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Happenings & Musing from the Eola-Amity Hills.

A.J. McCafferty
September 14, 2020

 


"Every vintage presents new challenges and 2020 is no exception. I am thankful for the
talented men and women who we work with everyday; and the collective intelligence
and passion they possess to help our wineries find the creative ideas and resourcefulness
to overcome any crisis. More than ever, I believe humanity these days needs wine --
for the connection it brings to the natural world and to our friends." - Sashi Moorman


Harvest looks a little different this year. Like with many parts of our lives in 2020, we've had to get creative, think outside the box and at times force ourselves out of our comfort zones to find solutions for challenges we never thought we would face. But at the end of the day, Mother Nature doesn't wait! The Lompoc harvest is nearly complete, and the vineyards in Oregon that follow closely and patiently behind are finally ready.

The term “work-family” has been taken to a whole new level this year. The team of winemakers that have been working harvest in Lompoc are not only spending long days working together, but they’re also living together! Winemakers do tend to see their families less during harvest, but this year the sacrifice is bigger. It’s a complete commitment to the harvest - and to the safety of their coworkers. The show must go on. Luckily, sanitation has always been a pretty big ‘thing’ for wineries. So we’re covered on that one. 

The plan for the harvest in Oregon is similar. A selection of the winemakers that have been laboring to produce wines for Evening Land’s sister wineries in California are traveling to the Eola-Amity Hills to take on the next wave of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes. They are properly scrubbed in, well-seasoned and prepared to hit the ground running. The differences they will experience in the winery with the grapes they’ve worked with in California will be representative of the complexities and nuances in the finished wines from the two vastly different areas.


“2020 can be defined as a Roller-Coaster year. A wet spring resulted in small yields.
That might be a blessing in disguise. It should end up being a great vintage.
Mother Nature always shows the way."  -  Raj Parr


Yes, harvest does look different this year in many ways and there are many unique challenges. But much like any other vintage, the long days of hard work envelop our lives in a way that is unique and beautiful, and we wouldn’t trade it for anything else.

 

Sep 14, 2020 at 3:18 PM
A.J. McCafferty
September 1, 2020

Our vineyard tasting is the best way to enjoy and learn about our wines. This summer, outdoor tastings have allowed us to confidently share our wines and our story while keeping you safe. As harvest approaches we want to invite YOU to join us for an unforgettable tasting in the vineyard. 

Every vineyard tasting begins with a splash of our Seven Springs Blanc de Blanc. This sparkling wine awakens your palate (or takes the edge off) as you acclimate to the vineyard. A comfortable, seated, and in-depth tasting follows carrying you from Pinot Noir to Gamay and culminating with Chardonnay. Along the way you'll see the specific rows of vines that each wine comes from. There's no better way to get a feel for what makes the eastern slopes of the Eola-Amity Hills such a special place to grow fine wine.

JOIN US

Sep 1, 2020 at 12:49 PM
A.J. McCafferty
August 17, 2020

We are excited to introduce our Sales and Hospitality Associate, Alyssa Vera! Alyssa dove headfirst into the wine industry, working her way across wineries in Western Australia. She joins us after spending time at some notable wineries in the southern Willamette Valley and brings to Evening Land a unique and diverse perspective of the wine industry. Outgoing, friendly, and brimming with positivity and warmth, Alyssa has imbued our corner of the valley with great energy during this uncertain time. 

Alyssa was kind enough to indulge us in a game of '5 Questions' to help us get to know her.

Favorite Podcast

I'll Drink to That! with Levi Dalton

Last Great Meal

Quarantine Homemade Pizzas!

Last Great Wine

2018 Matthiasson Cabernet Franc, Cuvée Viticole

3 Words of Wisdom

Kill'em with Kindness

Dream Dinner Guest

Massimo Bottura (obviously he also cooks dinner in this dream)

Aug 17, 2020 at 1:15 PM
A.J. McCafferty
June 25, 2020

Our Seven Springs range of wines has grown with the release of our 2018 Seven Springs Chenin Blanc (the yellow label pictured below). ⁣



Raj Parr recalled coming across a bottle of Bethel Heights Vineyard Chenin Blanc from the mid 1980s and was eager to see if, 3-and-a-half decades later, our similarly situated property on the eastern slopes of the Eola-Amity Hills would be a suitable home for Chenin Blanc. ⁣

In the winter of 2016, we top-grafted just 1 acre of old-vines Wadenswil clone Pinot Noir to Chenin Blanc. Raj sourced cuttings from his friend Tegan Passalacqua (@ownrooted) and the Kirschenmann Vineyard in Lodi, CA. ⁣

2018 marks our second vintage. A historically dry vintage, the Chenin ripened fully and has developed into just the kind of textural, food-friendly white wine we thought this site was capable of producing.

In terms of style, this Chenin Blanc was inspired by the bone dry and fiercely reductive wines of Richard Leroy from Anjou in France’s Loire Valley. He too grows Chenin Blanc in volcanic soils and he strives to craft wines that are flinty, very taut, high in acidity and freshness, with the ability to age for a very long time. ⁣

Jun 25, 2020 at 7:44 AM
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