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About this Episode

Grace Hood, wine educator and certified sommelier, and Robert Tas join forces to navigate the wine list at Jory at the Allison where their focus on wine pairings delivers an exquisite dining experience. Grace reviews a wonderful selection of Italian wines, including chardonnays, pinot noirs, tempranillos, and, of course, bubbles to ensure that she covers your favorite grape and offers a few that might surprise you. 

Wines reviewed include:

  • 2017 Soter Mineral Springs Rose

  • 2019 Grand Oak Vineyard, Raindance Winery

  • 2019 Walter Scott Seven Springs Vineyard


Transcript: Jory at the Allison

Jory at the Allison

RT: Hello and welcome to CorkRules! 

A podcast where, in each episode, we will review a wine list from your favorite restaurants. I’m your host Robert Tas along with Grace Hood, wine educator and certified sommelier. Hello Grace, it’s great to have you!

GH: Hey Hey Robert

RT: Before we jump in, let’s talk about CorkRules. We created CorkRules to demystify wine lists because we know from experience, that sometimes when we get that list handed to us, well… it can be intimidating, and even a little daunting.

Our aim is to help prepare you to navigate that list, find those hidden gems, or value wines or that special bottle that will take your dining experience over the top.

RT: So, sit back and listen as we review your favorite wine list. Today Grace and I are chatting about the award-winning wine list at Jory at the Allison in the Willamette Valley. Can’t wait to hear your thoughts.

GH: Thanks Robert! I’m excited as well. This is actually the only restaurant I didn’t get to eat at during my time in the Willamette Valley, so I am very excited to dive into their amazing wine list.

RT: Shall we start with bubbles?

GH: We absolutely should. I’m already seeing some lovely local Willamette Valley sparkling options coming two of my favorite wineries. I would go with either the 2018 Trisateum Blanc de Blanc, or 2017 Soter Mineral Springs rose.


RT: I love it. You know we love supporting boutique brands here at CorkRules. What direction are you thinking for white wine?


GH: For lighter style whites, the willamette valley is well known for their dry reislings. From the Jory list, I would pick the 2019 Grand Oak Vineyard from Raindance Winery. Another white grape the region is known for is pinot gris, and from this list, I would go with the 2018 Illahe Pinot Gris.

RT: Two great options. Both sound super refreshing and aromatic. Now I know you once described the Willamette valley as the Burgundy of America. What would your Oregon chardonnay picks be?

GH: Reading my mind Robert! Yes, they do love a lighter style Chardonnay up round these parts haha this list even has them broken down into the avas of the Willamette which I love. A few favorites that stick out are the 2016 Bethel Heights Justice Vineyard and the 2019 Walter Scott Seven Springs Vineyard.

RT: Amazing. Love those two options. Since the Willamette is so well known for their pinot noir, I assume they must make some killer rose up there as well.  

GH: They sure do! I could live off the Oregon Rose. It’s so delicate and refreshing. From the Jory list, I would go with the 2019 Big Table Farm Laughing Rose or the 2019 Audeant Rose of Pinot Noir.

RT: Delicious. Now, speaking of pinot noir, I’m excited to hear your picks from the Jory list, as I know this is your specialty.

GH:  Haha thanks for the kind words! Yes, we all know I have a serious love affair with Oregon pinot. They have a truly amazing selection here at the Allison. But if I had to pick just a few, I would go with the 2015 Domaine Serene Mark Bradford, the 2002 Eyerie South Block or the 2016 Penner Ash Zen Crown Vineyard.

RT: Love a pinot with some age on it. You have mentioned that syrah thrives in the pacific northwest, correct?

GH: That is very correct Robert. There are amazing cool climate syrahs that come out of Oregon and Washington. And the Jory list def has that covered. I would choose either the 2013 Delile Cellars Doyenne, or the 2015 Gargantua from Bergstrom

RT: Sign me up for either. How are they looking for something medium-bodied? Maybe a merlot or tempranillo?

GH: Love where your heads at Robert. For a Pacific Northwest tempranillo, I would do the 2012 Impulsivo from Cayuse, and for a merlot it's gonna have to be the 2015 Epinette from Force Majeur.

RT: Oh, wow two killer vineyards from that region. Love to see it. And now we can’t forget our cabernet sauvignon drinkers. What does the Jory have for them?

GH: Oh man they’re in for a treat. My two choices from this region would be the 2015 Heather Hill from Abeja or the 2016 Dubrol Vineyard from Owen Roe.

RT: Awesome choices. Grace - thank you so much for helping us navigate the Italian wine list at Jory at the Allison.  To our audience, thank you all for joining us here on CorkRules.  If you would like us to review one of your favorite restaurants, please send us email to: Info@CorkRules.Com or visit our web website where we have a request form available and we will do our best to get it in the queue as quickly as possible.

We are looking forward to being with you on another CorkRules episode soon. In the meantime, please check out our website for other episodes of your favorite restaurant wine lists. Follow us on social media @CorkRules and @wineswithgrace

And finally, drink what you love and please make sure you drink responsibly.

Thank you.






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