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  • Tiny Bubbles – Oregon Sparkling Wine | R. Stuart & Co. Winery
    roll it for about 5 minutes and let the free run drain out We do this a second time after which we notice the pure flavors begin to drop At this point by now we ve gotten about 100 110 gallons of juice ton for a still white wine we would have gotten 150 170 gallons ton we stop The Fermentation We settle the juice for 48 hours and then rack the clean juice into 5 7 year old French oak barrels These barrels are basically neutral in flavor but we like the complexity the barrels give to the juice while it s fermenting and later on while it ages The Lees When the juice has fermented to dryness we rack the wine off the lees Then we roll the barrels upside down and let whatever gross lees fall out do so But we do not clean the barrels We leave some of the lees in the barrel and we rack the wine back on the lees in the barrels We stir these lees about every two weeks for about 6 months and this contributes immensely to the creaminess of the wine The Cuv é e You ll notice that Rosé d Or is non vintage That means it s a blend of several vintages in one bottle in the case of the current release 1999 2005 Each vintage we add the new wine to the older or the base wine and bottle it Thus each successive year the reserve base wine and that cuvee that is now in tirage see below become more and more complex The Tirage Once we have made the cuvée we bottle a portion of it and leave the rest for future years think sourdough starter Once bottled you have a second fermentation in the bottle and then the yeast dies We leave the wine in this stage for a minimum of 18 months It s a good thing to leave the wine on tirage a long time The results are more toasty flavors and also smaller and more consistent bubbles both good Generally we leave the wine 3 years on tirage Rose d Or on tirage The Disgorgement Generally in early September we riddle the remaining now dead yeast down into the neck of the bottle We riddle by hand turning each bottle a quarter of a turn twice a day in traditional wooden racks Once the yeast is settled in the neck of the bottle we dry disgorge This means we hold the bottle upside down pop the cap off to release the yeast and quickly get our thumb over the opening to stop the cascade of wine The Dosage is Rob s secret recipe It s added seconds after the bottle is disgorged and just before a cork is inserted to protect those tiny bubbles Sometimes the dosage contains brandy sometimes some of the base wine This is the most critical piece to bring all of the flavors into balance for each

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  • New Year’s Day, Lobster and Bubbly | R. Stuart & Co. Winery
    very qualities which I long for Lots of stirring sipping and chatting are sometimes just what we need In this case Rob and I sit in the kitchen chatting and reminiscing about other lobster dinners most notably with our dear friends Richard and Kathy in Toronto It seems we often visit them in the winter when the Nova Scotia lobsters are fresh briny and rich The jazz on their stereo is lyrical the Champagne from their cellar is luscious and delicious outdone only by their sparkling company We missed snowy nights with Richard and Kathy tonight So as the evening wears on I stir and Rob pours the wine we reminisce the kids come in and out updating us on their activities the phone rings with holiday greetings from more friends and I just keep stirring Eventually this turned into a scrumptious dish which warranted a brand new bottle of Rose d Or being opened to enjoy with the meal Happy New Year to you and yours and we wish you many lovely rosy hued bubbles in 2011 Lobster Risotto and Rosy Bubbles Easy but Not So Simple Lobster Risotto inspired by a recipe in January 2011 Cooking Light 3 cups chicken stock low fat and low sodium of course it s January 1 cup bottled clam juice 2 cups leftover bubbly divided or other dry white wine 1 leek chopped finely 1 2 of a fennel bulb chopped 2 cloves garlic minced 4 four ounce lobster tails 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 cup arborio rice 2 tablespoons butter minced chives 3 4 frozen peas thawed 1 2 teaspoon piment d esplette salt and pepper to taste meyer lemon zest and wedges to squeeze over the risotto at the end Bring broth clam juice and 1 cup of wine to a boil Add lobster cover and cook for 4 minutes Remove lobster from the pan and allow to cool for about 5 minutes When it s cool enough to handle remove the meat from the shells Place shells in a large zip top plastic bag Coarsely crush shells using a meat mallet or a heavy skillet Return crushed shells to the broth mixture Reduce heat to medium low and simmer for 20 minutes Strain shell mixture through a sieve over a bowl reserving broth discarding solids Return broth to a saucepan keep warm over low heat Heat 1 2 tablespoons olive oil in a heavy bottomed saucepan over medium high heat Add leek and fennel to the pan and saute until the vegetables are soft and beginning to get translucent Add the garlic and stir another minute Add the rice and saute stirring constantly Stir 1 cup wine into the rice mixture and stir constantly until the wine is absorbed you ll know it s time to add more broth when you can see the bottom of the pan as your spoon passes through Keep adding the broth by the ladleful stirring and stirring contrary to popular belief you can

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  • Harvest 2010 | R. Stuart & Co. Winery
    what wasn t dropped on the ground was eaten by the birds Late harvests often mean more bird damage and this one was a doozy Every grower was talking about running through their vineyard shooting off shot guns to try and scare them away Our friends at Tukwilla planted lovely brightly covered reflective balloons all around the vineyard to scare them away the result was quite festive when you drove up the driveway it looked there was about to be a really good party there Some of our vineyards lost as much as half their total crop to birds Now that s a sad number One of the balloons in Tukwilla Vineyard designed to keep the birds away However the fruit that did come in is really lovely The sugars are right where we want them and the cool weather also contributed really good acidity we love that The acidity is a big part of the equation that influences a wines ability to go with food And the flavors are highly intense and have distinct fruit flavors The Daffodil Hill is intense blueberry the Winderlea is intense raspberry and the Menefee a brand new vineyard for us is intense red cherry Everyone who tastes the grapes has the same reaction it s quite incredible Just because all the fruit is in the barn doesn t mean it s over Oh no There is still fermenting racking lots and lots of punching down pressing and eventually moving the wines into barrels Still working away in the cellar Our stalwart crew still has a long way to go before we can say that the 2010 vintage is finished Good thing they re having so much fun And not to worry they re well fed 14 Harvest Dinners and many pots of soup

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  • The calm before the Storm | R. Stuart & Co. Winery
    of the month and the extraordinary number of birds out in the vineyards For some reason which no one has quite figured out the threat and reality of bird damage is just huge this year So it s the middle of the month and not one grape has come into our winery It s eerily quiet By this time we are usually at least one week into harvest with everything people and equipment going non stop All of the equipment in the winery is ready to go Rob and the interns spend their days roaming the vineyards checking on the fruit I m roasting pounds and pounds of tomatoes which will be the base for the delicious rich tomato sauce I use in dishes throughout the season And we re waiting Not to worry The fruit will ripen and we will make wine in 2010 Lots and lots of delicious wine Just you wait The press sitting idle Pinot Lover s Special 30 off Pinot Noir Harvest 2010 Tagged Comments One Response to The calm before the Storm Leigh says October 17 2010 at 1 22 am Hello Dear I LOVE your colorful and fully packed but not too much such as Martha s site ye gads entertaining and inspiring site I have never told you that Love to you and keep up the amazing work you are doing ox Leigh Field Speak Your Mind Tell us what you re thinking and oh if you want a pic to show with your comment go get a gravatar Click here to cancel reply Name required Mail will not be published required Website Blogs Blog Home Page From the Winery From the Road Recipes Our Latest Tweet Twitter Updates follow us on Twitter Find us on Facebook R Stuart Co Winery and

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  • Pinot Lover’s Special – 30% off Pinot Noir | R. Stuart & Co. Winery
    30 off plus free shipping for Wine Club members Let this note serve as an initial heads up as the deal will only be available for three days September 14th 15th and 16th This is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the season restock your cellar or do some early holiday gift shopping We ll send an e mail first thing Tuesday morning to let you know the deal is on Signup for our Newsletter A Midsummer Night s Dream The calm before the Storm Tagged Harvest Pinot Noir Special Speak Your Mind Tell us what you re thinking and oh if you want a pic to show with your comment go get a gravatar Click here to cancel reply Name required Mail will not be published required Website Blogs Blog Home Page From the Winery From the Road Recipes Our Latest Tweet Twitter Updates follow us on Twitter Find us on Facebook R Stuart Co Winery and Wine Bar McMinnville Oregon on Facebook Search Entries Search for Archives Archives Select Month March 2015 May 2014 April 2014 February 2014 November 2013 October 2013 July 2013 April 2013 January 2013 December 2012 November 2012 October 2012 August 2012 April 2012 February

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  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream | R. Stuart & Co. Winery
    to a free outdoor performance of the new Willamette Shakespeare Company s A Midsummer Night s Dream And what a dream it was At the last minute we threw together a picnic the centerpiece of which was this zesty Saffron Rice Salad adapted from The Splendid Table Summer y Saffron Rice Salad Then we whisked ourselves off to Stoller Vineyards where this outstanding performance of the Shakespeare comedy would be performed The Stollers are so generous they frequently allow their beautiful property to be used for non profit and fundraising causes The ever so picturesque Oak Grove park that perfectly compliments their vast vineyard was the ideal setting for the play It was Shakespeare exactly the way he intended it to be performed A wonderful evening ensued complete with outstanding theater plastic cups of the Stoller s wine sharing tastes from our neighbors picnic baskets and all the kids alternately watching the performance with rapt attention and running off into the fields when the dialogue got too Shakespearean As the story progressed and the moon came out the magical quality of the evening really began to shine Another friend told me later that this particular kind of moon is known as a Rogue Moon We tried to look that up and find out just what it meant but sadly Google failed us Never mind it does seem to be a fitting description for the kind of evening it was right here in the middle of nowhere Shakespeare under a Rogue Moon Grilled Chicken Salad with Balsamic Blue Cheese Vinaigrette Pinot Lover s Special 30 off Pinot Noir Tagged Comments One Response to A Midsummer Night s Dream Gay Ingram says August 25 2010 at 12 44 pm While my son lived in McMinnville we had occasion to visit several times

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  • 42% off Big Fire Summer Sampler Case!!! | R. Stuart & Co. Winery
    only 109 04 pesky percentages you can enjoy your Big Fire case of wine a 188 value all summer long The only caveat At least 20 cases need to be purchased in order for the deal to be active So tell your friends and family or anyone who loves great wine for a great price then go to our online store or call 866 472 8614 starting Monday June 14th at 9 a m PDT to purchase your case or cases When we reach that 20 case number the sale will go through If we don t make it you won t be charged and we ll try again at a later date Buy Now Please note no other offers or discounts may be combined with this sale We just love a good party Grilled Chicken Salad with Balsamic Blue Cheese Vinaigrette Tagged dry rose Pinot Gris Pinot Noir Special Comments One Response to 42 off Big Fire Summer Sampler Case Chef Dave says June 11 2010 at 11 37 pm Count me in for 2 cases Even though I just bought some why wait Will I drink it Does the pope crap in the woods Speak Your Mind Tell us what you re thinking and oh if you want a pic to show with your comment go get a gravatar Click here to cancel reply Name required Mail will not be published required Website Blogs Blog Home Page From the Winery From the Road Recipes Our Latest Tweet Twitter Updates follow us on Twitter Find us on Facebook R Stuart Co Winery and Wine Bar McMinnville Oregon on Facebook Search Entries Search for Archives Archives Select Month March 2015 May 2014 April 2014 February 2014 November 2013 October 2013 July 2013 April 2013 January 2013 December 2012 November 2012

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  • We just love a good party! | R. Stuart & Co. Winery
    58 pm To any website visitors who have yet to discover R Stuart the Entity the Organism I leave these comments Funny words to use no Entity Organism and yet the alternative words pale in comparison for they do not capture the essence of life community and family that are the white hot core at the center of this beautiful venture How can one reduce it to bussiness or capital venture or other such words of sterility and impersonalness We have lived in the area for 30 years and have watched many things come and go and have watched the Oregon Wine industry grow and become We have seen entrants onto the scene that are starry eyed and glory addled tasted wines that were more full of ego and ambition than they were of life and spirit and we have seen the ones who found their roots they never knew they already had the ones who come and find their hearts claimed like swains who are smitten by a fair Lady and these begin to dedicate their time and talent to the pursuit of somehow capturing the spiritual emotional and geographical terroir of our home region and our times and preserving it in bottles and readying it to be poured out for the infusion of life into life Many winemakers many wineries and a few masters of the craft We consider R Stuarts winery winebar family community to be exemplary of what Oregon is all about and what Oregon Wine is all about The strength and vision Rob demonstrates year after year as a winemaker is infused and sustained by the heart and service and generous passion that Maria pours out daily to be sure that each person who encounters R Stuart Wines knows that they are welcomed as a friend and depart with the opportunity to become family The Wine Bar is an oasis of calm and peace that is simultaneously full of life and energy energy that renews and doesn t drain The staff goes out of their way to treat each person like the most important person they have met They know when to suggest and guide someone into something new but they never push or give you a hard sell because they know that sometimes the old and familiar is becoming the signposts and hallmarks and touchstones on an everchanging journey and these things sustain and maintain I find the most delightful mix in all things R Stuart from the wine to all the other aspects I see at work the heart of a sprinter sustained by the legs of a marathoner And the beautiful package that ties it all together is joy Pure and simple joy What a precious and rare commodity There is joy in the wine whether it be quick and jubilant or be restrained and sophisticated read Temperance Hill Ah now THAT is a wine there is joy in the wine bar stopping in on a dreary rain swept grey early evening

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