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May 29, 2023 | Kramer Vineyards

Discover the Charm of Local Wineries: Finding the Perfect Winery Near You

Are you a wine enthusiast eager to support local wineries? Whether you're a seasoned connoisseur or new to the world of wine, embarking on an adventure to explore the best wineries in your neighborhood is a delightful journey. Local wineries are cropping up in unexpected places, offering unique wines that showcase the distinct flavors of your region. Not only does supporting these wineries boost the local economy, but it also allows you to savor and appreciate the diverse flavors that your community has to offer. Let's raise a glass and discover the best wineries near you!

The Benefits of Supporting Local Wineries

Supporting local wineries extends beyond enjoying a glass of wine. By visiting and purchasing from these wineries, you contribute to the growth of the local economy and help small businesses thrive. Many local wineries prioritize sustainability in their winemaking practices, making your support good for your taste buds and the environment.

Moreover, buying wine directly from the winery is the most sustainable choice as a consumer. You reduce the carbon footprint of distribution by eliminating the need to transport the wine to a shop or restaurant.

Additionally, supporting local wineries allows you to experience your region's unique flavors and characteristics. These wineries often use grapes specific to your area, producing truly distinctive wines. By tasting and learning about these wines, you can develop a deeper appreciation for the flavors and culture of your community.

When choosing a local winery to visit, consider factors such as the types of wines you enjoy. Research wineries that specialize in the wines you're interested in tasting. Additionally, consider the ambiance you prefer, whether casual or upscale, and explore wineries that align with your preferences. Location is also crucial, so research the wineries' proximity and surrounding amenities to plan your visit effectively.

Doing Your Homework: Tasting Room Details

Before visiting a winery's tasting room, it's helpful to research ahead of time. Here are key details to consider:

  1. Business Hours: Check the tasting room's operating hours to align with your visit plans.
  2. Reservations: Some wineries require reservations, especially during peak times. Check if a reservation is needed and make one if necessary to secure your spot.
  3. Tasting Fees: Find out if the winery charges a tasting fee and if it's refundable with a purchase. This information helps you plan your budget accordingly.
  4. Wine Varieties: Get a glimpse of the winery's wine offerings. Discover their signature wines and special releases worth exploring during your visit.
  5. Wine Prices: While specific prices may not be listed, learn if the winery offers wines at different prices. From affordable options to higher-end selections, there's something for every palate and budget.
  6. Larger Parties: If you plan to visit with a larger group, contact the winery to make arrangements and ensure a smooth and enjoyable experience.
  7. Food Options: Inquire if the tasting room serves food or allows visitors to bring their own. Some wineries offer food pairings or partner with local eateries, enhancing your tasting experience.
  8. Accessibility: We believe everyone should have access to exceptional wines. Check if the winery provides accessibility features like wheelchair ramps and accessible restrooms, ensuring a comfortable visit.
  9. Visitor Policy: Check if the tasting room is exclusively for guests of legal drinking age or if they allow kids and dogs. This information will help you plan accordingly and avoid surprises during your visit.
  10. Local Accommodations: Extend your winery experience by staying nearby. Explore suggested accommodations, such as hotels, bed and breakfasts, or vacation rentals, to make the most of your visit.

Sustainability in Winemaking

As people become more environmentally conscious, sustainability in winemaking has gained significance. Many local wineries are actively reducing their environmental footprint and implementing sustainable practices.

Some wineries have embraced sustainable, organic, or biodynamic farming methods, while others utilize renewable energy sources like solar panels to power their production facilities. By supporting these wineries, you enjoy delicious wines and contribute to a more sustainable future.

Conclusion and Call to Action to Support Local Wineries

Exploring the best wineries in your neighborhood is a fun and exciting way to support local businesses while discovering new flavors and experiences. By visiting local wineries, you enjoy delicious wine, support the local economy, preserve tradition, promote sustainability, and reduce carbon emissions.

Time Posted: May 29, 2023 at 2:44 PM Permalink to Discover the Charm of Local Wineries: Finding the Perfect Winery Near You Permalink
Kimberley Kramer
May 14, 2023 | Kimberley Kramer

The Pinot Family: Discovering the Unique Flavors of Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, and Pinot Noir Blanc

The Difference Between Pinot Blanc and Pinot Noir Blanc

Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir Blanc, and Pinot Gris stem from the remarkable Pinot Noir grape through clonal variations. While Pinot Blanc is crafted from white grapes and Pinot Noir Blanc from red grapes, it is essential to recognize that all three varieties are genetic clones of Pinot Noir. Despite their shared lineage, Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris have developed distinct characteristics, dispelling the misconception that they are merely different-colored versions of the same grape. Delve into their flavor profiles and features to fully appreciate the nuances within the Pinot family.

Pinot Blanc

Pinot Blanc, a distinguished clone of Pinot Noir, emerges from a genetic mutation that resulted in a captivating divergence. This mutation changes the color of the grape skins and alters the chemistry, flavor profile, and ripening characteristics. Renowned for its elegance, Pinot Blanc showcases a remarkable character both in the vineyard and the glass.

Despite being a cool climate grape, Pinot Blanc exhibits a late-ripening nature, making it one of the last grapes harvested in the Willamette Valley. Thriving in cool climates, these grapes embody the essence of freshness and purity, resulting in wines of exceptional quality.

Delight your senses with Pinot Blanc's enchanting flavor profile. Immerse yourself in the bright and refreshing notes of zesty lemon, succulent pear, crisp apple, and delicate apricot. As you savor this exquisite wine, you'll discover a subtle undertone of almonds, complemented by a compelling stony minerality that adds depth and complexity to each sip.

Explore the captivating nuances of Pinot Blanc and discover why it stands out as a distinguished white wine. From its unique genetic mutation to its late-ripening nature, this wine embodies the artistry and craftsmanship behind this exceptional grape variety. Indulge in its flavors and allow its graceful character to leave a lasting impression.

Pinot Gris

Pinot Gris, another distinguished clone derived from the illustrious Pinot Noir, offers a captivating expression of white wine that intrigues and delights. Born from a partial DNA color sequence mutation, this unique varietal manifests with stunning mauve hues in the skins at harvest, adding an alluring visual charm to the wine.

While Pinot Noir is known for its red wine characteristics, Pinot Gris takes on a different persona as a white wine. It showcases its distinct personality, setting it apart from its red counterpart.

Our cool climate single-vineyard Pinot Gris reflects the terroir and vintage, just like any other wine we produce. With its tight, dense clusters and earlier ripening than Pinot Noir and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris thrives in our vineyard. The wines it produces are bright, with bracing acidity and steely minerality. We prefer our Pinot Gris to be dry, and the fruit from our old vines imparts impressive varietal character.

As Pinot Gris unveils its captivating flavor profile, prepare to embark on a sensory journey. Indulge in the luscious notes of ripe apple and juicy pear, interwoven with a delicate touch of honey that caresses the palate. As you explore further, you'll encounter hints of flint and spearmint, enhancing the complexity and depth of this remarkable wine. Citrus accents and the subtle essence of peach contribute to its vibrant and refreshing character, ensuring a truly memorable tasting experience.

Delve into the world of Pinot Gris and discover a wine that effortlessly balances richness and freshness, embodying the artistry and craftsmanship behind this exceptional grape variety. Compare Pinot Gris with its red counterpart, Pinot Noir, to uncover the unique characteristics that make each one stand out. Whether you're a Pinot Gris fan or exploring the differences between Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir, this journey promises to enlighten your taste buds and expand your wine appreciation.

Pinot Noir Blanc

Pinot Noir Blanc, an exquisite white wine derived from dark-skinned Pinot Noir grapes, unveils a mesmerizing expression that defies expectations. With its pristine clarity and radiant pale hues, Pinot Noir Blanc is a testament to the remarkable artistry of winemaking.

Crafted with precision, the clusters of Pinot Noir grapes are delicately handpicked and swiftly pressed immediately after harvest, limiting the extraction of color from the skins. This delicate handling ensures that the resulting wine exudes a captivating pale appearance reminiscent of liquid sunlight in a glass.

Prepare to be enchanted as you delve into the world of Pinot Noir Blanc. Immerse your senses in its alluring aroma, where crisp apple notes interplay with the subtle essence of peach. Discover the delicate nuances of clover and honeydew melon that dance on the palate, accompanied by a whisper of jasmine that adds a touch of elegance to each sip.

Pinot Noir Blanc embodies the essence of white wine sophistication, striking a harmonious balance between its vibrant fruit flavors and refreshing acidity. Its exquisite flavor profile and supple texture make it an ideal companion for culinary delights or a delightful indulgence.

Experience Pinot Noir Blanc's sheer elegance and ethereal charm, where the boundaries of white wine expression are redefined. Allow this exceptional wine to transport you to a realm of pure bliss and embrace the allure of its white wine allure.

In conclusion, the Pinot family presents a captivating array of flavors and endless exploration. Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, and Pinot Noir Blanc beautifully exemplify the versatility and depth inherent in this esteemed grape lineage. We invite you to embark on a tasting adventure, immersing yourself in these exceptional wines' intricate nuances and remarkable characteristics.

At Kramer, we are dedicated to curating a diverse selection of white wines tailored to Pinot Noir enthusiasts and those seeking Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris delights. Our collection proudly features the exquisite Pinot Noir Blanc and the captivating Pinot Gris, showcasing the remarkable versatility of this unique grape family. Whether you appreciate Pinot Noir Blanc's refined elegance or Pinot Gris's enchanting flavors, we are committed to delivering exceptional quality and creating an unforgettable wine experience for red and white wine enthusiasts.

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*Please note: If you are intrigued by the red wine expression of Pinot Noir, stay tuned for our upcoming discussions, where we will delve into the captivating world of Pinot Noir red wines.

Time Posted: May 14, 2023 at 3:38 PM Permalink to The Pinot Family: Discovering the Unique Flavors of Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, and Pinot Noir Blanc Permalink
Kramer Vineyards
May 4, 2023 | Kramer Vineyards

Five Fizzy Facts About our Celebrate Bubbly

Are you a fan of sparkling wines? If so, you're in luck because Kramer Vineyards produces some of the best Oregon sparkling wines! Here are five fizzy facts that make our wines stand out:

The Kramer estate vineyard.

100% varietal wines

Our Celebrate sparkling wines are unique varietal wines, including Pinot Noir, Grüner Veltliner, Pinot Gris, and Müller-Thurgau. We believe that each grape's flavor is best showcased on its own. The effervescence of our Celebrate wines only enhances the natural flavors and aromas of these varietals, resulting in a refreshing and perfect sparkling wine for any occasion.

Handcrafted in small batches

Due to the size of our vineyard and winery, we've always taken a small-batch approach to winemaking. With only 22 acres of estate vines and 27 individual blocks, we carefully track and evaluate each block to ensure the fruit is of the highest quality for wines of this style. This approach means we're always working with tiny lots, allowing us to pay close attention to each batch and ensure that our wines are of the highest quality.

Fresh and lively

Our Celebrate sparkling wines are not aged for extended periods like traditional method sparkling wines. Instead, we use a modern proprietary method to release the wines only a few months after harvest. This preserves the fresh, lively character of the grapes and results in a wine bursting with flavor.

Tiny bubbles

Most force-carbonated sparkling wines are injected with carbon dioxide on the bottling line, producing coarse, soda-pop-like bubbles. We believed a smaller bubble was possible with force carbonation. In 2004, owner Keith Kramer developed the system we use today. A week before bottling, the wine is transferred into a custom-built tank for pressurization. We chill the wine while gradually raising the pressure, resulting in tiny, plentiful bubbles. Our Celebrate sparkling wines are unique, high quality, and available at a lower price point than traditional sparkling wines due to the abbreviated aging process.

Keith Kramer is a hands-on vineyard owner

Sustainable winemaking

We prioritize sustainable winemaking practices to minimize our environmental impact at Kramer Vineyards. Our vineyard is dry-farmed, meaning we rely solely on natural rainfall to irrigate our vines, reducing water usage. Additionally, we use a lighter glass bottle for our Celebrate sparkling wines, which has a lower carbon footprint than traditionally made sparkling wines. From using solar panels to power our winery to implementing water conservation techniques, we're committed to preserving the beautiful Oregon wine country for generations.

Kramer Vineyards produces some of the finest Oregon sparkling wines, and we're proud to share them with you. From our 100% varietal wines to our small-batch, handcrafted approach to winemaking, we strive to create wines of exceptional quality and character. We invite you to visit our tasting room and experience our sparkling wines for yourself. Our knowledgeable staff will guide you through a tasting and share our passion for sustainable winemaking. Take advantage of this opportunity to discover some of the best sparkling wines in Oregon. Come and see us today!

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Celebrate Rosé of Pinot Noir

Time Posted: May 4, 2023 at 2:00 PM Permalink to Five Fizzy Facts About our Celebrate Bubbly Permalink