The Happy Wine!

What can I say about a man that can take a very traditional old world taste and bring it to the new world with a flare.  Brian Carter, wine maker and operator of Brian Carter Cellars has done just that.  His European blends are magnificent and he has been able to bring Washington state a taste of the old style by using grapes from our own beautiful local vineyards.  When Mike and I visited Brian Carter we were amongst people from Switzerland, a group from Scotland, a few out of staters and I remember labeling this winery as the “Happy Wine”.  We were there on a Tuesday(casual Tuesday as stated) and the atmosphere was electric.  Carol, the tasting room hostess is a wonderful ambassador for the winery who is very passionate about wine and although she had a room full of people she was able to make us feel like we were the only ones there and I might add that they are very industry friendly. I was very impressed since I am in the customer service industry and I know how hard that is to achieve.

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Restaurant visit

I just wanted to make a little blurb about the restaurant that my husband and I visited while we were in Portland. Clarklewis is a little place tucked into the industrial district of Portland, Oregon that serves a very eclectic Pacific Northwest type menu. It really says a lot about a restaurant when they support their local wine industry, plus local fresh farmed ingredients and are able to do so while maintaining reasonable prices. We were really impressed with their Oregon State wine selections and how the server presented them to us when we asked her about them.  The food was delicious, the dessert was phenomenal, and our wine selection went well with everything.  The staff was very accommodating to my needs, being that I was on a scooter due to my surgery, and very attentive.  I look forward to visiting Clarklewis when we go down for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Clarklewis

1001 SE WATER AVENUE

PORTLAND,OREGON

503-235-2294

Fruit of the Land

Ever stop to think that the beautiful Washington wine that you drink not only comes from the essential wine maker, but also from the land? Land which was sculpted out by the great Missoula glacial flood that took place about 15,000 years ago. Eastern Washington is a complete riverbed of sand and rock that is beneficial for all the wonderful agriculture that Washington state is well known for such as our sweet walla walla onions.

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What Makes You Smile?

There is absolutely nothing wrong with sticking with a good thing! My husband and I recently visited Silver Lake Winery and found that they have stayed with that typical table wine flavor. I have to say that my favorite was the Silver Lake cabernet reserve.  However, we were introduced to Glenn Fiona Basket Press Syrah and we found that it is the kind of wine that puts that smile of satisfaction on the first taste and really that is how you should judge all wine.

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Out of the Box

Typical, typical, typical!  A word that my readers may hear often;  wow, beautiful, and amazing may be rare ones.  I absolutely adore a wine that has been concocted out of pure passion, a wine that has unfamiliar descriptions such as marshmallow or pineapple, a wine maker who has stepped out of the box!  I had the recent opportunity to meet a wine maker who has done just that–step out of the box.

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