A Short Primer On Why Pinot Noir Excels (and why clones matter)

Pinot Noir wine is highly popular for several reasons: These attributes contribute to Pinot Noir’s widespread popularity among both casual wine drinkers and serious enthusiasts. Before ending this blog, and because it’s one of the top five questions in the tasting room, we thought we would add a short description of what’s meant by a…

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V2 Uncorked Summer 2024

As we battle the first extreme heat wave of the season, we continue to remain excited about the promise of the 2024 vintage, with many comparing it to the exceptional 2012 growing season. We thought we would share some updates with you as we’ve already begun preparing for harvest. In the Winery Absent any curveballs,…

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Why The Rocks (District)?

We’ve made no secret about our love of the northern Willamette Valley! Its Pinot noir and Chardonnay are world-class, with more and more varietals thriving in this exceptional wine-growing region. April and I had a dream to produce amazing Pinot and Chardonnay but we got the opportunity to experience cooler-weather Syrah and Cabernet Franc also…

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Violet Vines “Cooper Block” Pinot Noir Reviewed by James Suckling

We’re pleased to announce that James Suckling has awarded our 2022 Estate Pinot Noir, Single Clone Pommard “Cooper Block” an outstanding 93 points. If you haven’t experienced its exceptional flavor profile yet, join us for a tasting. “Made solely from Pommard clone grapes, this elegant, well-balanced beauty is trim and light but packs plenty of…

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Minestrone Finocchio Soup and Violet Vines Syrah

By April Zawada I love hearty soups that can stand only as a complete meal. This one is especially savory and as a bonus it is low in carbs and high in protein! It is my go-to most beloved soup and a family recipe shared to me by one of my Italian friends over twenty…

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V2 Uncorked Spring 2024

Happy Spring 2024 everyone! As the clouds and rain slowly depart Oregon, we’re incredibly excited about the promise of 2024, which also marks Violet Vines’ fifth anniversary and vintage! We thought we would share some updates with you as we’re preparing for the upcoming growing season. In the Winery The 2023 vintage continues to show…

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PNW Salad and Estate Pinot Noir

By April Zawada I love sophisticated salads.  I was inspired when I moved to Oregon because this region has a panache for incorporating local ingredients into a simple salad that was both savory and healthy.  In my opinion, salads aren’t the easiest food to pair with wine, but this salad is so rich and savory…

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What is Pinotage?

By Brian Zawada Ever heard of a wine varietal named Pinotage? I discovered it a little over ten years ago during a visit to Cape Town, South Africa. Back in 1925, a South African professor traveled to France and returned with 177 varietals, with the goal of finding varietals that would work well in his…

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The Power of Pinot

Pinot Noir Grapes

Why Oregon Pinot Noir is the Better Option When Choosing a Wine By April Zawada January 21, 2024 Wine is more than a drink. It is enjoyment. It is relaxation. It is a luxury that evokes emotion with every sip. But not all wine is the same. In particular, the Pinot Noir varietal is extremely interesting and…

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