Each Friday we highlight a wine from the Northwest that we think is a real "find". By find we might mean that it's a steal, as all of these wines we'll feature weekly are at or under $20. We might also mean, "Hey, you really need to go find this", and it might be a wine that we feel not enough people know about. In any case, with the weekend pending, we're hoping to help you "find" a wine to kickoff the weekend right. We'll tell you a little bit about the wine and try to help you track it down here in the Northwest.
What makes a good story? Drama? Action? An unforeseen plot twist?
I had a college professor who once told me that there were only X number of original plot lines, and they were all told by Shakespeare, everything since has been a redux. You can argue that even Shakespeare's yarns were re-tellings of ancient Greek tragedies told by Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides.
As most folks know, the modern Shakespeare is Steven Seagal. He has woven those tales of betrayal, folly, adversity and glory into a modern day tapestry of ass whooping, bone breaking and poorly timed quips. None the less, it's hard to argue with his genius. Just for safety's sake.
I used to think I knew what made a good story until I became a father. My daughter's current favorite story is the book Bee Wigged. It's a tale about a bee named Jerry, he's enormous, so large that it really is off putting. Frankly, it freaks people out. Jerry wanders around dejected until he finds a wig lying on the sidewalk.
The wig changes Jerry's life. He becomes the most popular "boy" in town, until a windy day leaves him exposed. I won't ruin the end for you but frankly, I never saw this stroke of genius coming, and I'm sure it won't be long before it's co-opted by Steven Seagal and turned into a movie where Jerry is actually a paunchy middle-aged, pony-tailed guy who goes around seeking vengeance for something. And people are going to get hurt.
Today's Friday Find is a story about a place where you might not expect to find Pinot Noir. Oregon's Umpqua Valley is a large AVA and at it's northernmost point you'll find the new Elkton AVA. Scott Henry has been growing and making wine in the Umpqua for a long time, dating to 1978. The vineyard location for Henry Estate is more towards the middle of the valley, in a somewhat transitional climactic zone. The wines they're producing are largely cooler climate varietals, Pinot Noir and mostly crisp white varieties. At $18 this "Oregon" Pinot is a bit of both "worlds" aromatically it's very fruit forward, almost akin to a California Pinot in terms of the sweet cherry elements, the palate of the wine though brings you back to Oregon. It's a light bodied Pinot Noir with early season blackberry and raspberry flavors, a touch of spice and very prominent acidity. A surprising plot twist.