Willful Wine in the news and being auctioned off

So... I'm finally writing a blog entry. It is likely to be sporadic but I'll do my best, so here goes with the first entry (I feel like I want to start with "Dear Diary") ....

It has been a busy week at Willful Wine Co.  Last weekend I had a wonderful time connecting with old friends in the valley during the Willamette Valley Wineries Association's second Barrel Auction.  I poured for some charming guests in between sneaking off from my barrel to taste through everyone else's wines.  And there were some wines worth tasting. Every one was just fantastic.  My personal favorites were Anne Amie, Antica Terra, Bethel Heights (I always love Ben's wines), Walter Scott (perhaps my favorite this year?), Nicolas Jay (my favorite last year and just exquisite again this year, and Lange. But, really, they were all superb. Almost as good as the table tennis and bean bag toss at the After Party.

Midweek I've been visiting accounts around Portland, checking in, saying hi, pouring samples and enjoying visiting, especially with my friend Kurt at Davenport, which is easily one of my favorite restaurants in Portland.

Today my barrel topping at S.E. Wine Collective was enhanced by the delicious smells wafting from Althea's kitchen. It was all I could do to stay focused on the wine, which, by the way is coming along nicely.  I really, really like the 2016 vintage. My 2016 Willful wines will be 100% Pommard from just two vineyards in Dundee and Eola-Amity. But they won't be in the bottle for a while yet...

And we were mentioned on TV again. KGW-TV was at Quaintrelle and they mentioned our upcoming Winemaker Dinner next month.  Click here for more information on the dinner and to buy tickets.

As ever.. thanks for your support and encouragement. It means a lot to me.