Gateway to Troon Vineyard, Applegate Valley AVA, Southern Oregon. | Image Courtesy: Troon Vineyard.

redThread™ Exclusive: A Conversation with Steve Hill & Craig Camp of Troon Vineyard | Applegate Valley, OR.

Welcome to binNotes | redThread™ Inspired stories about artisan wine and taste makers. by L.M. Archer FWS, Bourgogne ML Today’s Exclusive Interview: Troon Vineyard | Applegate Valley, OR. “I am not running away from the Napa Valley, which is a beautiful place, but I am very truly running towards something.” – Craig Camp, Troon Vineyards | Applegate Valley, OR. I first met Craig Camp at a … Continue reading redThread™ Exclusive: A Conversation with Steve Hill & Craig Camp of Troon Vineyard | Applegate Valley, OR.

Gourmet Grazing on the Green by Santa Cruz Cancer Benefit Group raises funds for cancer awareness and eradication projects.

WITWIB? Gourmet Grazing on the Green

Greetings, dear readers~ “Sample the county’s best – and it’s all for charity.” This Saturday, September 24th 2016  from 12-4 PM you can catch me at Aptos Village Park for Santa Cruz Cancer Benefit Group’s annual  Gourmet Grazing on the Green fundraiser, featuring over eighty local artisan beers, wine, and food purveyors-   plus live music! It’s For A Good Cause! Funds go to benefit Teen Kitchen Project, Jacob’s Heart Children’s … Continue reading WITWIB? Gourmet Grazing on the Green

The Hedonistic Taster | Lenné Estate 2014 Jill’s 115 Pinot Noir

Wine should not be regarded simply as a beverage, but as an art of living, a pleasure.” – Henri Jayer Welcome to The Hedonistic Taster, a binNotes | redThread™ trade sampling of artisan wines. Today’s Tasting: Lenné Estate | 2014 Jill’s 115 Pinot Noir – Willamette Valley Lenné Estate wines equal many Burgundy wines in their structure, finesse, and intentionality. Lenné Estate’s 2014 Jill’s 115 Pinot Noir is one such wine. You can find out more about the story behind Lenné … Continue reading The Hedonistic Taster | Lenné Estate 2014 Jill’s 115 Pinot Noir

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The Hedonistic Taster | Lenné Estate 2014 Pinot Noir – Willamette Valley

Wine should not be regarded simply as a beverage, but as an art of living, a pleasure.” – Henri Jayer Welcome to The Hedonistic Taster, a binNotes | redThread™ trade sampling of artisan wines. Today’s Tasting: Lenné Estate | 2014 Pinot Noir – Willamette Valley Blind taste the wines of Lenné Estate, and you find any preconceived notions about ‘Oregon Pinot Noirs’ dropping away. Tasting Steve Lutz’s wines from Lenné Estate brings me back to Burgundy – … Continue reading The Hedonistic Taster | Lenné Estate 2014 Pinot Noir – Willamette Valley

The Wine Abides...Layne Montgomery, wine maker at M2 Wines in Lodi , CA. | Image: L.M. Archer©

The Hedonistic Taster | m2 Wines 2014 Select Block Zinfandel

“Wine should not be regarded simply as a beverage, but as an art of living, a pleasure.” – Henri Jayer Welcome to The Hedonistic Taster, a binNotes | redThread™ trade sampling of artisan wines. The title derives from the term ‘hedonistic tasting,’ coined by legendary Burgundian vigneron Henri Jayer. The Hedonistic Taster allows me the opportunity to introduce you to some gorgeous pours through this intimate tasting format. Santé! Today’s Tasting: m2 Wines | 2014 Select … Continue reading The Hedonistic Taster | m2 Wines 2014 Select Block Zinfandel

View of Willamette Valley from Domaine Drouhin Oregon | Image: ©2016 L.M. Archer

On the Road Again..

Welcome to binNotes | redThread™ Inspired stories about artisan wine and taste makers. by L.M. Archer FWS, Bourgogne ML Dear Readers: No, I haven’t forgotten about you – just busy traveling in Oregon, San Francisco, and N. California…oh, and a future visit to Texas Hill Country in December. Please join me for the balance of 2016 as I amp up my redThread™ interviews with artisan wine and … Continue reading On the Road Again..

The Wine Abides...Layne Montgomery, wine maker at M2 Wines in Lodi , CA. | Image: L.M. Archer©

Back from the Brink: #WBC16 Part 2| Lodi Wine – The Wine Abides

Welcome to binNotes | redThread™ Inspired stories about artisan wine and taste makers. by L.M. Archer FWS, Bourgogne ML Back from the Brink: #WBC16 | Lodi Wine – The Wine Abides Part 2 of 2 “The Dude abides. I don’t know about you but I take comfort in that. It’s good knowin’ he’s out there. The Dude. Takin’ ‘er easy for all us sinners.” – The … Continue reading Back from the Brink: #WBC16 Part 2| Lodi Wine – The Wine Abides

D. Romanée Conti -  touchstone for Pinot Noir worldwide. Burgundy, FR. | Image: L.M. Archer © 2013

My latest article in Palate Press | Burgundy: Bad Weather, Brexit, and Beyond

Welcome to binNotes | redThread™ Inspired stories about artisan wine and taste makers. by L.M. Archer FWS, Bourgogne ML Dear Readers: I wanted to share my latest article in Palate Press with you: Burgundy 2016: Bad Weather, Brexit, and Beyond. Santé! Copyrighted 2016 binNotes | redThread™.  All Rights Reserved. Continue reading My latest article in Palate Press | Burgundy: Bad Weather, Brexit, and Beyond

Wrath Wines wine maker Sabrine Rodems pours forth at the sustainably-designed San Saba Vineyard Tasting Room. | Image: ©L.M. Archer

My latest in BKWine Magazine | Wrath Wines

Welcome to binNotes | redThread™ Inspired stories about artisan wine and taste makers. by L.M. Archer FWS, Bourgogne ML Dear Readers: I’m pleased to announce that the tasting notes for my feature on artisan wine maker  Wrath Wines of Monterey, CA. is now available in BKWine Magazine. Link here.  Copyrighted 2016 binNotes | redThread™.  All Rights Reserved. Continue reading My latest in BKWine Magazine | Wrath Wines

Cindy Rynning of Grape Experiences. | Image: Courtesy Cindy Rynning, Grape Experiences.

Guest Writer Series | № 7 |Cindy Rynning on Maremma, IT – ‘Together, but Different in Tuscany’

Welcome to binNotes | redThread™ Inspired stories about wine and taste makers. By L.M. Archer, FWS | Bourgogne ML Each first Friday of every month through 2016, I’ve invited some of my fellow wine writers the opportunity to join me here on binNotes | red Thread™ and share a feature on some rare, obscure, or under-appreciated wine region for which they feel a special passion. Selfishly, this allows me to experience … Continue reading Guest Writer Series | № 7 |Cindy Rynning on Maremma, IT – ‘Together, but Different in Tuscany’