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Evening Land Vineyards ELV
October 29, 2019

Fall is our favorite season to spend far too much time in the kitchen. With the hard work of harvest behind us, cooler temperatures, and fewer hours of daylight, the kitchen feels like the warm, beating heart of the house. Fall offers a bounty of flavors and we thought it worthwhile to share our favorite wines to pair them. 

SQUASH & WHITE WINE!

Soups, salads, purées, or a hearty main-course for meatless Mondays; squash is the official veggie of autumn. We love pairing white wines with BOTH texture & acidity to match the richness and contrast squash's hint of sweetness. We're keen on this recipe.

2017 Seven Springs Chardonnay
2017 Monday Club Pét Nat Chenin Blanc

 

SIDE DISHES CALL FOR GAMAY

Tossing veggies in olive oil and seasoning and roasting them until they're crispy is the fastest way to feed fall flavors to a big group. Mushrooms, potatoes, eggplants, beets...all of it really sings with a chilled glass of Gamay! If your simple Sunday supper calls for a roast chicken with herbs and lemon and some oven-roasted veggies, then you better pull the cork on our newest vintage of Gamay Noir!

2018 Seven Springs Gamay Noir

 

MUSHROOMS & PINOT NOIR!

There are few things as quintessentially 'OREGON' as foraged mushrooms. Whether you get your funghi fix in omelets, risotto, pizza, or pasta, the earthy flavor of mushrooms calls for one thing; PINOT NOIR! They do indeed grow & and go together so if your menu has mushrooms, reach for Oregon Pinot Noir.

2017 La Source Pinot Noir
 

ROASTS, STEWS, & SYRAH!

Roasting rich, flavorful cuts of meat on the bone or braising low & slow for hours until the house smells heavenly. Either way, you're working your way towards a hearty, autumnal meal and a long night's sleep. We don't grow any Syrah at Seven Springs, but we know someone who does and Syrah is the ideal pairing for rich roasts and stews.

Our winemaker and fearless leader, Sashi Moorman has been making the Piedrasassi Syrahs with his wife Melissa for 15 vintages. We're definitely partial, but they're our favorite examples of Syrah in the new world!

2016 Piedrasassi Bien Nacido Syrah

 

Oct 29, 2019 at 10:59 AM
Evening Land Vineyards ELV
October 14, 2019

The holiday season means festive gatherings with large bottles of everyone's favorite wine! An incredible vintage like 2017 offers the perfect time to invest in magnums. 

Here are our TOP-5 reasons to go BIG with magnum bottles.

1. MAGNUMS SHOW YOU CARE!
Show up to a party with a big bottle and we guarantee
it gets opened and enjoyed that night. 

2. MAGNUMS AGE LONGER.
Magnums age much more slowly than 750mL bottles.
A classic vintage like 2017 produced wines that were built to age gracefully.

3. REMEMBER SPECIAL OCCASIONS.
Did you get married in 2017? Did you become a parent or grandparent?
Mark that magnificent memory with a 2017 magnum. 

4. MAGNUMS ARE EFFICIENT.
Pull one cork & serve 2x the wine? Yes Please!

5. THEY MAKE THE PERFECT DONATION!
It is the season of giving after all. Don't know what to donate to your favorite
charity's annual auction? Offer an Evening Land magnum! 

Oct 14, 2019 at 1:28 PM
Evening Land Vineyards ELV
August 23, 2019

Fans of Evening Land know we are proud to farm roughly 10% of all the Gamay planted in the Willamette Valley. From our old-vines Gamay, planted in 1988 to our 'young vines' planted in 2003, the Gamay comprises a small portion of our acreage yet looms large in the hearts of our customers. 

After the 2017 vintage, our 1.1 acres of heavily phylloxerated old-vines Gamay needed to be removed. With decreasing yields and diminishing vine health, the time had finally come to bid farewell to these stalwarts of Seven Springs. Knowing this day would eventually come, we wisely saved cuttings from our winter pruning in 2017 and shipped them to Martinez Orchards, a nursery in the Sacramento Delta of California, for grafting and propagation. 

Winemaker Ben DiCristina personally ventured down to California's central valley to bring our Gamay seedlings back home and as we planted these new, healthy plants which came from our historic old vines, we ushered in the next chapter of Gamay here in the Eola-Amity Hills. Ben also shared his photo journal of the voyage with us. Enjoy!

CLICK HERE to purchase our 2018 Gamay Noir

 

 

 

 

Aug 23, 2019 at 8:43 AM
Evening Land Vineyards ELV

By far, the number one question all of us at Evening Land get asked is some version of “We’re visiting Oregon! Any recommendations on where we should stay/eat/visit?”

And we do have recommendations…TONS of them. But it always gets clunky when we say “Absolutely, here’s my card, email me and I’ll send you a list” or even worse “Do you have a pen? Let me write down some places for you”…invariably on the back of an envelope or something likely to get lost.

We all wanted an elegant solution to our clunky responses and a better way to share our favorite places in Portland and in the Willamette Valley. And with a little help from our friend and illustrator, Blake Suárez, we now have our own little City Mouse and Country Mouse to help you navigate our team’s favorite places.

Next time you run into anyone from Evening Land, whether in our tasting room or in some far-flung locale and you mention you’re headed to Oregon…well, we’ll be ready with our favorites.

DISCLAIMER - Not all our favorites could fit on this card, but it's a solid start to a great visit.

Jun 12, 2019 at 9:14 AM
Evening Land Vineyards ELV

Great Wine is Made in the Vineyard

This is a maxim one hears so often in the world of fine wine. But what does it mean to you, the wine drinker, with a glass of Evening Land Pinot Noir in-hand? Our historic Seven Springs Estate Vineyard is cared for and farmed by an exceptionally talented farmer named Jessica Cortell. Jessica, along with a host of other talented farmers is featured in this month's Oregon Wine Press profiling a remarkable group of women turning a male-dominated industry on its heels.  


photo by Kathryn Elsesser

We asked Evening Land winemaker Ben DiCristina 'How does Jessica's work in Seven Springs show up in a glass of Evening Land wine?'

"She is most concerned with the health of the vines and works diligently to make sure each vine achieves optimum health. She does this so that the shoots and flowers are strong and the fruit sets well. Throughout the growing season, she works hard to keep disease at bay and has really dialed this in over the past few vintages, despite many of our neighbors suffering great losses year after year. Towards harvest, she wants the canopy (the shoots and leaves on the vine) to remain strong so that ripening is not delayed. Jessica leaves no stone unturned to maintain the health of the vine"

Jessica likes to say "Don't just grow a vine, grow wine". This simple, seven-word sentiment holds within it a great truth that many lifelong grape growers never realize. We partner with Jessica and trust her to nurture and farm Seven Springs because she understands and enjoys the challenge of growing great wine, not just a vine. So next time you open a bottle of Evening Land, take a moment to appreciate the passionate and thoughtful vine-by-vine approach Jessica brings to every glass of our wine. 

Click HERE to read the great feature in Oregon Wine Press and HERE to visit Jessica's website. 

 

Jun 4, 2019 at 6:04 AM
Evening Land Vineyards ELV

 

Look to the Future

Energy, vitality, tension, and freshness. How do these traits manifest in wine? How do they enhance our enjoyment of wine when young? How do they presage age-worthiness and promote a slow, compelling evolution in bottle? We spend a lot of time thinking about these traits and asking ourselves these questions. With the launch of our sparkling wine program at Evening Land, we take another important step in deepening our understanding of these traits and of the Seven Springs Vineyard.

Seeing Seven Springs, presented through the prism of traditionally-crafted sparkling wine, demonstrates these traits in a way that is all at once new, promising, and thrilling. 

Add Evening Land's first ever Sparkling Blanc de Noirs to your cellar!
 

la Fôret - The Energetic Core of Seven Springs

At the summit of Seven Springs sits a minuscule and stunningly picturesque field of Pinot Noir we call ‘la Fôret’ (The Forest). Here, the vibrant green leaves of Pinot Noir vines are held in relief against the dark green needles of towering Douglas fir. Even in warm vintages - with which we’ve been blessed of many as of late - the vines on the edge of la Fôret struggle to ripen satisfactorily for a still Pinot Noir because they are shaded for parts of the day. In the 2015 vintage, we began the tedious work of hand-harvesting those shaded edges of la Fôret intentionally early and we embarked on serious and long-term sparkling wine program at Evening Land.

Crafting a compelling sparkling wine is a remarkably difficult endeavor. Harvest for sparkling wine usually happens 12 to 18 days before the harvest for still wines. Therefore you must begin with fruit that demonstrates compelling flavors and the capacity for great complexity at a very early point in the ripening process. In la Fôret, where the ripening process is slow and gradual, the fruit possesses these traits which become the essential building blocks of a promising sparkling wine.
 

The Craft - Patience and Expertise

The patience and expertise required to complete the laborious processes of tirage and disgorgement are rare but essential in the pursuit of great sparkling wine. We are aided in this effort by our friendship with Michael Cruse. His dedication to finishing sparkling wines is second-to-none. We first began working with Michael in the 2012 vintage at Sandhi and the resulting wines gave us the confidence to pursue this project at Evening Land in partnership with him.

 

The Wine - 2015 Seven Springs Blanc de Noirs

The 2015 Seven Springs Blanc de Noirs is energetic and focused, with bright-fruited aromas and notes of Alpine berries and botanicals. The refined mousse glosses the palate with richness and carries through flavors of citrus, toasted hazelnut skin, and ripe berries to a lively finish.

Hand-harvested Pinot Noir was gently pressed into neutral barrels. After fermentation, the wine was bottled sur lie and aged in bottle (under crown cap) for 3 full years before being disgorged by hand this past winter. The wine is classified as 'Brut Nature' or 'naturally dry' as there is no sugar added in the dosage before the bottle is closed with cork and cage. 

 

The Label

Our rocky, volcanic soils imbue all of our Seven Springs wines with character and minerality. We felt it appropriate to give that special soil center stage and emblazon our sparkling wine labels with a microscopic image of our soils. Seen in deep detail, the crystal formations of silica tetrahedrons show our weathering and decomposing volcanic soils here in the Eola-Amity Hills. 

 

 

 

Apr 30, 2019 at 5:00 AM
Evening Land Vineyards ELV

What other wine region gets up off the couch and brings a contingent all the way across the continent for your enjoyment? We're hitting the road along with many of our Willamette Valley neighbors in celebration of Oregon Wine Month. 



BOSTON - May 2nd

Pinot in the City comes to Boston for the very first time! Evening Land is part of a cohort of 50 wineries descending on the commonwealth to pour our wines for consumers. Join us at The Castle at Park Plaza on Thursday, May 2nd for an evening of terrific Oregon wine. 

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - May 7th

Nothing elicits bipartisan joy better than a room full of terrific Oregon wine. We are excited to partner with Zachys in Washington D.C. to host an intimate evening with some tremendous wines. We'll be joined by our neighbors at Bethel Heights, Cristom, St. Innocent, Argyle, Brooks, and Elk Cove!

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Apr 15, 2019 at 5:44 AM
Julian Elam
March 5, 2019

Whale Watching

While large cetaceans may not be among the first things that come to mind when planning a wine tasting trip, the Oregon Coast happens to be one of the best places in the world to spot whales. Every spring, 20,000 gray whales migrate north from Baja, Mexico to Alaska, passing the Oregon coast along the way. The deep waters of Depoe Bay are a particularly reliable whale-watching hub, located just an hour and 15 minutes southwest of the heart of wine country. On your way to the ocean, you’ll drive straight through the Van Duzer Corridor, a coastal valley crucial to the diurnal rhythms that help generate the distinctive acidity of the wines at Seven Springs Vineyard.

 

Skiing

Spring is the ideal time of year to take a detour to the volcanic peaks of the Cascade Range, where late-season storms can deposit feet of powder before dissipating into bluebird skies that make for conditions straight out of a skier’s rêverie. Mt. Hood boasts the longest ski season in North America, with operations continuing through Memorial Day thanks to the stubborn snow of the Palmer Glacier on the 11,245-foot stratovolcano’s south flank. Meanwhile, Mt. Bachelor offers a cornucopia of dry powder and sunny days in Central Oregon’s high desert. The city of Bend, OR - only minutes away from the mountain - also offers a stimulating après-ski scene, replete with craft breweries, restaurants, and art galleries.   

 

Wildflowers

The two colors visitors associate most prominently with Oregon tend to be green (for the state’s plentiful Douglas firs) and grey (for the wet weather). However, as winter begins to loosen its grip, a majestic abundance of hues blossoms everywhere from the alpine meadows of the Cascade Range to the urban parks of Portland. For a slightly off-the-beaten-path experience, visit Camassia Natural Area in West Linn, where glades of brilliant blue-violet common camas illuminate a rocky plateau. Further afield, the Mosier Plateau east of Hood River offers a stunning palate of yellow balsamroot and purple lupine blooms amidst golden grasses overlooking the Columbia River Gorge.

 

Eating

Even though spring in Portland can be quite wet, a few raindrops never get in the way of gastronomic indulgences. Luckily, the city has one of the most impressive concentrations of quality restaurants in the United States, and March happens to be Portland Dining Month. Throughout the month, chefs all over the city celebrate Portland’s culinary delights by offering unique 3-course meals for $33. This year, Evening Land favorites Davenport and Jacqueline are participating, along with a host of other top establishments. It’s a great opportunity to sample the cutting edge of Portland’s food scene on the cheap.  

 

Waterfalls

Spring’s higher temperatures cause snow to melt high up in the mountains, feeding the Northwest’s numerous waterfalls, which surge and roar spectacularly at this time of year. Panther Creek Falls, located on the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge, is a less-traveled, complex waterfall cascading 136 feet over two mossy tiers and easily accessible via a 1-mile hike. Hug Point Falls, located five miles south of Cannon Beach, is another hidden wonder. Though decidedly small at only 15 feet, this waterfall drops directly onto a wild and picturesque cliff-lined beach. Be sure to visit at low tide otherwise, you’ll find the beach covered by the frigid Pacific. 

Mar 5, 2019 at 8:03 AM
Julian Elam
February 28, 2019

The 2011 vintage began forebodingly but finished with panache. Referred to as a
“miracle” by many in the Willamette Valley, 2011 was a precariously late vintage by
many measures, yet Evening Land’s wines still blossomed into singular specimens with
great freshness and complexity.

Following an unusually cold winter, spring conditions finally arrived in June, and bloom did not occur until July. However, a warm September turned what could have been a catastrophic harvest into one of the most unique vintages we’ve seen here in the Eola-Amity Hills. Revisiting these wines eight
years later is a fascinating study in what makes our Seven Springs vineyard so special, for even in a
challenging year, the quality of place persisted and prevailed against all odds to produce a
delicate vision of our extraordinary vineyard.


2011 SSV Estate Chardonnay

Hailing in part from young vines, this bottling’s refinement belies the age of its source
material. Proffering a pale gold robe and a nose hinting at lemon, Evening Land’s 2011
Estate Chardonnay still courses with vitality in the mouth; citrus notes, brisk acid, and
saline pome fruit zip through a creamy texture and land on a long finish laced with
suggestions of chalk and minerals. Drink now.


2011 SSV Estate Pinot Noir

The 2011 Estate Pinot Noir is a wonderfully elegant cross-section of Seven Springs’
distinctive terroir that encompasses plantings from all over the vineyard. Derived
predominantly from old-vine, own-rooted Pommard and a blend of three other clones,
this wine has retained its freshness while developing a sophisticated complexity in its
maturity. In the glass, the cuvée’s rich red color has earned a subtle brick patina from its years in bottle. Opening expressively with some earthiness followed by cherry and spice on the nose, this wine demonstrates restrained and balanced vigor on the palate. Succulent acidity and salt work in concert with distinct traces of herbs, exceptionally smooth texture, and a lovely weight to attain a remarkable equilibrium of beguiling depth, energy, and purity. Drink now or revisit in another 2-5 years.

Feb 28, 2019 at 11:15 AM
Julian Elam
February 15, 2019

COFFEE

The only thing more synonymous with Portland than rain is coffee! We are as serious about great coffee as we are about great wine. 

Heart



What sets Heart apart from dozens of other Portland roasters is the meticulous and
unbending care lavished upon every detail at all stages of the coffee production process.
This devotion to the craft produces technical roasts of wonderful complexity and balance,
traits that are on full display in the café’s pour-overs and espresso drinks. The downtown
location’s
outside tables are also a great spot for people watching.


Cloudforest



Fastidiously designed and sparsely furnished with pastel accents, Cloudforest is equal
parts art installation, chocolate factory, and coffee shop. Through a window near the
shop entrance, visitors can glimpse virtually the entire chocolate making process, from
roasting to packaging. At the bar, ask the barista for a luscious, umami-laden maple
drinking chocolate topped with sea salt and served in cheerfully colored ceramics sourced
from local artists. Indulge even further with a sumptuous house-made cookie, featuring
single origin chocolate from founder Sebastian Cisneros’ native Ecuador.

Feb 15, 2019 at 7:41 AM
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