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September 25, 2018

 

Sep 25, 2018 at 10:52 AM
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September 6, 2018

Today marks the start of our 2018 vintage. Before sunrise, our vineyard manager Jessica Cortell and her team harvested the first crop from a young vines Chardonnay block at Seven Springs. Our tasting room team is headed to the winery to see winemaker Ben DiCristina load the press with the first juice of the vintage. It's an exciting time in the valley and it will only get busier! 

Sep 6, 2018 at 7:48 AM
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August 14, 2018

Our Zaltos are here. Our tasting room team is standing by to receive your call and send some of these epic Austrian wine glasses and decanters your way. Scroll down to learn more about Zaltos and to see what we have available. 

 

Aug 14, 2018 at 1:26 PM
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We are ardent lovers and supporters of Zalto stemware. In both the winery and the tasting room we exclusively use these delicate, mouth-blown Austrian glasses to evaluate and enjoy wine. Read on to learn more about what makes Zalto such an exquisite glass for wine lovers like us. 

Our tasting room always has a large selection of Zalto stems and decanters for sale. Whether you're considering investing in great glassware for yourself or need a special gift to impress the wine lover in your life...we've got you covered!


 

HISTORY
In the northern part of Lower-Austria, the tradition of glass blowing goes back to the early 14th century. The Zalto family, a glassmaking dynasty whose roots reach back to Venice, settled down in this region six generations ago. Since then, Zalto has been producing high quality mouth-blown glass in Neunagelberg and has made a name for itself among bon vivants beyond all borders.

SHAPE
The curve of the bowls are tilted at the angles of 24°, 48°, and 72°, which are in accordance to the tilt angles of the Earth. The ancient Romans utilized this triumvirate of angles with their supply repositories, finding that produce stayed fresh for a longer time, and that it also showed improved taste. Due to these cosmic parallels, Zalto believes that a wine can reach its utmost potential in a Denk`Art glass.

DURABILITY
Despite its feather-light weight and delicate edges, the Denk'Art series of glasses maintains all the best attributes of a modern day glass as far as care and longevity are concerned. They are lead-free and resistant against clouding. Denk`Art glasses may be washed in the dishwasher and should be considered your everyday glass as well as the glass to use for your most special occasions.

Aug 3, 2018 at 9:52 AM
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The most memorable and magical corner of the Seven Springs property is our waterfall. Shrouded in trees, ferns, and moss, and nestled in the woods below our old vines Pinot Noir, it is a cool and magical respite from the mid-day sun. We recently hosted a small group of ardent Evening Land supporters for a picnic lunch and wanted to share some pictures from that magical afternoon. 

Our next waterfall tasting and lunch is scheduled for Saturday, August 25th. Call us to reserve your seat at the waterfall. 503.538.4110

Aug 2, 2018 at 6:48 AM
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To celebrate the release of our 2017 Gamay Noir from Evening Land, we're hosting a very unique tasting of some of France's finest examples of the Gamay grape alongside our very own. We produce just a small amount of Gamay at Evening Land, but we're proud of the traditional way we make this wine, honoring the old world methods of Beaujolais' greatest winemakers. We hope you can join us and experience the inspiration of these great wines under the guidance of Portland's own Chevonne Ball

A Guided Gamay Tasting with Chevonne Ball

Saturday, August 7th  |  4pm - 7pm
Evening Land Tasting Room (map)

~ The Tasting ~

Domaine de la Grand'Cour (Jean-Louis Dutraive), Brouilly Vielles Vignes
Château Thivin, Brouilly 'Reverdon'
Guy Breton, Régnié
Jean-Paul Thévenet, Morgon Vielles Vignes
Domaine du Vissoux, Brouilly 'Pierreux'
Evening Land, Eola-Amity Hills 'Seven Springs' Vielles Vignes

$30 per person, includes regionally-inspired cheese, charcuterie, and live music included
 

Aug 2, 2018 at 6:34 AM
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Below are excerpts from Raj Parr & Jordan Mackay's forthcoming book, The Atlas of Taste
Evening Land list members can pre-order signed, first editions by clicking below.

'One of the most beautiful wines of the world, Beaujolais couldn’t catch a break. From the humiliation it must have suffered in 1395 when its grape, Gamay, got unceremoniously booted from Burgundy by Philip the Bold, to the summers of 2016 and 2017, when brutal hailstorms destroyed the crop in many of its best vineyards, the hits have kept coming. Add in the fact that its one claim to fame, Beaujolais Nouveau, which brought international fame and tons of cash, was based on an iffy wine that would obscure the existence of the good Beaujolais and ultimately contribute to an economic tailspin lasting decades, and you’ve got a major crash on your hands. Even the heavily hyped vintages of late—2009, 2010, and 2015—all of which prompted forecasts of a “Beaujolais turnaround,” were not magic bullets.

Quick fixes, however, were never what Beaujolais needed. The region’s people and its wines have always been regarded in France as sort of charming, convivial country bumpkins, providing simple bucolic pleasure if never profundity. And while there is a jovial, outgoing spirit here, Beaujolais is also home to many extremely talented, driven vignerons. And it’s in these men and women that lies the region’s reclamation, which is being powered by quality, site-driven wines, not magic bullets or marketing gimmicks.

In the early 1980s a small group of young producers in Morgon, dubbed by importer Kermit Lynch the Gang of Four (Jean-Paul Thévenet, Guy Breton, Jean Foillard, and Marcel Lapierre), fell under the influence of an elderly, brilliant sage named Jules Chauvet. Chauvet and his assistant Jacques Néauport preached traditional winemaking—use old vines in vineyards farmed without chemicals, harvest fully ripe grapes, ferment with natural yeasts, age the wines in barrel, and bottle without fining or filtration. Chauvet also proved that this could be done without adding sulfur dioxide, wine’s universal protector. The Gang of Four adopted these methods and essentially gave birth to the natural wine movement, countering the rise of industrial winemaking and preserving Beaujolais’s soul.

Today, Beaujolais is well on its way out of the pit into which Nouveau cast it. Just as the attention of modern young wine drinkers is finding the previously obscure wines of the Loire and the Jura, Beaujolais too has been recognized for the complex and thought-provoking, yet utterly delightful, wines it can make. In a beneficial feedback loop, the opportunity Beaujolais currently presents—cheap land, high-quality and historical terroirs, newfound cachet—is attracting both young, aspiring vintners and even some famous names from Burgundy (Lafarge and Thibault Liger-Belair, to name a couple) who help raise the profile even higher.'

Jul 12, 2018 at 6:34 AM
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The one Evening Land wine people simply CRAVE TO DRINK is our Gamay Noir. The little green label sidles up effortlessly to a simple summer meal of grilled meats and vegetables or a hearty Thanksgiving turkey. Best served with a slight chill, it offers a pillow-soft texture that hovers over exuberant fruit and a subtly complex and savory finish. This is unquestionably the most thoroughly drinkable wine grown at Seven Springs.

What makes this wine so spellbinding and thoroughly enjoyable? We’d like to think our commitment in the cellar to the classic, old-world methods of whole cluster, carbonic fermentation, with no new oak and no added sulfur are the main reasons we’re able to achieve what we do with Gamay. In the vineyard, the volcanic soils of the Eola-Amity Hills and the slight westerly aspect of our Gamay blocks reliably yield fruit that is compelling and complex without veering into over-ripeness and flabbiness.
 


 

An homage to the old vines - the final chapter

There are only 30 acres of Gamay under vine in all of the Willamette Valley. Here at Seven Springs Vineyard, we’re proud to farm just over 10% of that total (3.3acres). 1.1 of those acres is believed to be the oldest producing Gamay vines in North America. The vines were grafted over from Gewürtztraminer to Gamay in 1986 by Myron Redford of Amity Cellars. The remaining 2.2 acres were planted in 2003, just upslope from our old vines Pinot Noir and La Source Chardonnay blocks.

The 2017 Seven Springs Gamay Noir marks the final chapter for these old soldiers. Own-rooted, succumbing to phylloxera, and weary from the warm 3-vintage stretch of 2014-2015-2016, it was time to pull these vines from the ground. Less than a barrel of wine was harvested from these old vines in 2017. A paltry sum, and one that assures us these vines have given their last.

Tasting Note

 

The 2017 Seven Springs Gamay Noir from Evening Land leads with a rich, ripe nose of red and blue fruits, a hint of spice, and a touch of smokiness from the volcanic soils. On the palate the wine is soft, pillowy, and approachable on the entry. Complexity and spice start to creep in on the mid-palate and the finish brings a bright zip of acidity and an encore of the exuberant fruit from the nose. The 2017 Gamay drinks splendidly on release and we always recommend serving slightly chilled for optimal enjoyment.

Jul 9, 2018 at 6:21 AM
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Lovers of Evening Land know we pride ourselves on growing and producing exceptional, age-worthy Chardonnays from our Seven Springs Estate Vineyard. There's been a collective effort afoot here in the valley to shine a spotlight on Oregon Chardonnay by dedicating more and better vineyard land to the variety, improving vinification techniques learned from Burgundy, and simply by dedicating more time and energy to pouring and discussing Oregon Chardonnay. 

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SHOP LA SOURCE CHARDONNAY

Eric Asimov of the New York Times dedicated last week's tasting panel and column to Oregon Chardonnay. It's a terrific article that touches on many inflection points in Oregon's quest to make world-class Chardonnay. Along with his fellow tasters, and out of a terrific line-up of 20 wines, our 2015 La Source Chardonnay was deemed the top wine of the group! 

Kudos to Ben and his winery team on a great accolade from one of our favorite tasters and writers.

 

Jun 20, 2018 at 7:43 AM
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Unquestionably, the best setting in which to enjoy the wines of Evening Land is in our historic vineyard, Seven Springs. We love bringing guests out to the vineyard to walk the vines, share the rich history of Seven Springs, and connect memorable wines to a memorable visit.

To schedule your vineyard tour phone our Tasting Room 503.538.4110 or email Tynan Pierce at tpierce@elvwines.com.

To read more about what a visit to Seven Springs entails, click HERE

May 29, 2018 at 12:30 PM
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