How would you like to be taken for a ride through the Orchid Hills?
Well, today I give you two wines that are very different from what I usually review. Grab a helmet and be ready to be taken for a very scenic ride.
Their passion at Portlandia is to bring you the best of what Oregon’s
Willamette Valley has to offer in both wine and lifestyle. They start with some natural advantages. The cool climate and coastal influences make Oregon’s Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris some of the best in the world. But producing good wine in this climate still requires an enormous effort,
made possible only by a very creative and talented team. Their winemaker,Judy Thoet, lives in the heart ofthe Eola-Amity Hills AVA
and they have a partner in Dundee, Oregon, that offered them space and a long-term production agreement. We can lookforward to incredible wines for many years to come!
Now onto the wine.
Upon opening Portlandia Pinot Gris 2013, I was welcomed with a pinch offloral notes. Once I took a sip the flavors were so strong; Granny Smith apples, Anjou pears, ripe Meyer lemons with light floraland clove notes. A classic Oregon style Pinot Gris.
I would pair this wine with lobster with roasted garlic butter
or grilled chicken with lemon glaze.
We all know red wine is not my go to choice when I grab a bottle out of my wine rack, but this wine made me double think that choice. When it comes to red wine I love a deep flavored red and this wine packs a punch, with flavors such as jammy Morello cherries, ripe strawberries, Mexican cinnamon, and a touch of pipe tobacco. This wine is also a blend of Pinot Noir with a splash of Rogue Valley Syrah. I would pair this wine with roasted pork or with a wild mushroom risotto with grated parmesan cheese.
So grab your glass and enjoy!!