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VIDEO: King Estate 2011 Harvest, Our Twentieth Vintage!

November 29 2011

King Estate 2011 Vintage Grape Harvest Oregon Pinot Noir & Pinot Gris

2011, though challenging in many ways, appears to be a year of above average-fruit quality. The vines bore a lot of fruit, and with the late season it became worrisome that all the fruit would ripen, so measures needed to be taken. In a late year like 2010 and 2011, we really ride the razor’s edge, waiting with bated breath to see how ripe the fruit can get before the rainy season begins. In an effort to ensure that fruit fully ripens, it is often necessary to cluster thin, dropping clusters of otherwise perfect grapes in order to ensure that fewer clusters fully ripen and develop concentrated flavors. Often cluster thinning enhances the character and concentration of flavors in the remaining grapes since the vines are stressed and have less fruit to focus their energy on. In the end, the harvest at our 470 acre certified organic vineyard at King Estate can be characterized as a year of lower than typical yields but high quality. It is always a difficult decision to drop so much fruit on the ground, and it comes at a great economic expense, but it is also the only decision if you want to improve quality, harvest good fruit, and ultimately make the best wine possible in a challenging year. The goal is to overcome whatever obstacles are presented to make the best wine we can.

Winter Tower Club Release

November 23 2011

The Winter Tower Club wines will be released on Monday, February 20th.  See below for details on the Winter Release Tasting.

Wine Country Run 2012

November 23 2011

Join us one week before the Eugene Marathon for a scenic 5K run through the rolling hills of our certified organic vineyards. Visit run.kingestate.com for more information.

Visitor Center & Restaurant Open New Year's Eve

November 23 2011

The King Estate Visitor Center, which encompasses our estate restaurant and wine bar, will be open 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM on New Year’s Eve. In addition to our regular à la carte menu, a special four course holiday prix fixe will be offered.

Visitor Center & Restaurant Open Christmas Eve

November 23 2011

The King Estate Visitor Center, which encompasses our estate restaurant and wine bar, will be open 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM on Christmas Eve and will feature holiday specials in addition to our regular à la carte menu.

Rose Bowl Viewing Party

November 23 2011

Join us as we take in the 2012 Rose Bowl, a matchup of our Oregon Ducks and the Wisconsin Badgers.  We will be partying in typical King Estate fashion with fantastic food, wine, hospitality and plenty of smiling faces, as these two teams duke it out in the Tournament of Roses.

King Estate on Antiques Roadshow

November 23 2011

King Estate Winery will be featured on PBS’s Antiques Roadshow on February 6th.   Check your local listing for exact air time.

TC Recipe: Potato Gnocchi with Chanterelle Ragout

November 13 2011

By Sous Chef Benjamin Nadolny
Suggested Pairing: 2009 Domaine Pinot Noir Block 4C
Serves 2

potatognocchichanterelleragout

Classic & Ultimate Release: November 14, 2011

November 13 2011

Tech Sheets

The links below will lead you to technical sheets for each wine in your shipment. These sheets provide valuable information about the wine in the bottle and and how it was made.

Tower Club Classic

Tower Club Ultimate

Click links above for technical sheets

Recipes

The following recipes have been authored by our culinary staff specifically for pairing with your Tower Club shipment.

Tower Club Classic

Tower Club Ultimate

TC Recipe: Crab and Leek Tart

November 13 2011

By Special Events Chef Sean Winder
Suggested Pairing: 2010 Paradox Pinot Gris
Serves 4

CrabandLeekTart

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