Melissa and Jeff Lawson, wine writers and reviewers at Drink the Bottles. All photos courtesy of drinkthebottles.com
Taking a decidedly unpretentious and down-to-earth approach, Midwesterners Melissa and Jeff Lawson curate and produce content for their Drink The Bottles website. The wine reviewers writers, and bloggers personally sample and review every wine they post to their site.
Their intent is to focus attention on wines they believe have universal appeal, noting: “These are wines that we would be happy to share with friends and family and we will cover everything from a $9 grocery store pick-up bottle to bottles worth hundreds of dollars. If we don’t connect with a wine, you’ll never hear about it here.”
The 2021 Bells Up Winery Rhapsody Pinot Blanc wine from this small, family-owned winery is our second introduction of unique and flavorful wines from David and Sara Specter. Pinot Blanc is not a dominant varietal and if you haven’t tried it, this is the one you need to get.
Aged on lees for six months, this has a fuller body feel than many white Pinot grape varieties and the terroir of Willamette Valley is evident by the wet stone, crisp fruit flavors and dollops of soy sauce lurking in the background. There is just the right amount of baking spices mid palate and a memorable finish that includes a noticeable acidity and mineral notes. We love when you taste a wine and just smile from ear to ear, knowing that you’ve discovered a fun, memorable bottle. This wine is drinking very well right now and should for another 4-5 years.
We generally don’t taste wines (when reviewing) with food. After we scribed our thoughts on paper we could just tell that this Pinot Blanc would be a great wine to compliment a snack. We tasted this with popcorn… and the pairing was a-MAZ-ing!
Drink The Bottles score: 94/100
The Lawsons aren’t the first ones to pair Rhapsody with food! Check out these other recipes:
2021 Rhapsody has been incredibly popular this year, and is currently featured on the tasting flight. With Fall Shipping currently open, now is the perfect time to order your bottles for immediate shipment. Contact us or call the winery at 503.537.1328 to order your bottles before it’s gone.
Jun 10 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm The Allison Inn and Spa Ballroom
Bells Up is excited to be one of the featured wineries at the Chehalem Mountains Winegrowers Association’s (CMWA) fourth installment of Magic in the Mountains. The event will again be hosted in the ballroom at the Allison Inn and Spa, just a stone’s throw away from our winery and vineyard. Magic in the Mountains will be held on Saturday, June[...]
Jun 16 @ 4:30 pm – 10:00 pm Rosmarino Osteria Italiana
Join Dave and Sara on Friday, June 16, 2023 for another remarkable winemaker dinner featuring Bells Up wines paired with Chef Dario Pisoni’s incomparable Italian fare at his restaurant in Newberg, Rosmarino Osteria Italiana. There are TWO separate dining opportunitiesL Outdoor, Enclosed Patio Dinner (Doors open at 4:30 pm & Dinner starts at 5:00 pm) Main Dining Room Dinner (Doors[...]
Drink Pink returns in 2023 at host winery Knudsen Vineyards. This is the Willamette Valley’s premier rosé tasting event, which celebrates its 10th Anniversary this year. Join Bells Up and other local producers of Rosé for this summer celebration, with food, live music, and PINK WINE. #MoneyHoney Sara will be pouring our 2022 Prelude Estate Rosé of Pinot Noir (aka[...]