Barrel 33 Updates

Willamette Whites Shine Bright

Oregon’s Willamette Valley has long been renowned for its incredible Pinot Noir. The legendary 2012 vintage launched Willamette into the international spotlight as numerous Willamette Pinots hit the annual Top 100 lists and scored well above 90 points. When I first visited Willamette in March of 2015, there wasn’t a lot of white offered in…

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Summer Cocktails: Great Flavors from Around the World Offer Fun and Refreshment

Summer Cocktails: Great Flavors from Around the World Offer Fun and Refreshment I’ve been writing the Drinks column now for almost five years and I’ve really enjoyed sharing my wine selections and adventures with everyone in the Valley.  I’m equally excited for the opportunity to begin exploring spirits and cocktails with my readers. In 2015…

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Trial by Fire

Napa Valley Vintner Gives Her Personal Account of The Wildfires If You Go: What: Wine Academy:  An Evening with Gabrielle Leonhard When: Saturday November 3rd 2018, 7PM Where: Youngstown Country Club  (event open to the public) Tickets: www.myvalleyvino.com Writers Note: I have been fortunate to make dozens of great contacts throughout California wine country over…

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The Burgundy Feature

There are few wine regions in the world that carry the historical reputation of Burgundy. This glorious collection of vineyards is located in Eastern France and when you visit there, it is like stepping back in time. I drove into region after spending 4 days tasting Champagne in Reims. The city of Beaune is the…

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New Years Eve Wines Made Easy

Let’s face it, planning and executing a successful New Year’s Eve party can be a daunting and cumbersome task. We all want to make sure that we get it right when it’s our turn to host family and friends for the big night. People in our Valley often express to me how the “feel the…

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A Wine Star Rises From Valley to Valley

A Wine Star Rises From Valley to Valley Writers Note: I traveled to Beaulieu Vineyards to meet with Winemaker Jeffrey Stambor. He took me on an amazing tour of the winey and vineyards and then sat down to taste 14 wines from BV’s amazing portfolio. During that tour and tasting he agreed to an interview…

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Celebrate All Things Champagne!

Most Valley wine lovers start to think about Champagne when the calendar turns to December and we begin to plan our holiday celebrations. My passion for the bubbly began in 2007 when I took a job as a Fine Wine Specialist for locally owned Ohio Wine and Beverage.  Ohio Wine had the distribution rights for…

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The Fifth Floor

There’s been a lot of buzz in the city about the opening of The Fifth Floor.  Owner George Guinierri’s undertook a monumental effort to transform the space formerly occupied by the historic Youngstown Club into a sleek , modern, yet still classic atmosphere. The opening of the Fifth Floor was documented in a news feature…

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