We flew into Portland, Oregon and rented our wine-mobile. A white Jeep Liberty. This seemed big enough to hold our wine purchases and our suitcases. (We are not small people. We are not light packers. We love our wine.) And we were off...to a very inauspicious start.
I love Marriott and all their various low- to high- end hotels, but really...when you make a reservation they should have to tell you there is construction going on. We got stuck in some triangular shaped room with one tiny window out of which we were supposed to see a "city view." I'm sure we would have if only that forest of trees was removed (and honestly, if she was going to lie about the view, "water view" would have been more credible and I could see the river through the trees...if I craned.) No matter, we were here for the wine. And the food. Portland is a foodie paradise.
Luckily for us, my step-brother Michael (complicated family, I'm not going to stop to explain) lives there and was available to show us around. We had a light (ish!) lunch and beer at Deschutes Brewery and then headed to
And speaking of loaded...we headed to dinner at Clyde Common-- a trendy, gastro-pubby place that lured me in with this astounding looking fried oyster po' boy in an ad I saw. Alas, no fried oyster po'boys for dinner. I got over that though with a nice Triennes Rose Nans-les-Pins (French rose' )wine and the delicious spiced popcorn appetizer followed by a pasta dish that I recall as very good...but can't remember! Good food and atmosphere there though, so if you're ever in Portland stop on by. Oh, and please be wearing a colorful yet sun-faded short-sleeved t-shirt. It's what all the boys do. (I just don't understand how a city that gets, oh, 2 1/2 days of sun per year can have a uniform of sun-faded t-shirts. But they do.)
We tasted six wines, including....
- The West Coast blended Resonate rose' (yes, please! a blend of Mourvedre, Syrah and Grenache )
- A Pinot Gris
- RESONATE Red #2 (50% WA Counoise and 50% WA Sangiovese)
I mentioned our inauspicious start? Chris had a very upset stomach in the midst of our tasting (not due to the wines.) So his notes were sparse...as is my memory, especially since this is when I learned my camera batteries had exhausted themselves. I am quite clear though that thiis was a cool place, with funky artwork and lovingly handcrafted wines. I look forward to opening a bottle again soon. You could say it resonated with me.