The interior is a bit ultramodern for our tastes, but was full of happy people having a good time. They probably wouldn’t want to hear this, but the most memorable part of this stop was the truffle cheese and truffle salami they were serving. The staff was too busy for us to find out where they found these fine items, but I can assure you, these truffle-y wonder nuggets were salty taste nuggets of joy!
And it’s Dominio IV for the Truffle Shuffle win!
In truth, there were no losers on the Truffle Shuffle path through McMinville, but Dominio hit it on all cylinders. Delicious red wines, attractive space, friendly staff and excellent truffle snacks, as you’ll see below!
Dominio IV’s wines are also biodynamic, which in our opinion is even *better* than organic. Why? In short, organic strives to grow food without the use of chemical additives, etc, and of course we believe that is good. Biodynamic takes that a step further … in short a system in balance manages pests, soil fertility, etc without much additives of any kind.
For additional fun, check out our visit to El Toledo, biodynamic coffee farm in Costa Rica. They were once a “traditional” coffee farm until the pesticides nearly killed the owner. Long story short, they’ve developed a biodynamic farm that today is more like a native forest that happens to have a lot of coffee plants.
The walls are adorned by art from the winemaker which attempts to show visually what happens on your palette as their wines cross your tongue. Fun and unique!
Our lovely and helpful hosts today were LJ on the left and Nicci on the right. LJ was pouring and Nicci chef’d on up the delightful truffle snacks! The best combo of the day!
We found the site of these barrels stacked by the giant agricultural building quite visually attractive.
Joyce prefers this photo to the one above, which I prefer, so you get to see both.
…and after all the beauty, here’s a bland industrial photo, just to even things out.
Next stop on the 2017 Truffle Shuffle – Eyrie Vineyards
We’d been warned that they were a little snooty, but not today and not to us. They make organic wines and served a fine Oregon black truffle biscotti and truffled chicken liver mousse crostini. We snuck back for seconds!
Here’s their home-made version of an argon wine thief device.
Our second stop of the 2017 McMinville Truffle Shuffle was Remy Wines.
As frequent readers may know, we’re more fans of the heartier reds than the lighter pinots that rule the Willamette Valley. Remy specializes in european styles and they are ready to drink! Our favorite this visit was the Nebbiolo.
Her tasting room is also “da bomb”, as the kids once said. Very comfy to hang out in with knowledgeable and pleasant staff.
The only blemish on this visit was the truffle risotto. While indeed creamy, didn’t seem to have any truffle in it. Oh well.
Our first stop on the 2017 Truffle Shuffle! Saké One –
Saké may be a product you’re not very aware of, but I assure you it’s quite enjoyable. Also, don’t drink it hot, please!
This weekend we ran the Sherry Obstacle Course at Pix Patisserie.
Sherry is an unusual wine product. It comes from one particular grape thats only grown in one particular region of Spain. Why is it unusual – the same grape is used to produce a wide variety of end products, from what we’d think of as a very light white wine to dark desert wine.
I’ve had the fortunate to spend some time in Sherry country, and I’ll tell you this much: it’s a good product and you’ll come to like it in about two seconds flat.
Mike and Jen showing us how to have fun.
And here was our reward: snax!
Instead of doing something practical, like having a tap at the bottom of the barrels to tap the sherry for tasting, Sherry makers follow the traditional method of sampling through the top of the keg. Example:
It’s a bit tricky to pour into a tiny glass…
Seems like a overcomplicated way to do it, though it definitely shows off your skills.
Our next stop was the Carlton Winemaker’s Studio. The aim to be like an artist’s studio, arranging space for a group of smaller winemakers.
Joyce was into the wines by Andrew Rich, pictured above.
Bonus points on the friendly and helpful staff! Modern building with fully-functional air-conditioning! Sometimes that is *very* important.
Ah, the breadsticks…
We have a terrible secret to share. We’re just not that into Pinot Noir style wines. There’s nothing wrong with them, we just prefer beefier flavors. The Willamette Valley is all about the pinot and some of the places out here are getting snooty and expensive. That’s no fun!
Joyce picked Remy because they make a more standard array of red wines and not six variations on pinot noir. She liked their wines so much she joined the club! (Joining the wine club means she has to go out there and visit the quilt store.)
The tasting room is also a comfy place to hang out. Thumbs up!
Remy gets my award of Excellence in Artistic Use of Pallets
I also like their labels.
Our friend Mike the Mad Martian as “The Wine Lunatic” uncovers the meaning of “Kerloo”