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.
Update August 2018: Dominio VI has moved their tasting room to the country outside of Carlton. They are no longer tasting at the winery in McMinville. Click here to read our full report on the new location.