure to welcome you into our home for the evening. Cheers! Ksandek Podbielski



Wine Events this weekend: San Francisco, Anderson Valley and Minnesota!

2010-02-17T17:46:15-08:00

We are excited to be a part of THREE great wine events this weekend. Saturday, February 20th - 5th Annual International Alsace Varietals Festival, Anderson Valley California If you’re in and around Anderson Valley, CA this weekend, Thomas and I will be pouring our pinot gris, riesling, muller-thurgau and pinot noir at the Grand Tasting at the Mendocino County Fairgrounds in Boonville. Stop by and say hello and enjoy ours and other Alsace-style wines from around the world, plus food and music. Tickets are $65 and are still available online at Anderson Valley Winegrowers Association. Saturday, February 20th - The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Public Tasting, San Francisco, California This incredible tasting showcases gold medal wines from over 4,800 entries of over 1,200 wineries throughout the United States. Our 2006 Winemaker’s Selection Pinot Noir was given the gold so...



A Different Kind of Holiday

2010-02-15T14:10:19-08:00

At 7am today, Tammie and Andy were rinsing tanks and hoses while many of you were fast asleep. For us in the cellar, we are celebrating a different kind of holiday, filtering. OK, it’s not a holiday at all; it’s back-breaking work running up and down stairs, hauling heavy hoses, and cleaning multiple tanks. All this work insures that your glass of Anne Amie wine will be brilliant, clear,and sound. For us in the cellar, these two very long work days mark another milestone for the 2009 vintage. All that stands between the cellar crew (after tomorrow evening) and the 2009 white wines being finished, are four painful days of bottling. We are almost there! We were blessed with a warm, dry harvest. Our 2009 white wines sti ll have the signature brightness of acidity, and low alcohol that one...



Willamette Valley Wineries Block Party in Seattle

2010-02-08T12:43:19-08:00

Join Viticulturist Jason Tosch and I along with 50 other Oregon wineries in Seattle on March 11th for an evening of Willamette Valley wines. Enjoy this unique opportunity to taste the wines of 50+ Oregon wineries, both large and small, at Willamette Valley Wineries first tasting in Seattle. Meet the faces behind the wine in a casual and personal setting. Winery owners and winemakers will showcase their current releases including Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Riesling and other cool-climate varietals. Wines will be complemented by delicious Pinot-friendly appetizers featuring regionally sourced ingredients from sustainably focused producers. Join the Block Party! Get to know the Willamette Valley’s special wines and enjoy a taste of our unique place. Date: Thursday, March 11, 2010 5:30 – 8:30pm Location: Sodo Park by Herban Feast 3200 1st Avenue South, Seattle WA (one mile south of...



This little piggy goes to Boston, Atlanta and Portland for COCHON 555

2010-02-05T12:13:47-08:00

We are very excited to be part of the COCHON 555 tour this year. Although we’re trying to keep it a secret from our vegetarian winemaker, the rest of the crew is elated! Don’t miss COCHON 555, where a group of chefs will each prepare a heritage breed hog from head to toe in a friendly competition. Guests and professional judges will determine a winner based on creativity, utilization and overall best flavor. The winner will be crowned the “Prince of Porc”. In addition, five selected winemakers will showcase their wines. COCHON 555 is a tribute to heritage breeds, local chefs and family-owned wineries. For the competition, each 125 pound heritage pig can be braised, grilled, pressed, pickled, rubbed, smoked, seared, sauced, spiced, injected, marinated, cured or otherwise prepared. Guests of the event will experience the chef creations during a...



February 2010 Wine of the Month

2010-02-03T17:36:01-08:00

Pinot Noir, Will You Be My Valentine? Why not celebrate your love for Pinot Noir all month? L'iris, the French word for iris, is the focal point of our Pinot Noir production, and this month we're showing you the love with some sweet discounts and chance to taste the 2006 L'iris Pinot Noir. February 2010, Wine of the Month 2006 L'iris Reserve Pinot Noir Save 10% on 6- bottle-case purchases Wine Club Members Save 10% on bottle purchases Wine Club Memebers Save 15% on 6-bottle-cases Come try it! We are including the 2006 L'iris Reserve Pinot Noir on the Reserve Flight Reserve Flight tasting fee is only $10 (Refunded with a $50+ purchase) All tastings are complimentary for Wine Club Members Interested in how this wine is produced? Click here to view a tech sheet for the 2006 L'iris Reserve...



Taos

2010-01-28T16:27:52-08:00

Kim and I are back from Taos with stories to tell! We had an amazing time and we were constantly impressed with the hospitality – everyone we met was nice. The desert scenery was so beautiful with snow, and the food was so creative and diverse. It was nice to have the Anne Amie wines so well-received. Don’t worry, you will soon be able to get our wines in New Mexico! And yes, we pushed boxes of wine down the snowy trail at the ski resort. Here are a few photos from our trip: The beautiful drive from Albuquerque to Santa Fe to Taos! Prisme, Chicharrones, and a snowy trail that we had to push cases of wine down!



This Weekend in the Tasting Room Haiti Relief

2010-01-22T12:06:59-08:00

15% of all sales in the Tasting Room will go to Mercy Corps for Haiti Relief Friday, January 22 through Sunday, January 24 Come visit the tasting room and make a difference with every bottle you buy To donate directly to Mercy Corps click here



Anne Amie Vineyards at Taos Winter Wine Festival

2010-01-19T16:12:00-08:00

Katie and I are headed to New Mexico tomorrow to participate in the 24th Annual Taos Winter Wine Festival. We are new to the market so if you live in the area or happen to be visiting, come say hello and taste through our lineup including our Cuvée A Amrita, Müller-Thurgau + Pinot noir, Classic Anne Amie label Pinot gris + Winemaker’s Selection Pinot noir as well as one from our reserve label, Prismé, Pinot Noir Blanc (left). Walk or drive to the Taste of Taos on Thursday or ski right to the Grand Tasting on Friday. Hope to see you there! Cheers, Kim Taste of Taos Thursday, January 21, 2010 5:00 -7:30, $75 per person Wine Country comes to Taos when a dozen of Taos' best restaurants serve signature appetizers alongside tastes of reserve wine from all the participating...



Look out, Avatar!

2010-01-18T08:29:00-08:00

There’s a new starlet on the scene and her name is Anne Amie! Click on Jason’s movie star mug in the photo above to view the newest, most talked about blockbuster movie of the season. See your favorite Anne Amie characters in action doing what they do best- making wine! I have put together a little “movie” from my cell phone pictures I snapped this past harvest. If something caught my eye, it was captured on film. Yes, it is rough, and the pictures are a bit fuzzy, but think of it as film noir- Pinot noir that is! Enjoy, Thomas Technorati Tags: Anne Amie Vineyards,Harvest 2009,Willamette Valley,Pinot noir,Herb Quady,Alloro Vineyards,Pinot gris,Riesling,Viognier,Chehalem Mountain,Yamhill-Carlton



Start Your Year of Right with 2007 Cuve A Pinot Noir

2010-01-08T19:44:00-08:00

Introducing the Wine of the Month! Each month this year we will feature a different wine of the month. We’re making it more convenient for you to get the wines you want to drink. We will provide additional information, pairing suggestions, and best of all, a special offer to help you enjoy the featured wine even more! January 2010 featured wine - 2007 Cuvée A Pinot Noir Save an additional 5% on case purchases Wine club members will save $75 per case Non club members save $45 per case Interested in how this wine is produced? Click here to view a tech sheet for the 2007 Cuvée A Pinot Noir Try pairing your 2007 Cuvée A Pinot Noir with some of these delicious matches: Smoked Salmon or Smoked Salmon Vermicelli Pizza Honey Rosemary Lamb Sandwich Savory Buckwheat Crepe Cakes Oven...



Finding Anne Amie wines in your hometown

2010-01-05T14:34:14-08:00

You’ve made the trek to Oregon. You discovered Anne Amie. You’re in love. Now you’re home and you want more. We understand. We are happy to announce that you can now find our classic label Anne Amie and Cuvee A wines in 29 states (yellow) with 7 more (green) to be added in 2010! While we’re able to ship to many states, compliance is still an issue and because we’re a small winery, our wines can be hard to find. Ask for them at your favorite retailer or restaurant and if you’re still having trouble, call us at 503-864-2991 or contactus@anneamie.com and we’ll help make your dreams of sipping Anne Amie Pinot noir in your very own home a reality. Happy New Year!



A Relative Calm

2009-12-24T10:58:00-08:00

I'm sitting in my office staring out the window over a roomful of barrels quietly ticking through malolactic fermentation. Also outside my window I see a row of stainless steel white wine tanks, icy jackets holding the 2009 vintage inside. The winery is quiet. Most of our staff his home preparing for Christmas- wrapping gifts, shopping frantically, but in the cellar we are busy putting together blend, after blend, after blend. We are intently focused- tasting, refining, and tweaking every nuance of each wine; readying ourselves for bottling in February. It is with these thoughts that I reflect back on the 2009 vintage. I reflect on all the people that brought their energy, drive, and dedication to this year's wines. Early mornings. Late nights. Darkness on the drive in to work and darkness on the way home. Clothing saturated and...



Live Streaming

2010-01-11T10:59:03-08:00

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Oh Harvest Chef, how do we love thee

2009-10-08T16:47:02-07:00

Meet Charron O’Brien. Charron is our amazing harvest chef who is completing her final internship for NECI with us and for this we are thankful. Just a few of the dishes we’ve enjoyed so far… chevre + arugula salad with peaches, fresh picked blackberries + local hazelnuts steamed mussels in pinot blanc salmon + baby bok choy charcuterie plates happy employees View more photos and updates on harvest via the Anne Amie facebook page. Thank you Charron!



Harvest Babies

2009-10-01T13:14:14-07:00

The harvest crew has been busy picking and Jason and Thomas have been busy with their babies. Congrats to Viticulturist Jason Tosch and his wife Aimee on the birth of their first child, beautiful little Olive Tosch. And not wanting to be outdone, Thomas is proud to announce the birth of his garden beast – the banana squash baby. Congrats!



Harvest Time 2009!

2009-09-25T13:28:08-07:00

Flanked by Winemaker Thomas Houseman (L) and Viticulturist Jason Tosch (R), the crew toasts the 2009 vintage over pinot noir picked from our Justin-Grant Vineyard in the Chehalem Mountain AVA. Below are freshly picked bins of Muller-Thurgau from our estate property.



Bottling Time Again.

2009-09-08T08:39:36-07:00

Like robins returning in Spring and geese flying overhead in long, trailing V’s in Autumn, there are signals that nature sends us that the seasons are changing. At the winery it is the appearance of the illusive, white Bravo truck. When it glides up the hill, we know it is bottling time. And, soon after, with our tanks and barrels emptied again and ready for more wine, it is time for another harvest. Our webcam is up and running. Please feel free to click on the photo below and watch us as we put the absolutely amazing 2008 Cuvee A and Willamette Valley Pinot noirs into bottle. And, keep and eye on the cellar webcam, because the Bravo truck will soon depart, and the cellar will be scrubbed stem to stern, followed by the first pick of the 2009 season....



Dirty Tooth and the Black-Tongues:

2009-09-01T17:03:57-07:00

Sounds like a good name for an Irish Pub band, but it’s actually just Thomas, Tammie and Andy. They have been bench trialing the new “Rubies” port-style dessert wine the last two days and I happened to walk in on the final tasting. How convenient. Cheers, Ksandek



Nevermind the Hot Dogs, this is the Anne Amie Wine Club BBQ

2009-08-27T22:24:00-07:00

Music: Earl & The Reggae Allstars Dancing: Ksandek Podbielski Making fun of Ksandek’s Dancing: Julie Armstrong Guests: Food and Paul Murphy’s Kitchen Crew: The Menu: Appetizers: Prawns in Escabeche with fennel, sweet onion, garlic and sherry vinegar White Balsamic Marinated Mary Hill Peaches with arugula, manchego, and black pepper Pork Confit with pimenton, figs, and local honey Dinner: Cattail Creek Lamb Spit Roasted over Alder and Mesquite marinated in lemon, oregano, and olive oil Charcoal Grilled Salmon washed with olive oil, thyme and garlic Local Green Salad with radishes, white balsamic, and basil Local Summer Beans with shaved pecorino, basil, and olive oil Grilled Local Summer Vegetables with summer squash, chicories, sweet onions, eggplant, fennel, marinated in balsamic and olive oil Fingerling Potatoes poached with sea salt and olive oil tossed with rosemary, thyme, and garlic Dessert Fresh Summer Melon...



Rose City Wine Opener

2009-08-26T13:42:18-07:00

It feels really good to get on board with a good cause. It feels even better when the folks behind that cause are able to organize a great event like this year’s Rose City Wine Opener. The Oregon chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation puts on this event each year to raise awareness and funds for their mission of curing and controlling cystic fibrosis. To learn more about the great work being done by the Oregon chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, please visit http://www.cff.org/Chapters/oregon/



Summer Events Clip show

2009-08-01T15:38:03-07:00

For Career-Day in 8th grade I shadowed the Weatherman at News Channel 8, a local cable news station, in Northern Virginia. I actually had no interest in being a Weatherman. I was interested in film and television, and that was as close as I was going to get in the ‘burbs of D.C. I learned a lot from my Out-To-Work-Day experience; like how a green screen works, and what a news room looks like, and how two-way mirrors are used to prompt text onto the camera so that the broadcaster actually stares right into camera lens and appears to be speaking directly to each viewer at home. Yes, that’s right, there is nothing written on those papers they keep straightening out in front of them. The most important thing I learned, however, was that for every one person you see...



IPNC Madness + The Prince of Pinot!

2009-07-23T15:39:36-07:00

The 23rd Annual International Pinot Noir Celebration is upon us and the valley is buzzing with excited guests, press + Pinot noir producers from the US, Canada, Austria, France, Australia + New Zealand. Today we had the pleasure of a visit from Pinot noir devotee + creator of the online newsletter Pinot File, Rusty Gaffney the Prince of Pinot. We compared the 2007 and 2008 vintages and played Thomas’ favorite game “taste the terroir” by barrel sampling pommard from Anne Amie Estate Vineyards, Rainbow Ridge Vineyard + La Colina Vineyard – all at about the same elevation but different locations and soil types. Pictured above Winemaker Thomas Houseman, Viticulturist Jason Tosch, Rusty aka Prince + Sales Director Kim McLeod. Below Thomas explains the “rules of the game” and shows how his former modern dance skills come in handy while scaling... The 23rd Annual International Pinot Noir Celebration is upon us and the valley is buzzing with excited guests, press + Pinot noir producers from the US, Canada, Austria, France,  Australia + New Zealand.  Today we had the pleasure of a visit from Pinot noir devotee + creator of the online newsletter Pinot File, Rusty Gaffney the Prince of Pinot.  We compared the 2007 and 2008 vintages and played Thomas’ favorite game “taste the terroir” by barrel sampling pommard from Anne Amie Estate Vineyards, Rainbow Ridge Vineyard + La Colina Vineyard – all at about the same elevation but different locations and soil types.  Pictured above Winemaker Thomas Houseman, Viticulturist Jason Tosch, Rusty aka Prince + Sales Director Kim McLeod. Below Thomas explains the “rules of the game” and shows how his former modern dance skills come in handy while scaling the barrels in search of the pommard.   The tasting room crew is busy setting up the dining room while Chef Maegen Loring from San Luis Obispo’s Park Restaurant is in the kitchen prepping for the incredible feast she and her team are creating for us tonight.  Our friends from Goldeneye Winery in Anderson Valley and Rene Mure in Alsace, France will be joining us for our Pre-IPNC Winemaker Dinner in a matter of hours.  The winery is closed for this event as we’re all sold out but stay tuned for our post about how awesome it was and sign up for next year!       [...]



A Tale of Two Lees

2009-06-21T19:27:00-07:00

I have just left Little Rock and the Capital Hotel. It is bittersweet, in that I have other stops on my journey through the South, but I could easily settle in for an extended stay at such a wonderful hotel with such an excellent staff. Two people specifically are to thank for their hard work and attention to detail- the two Lees. Lee Richardson is the executive chef at Ashley’s, the crown jewel for dining in Little Rock, and his counterpoint front-of-house, Lee Ingold, is the maitre d’. Collectively they run a tight ship- by ship, I mean restaurant. It was my third trip to Little Rock, the first being the Emeril fundraiser, when I first was able to experience the wonderful skills of chef Lee. The night after the fundraiser chef Lee sat me at a table and, without...



Anne Amie Pizza Friday!

2009-06-12T15:27:28-07:00

Every Friday we bring in our leftovers and challenge each other to a pizza-off. Today we were joined by our friends John Merritt from Frontier Packaging and Cinematographer Ben Garvey who is the producer of the Oregon Pinot Camp movie. John, Ksandek, Ben, Jason, Thomas & Annie in preparation mode Katie’s garlic spears + cream sauce vs. Kim’s jalapeno sesame seed surprise guest appearance by house band “ethyl acetate” ben + thomas face off with tim + katie shadow + henk wait for scraps! thomas, jason, henk + kim dedication + concentration = perfection PS - tonight we have the first of our flicks ‘n flights series. we’ll be showing the movie amelie. join us at dusk. who knows, there might be left over pizza. it’s free + you’re all welcome. we will have wine for sale along with charcuterie... Every Friday we bring in our leftovers and challenge each other to a pizza-off.  Today we were joined by our friends John Merritt from Frontier Packaging and Cinematographer Ben Garvey who is the producer of the Oregon Pinot Camp movie.  John, Ksandek, Ben, Jason, Thomas & Annie in preparation mode Katie’s garlic spears + cream sauce vs. Kim’s jalapeno sesame seed surprise guest appearance by house band “ethyl acetate” ben + thomas face off with tim + katie shadow + henk wait for scraps!         thomas, jason, henk + kim    dedication + concentration   = perfection PS - tonight we have the first of our flicks ‘n flights series.  we’ll be showing the movie amelie.  join us at dusk.  who knows, there might be left over pizza.  it’s free + you’re all welcome.  we will have wine for sale along with charcuterie plates.  for more info call us at 503-864-2991 happy friday! [...]



Call Me Shellfish,

2009-06-11T13:50:53-07:00

But I have to blog about Amrita. And, I promise I will not insert anymore bi-valve jokes (though I LOVE the 80’s fish song. You youngsters should click for an education about REAL music. Old-timers can reminisce.). Speaking of reminiscing, I am going to tie two very divergent thoughts together-1970’s Chesapeake Bay, VA and the 2007 Willamette Valley, OR. Bell bottoms meet Gore-tex. What is the common thread? Oysters. As a child I'd trek to the mucky flats of the Chesapeake Bay at low tide in search of oysters. Briny. Earthy. Sharp as razors. I’d plod out into the mud flats, the sticky ooze tugging at my Keds. I’d lug back misshapen conglomerates of shells, filling my rusty red wagon with muddy clods of oysters. I'd then head back home, a wagonload of dripping salty brine behind me, and my...



These Green Mountains

2009-06-04T14:41:10-07:00

To paraphrase the Vermont state song- “They say home is where the heart is These green mountains are (not) my home (but they could be).” I’ve traveled to many places and seen some amazing sights, but what makes a place truly special AND what lures me back time and again are its people. Vermont is one of those rare places that has both natural beauty and genuinely great people. I am going to take a stab at something I am not really known for- brevity. I am going to set aside my penchant for narrative and just let the photos from my very brief, but jam-packed trip to Vermont speak for themselves. To say the least, Kim assigned me a rather ambitious itinerary. Click on the previous sentence for a perfect example of what I mean! You can see why... To paraphrase the Vermont state song- “They say home is where the heart is These green mountains are (not) my home (but they could be).”  I’ve traveled to many places and seen some amazing sights, but what makes a place truly special AND what lures me back time and again are its people.  Vermont is one of those rare places that has both natural beauty and genuinely great people.   I am going to take a stab at something I am not really known for-  brevity.  I am going to set aside my penchant for narrative and just let the photos from my very brief, but  jam-packed trip to Vermont speak for themselves.  To say the least,  Kim assigned me a rather ambitious itinerary.    Click on the previous sentence for a perfect example of what I mean!  You can see why I was tasting Amrita a 6 in the morning with chef Curtiss Hemm!  Thank you again, Kim-  REALLY!  I have a new marketing idea- “Amrita.  It’s not just for breakfast anymore!”     The following is a photo journal of my time in Vermont:   The exterior of Hen of the Wood restaurant- an old grist mill from the 1800s and the location of my first wine dinner.   A*summer* view from the back patio dining area.       You’ll notice it wasn’t so green when I was there.  It is still an amazing setting in which to dine.  The interior is just as dazzling, with its rough-hewn beams and stone walls.            Chef Eric Warnstedt created edible works of art,  paired with Anne Amie wines selected by William McNeil.  I was able to show up at the restaurant after a long working day and just relax and discuss our wines enjoy the company of our guests.   My second wine dinner was at NECI (New England Culinary Institute). As you can see from this photo taken by Hannah Marshall, the presentation of our food was as beautiful as it was delicious. This was an exquisite pairing of food and wine from Chef Michael Gunyan and Ed Boadway.   It was also  an opportunity to show off our newest wine in the Anne Amie line-up- the 2007 Prisme’.  Judging from the response of the guests, it was a hit!      The next morning I hopped on the road to drive from one end of the Vermont to the other.  Road trip!!! Nothing keeps me alert and on the lookout for an errant moose like sugar. There’s no bet[...]