Situated in a former barrel hall, the Museum of Wine in Art contains exceptionally rare items of 17th century German gold- and silverware, jugs, cups and goblets from the fabulous treasure of the kings of Naples, mediaeval tapestries, paintings, ivories, glassware, Chinese, Japanese and Persian porcelain and much more. It is a magical place where so many artists and art forms, cultures and religions bear resounding witness to the eternal and fruitful dialogue between art and wine.

That’s the Musee du vin, from Chateau Mouton Rothschild. By appointment only. (Yes, I want to go.)

Hot take: Willamette Valley

 

I just came back from a wine trip with friends to the Willamette Valley. We visited 6 wineries mainly focused on Pinot. There was a lot of great learnings, and overall I found it to be a reminder the importance of going to a viticultural area to understand its complexity. By complexity I not only refer to the complexity in wine itself but in the way a community ebbs and flows around the wine trade. The stark differences between e.g. Domaine Serene (corporate, grandiose) and White Rose (familial, back-to-earth).

While the Willamette is known for its Burgundian climate and similar Old style wines, the subregions and soil variation itself indicate there is ripe opportunity to experiment beyond the classics. 

I was surprised to learn about the number of Pinot clones (Dijon 666, etc.) and the way that clonal differences impact taste (e.g. a slow clone planted in a fast ripening climate will develop funk). 

Perhaps the best part of our trip was a random stop off at the Dundee Hills Wine Library, an emerging tasting room and production house run by a sole proprietor whose partnering with up-and-coming winemaker Jesus Guillen (of White Rose). Lots of promise between these two, especially in terms of cultivating an experience tailored to a certain clientele.

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