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Phelps Creek Vineyards 2014 Wine Release

Earlier this month, the crew up at Phelps Creek Vineyards invited me to come up to the winery to meet with Bob Morus, the owner of the winery, and Alexandrine Roy, the winemaker, for a preview tasting of their newly released wines! Alexandrine lives in Burgundy, France and was visiting for a week. It was really an honor to meet her, and to talk with her and Bob about the wines. They’re combined knowledge of grape growing, and wine making was really amazing, and their devoted passion to creating stand-out Gorge wines was inspiring.After previewing the wines, I headed home for a bit and returned for the Wine Club Release Party. It was a lovely little event with mulled wine, great food (from Four & Twenty Blackbirds), and, of course, more fabulous wine. I shot some video, took some photographs, and drank some great wines.

The wines themselves were really spectacular. The two whites, an Estate Pinot Gris and an Estate Reserve Chardonnay, were delicious. The Chardonnay “Lynette” 2012 ($32) was silky and full of flavor, but had a wonderful bit of acid which left it with a bright, clean finish. I really loved this Chardonnay. The Pinot Gris 2012 ($29) light and lovely, it’s earthy and yet, light and sweet. It really had the essense of a ripe pear. The Pinot Gris was barrel fermented in French Oak which gives it a rich, creamy mouthfeel.

Next I was treated to two really amazing reds! Let me tell you, there is nothing better than sipping a little red wine at 10am… I highly recommend trying it out. You’d be surprised how well a Pinot goes with pastries. Anyway, back to the wine. First up was a 2011 Pinot Nior ($29), which I’m impressed to share scored 91 from the Wine Spectator! The Pinot tasted of small red berries, a small hint of mint… it really is a great representation of what the Gorge has to offer in terms of Pinot Noirs. The final wine was a 2011 “Regina” Pommard ($49). Made from the oldest Estate vines, the Pommard was a rustic, smoky, complex wine. It was absolutely a beautiful, beautiful wine.

Visit the Phelps Creek Vineyards website for more informations about their new releases, winery events, and tasting room hours!

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  • March 27, 2014 - 6:17 pm

    Rebeka - Ahh Phelps Creek’s wine is so good. I would definitely drink it before noon if the appropriate occasion presented itself. Also, I’m loving your blog redesign, it looks great!ReplyCancel

  • March 29, 2014 - 7:14 am

    ROY - This is just a GREAT documentary. I loved the movie and what you captured! (even Rosie-Rosée ou crazy lab ;-) Congrats on it and thank you for the lovely comments about PCV and our wines!ReplyCancel

    • April 7, 2014 - 2:50 pm

      kacieblogs@gmail.com - Alexandrine,
      Thank you so much! I just got back from vacation and was going to email it you to make sure you saw it. It was so lovely meeting you.

      KacieReplyCancel

Welcome to the NEW Gorge in the Gorge!

You may have noticed it was a little quiet around here the past month! I was busy rebuilding my site. Now, it’s done!

I’m so thrilled to relaunch Gorge in the Gorge. There are lots of improvements and changes. It should be easier to navigate and to find the restaurant listings you’re looking for. Take some time to look around! I hope you enjoy it!

-Kacie

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  • March 27, 2014 - 12:28 am

    Eileen McMackin - Looks great, Kacie!ReplyCancel

An Afternoon at Domaine Pouillon Winery

Is it just me or is it starting to feel a tiny bit like Spring around here? We went for a hike up at Catherine Creek (in the rain) and the first little wildflowers were starting to peek out. Up near Catherine Creek, its an easy trip to check out some of the wonderful Lyle wineries. My favorites in that neighborhood are Syncline, Memaloose, and Domaine Pouillon. Domaine Pouillon is small, owned by Alexis and Juliet. They make wonderful, French-style wines. They take a truly artisan approach to their wine making, and that is something you feel when you visit their winery. Having two babes of my own, I love visiting wineries that are family owned and operated. It’s wonderful to feel like you can bring your kids, and that they will have a great time too. Alexis and Juliet have a sweet boy, and a baby girl due this month if I’m not mistaken! I highly recommend a trip up to their winery the next time the sun is out!

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Celilo and Double Mountain Pairing + Pouring Dinner

At the end of last month, Kyle and I attended the collaboration dinner put on between Double Mountain Brewery and Celilo Restaurant.

The beers that were selected and poured were strong, flavorful and well matched by Chef, Ben Stenn, of Celilo. Ben is committed to using as many locally sourced ingredients as possible, and he pulled together some amazing dishes using Pamono’s Branch Farm pork, house made pickles, Kiyokawa Orchard fruits. Here’s a look at our tasting, dish by dish; beer by beer…

Double Mountain’s Tahoma Kriek, made from Rainier cherries was paired perfectly with a gruyere fondue, fruit, potato chips, and housemade crostini.

The second course was “Celilo Charcuterie”. A country style paté and pork cheek terrine made with pork from Silas and Christina’s farm, house made pickles were presented on top of a rye flour cracker. This clever twist on “pretzels and mustard” was served alongside Double Mountains Gypsy Stumper, a well balanced, slightly citrusy IPA.

The duck pastrami was delicious. It was served with a simple marinated kale salad, beet and blueberry gastrique, and spiced, toasted hazelnuts. Ben was inspired to make this simple, elegant dish by the simple, yet wonderfully flavorful Sacré Bleu. Ben was impressed that a beer as wonderfully balanced, full of variation could be made from such simple ingredients so he aimed to do the same with his pairing dish.

The Wagyu brisket was served atop a blue cheese spaetzle with grilled endive and a glaze made from it’s pairing beer, the Black Perlé. Black Perlé is a dark, complex, Imperial Stout. It was a perfect match for this rich dish.

The dessert course was a series of chocolate treats accompanied by my personal favorite Double Mountain beer: Devil’s Kriek. I count the months until this beer is released. It paired perfectly with the rich, sweet chocolate which helped to highlight the tart, effervescent qualities of the Devil’s Kriek.

We went home very full and a little buzzed. It was a fabulous dinner! Cheers.

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Roasted Chestnuts and Red Wine at Marchesi Vineyards

Okay, so here I am posting about Marchesi Vineyards again… and I’m fully aware that I’ve been posting about wineries a lot lately (I’m making up for my time off while I was pregnant)! We recently went up with a couple friends to enjoy their wine and roasted chestnuts. Franco had a fire going and as the chestnuts roasted the smoke sifted around the whole tasting area which made everything feel really wonderful and cozy. It was raining but the tasting area is enclosed with clear tarps, lined with beautiful space heaters, and there are baskets piled with blankets. Plus, let’s be honest, their bold, spicy reds are enough to keep you warm. They aren’t doing chestnuts anymore but they are open this weekend and next so if you have a little time grab your family and go get cozy with a lovely glass of red wine.

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