In the 2017 vintage we made our first Pinot Gris, but not as a white wine. The grape has some color in the skins and it’s somewhat common to see Rose or Raimato wines made from Pinot Gris, with limited skin contact to give a delicate color without much tannin.
Instead of white or rose, we went all in to create a red wine from Pinot Gris, what we dub the Gris Noir. It’s still light in color but darker than the pinkish hue of most rose. Close your eyes though and you’d think you were drinking a red wine, with a peppery berry flavor and a solid amount of fine tannin
We released the wine last fall and it was unexpectedly popular, which was great because we’d already planned to make more in 2018 (and we did). Unfortunately the 2017 is sold out but there is more coming this fall with the 2018 release currently in barrel.
For now, check out this article from Sophia Bennett in the Eugene Register-Guard all about unusual skin fermented wines, including our Pinot Gris “Noir”. The pre-release offer to mailing list members will go out on August 1, and it will give you first chance on the ‘2018 Pinot Gris as well as all other new release. Highlights include the final Vincent releases from the 2017 vintage: Chardonnay Brick House Vineyard, Pinot Noir Armstrong Vineyard and Pinot Noir Temperance Hill Vineyard.
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We have no tasting room, but we do offer tastings by appointment in the winery cellar with winemaker Vincent Fritzsche.
To schedule an appointment this summer or fall, join the Vincent email list and let us know when you’ll be in the Willamette Valley. Appointments are limited, so please provide a few date options if possible. There is ordinarily no charge for tasting, but all wines you try will be available for purchase, with shipping options available if you like. Note: for groups of 8 or more, a nominal group tasting fee will apply.
We hope to see you in the Eola Hills soon and share a flight of Vincent wines!
The spring Vincent mailing list tasting and pick up event is this Sunday, May 19, 4-6pm. Join the Vincent mailing list to attend this event. This event is free to mailing list members.
Location is our office at the commons at Elevator Coffee, 1033 SE Main Street in inner SE Portland.
Come taste our latest wines from the 2017 vintage, all brand new releases:
2017 Chardonnay Willamette Valley “Tardive” $29
2017 Gamay Bjornson Vineyard $25
2017 Pinot Noir Ribbon Ridge $27
2017 Pinot Noir Eola-AMity Hills $27
2017 Pinot Noir Silvershot Vineyard $34
2017 Pinot Noir Bjornson Vineyard $39
2017 Pinot Noir Zenith Vineyard $44
Wines will be available for purchase, with 10% off six or more bottles, 15% off 12 or more, mix and match encouraged. You can also pick up your spring pre-release order if you already purchased from the mailing list offer in February.
Hope to see you there! Friends welcome! Remember, 4-6pm!
May is Oregon Wine Month and Vincent Wine Company is pouring at several events around the Portland, OR, area. Here are the details, hope to see you:
Vincent glass pour takeover at Nostrana and Enoteca Nostrana
Friday, May 3, 6-9pm
Come have dinner in the restaurant or a glass of wine at the Enoteca, either way enjoy Vincent Gamay Bjornson Vineyard and other wines to kick off the I Love Gamay event weekend.
Vincent pouring at Corkscrew Wine Bar
Saturday, May 4, 5-7pm
Taste a flight of Vincent wines at this cozy wine bar in the heart of Moreland in SE Portland. I’ll be there until 7pm but they’re open later so no rush.
I Love Gamay salon tasting
Sunday, May 5, 4-7pm
Vincent joins pretty much every maker of Gamay in Oregon – and several from beyond – for the third annual Gamay salon tasting at the Nightwood in NE Portland.
Vincent Mailing List tasting
Sunday, May 19, 4-6pm
Taste six new release wines from the 2017 vintage, including single vineyard Pinot Noir from Zenith, Bjornson and Silvershot vineyards and the latest edition of Vincent’s Chardonnay “Tardvie.” Location is Elevator Coffee at 1033 SE Main St in inner SE Portland. All new wines will be available for purchase. This event is for people on the Vincent mailing list only. Join the Vincent Wine Company mailing list here.
Memorial Day Weekend open house
Saturday/Sunday, May 26-27, noon-5pm each day
Vincent joins Grochau Cellars, Red Electric and Upper Five Vineyard to pour a selection of wines for our annual holiday open house at the winery. Location is 9360 SE Eola Hills Road, Amity, OR. Tasting fee applies but Vincent mailing list members can taste for free if you RSVP in advance so we know you’re coming. Join the Vincent mailing list here.
The Vincent spring pre-release offer is open. To get in on it, simply sign up for our mailing list and we’ll send the offer. No requirement to buy, no hostage wines (wines you must buy to get access to other wines). Just the best prices we offer on all the wines to be released and shipped this spring, first come first served. Get in now!
Details on the spring offer, all 2017 vintage wines:
Pinot Noir Silvershot Vineyard – $27 (retail $34)
Pinot Noir Bjornson Vineyard – $31 (retail $39)
Pinot Noir Zenith Vineyard – $35 (retail $44)
Chardonnay Willamette Valley “Tardive” – $23 (retail $29)
Gamay Bjornson Vineyard – $20 (retail $25)
Pinot Noir Ribbon Ridge – $22 (retail $27)
Pinot Noir Eola-Amity Hills – $22 (retail $27)
There are also a limited number of magnum 1.5L bottles on most of the wines but they are going quickly. Details on that and full descriptions of the wines and vintage conditions in the email. Sign up for the Vincent list.
Pre-release pricing is the best we offer. Orders at pre-release pricing must be in by March 6, but order sooner to guarantee your wines. Shipping will be free on cases of $300 or more, or total orders of $600 or more. Wines will be available for shipping in late March into April.
Want to get on the Vincent mailing list to receive the latest pre-release offer on new wines? Sign up here!
New wines for spring, all 2017 vintage:
Pinot Noir Silvershot Vineyard
Pinot Noir Bjornson Vineyard
Pinot Noir Zenith Vineyard
Chardonnay Willamette Valley “Tardive”
Gamay Bjornson Vineyard
Pinot Noir Ribbon Ridge
Pinot Noir Eola-Amity Hills
Pre-release pricing is the best we offer. Shipping will be free on cases of $300 or more, or total orders of $600 or more. Wines will be available for shipping in late March into April.
Big news for Vincent Wine Company.
Starting February 1, we are distributing our wines at wholesale in Oregon through Bow & Arrow selections. This company handles some of the best import books going, including Vom Boden, Neal Rosenthal and Selection Massale. They of course also sell their eponymous wines, but essentially nothing else from Oregon.
For us, it’s a great chance to stay current in the market as production and national sales continue to grow. They can help place Vincent wines in more restaurants, and cover things better come the busy harvest time.
Note, this does not affect sales to consumers, just wholesale industry buyers. To purchase directly, you can always Join the Vincent mailing list. By the way, the spring pre-release offer goes out to the list Monday so sign up now.
January 27 is Berserker Day 10, the anniversary of the founding of Wine Berserkers. The site celebrates in a novel way – they hold a massive one-day wine sale where wineries like Vincent Wine Company make crazy offers posted throughout the day on the site.
Anyone can participate, all you do is log into the site on the 27th and follow up directly with anyone making an offer.
There are wines to buy of course, including some retail and importer direct offers. There are also accessories like luggage from the Wine Check and prime meats from Flannery Beef shipped on ice to your door. I enjoyed some dry aged steaks that I got last year and will be making a repeat purchase for sure.
Check out the article in Forbes this week about the event. I’m planning a very special offer for “BD10” but that’s all on the down low until the 27th.
This holiday season Vincent is offering a special three-pack of wines to benefit the Oregon Humane Society, a terrific place for animals and people alike in the Portland metro area. This offer is one of a series of great gift ideas from The Oregonian and OregonLive.com. Read about them all here.
The three-pack includes one bottle each of wines that are perfect for holiday drinking and gifting:
2017 Vincent Chardonnay Willamette Valley
2017 Vincent Gamay Willamette Valley
2016 Vincent Pinot Noir Ribbon Ridge
Each three-pack costs $70, with $20 of each three-pack going to the Oregon Humane Society.
To order, email Vincent and we’ll take care of the rest. Did we mention free delivery in the Portland metro area? For those of you outside the Portland area, yes, we can ship.
Winery events are done for the year, but come taste Vincent wines in the Portland area in December at these two public events!
Sunday, December 9, 6-8pm
SE Wine Collective Holiday Paulee
Come taste a bunch of wines from current and former (including me) producers at the SE Wine Collective. Advance tickets available.
Friday, December 14, 6-8pm
Pouring at Thelonius Wines
I’ll be at Thelonius pouring some new wines, super casual drop in event at a terrific little wine shop and tasting bar in the Pearl.