Recently we took an outing to local wineries and it made me want to do it all up right…
We started with a hearty brunch of quiche, salad, and lots of coffee. Right before driving out we handed each of the guests gift bags. The bags for each of the guests contained wine tasting essentials including: notepad, pen, cheeses, crackers, salami and chocolate.Then we let the wineries do the rest!
We are wine members for a couple of the wineries in Forest Grove, Oregon. We are always so impressed with the wine selection that we keep coming back for more. The whole trip inspired me to create some new printables that will be on the site soon. In the meantime enjoy some of the photos we took on this trip and visit some of the websites for the wineries we visited!
David Hill boasts some great wines. Some of our favorites are actually their house wines– Farmhouse Red and Farmhouse White. At $10 a bottle they are a great deal–they have quickly become our everyday house wines. And, if you like a good Pinot Noir check out their 2007 Estate Black Jack Pinot Noir. YUM!
Purple Cow Vineyards produced an amazing selection of red wines for us to taste. The winemakers of the vineyards both have full time jobs other than the vineyard, but man do they make a good glass of wine. The bottle Gabriela is a tasty treat with grilled lamb or pork– we drank it with a grilled lamb covered in a cherry glaze… delish! While we were at the winery Jose Galindez, one of the wine makers, gave us a great introduction to the wines, the vineyard and the wine making process. If the wines weren’t as good as they were then he alone would be worth the trip!
Montinore Estate is a great stop on the wine tour. It has a gorgeous tasting room that overlooks the vineyard. If you get a chance to stop by try their Ruby Port and Chocolate Pinot Noir Sauce. YUM.
We visited to other venues while we were out on our trip and I got so carried away with the tastings that I forgot to take pictures. But, if you are in Forest Grove or see labels for Apolloni Vineyards or Sake One Sake Brewery then please give them a try as well! I can’t tell you enough about the deliciousness of Apolloni’s Viogner or Sake One’s nigori selection.