My meager wine collection has improved in quality and quantity ever since Kris started working at one of Portland's most revered restaurants. His interest in fine wine was piqued there and with his employment connections he has been able to get into Oregon wineries for the VIP tours. This time I got to go along because it was his birthday and, well, I had a little to do with that!
At our first stop, the Andrew Rich winery, we were treated to a tasting by the owner and wine maker himself. He presented his best products.
We also got a brief tour of the production facilities.
It was great to get a peek at the wine in it's early stages.
Cana's Feast winery. This was a vineyard with a distinctly Italian style both in the winery's appearance and decor and in the types of wines they produce. It would be lovely to return to this area in the sunny summer for the full Italian effect but this time our visit was on a foggy, cold December day.
In their Cucina we were able to have some delicious antipasti with our libation.
At this point I felt we had had a good day and was ready to retire. But we had one more stop on the schedule and it was well worth the time.
Soter Vineyards,as soon as we stepped out of the car we were greeted by the sommelier with a glass of their famous bubbly Rose. Impressive!
This tasting was a true VIP experience. We got to try their finest wines in a lush setting.
We could have easily called it quits and been completely satiated- fat, sassy and happy- but no....there was more!
clarklewis, a sister restaurant to the one that employs my son.
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