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. In honor of the upcoming International Pinot Noir Celebration this week in McMinnville, OR., the Red Thread ™  interviews Willamette Valley artisan winemaker Byron Dooley of 7 of Hearts | ™Luminous Hills. I first discovered his wines in 2012, and immediately…

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 mention a vibrant artisan food…

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 Follow binNotes: | Twitter | Pinterest | Facebook | Instagram Montinore Estate | Willamette Valley Fourth in a four-part series on Willamette Valley wine makers celebrating 50 Years of Willamette Valley Winemaking history and Oregon Wine Month. ❦❦❦ “Don’t push the river.”  So states Rudy Marchesi of Montinore Estate in northwestern Willamette Valley. Owner of the United State’s largest…

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 Follow binNotes: | Twitter | Pinterest | Facebook | Instagram 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…

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 media attention. This year, the…

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: | Twitter | Pinterest | Facebook …

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 auction is a part. But did…

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 back here after January 5, 2015 for…

Top 5 Obscure, Affordable Wines from Burgundy

 Welcome to binNotes | a wine blog by L.M. Archer, FWS | Bourgogne ML  Top 5 Obscure, Affordable Wines from Burgundy Follow    binNotes | a wine blog: |   Facebook    |     Twitter    |    Pinterest Affordable Burgundy is NOT an oxymoron. In truth, Burgundy offers far more than just elite Premier and Grand Crus, boasting a broad spectrum of food-friendly wines for every palate and price point. However, finding such wines typically means veering off the…

Hospices de Beaune 2014

Top 3 Takeaways: Burgundy’s HdB 2014

 Welcome to binNotes | a wine blog by L.M. Archer, FWS Attention Burgundy Lovers! Follow    binNotes | a wine blog: |   Facebook    |     Twitter    |    Pinterest   Top 3 Takeaways: 2014 Hospices de Beaune | Burgundy The highlight for any Burgundy lover, 2014 marked the 154th annual Hospices de Beaune auction, celebrated every third Sunday in November. Named for Beaune’s charitable hospital founded in 1443 by Nicolas Rolin, Chancellor to the Duke of Bourgogne…