It seems that cork is under attack by wine lovers and sommeliers around the globe. Many claim that cork is responsible for up to a 10 percent failure rate from pre-oxidation or TCA taint.  I must confess that I have experienced both over the years: one occasion that comes to mind was a bottle of 1982 Latour. There have been plenty of cork issues over my 40 years of drinking fine wine that come to mind. So you might think that I would consider an alternative closure for my production of Beaux Freres.  Well, I am writing to tell you that I am not, please let me explain the many reasons for tolerating this imperfect closure.  

Thanksgiving Weekend at Beaux Freres BY APPOINTMENT

Our Holiday Schedule at Beaux Freres -

In honor of Thanksgiving we will be CLOSED on Thursday, November 28th. 

November 29th thru December 2nd we will be OPEN BY APPOINTMENT from 10am to 4pm. Please call to make your appointment soon as time slots are filling up quickly. 

Thanksgiving in Wine Country

Pre-Thanksgiving Weekend
at Beaux Frères 2013
pinot noir~art~nibbles~special bottlings

 Join Us!


 Beaux Frères Winery
15155 NE North Valley Rd. Newberg, OR 97132


Saturday, November 23rd & Sunday, November 24th 

Beaux Freres is on the road to Florida!


"Hens & Chicks"


The dog days of summer are almost here. We have started the 2013 growing season off with a bang!  An early warm and wet spring gave way to a dry, warm, and a low humidity summer. The vine’s bloom produced the perfect size cluster with “hens and chicks” - hens being a grape with seeds inside and chicks being grapes with no seeds inside. 

Fruit Set 2013



June is the time of our grape bloom. This year we anticipate an early bloom as the first part of May was very warm. Bloom time is very important as it determines the crop size in the fall. Too successful a bloom yields too much crop with overly large cluster weights and conversely a poor bloom yields grape clusters that are too light in weight or non-existing . For me a great bloom occurs when the clusters yield a harvest weight of 85 to 100 grams or 50 percent of the flowers turn into grapes. I also like when the flower yields some grapes in the cluster that do not produce a seed inside the grape; the French call this hens and chicks.

Memorial Weekend at Beaux Freres!

Join winemaker Michael Etzel and the Beaux Frères team on Saturday May 25th & 26th from 10-3 showing the first glimpse of the 2012 vintage from barrel and 2011’s in bottle along with art and nibbles.

Show up before noon and we will have a special bottle open behind the table to taste - Password: Earl

$20 per person.

"All that is old is new again...."

The other day I read an alarming article in UK’s The Telegraph that reported, “France's average wine consumption has fallen from a massive 160 liters per adult, per year in 1965 to 57 liters in 2010, roughly the equivalent of a drop from three glasses to one glass per person, per day.” Conversely another article from the Huffington Post sighted that the U.S. is now the world's largest wine consumer by up to 13% of the overall world supply. How times have changed…In the 1960’s Americans were swilling beer and sweet cocktails and 5 decades later we are sniffing and swirling our way around the globe.  In the span of 50 years our nation has become captivated by wine and the lifestyle which goes with it.