Wine tastings today. 8-30-16

Swimming, walking, breakfast and posting to the blog started the day. It’s cloudy and cool in the upper 50’s to start the day.  Our motel is in an indusrial/retail area on the outskirts of NE Portland and near Erin.  Not very quiet in the mornings with all the activity here early.

Today we are off to the Willamette Valley for three scheduled wine tastings set up by Erin and the owner/sommelier of the new restaurant she works at.  Its name is Coquine and it opened in Portland this year.  It is the top rated new restaurant in Portland.  Erin, the bar manager at the restaurant, is bringing her friend Malia along.

Erin and Malia at the first tasting.
Erin and Malia at the first tasting.

The first tasting was at Antica Terra Winery.

The first stop was
The first stop was

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The girl doing the tasting, Carrie, was from France and we had a great conversation not only about the wine and the winery owners but about her life and all involved with being so far from family.  The wines we tasted were all good and we ordered some to be shipped home.

Our next stop was at a winery called Soter Vineyards.  The tasting room was originally the home of the vineyard owner and was quite a different style.  The main structure was the kitchen, dining and living room. There were 2 smaller separate buildings on-site that were the sleeping quarters. There was one for the children and one for the parents.  Quite different.

The main structue now the greeting area and tasting room.
The main structue now is the greeting area and tasting room.
Seated at the counter of what was the kitchen in the main building.
Standing at the counter of what was the kitchen in the main building.
Rich, Pauline and Erin in front of one of the sleeping buildings.
Rich, Pauline and Erin in front of one of the sleeping buildings.
The fireplace in the main building.
The fireplace in the main building.
Our tasting was in one of the sleeping buildings.
Our tasting was in one of the sleeping buildings with Evita or tasting expert.

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Our last stop was different from the first two.  It was way back in the hills on predominantly forest land.  The vineyar, called Beckham Winerys, had been cut out of the pine forest that covered the property.

When this couple bought the property he was a school teacher of art and they were going to use the outbuilding on the property for a studio.  That was in 2002.  Now, with improvements every year, the entire property is planted with vines and some fruit. They are totally organic.

They also produce two different wines in clay urns that he had hand thrown. The picture is of a small urn.  He is now making urns for some wineries in Napa.

Clay urn for fermentation.
Clay urn for fermentation.

He spent quite some time experimenting and with the help of a chemist came up with a good formula of clay types.  It was an interesting story of their journey from studio to vineyard.

Andrea Beckham, the owners wife did the tasting.
Andrea Beckham, the owners wife did the tasting.

 

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Our last stop of the day was in Portland at the Multnomah Whiskey Library.  A unique interesting place that requires a membership.  Erin has connections and got us in with a 6 o’clock reservation.  Without reservations the wait on weekends can be 4 hours for members. They not only have whiskey but all types of liquor.  For example there menu has 6 pages of bourbons.

Whiskey Library
Whiskey Library.

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One of the topics of discussion between Pauline, Erin and Mary was their purses and about which purse to use for certain things.  I chimed in that my wallet worked for all occasions and to change it up once in a while I have a purple rubber band I can use.

A stylish wallet.
A stylish wallet.

Tomorrow who knows what.

Signing off for today, its me, the only law and order person out there and the leader of the anti moose movement.

 

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