Silver Medal for our 2016 Three Feathers Chehalem Mountain Pinot Noir

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Sample wine bottles 2016 Pinot Noir vintage

We are thrilled to announce that our 2016 Chehalem Mountain Pinot Noir won a Silver Medal in this year’s McMinnville Wine & Food Classic juried competition!

The 26th annual Mac Classic Wine Competition was held at The Barberry in McMinnville on January 19, 2019 and featured a panel of 13 industry judges including wine buyers and writers such as Otto Han of New Seasons Market, Michael Alberty at The Oregonian and Eric Degerman of Great Northwest Wine.

Come and see us at Stand 143 during the McMinnville Wine & Food Classic – SIP event from March 8-10, 2019 at Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum.

Three Feathers at the 26th Annual McMinnville Wine & Food Classic SIP – Stand 143

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Close-up on the nose of a McDonnell Douglas VC-9C (DC-9-32) - USA - Air Force presidential airplane that served chief executives and their staffs from 1975 to 2005 is on display outdoors at the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum on August 17, 2014, McMinnville, Oregon. The Museum, first opened in 2008, houses a wide selection of military aircraft and space memorabilia.
Close-up on the nose of a McDonnell Douglas VC-9C (DC-9-32) - USA - Air Force presidential airplane that served chief executives and their staffs from 1975 to 2005 is on display outdoors at the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum on August 17, 2014, McMinnville, Oregon. The Museum, first opened in 2008, houses a wide selection of military aircraft and space memorabilia.
Close-up on the nose of a McDonnell Douglas VC-9C (DC-9-32) – USA – Air Force presidential airplane that served chief executives and their staffs from 1975 to 2005, Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, McMinnville, Oregon. © 2017 Elise Prudhomme

Save the Date! Three Feathers at the 26th Annual McMinnville Wine & Food Classic SIP

We are very proud and excited to announce that Three Feathers Estate has been invited to participate in the 26th Annual McMinnville Wine & Food Classic SIP.

This extravaganza showcases over 50 wines and restaurants from the Willamette Valley area. The three day event occurs on March 8, 9 and 10, 2019 at the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum.

Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum during the McMinnville Wine & Food Classic – SIP

We will be offering our 2016 and 2017 Three Feathers Pinot Noir and our 2017 Cuvée Virginia Pinot Noir for tasting.  Our three wines won Silver Medals in the Mac Classic juried competition.

Be sure to put this on your calendar and come join us at Stand 143 where all three of us will be in attendance; even Elise is coming from Paris.

Three Feathers are Flying Again!

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London Skyline and the River Thames, London, England, United Kingdom
London Skyline and the River Thames, London, England, United Kin
View of downtown London and Thames River from the Tate Museum vicinity

Three Feathers are Flying Again!

We’re off to London to present our wines to the British market at the annual Oregon & Washington wine tasting event presented by the Oregon Wine Board and Hilltop Wines. On March 15, Elise and husband François will travel from Paris to London on the Eurostar via the Chunnel (Channel Tunnel) with Three Feathers 2016 and 2017 wine and an exclusive preview of our Blanc de Noirs, our 2018 White Pinot Noir.

We understand that the Brits love Oregon Pinot Noir ; the oenophile’s new frontier.

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow

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Overview of snow-covered Torio Vineyard on Chehalem Mountain, Willamette Valley, Oregon.
Panoramic view of snow-covered Torio Vineyard on Chehalem Mountain, Willamette Valley, Oregon
Panoramic view of snow-covered Torio Vineyard on Chehalem Mountain, Willamette Valley, Oregon.

Winter arrives, finally

We’ve been experiencing a mild winter this year with temperatures rarely below freezing and despite the weather reports, rainfall seemed pretty normal. We were all beginning to think that we would not be getting any cold weather and many vineyards, including ours, chose to prune vines a little earlier than normal.

Last week, however, temperatures took a serious dip into the 20’s and on February 8th we got snowfall in many areas. Chehalem Mountain is one of the highest spots in the Willamette Valley and we got more snow than anywhere outside of the Cascade Range. Currently, our vineyards are buried in 6-8 inches of snow and we are plowing our driveway while 900 feet below us on the valley floor there is scarcely a dusting.

Overview of snow-covered Torio Vineyard on Chehalem Mountain, Willamette Valley, Oregon
Overview of snow-covered Torio Vineyard on Chehalem Mountain, Willamette Valley, Oregon.

This is actually a good thing for our vineyards.  Snow is an excellent source of deep moisture and the plants are protected from excessive cold under its blanket.  Cold temperatures might also help reduce undesirable insects, such as the annoying stink bugs (Halyomorpha halys) that frequent the vineyards and hibernate in our house. True to its epithet, when squashed the stink bug emits a very unpleasant odor.  We can also hope that the cold prevents an early crop of rodents that proliferate in the barns and lawns.

We have put away garden tools and tractors and await the real spring like the rest of the country. Come meet us at Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum to try our wines and Toast to Winter during the 26th Annual Wine & Food SIP Classic!

Celebrating the Circle of Vineyard Life | Holiday Baked Brie

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Season's Greetings 2018 from Three Feathers Estate & Vineyard.  Celebrating the New Year 2019 with a decorative table and Three Feathers Pinot Noir.
Season's Greetings 2018 from Three Feathers Estate & Vineyard
Season’s Greetings 2018 from Three Feathers Estate & Vineyard

Celebrating the Circle of Vineyard Life

What an eventful year it has been! Starting with a few weeks of planning in January we pruned vines the first week of February.  In March and April we prepped the soil and the aisles and started preventative spraying. The vines broke their dormancy the first week of May and after that it was a weekly effort to keep things pruned, trellised, sprayed, watered, mowed, weeded, fertilized and tied.  This kept up until July. We bottled our 2017 wines in August. Kept a watch on the ripening fruit in September and picked in October.  Whew!

In the meantime, we started a serious effort to market and sell our wines. Elise manned the Website and Media efforts – designing labels and overseeing their production – taking photos for the site, blog and Social Media. Cynthia marketed to customers in Las Vegas and in her business circle making a huge sale of custom label wine to Symmons Industries, a National plumbing company. Sandra has been marketing to Portland wine shops and restaurants and has gotten our brand into the prestigious SIP Classic, a Wine Fair & Competition in McMinnville taking place in March 2019.

We will continue to grow our sales in 2019, as Three Feathers produced 8 barrels of 2018 Pinot Noir and Torio Vineyard (our other Vineyard) will have it’s own label in 2019 with 3 barrels of 2018 Pinot Noir and 3 barrels of a white wine made from Pinot Noir grapes. This is a white wine made by separating the grapes from the skins and in Europe is the basis of most Champagnes and sparkling wines.  White wines made from Pinot Noir grapes are sometimes called “White Pinot Noir”, “Pinot Noir Blanc” or “Blanc de Noirs”.  We should be bottling this wine in the spring.

Many Thanks to Everyone; from the essential workers in the vineyards, to Sandra who is venturing out into the marketplace, to our talented Winemaker Dan Duryee and crew at Lady Hill, to the hardworking and talented Threesome and to all our customers who have taken a chance on a newcomer and not been disappointed!

So it is time to celebrate! We have included a recipe for one of our favorite winter appetizers: Baked Brie.  This recipe is a good party dish when entertaining over the Holidays.  It is also good the next day when enjoying your glass of Three Feathers Pinot Noir by yourself and reflecting on what a great party that was.

Holiday Baked Brie

Three Feathers celebrates the end of 2018 with warm wishes and hearty Holiday Greetings to you, your family and friends!  Social calendar filled to the brim, at this time of year we are on the lookout for simple, quick and festive recipes that ‘soothe the soul and warm the heart’.  Our simple and delicious baked brie recipe is a perfect filler before and after big meals, or for a light holiday get together over cocktails.

Baked Brie Recipe in Three Quick Steps

1 Pound Brie, well chilled
1/2 cup Pesto
1/2 cup Sun Dried Tomatoes in olive oil
1/2 cup chopped Pecans
4-8 Green Onions chopped including 1/2 green tops

Baked brie recipe from Three Feathers Estate
Cut the brie in half horizontally.
  • Slice the Brie horizontally and put in a baking dish.
Top with Pesto, Tomatoes, Onions and Pecan.
Prepared toppings of Pesto, Tomatoes, Onions and Pecan.
Baked brie recipe from Three Feathers Estate
Toppings placed on the Brie
  • Top with Pesto, Sun Dried Tomatoes, Scallions and Pecans.
Melted brie with toppings ready to serve.
Melted brie, ready to serve.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes to the point where the cheese begins to melt.

Serve hot with bread or crackers. This recipe serves at least 8 people as a hearty appetizer or hors-d’œuvre.

Our 2016 Three Feathers Pinot Noir featured at Zest Bistro & Bar in Las Vegas

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Zest Bistrot & Bar in Las Vegas, Nevada is now carrying Three Feathers wines.
Zest Bistrot & Bar in Las Vegas, Nevada is now carrying Three Feathers wines.
Zest Bistrot & Bar in Las Vegas, Nevada is now carrying Three Feathers wines.

Zest Bistro & Bar in Las Vegas features our 2016 Three Feathers Pinot Noir

Our 2016 Three Feathers Pinot Noir will be featured in Las Vegas Nevada at the Zest Bistro in Southern Highlands.

A favorite local gathering place for the past 10 years the owner, Billy Papadopoulos, has created a locale where good food and wine come together in a relaxed atmosphere.

The 2016 Three Feathers Pinot Noir will be offered at your table and at the bar by the glass or the bottle.

We hope that this is the start of a great relationship.

Zest Bistrot & Bar in Las Vegas, Nevada is now carrying Three Feathers wines.
View of the bar at Zest Bistrot & Bar in Southern Highlands, Las Vegas.

Our 2016 Three Feathers Pinot Noir featured at Bootleggers Whiskey Bar in Beaverton

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Bootleggers Whiskey Bar in Beaverton, Oregon is now featuring Three Feathers wines.

2016 Three Feathers Pinot Noir featured at Bootleggers Whiskey Bar in Beaverton

We are pleased to announce that our 2016 Three Feathers Pinot Noir is now poured at Bootleggers Whiskey Bar, 12424 SW Broadway Street, Beaverton, Oregon 97005.  Tel: (971) 317-2910

Bootleggers is introducing Wine Night on Thursdays.  More information coming up…!

Giving Thanks

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Tasting 2017 Three Feathers Pinot Noir Wines with a selection of cheeses.

Let us remember that, as much has been given us, much will be expected from us, and that true homage comes from the heart as well as from the lips, and shows itself in deeds. – Theodore Roosevelt

Excerpt from Proclamation 466 (November 2, 1901) when President Roosevelt established the fourth Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day.

Here at Three Feathers, we have so many things to be grateful for this year including an excellent 2018 harvest and successful introduction of our 2017 Pinot Noir and Cuvée Virginia on to the market.

As you prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving with Friends and Family, here are a few reasons why Pinot Noir pairs so well with the Feast and Fowl.

Perfectly Paired with The Feast and Fowl

Tasting 2017 Three Feathers Pinot Noir Wines with a selection of cheeses.

Tasting 2017 Three Feathers Pinot Noir Wines with a selection of cheeses.

Over the years, we have been drinking Oregon Pinot Noir with a wide selection of dishes and conclude that the versatility of these wines makes them a perfect pair with holiday dishes, no matter your family’s food traditions.

Light to medium-bodied, an elegant Pinot will enhance each course of your meal without making guests tired or drowsy.

Pinot Noir works particularly well with a Turkey Dinner because its fruity aroma is a bold but not overpowering accompaniment to turkey’s white or dark meat (Victor’s Infallible Smoked Turkey recipe is a must try).

Smoked Turkey cooked on a Weber Kettle barbecue by Victor Stimac at Three Feathers Estate & Vineyard

Smoked Turkey cooked on a Weber Kettle barbecue using Victor Stimac’s recipe.

With fatty fowl such as goose and duck, or wild game, the juicy acidity of Oregon Pinot Noir truly brings out the flavors of red poultry meat and its crusty skin while cutting through their richness.  The higher acidity in Pinot also pairs perfectly with fattier fish, especially salmon.

This varietal accentuates fruit-based side dishes such as cranberry sauce and cream-based dishes such as mashed potatoes or casserole.  Diverse flavors of holiday meals can be amplified by root and leafy vegetables such as parsnips, Brussels sprouts, green beans, and kale to name a few.  The low tannin profile of Pinot Noir compliments these side dish elements rather than stealing the show with too much complexity.

While considering flavors, what about the cheese and dessert course?  We are strong advocates of Pinots with dense cheeses such as Gruyere and Emmental whose richness and saltiness is rounded out by this varietals’ gentle tannin.  Pinot’s vibrant not overly sweet palette of red, black cherry and berry fruit will pair well with pumpkin, mince or fruit pies to round off the meal.

This light and acidic varietal will make a seamless extension of what is on your holiday table because it pairs well with a wide range of foods without overpowering delicate flavors.  With balance and harmony, Pinot Noir is perfectly paired with The Feast and Fowl.

Three Feathers Holiday Season Special Offer

Three Feathers Estate & Vineyard Holiday Season Special Offer

Take advantage of our Holiday Season Offer today and send Three Feathers Oregon Pinots to your Friends and Family.  Buy some for yourself and celebrate by Giving Thanks!

Three Feathers Partner Highlight | Elise Prudhomme

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Christine (left), Cynthia (middle) and Elise (right) pose for a summer photoshoot in Three Feathers vineyard.

Three Feathers summer photoshoot in the vineyard.

Cynthia (left), Elise (middle) and Christine (right) pose for a summer photo-shoot in Three Feathers Vineyard.

Three Feathers Partner Highlight | Elise Prudhomme

The Three Feathers Estate & Vineyard management team is composed of three hard-working, talented and dynamic women devoting their energy to families, careers and this Estate and Vineyard.

This month we are proud to highlight the endeavors of partner Elise Prudhomme, the creative backbone of Three Feathers.  Elise’s contribution to the marketing and communication of Three Feathers ranges from photography to website development to graphic design.  Elise manages our packaging for holiday campaigns, designed our logo and all bottle labels and coordinates our bi-annual newsletter; all of this in conjunction with her photography career in hometown Paris, France.

Exhibition announcement for the new photo series "Lieux-dits" by Elise Prudhomme.

Exhibition announcement for the new photo series “Lieux-dits” by Elise Prudhomme.

Elise Prudhomme exhibits her latest photography series in Paris, France

Photographic author, Elise Prudhomme, uses her many cameras to explore the possibilities and limits of the medium. Her subject matter varies from Landscape, Portraits or Interior Spaces but throughout there is a humor, irony and an appreciation of the surreal.

Her latest series is titled Lieux-dits.  This is a French toponymic term that literally translates as “Said Places”. It refers to small geographical locations that bear traditional names often based on some characteristic of the place, its former use, or a past event. These photographs represent events as well as places, as in a memoir. One single shot was not enough to express the feeling engendered by the locale. Through a creative use of multiple exposures to generate diverse reference points, the emotions associated with the “Lieux-dits” are anchored in memory.

“Taken during travels, when my sensitivity to my surrounds was most acute, they relate tales of encounters, lights and foreign languages during an adventurous time in my life”.

Black and white panoramic photograph of a bouquet of sunflowers, Arles, France. Analog photography series entitled Lieux-dits by Elise Prudhomme.

Le bouquet, Arles, France.

This series is comprised of 20 black and white panoramic format prints (20 x 60 inches) made from medium format film negatives and printed on Japanese mulberry paper.

Lieux-dits is exhibited at Studio Galerie B&B in Paris, France until November 22.
Installation vidéo

 

Biography

A graduate of Smith College in Art History and Italian Literature, Elise assists fashion and architecture photographers in Florence before moving to Paris. She continues her apprenticeship in silver printing at the Maine Photographic Workshops and in Paris with Guillaume Geneste. Self-consciousness, her first photographic series in medium format black and white film is awarded at Royan and receives the Grand Prix of Riedisheim on the theme “Feminine”.

Elise participates in the creation of Francis Picabia’s catalog raisonné and directs the pop-up gallery for the visual arts: Studio Galerie B&B.  She teaches contemporary art and photography to the students of Spéos Paris and Rhode Island School of Design through the organization of cultural visits in Ile-de-France.

With enthusiasm and rigor, Elise Prudhomme explores creative processes combining analog and digital photography using middle and large format cameras (4×5 view camera, Hasselblad, Rolleiflex). She realizes projects around the theme of the new picturesque. Light is her first tool and inspires the treatment of the subject whether it is an interior space, a landscape or a portrait as illustrated by her work for the French National Foundation of Parks and Gardens and the Theodore Roosevelt Association.

Elise is the wife of François Prudhomme and the mother of three teenage sons; Colin, Oscar and Felix Prudhomme.

Visit Elise’s website

Upcoming Three Feathers Wine Tasting Events

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Tasting our 2017 Three Feathers Pinot Noir Wines, Chehalem Mountain AVA, Willamette Valley, Oregon.

Barrel tasting 2017 Three Feathers Pinot Noir Wines

Tasting 2017 Three Feathers Pinot Noir Wines

Upcoming Three Feathers Wine Tasting Events

We are pleased to announce two new upcoming tasting events where all three of our Pinot Noir wines (2016 & 2017 Three Feathers and the 2017 Cuvée Virginia) will be featured and available for sale:

November 15th at Taste on 23rd in Northwest Portland from 6 – 8 pm

December 21st at Urban Decanter in Forest Grove from 5 – 8 pm

This is a perfect opportunity to try our wines and purchase them for the holiday season.  If you have not yet signed up for our Special Holiday Limited Offer, why not do so at the same time?