The Spirit of Discovery: Loop de Loop

I flash back to a decade ago: the Oregon wine industry was growing exponentially, new producers knocked on our door weekly, amazing wine discoveries were growing on trees at prices that were downright humble. They had to be; the times called for it.

Tasting and savoring this line up from Loop de Loop takes me back to those days. I feel pure excitement and a spirit of discovery. I feel the honesty of the wines, the goodness of the people behind them.

Loop de Loop winemaker/founder Julia Bailey Gulstine and her husband Scott have gone "all-in," selling their house in Portland, purchasing an incredible site in the Columbia Gorge where they're practicing regenerative farming and slowly growing a winery. I love their wines and want to support them in every way–and that means encouraging you to support them.

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$19.95 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case order ($24.95 regular)

This is amazing juice! And for the money, among the handful of contenders for best value in Willamette Valley Pinot. For real. Like her previous Pinots we fell in love with, the ‘18 WV is fresh and simply beautiful. It has the prettiness of previous vintages with an extra spoonful of plump and juicy fruit. 

The ‘18 is a blend of three excellent, responsibly farmed vineyards: Four Winds in the Coast Range, Symonette in the Eola-Amity Hills (source of Whistling Dog Pinot noirs), and Gemini in the Chehalem Mountains.

$24.95 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case order ($27.95 regular)

Easily one of the best values in single vineyard Pinot noir. So fragrant and alive, you can almost feel it reach for the sky. Filling your glass and your senses with crushed red fruit, dried rose and a delicate spiciness it can only be Pinot noir in the way it moves so effortlessly and elegantly while conveying so much flavor and feel. 

"Nestled into the Western edge of the Willamette Valley, where it rises up into the coast range at 800 feet in elevation, Four Winds was planted in 1991 and is sustainably farmed. 100% Pommard clone of Pinot noir, this wine was minimally touched in the cellar where it aged in neutral oak for one year." - Julia

$19.95 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case order ($21.95 regular)

When I think back to the Chardonnays that first made us say "yeah, Willamette Valley Chard!" this captures that style and essence. Bright, clean, refreshing, honest-to-goodness Chard at a rocking price.

"We love Burgundian Chardonnay, so that region has been our constant compass stylistically. This fruit all comes from a vineyard that was planted in the early 1980s at 800 feet. We allow a few hours of skin contact before fermenting in stainless steel and neutral barrels. No new oak in this chardonnay. Before bottling it rested in a stainless-steel tank for 3 months to brighten-up. It is unfined, unfiltered and minimally touched in the cellar." - Julia

$19.95 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case order ($21.95 regular)

Channel your inner puppy with this unique and totally yummy co-fermented blend of Cab Franc from Rattlesnake Hills and the Columbia Gorge, Pinot noir from Ribbon Ridge and a hint of Riesling. Unusual, yes–but it comes together brilliantly.  

“While visiting with producers we love in the Loire Valley we had the opportunity to see how they make some of their beautiful red blends that flood into the bistros of Paris. These wines are bright and fresh yet structured and balanced with fruit and verve. I loves these wines and always strives to make wine I want to drink… so there we go… this wine was created. I find this wine to be a little rambunctious, like our pup Romeo… so he got a little credit on the label." - Julia

$17.95 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case order ($19.95 regular)

A standout pink/orange wine of the season, with lovely texture to enjoy year-round.

"Co-fermented Pinot noir and Pinot blanc from high up on Underwood Mountain, between 1200-1500 ft. in elevation (Columbia Gorge AVA). This is our favorite pink wine yet… wait… actually, this wine is straddling the line between a rosé and an orange wine. And it really does have the essence of blood oranges, lapin cherries & a touch of salinity." - Julia