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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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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The Crowning Glory

Le Nez Du Vin

By Brian Zawada Ever heard of Le Nez du Vin? If you haven’t, it’s a fun way to educate yourself on different aromas common to wines – some good and some not-so-good. As a Christmas present for my wife April (and myself!), I bought the kit that contains 54 vials that showcase different aromas, with…

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Violet Vines Wines Reviewed by Jeb Dunnuck

We recently submitted a few of our wines to JebDunnuck.com for review. Our results for our 2021 Violet Vines Pinot Noir Origin Block and our 2021 Violet Vines Eola Springs Vineyard Chardonnay are below. 2021 Violet Vines Pinot Noir Origin Block, 91 pts. Pouring a dark, youthful red, the 2021 Pinot Noir Origin Block is…

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Stem vs. Stemless Debate

Another contested debate in the Zawada house…. April (Pro Stem Wine Glasses) Pros:  For the best wine experience, a stemmed glass is, in my opinion, preferred over a stemless glass.  First and foremost, stems prevent the wine drinker’s hands from warming the temperature of the wine (assuming it is served at the proper temperature).  The…

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