If you’re not familar with Erath wines, you’re in for treat!
A bit about Erath and Oregon Wine Country:
The Vision: Erath winery’s founder, Dick Erath, was driven by the belief that the future of Pinot Noir was in Oregon. Because of his belief, Erath has played a major role in creating Oregon’s wine industry and solidifying its reputation as a world class wine region.
Terrior: Today Erath wines are an expression of the land that the winery has cultivated for more than 40 years, longer than any other winery in the Dundee Hills of Oregon. The Oregon Pinot legacy, spirit and vision of founder Dick Erath continues to evolve under acclaimed winemaker Gary Horner.
About Winemaker Gary Horner: Gary, shares Dick Erath’s background in science and a reverence for Oregon’s unique terroir, strives to reveal classic Oregon Pinot: light, delicate and fruit-forward.
Gary takes pride in making a range of Pinot styles, from the hugely popular Oregon blends to the highly-acclaimed, limited-edition single-vineyard selections. His goal is to make the best Pinot Noir the region has to offer – it’s time-honored, authentic and uniquely Oregon.
To read Gary’s full bio, click HERE.
Love Pinot? Visit Oregon wine country where EARTH and HEART intersect to a special place called ERATH. The winery is located 30 minutes southwest of Portland where anyone can savor classic Oregon Pinot and enjoy the sweeping views of the picturesque Jory hills. Regardless of season, regardless of year, Oregon and Erath is a place for Pinot discovery.
FYI – Oregon Pinot Compared to CA & French Pinot
- Pinot from Oregon often is closer in style to Burgundy Pinots than California Pinots.
- Oregon’s slightly warmer summers, compared to Burgundy, can bring out more fruit brightness from the grape and tame earthy, distressed tannins.
- California wines tend to show an even sweeter, punchier sense of fruit compared to Oregon because grapes ripen under much warmer conditions at a lower latitude.
- In general, Oregon Pinots’ flavor profile sits between California and Burgundy; Oregon Pinot shows a delicate, yet balanced sense of fruit ripeness.
Pinot Food Pairing 411
Pinot Noir is one of the most versatile wines to pair with food. It is crisp and soft with moderate tannins so it goes well with a wide variety of meat such as salmon, veal, chicken, turkey, beef, pork, and lamb. Dishes with earthy flavors such as truffles and wild mushrooms are also a great pairing. Try Pinot Noir with Thai or Chinese pepper sauce, grilled scallops, thin crust pizza margherita, pasta with red sauce, and zesty BBQ.
Pinot Gris With a medium to light body and fresh acidity, this white wine lends itself to grilled fish, pastas, cured meats like prosciutto or salami, alfredo sauce, salty cheeses like parmesan or Fontana, and Ciopinno seafood stew. It also pairs well with mildly spiced Asian foods and Tex Mex dishes. Yum!
Pinot Gris: Hazelnut Gruyere Sables
Pinot Gris & Pinot Noir: Spanish Crabcakes with Piquillo Pepper Salsa
Read the tasting notes of the two wines we’ll be tasting:
Visit the Erath Website for more information:
Video: a year in the vineyard: http://www.erath.com/winery/seasonsOfErath/
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