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Sign up for the Vincent Mailing List

It’s a new year and we have lots of plans – a new website with online ordering, a new employee to help in the cellar and with operations, and perhaps even a new vineyard partner as we look to expand where we source grapes for our Willamette Valley wines.

For now, the key thing you should do is get on our mailing list. Signing up has at least three major benefits:

  1. You get first access at the best pricing for our wines via our Prerelease special offers only for the mailing list. The next offer comes February 1, so now is the time to sign up.
  2. Being on the Vincent Wine Company mailing list means you can schedule a private tasting at the winery in Amity, OR, with winemaker Vincent Fritzsche at no charge.
  3. Signing up for the list costs nothing, there is never an obligation to purchase, but you will get the latest news on what’s going on at Vincent and perhaps at some point break down and buy our wine! Haha.

Seriously, we’d love to have you join our list. Questions? Email those and we’ll follow up as soon as we can.

Holiday time

The holidays are here and we’re excited to celebrate with family and friends. Please consider making Vincent wines part of your holiday meals and gift giving.

We have wines available for shipping and local delivery. To order, simply email us your wine selections, plus your contact and delivery information, and date of birth (month/day/year). We will email you an invoice for card payment, then plan local delivery or shipping (free on any case order).

Wines available for the holidays:

2018 Pinot Blanc Willamette Valley “Tardive” – $25
2019 Chardonnay Willamette Valley “Tardive” – $30
2019 Chardonnay Royer Vineyard – $35
2019 Chardonnay Armstrong Vineyard – $35

2020 Gamay Willamette Valley – $24
2019 Gamay Bjornson Vineyard – $30
NV Red Table Wine – $24 gamay/pinot blend

2019 Pinot Noir Ribbon Ridge – $30
2019 Pinot Noir Eola-Amity Hills – $30
2018 Pinot Noir Willamette Valley “Tardive” – $30

2019 Pinot Noir Silvershot Vineyard – $35
2019 Pinot Noir Bjornson Vineyard – $45
2019 Pinot Noir Zenith Vineyard – $45
2019 Pinot Noir Armstrong Vineyard – $45
2019 Pinot Noir Temperance Hill Vineyard – $45

Selected Library Wines:
2017 Chardonnay Brick House Vineyard – $35
2018 Pinot Noir Redford-Wetle Vineyard – $45
2018 Pinot Noir Bjornson Vineyard – $45
2018 Pinot Noir Zenith Vineyard – $45
2018 Pinot Noir Armstrong Vineyard – $45
2017 Pinot Noir Temperance Hill Vineyard – $50

Harvest time!

It’s harvest time in the Willamette Valley. Gradually we fill the cellar with bins of fermenting grapes (red wines) and barrels of fermenting juice (white and rose wines) as each vineyard we work with is ready for picking. Here’s the scene the other evening after cleaning up from another busy day and putting everything to bed for the night.

Once the harvest work subsides a bit and weather is good for shipping, we’ll be working on all the Fall Prerelease orders that we’ve been holding for our customers. Also any summer orders that have been waiting for cooler weather. As usual, we’ll send tracking information when things ship.

As usual, tasting appointments have been challenging to do during the peak of harvest but we’ll be getting back to them soon. Sorry to anyone who inquired in the past few weeks, just such a busy time for us.

How’s the harvest going? After the challenges of last year and then the extreme heat we saw early this summer, the grapes this fall look and taste fantastic. Sugars are moderate, not higher than usual even with the heat. Acids are strong, not low as they can be in hot years. Essentially, the late season weather was cooler and now a bit wetter than normal and that’s been perfect for slow ripening and perfect maturity in the grapes.

How will the wines from 2021 be? Stay tuned, we’ll know more next year. Patience is always required with winemaking.

Fall Prerelease Offer Coming Soon

Just a quick update to let you know that the next special prerelease offer to mailing list members is coming in August. This Fall Prerelease Offer will feature the first wines of the 2020 vintage as well as some of the top wines from 2019.

Prerelease pricing in this offer is the best I offer all year, with free shipping options. Subscribe to my mailing list and you’ll get the email in early August with all the details.

For now, here’s a list of the wines in the new offer.

2020 Pinot Blanc Willamette Valley
2020 Pinot Gris Willamette Valley (red wine)
2020 Gamay Willamette Valley
2020 Pinot Noir Willamette Valley
NV Red Table Wine Willamette Valley

2019 Pinot Noir Temperance Hill Vineyard
2019 Pinot Noir Armstrong Vineyard
2019 Chardonnay Armstrong Vineyard

New Wines for Summer

Here are my latest Vincent wines, all from the 2019 vintage and available now for purchase. And through July I’m offering $25 UPS Overnight shipping (where available) on 12 bottle case purchases, mix and match is fine. To order, simply email Vincent your picks.

The new wines are:

2019 Chardonnay Willamette Valley “Tardive” – $30
2019 Chardonnay Royer Vineyard – $35

2019 Gamay Bjornson Vineyard – $25
2019 Pinot Noir Ribbon Ridge – $30
2019 Pinot Noir Eola-Amity Hills – $30

2019 Pinot Noir Silvershot Vineyard – $35
2019 Pinot Noir Bjornson Vineyard – $45
2019 Pinot Noir Zenith Vineyard – $45

Unfortunately the newly released 2019 Pinot Blanc WV “Tardive” is already sold out, but I have a few cases left of the excellent 2018 bottling. Check that and other current wines on the Buy Wine page.

Again, to order simply email Vincent and please specify your delivery address and date of birth (month-day-year). I can email you an invoice for card payment or you can pay by Venmo if you prefer.

April Sunshine

Usually it’s April showers, but this year after late February snow and then a cool March in the Willamette Valley, spring sunshine is in high gear. The vines just starting to bud out for the new growing season, right on the typical mid-April timeline. Recent years have been starting earlier so this is nice to see.

Here’s the view yesterday at the venerable Temperance Hill vineyard high in the Eola-Amity Hills AVA. Organic and dry farmed, our Pinot noir vines here were planted back in 1983. Our 2018 Pinot Noir Temperance Hill is sold out – yields were tiny. But we do have a little of the 2017 still available and the 2019 will be available to the mailing list on prerelease this August.

What’s coming up? Two big things:

Cellar 503’s virtual Pour Oregon wine festival is happening in a couple weeks, but you need to register by April 19 so you can receive food and wine supplies to taste along with your selected seminars. Vincent is doing a seafood and wine cooking class with Grochau Cellars and Chef Matt Hobbs on Sunday, May 2. Details and registration here.

Also, because we’re still not doing our big tasting events, we’ll be offering spring special pricing in May to celebrate Oregon Wine Month. And…and…and…burying the lede, we’ll be offering our first Rose wine ever, just two barrels from the 2020 vintage of Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and a touch of Pinot Blanc, naturally fermented and unfiltered just like everything we do. You must be on the mailing list to get this offer, sign up here.

Spring in the Willamette Valley

Armstrong Vineyard, Ribbon Ridge AVA, Willamette Valley

March is always so welcome in the northern Willamette Valley, after the grey and dark winter. It’s like color has returned to our lives, the blue sky, green grass and, soon, new growth on the vines. After the calamity of 2020, I can’t remember being so excited for the upcoming season. This will be the 13th harvest for Vincent Wine Company, let’s hope for some luck.

For now, I have several wines available for purchase, including 2018 Pinot Noir Armstrong Vineyard and 2018 Pinot Noir Ribbon Ridge, both produced from vines at Armstrong pictured above.

Full details on current wines on the Buy Wine page. To order, simply email Vincent with your selections, date of birth (month/day/year), and shipping/delivery address, and I’ll follow up with all the details.

Good news – Vincent wines are now available through National Distributors in Maine and Good Life Provisions in Nebraska. They join our other partners in Oregon, California, Colorado, New York, Illinois, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, North Carolina, and Vermont, as well as importers in Canada and the U.K.

We just concluded our spring prerelease offer on wines coming out this May. However, join the Vincent email list for some surprise offers coming soon. Also, being on the list means you can taste with Vincent at the winery on Eola Hills Road. Email to set up an appointment, no charge for list members.

Spring Prerelease Offer Ends 3/9

The latest mailing list offer is out – special prerelease pricing on nine new wines being released this spring. All come from the classic 2019 vintage.

Join the Vincent mailing list to get the offer, which features the best pricing I offer all year. March 9 is the last day to get in on this prerelease offer, the best pricing I offer all year.

Here’s the list of new wines:

750ML bottles:
2019 Pinot Blanc Willamette Valley “Tardive” $25 retail, $20 prerelease
2019 Chardonnay Willamette Valley Tardive” $30 retail, $23 prerelease
2019 Chardonnay Eola-Amity Hills Royer Vineyard $35 retail, $27 prerelease

2019 Gamay Eola-Amity Hills Bjornson $25 retail, $20 prerelease
2019 Pinot Noir Ribbon $30 retail, $23 prerelease
2019 Pinot Noir Eola-Amity Hills $30 retail, $23 prerelease

2019 Pinot Noir Silvershot Vineyard $35 retail, $27 prerelease
2019 Pinot Noir Bjornson Vineyard $45 retail, $35 prerelease
2018 Pinot Noir Zenith Vineyard $45 retail, $35 prerelease

Free shipping with 12+ bottle purchase. Orders at prerelease pricing must be in by March 9. Yes there are a limited amount of 1.5L bottles of most single vineyard wines, but they will sell quick. Join mailing list for all the details.

BerserkerDay 12 Special Offers

Today is the 12th anniversary celebration of a terrific wine discussion site – Wine Berserkers.

The anniversary is called BerserkerDay, and we celebrate by having winery participants as well as other wine and accessory retailers, even butchers, make crazy discount offers on some of our products. The site takes no cut, instead it’s all about the community benefiting. I’m a seller on BerserkerDay and a buyer as well, there are so many good deals!

To see my Vincent Wine Company BD12 offer thread, click here. Please add a post to help keep the thread at the top of the board. I appreciate it!!

And if you’re new to Vincent, our Spring 2021 Pre-Release Offer drops next week for mailing list members. You get first shot at soon to release 2019 vintage wines, at crazy good prices. Join the Vincent mailing list here.

Learn more about Vincent Wine Company by exploring this site. For now, I make very hands off wines in Oregon’s Willamette Valley from grapes including Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Gamay and even red wine from Pinot Gris. I lease blocks in several legendary local vineyards – among them Temperance Hill, Zenith and Armstrong – and make the wines in my small rented facility in the Eola-Amity Hills AVA. My goal is to produce pure, classic wines of Oregon through exceptional farming and natural fermentation, no new wood, no filtering.