The Fridge Wine Guy has been absent. An absentee blogger. A forgetful Frank. I am not really sure why I have been neglecting all of my faithful followers, but I have and I am going to work hard at getting back into the routine of giving you all my opinions and as many fun wine facts as I can. Bare with me, I will get there!
That being said, a lot has happened in the last month. Football season is now in full effect. We are in the midst of the warmest October week on record. Pumpkin patches are abounding, as well as out-door season coming to a close. Or at least it is supposed to be coming to a close. This weather is throwing off my wine mojo. I am supposed to want to be drinking bold reds out on the deck with sweats on, but instead I am still in a white wine mood! What’s the deal?!
Don’t let the weather fool you. It is time for the holidays and that means we are coming up on Thanksgiving wines, which should excited everyone.
Halloween is coming up, and the wine industry is still working their darndest to make it a wine holiday, and I will tell you that there is NO way it will happen. Now, there are fun packages, a few cool wines here and there that, and some fun display opportunities. Take advantage of these since they are only out or around one time a year, but a wine holiday Halloween is not.
It could be a holiday in this fashion: I am going to a Halloween party and I am going to drink wine. YES. That makes it a wine Holiday. Or even pairing wine and chocolate. That is something that could be fun as well. And of course, any excuse to dress up and celebrate is fun… so there’s that.
But don’t fret. Don’t stress. Don’t put too much thought into having to find a wine that is “Halloweenie” for lack of a better term. Just find a good wine, a fun wine, and drink it with your friends!
I feel like today is a good day for a winery profile.
So without further adieu…
This is a fun one. I am excited to bring you a winery that needs more publicity in these parts that it gets. To be fair, that is mainly because they are only recently available in the state of Kansas, but still.
Robert Brittan was the winemaker and vineyard manager a little place called Stags’ Leap Wine Cellars in Napa for 16 years before deciding to go after his dream, which was to find the best small sites in the Willamette Valley to make the stellar Pinot Noir and Chardonnay (amongst others).
He has had this passion for Pinot Noir since he started making wine in his dorm room at Oregon State University, and although he took a break from it for a while, he never wavered on what he was wanting to accomplish.
The winery is located in McMinnville, Oregon and consists of many plots they take their grapes from. Visit their website for more information.
Needless to say, although Brittan Vineyards hasn’t been available for me long, the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay we carry have quickly jumped into my favorites in those categories.
Brittan Vineyards Chardonnay
Oregon is quickly becoming my favorite place in the United States to drink Chardonnay from and the Brittan Vineyards Chardonnay is no different. Exceedingly impressive balance will shock you and the classic Chardonnay palate and finish will keep you coming back for more. You might even turn a few non-Chardonnay drinkers onto Chardonnay with this one.
Brittan Vineyards Pinot Noir ” Besalt Block”
If you click the link you will see the location of the block this Pinot Noir comes from, and this will really start to give you an idea of how single block focused Robert is. Focus is a great way to describe this Pinot Noir too, as it is just what you want from your Oregon Pinot Noir, but delivers in a way you won’t see in many other wines.
So, if you are in the market for Chardonnay or Pinot Noir, stop in to your local liquor store (hopefully the Fridge!) and try out these two gems and thank the Fridge Wine Guy later!
Hope everyone has a wonderful week!
The Fridge Wine Guy