We’ve just released a few new vintages to the website. One of the many advantages to being a wine club member is your access to our Library Wines and Early Releases.

Our library is dwindling, so Wine Club members can stock up by emailing what older vintages they would like: that’s 13 vintages!

Here is a list of the new wines just released:

2017 Gamay Noir Willamette Valley

2018 Sauvignon Blanc Willamette Valley

2018 Rosé of Gewurztraminer ‘A Frayed Knot’

2013 Pinot Noir Reserve ‘Antsy Pants’

2015 Riesling Sunnyside Vineyard

Spring Squalor (& Love of course!)



We are offering a 15% discount on all Pinot orders in the month of April. Join our NEWSLETTER for the discount code. WINE CLUB MEMBERS get 20% (contact us for this discount) click here for more —>


Did you hear we are hosting a chartered cruise down the Rhine and Mosel Rivers and you can join us?! We were given a special discount to share with fans of Love & Squalor wine. It is a significant discount, but there are only 12 cabins left, so if you are on the fence give our Travel Service a call right away. Mention the winery and this newsletter when you call or write to get the $1000 discount. Call Brad at Northwest Travel Service (425) 375-2676 or visit www.nwtravel.com
You can see more about our itinerary here —> UNIWORLD MOSEL in MAY

(Wine Club Members get first dibs!)

Only 100 cases of this gem produced. Great dark juicy fruit with uplifting aromatics and mouthwatering acidity.

This wine has been quietly building a grassroots fan base over the years. Aperitif style SB with rich fruit and good zing. A splash for the pot and two for the chef.

What started out as a weird experiment has now become a perennial 'go-to'. Different enough to stand out from the rosé crowd. 120 cases made.


As you may have gathered (and as our local wine club members have had the pleasure of seeing in person) we are under construction for our new winery space and tasting room. We’re hoping to be open this summer. Keep up with the progress on our Instagram (@loveandsqualorwine) or Facebook
SUMMER 2019. There will be parties!


Our next shipments and pick up party will be in the first week of May. Don't know what to get the wine lover in your life? Buy them a membership to our "Friends With Benefits" wine club. Twice yearly shipments catered to your tastes at club discount prices. We can get your first shipment out in time for summer feasts if you order soon. For more info click here or eMail us at info@loveandsqualorwine.com


We’ll be at POUR OREGON a Cellar 503 wine festival, on Sunday, April 28. This is the biggest collection of Oregon craft producers all pouring in one place. Join us in downtown Portland to experience wines from small, boutique producers from throughout the state as we kick-off Oregon Wine Month. And, raise a glass for a great cause: $10 from each ticket benefits Make-A-Wish Oregon. more here—>

#ILOVEGAMAY event — We were at the first two, were you? Join us for the 3rd annual Gamay Tasting Salon at The Nightwood featuring over 25 wineries pouring their latest Gamay Noir wines. Trail blazing Oregon wine producers have largely led the domestic growth of Gamay Noir and this year there will be some friends from California, Canada and France to celebrate I Love Gamay with us! more here —>
The Nightwood Society | Sunday May 5th, 2019 | 4pm - 7pm $35

Bay Area L&S fans, keep your eyes peeled. Matt will be headed down at the end of May for the First Ever WEST COAST RIESLING SOCIETY EVENT. West Coast Riesling Society will showcase of Riesling producers from California, Oregon and Washington with seminars, a grand tasting and dinners throughout SF 5/27-5/31 watch our social media for more info.

INTERNATIONAL PINOT NOIR CELEBRATION: Matt has participated in IPNC as a Maitre d'Hotel since 2001, and has served on the board of directors for 6 years. This year he’s honored to be the board president and additionally Love & Squalor will be a featured winery. We look forward to seeing all of your familiar faces at the party, and if you've never had the opportunity to attend, well we can't recommend it enough. Feel free to reach out and we will tell you why you simply must experience the IPNC at least once.

You can find out more about the International Pinot Noir Celebration and how to join us here —>

Wine Club Fall Shipments


Harvest is in full swing and the weather is getting cooler! What better reason to share a little Love & Squalor. It’s the time of year that we box up our club wines for our Friends with Benefits ;-) wine club members. If you’ve been wondering how to join, just drop us an email. You can find out more information on benefits of membership –––> here.

Wine Club Spring Shipments


Spring is in full swing so it’s time to release some pink wine… and time to box up those club wines for our Friends with Benefits wine club members. If you’ve been wondering how to join, just drop us an email. You can find out more information on benefits of membership on our website, here:

More about the wine club –––>here



May is Oregon Wine Month.

Now, while we celebrate Oregon Wine all year long, we do like to give our fans a little present from time to time. For this month only, we are giving you FREE SHIPPING on case orders of all our Love & Squalor Pinot Noir (*excluding Garageland)

Just use the code OREGONWINEMONTH during check out and you are all set. 

Here are some of the events we will be participating in for Oregon Wine Month:

May 1st, 2018: We will be pouring some of our wines at New Season's Hawthorne

May 4th, 2018: We will be pouring with some friends at the Blackbird Wine Shop

May 20-23rd: We will be participating in I.LOVE.GAMAY events all over Portland. You can find out more here ---> I.LOVE.GAMAY

You can read more about Oregon Wine Month here —> https://www.oregonwine.org/oregon-wine-month/

OREGON WINE PRESS: Chinese and Christmas

Photo by John Valls Photography

Photo by John Valls Photography

Matt got a quote in the Oregon Wine Press this month.
Click here for the whole article

December 1, 2017
Chinese and Christmas
The deliciously popular American holiday pairing
By Mark Stock

Most Americans possess at least one fond memory wherein Chinese food played a starring role. Perhaps not the decidedly authentic food available on the streets of Shanghai, Shenzhen or Beijing, but an Americanized cousin nonetheless. There is something deeply satisfying about even the most-farfetched and unhealthy adaptations of classic Middle Kingdom dishes. Given that there are now nearly 45,000 Chinese-American restaurants in the U.S., that type of satisfaction is rarely far from home.

...Winemaker Matt Berson of Love & Squalor Wine in McMinnville seeks out places like Szechuan Chef and Ocean City in Portland around the holidays. “We often find ourselves converging on a Chinese restaurant over the Christmas holiday,” he said. “They are usually the only places open, and they are convivial with the big family tables and the Lazy Susans for the kids to play with.”
Berson adds how the noodles and fried food, all-too-familiar during Hanukkah, might have something to do with the fixation. Moreover, the typical Chinese restaurant is unlikely to go overboard with the Christmas decorations, a draw for those who prefer a good egg roll to an animatronic reindeer...

What they forgot to mention is what goes best with Chinese food: Love & Squalor RIESLING!
You can buy it here!

Beaujolais Nouveau in Portland? Oh là là


Beaujolais Nouveau in Portland, Oregon? Well, I don’t mind if I do!

Gamay is Awesome. That's why Love & Squalor Gamay Noir (and the fabulous Corey Schuster) will be at the wonderful annual soirée hosted by ST. JACK restaurant & bar on November 16th.

Visit stjackpdx.com to get your tickets

Here’s the link to the Facebook Event page



We are in full swing here at the winery, but that doesn't mean we can't get you the wine you need for your holiday plans. We'll be sending out our next round of wine club boxes the second week in November. Don't miss out! JOIN US and have some delicious wine to share with friends and family before the Holidays get started.

More about the wine club –––>here.

WINE ENTHUSIAST Says "Oregon Wine is the Best..."

Matt was recently interviewed by Paul Gregutt of the Wine Enthusiast for an article about the sommeliers' darling — Oregon Riesling. To celebrate all our Rieslings will be 20% off on the website until the end of September. CHEERS!

Oregon Riesling is the Best in the West

Great examples of Riesling are produced in California, Washington and British Columbia. But one critic believes Oregon's current offerings can't be beat.


In recent decades, Oregon has gained global recognition as a leader in Pinot Noir. But such laser focus comes at a price—many wine drinkers don’t realize that Oregon grows about as many different types of grapes as Washington and California.

One standout that flies under the radar is Oregon Riesling.

It’s true that Washington is home to the world’s largest Riesling producer by volume, Chateau Ste. Michelle. California winemakers have scored successes at both the dry and sweet ends of the scale, and British Columbia has been producing some crystalline and racy examples. However, Oregon’s many Riesling specialists offer more diversity, value and quality than anywhere on the West Coast.

“People didn’t know what to make of it. Perhaps they had Blue Nun in their youth, and as their tastes grew, they shied away from all Riesling.” —Terry Brandborg, Brandborg Vineyard & Winery

Old vines have been key to the state’s current success. Oregon’s Pinot pioneers often planted Riesling as well to keep up cash flow as their red wines aged. Matt Berson of Love & Squalor calls these early efforts “overcropped, one-note plonk.” That’s a bit harsh, but there’s some truth to it.

Nonetheless, we should thank those accidental Riesling pioneers. Old-vine examples seem to show more nuanced scents and flavors, as is true with old-vine Pinot Noir.

“I find that the older-vine Riesling tends toward a more natural balance, and there is no doubt that those deep roots pull some really precise and delineated flavors,” says Berson.

Then there is terroir. Oregon’s Riesling vines are scattered from the deep southwest corner of the state up to the northern edge of the Willamette Valley. Soils vary significantly, but what distinguishes them is the maritime influence that avoids the baking desert heat of eastern Washington. Many vines are also dry-farmed, which pushes roots deeper.

Given their explorations of clonal selections for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, it’s no surprise that Oregon’s winemakers are also doing the same for Riesling.

Trisaetum’s James Frey says the state’s Riesling plantings were dominated by two German clones: Clone 9 from Rheingau and Clone 12 from Pfalz. He credits Chehalem’s Harry Peterson-Nedry for his experimentation with new clones.

Frey currently grafts new Riesling clones from the Mosel, Rheingau, Pfalz and Alsace in his Coast Range and Ribbon Ridge vineyards.

Single-vineyard cuvées, native yeast ferments and experiments with concrete eggs also contribute to the region’s amazing diversity. Trisaetum produces up to 10 Rieslings each year, while Janie Heuck at Brooks made 20 in 2016, mostly single-vineyard cuvées.

“The goal is to show differences in wine characteristics due to vine age, soil type, aspect and elevation,” says Heuck.

Oregon wines can age quite well. The better Pinots can often go 20 years, and Oregon Chardonnays can even outperform Burgundies. Riesling is a grape born to age, and winemakers seek to prolong the drinking window of their bottlings.

The first vintage of Brooks Riesling was 1998, and it still drinks young, says Heuck. Brandborg’s first Oregon vintage was 2002, and, he says it’s drinking beautifully right now.

Bill Hooper, of Weinbau Paetra, learned winemaking in Germany, and he uses that experience as a model for his work. Berson points to the acid structure of the wines, which “provides a scaffolding (like tannins in a red) to hang the fruit and all other flavors from. As the wine ages, the sharp edges smooth and allow the complexity of secondary and tertiary notes to shine through.”

Based on his German training, Hooper says, “At around 15 years, Riesling [vines] really starts to establish itself in a way where terroir expression and the overcoming of extreme weather conditions is achieved. Many German producers will wait until this time to declare single-vineyard wines.”

Despite its quality and value, Riesling remains a minor player in Oregon, with just 724 planted acres as of 2015, half in the Willamette Valley. But as producers like Brandborg, Brooks, Chehalem, Love & Squalor, Paetra, Trisaetum and others squeeze the best out of their grapes, it’s arguably the most versatile and exceptional white wine in the state.




Around here every month is #oregonwinemonth, but since our friends are celebrating, we are too! Come cling a glass at us at these upcoming events:


It’s time to give Oregon GaMay Noir its due. I Love Gamay wine festival is a first of its kind event that brings together adventurous wine lovers and Oregon Gamay producers for a great excuse to throw a party celebrating our favorite under-the-radar varietal. 

Ned Ludd & Elder Hall play host to two days of events that lets you get to know Oregon Gamay including an all Oregon Gamay tasting salon on day one and a multi-course dinner featuring legendary Portland chefs, Jason French and Cathy Whims with some storied local wine veterans on day two. Local producers and wine experts will be on hand to offer up their knowledge on this lesser known gem. Yes, Oregon Pinot Noir has earned its place in wine history, but we want to blow the lid off Oregon’s other noir rouge grape!

1pm - 4pm
Portland Wine Building
306 SE Ash Street Portland, Oregon

We are holding a Dock Sale Wiener Roast All Love & Squalor wines will be available at 15-20% markdown. You must purchase at least 12 bottles (one case) according to OLCC regulations.

Friends With Benefits Club members will receive an additional 15% off of that low low price. This is a one-time deal available on the day of the event only. We will have some special library wines and larger format bottles available, along with all of our usual releases.

And yes, there will be hot dogs. Bring your friends.

3pm for a 3-hour extra-happy hour until close
1111 EAST Burnside
Portland, Oregon 97214

A Party 15 Years in the Making
5, 10, 15 Years of Noble RotSince 2002, Noble Rot has been pouring amazing wines, shaking superb cocktails, serving delicious dishes, and offering amazing views of Portland.

$5 / $10 / $15 Specials
Guest Winemakers / Bartenders
Live music starting at 8:30 pm
Garden tours ’till sunset
Reservations Recommended,
Call at 503-233-1999


“Pope Francis Declares Wine is a Necessity”* and we couldn’t agree more. To celebrate the Pope’s infinite wisdom (and his ability to state the obvious), we are holding a Dock Sale Wiener Roast All Love & Squalor wines will be available at 15-20% markdown.

You must purchase at least 12 bottles (one case) according to OLCC regulations.

Friends With Benefits Club members will receive an additional 15% off of that low low price. This is a one-time deal available on the day of the event only. We will have some special library wines and larger format bottles available, along with all of our usual releases.

And yes, there will be hot dogs. Bring your friends. 

May 7, 2013
1pm - 4pm
Portland Wine Building
306 SE Ash Street Portland, Oregon

*His exact words were, “Water is needed to live, but wine expresses the abundance of the banquet and the joy of the celebration . . . (Love & Squalor) Wine is necessary for the celebration.”

Join our wine club: here

Single Vineyard New Releases

For those of you who have been paying attention, know that I have never ever released a single vineyard bottling (with one obscure exception). Well, never say never. We are very proud to introduce our brand new Single Vineyard lineup.

2014 Wings of Desire Cuddihy Vineyard Field Blend
This bottling is sourced from the old experimental block at Richard Cuddihy’s eponymous Yamhill vineyard. A co-fermented blend of 8 different grape types all planted next to each other in 1971. This barrel-aged richer styled white is a testament to the hardscrabble early days of Oregon viticulture and to magical accidents. 60 cases produced $30

2014 Sunnyside Vineyard Riesling
This Riesling is a citrusy, apple-y, stone-y and herbal dry Riesling sourced from my favorite Willamette Valley site for the varietal. If you are already a fan of my Riesling, this should deepen your appreciation. If you’re not quite sure, then this is the one to win you over. 25 cases produced $48

2014 Temperance Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir
This wine is bolder than my usual Pinots, it nonetheless has a signature grace typical of this storied Eola-Amity vineyard. I have been fortunate to work with Temperance Hill Vineyard fruit since 2007. To cut your teeth on an Oregon “Grand Cru” is a great way to learn winemaking. There are so many respected winemakers who make amazing wines from Temperance, I guess it’s time to throw my hat into the ring. 25 cases $58.

Wine Enthusiast gave this wine 90pts read more here

2014 Sunny Mountain Vineyard Pinot Noir
Not to be confused with the Sunnyside Vineyard from above of course, I have been seeking fruit from this Southern Willamette site ever since my assistant winemaker days at Brooks. We had some in the fermentation hall there, and it was always my favorite to do punchdowns on. The exotic aromatics of spice and leather were and are seductive and the wine in barrel has power and grip like no other site I’ve had the pleasure to work with. 25 cases $58

These wines are very limited and may or may not ever be bottled again. So enjoy them while they are around. And to celebrate their release with us - enjoy them at a discount . . .

Buy the wine here

Here is an interview about these Single Vineyard wines






Best 100 wines of 2016 says Wine Enthusiast. Guess who’s #53?!


Love & Squalor 2013 Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley)

93 Points Editors’ Choice


A sensational value, this is a Pinot lover's wine, beginning with the gorgeous color of a deep red/orange sunset. Cherries, chocolate, and a light touch of orange peel elevate the aromatics and inform the well-integrated midpalate. The wine lingers gracefully through an immaculate finish.

You can buy the wine online here (click)

The article can be seen here: http://www.winemag.com/toplists/top-100-wines-2016/

WHAT?! A Rosé of Gewürztraminer? Here's a nice review...

Great Northwest Wines review of Love & Squalor 2015 A Frayed Knot Rosé of Gewürztraminer, Willamette Valley

One of the leaders of Portland’s urban wine scene, Matt Berson, finally has answered the pleas of his peeps and given them a rosé — and he chose 30-year-old Gewürztraminer from prized Sunnyside Vineyard near Oregon’s state capital. Foot-pressed fruit grown by Lucille Wisniewski and Tom Owens produces an intriguing pink that could at first look be mistaken for a Pinot Gris rosé where it not for the tropical nose of lychee, rosewater and kiwi with peach pie and honey. That exotic blend of fruit makes it way to the palate with a dry approach, picking up hints of strawberry and peach skin with a lingering finish that blends pink grapefruit with tangerine. That he tagged this #orangeisthenewrosé bodes well for a 2016 version.

Rating: Excellent
Production: 110 cases
Alcohol: 13%

By Great Northwest Wine on October 1, 201 

Great Northwest Wines Says We Are "Outstanding"

Great Northwest Wines latest review on our Love & Squalor 2012 Ansty Pants Riesling, Willamette Valley

You can see it here: http://www.greatnorthwestwine.com/2016/10/18/love-squalor-2012-antsy-pants-riesling-willamette-valley-28/

The Portland Wine Company’s reserve-style dry Riesling continues to focus on four-decade-old Brooks Vineyard in the cooler Eola-Amity Hills, but this vintage debuts an inclusion from Sunnyside Vineyard, an even older site planted in 1971. Matt Berson’s expression from the 2012 vintage continues with the residual sugar at (0.6%), and here there’s a great presentation of acidity. Rich aromas of baked pear with cinnamon, peach pie, apricot glacéed and jasmine lead to luscious flavors of ripe white peach and dried pineapple. It’s fruity, yet capped with a touch of slate for a food-friendly finish.

Rating: Outstanding!
Production: 59 cases
Alcohol: 11%

By Great Northwest Wine on October 18, 2016  

Portland Magazine's top 50 wines

Guess who is in the top 50 wines chosen by Portland Monthly Magazine— Check out #33! 
hint: Love & Squalor Riesling


33. Love & Squalor
2013 Riesling. 
Willamette Valley, $20
Grapefruit zest and crabapple. Mouth-watering acidity that makes your mouth pop. Earthy. Textural and aggressive. Pair with: choucroute garnie

Here's what Great Northwest Wines says...

Great Northwest Wines gave our Love & Squalor 2013 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley a wonderful review.

You can see it here: http://www.greatnorthwestwine.com/2016/09/08/love-squalor-2013-pinot-noir-willamette-valley-28/

"This vintage marks the 10th anniversary of Matt Berson’s introduction to winemaking, and his flagship wine from this rain-interrupted season illustrates a blend of nearly equal contributions from eight vineyards – led by Dundee Hills sites Winter’s Hill and Vista Hills. The choice of essentially all neutral French oak at his McMinnville winery allows for a Pinot Noir to reveal itself as a cherry bomb with secondary aromas of strawberry, plum juice and fresh fig with a pinch of herbs and shaving of dark chocolate. As a drink, it’s eminently approachable with Bing cherry and raspberry flavors that offer ripeness rather than sweetness. That feeds into a smooth and round structure capped by orange zest, Earl Grey tea and cocoa."

Rating: Excellent
Production: 1,100 cases
Alcohol: 12.9% 

By Great Northwest Wine on September 8, 2016 

New Single Vineyard Riesling and Pinot Noir coming soon!


We just printed new labels for our upcoming single vineyard bottling. We will be bottling a Sunnyside Vineyard 2014 Riesling, a Sunny Mountain 2014 Pinot Noir and a Temperance Hill 2014 Pinot Noir. We are only bottling 25 cases of each to be released with our Club Membership shipments this Fall. What's left over will be available on our site for purchase. Join our Wine Club by emailing us to get in on the fun!