Oregon Rainfall

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Black and white pinhole photograph of snow-ladden formal gardens at Three Feathers Estate.

Kicking off the 2021 Vineyard Growing Season with Rain Oregon and Washington have a reputation for rainy weather.  I have never lived anywhere where there is such a preoccupation with rainfall. The truth is that here in the northern Willamette Valley we have a wet season and a dry season. Normal rain patterns are wet winters and dry summers. Average … Read More

Clementine Cake, a Winter Delight

Elise Stimac2018, 2019, Blog article, Pairing, Recipes, Red WineLeave a Comment

Step by Step Clementine Cake Recipe with Three Feathers

Clementine Cake, a Winter Delight | two recipe versions, including gluten and dairy-free Winter is upon us and the markets are full of zesty organic clementines, mandarins, kumquats, juicy oranges and lemons in all sizes. Clementine Cake is unique in that it uses the entire fruit, including peel, pith and pulp. We have experimented with different types of citrus fruit, … Read More

Harvest Lore 2019

Elise Stimac2019, Growing, Harvest, Vintages, Wine making2 Comments

Harvesting 2019 Pinot Gris clone at Three Feathers Estate.  Harvesting our 2019 grapes, Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris.

September 2019 | In the Vineyard September is an anxious time for Vineyard owners.  We all are hoping for optimum harvest conditions; perfectly ripened fruit, warm dry autumn days and a crew that is ready to pick when we are – an ideal harvest scenario. This year Three Feathers Vineyard looked pretty good; disease-free, unlike other vineyards in the valley … Read More

So, where are you located exactly?

Elise StimacGrowing, Locator Maps

Map indicating the sub AVA regions of the Willamette Valley, Oregon, USA.

The Big Picture “So, where are you located exactly?” is a FAQ at Three Feathers Estate & Vineyard.  During travels within Oregon, out-of-state and overseas, we are amazed at how many people recognize the Willamette Valley as a Pinot Noir wine producing region.  Some even recognize “Willamette Valley” before they mentally locate the State of Oregon!  Explaining what an AVA … Read More

Waste Not, Want Not

Elise StimacFarm Life, Recipes2 Comments

Pinot Noir grape jelly made from the Precoce clone at Three Feathers Estate & Vineyard.

Brix, Birds and The Worlds Most Expensive Jelly As I explained last year in my recipe for Blackberry Pinot Noir Sauce, I have a problem with wasting grapes. During pre-harvest months, while we wait for the grapes to ripen, a lot of testing is done to gauge the sugar level in the grapes.  If I am being very stingy, I … Read More

2017 Three Feathers Wines are Here!

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Three Feathers Pinot Noir 2017 vintage

Presenting our 2017 Three Feathers Wines! We are pleased to announce that our much anticipated 2017 wines have been Bottled and will Ship starting September 15. 2017 Three Feathers Pinot Noir We continue to perfect our small-lot single-clone Pinot Noir from the Dijon Clone 667 grapes grown in Block One of Three Feathers Vineyard.  The complexity of this vintage is … Read More

Wine Speak: Reviewing our 2016 Three Feathers Pinot Noir

Elise StimacWine making, Wine Tasting

Garnet color of the 2016 Three Feathers Pinot Noir.

Wine Speak: Reviewing our 2016 Three Feathers Pinot Noir Excerpt from an Interview with Winemaker Dan Duryee and Christine Stimac December 15, 2017 – Saint Paul, Oregon Christine Stimac : So Dan, what do you have to say about Three Feathers 2016 Pinot Noir?  What do you think? What is your opinion from the winemaker’s point of view on how … Read More