One of these reasons, among many, is that the Columbia Gorge happens to share geographic and climatic similarities with the Burgundy region of France. Like the Burgundy region, the Columbia Gorge experiences sporadic weather ranging from unpredictable snow, rain, frost, and even heat. Cathedral Ridge grows their chardonnay grapes on the north side of the Columbia River at Huber (also known as Dampier) Vineyard in Underwood Mountain, WA. Not very far at all from the spot where we enjoyed our bottle of Chardonnay Reserve, a luscious, complex, golden-hued wine.
While this region may share grape-growing qualities with France, the Pacific Northwest experience is truly unparalleled. –AG
Stock up: You have have five months of warm weather ahead!
Also for Valentine’s Day, Cathedral Ridge Winery is offering Twila’s chocolates in both tasting rooms. Pick up some Rusty Red, enjoy some chocolate, and head home to the most romantic spot in town. Cheers!
Step 1: Pour yourself a glass of Chardonnay to fuel your culinary creativity.
Step 2: Salt and pepper the scallops on each side; boil water for pasta (it really should be the fresh kind).
Step 3: Rinse the kale (a bunch or two–it cooks down a lot), separate the leaves from their spines and chop coarsely. Chop a couple of shallots while you’re at it.
Step 4: Fry a few pieces of bacon and set aside.
Step 5: Pan-sear the scallops on high heat, about three minutes each side. Lift out the scallops and set them in a warming oven. Add a couple slices of butter to the juices in the pan; when the butter is foaming lightly, add one of the shallots–and after a minute or two–a few healthy dashes of white wine. A lot of people might suggest “cooking wine,” but for best results, I cook with the good stuff. You really can taste the difference.
Step 6: Heat a little olive oil in a separate pan and saute a bit more shallot. After a few minutes, add the kale and let it cook to a bright, fresh green. Add the fresh pasta to the water that’s been boiling–it only needs a couple of minutes–and you’re ready to go. Add the kale to the fresh pasta (I like a nearly 50/50 ratio, but I am a nerd for kale), add the warm scallops to the top of each plate of pasta, top with a little crumbled bacon, a drizzle of butter sauce, a few sweeps of fresh parmesan, and maybe a dash of cracked pepper. Refill your glass of wine and try to imagine how you could have possibly ordered something better in a restaurant. You can’t. But after dinner, if the hub of activity is still calling your name, there’s always dessert… -AG
The wine judging takes place several weeks prior to the actual festival. The actual festival will take place on April 29, 30, and May 1 in Astoria, Oregon. For more details on the festival ,CLICK HERE! -AG
“Three bowls do I mix for the temperate: one to health, which they empty first, the second to love and pleasure, the third to sleep. When this bowl is drunk up, wise guests go home. The fourth bowl is ours no longer, but belongs to violence; the fifth to uproar, the sixth to drunken revel, the seventh to black eyes, the eight is the policeman’s, the ninth belong to biliousness, and the tenth to madness and hurling the furniture”
So limit your intake and maintain not only a pleasurable evening, but reap in the added health benefits of your extracurricular activity.
Wine is considered to be the oldest documented man-made medicine, being utilized in 2200 BC by the Egyptians as an antiseptic on wounds and ingested for relief of pain during childbirth. The use of wine continued to perpetuate through middle eastern countries before reaching Europe, where it was most often utilized in conjuncture with religion or belief in the supernatural. Greeks included wine as part of a healthy diet and Roman doctors saved hundreds of gladiators lives by the simple application of wine as a disinfectant to their battle wounds. When access to clean water was problematic wine was drank as a substitute since the fermentation process kills most harmful bacteria.
The 19th and 20th centuries brought about a shift in the acceptance of wine as the outcry against alcoholism began to grow. The excessive use and abuse of alcohol became more prevalent in society and as a result the Temperance movement was born and started gaining momentum in Europe and the US. This movement lead to Prohibition in the US from 1920 through 1933 when finally the trials and tribulations of The Great Depression aided in the repeal on the ban of alcohol.
The next major turn in the view on alcohol arose in the 1990′s when the “French Paradox” became a buzz phrase and phenomenon. During this time period Americans were gaining more weight and suffering from increased rates of heart disease. As scientist searched for the cause they began pointing the finger at our high consumption levels of saturated (animal) fat. One study began researching the French culture, which maintains a relatively low percentage of overweight citizens as well as low incidence of cardiovascular disease, hoping to gain insight on ways to reduce Americans struggles. The paradox lies in the fact that the French consume significantly higher amounts of animal fat than the US and yet seem to evade the adverse effects. One theory that was found focused on the amount of red wine consumed by the French people and the compound contained within the wine, Resveratol. It was concluded that this specific conglomerate of molecules found in the skins of grapes promoted longevity and cancer prevention.
Today varying studies have found results favoring the moderate consumption of wine. Its abilities have been toted with the potential of increasing bone density in women, decreasing the risk of certain types of cancer, aiding in digestion, improving the balance of LDL (bad cholesterol) and HDL (good cholesterol) thus building a healthy heart, maintaining good eyesight by decreasing macular degeneration and may even reduce the risk of dementia related ailments. A glass a day will keep the doctor away, but remember to keep your life and consumption in balance in order to receive the greatest health rewards.
In honor of healthy lifestyles paired with delicious wine, we put together the “Play Hard and Drink Epic Wine Special,” with suggested fun outdoor activities!