Nothing goes better with FLX wine than a table groaning with locally sourced fare.

FLX Wine Region |Beyond ‘Crappy’ Hybrids

They had me at Lemberger. And by evening’s end, this band of badass garagistes would prove their point. Finger Lakes Wine Country  (FLX) is in the house. From old-world Pinot Noir to racy Syrah and ethereal Lemberger, the artisans hosting our Wine Blogger’s Conference 2015 Wine Maker Dinner at Element Winery in upstate New York left no doubt of Finger Lakes Wine Country’s rightful place on … Continue reading FLX Wine Region |Beyond ‘Crappy’ Hybrids

Pinot in the City SF 2015

#WVWA Road Show | #Pinot in the City SF

Hey Oenophiles…Let’s get ready to drink some Pinot! This year Pinot in the City returns to San Francisco on August 26th, showcasing 65 wineries from the Willamette Valley. It’s also a celebration. A 50-year anniversary celebration. In 1965, David Lett of The Eyrie Vineyards planted the Willamette Valley’s first Pinot noir. Today the wine region – Oregon’s largest and most lauded – boasts hundreds of producers, plus other varietals like Pinot gris, … Continue reading #WVWA Road Show | #Pinot in the City SF

Winery find Seven of Hearts/Luminous Hills and artisanal chocolatier Honest Chocolates in the heart of Willamette Valley's Carlton, OR.

Red Thread™| Seven of Hearts / Luminous Hills

Welcome to the Red Thread™…stories about wine makers, and the red thread that binds us all….wine. By: L.M. Archer, FWS | Bourgogne ML Seven of Hearts | Luminous Hills | Willamette Valley, OR. I first discovered artisan winemaker Byron Dooley of 7 of Hearts | ™Luminous Hills in 2012, and immediately recognized a true alchemist of the vine. Byron represents a host of ‘quiet hero’ winemakers throughout the Willamette … Continue reading Red Thread™| Seven of Hearts / Luminous Hills

Views from the hills of Mayacamas, CA.

There’s Something About Sonoma…

binNotes | a food, wine & travel blog There’s Something About Sonoma… by L.M. Archer, FWS | Bourgogne ML Follow binNotes: | Twitter | Pinterest | Facebook | Instagram There’s something about Sonoma… An intoxicating place of towering palms, embracing oaks, fragrant eucalyptus, spiked aloe and agave, lilting hibiscus, redolent oleander, abundant orange, apricot, lemon, lime, and almond trees…oh, and more than a few acres of vineyards…not to … Continue reading There’s Something About Sonoma…

Montinore Estate growns biodynamically farmed premium white and red wines in the Willamette Valley. |Image: Montinore Estate

Red Thread™ Interview | Montinore Estate| Willamette Valley

binNotes | a food, wine & travel blog Montinore Estate | Willamette Valley by L.M. Archer, FWS | Bourgogne ML Montinore Estate | Willamette Valley ❦❦❦ “Don’t push the river.”  So states gentle giant Rudy Marchesi of Montinore Estate in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Owner of the United State’s largest Biodynamic® certified vineyard, Rudy imbues heart and soul into his vines, wines, and the workers under his care. The insatiably curious, patient, quietly driven Rudy moved … Continue reading Red Thread™ Interview | Montinore Estate| Willamette Valley

A view from Penner-Ash Wine Cellars in Oregon's Willamette Valley. | Image courtesy L.M. Archer (C) 2013-2015

Red Thread™ | Penner-Ash Wine Cellars | Willamette Valley

binNotes | a food, wine & travel blog Penner-Ash Wine Cellars | Yamhill – Carlton AVA | Willamette Valley by L.M. Archer, FWS | Bourgogne ML Red Thread™ |  Penner-Ash Wine Cellars | Willamette Valley First in a four-part series celebrating 50 Years of Willamette Valley winemaking history and Oregon Wine Month. ❦❦❦ Quick – who holds Oregon’s title as first woman wine maker?  If you answered Lynn Penner-Ash of … Continue reading Red Thread™ | Penner-Ash Wine Cellars | Willamette Valley

Local negotiants assist in the barrel selection each March at the annual Hospices de Nuits-Saint-Georges wine auction, which also includes a luxury chocolate fair, music, and half-marathon. | Images: Courtesy Hospices de Nuits-Saint-Georges.

Burgundy’s Alternative Wine Auction | Hospices de Nuits-Saint-Georges

 binNotes | a wine blog by L.M. Archer, FWS | Bourgogne ML Burgundy’s Alternative Wine Auction  | Hospices de Nuits-Saint-Georges Follow binNotes: | Twitter | Pinterest | Facebook | Instagram In the shadow of Burgundy’s mega-watt Hospices de Beaune lies an alternative wine auction – the annual Hospices de Nuits-Saint-Georges. Held each March, the Hospices de Nuits-Saint-Georges makes up for in attitude what it lacks in … Continue reading Burgundy’s Alternative Wine Auction | Hospices de Nuits-Saint-Georges

The parade of Confrerie des Chevaliers du Tastevin, part of Burgundy's  annual St. Vincente Tournante celebrated in late January.

TGLF | Saint Vincent Tournante Wine Festival

Welcome to binNotes | a wine blog. by. L.M. Archer, FWS | Bourgogne ML  binNotes latest feature in The Good Life France is out! Follow binNotes: | Twitter | Pinterest | Facebook  |  Instagram Greeting, dear readers! You can read my latest feature on Burgundy’s St. Vincent Tournant in The Good Life France here. Care to share? Feel free to leave your comments below…Santé! Follow binNotes: | … Continue reading TGLF | Saint Vincent Tournante Wine Festival

Burgundy's Confrerie des Chevaliers du Tastevin lead the way along the Routes des Grand Crus  during the annual St. Vincente Tournante Festival.

SVT | Burgundy’s OTHER Famous Wine Festival

Welcome to binNotes | a wine blog. by. L.M. Archer, FWS | Bourgogne ML “Jamais en vain, toujours en vin.” (“Never in vain, always in wine.’) -Motto of Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin Follow binNotes: | Twitter | Pinterest | Facebook  |  Instagram You may know about Burgundy’s annual Hospices de Beaune Wine Auction held each November. Maybe even about the entire Trois Glorieuses, of which the … Continue reading SVT | Burgundy’s OTHER Famous Wine Festival

Handprint upon the vines.        | Image: L.M. Archer© 2014.

Happy Holidays | Feliz Navidad | Joyeux Noel |

Welcome to binNotes | a wine blog. by. L.M. Archer,  FWS | Bourgogne ML Happy Holidays! Follow binNotes: | Twitter | Pinterest | Facebook  |  Instagram Holiday Greetings, dear readers worldwide! A heartfelt thanks to all of the incredible wine makers and industry professionals who shared their stories with binNotes© | Red Thread™ in 2014: binNotes takes a break to spend time with family through the holidays. Join me … Continue reading Happy Holidays | Feliz Navidad | Joyeux Noel |