Fine winemaking is on display here...
— Paul Gregutt Wine Enthusiast June 2016
love & squalor WV Riesling 2013 - 93 Points - Editor's Choice
This packs tremendous flavor into a low-alcohol wine with moderate residual sugar. Peach pit and juice, green apple and citrusy acids start it off. The flavors keep going through a long, complex finish, adding subtle notes of herb and cut grass.
love & squalor Antsy Pants Riesling 2011 - 92 Points
Ignore the silly name and focus on the important particulars—old vine (planted 1976), wild yeast, biodynamic farming. Absolutely bone-dry yet bursting with complex minerality, citrus rind, and penetrating acidity, it has phenolics that give length, breadth and detail.
love & squalor WV Pinot Noir 2012 - 91 Points - Editor's Choice
Fine winemaking is on display here, as the blend includes grapes from six far-flung vineyards. It’s artfully melded, with brambly berries, Bing cherries, cola, cocoa and red licorice notes. Seamless and buttressed with natural acids, it’s not at all reliant on barrel flavors, having seen just 6% once-filled oak, with the rest neutral.
love & squalor Antsy Pants Pinot Noir 2011 - 91 Points
The proprietary name indicates that this is the winemaker’s reserve cuvée, a three-barrel selection mixing equal proportions of grapes from the Eola Hills, Dundee Hills and Ribbon Ridge AVAs. It’s austere, tight and yet authoritative, showing compact wild berry fruit, Mediterranean herbs and a slight saltiness. It’s best to cellar it until 2020, or give it a good long decant.
Thanks Mr. Gregut
SEPT 4th Sunday
1pm to 6pm
Teutonice Wine Company
3303 SE 20th Ave. Portland, OR 97202
Teutonic Wine Company has invited Love & Squalor as their guest winery. This weekend we will be serving BBQ Oysters and lots of L&S wines. Come join us, see Matt at the BBQ and comment on his shucking skillz! No RSVP necessary. We'll be serving food until the food runs out. More info here: https://teutonicwines.com/event/bbq-oysters-with-matt-berson-of-love-squalor/
From Wine & Spirits Magazine August 2016
by David Schildknecht
pg 47. "...That Seestedt’s Sunnyside success isn’t some winemaking tour de force is demonstrated not only by his familiar claim to have done as little “making” as possible, but also by the equally vibrant and infectiously juicy 2014 Sunnyside Riesling crafted by Seestedt protégé and former restaurant manager Matt Berson under his Love & Squalor label. Berson, who also works adeptly with the fruit of Richard Cuddihy’s 1971 planting, ferments and raises multiple tiny lots according to di ering protocols, one possible explanation for the satisfying complexity of his results. Another intriguing piece of the Sunnyside puzzle—assuming you’re puzzled that riesling this good comes from a place of which few riesling-lovers have heard—is that the vines are trained with so-called Pendelbogen arches, a method that promotes sap distribution and efficient picking, as well as depresses must weights, which might nowadays be advantageous."
The article can be downloaded here
Come glory at the wonderous tall hair and taste all the L&S wines - including the new Antsy Pants Riesling and the 2015 Premier Gamay Nouveau. The Jacobsen Salt and Bee Local retail shop is hosting L&S for this awesome Small Business Saturday in SE PDX.
And, for an extra $5, you'll get a 3-course, Jacobsen Salt Co. and Bee Local inspired amuse bouche menu to go with our wines.
Jacobsen Salt Retail Store is at 602 SE Salmon Street in Portland, Ore.
SUMMER 2015 Events
(you can join any of these events by clicking on the event name)
Corks & Forks
L&S White Wine Dinner
Irving Street Kitchen
wines paired with dinner by the amazing Chef Sarah Schafer
Uncommon Wine Festival
Vista Hills Vineyard
International Pinot Noir Celebration
Plate & Pitchfork
Sun Gold Farms
Forest Grove OR
with Chef David Sapp and Scott Dolich of Park Kitchen
September 18th & 19th
My friends Dan and Chas, who host the popular video blog Wine Is Serious Business, invited me to come and taste through my current releases with them and have a conversation about winemaking in Oregon. It was lots of fun and turned out pretty well. Check it out here You can see their archive on YouTube and link to them on Facebook.
Just when you thought it couldn't get any more exciting - Love & Squalor is introducing more flavors. Last Harvest we brought in some Pinot Gris from the Barnes Vineyard that we have been purchasing Pinot Noir from for some time. We also hooked up with a young vineyard in the Eola-Amity Hills that has a block of Sauvignon Blanc - one of my all-time favorite varietals. The vines are young and bursting with intense fruit. Additionally there is a very special old-vine white project sitting in barrel that will likely only produce about 40 cases, so stay tuned for that.
No new reds to introduce yet, but we are hunting for the right addition to our line-up. Let me know what you would like to see . . .
Love & Squalor is proud to sit at the table again this year. The featured restaurants at our August 3rd Zenger Farms dinner are Racion and Avaiary - two of the most lauded and adventurous spots cooking in Portland today.
For tickets look here
Link to the new release letter hereLove & Squalor 2012 Releases! http://us2.campaign-archive2.com/?u=f7d1...
Wildwood Mentor/Mentee Dinner has been moved to August 7th! Same great lineup of wineries and same great menu. See you there.
The new Cask Cuvee Riesling is pouring freely from top taps throughout Portland. You can currently find it at Irving Street Kitchen, Kir wine bar and Riffle NW. More kegs will be tapped and I will tell you about it here.
We're very excited to be releasing the new wines next week and have planned a mess of events so you can taste the goodness. NOTE: This dinner has been moved to August 7th. Seats are still available I believe. Next week - -Tuesday night - is the debut of a series of 'Mentor/Mentee Dinners' at Wildwood. The idea, brainchild of Wildwood somm Savanna Ray, is to pair up-and-coming winemakers with the winemaker who gave them their start. This dinner will feature my first wine teacher Patty Green of Patricia Green Cellars, me, and the dynamic duo behind Walter Scott Wines. Lots of wine, delicious foods and some ribald tales I am sure. Call Wildwood for reservations.
7/14 - Pouring New Seasons Raleigh Hills - 2pm 7/15 - Plate & Pitchfork w/St. Jack and Gruner - SOLD OUT 7/20 - Pouring New Seasons Sellwood - 4pm 7/21 - Pouring New Seasons 7 Corners - 4pm 7/28-7/29 - International Pinot Noir Festival (aka wino summer camp)
Stay tuned for more chances to taste Love & Squalor as the summer trips along.
The warehouse is getting emptier and emptier. The blends in the cellar are getting closer to their bottling date. In the meantime there are plenty of opportunities to get out and taste some Love & Squalor. This Friday from 3-6pm I will be pouring at the brand new Zupan's store in Lake Grove. I look forward to surprising the crowds with the Fancy Pants Riesling and other treats.
Next month marks the 10-year anniversary of the original eastside wine spot - Noble Rot. The Rot has been my hang since they opened, long before I was a winemaker. They were the first place to put Love & Squalor on the list and the first to pour it in a flight. I got all sorts of warm fuzzies for them. The Rotten Girls plus Leather are putting together a bash that is open to the public. 11 wineries pouring, mouth-watering snacks, some live tunes. If it is even half as memorable as the first anniversary, well . . . I guess I'll remember some of it.
Hope to see you all out there this Spring.
Why, thank you. They are for special occasions only. I'm not allowed to wear them to school. The new Love & Squalor wines were named after a favorite pair of madras trousers that I had as a kid. The first ever Love & Squalor 'reserve' wines are now available to our most devoted followers. Two wines were bottled; a primarily native yeast selection of dry (very dry) Riesling and a 1.5 barrel selection of the richer Pinots in the cellar. Both are very limited releases - 60 cases and 30 cases were bottled.
The wines are featured at select restaurants in Seattle and Portland - RN74, Marche Seattle, Wild Ginger, Wildwood and Metrovino. Look for them there or order them direct through me. Prices and tasting notes are up on the 'wines' and 'order' pages of this site. Go ahead and try on your Fancy Pants this weekend.
The long sleep of Winter is coming to an end. We sacrificed our one hour to the hands of time and now we sit down to eat dinner with the skies still bright and filled with birds. In the cellar the wines are maturing. The new Pinot is ticking through malolactic fermentation - rounding out its rough edges and developing into full-bodied wine. The Riesling is dropping its cloudiness and waiting to be divided into blends - some for the kegs, some for the the Willamette Valley blend and a bit for the Fancy Pants. And, of course, there are the barrels of 2010 Pinot - racked and ready for the bottle.
The current releases are dwindling in the warehouse. The 2010 Riesling is still available on a few shelves and lists. The last bottles are being poured by the glass at The Heathman, The Ringside Fish House and Jade Cafe in Sellwood. The 2009 Pinot is on by the glass at Wildwood restaurant and remains on the at a few other restaurants and groceries in Portland and Seattle. I am excited to be shipping some cases up to Calgary for the first time for inclusion on the opening list at Jackie and Kirk's new restaurant "Avec."
Fancy Pants Pinot and Riesling are in slow release (and extremely limited in quantity). Look for a newsletter soon with more ordering info on these wines. And lastly, Behemoth, the beast, is available by the glass at Metrovino and Park Kitchen in Portland and most of the close-in New Seasons, Whole Foods and Fred Meyer stores.
The summer is starting to fill up with vinous and gastronomical events. I will be pouring for five courses at Plate & Pitchfork with Gruner and St. Jack in July. Sadly (for you), the night sold out in 24 hours. Save May 6th, Noble Rot's 10-year Anniversary, as that is going to be a great party. Stay tuned as other chances to hang out and drink with me are announced.
Lastly, links to some recent mentions in local and national pubs.
Good Stuff NW (wherein your winemaker butchers a half of a pig)
Travel and Leisure (wherein Kir Wine Bar is picked as one of the nation's top)
WineJulia (who really likes Fancy Pants Riesling paired with spicy Thai food)
Ah, Thanksgiving. My favorite holiday. Food and drink and an excuse to sit for hours with family and friends. 2011 was the latest grape harvest in my career - Pinot noir was still out hanging on the vines into the beginning of November - and there is still lots of work to be done in the winery. So I welcome even more heartily the excuse to sit and catch up and eat and laugh. The fermenting wine can wait one more day.
Please join Love & Squalor and my four winery-mates for the first tasting at our brand new winery in downtown McMinnville. We will be popping corks and slinging adjectives from 11-4pm, Friday, Saturday and Sunday after Thanksgiving.
Matello, Love & Squalor, Bow & Arrow, Ribera Vineyard and Vista Hills Vineyards Five wineries for $10 November 25, 26 and 27 925 N.E. Seventh Avenue, McMinnville (corner of NE 7th and Alpine, across from the Saturday Market) Phone: (503)453-9505
Last minute impromptu get-together in a cavernous room that will someday house a winery. Jesse Skiles - Fausse Piste, Prop. - is opening up his new space in Industrial SE tomorrow and asked me to bring some wine. We'll be popping some corks, eating some cheese and talking smack. Also in attendance will be the-man-named-after-a-river, Ewald Moseler, pouring the wines he likes from Teutonic Wine Co. This will be a fun time and there will be some good wines open - many made in such small quantities that this may be your only chance to put them in your mouth. The Details Sunday 9/18 3-8pm 537 SE Ash St. (right behind J&M Cafe ((mmmm, delicious waffles))) 97214 $10