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Did you know: which wine goes with which food?

Here is a little something for you - I picked up the information @ the Hood River Vineyards (see also "off the beaten path) & found them very enlightening :o)

Hood River Vineyards
Desert Wine Facts

All desert wines are sweet & alcohol levels are in the 18-20% range. All fruit wines are made from fresh fruit, with no concentrates or flavoring used. All are very stable and can be open for months with no spoilage & with no need to refrigerate.

Vintage Zinfandel Port:
This vintage, varietal port is made in a traditional style, using old vine Zinfandel grapes grown in the Columbia River Gorge. It exhibits all of the varietal characteristics of Zinfandel, including ripe, forward berry fruit & peppery spice, wrapped in velvety, ‘raisiny’ texture. Serve with blue or very sharp cheeses, or with chocolate desserts. Wonderful to cook with as well.

Pear Sherry:
Made in a traditional sherry style after Amontillado, but using only a blend of 3 types of pears (Bartlett, Bosc & d’Anjou) grown in our Hood River orchard. After 2 years going through fermentation and 5 years of cask-aging, it’s silky smooth. A hazelnut finish & lots of vanilla and caramel round the taste. Serve as an aperitif with fruits, cheeses & breads, or as dessert, perhaps with cheese cake, crème brulee or other vanilla-influenced desserts. The ripe pear aromatics make a wonderful marinade for pork chops and other light meats & it’s a stellar addition to stir-fry sauces.

Black Muscat:
A red variety of Muscat grape that is rather old-fashioned, Black Muscat is also known as Black Homburg. It was much planted around the turn of the 20th century, but rare today: the vineyard this wine comes from was planted with cuttings taken off long-neglected vines growing in the Gorge. The wine is lightly fragrant, with a subtle fruitiness of berries & currants. There is a light spice and an oh-so-clean, light finish with a whisper of tannins. Serve on it’s own to savor the complexity, or with fruit desserts, dark chocolate or soft cheeses (Camembert or Brie).

Done in a port-style, this wine is made from Van cherries grown in our Hood River orchard (these are big, black sweet cherries used for canning & freezing). Rich and chocolaty, with a background of prunes and a light acidity, this is a quite complex wine. It’s a knock-out with blue cheeses, gorgonzola & sharp, Vermont-style cheddars. Also nice with chocolate desserts. May be used anywhere a port is called for.

A tasting room favorite for over 20 years made with Oregon’s signature berry. Pure Marionberry taste, straight from the real thing, this is a liqueur that will have you thinking you are drinking the berries themselves. Multi-layered, with slight earthiness under the berry taste, and a nice tart finish to balance the high sweetness (as I said, like drinking the berries). Fine on it’s own for dessert, a popular use is to pour it over ice cream, cheese cake, fruit bowls, etc. It makes a wonderful Kir when poured into sparkling wines and can be mixed with other sparkling beverages as well. A delight to have in the kitchen as well.
A liqueur made from red raspberries that is pure essential fruit. It has high aromatics and clean, simple, straightforward raspberry characteristics. Use in the same ways as the Marionberry, but it is especially good in iced tea or lemonade and also with chocolate desserts.

Blackcap Raspberry:
This type of raspberry is small, exceedingly black and intense in flavor and the wine has a very full texture. Rich berry tastes combine with a chocolaty, spicy mid-palate and some mild tannins balance the sweetness. Although this berry grows wild in Oregon, these berries came of a rare commercial planting. Enjoy this wine like the other berry wines above, but it’s especially good used as a topping or mixer.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:lot's of little orchards & Wineries - something for everyones taste!
  • Cons:haven't found any...yet :o)
  • In a nutshell:Lovely place for gourmets & outdoor-lovers!
  • Last visit to Hood River: Oct 2003
  • Intro Updated Oct 7, 2003
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  • eden_teuling's Profile Photo
    Oct 9, 2003 at 12:56 PM

    oh, these grapes make me want to pick them and eat! interesting fine info, Esther! Keep us posted, I like it all! bes-elisabeth

  • XenoHumph's Profile Photo
    Oct 7, 2003 at 1:37 PM

    Ah! Interesting! I did not know about the wine! I only knew the Full Sail Brewery!


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