A small tasting run turned into an adventure!
We spent the day starting at Eden Vale who had a great flight of their Pinot Noir offerings.
There was a 2004 , a 2005 reserve and a 2006 reserve to compare. a very interesting experience.
We then ran off to Jacksonville to find that there is a new Umpqua tasting room in Jacksonville across from the Quady North Tasting room that currently features two wineries:
Bradley Vineyards and River's Edge Winery.
We had a tasting of Pinot Gris, Riesling and a selection of four Pinot Noirs from each winemaker for each of 2007 and 2008.
We then went to Jacksonville Mercantile who just happen to have a bottle of Portuguese wine called Carta (no, not Port, just a good inexpensive table wine) open that was so good, I had to buy a bottle.
In the back of the store, if you can tear yourself away from the pastas, vinegars, and spreads is a small wine rack, in that wine rack are wines from winemakers I had not heard of! A new discovery!
I had to buy a selection of these wines and some of the spreads - a particular one that is a truffle but my mouth says is caviar.
Then off to South Stage Cellars for a bit of education from Larry who is a fountain of information about wine and viticulture. A fun tasting with wonderful wines - Sandi liked the Petite Syrah, while I was drawn to the Merlot of all things.
We finished with a dinner at the Jacksonville Inn, I had the Sturgeon which was amazing, and Sandi hasn't let me have any of the baby back ribs as of this writing.
Posted By: Oregon Wine Geek @ 6:53:30 PM