• Hazelfern Cellars is Turning Me into a Chardonnay Drinker

    I’m writing this post while I sip on Chardonnay. You read that right. I’m not drinking a Pinot Noir, or even a red wine, I opened up a Chardonnay. The 2018 Little Hells Chardonnay from Hazelfern Cellars, to be exact. I may have to rebrand… Chardonnay and Shotguns? I kinda like the sound of that! Hazelfern has consistently been at the top of my “wineries to visit” list and I’ve been swooning over their website and Instagram page for what feels like years now. I could not have been more excited when my pal AJ organized a visit there for…

  • Getting Back to Wine Country

    I think we’ve all been craving a sense of normalcy in some way lately. The past few months have brought to light a lot of things for me, including the “normal” things I want to get back to and the “normal” things I definitely don’t want to get back to. I’m sure it doesn’t surprise anyone that spending time in Oregon wine country tops my “things I want to get back to” list. It may sound silly to some, but wine tasting really is one of my favorite things to do. Wine country is my happy place, but it’s not…

  • Ayoub Wines and Life Lessons

    Wine can teach us valuable lessons – lessons that don’t only apply to wine, but to life as well. This week’s wine for the Zoom wine meetup reminded me of a couple important lessons: patience is a virtue, and timing is everything. For this meetup, we explored Ayoub Wines, a small vineyard and winery tucked away in the Dundee Hills, owned and operated by Mo Ayoub. After years of working the winery and vineyard on the weekends and commuting to Silicon Valley during the week for work, Mo has finally made the transition to being a full time winemaker, viticulturist, and proprietor at…

  • Falling in Love with Oregon Pinot Noir at Domaine Divio

    I recently reminisced about my first visit to Domaine Divio with friends on Oregon Vino Country‘s weekly Zoom wine meet up. I was called out (in the nicest way possible, of course) by AJ for not ever writing about Domaine Divio on my blog. So here I am, writing about Domaine Divio, as I enjoy my favorite Pinot: Domaine Divio’s 2015 Chehalem Mountain Pinot Noir (second only to the 2014 vintage, which I sadly do not have any more of… holding on to wine is not my strong suit). This is not only the story of my first visit to…

  • Ask Monica

    Hi friends! I hope you all are doing well in these crazy times we are living in. Amid the COVID-19 outbreak, I have been searching for ways to stay connected with family, friends, and followers. I had grand plans of doing YouTube/IGTV videos, chatting it up on IG stories, FaceTiming with loved ones, and so much more. Unfortunately, I have been having some vocal cord issues, so I’ve had to shift my strategy a bit to do more writing instead of talking. Last week I put up a Q&A on my Instagram story but rather than answering questions via stories,…

  • Hawks View Winery

    Hawks View has been on the Winery Hunt agenda two years in a row now. We had a wonderful visit there last year in January, and got to enjoy a rare sunny day on the their spacious balcony overlooking the vineyard and Mt. Hood. I fell in love with the view and their White Pinot Noir! It was a glorious day. This year, we almost skipped Hawks View on the February Winery Hunt. I’m sure glad we ended up going! We had four wineries to hit in one day in the East Chehalem Mountains, which can sometimes be a bit of stretch. Since…

  • Domaine Roy & Fils

    The whole reason I do WineryHunt (aside from having an excuse to go wine tasting every month) is to explore areas of Oregon wine country that I haven’t explored before, discover wineries I haven’t been to, and find more incredible Oregon Pinot Noir! That being said, I am not disappointed when a winery I have already visited shows up on the WineryHunt list, especially when it’s a winery I love. I first visited Domaine Roy & Fils in 2018, not long after encountering their Pinot Noir at a wine tasting event. I fell in love with their Pinot and the…

  • Winderlea Vineyard & Winery (and Phylloxera)

    I’ve had quite a bit of Winderlea wine over the last couple of years, thanks to friends that happen to have a collection of their Pinot Noir, but I had yet to visit the tasting room. I was thrilled to see Winderlea on the list for the January 2020 WineryHunt! A seated, guided tasting is always fun for me and this one was no exception. Our host, Allison, was a wealth of knowledge on Winderlea’s history, their wines, and Willamette Valley overall. Winderlea’s estate vineyard was first planted in 1974 (one of the earliest vineyards in the area) on European…

  • Alcohol + Firearms

    When I tell people my IG/blog is called Pinot+Pistols, a common response is, “That sounds safe [insert sarcasm here]”. I usually enjoy the two separately, but there are times when you’ll see images like the one pictured here, or you’ll see my concealed carry outfit of the day when I’m going to a wine event, or something of that nature. And I often get questions or comments about alcohol + firearms. As we all know, firearms and alcohol don’t always mix well. But don’t worry, I take my safety and the safety of others around me very seriously, and I am not in…

  • Kicking off the New Year with Pinot Noir Tetris

    I like to kick off the new year with organizing something. Actually, I like to kick off literally any day, week, or month with organizing something, as I am somewhat of an organization nerd. But on this New Years Day, I wanted to share a quick tip on organizing Pinot Noir bottles, which I shall call Pinot Noir Tetris from now on. Check out the video below, and be sure to subscribe to my new Youtube channel! Happy New Year, my friends! May 2020 be full of good times and great wine!