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From Challenge Comes Change

From Challenge Comes Change

The theme of International Women's Day (and therefore the month as far as I'm concerned), is Choose to Challenge. The website tagline reads "A challenged world is an alert world and from challenge comes change". The second part of this sentence has always rang true to...

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Sparkling: harvest through tirage bottling

Sparkling: harvest through tirage bottling

When Bill and Donna made the exciting decision to launch the Winderlea sparkling wine program in the spring of 2016, the cellar was buzzing with activity. Rosés were being bottled, Pinots were being racked, Chardonnays were being tasted. And now, the challenge of...

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Simple & Delicous Holiday Duck Confit

Simple & Delicous Holiday Duck Confit

This recipe is for 6 duck legs. But honestly, if you’re going to take the time to do it, go for a dozen legs and just double this recipe.   For the perfect wine pairings for this dish  SHOP HOLIDAY GIFT SETS HERE!   Ingredients for 6 whole duck legs 6 whole...

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Thanksgiving Gougères Recipe

Thanksgiving Gougères Recipe

      Indulge in this simple and foolproof gougère recipe paired alongside our latest release of the 2017 Vintage Sparkling Brut.     INGREDIENTS 5/8 C water 4 T butter 1/2 C unbleached white flour 2 eggs 1/2 coarsely grated Gruyere cheese...

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A Need For Connection

A Need For Connection

I want to start by thanking all of you who are part of our lives.  You may not think it means much to us but every interaction keeps us connected to a world outside of our vineyard in Dundee.  We are all doing our best to figure out the intersection between staying...

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A Few Surprises Along the Way | 2020 Harvest

A Few Surprises Along the Way | 2020 Harvest

On Wednesday October 7th we officially concluded harvest for 2020 by picking Chardonnay from the Meredith Mitchell Vineyard.  In general, 2020 has been a year that has required a lot of adaptation and the Oregon grape harvest has been no different.  We've decided to...

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Cheers to Number 15!

Cheers to Number 15!

And just like that, it's harvest.  Really, I thought I had another week.  Or more.  Perhaps it's like that every year, we think there's time to prepare and then harvest sneaks up on us.  But I feel more unprepared than usual this year.  We had a little bit of heat and...

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