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Horses and Wine... Could it Get Any Better?
Many people ask how much hard work goes into owning and operating a winery. I always say that it's generally mostly fun, but yes, there is a lot of blood, sweat and tears that goes into it as well. There are occasions, however, when it's just flat out good fun. July 25 and 26 were two days of just amazingly great times, company, wines, and scenery... on horseback, no less!
I was contacted a few months ago by Kevin Max, owner/editor/writer for 1859 magazine. He had this crazy idea of doing a wine tour along Calkins Lane. I said great... then he threw in the kicker... "on horseback, Mary". Yahoo! Let's ride!
Kevin and his pal, Steve, came over from Bend. Joni Kabana, professional photographer, came along with her friend, Patty (who it turns out grew up in Newport and we know each other's families). Theresa brought three mountain trail horses over from John Day (guaranteed not to spook at anything... except scary llamas).
Sunday morning, we mounted up and headed off through the vineyards to Adelsheim. Catherine Douglas was our gracious hostess and poured several wines, including their Pinot Blanc (yes, it was too hot for me to be fully appreciative of the reds), which was very pretty.
After lunch at ArborBrook, we headed up the hill to Lachini's, via more vineyards. Ron was unable to join us, so we met Ezekiel, his vineyard manager, who poured a Pinot Gris and a Rose. Both were very nice!
Then off through Bergstrom's vineyard to meet with Jane, who poured a delicious Sauvignon Blanc and a few of their other Pinots, my favorite of which was the 08 Bergstrom deLancellotti Vineyard.
We finished up the day tasting with Paul and Kendall at deLancellotti Family Vineyards. Paul poured his 07 and 08 Pinots, both of which were beautiful, but, I have to say, the 07 is stunning!
Back home to a casual bbq on our patio and camping out in the back yard for our guests that night. Monday morning, we were up and at it again! Off to Ribbon Ridge!
Our first stop (after the llama incident) was Styring, where Steve poured through his wines and his son, Colin, played some amazing guitar to serenade us!
After Styring, we headed to see Cathy at Redman Wines. Ah, her Chardonnays tasted very refreshing after the hot trail! Her Pinots were very nice, crafted by Scott Schull of Raptor Ridge.
Utopia was our next stop with Dan and Cathy. This was my favorite spot of our two days. Dan's wines were amazing. His Rose will be sold out soon, simply because I am going to be drinking a lot of it! So, if you want to try it, you better hurry up!
We finished up the day at Trisaetum with James and Alice. Very nice Rieslings and Pinots, and the added benefit of James' gallery. He's a very talented guy!
The article will be in the fall issue of 1859. All in all, what an amazing journey! I am truly blessed to be able to have adventures like these, meet such great people, taste great wines, and call this all "work". Thanks so much to Kevin for having this crazy and wonderful idea and letting me be part of it!