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Columbia Gorge

UnCruise Adventures

Experience Oregon & Washington Wine Country Aboard a Replica Coastal Steamer

Join Me for a 7-Night Wine-Themed Cruise on the Columbia, Snake & Willamette Rivers Evidence of the ice age floods is easy to spot — 15,000 years later, the results are as profound as they are delicious. Lifting a glass of glinting ruby-hued wine, it’s impossible not to appreciate the lasting effects ancient geology had on this remarkable region. Complex soils, ample sun,  just-so winds, and the unwavering dedication of Oregon and Washington winemakers—this combination of factors have yielded spectacular results. I’m pleased to announce that once again, I’ll be partnering with UnCruise Adventures as the wine expert on two ‘Rivers of Wine’ cruises. Together we’ll explore five AVA’s traversing dramatic topography as we make our way east along the Columbia—from alpine forest to semi-arid desert—we’ll visit multiple wineries followed by nightly onboard tastings and presentations. I’ll co-host the wine presentations along with the ship’s talented resident sommelier. [caption id="attachment_11536" align="aligncenter" width="900"] Rivers of Wine Map[/caption] Itinerary Day 1 Portland, Oregon–Embarkation A crew member shows you to your cabin. After a short time getting situated, gain your bearings with a spin around the ship before heading to the lounge where sparkling wine and hors d’oeuvres await as you set sail from the City of Roses along the mighty Columbia River. DAY 2—Hood...

Domaine J. Meuret Clos Pierre Chardonnay 2013

Domaine J. Meuret Clos Pierre Chardonnay 2013

Domaine J. Meuret Les Chênes Phelps Creek Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013" width="200" height="200" /></a>Limpid sunlight in a glass, Domaine J. Meuret is from Washington's highly regarded Maison Bleue, the Meuret label are single vineyard wines, meant to show off terroir. In this case this outstanding Chardonnay is from Clos Pierre vineyard in White Salmon, a site that lies within the cooler more west end of the AVA. It's elegant, with fruit expression that is lilting yet creamy—crème brûlée, pear tartin, lemon curd and acacia honey are couched in fine tannins, perfectly balanced acidity, and salty minerality. Sample Domaine J. Meuret 9.2 Points...

Domaine J. Meuret Les Chênes Phelps Creek Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013

Domaine J. Meuret Les Chênes Phelps Creek Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013

Domaine J. Meuret Les Chênes Phelps Creek Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013" width="200" height="200" /></a>I was delighted to find Maison Bleue's tasting room in downtown Walla Walla on my last visit, and even more surprised to taste the Domaine J. Meuret Les Chênes Pinot Noir 2013, the inaugural vintage of this label, all of which are single vineyard wines made by Jon Meuret. The quality is outstanding—expressing pie cherries, cranberries, morels and sweet leaf tobacco which fall well below perfumy rose petals and fragrant dried mint. It's weightless and light, with an understory of fine tannins lending structure to grace. Sample Domaine J. Meuret 9.3 Points...