Red Ridge Farms/Durant Vineyards wine club summer BBQ

Red Ridge Farms/Durant Vineyards wine club summer BBQ

It was fun to be a part of the 1st wine club summer BBQ at Durant Vineyards this year.  It was a gorgeous sunny day which allowed for a panoramic view of the rolling Dundee hills and the miles of grapevines.

Durant vineyards

The Red Ridge farms/Durant vineyards raven greets you at the gate as you move toward the tasting room where tables, chairs, and canopies are spread out to seat guests indulging in the pulled pork sandwiches, grilled chicken, baby red potato salad, corn on the cob, baked beans, and potato rolls.

The tables were neatly dressed with locally grown lavender and water with fresh mint leaves.  We were lucky to be able to sit next to the guitar player while we enjoyed our lunch.  The food was delicious paired with a glass of chilled 2012 Durant Vineyards Pinot Gris in a complimentary 40th anniversary logo wine glass.  Strawberry shortcake completed the lunch.

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We browsed the nursery and gift shop purchasing an Arbequina olive tree and pot for our deck.  We’re looking forward to next year!

Red Ridge Farms/Durant Vineyards wine and olive oil club spring pick up event

I apologize to all my readers that I’ve been long overdue for a new post.  I have been in the process of building a house and selling another house so I got tied up with that…now on to the juicy stuff…

Backtracking a couple of months to May…

Red Ridge Farms/Durant Vineyards wine and olive oil club spring pick up event

This was the 2nd pick up party we’ve attended since joining the wine club last fall.  We were greated with the delicious smell of lamb grilling from SuDan farm where they apparently raise hormone free and grass-fed lamb in Canby, Oregon.  Additionally, we sampled and purchased cheese from jersey cows from Willamette Valley Cheese company, sampled honey from Rolling Hills apiary in Newberg, and checked out Doug’s Nuts offered locally grown hazelnuts.

The cheese from Willamette Valley Cheese company made a delectable snack along with Cyprus Black Lava salt from Red Ridge Farms.

Snack made from Willamette Valley Cheese company cheese

Our spring shipment included the following:

2011 La Casita Whole Berry Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills
2011 La Casita Whole Cluster Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills
2010 Lark Chardonnay, Dundee Hills
Arbequina Extra-Virgin Olive Oil (Spanish olive trees)
Koroneiki Extra-Virgin Olive Oil (Greek olive trees)
Orange Champagne Vinegar

2011 La Casita Whole Berry Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills
Tasting Notes:
79 cases. Sourced from the La Casita Block, Dijon 114 clones on 44-55m rootstock planted in 2000. Yield 2.5 tons per acre from 13 year old vines. Garnet red with a hint of violet blue hues, this wine has an intense bouquet with deep herbal earth tones. Arresting aromas of cola, dried beef, menthol, plum, black currant, vanilla, and mocha. Soft, silky tannins on the palate with restrained elegance. Bursting with flavors reminiscent of Root beer float, Marion berry, graham cracker with oak spice followed by a rich, dense finish.

2011 La Casita Whole Cluster Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills
Tasting Notes:
79 cases. Sourced from the La Casita Block, Dijon 114 clones on 44-55m rootstock planted in 2000. Yield 2.5 tons per acre from 13 year old vines. Bright garnet red in the glass. The nose is perfumed with aromas of raspberry, cherry, dried leaves, clove, red licorice, pot pourri, and huckleberry. Fresh, juicy red fruits burst on the palate coupled with dusty tannins. Flavors of blood orange, cedar, milk chocolate, caramel, Asian spices, and a slight hint of menthol coat your mouth. The finish is focused and linear with tart red fruits and mouth-watering acidity.

2010 Lark Chardonnay, Dundee Hills
Tasting Notes:
Medium-bodied, Burgundian style Chardonnay with a minerality, bright acids and balance.  Fermentation in neutral oak creates texture and richness in the mid and back palate.  Hints of green apple, pear and tropical fruit round out the finish.

It was fascinating to sample and learn about the whole cluster vs. the whole berry pinot noir from the La Casita block.  The whole cluster means that both grapes and stems are included in the fermentation process whereas the whole berry means that intact berries are fermented.  They were quite distinctive and both delicious!

Arbequina Extra-Virgin Olive Oil (Spanish olive trees)
Aroma: Sweet grass with floral undertones.
Flavor profile: Nutty, buttery flavor with a hint of banana, and mild pepper finish.
Serving suggestions: Blend with fresh minced garlic, sea salt, diced heirloom tomatoes and serve over rustic bread.

Koroneiki Extra-Virgin Olive Oil (Greek olive trees)
Aroma: Tomato leaves married with spice tones.
Flavor profile: Mild arugula, fresh cut hay, with a mild pepper finish.
Serving suggestions: Mix with fresh dill, tarragon and ground white pepper and top over grilled salmon.

The orange champagne vinegar and Arbequina Extra-Virgin Olive Oil make a delicious, simple dressing for salad!

Link to Red Ridge Farms’ blog The Ridge Runner.

I’m looking forward to the fall shipment and hope you’ll check out Red Ridge Farms/Durant Vineyards/Oregon Olive Mill for yourself!