Memaloose Idiot’s Grace Estate Cab Franc Makes Top 10

December 30, 2012 by:

2010 Memaloose Idiot’s Grace Estate Columbia Gorge Cabernet Franc recognized by the San Francisco Chronicle as one of the top 10 most memorable wines of 2012.

The San Francisco Chronicle highlighted 10 memorable wines of 2012, one of which was produced by local wine maker the McCormick Family, who run the Memaloose tasting room and winery in Lyle, Washington. They are a self reported young winery with their first vintage in 2006 and produce wines under both the Memaloose and Idiot’s Grace labels.

8. 2010 Memaloose Idiot’s Grace Estate Columbia Gorge Cabernet Franc ($29): Say what? This was my great find during a spring trip to Washington state. The McCormick family farms grapes on either side of the Columbia River gorge that separates Washington and Oregon – as unheralded a wine country as you’ll find. Although the winery is in Lyle, Wash., Idiot’s Grace is their tiny organic vineyard in Mosier, Ore. For whatever reason, it’s a sweet spot for this aromatic cousin to Cabernet Sauvignon, a variety Washington does brilliantly. Floral, almost weightless and showing just the right amount of sweet berry fruit, it is a sign of a new, undiscovered chapter for the Northwest.

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The 10 most memorable wines of 2012



Gorge Wines Make the Cut When it Comes to Good Views

November 15, 2012 by:

Gorge Wineries with a view

The Oregonian recently highlighted their top 10 picks for great view wineries in Oregon and Washington. Two Gorge wineries Maryhill and Aniche Cellars seemed to have made the list. Here is a list of the others selected. Wineries with a view

Long, dry fall aids Columbia Gorge grape crop

October 26, 2012 by:

Columbia Gorge Grapes

The Gorge has not only experienced some fires, it also is expected to have one of the best grape crops in years. Steven Thompson, vigneron at Atavus Vineyards in White Salmon, knows first hand the scare of fire. Twenty acres of the 300-acre property burned, coming within a mere 200 yards of the vineyard. “Such a dry year is bad for fires, but really good for grapes,” he says, referring to his dry-farmed Pinot Noir and Gewurztraminer vines.

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The Fruit Loop

October 8, 2012 by:

The Fruit Loop in the Columbia River Gorge is a  35 mile scenic drive filled with orchards, wineries, and fruit stands.

The Fruit Loop is a 35-mile-long drive that takes you past 30 farms, fruit stands, orchards and wineries from the base of Mount Hood to the Columbia River Gorge and back. This loop is the perfect road trip for an early fall afternoon when the pass is clear, the leaves are starting to change and the smell of fresh apples fills the air.

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The fruit loop

Dano Qualls Of – 24 Hours in Columbia River Gorge – Wine Tasting Report

September 8, 2012 by:

Burgundy, Bordeaux, the Rhône, and the Mosel are all great places to taste a few varietals of wine, eat good food, and perhaps see a museum dedicated to the local wine. The Columbia Gorge in Hood River, Oregon, however, makes for a great wine destination because of the plentiful wine varietals available and the myriad of outdoor activities to help you build up a good thirst.


Dano Qualls, Wine Rising Blog

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Wine Rising: 24 Hours in Hood River – A Columbia Gorge Wine …

Southern Oregon Wines Come to Portland’s Director Park September 16th

September 5, 2012 by:

Savor Southern Oregon will feature over 100 of the best wines from southern Oregon vineyards, wine education stations, artisan chocolate, cheese, and charucterie, and restaurant pairings from Portland and southern Oregon’s best chefs. My mouth is watering just thinking about it! This article mentions there is a possibility of winning tickets to this event.

Wine, Chocolate, and Food Director’s Park Portland, September 16th.

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Wine Tasting Anyone? It’s Labor Day Weekend!

August 29, 2012 by:


Wine Tasting Columbia River Gorge

Labor Day in the AVA: When it comes to Oregon wine, the Willamette Valley usually gets the lion’s share of the press and glory. But there’s great stuff going on in other parts of the state, too. Over Labor Day weekend, Sept. 1-3, you’ll have a chance to check out what’s happening in the Columbia River Gorge as the wineries in that AVA (American Viticulture Area) open their doors for three days of tasting, special releases, discounts and incredible vistas. The gorge offers a wide variety of grapes, from albariño to zinfandel, thus living up to the AVA’s slogan, “a world of wine in 40 miles.” And those 40 miles have less traffic than some of sub-appellations in the Willamette AVA. Check out the gorge region’s website for touring map and descriptions of offerings at more than 30 member wineries, as well as links to options for dining and accommodations.
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Northwest Cook: Columbia Gorge wineries open for Labor Day weekend tasting

Labor Day Open House Weekend – Columbia Gorge Wine

August 26, 2012 by:
Columbia Gorge Wine

Columbia Gorge Wine


Enjoy a memorable weekend with more than 30 Columbia Gorge Wineries hosting open houses featuring special releases, great discounts and more.

Our wineries span the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area through 40 miles of peaceful, open-roads running through double mountain views of Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams.

Stay the long weekend; one day can be spent in our Washington wineries (spanning from Underwood to Goldendale), next in our Oregon wineries (spanning from Hood River thru The Dalles) and complete the weekend in our Hood River Tasting Rooms.  It’s a wonderful way to spend the weekend and discover the variety of wines from the Columbia Gorge and Columbia Valley AVAs.

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Labor Day Open House Weekend – Columbia Gorge Wine

Pests are welcome at this vineyard

August 15, 2012 by:

A lot of the insects are beneficial insects. This is where they spend the summer on these grasses and on some of the other dry vegetation.” The pesticide-free landscape is also perfect for growing the organic wine Klickitat Canyon Winery specializes in, sulfite free, vegan, no additives.

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Pests are welcome at this vineyard

Columbia Gorge – Seattle Magazine

August 14, 2012 by:

the Columbia and Willamette valleys, the Columbia Gorge American Viticultural Area (AVA) is a little wine-tasting paradise that looks more like Germany’s Mosel wine region than it does anyplace in the Northwest. The area is still better known as a destination for windsurfers and Lewis and Clark Trail buffs, but lovers of pure fruit, nervy acid and low alcohol are quickly discovering this AVA’s cool-climate charms and natural beauty.

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Columbia Gorge – Seattle Magazine