Keep pouring! We are only halfway through wine month
Is your Oregon Wine Tour Guide dog-eared from use this month? I hope so. There are so many great wines to taste, and fun events to take part in. Check out visitoregonwine.org to view all the events and learn more about the wineries and vineyards participating.
Here are a few wines I have sampled this month, which I can heartily recommend:
¦ Just in time for picnic season Stoller Family Estate has released its Canned Oregon line of quality wines packaged in — you guessed it — cans. They call Canned Oregon "premium wine in a modern vessel, ideal for our state and your state of mind." Choose from pinot gris, pinot noir, rose, white bubbles and pink bubbles. All are delicious, perfect for taking to the park for cornhole league or wherever your active life takes you. Look for Canned Oregon wines at Safeway, New Seasons and Fred Meyer or visit cannedoregon. Just
a word of warning: These are 12-ounce cans, and it isn't soda pop. Share.
¦ Open Claim Vineyards, a small winery in the Willamette Valley's pending application for Mt. Pisgah (Polk County) appelation, released their chardonnay and pinot noir made by noted winemaker Tony Rynders. He has a golden touch when it comes to winemaking, so you know these are truly delightful. They are only available now through the website, openclaimvineyards.com, but owners Brett and Marie Wall have broken ground on a tasting room which will feature by appointment only chef-inspired pairings beginning in fall 2020. Order now and enjoy them now.
¦ Dobbes Family Estate always has something special to pour. They encourage wine enthusiasts to "Go Rogue" and experience their wines from the Rogue Valley AVA firsthand. Explore Oregon's Rogue Valley with these best-selling varietals. Crisp, acid-driven Grenache Blanc; floral, full-bodied Viognier; robust, earthy Grand Assemblage Syrah — it's a whole new side of Oregon wine. Or order the six-bottle Rouge Valley Collector's Set, immerse yourself in the depth and complexity of Southern Oregon's Rogue Valley with this comprehensive wine collection.
There are many events planned at Dobbes, so visit dobbesfamilyestate.com to learn more.
¦ De Lancellatti Family Vineyards is releasing its 2018 Rose of Pinot Noir May 18 at a Pre-Memorial Day Rose Release Celebration from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the vineyard, located at 18605 NE Calkins Lane, Newberg. This marks the second vintage of rose; the first sold out quickly last year, so hurry to ensure your stock for the summer rose season. Learn more online at delancellottifamilyvineyards.com.
¦ Argyle Winery proudly announces its sponsorship of the award-winning film "A Fine Line," which explores why less than 7% of head chefs and restaurant owners are women, when traditionally women have always held the central role in the kitchen. The film by Joanna James shares perspectives and experiences from world-renowned chefs including World's Best Female Chef Dominique Crenn, Emmy Award-winning TV Host Lidia Bastianich, two Michelin Star Chef April Bloomfield, one of Time magazine's Most Influential People Barbara Lynch, First Female Iron Chef Cat Cora, World's Best Chef Daniel Humm and Joanna's mother, Valerie James.
Screenings will be held at 6 p.m. May 21 in Chehalem Cultural Center, with appetizers prepared by Deborah Chatelard of Bistro Maison and Amanda Cannon Winquist of Normandie and wines by Argyle, and at 6 p.m. May 22 at The Nighwood Society in Portland (details yet to come on who is serving foods).
Tickets are $40 each; enter promo code "argyle" for a Friends of Argyle discount of 20% off. Visit argylewinery.com to learn more about wines and other events.
We are only half-way through Oregon Wine Month. You've got lots of time and plenty of opportunities to enjoy Oregon wine from one corner of the state to another.
I share a recipe today that is full of color and flavor and sure to pair beautifully with a crisp rose of pinot noir or chardonnay — or frankly whatever wine you wish!
Bon Appetit! Make eating an adventure!
Chicken Salad with Blackberries, Feta, Golden Beets and Avocado
¼ cup minced shallot
¼ cup fresh tarragon
¼ cup champagne vinegar
3 tablespoons water
4 teaspoons olive oil
3/4 teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
5 ounces mixed spring greens
2 cups cooked skinless boneless chicken breast, thinly sliced
1 medium avocado thinly sliced
1 cup golden beets, thinly sliced
1 cup fresh blackberrires
6 tablespoons crumbled feta cheese
In a medium bowl whisk together shallots, tarragon, vinegar, water,
oil, salt and pepper; set viniagrette aside.
In a serving bowl toss together greens, chicken, avocado, beets, berries and dressing; sprinkle with cheese.