Aug 03, 2019 -
We will be closing early today at 3:00 due to a private event. We apologize for any inconvenience and ... Read More >>
Closing Early - 3:00pm
We will be closing early today at 3:00 due to a private event. We apologize for any inconvenience and will reopen at 11:00 the following morning!
Aug 17, 2019 -
ArborBrook has been partnering with Janus Youth Programs to put on Janus' "Dinner in the Vines" for several ... Read More >>
Janus Youth Programs "Dinner in the Vines"
ArborBrook has been partnering with Janus Youth Programs to put on Janus' "Dinner in the Vines" for several years. The reason we have continued to support this event is simply because we feel so strongly that the programs and resources provided by Janus Youth Programs are so essential. Simply said, next time you're in Portland, take a look at the street kids. Really see them. Most are not on the street ...
ArborBrook Vineyards 17770 17770 NE Calkins Lane,Newberg,OR 97132
Aug 31, 2019 - Sep 02, 2019
Please join us for our Labor Day Weekend Open House and Dave's Walk in the Vineyard! Open House hours ... Read More >>
Labor Day Weekend Open House
Please join us for our Labor Day Weekend Open House and Dave's Walk in the Vineyard! Open House hours will be 11:00 - 5:00 daily. Walk in the Vines with Dave SUNDAY 9/1 Owner Dave Hansen will walk you through each of our vineyard blocks and talk about the specific clones we have planted, why we chose them, and other information about how we use each of the clones in our winemaking. ...
ArborBrook Vineyards 17770 17770 NE Calkins Lane, Newberg, OR 97132
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Most people have heard of the wine reviewers of Wine Spectator, Wine Advocate, Wine Enthusiast, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, etc., etc., etc. The job of the wine reviewer is to obtain samples of wines from each region in the world. And determine how each of those wine rates on a 100 point scale. Obviously, a thorough knowledge of each wine produced is required, as is knowledge of what the characteristics of a perfect 100 point sample of that specific wine would have to possess. It's one of those jobs that sounds a lot easier than I think it really is.
We've been asked many times about the process for getting wine ratings. Easy right? You send in sample bottles, they taste and review, and the scores are published. Theoretically, it should be that easy. But in reality, it's a little different. Reviewers like to taste wines before they are released. The question is, are the wines showing their best at that time? Generally, they aren't. So, we submit wines after they've been released, while making sure that we are submitting the same vintage that they are reviewing (for example: we wouldn't wnat to ship an '11 vintage if they are reviewing '12s).
The samples are sent. The rest should follow accordingly. Not necessarily. There are vintages that the reviewers choose not to score. And others that they choose to score. Within vintages, there are wines they choose to score and other wines they choose not to.
To sum it all up: you take what you get and hope for the best.
The important thing to keep in mind when looking at wine scores. They don't tell the whole story. They don't remind you of the experience you had while drinking the wine, or the people you were with, or the views you were enjoying, or the special memories you were making. A number is just a number. There's more to wine than that.
But great scores always help.