Virtual Wine Tasting Featuring Adelsheim Vineyards with Special Guest David Adelsheim

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 - 06:00 PM

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“Wine is like people. The wine takes all the influences in life all around it, it absorbs them and it gets its personality."

French Kiss (1995) – Luc (Kevin Kline)


It’s Wednesday at that means time for our virtual wine tasting! 

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We are hosting virtual tastings every Wednesday on Zoom and Instagram live which will be posted to Instagram TV.  So, if you can’t make it at 6pm to chat with your host the one and only Andrew Lampasone, the head of wine drinking operations here at Wine Watch on Wednesday, October 7th (today) you can tune in any time after that by checking out the video posted to Wine Watch’s Instagram page.  The virtual tasting packs are up on our web page under the gift box selections and you can purchase them before the event and taste along with us or purchase them any time after the event until the wines are no longer available and taste the wines and watch the producer interview at your leisure.

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Next week, we have our good friends from Soter Winery Soter Winery founder Tony Soter & winemaker James Cahill with us for this one.  Join us as we welcome one of the top producers from the Willamette valley on Wednesday, October 14th at 6pm EST.  We will be showing four wines from Soter Winery and we have a package of these four wines listed on this e-mail and in the Wine Watch gift Box section at   If you want to follow along you can purchase all four wines in one pack or any of the wines individually on our web page just type in Soter and you will find the selections we are showcasing for the event along with all the wines available from this landmark Willamette Valley winery.

We invite you to follow along live for this tasting and remember please dress appropriately if you are on our zoom call.

You can call it Oregon Wine month here at Wine Watch as we have one of the pioneers of the Oregon wine industry David Adelsheim with us on Wednesday, October 21st!

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Virtual Wine Tasting featuring Adelsheim Winery
with Special Guest Founder David Adelsheim
Wednesday, October 21st

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Four pack of virtual tasting wines
2017 Adelsheim Pinot Gris Willamette Valley
2018 Adelsheim Willamette Valley Chardonnay
2019 Adelsheim Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
2015 Adelsheim Pinot Noir Elizabeth Reserve Willamette Valley
Price: $103

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Topic: Virtual Wine Tasting featuring Adelsheim Winery with David Adelsheim
Time: Oct 21, 2020 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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All the Adelsheim wines Available at Wine Watch:

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2017 Adelsheim Rose Willamette Valley
Price: $21.50   Your Price: $18.92
This delicious wine offers aromas of fresh Oregon strawberries and raspberries, apricot, and rose petal which follow through on a rich, well-textured palate that offers juicy, ripe fruit. Though a perfect summer beverage on its own, this Rosé will pair with all manner of summer meals, from bouillabaisse and grilled shrimp, to goat cheese, ham, and poultry entrees.
Appellation: Willamette Valley
Farming: LIVE certified
Composition: 100% Pinot noir

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2017 Adelsheim Pinot Gris Willamette Valley
Price: $21.00   Your Price: $18.48      Quantity in Stock: 11

Crisp, bright flavors have always been the hallmark of Adelsheim Pinot gris. In this 2017, you’ll find aromas of white peach, minerality, and pear blossom. It pulls off the difficult feat of providing a gentle creaminess that lends a rich, mouth-filling texture and long finish, yet is still impressing as a wine that’s crisp and clean.

2018 Adelsheim Willamette Valley Chardonnay
Price: $24.00   Your Price: $21.12      Quantity in Stock: 12

The perfect introduction to the Willamette Valley and Oregon Chardonnay. Comprised of fruit from multiple vineyards throughout the northern Willamette Valley, this wine welcomes you to the Valley.

“This wine has such a wonderful, lifted floral component—it just wafts out of the glass. I also love the freshness and vibrancy of the fruit. The palate really brings this wine home for me; it’s refreshing and luscious, yet complex and thoughtful.”          Gina Hennen, Winemaker

2015 Adelsheim Staking Claim Chardonnay
Price: $38.00   Your Price: $33.44      Quantity in Stock: 14

(92 Points) This 2015 Chardonnay opens with vivid aromas of lemon curd, Asian pear, white flowers, Bergamot orange zest, and cardamom. The flavors of lemon curd and Asian pear carry into the mouth, accompanied by a wet stone minerality. The firm structure and rich textural components linger on the palate. VINOUS
Appellation: Chehalem Mountains
Farming: LIVE certified
Composition: 100% Chardonnay
Aging: French oak, 21% new, 10-16 months

2019 Adelsheim Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
Price: $27.00   Your Price: $23.76      Quantity in Stock: 11

Pulled from multiple vineyards throughout the northern Willamette Valley, this wine showcases the extraordinary depth and complexity found in our region.

 “I know I’m a bit partial, but I think this is one of the best Willamette Valley wines we’ve ever made. The fruit quality was just perfect—not too ripe, fresh and juicy, and full of complexity and nuance. This wine highlights those characteristics and does so with all the verve our region is known for.”  -Gina Hennen, Winemaker

2015 Adelsheim Pinot Noir Elizabeth Reserve Willamette Valley
Price: $45.00   Your Price: $39.60      Quantity in Stock: 12
Take home Willamette Valley history in a bottle. For nearly four decades the "Lizzie" has helped define the celebrated terroir of Willamette Valley Pinot noir. For this final vintage, Winemaker Gina Hennen, selected fruit from 13 of Willamette Valley's most exceptional vineyards throughout the Chehalem Mountains, Dundee Hills, and Eola-Amity Hills. Its elegant structure will develop gracefully as you age this special vintage for years to come.


Here is the Adelsheim time line for the Oregon wine industry which only goes back to the 1961 vintage.  The Willamette Valley is celebrating their 57th birthday this year as a wine producing region, hard to believe that in this short time it has become one of the premier regions in the world for Pinot Noir. 

1961 - Oregon’s First Post-Prohibition Vinifera Grapes

Richard Sommer planted Oregon's first post-Prohibition vinifera grapes, including Pinot noir, in the Umpqua Valley.


1965 - First Pinot noir in the Willamette Valley

David Lett planted Pinot noir and related cool-climate varieties in the Willamette Valley. 


1968 - First Oregon Pinot noir available for purchase

The first Oregon Pinot noir, from Hillcrest Vineyards in the Umpqua Valley, becomes available in the Oregon market.


1970 - Five bonded Oregon wineries with 35 vineyard acres.


1971 - First Property Purchased

On a beautiful June day in 1971, David Adelsheim and Ginny Adelsheim stood above an open field and were taken with the beauty of its orange and purple wildflowers. Five hundred feet below, Oregon's north Willamette Valley stretched out in a patchwork of orchards, pasture and native trees. The field, rich with clay-loam soil, had a gentle southern exposure and was sheltered by the Chehalem Mountains. The Adelsheims had dreamed of planting a vineyard in the area since returning from a summer in Europe, where they were inspired by the artisanal foods and wines they encountered.


1972 - First Plantings

In 1972, the Adelsheims began planting their original 15-acre vineyard at Quarter Mile Lane with Pinot noir, Chardonnnay, Pinot gris, and Riesling, relying on family and friends for assistance. Although the Chehalem Mountains were, at this time, an unproven viticultural area, the Adelsheims were undaunted in pursuit of their dream to produce exceptional wines in Oregon's north Willamette Valley.


1975 - First all-Oregon wine list

L’Omelette Restaurant, the trendy Portland spot in the 70’s, introduced the first wine list featuring an all-Oregon wine section.  The wine list was created by David Adelsheim, then sommelier, now president of Adelsheim Vineyard.


1978 - First Commercial Vintage

Working in a cramped basement winery with a simple crusher and press, and 20 Burgundy barrels, David Adelsheim made Adelsheim Vineyard's first 1,300 cases of wine for commercial release in 1978; tiny quantities of Pinot noir, Chardonnay and Riesling from the estate vineyard were produced, along with Semillon and Merlot. As the Quarter Mile Lane vineyard matured to full yield and grapes were purchased from other growers, annual production doubled every two years.


1980 – Three are only 34 bonded wineries with 1,100 vineyard acres.


1997 - Second building phase at Calkins Lane

In 1997, a state-of-the-art, 35,000 square-foot, gravity-flow winery was completed at Calkins Lane Vineyard. Combining function with understated elegance, this 40,000 case capacity facility provides the quality controls demanded by a "hands-off" winemaking approach. A two-level, gravity-flow fermentation room allows for gentle grape movement and four underground barrel caves utilize pre-cast concrete arches and temperature-controlled floors to provide optimal temperature and humidity for slow, cool aging of their Pinot noir, Chardonnay and Syrah.


2015 - Today

Today, the Adelsheim Vineyard estate has grown to include ten exceptional vineyard sites in the Willamette Valley, totaling 223 acres. A new generation of experienced wine industry professionals has joined with David Adelsheim in our passionate endeavor to lead the industry in crafting consistently transcendent wines.

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