The Gorge in Winter
Well, Spring is around the corner and road trips are in my veins, so off we went to tred the hills and vales of the Columbia River Gorge. I love the area because some of my scents are still here from living up this way for a couple of years.
I’ve been to most of the wineries and vineyards on both the Washington and Oregon sides. We drove up the Washington side and had lunch in Bingen, a small town located along the river, with White Salmon perched on top. Valerie decided to have a Descheutes beer from Bend, ore. for lunch with a hot mama pizza slice and carrot ginger soup at the Solstice Wood Fire Cafe.
We then headed to Lyle and headed up the cliff towards the plateau. I know there are some newish places up there and we hadn’t been before. Cor Cellars, Domaine Poullion, Klicitat Canyon, Memaloose and Syncline. Well, its winter and we didn’t call ahead so nothing was open! A few winery dogs trotted up, and we got a good lay of the land for our next Spring trip. The Canyon is beautiful and if you are enamored with mossy trees as much as I am, this is a magical place. The Columbia Valley Wine Growers Association has maps and listings for all the wineries in the area.
So we headed over to Hood River in Oregon and dropped in on The Pines , a winery known for its old vine zinfandel planted in the late 1800’s. We purchased a unique 08 Satin, aPinot Gris/Gewutztraminer Blend, unusual with a very floral nose and crisp yet luscious palate. We also liked the 07 Cabernet Sauvignon, the Pines first Cab from the McDuffee Vineyard near the Dalles, and was it good!
The Pines tasting room is al large event space and we were lucky enough to be there as the new “First Friday” (that’s tonight) art exhibition was being hung. It’s called Red Alert and features art inspired by the color red.
So check out Hood River’s First Fridays, and make sure to stop by The Pines for art, music, and a taste from the oldest vines in the area.