Biodynamics at Montinore Estate


In our conversation with Rudy Marchesi of Montinore Estates, we asked him about biodynamics. The winery was Certified biodynamic in 2008. Rudy had set this process up while he was still working for the Montinore Estate as an employee. The Motivation & learning Pheloxera was what originally motivated him to look at biodynamics. They had […]

The 7th day Pizza & wine in your PJ’s

Maloof Wines. Where ya Pj's at, with Blaze Pizza
On the 7th day…well we rested! Eating Pizza and Sucking Glass with Maloof Wines. Eat pizza, suck glass. The Mantra from RossandBee at Maloof Wines  We have been cooking a lot lately, and these 12 Days of Wine are keeping us busy.  Today on the 7th day of Wine, we rest. We pick up a […]

On the 6th day there was Joyful Noise

Joyful Noise 2015 Pinot Noir with Tuna
On the 6th day of Wine we opened our bottle of  Joyful Noise Pinot Noir made by Deven Morganstern.  2015 Joyful Noise Pinot Noir We met Deven and Callie  of Joyful Noise at the Uncommon Wine Festival this summer and spoke with them about the 2015 Pinot Noir.  The grapes for this wine come from […]

Illahe Vineyards – Stepping back to a simpler time

Illahe Vineyards, Tasting Room
Well, I suppose “simpler” is all about perspective.  They have a wine here called 1899 that they do with all the conveniences that could be had at that time.  That means no tractors, no electricity, no motorized vehicles.  Illahe means “earth” or “place” or “soil” in the Chinook local dialect. We visited Illahe this past […]

On the 3rd day we pair Riesling with a Tamales!

Libertine Riesling with Tamales
As we arrive at the 3rd of our 12 days of Wine, we are channeling a little decadence.  When I spoke with Alex Neely about pairing the Libertine 2015 Dry Riesling here was his suggestion: This holiday season pair the 2015 Riesling with pork tamales doused in your favorite hot sauce. The flowery aromatics and […]

On the Second Day a Viognier

Maryhill Viognier With Thai Food
As we move to the 2nd day of our “12 days of Wine” we head to Washington to pair a Washington Viognier with one of our favorite traditional holiday foods, Thai take out!  Yep…Carry out at the holidays always takes me back to “A Christmas Story”. Maryhill Winery 2017 Viognier Columbia Valley We were lucky […]

Montinore Estate – About the wines

Montinore Vineyards Entrance
Continuing our conversation with Rudy Marchesi at Montinore Estate  After looking over the Willamette Valley AVA map and having Rudy give us some background on the soils and the impact of the Missoula floods we sat with him to talk about how these soils influence the wines at Montinore Estate. Pinot Noir Pinot Noir is […]

Soupe aux choux and a Grüner Veltliner from Illahe

Illahe2017 Estate Gruner Velthiner with Cabbage Soup
“On the fourth day of wine my true love pulled out of the cellar for me, a Grüner Veltliner from Illahe.” Illahe Vineyards ILLAHE, pronounced Ill-Uh-Hee, is a local Chinook word meaning “earth” or “place” or “soil” From the Illahe Vineyards site This summer we visited Illahe Vineyards in the Willamette Valley.  Illahe is located […]

Montinore Estate – a recent history


It was overcast the morning we headed out to Montinore Estate. That’s not unexpected in Oregon.  What was unexpected for me was how vivid the colors were under the cloudy sky.  We headed out from Newberg, through a bit of a drizzle for our half our drive to Forest Grove.  As we got closer, the […]

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Giving thanks for a quiet kitchen

Cranberries
Cooking can be meditative and sensuous. At Thanksgiving cranberry sauce is always how I start. Listening to the berries and they plop into the colander for rinsing, then the ding as they hit the pan. The shoosh of the sugar as it rains down on top of them, then the plurps as they warm and […]

A little Sleight of Hand with dinner at Doubleback


As we rode in the van, I tried to figure out which direction we were heading, watching the rolling brown hills outside of Walla Walla roll by. The anticipation was intoxicating. Then I stopped trying to figure it out, and I surrendered to the journey. I’ve always liked surprise trips. I am a planner and […]

Dinner with a view – Cadaretta

The Glasshouse at Southwind Vineyard by Cadaretta
We got in a van not knowing how long the drive might be.  I suppose I could have looked at a map, but I’m not sure that would have helped.  We actually ended up in Oregon.  Walla Walla AVA is a border AVA with part of the AVA in Washington and part in Oregon. We […]
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