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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
Evening Land
June 24, 2020

We have been preparing to make your return to our tasting room and vineyard as safe and enjoyable as possible. We are taking COVID-19 seriously and exercising every precaution we can to ensure the safety of our team, our community, and you. We warmly invite you to reserve a tasting at the link below.


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We are here to answer any specific questions or concerns.
503.538.4110 | email us

 

Jun 24, 2020 at 8:34 PM
Evening Land
June 3, 2020

According to the thermometer, Summer is here. Temperatures have risen across the country and that means we need to share with you some important details about shipping.

Wine is sensitive to temperature. Even under optimal circumstances (which 2020 is not panning out to be optimal by any definition) there are a lot of uncontrollable variables with shipping. Out of an abundance of caution for your wine and your financial investment in these wines, we will hold wines until a future ship date when temperatures are cooler. There are 2 exceptions to this
 

UPGRADE/EXPEDITE

If you really need your wine right away, please select FedEx 2-Day or Priority Overnight at Checkout. If you select Ground shipping and later realize your wine is on hold and wish to expedite it, A.J. can upgrade your shipping method and provide you with rates and delivery timelines. He’s always just an email away.
 

COLD CHAIN

Pioneered by FedEx as a way to move…well organs and tissue and medical stuff, Cold Chain is a temperature-controlled shipping method that FedEx offers between May and October. These shipments are consolidated on a weekly basis and take as long (and sometimes longer) than Ground shipments. That being said, the wines will get to you faster via Cold Chain than they will if you wait for cooler Fall weather. Cold Chain is NOT available to every zip code and every address, so if you’d like to inquire about getting your wine out via Cold Chain, A.J. can help. 


LET US CELLAR YOUR WINE

As I mentioned above, we will hold your shipment until temperatures are safe to ship without temperature-controlled packaging, at no additional charge. Our cellar is a great place for your wine to hang out for a little bit. It’s dark, it’s cool (55F), and I promise you the wine is improving.
 

We won’t “JUST SHIP IT”

I know some places will, if you request it, send your wine ASAP without any temperature-controlled packaging via FedEx or UPS Ground and throw up their hands. Not us. We can upgrade/expedite your shipping, or we can hold it in our cellar.
 

ON YOUR END

A missed delivery attempt means more time on the delivery truck and in the local fulfillment center (neither of which are temperature controlled). Please call or email A.J. if you need to change a scheduled delivery for any reason. 

As always, if you have any questions, please call 503.538.4110, or email oregonhospitality@elvwines.com
 

Jun 3, 2020 at 6:52 PM
Evening Land
March 9, 2020

The name Seven Springs carries a great heritage in the world of Oregon wine. So it's no accident that we proudly display the name of our estate vineyard on our labels. But we do so not on our most expensive and rare bottles, but on our introductory range of wines. We put a lot of pressure on ourselves to make sure this trio of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Gamay lives up to the name Seven Springs and delivers on these promises.

A Sense of Place

For almost 4 decades now, Seven Springs has produced wines with a flinty/smoky nose from the volcanic soils, bright/brambly fruit from the cool and windy eastern exposure, and an undercurrent of savory earthiness brought on by our wet winters and the encroaching forest of Douglas fir that ring the southern edge of the vineyard.

A Sense of Value

Each year, when it comes time to compose the final blend for our Seven Springs wines, we have that gut-check moment - "does what I'm tasting far exceed my expectations for a $35 bottle of wine?" In an ever-increasing field of estate-grown, single vineyard wines, we want to be confident that these wines not only measure up, but set the pace.

A Sense of Enjoyment

Wine is ultimately and always about pleasure. None of us uncorks a bottle to wax poetic. We drink wine to enhance our meals, augment our evenings, and enliven our conversations.

Click HERE to purchase our Seven Springs Sampler

Mar 9, 2020 at 9:56 AM
Evening Land
December 5, 2019

Our holiday gift guide has something for every kind of wine lover on your list! The adventurer, the connoisseur, the gadget-lover, and those who simply love a great glass of wine.

THE ADVENTURER

There isn't a more memorable tasting experience in all of Oregon than a tour of our historic Seven Springs Vineyard with Tynan Pierce. Our breathtaking vineyard plays host to wine lovers all year long and the opportunity to enjoy a wine in the very rows where it was grown creates a special, lifelong connection to the wines of Evening Land. To book a vineyard tour for the adventurous wine lover in your life, call or email Tynan (503)538-4110 - tpierce@elvwines.com

 

THE CONNOISSEUR

Crafting age-worthy, classic wines is our highest calling. The best way to understand a producer and their vineyard is to follow a wine over several vintages. We're pleased to offer a 3-vintage gift pack of our most popular Pinot Noir, LA SOURCE. The 2014, 2015, and 2016 vintages of La Source Pinot Noir will be wrapped in tissue and packed in a commemorative Evening Land box. Call the tasting room to order your La Source Holiday Gift Pack. Only 30 gift-packs available!   (503)538-4410.

 

THE GADGET LOVER

We LOVE Coravin Wine Preservation Systems. We use them every day in our tasting room and believe them to be one of the very best pieces of technology for people who truly LOVE wine! Our tasting room is THE PLACE to purchase a Coravin. If you already own a Coravin, we carry extra gas canisters and replacement parts. From December 14th through Christmas Eve, our Tasting Room will offer 30% off on all Coravin products. Stop in or call us (503)538-4410.

 

 

THE CLASSIC WINE LOVER

We are so proud and work so hard to produce classic, timeless examples of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay at Evening Land. Our website always has our current vintage offering available for purchase. From now through Friday, December 13th, we're offering complimentary ground shipping on orders of 6-or-more bottles. Our tasting room has a broader and deeper selection of wines to 'try before you buy' and will happily wrap and ship wine to your friends and loved ones. 

 

Dec 5, 2019 at 8:57 AM
Evening Land
November 21, 2019

Whatever did we do before this wonderful invention came along? We love using the Coravin Wine System in our tasting room and winery because it preserves the freshness and liveliness in our wines and allows us to share each bottle with as many guests as possible. 

In the tasting room, we use the Model Two Elite Pro. It's easy to use, sleek, and quite the conversation piece. Our Evening Land Tasting Room is proud to be one of the very few retailers in the entire country to offer Coravin's new Model Eleven. If you live in an internet-connected home with nest thermostats, ring doorbells, Amazon Alexa, then this is the Coravin for you. 

Coravin Unboxing Model Eleven from Coravin on Vimeo.

 

We use Coravin's everyday. We know a lot about them and we're happy to answer any questions you may have both before you purchase and after you begin using your new Coravin.

Call us anytime and if we miss you, we'll ring you back 503.538.4110

All our best,
-AJ & Tynan

Nov 21, 2019 at 8:49 AM
Evening Land
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
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
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
June 12, 2019

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
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