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20% OFF 12 OR MORE BOTTLES OF WINE 218 Camino La Tierra Santa Fe, NM 505.983.2100

Most long-term wine people end up at Pinot Noir. They may have come into wine through Bordeaux or Napa or Mateus or white Zin. But they mostly end up at Pinot. One of the mysteries of life. And every Pinot Noir maker will tell you it’s all about the ground. Some call it terroir. Some just call it dirt. But where that fickle, elusive, sexy, uncooperative grape grows is all-important. On Saturday, January 30, at TSV, four different winemakers, each representing a different inner – AVA of Willamette, will all swear the Willamette Valley of Oregon is some of the best—maybe the best—ground around. Four winemakers, four wineries: Belle Pente (Yamhill-Carlton AVA), Beaux Freres (Chehalem Mountains AVA), Brick House (Ribbon Ridge AVA) and Bergstrom (Dundee Hills AVA). Each winemaker will pour both a 2007 and 2013 version of their Pinot, providing depth as well as breadth in this tasting. Willamette (rhymes with dammit) is the American Viticultural Area (AVA) responsible for three quarters of Oregon’s wine production and the vast majority (88 percent) of the state’s Pinot Noir production. All other grapes—Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Riesling—share a distant second place. In Willamette, Pinot Noir is a big deal. And it’s a big AVA: over 5,000 square miles and nearly three-and-a-half million acres planted to vines with half-a-dozen inner-AVAs within its generous Portland-to-Eugene span. This year, a Willamette Valley Pinot earned the No. 3 spot in Wine Spectator’s Top 100 wines. That’s a big deal, too. (Geek alert: Rajat Parr’s Evening Land Pinot Noir is the No. 3 wine. It’s technically from an inner-AVA of Willamette Valley called Eola-Amity Hills.) Keep your eye on the schedule for these four days of intimate wine connection in Taos. Check the website ( Don’t skip the Grand Tasting at TSV on Saturday afternoon, 4 to 6:30 p.m. And share all of it with a friend or two or three. Is that an answer to “Why care?” No, but it could be a formula for “How to.”

RIDGE WINEMAKER DINNER Wednesday, January 27, 7:00pm




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1st couRsE Fresh Hawaiian Hearts Of Palm with Jumbo Lump Crab saffron meyer lemon & black garlic emulsions 2012 Estate Chardonnay, Monte Bello Vineyard, Santa Cruz Mountains

2ND couRsE Wood-Fired Whole Roasted Salmon with Porcini Mushroom-Dusted Onion Rings sage, brown butter winter squash & brussel sprouts 2013 Pagani Ranch, Zinfandel, Sonoma Valley

ENtRÉE Sliced Beef Loin with Rosemary & Shallots wild mushroom strudel & black truffle potato parsnip purée 2012 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Monte Bello Vineyard, Santa Cruz Mountains

chEEsE Pear & Raclette Turnover with grilled endive & poached huckleberries 2012 Lytton Springs, Petite Sirah, Dry Creek Valley

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