Happy Harry's Direct Offer No. 12

Willamette Valley Vineyards Dijon Clone Chardonnay & White Pinot Noir

Willamette Valley Vineyards

The “budwood” of Willamette Valley Vineyards began long before its founding in 1983 by vintner Jim Bernau. His Dad, a Roseburg attorney, was hired by California winemaker Richard Sommer to secure one of the first winery licenses in Oregon since Prohibition. Jim’s Dad allowed small tastes of Richard’s wine at the dinner table, lighting a path that led Jim from home winemaking to studies at UC Davis and eventually Beaune, France.

Jim’s early “winemaking” grew more from mischief when at the age of 10, he liberated his Mom’s frozen Concord grape juice and followed the description of fermentation he found in the family’s set of encyclopedias!

In 1983, with the encouragement from winemakers making their move from California, Jim cleared an old pioneer plum orchard in the Salem Hills, hidden underneath scotch broom and blackberry vines to plant Pinot Noir. Unable to afford drip irrigation, he watered the vines by hand using 17 lengths of 75’ garden hose to get the grapelings through their first summer.

Willamette Valley Vineyards has collaboratively grown its estate vineyards through partnerships like the merger with Oregon wine pioneer, Bill Fuller of Tualatin Vineyards (established in 1973), the O’Briens for Elton Vineyard (established in 1983) and Loeza Vineyard (planted in 2015). The winery sources all of its barrel-aged Pinot Noir from its estate-grown vineyards and meticulously farms by hand nearly 500 acres in the valley. 

Jim’s vision of organizing wine enthusiasts to help build a world class winery in Oregon has, over time, resulted in the winery being named “One of America’s Great Pinot Noir Producers” by Wine Enthusiast. Among the winery’s unique distinctions is that it’s owned by more than 19,000 wine enthusiasts (NASDAQ: WVVI & WVVIP).

Happy Harry’s was fortunate to exclusively obtain the entire first shipment of the following two wines into North Dakota just so our customers had the chance to appreciate the first taste of these two new and unique offerings by Willamette Valley Vineyards!  Enjoy!

 

Willamette Valley Dijon Clone Chardonnay—2018

Founder Jim Bernau traveled with the Oregon Governor’s Delegation to Burgundy in the 1980s to seek out French clones to improve their state’s Chardonnay quality. These vines were brought back and quarantined at Oregon State University before being propagated for use in Oregon vineyards. Naturally derived Dijon Clones from France being planted in the Willamette Valley was one of the greatest tipping points in Oregon wine quality. The first Dijon clones were planted in 1993.

The stylistic vision of this wine is classic Oregon. Focus is placed on elegance, richness, creaminess and mouthfeel, with a balance of oak, fruit and acidity. A great wine to pair with food or enjoy by itself. The grapes were picked at peak ripeness and lightly whole cluster pressed to avoid phenolics.

The nose opens with aromas of lemon, pear, hazelnut and honey that move into a creamy medium-bodied sip offering flavors of orange, sweet cream, vanilla, caramel and clove. Balancing acidity leaves the wine refreshing, with a lingering finish.

Pair with rich seafood dishes like grilled shrimp or seafood scampi, chicken pot pie or creamy soups, rice or potato dishes, fresh salads with vinaigrettes and hard cheeses like aged white cheddar.
Enjoy now through 2025!

Happy Harry’s Direct Exclusive Offer

Direct Price – $24.99

Very limited supply to North Dakota!

Willamette Valley White Pinot Noir—2020

Yes you read that right—a white wine made from red wine grapes! It is rare, refreshing and quietly trending across the United States.

Made from their Pinot Noir grapes picked at the peak of ripeness and immediately gently pressed to release free run juice without color or tannins from the skins. The juice was fermented and aged on its lees in stainless steel tanks and neutral French oak. This produced a wine that expresses both red and white wine characteristics — creaminess, rich mid-palate, bright aromas and flavors with balanced acidity.

The wine features a huge bouquet of pear, melon and florals. Medium-bodied on the palate with a rich textured palate offering flavors of peach, citrus, candied ginger, honey and sweet cream. The finish is bright and balanced with considerable length.

Enjoy with seafood dishes including seared scallops, halibut and calamari. Also, pair with roasted poultry, honey baked ham, creamy pasta dishes or soups, seasonal salads, soft cheeses like brie and indulgent truffle fries.

Just bottled in April 2021!

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Direct Price – $31.99

Be one of the first to try this in North Dakota!

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