Witness Tree “Chainsaw” * Pinot Noir * 2015

Chainsaw Pinot Noir

Taking your three-year old daughter with you to a sushi restaurant on a Friday night can be a risky endeavor. My daughter has been to shusi places with us in the past, but this time, immediately after we sat down at the table glancing at menus she asked, “Do they have mac and cheese here?”

The best thing about this wine: Light like a Pinot Noir with some complex flavorful notes
Available at: Ponzu Sushi and Grill
By the glass: $10.00
Pairs well with: Friday nights, edamame, fries, and sushi
If you like surprise endings, try this wine.
Winery Web Page: http://www.witnesstreevineyard.com

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Sean Minor Point North * Pinot Noir * 2014

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My goal heading into this weekend was to have a burst of productivity. On the to-do list was: reading for a project I’m participating in at work, a backlog of papers needing graded for a course I’m teaching, and several half-initiated projects around the house. My motivations and ambitions were strong. The Japanese Beetle bombed those goals.

I woke up early Saturday morning, brewed coffee, and sat on the porch with my book. A couple of hours later and completely engrossed in the content, I heard faint “pinging” noises hitting the siding on my house. I looked up to see swarms of beetles raining down from the Linden tree and landing on my reading paradise. An impromptu Google search yielded information about Japanese Beetles and their destructiveness–they eat everything. I quickly began to connect the beetle invasion with my completely eaten rose bushes and withering leaves on my Linden tree.

Book closed, I sprung into action. More research, driving around Omaha, and working in the yard engrossed in a beetle battle, Saturday evening arrived quickly. I had not attempted even one of my original goals. Instead, I had purchased enough Japanese Beetle traps, set them up, and sprayed Neem oil on what was left of the rest of the plants in my yard in hopes of saving them from the ravenous creatures.

Feeling defeated, late at night, I opened a bottle of one of my favorite Oregon Pinot Noirs. It accompanied me to my upstairs office as I tried to re-motivate myself and grade some papers.

The best thing about this wine: A myriad of pairing options
Available at: Spirit World
By the bottle: $21.99
Pairs well with: cheese plate, poultry, and/or Asian food
If you like Oregon Pinot Noir, try this wine.
Winery Web Page: https://www.seanminorwines.com

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Sean Minor Point North * Pinot Noir * 2014

Elouan * Pinot Noir * 2015

About once a week we get together with our friends Katie and George for a couple glasses of wine. After I spent a week in Napa, they came over to hear about my trip. We shared a bottle of wine I brought back with me, which I will be writing about in the next few weeks, but I wanted to write about the exceptional wine they brought over!
The best thing about this wine: Great levels of complexity.
Available at: HyVee
By the bottle: $19.99
Pairs well with: Roasted chicken, tomato penne pasta, aged cheddar or goat cheese
Winery Web Page: http://www.elouanwines.com

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Elouan * Pinot Noir * 2015