• 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…

  • My AR-15 Build, Part 2: Muzzle Devices and Gas System

    I’m thrilled to be moving along with my build! It’s an intentionally slow process, mostly so I can learn as I go. But man, it’s been tough staying patient! Thanks for hanging in there with me. If you missed Part 1, you can check it out here. For Part 2, Josh at Oregon Rifleworks and I are chatting about muzzle devices and gas system. We had fun with this one and had lots of laughs – I hope you do too! I’m planning out and tracking what I’ve purchased for my build on a Google Spreadsheet. It’s helping me keep…

  • 6 SHOT Show Survival Tips

    Every time I sit down to write a SHOT Show recap, I find myself stuck. It SHOT Show writer’s block a thing? I think it’s a thing. I don’t know how I can possibly sum up such an eventful week. A week of complete sensory overload. A week of meeting amazing people. A week of good times with friends. A week of walking the show floor, networking receptions, parties, and so much more. The times that I was able to put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard), I found myself writing about how I managed to get through the…

  • 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…

  • Does Rain Affect Your Situational Awareness?

    I live in the Portland, Oregon area. It rains a lot here. Shocking, I know. From September to May, many Oregonians don’t leave the house without a rain jacket. Even on a sunny day, which are few and far between, it’s not unusual for clouds to roll in out of the blue. We must be prepared for rain at any moment. In true Oregonian fashion, we don’t stay inside just because it’s raining – we get out there and go on with our lives regardless of the weather. Notice I said rain jacket, not umbrella. Oregonians are notoriously anti-umbrella. If you’re…

  • 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…

  • My AR-15 Build, Part 1: Barrel Stuff

    I’ve been contemplating acquiring an AR-15 for a while, and have been going back and forth on whether I should buy a completed rifle off the shelf, have someone build one for me, or build one myself. As I started to do a little research on my options, I found that I was completely overloaded with information. The AR-15 platform is slightly more complex than the pistols I am accustomed to, there are so many options, so many parts, so many manufacturers, they are highly customizable, there is a huge range of price and quality, and of course, everyone out…

  • 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!

  • My EDC: Gus The Glock & Stealthgear USA

    The other day, I asked my followers on Instagram what y’all wanted to see from Pinot+Pistols in 2020. Several folks wanted more info about my EDC (everyday carry) and a breakdown of what I carry on a daily basis. I know it’s not quite 2020 yet, but why wait?! My EDC isn’t exactly the same everyday… so I guess I can’t really call it an EDC, but I haven’t come up with a more clever acronym yet (suggestions welcome). There are some items that I carry everyday no matter what, but other items are conditional. For example, my workplace is…