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New releases for spring!

My rows at Zenith vineyard, spring 2016

This spring I’m releasing my final three wines from the 2014 vintage. Order today for shipping before it’s too hot, or we can arrange pick up if you’re in the Portland, OR, area. Discounts are 10% off 6 bottles or more, 15% off 12 bottles or more, and 20% off full case orders.

2014 Vincent Pinot Noir Bjornson Vineyard – $39
2014 Vincent Pinot Noir Zenith Vineyard – $39
2014 Vincent Pinot Noir Eola-Amity Hills – $27

The 2014 Bjornson is a blend of 75% Pommard and 25% Wadensvil clones. Vines in my blocks are dry farmed, soils are 18 inches of iron-rich red clay over fractured Basalt bedrock. There is always a pronounced raspberry fruit to Bjornson, with bright acidity from this cool, windy site. After pre-sale to my mailing list, only 15 cases still available. Don’t delay.

2014 Zenith comes from the same block of Pommard planted in 2003 that I’ve worked with since 2009. The south facing slope here is gentle, the soils thin sediment over blonde marine sedimentary bedrock. This vintage gives an unusually powerful expression of Zenith that’s approachable now and should cellar well for at least a decade.

The 2014 Eola-Amity Hills is a blend of barrels from Zenith, Bjornson and Crowley Station, all sites within the Eola-Amity Hills AVA. With the vineyard designates selected for their structure and persistence, the Eola-Amity Hills bottling is a blend of less complex but still delicious wines. You can cellar this for several years if you like but I like it for its youthful charm.

All of my wines are made from sustainably farmed if not certified organic vineyards. I use a very light hand in the cellar, with all native yeast fermentation, minimal punch downs or other extractive techniques, no new oak, bottling without fining or filtering, and careful use of SO2.

To order, email Vincent with your selections and provide shipping address and phone if you require shipping.

Here come the 2013s

Our annual futures offer goes out next week to our email list. It’s not too late to get on the list. The annual futures offer gives you first access to our newest wines, before anyone else, at the best prices we’ll offer all year. We also offer free shipping for orders of more than $300. And we custom bottle 1.5L magnums, so if you like big bottles, get on our mailing list and place your order.

The 2013s will be bottled in September and released in October, when weather should be good for shipping. For Pacific NW locals, we’ll have an open house tasting and futures pick up event in Portland once harvest is finished, date to be announced. Should be early November. Stay tuned (and get on the mailing list).

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2012s sold out at the winery

Our wines sold faster than ever this year. Even after going to extreme lengths to spread the wines around as far as we could, dipping into the quantity we set aside for the library (we’re saving too much wine so it was a good thing!), we’re completely sold out.

That doesn’t mean the wines are totally unavailable. Our distributors in CA and NY still have some cases in their warehouses, and locally in Portland there are several accounts with some wines on the shelves. But we’re completely out.

So…it’s a great time to get on our mailing list for our first offer of 2013s. If you don’t know, we offer our wines pre-release at special prices to mailing list members each August. Click the mailing list tab above and sign up. There’s no obligation, we’re not a closed list, we don’t force you to buy or kick you off. Of course, if you don’t buy, or don’t buy enough, the wines do sell out, So there’s reason to act. And the mailing list gets access to special bottlings and formats that you won’t find at retail.

As always, we thank you for supporting us. There’s no growing grapes and making wine if people don’t enjoy and buy the wines we produce. We’re committed to making wines that speak of Oregon, of the vineyards they come from and the years they were grown. Things change vintage to vintage, site to site, and we’re passionate about wines the reflect that kind of uniqueness. We hope you agree.

PDX Urban Wine Experience this Sunday

The biggest event the year for Portland urban wineries is happening this Sunday. It’s the PDX Urban Wine Experience, featuring all winery members of PDX Urban Wineries pouring new releases and special bottles from the cellar.

Come taste wines made and bottled right here in Portland, along with food from partners Crown Paella, Jacobson Salt, Tabor Bread, Portland Creamery and more. Details and discounted advance tickets here:

What: PDX Urban Wine Experience Tasting
When: Sunday, June 8, 2014, 3-6pm
Where: RefugePDX in inner SE Portland
Cost: $40 at the door, $32 if purchased by June 5

I’ll be there pouring two library wines from 2010, the Vincent Pinot Noir Ribbon Ridge and Pinot Noir Zenith Vineyard. 1.5L mags also available in limited numbers. We’re sold out of current vintage wines but what the heck – let’s celebrate another year of Portland urban wineries and pour some wines from the cellar. Hope to see you  Sunday.

Events coming up

Several chances to taste Vincent wines in Portland coming up.

Friday, May 16 – 6-8pm – pouring at the SE Wine Collective tasting bar with my mentor John Grochau of Grochau Cellars, as part of Oregon Wine Month and the Collective’s guest winemaker series. Special tasting flights available for purchase. I’ll be pouring the 2012 Eola-Amity Hills and Bjornson Vineyard bottlings.

Saturday, May 24, 4-8pm – #Vinlandia tasting at the SE Wine Collective. This is our annual Memorial Day spectacular, with nine producers from the Collective pouring their wines and our chefs whipping up some excellent BBQ. Advance tickets $18, or $20 at the door. I’ll be pouring the 2012 Eola-Amity Hills and Zenith Vineyard bottlings.

Sunday, June 8, 4-7pm – 3rd Annual Portland Urban Wine Experience gala tasting and wine sale at Refuge PDX in SE Portland. This event features all members of PDX Urban Wineries, our local association of most wine producers fermenting grapes and making wine right here in the city limits of Portland. Eleven wineries pouring, with food by Crown Paella, Jacobsen Salt, Portland Creamery, Tabor Bread and more. Advance tickets $32, or $40 at the door.

Note: For the PDX Urban Wine Experience, we’ll be pouring library wines from 2010 – the Vincent Ribbon Ridge and Zenith Vineyard bottlings – and offer 24 bottles of each for sale at the event. We’ll even have a few 1.5L magnum bottles available for sale. Don’t miss out on this one time only opportunity.

Magnum P.i. library wine sale – back vintages available

Each year we fill cases of 1.5L bottles with a variety of Vincent Wine Company wines. We sell them to our mailing list and sometimes to wine shops and restaurants. We donate some to charities – mags make great auction and raffle items. We also like to keep a bunch of magnums to ourselves, because wine ages better in the large format bottles.

Yet we end up with more than we need and we figure we should come up with a clever way to sell magnums from our wine library to our mailing list members.

So…Magnum P.i. is born, out of a love of large bottles of wine and bad ’80s tv drama. We have limited quantities of our best wines going back to our first vintage, 2009, available at discounted pricing, all in 1.5L bottles. From today through March 14, (3.14, Pi Day), you can get wines otherwise long sold out, in rare large format bottles.

Shipping is not included in the prices, but we can deliver or arrange easy pick up for people in the Portland metro area. We do ship across the US but understand that case orders are much more economical for shipping purposes.

Some of these back vintage wines are available in quantities of just twos and threes, and they’ll go to mailing list members first come, first served. Join the Vincent Wine Company mailing list to receive our special Magnum P.i. offer today.

Great trip to California

I just got back from a week-long trip to California to introduce the 2012s to Los Angeles and San Francisco.

My distributor there is Return to Terroir and I spent the week with several of their reps pouring the wines for some of the top accounts in both cities. It was very exciting and nice to see the wines received so well, and to already see some key placements in local shops and restaurants.

More on that as deliveries are made, etc., but do look for Vincent wines in SF and LA is you’re there. I look forward to going back soon to introduce some additional 2012 releases coming this spring.

Special offer for BerserkerDay V

Yes, BerserkerDay.

That’s the annual January 27 celebration of the founding of Wine Berserkers, an online wine community that does a particularly great job connecting wine business and wine community in a natural, almost noncommercial way.

Each year wineries and a few other wine-related businesses make crazy offers to the Wine Berserkers community for one day via a special forum on the WB site. You just need to register for the site – no charge – to see the offers.

Our deal is one bottle each of the 2012 Armstrong and Crowley Station Pinot Noirs, and one bottle of the sold out 2012 Chardonnay. Only 12 three-packs are available and already a few are spoken for by Donors to the WB site who get access to the special offers a day early. Tomorrow, it’s on for everyone. Check it out.

Wines selling fast

If you’re interested in any of our wines, act quickly. Our 2012 Ribbon Ridge Pinot Noir is now sold out at the winery, and we have just a handful of cases left of the following wines:

2012 Vincent Chardonnay WIllamette Valley – $23
2012 Vincent Pinot Noir Armstrong Vineyard – $39
2012 Vincent Pinot Noir Crowley Station Vineyard – $39

We will be releasing more 2012s in the spring, including the return of our Eola-Amity Hills bottlings (first since 2009) and single vineyard bottlings from Zenith and Bjornson vineyards.

Coming in 2014 – Distribution in LA and SF

We’re delighted to announce that Return to Terroir will be representing our wines in the Los Angeles and San Francisco markets beginning in the new year. RTT imports a select list of quality French and Italian wine producers, and represents some terrific California producers as well, all focused on terroir-driven wines.

We’re excited to be their first Oregon winery and to see the wines down on store shelves and restaurant lists as soon as February. I’ll be traveling south in the last week of January to help introduce the wines to the area. Can’t wait. This was one of my goals for 2014, not something I expected before 2013 was done. And to be with a group like Return to Terroir, it’s really cool.