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Saffron Fields Vineyard

Saffron Fields Vineyard was a fine stop.  Cousin Gail, in from that other Milwaukee (the one in Wisconsin) was quite chuffed to learn their winemaker is also from Wisconsin and has a dog named Badger.

Saffron

Joyce and Gail were lucky to chat with Sanjiv (the owner) about the history of the winery and the wines.  It’s always great to have so much personal attention from the people running the show.

Somebody bought some wine.  Joyce reports their pinots were exceptional.

David behind the bar did a fine job sharing his knowledge of their fine selection of wines.

Vin De Qualité Supérieure

On January 1st, 2001 we woke up in a tent on the edge of the Sahara Desert in Morocco.

As you might imagine, this is part of a much longer story.

We brought this bottle of wine back with us.  The other night here in Portland in 2018, I opened it at last.

bottle

One doesn’t think of Morocco, or anywhere in the Muslim world as a place to go for fermented beverages.  However, they love their tourist trade and we found people to generally be warm and welcoming.  We also found there was some surprisingly decent local beer available, and we also found some wine.

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So, what’s it like?  Well, I doubt Les Celliers de Meknés expected anyone to hold on to this bottle this long.  Somehow it didn’t go bad after all that rough travel and less-than-perfect handling.  It’s got a soft mouth-feel.  I’d say it’s a bit fruity with a touch of spice at the end.

But, that’s not really what’s important is it?  Opening this bottle releases memories of adventures past and long lost friends.  A Moroccan we met on our travels emailed us to express sympathy and friendship for America in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, for instance.

We smuggled Meighan into the festival in the trunk of our car.  I learned to haggle, well enough that the locals told me I bargained like a Berber.  We explored an ancient city made of mud and straw.  A family adopted us for two days.  We travelled with a couple of American guys whose name we forget, but at the time, we called them “Ren and Stimpy” behind their backs.  Waiting for the Lord of the Flies moment at the poorly-organized festival.  Pounding drums in a tent with the rambunctious African musicians.  Having them asked for the drum back when they realized I have no rhythm.

Good times, good times…

The Cabernet of Dr. Caligari

bottle

Ok, it’s a bottle of Two Buck Chuck with a custom label by our good friend Paul Bingman, who was taken from us by cancer some years ago.  Why open and consume an 8-yr old bottle of cheap wine?

Because we all miss him, as Ross Olson says,

“There’s a Paul-shaped hole everywhere I look.”

I raise a glass to you Mr. Bingman, wherever you are.

Remy Wines Opens New Tasting Room at the Vineyard

Our friends at Remy Wines have recently opened a new tasting room on their vineyard west of Dundee.

Joyce – Remy Wines

Here’s Remy herself, winemaker and hostess-with-the-mostness!

Remy

Remy treated us and other members of her wine club to a pleasant tour of the vineyard.  (Yes, she’s wearing all black in 98 degree sun.  Some people, I tell ya…)

vineyard

The farmhouse / tasting room.

farmhouse

Relaxing in the back yard.

backyard

The warm, personable hospitality of Remy and her team keep us coming back.  Recommended!

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Seafood Sundays at Teutonic Wines

Teutonic Wines has been hosting Seafood Sunday – a different seafood, a different seafood dish every sunday through this summer.  A great way to get people like us to drop in!  We don’t usually take food photos, but we’ll make an exception this time around.  Seafood Sunday continues through the end of September.

Joyce demonstrates the BBQ combo

BBQ!

Here’s Joyce showing off the Ahi tuna

tuna!

Here’s Steve with the crab mac ‘n’ cheese

crab mac 'n' cheese!

Yes, we are lunching at a picnic table in the bed of a pickup truck with our feet cooling in a kiddie pool!

pickup

…and if it’s not Seafood Sunday, you can still order a frito pie!

frito pie