Bite of Oregon and Iron Chef Oregon and Tualatin Estate

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This is the first year that I’ve attended the Bite of Oregon.  It was fun to watch the Iron Chef Oregon competition and taste some yummy food and wine.

Congratulations to Chef Travis Taylor of Sunriver Resorts in Bend, OR for the win this year!

There were the usual suspects for wineries with some 20+ wineries, distilleries, and cider houses in the Wine pavilion.  I was particularly impressed with two of them.

First, Crater Lake Spirits from Bend, OR.  The Sweet Ginger Vodka is delicious and will add an interesting twist of flavor to a ginger mule! 🙂

Second, I don’t tend to enjoy sweet wines and so I didn’t expect to enjoy the Tualatin Estate (part of Willamette Valley Vineyards) 2014 Frizzante, however, what an interesting flavor profile.

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Total wine has a Luna d’Or Moscato Frizzante ($10/bottle) from the Veneto region of Italy with the following tasting notes:

Crisp, Orange, Apricot, Light-bodied

Veneto, Italy- The nose is aromatic and intense with a refined taste. It is slightly sweet with fruitful and floral flavors of orange blossom, apricot and peach. It is perfect as an apertif, with sweets or lighter fare.

I plan to explore this wine region and type of wine a bit further.