Back in March, I had the pleasure of visiting Park City, Utah for one of my other publications. Beyond the amazing skiing though, this city also served up sensational cuisine. So I thought I’d share with all my wine friends as well. Enjoy!
yum – an interjection used to express pleasurable satisfaction especially in the taste of food. – And the slow-motion word of the day on the Park City Food Tour.
Whether it’s snowing or seventy degrees and sunny, its a perfect day to savor and sample the flavors of main street Park City. With more fine food than can possibly serve the small population of this silver mining town turned ski resort, Park City, Utah is a foodie paradise. From classic pub food to innovative and fresh small plates, the restaurant choices are palate pleasing. Plus they will just make you want to play harder so you can eat more!
To enjoy all the food options in this quaint town at the base of three mountain resorts, last month, I ate my way down main street with Park City Food Tours. Mixing narration on the history of this unique town with a delicious…
There was no mood lighting. No fancy bar with a white moose head or chandelier. No sexy bartender with deep green eyes to get lost in or vivacious vineyard views.
Just me, my teal travel mug, a bag of microwave popcorn and this wondrous wine, Hyland Estates’ 2010 Pinot Noir. And you know it must be a seductively good bottle if it can make you forget that you’re drinking alone in a run-down cowboy themed motel room in Burns, Oregon; but that’s another story.
With balanced acidity that bites at your lip, this Pinot Noir is full of flavor yet still delicate and light. Each sip fills that hallow spot with warmth. Notes of red berry and cherry offset the pH level and a lingering hint of leather and purple fruits add an unexpected roundness to the wine. The aroma’s soft and not hinting at the character to come.
Like the Solena Estate Pinot Gris I reviewed back in February, this wine was also crafted by Laurent Montalieu in Dundee, Oregon. After graduating from the Institute of Oenology in Bordeaux in 1987, Montalieu has worked for many successful wineries including Chateau La Tour Blanche near Sauternes, Domaine Mumm in the Napa Valley, Bridgeview Vineyards in southern Oregon’s Rogue Valley and Willakenzie Estate in the north Willamette Valley. Focusing now on his state-of-the-art custom wine-growing facility, Northwest Wine Company, Monalieu has come to craft wine that speaks both to the vineyard sites and his stand-along style. With ease and intrigue, each wine that I’ve sampled by this talented winemaker makes me fall in love with the drink again and again.
And I’m not the only one who has high praise for Hyland’s Pinot Noir. Wine Enthusiat awarded the 2010 Estate vintage 91 points and Wine Spectator, 90 points. But ultimately, it’s up to you! Let this wine woo-you at Hyland Estates‘ tasting room in Dundee, Oregon. Open daily from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm.
Fresh like almost-ripe fruit, this Pinot Gris cuts through food with a clean and refreshing finish.
Notes of stone fruit, apple and citrus travel from the nose to the palate on Solena Estates’s 2011 Pinot Gris. Like the mist from a fresh squeezed lemon, the wine puckers with just a touch of tart acidity but reveals a nice balance with mineral notes.
Hand crafted by Laurent Montalieu, the winemaker and co-founder of Northwest Wine Company, this wine is one that you’ll want to keep coming back to time and time again. Just look out, sharing can be difficult.
This is just the first of six reviews featuring Laurent Montalieu’s wines. Look for more about the Northwest Wine Company and Solena Estate in the upcoming weeks!
Portland really is becoming known as the center of the foodie universe. From the Willamette Valley’s famous Pinot Noir to the city’s urban craft breweries and some of the world’s freshest produce and meat markets, the city embodies culinary culture. This February 4th, join me at the FoodWorx Conference to experience the bounty of food tourism in Oregon.
Learn about the future of food and its impact on health, environment and the economy and of course enjoy some delicious small bites throughout the day. Whether you’re just a casual foodie or you work in the industry, you’ll find a lot to chew on at FoodWorx.
A robust red blend that is everything but forgettable.
If you are looking for a red blend that is more than table wine, then this is it! Dark like the longest day of winter (which happens to be the day I drank this bottle), Casey Flat Ranch’s Estate Red Wine features rustic tones of earth, tobacco and plum. Awaking with floral tones and black fruit, it develops and expands on the palate. The balanced acidity and tannins offer a nice mouthfeel while the medium body allows you to keep drinking glass after glass. Surprisingly delicious and perfect for a winter night, the Estate Red is a blend of 50% Syrah, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc.
Casey Flat Ranch, located just a short drive from Sacramento in the Capay Valley, is a small winery and vineyard with country-wide, family values. On 24-acres of sustainable vineyards, the winery is only a modest portion of the 6000-acre western ranch, which also includes a longhorn cattle operation. As stewards of the land, the owners use farming techniques and materials that emphasize water and soil conservation.
Hand crafting an estate red blend and Sauvignon Blanc, Casey Flat Ranch really focuses on flavor and the resulting wine easily shows their devotion.
Strawberry like summer, this Rose will make you blush.
A mouthwatering anomaly, Rose of Pinot Noir has always been one of my favorite bottles to pour with food and this bottle by Ghost Hill Cellars is definitely not an exception. With subtle fruit that sprouts with each sip, the wine features notes of strawberry and rhubarb yet backs up the palate with bright acidity and a dry finish, which makes easy to pair with foods across the table.
Taste Ghost Hill’s Rose of Pinot Noir at Fox Farm Vineyards’ downtown Newberg tasting room. Open noon to 8pm daily.
A layered wine featuring both fruit and earth tones.
After coupon cutting, fighting for parking spots and rushing around from store to store on Black Friday, I came home put up my feet and relax with a glass of Amity Vineyards 2007 Winemaker’s Reserve Pinot Noir. While it opened a little tight, the wine after 20 minutes started to reveal its many layers. The dark maroon wine started with aromas of blue fruit, raspberry and licorice. On the palate, it sipped with notes of raspberry and plum then transitioned to light earth, sauteed mushrooms and a finish of sweet cinnamon. With medium-low acidity, this Amity Vineyard’s Pinot Noir drank silky smooth and helped to ease away the rough edges of the day.
Just in time for Thanksgiving, I popped open a bottle of Pinot Noir apply named “Gratitude.” And this year I have more to be thankful for than just great wine! Beside my family and friends, I am very thankful to R. Stuart Wine Company this year for helping me to create this almost one of a kind (it’s 1 or 12) bottle of Oregon wine!
Last summer, I attended the Wine Bloggers Conference in Portland and after the event, R. Stuart and Wine Co invited a handful of bloggers out to their McMinnville winery to blend our own bottles of Pinot Noir. And oh my, was it fun! Read my blog post “Blending Wine at R. Stuart & Co. Winery” to learn more about the experience.
After a year and a half, I finally worked up the nerve to open a bottle of the Pinot and, man, am I grateful that it also turned out awesome!
The aroma sparkles with notes of raspberries, black cherries and a touch of earthy spice and leads into a light bodied, fruit forward pinot with bright acidity. Finishing with touch of cola, the wine lingers on the palate without weighing it down and opens the door for fantastic food pairings. Good thing I have a second bottle!
Thanks to the folks at R. Stuart for hosting a great event and making my team’s dream bottle of “Gratitude” come to life!
What are you thankful for this year? What bottle of wine are you going to celebrate with?
Deep in color and rich in flavor, this pinot is as friendly as it gets.
A blend of five vineyard sites around the Willamette Valley, the 2011 Fox Farm Vineyard Pinot Noir showcases the best flavors of the valley throughout the palate – even though its still a young wine! Robust yet delicate, the wine features notes of dark cherry and plum plus a lovely touch of spice. The aroma teases the nose with a boutique of mocha and dry flowers.
Visit Fox Farm Vineyards in downtown Newberg daily from noon – 8pm and hang out for awhile. David the owner is almost always in the tasting room and no stop is complete without hearing all his great stories!
A young Pinot Noir with full fruit flavor and no fuss.
Featuring notes of strawberry and raspberry backed by earth tones and a touch of fig, Division Winemaking Company’s 2012 Pinot Noir “Quatre” shows off layers from its 75% whole cluster fermentation. With only 40 cases of this wine, I highly recommend picking up a bottle for a special night. It even tastes better via candlelight at St. Jacks.
An urban winery with a clear focus on quality Oregon wine, Division, based in SE Portland, crafts Pinot noir, Chardonnay and Gamay for city slickers and neighborhood hipsters alike. Try their wines at the SE Wine Collective.