PORTLAND -- The sign said Beer & Wine Tasting. The beer won't be at the Northwest Foodservice Show until tomorrow. So I ordered up a few tastes of wine today.
"It's a good barbecue wine," one of the Amity Vineyards' vintners said of the 2007 Gamay Noir, grown from French vines in McMinville, Ore.
She was right: Its fruity and peppery notes held up to the baby-back rib I filched off another vendor's tray. Amity's Gamay Noir is also light enough to be drunk long into a summer night.
And as another vintner noted, it won't close up when chilled.
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EdenValley's Claret disappered too quickly. However, Dalla Vina's '05 Cabernet Franc, made from Columbia Valley, Washington grapes, still coats my throat, or perhaps just my memories. Rich, intense and unforgettably complex.
Making an effort to switch from red wine to white wine, I tried a sappy Riesling from Vitis Ridge. It wasn't too sweet and had plenty of body to make me forget that Claret.