August 6, 2013. It is true that my heart is in France and that many of my favorite wines are French. But in my former life as a retailer, and as an enthusiastic, interested wine drinker, I am happy to enjoy wines from other regions as well. I am thrilled to announce the arrival my first-ever domestic wines — Pinot Noir, dry Riesling, and Grüner Veltliner from Willamette Valley’s Illahe Vineyards.
A couple of months ago, Nick Craig of Brix Cheese Shop & Wine Bar in Iowa City —
— asked me about Illahe Vineyards. I contacted the winery, they sent a few sample bottles, and we tried them. In short, we liked the wines. We liked them a lot.
It’s a very small, family-run operation. In every sense of the words, these are authentic and conscientiously farmed wines. They are also incredibly affordable. You can learn more about Illahe at their website:
Better still, try the wines. They’re terrific.