Bells Up’s “Hidden Gem” Charm Explored by Canadian Wine Writer Rebecca Meïr-Liebman

We were recently visited by Canadian wine writer Rebecca Meïr-Liebman, who both reviews wines and produces articles for Natalie MacLean, the editor of Canada’s largest wine review web site. Meïr-Liebman also blogs under her own SommSelects site.

In a post entitled, “Willamette Valley, Oregon – Your Next Wine Destination. Five hidden-gem boutique wineries to visit in the Willamette Valley,” Meïr-Liebman included us among some of our local favorites. Here’s what she had to say:

Dave and Sara Specter established the winery in 2013, after Dave, who was a lawyer at the time, grew tired of his stressful lifestyle. He had become captivated by winemaking, brewing wines at home. He recalls; “Wine took over the house, and work pressure climbed up as well! So, we decided to go for what I really love, which is winemaking.” He soon discovered another benefit to doing what he loved; “No one wants to talk to a lawyer, but everyone wants to talk with a winemaker!” 

The expression, bells up, comes from that most dramatic moment in classic music, when the entire horn section is given center stage. They lift their instruments high – with bells up – and are the only ones who play. Dave, a former French horn player, is definitely bells up, but this time it’s not his horn but his wines, and indeed they shine! Harmony is achieved not only in their wines – the flavours and textures – but also in the relationships between members of the Specter family, especially Dave and Sara. Visiting there, it’s easy to see how much they balance and support each other. Try their 2016 Candide, Nemarniki Vineyard Reserve Pinot Noir, Chehalem Mountains.  

Rebecca Meïr-Liebman grabs a quick photo of our wines during her visit to the winery.

There are only a handful of cases remaining of 2016 Candide, still available exclusively to members of Fanfare Club. Don’t miss this limited release wine! Contact us by phone (503-537-1328) or email ( to purchase your bottles today.

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