Some of the most memorable wines I’ve enjoyed in many, many years of wine appreciation have come from Soter Vineyards in Oregon, founded by Michelle and Tony Soter in 1997. In 2013, the Soters converted their 240-acre Willamette Valley property into a certified biodynamic farm, achieving biodynamic certification in 2016.
I’ve been a longtime fan of Soter Mineral Springs Ranch Pinot Noir, as well as their Mineral Springs Brut Rosé. But it wasn’t until recently when my wife, Faith, brought home another Soter sparkling wine that I became aware of Planet Oregon.
Planet Oregon is the name given to a second Soter label and includes Planet Oregon Pinot Noir and the new wine we enjoyed: Planet Oregon Pinot Noir Rosé Bubbles ($20). This is a fun and festive bottle of bubbly that is quite a bang for 20 bucks.
Made from organically grown Pinot Noir grapes, this is a dry sparkling Rosé with flavors of strawberry, apricot and citrus, plus stony minerality and good acidity. The folks at Soter Vineyards recommend pairing Planet Oregon Pinot Noir Rosé Bubbles with shrimp and avocado salad, blue cheese souffle, or perhaps a charcuterie board with goat cheese and hummus.
Soter also believes in giving back, saying “A portion of our profits from this bottling are donated to the Oregon Environmental Council. Their work ensures Oregonians live healthier lives because our air, water and land are cleaner; our food is sustainably produced; and the products, energy and transportation we rely on are safer for our environment.” That just one more reason to pick up a bottle or two of this bargain bubbly to enjoy.
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Originally trained as an anthropologist, Ted Scheffler is a seasoned food, wine & travel writer based in Utah. He loves cooking, skiing, and spends an inordinate amount of time tending to his ever-growing herd of guitars and amplifiers.
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