Best Beverage of Pawtucket now distributes Bethel Heights of Oregon’s Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Bethel Heights Vineyard was founded in 1977 and has more than 100 acres in Eola-Amity Hills, north of Salem, Oregon. The climate is dominated by more “direct access to cool ocean winds than other parts of Willamette Valley.” Second-generation winemaker Ben Casteel crafts his wines with an “old-school and Old World approach and flavor profiles.”
Bethel Heights Estate 2013 Chardonnay received 90 points from Wine Spectator and was fermented and aged in French oak for 10 months, of which 20% was new oak. Bethel Heights 2013 Pinot Noir was grown on volcanic soil to help create bright acidity and fine-grain tannins with structure and balance. The Pinot Noir was barrel aged for 10 months in French oak, of which 30% was new oak. In February of 2017, Bethel Heights Vineyard was named one of Wine Spectator’s “30 Wineries to Trust,” among wineries from all over the world.