Tomato, Cherry and Goat Cheese Salad
Can we all just agree that tomato season is the best season?
Last weekend I took a little day trip with some of my fellow food bloggers out to visit some of our lovely Oregon wineries, and it was beautiful and relaxing – just what I needed after a busy work week. We visited three wineries that day – Erath, Anne Amie and Soter Vineyards (in that order), and got to taste wines all over the spectrum, from fine Pinot Noirs to honey-rich dessert wines to pinot grises and roses that made us wish it was summer. Luckily it was a beautiful, sunny day, and we didnt’ have to use our imaginations too much.
This was one of my favorites from Anne Amie – but I’ll start in order from now on:
We had such a nice tasting at Erath (and by the number of folks there, it’s clear their secret is out!). We tasted most of their single vineyard offerings, and I think the Leland was the consensus favorite pinot noir. It always amazes me how the same type of grape can taste so different when the vineyards are a short drive away from each other. But that’s one of the cool things you learn when you’re out and about wine tasting. I ended up taking a bottle of the 2011 Dion Pinot Gris Rose. I couldn’t help it 🙂
This is the view from Anne Amie – what did I tell you about the weather? This is FEBRUARY in OREGON.
I could not get over the labels at Anne Amie.
So pretty! I ended up taking a bottle of the 2011 Cuvée A Amrita.
And the star of the show was this beautiful dessert wine. It reminded me a little of mead – the flavor reminded me of a really nice, light floral honey. I don’t often have the occasion to drink or serve a dessert wine, and this really made me think about how I could fit it into my life more.
From Anne Amie we drove just a little bit up the road to Soter Vineyards’ gorgeous hilltop tasting room. We met some new friends along the way:
Any vineyard would be fortunate to have the lovely Mari guiding their visitors through a tasting.
I loved everything about the aesthetic of the Soter tasting room.
The gorgeous table settings are ready for you to take notes – something I wish I had done more of throughout the day!
And of course, we loved tasting the wine, too. There is one very special bottle that I’ve had the privilege of tasting twice now – the 2007 Napa Valley Proprietary Cabernet Blend – it is a bottle worthy of any special occasion. I wish I had thought to get a photo!
I also loved the Mineral Springs Ranch Pinot Noir, and bought the North Valley Highland Rosé to bring home and hopefully share with guests. Why so many rosés today? I have no idea. I blame the sunshine.
We are so lucky to live just an hour away from the beautiful wine country – it’s the perfect weekend getaway and a nice way to really enjoy yourself, learn about your local artisans and take home a piece of the countryside to share with family and friends. I can’t wait to go back. Erath, Anne Amie and Soter, thank you for your hospitality!
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