Hipster Enology State of the Union


he last time we published a blog post was May 15th of this year. We had often planned an evening to write, blowing the woolly coats of dust from our neglected laptops and opening an interesting bottle of wine – only to sit at our dated machines staring at a blinking cursor in TextEdit. It isn’t that we didn’t want to write or weren’t inspired; life has just been so great since May.

Jesse and Luke moved into the winery house of Chehalem Wines set in the middle of the stunning Corral Creek Vineyard. This is an 110 year old Craftsman with no internet connection, no TV signal and astonishingly, receives only the faintest scratches of FM signals. This lack of technology acted as a catalyst for their embracing of the country life. They began taking long walks in the vineyard, knowing which raptors were circling above by the sound of their joyous screams and thinking less & less about what was trending on reddit.

In Los Angeles, Renee has been living out the fabulous life of a stenologist and must be getting quite good at it. We at Hipster Enology have all commented on how expensive her taste in wine has become. This isn’t really surprising though; Renee has always been able to pick out the best bottles. As if her life needed to be any more fabulous, Renee also lives in sunny L.A. and regularly gets to see some of the world’s best DJs. Needless to say, Portland is not often on the schedule for those acts which has become a particular point of contention for Jesse & Luke.

Jesse took on a job with a fresh start up continuing her war path as an Internet savant and getting one step closer to entering the Matrix. While building sites that work with data she isn’t allowed to reveal to the rest of us, Jesse has also been hard at work maintaining the social media presence of Hipster Enology. Living in a wine region full time has provided an infinite amount of opportunities to cover the wine world of the Willamette Valley. While Luke is working wine events, Jesse attends with a media pass and all the luxuries that come with it. 

Harvest 2013 came extremely early for the Willamette Valley this year, so be on the lookout for a harvest update coming from Jesse at Chehalem Wines.

Luke secured a job as the Hospitality Coordinator for Anne Amie Vineyards located in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA in the greater Willamette Valley AVA. This post requires Luke to plan and execute the event schedule for Anne Amie which is right up his alley. What Hipster Enologist doesn’t want to throw parties for a winery and get paid to do it?

How can anyone top what Jesse, Luke and Renee have been up to? Just ask Ben. He is now a representative for the REGION OF BORDEAUX. Ben has been traveling up the West Coast pouring the wines of Bordeaux at tasting panels, writing for their blog and of course, being gifted lots of bottles of Bordeaux. As if we weren’t already itching with envy at this new post of his, and just to make things completely absurd, he was just sent to Bordeaux to check things out for a week or so. Ugh… Poor guy…

Yes, all four members have been crazy busy and one might wonder if they have even had time to chat with one another, let alone write this blog! We are more family than friends and this blood is about as thick as wine. Even with the exhausting schedules that all of us have been keeping ,we still managed to collaborate on our biggest project yet: attending and surviving Burning Man together. Admittedly, the planning for this event consumed us. After we made it to Black Rock City in Nevada, the event took the crumbs too.

If you are interested in our experience at Burning Man, look for an upcoming post about a wine tasting that Luke did there for Anne Amie Vineyards at the Black Rock Wine Cellar. We will attempt to post any photos from the event deemed appropriate enough to be shown on the Internet.

These all might seem like excuses for the lack of material showing up on our website, but at least we weren’t procrastinating. While blog posts weren’t being written, we were enjoying one of the best summers ever and hope you were too. Our lives have more to do with wine now than ever before. What started in the living rooms of our L.A. apartments has transformed into careers in wine. We love this drink and have no intentions of walking away from it anytime soon. Thanks for reading and if you haven’t yet, follow us on FacebookTwitter, Instagram and ALL THE THINGS!

Much Love,
Hipster Enology

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