What a busy season! There’s so much to tell you about: Denver, Taste of the Nation, and Bud Break!
The buds are out! And aren’t they beautiful… Sadly, this means the super-cute sheep are back on their side of the fence.
But take a look at our gorgeous cover crop – this is one of the ways that we promote the good bugs and keep away the bad bugs. Sustainability never looked so good!
Share our Strength’s Taste of the Nation was a great event! It’s a fabulous evening of live music, silent auction packages, and the best food and beverages from around Oregon. Taste of the Nation raises money for organizations that feed hungry children and work to solve the causes of childhood hunger. We are proud to participate in such a wonderful fundraiser. Andy, Ksandek and I had a great time with the guys from Nuestra Cocina at the table next to us, because their chicharones with spicy salsa verde went perfectly with our 2007 Müller-Thurgau.
We got to swap tastes of delicious rosés with Adelsheim and Elk Cove. And, of course, we ran into a lot of our industry friends – Simpatica, Fenouil, Andina, and so many others.
And Denver…. Oh, Denver…
At a population of almost 600,000, Denver feels strangely like home. Being originally from Reno, Nevada and having lived in Oregon for almost five years, I find that Denver has interesting characteristics of both. There are the mountains to the West, acting as a compass in the flat, high-desert landscape; the intimate neighborhoods with beautiful green parks; a sense of engagement with the great outdoors; and a lively nightlife – ranging from ritzy restaurants and creative bars to cozy neighborhood eateries. Denver (and Colorado) shares a passion for sustainability and a local-vore mindset that I have come to truly identify with.
I spent almost a week in Denver, riding along with Foster Ramsey of Vinture Distributing. On my way into town, I was hesitant at the sight of condos everywhere and big skyscrapers – and everyone knows the horror stories of the Denver airport and… SNOW! But Foster put me at ease. The North Carolina native was my fearless guide, taking me through downtown, the Highlands, Cherry Creek, and a few surrounding neighborhoods.
Our first stop was Mile High Wine & Spirits, where Steve carries our 2007 Cuvée A Amrita along with a great selection of other Oregon wines. Everyone was excited to hear that our Amrita was one of the winners in the 2009 Pacific Coast Oyster Wine Competition! After that, we went by Divino Wine & Spirits, an ultra hip and beautifully decorated wine shop, owned and run by Dave and Dustin, where they picked up our 2007 Cuvée A Midnight Saignée Rosé of Pinot noir. Hopefully they’ll include it in their “Pink Tasting,” which I’m sad I’ll miss.
We had lunch at Venue, in the Highlands, where they’re featuring flights of Anne Amie wines. The food was delicious, the weather was perfect, and the patio is the perfect place to sit and watch. They also do a great Happy Hour, with half price bottles of wine! I strongly recommend the mussels.
We also ate at the eco-groovy Duo Restaurant. There is a small, well selected wine list and delicious small plates. They focus a lot on using local producers and using sustainable products. They even have a little asterisk next to wines on their list that were made using sustainable practices!
place was definitely Elway’s at the Ritz-Carlton, where they have our Pinot
Gris. Michael Casey and company have
great wine knowledge, friendly staff, and a raw bar to die for! Did I mention that our Pinot Gris was a
finalist in the Oyster Wine Competition?
And they had it on their Elway’s Seven, which is a list of their
favorite wines that they offer at discounted prices for a limited time. Elway's at Cherry Creek also picked up our 2006 Winemaker's Selection Pinot Noir.
Fruition was also excellent. They had the most incredible Potato-wrapped Oysters Rockefeller! It’s the only menu item that has been on there since they opened – they have a great seasonal menu!
ended with Mondo Vino, where they offered flights of Anne Amie wines at one of
their very popular Saturday tastings.
I would like to send BIG thank yous to Foster Ramsey and Vinture Distributing for being so unbelievably awesome! And a thank you to whoever read this really long blog. : )