Quote of the Day

by Nannette Eaton on March 9, 2015

“Wine brings to light the hidden secrets of the soul.” — Horace

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International Women’s Day, Wine Harlot-style

by Nannette Eaton on March 8, 2015

“Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.” ― Golda Meir

Gloria Steinem A Bunny’s Tale J Wine Kramer Vineyards

In honor of International Women’s Day, Wine Harlots are celebrating five fabulous women. Gloria Steinem, who in 1963, went undercover at Hugh Hefner’s Playboy Club and produced the exposé “The Bunny’s Tale.” Judy Jordan and Melissa Stackhouse of J Vineyards and Winery and Trudy and Kim Kramer of Kramer Vineyards, who craft beautiful sparkling wines.

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Guys, you think you have romantic game? You may have to step it up several notches after viewing these series of video love-notes.

6 façons de dire “je t’aime” (6 Ways to Say “I Love You”) is a media campaign promoting the products of France’s Southwest region to their trade partners in China. The video concept was the love story between China and France. The series of six, short, three minute videos highlight the beauty and diversity the Southwest France. My favorite clip is the breakdancers on the Water Mirror at the Place de la Bourse in Bordeaux, showing modernity married with the traditional.

The gorgeous video series stands alone, but for me, it’s crazy-cool because the lead players in the videos aren’t actors, but my friends Lily and Jonathan, who are playing out their own real-life love affair. I feel like I have a tiny part in the story, as they first met two years ago at a barbecue Jonathan hosted to celebrate my arrival in Bordeaux. Wine Harlots as matchmakers? Maybe!

Jonathan Ducourt is a member of the prominent French Vignobles Ducourt winemaking family, heading up the sales and marketing for the 13 châteaux in Entre-Deux-Mers and Saint-Emilion appellations in Bordeaux that the family owns. There are 1100 acres under vine which produce approximately 2.5 million bottles per year. Li Lijuan (“Lily” to her friends) is a Chengdu, China, native, who moved to France to study wine management after becoming prominent in China with her singing career. Lily has carved out a niche as a real estate agent who acts as liaison between French wine châteaux and Chinese investors, she was recently profiled in Time magazine.

Jonathan was originally reluctant to participate, but concept grew on him, as the video was being targeted for the Chinese market, so it wasn’t like it was going to get a large audience in Europe. (To date, there are over 73 million views of the films in China, with a significant  audience and media coverage in France.) Additionally, he was intrigued at capturing the moment in time, and pragmatically, he says, “it was a free trip to Lily’s home town in China.” The video idea concept was five surprises from Jonathan to Lily in France, and then when filming in China, the plan was that Lily was to surprise Jonathan during a wine tasting, with a musical love-note serenade.  Although hesitant to join the project, Jonathan got the last word, with the unscripted off-book marriage proposal, that will melt even the most cynical heart of a jaded romantic.

Video credit and concept by Myama.

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Oregon Advent: Day 18
Union Wine Co.
Underwood Pinot in a Can

by Nannette Eaton on December 18, 2014

“Reminds me of my safari in Africa. Somebody forgot the corkscrew and for several days we had to live on nothing but food and water.” — W. C. Fields

Underwood Pinot in a Can Oregon Advent copyright EatonAlive 2014No corkscrew? Union Wine Co. Underwood Pinot in a Can to the rescue! 

Union Wine Co. was based on the premise that rejected the construct that Oregon wine need to be expensive. Or pretentious. The Union Wine Co. is #PinkiesDown, and has created a series of irreverent videos gently mocking the poncey affectations what we in the wine world occasionally fall into.

Besides our love of the awesome alternative packaging, we are smitten with the Union Wine Co.’s 1972 Citroën H Van converted into a traveling winemobile. (It’s the Wine Harlots secret fantasy, touring the country, passing out delicious wine to the thirsty masses. A chicken in every pot, wine in every glass, kinda thing. But we digress.)

Union-Wine-Co-1972 Citroën H Van Winemobile

The Pinot Gris in a Can was awesome, exactly what you’d want in a travel-friendly beverage — fresh, bright, light, with grapefruit, lemons and pear notes. Perfect for a day at the beach, a bonfire, campfire, or hiking refreshment. But, the Pinot Noir in a Can was a pass for us, it was disjointed, had way too much oak, and frankly, didn’t taste like pinot noir. After about three hours, the pinot noir was better, but for this packaging, no one is going to wait around for the wine to open up. Wine Harlots suggest dialing back the oak, and creating a proprietary name for the red wine, so that it won’t be compared to the legendary Oregon pinot noirs. (Note: The wine was sampled in the Riedel “O” Pinot Noir/Nebbilo glasses for proper evaluation, not the fun Bormioli Rocco Bodega Wine Tumblers pictured in the photos.)

Underwood Pinot in a Can Oregon Advent 1 copyright EatonAlive 2014

The perfect pairing for the Underwood Pinot in a Can is logistically dependent, since it’s a portable potable, (have can, will travel) and it will pair with a wide variety of festive foods. Wine Harlots paired it with Dungeness Crab Cakes for the win(e.) The music match is the melancholy holiday anthem “Doxology” by David Poe from the album Love is Red.

Underwood Pinot in a Can Oregon Advent 2 copyright EatonAlive 2014

The details: 13% alcohol. Sold in 375 ml aluminum cans or standard 750 ml bottles. Appellation: Oregon. Grapes: pinot gris or pinot noir. Retail: $6 USD per can or $12 a bottle. The caveat: Remember that each can is a half bottle of wine, and imbibe reasonably. The wine was provided as an editorial sample.

Union Wine Co Underwood in a Can Oregon Advent copyright EatonAlive 2014

Photo credits:
Winemobile courtesy Union Wine Co. ©2014
All others EatonAlive ©2014
Styling: Bormioli Rocco Bodega Wine Tumblers

Oregon Advent Posts:
Thank You’s and Credits
How to Create Your Own Wine Advent Calendar
Oregon Advent: Day 1:  Eyrie Vineyards Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2012
Oregon Advent: Day 2:  Fossil & Fawn Pinot Gris 2013
Oregon Advent: Day 3:  Willamette Valley Vineyards Bernau Block Pinot Noir 2012
Oregon Advent: Day 4:  Kramer Vineyards Celebrate! Müeller-Thurgau Sparkling 2013
Oregon Advent: Day 5:  Repeal Day Special Edition: Volstead Vodka
Oregon Advent: Day 6:  Siduri Chehalem Mountains Pinot Noir 2012
Oregon Advent: Day 7:  Elk Cove Vineyards Willamette Valley Pinot Gris 2013
Oregon Advent: Day 8:  Cornerstone Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2011
Oregon Advent: Day 9:  Brandborg Oregon Gewurztraminer Umpqua Valley 2012
Oregon Advent: Day 10: Lange Estate Three Hills Cuvée Chardonnay 2013
Oregon Advent: Day 11: Adelsheim Vineyards Elizabeth’s Reserve Pinot Noir 2011
Oregon Advent: Day 12: Domaine Drouhin Oregon Dundee Hills Pinot Noir 2011
Oregon Advent: Day 13:  Argyle Vintage Brut 2011
Oregon Advent: Day 14: Lumos Pinot Noir Temperance Hill 2012
Oregon Advent: Day 15: Cowhorn Spiral 36 2013
Oregon Advent: Day 16: Mouton Noir Oregogne 2012
Oregon Advent: Day 17: Remy Wines Lagrein 2011
Oregon Advent: Day 18: Union Wine Co. Underwood Pinot in a Can

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Oregon Advent: Day 17
Remy Wines Lagrein 2011

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“For nonconformity, the world whips you with its pleasure.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson Specializing in wines that aren’t pinot noir in the Willamette Valley takes a rebel heart. Enter Remy Drabkin. Remy grew up in the valley, and began working harvests at thirteen. The circuitous life-journey led Remy to a passion for Italian red varietals. […]

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Oregon Advent: Day 16
Mouton Noir Oregogne (Rogue)
Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2012

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“I want to create my wine, my art, my life on my own terms. And part of those terms is that I don’t see wine as a status symbol, or some type of an exclusive club. I see wine as art, geography, history. A condiment to life. My mission is to make wine more accessible […]

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Oregon Advent: Day 15
Cowhorn Spiral 36 2013

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“It is our inward journey that leads us through time – forward or back, seldom in a straight line, most often spiraling. Each of us is moving, changing, with respect to others. As we discover, we remember; remembering, we discover; and most intensely do we experience this when our separate journeys converge. Our living experience […]

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Oregon Advent: Day 14
Lumos Pinot Noir Temperance Hill 2012


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“Strange to say, the luminous world is the invisible world; the luminous world is that which we do not see. Our eyes of flesh see only night.” — Victor Hugo “I believe that there is luminosity hiding in the shadow of the mundane. And things that hover at the periphery of our vision. If that’s […]

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Oregon Advent: Day 13
Argyle Vintage Brut 2011

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“I drink to separate my body from my soul.” ― Oscar Wilde Argyle Brut was the first Oregon wine we ever had, a pre-party quaff before we ventured out somewhere disreputable on New Year’s Eve, long, long, ago on a rainy night in Seattle on the last day of the year. The label is different […]

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Oregon Advent: Day 12
Domaine Drouhin Oregon
Dundee Hills Pinot Noir 2012

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“I’ve known rivers: I’ve known rivers ancient as the world and older than the flow of human blood in human veins. My soul has grown deep like the rivers.” ― Langston Hughes French soul. Oregon soil. It’s the motto of Domaine Drouhin Oregon. The French are cooler than we are. It’s that whole savoir faire, […]

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