“Our Grand Meander” Walla Walla – Gramercy Cellars

This was our second visit to Gramercy Cellars and they hold a special place in our heart.  Last year, when our son turned twenty-one in Walla Walla, we called Gramercy and had their L’idiot du Village (modeled after a Cotes du Rhone) delivered to Peter.  Funny…he hasn’t had it yet as he’s saving it for … Continue reading

“Our Grand Meander” Walla Walla – Mannina Cellars

Mannina Cellars is a new winery for us.  A Minneapolis friend (thanks, B.J.!) who knows our interest in food-friendly wines highly recommended we visit them while in Walla Walla.  As a wine touring destination, Walla Walla still has that “diamond in the rough” quality.  You won’t see signs like “Tour Bus Parking.”  The area still … Continue reading

“Our Grand Meander” Walla Walla – Rotie Cellars

One of our first stops in Walla Walla was at the Rotie Cellars tasting room.  We met owner and winemaker Sean Boyd last year and joined the wine club (the “Rotiesians.”)  This year, we visited in the midst of the hectic fall harvest/crush.  We weren’t able to catch Sean, but Alicia, the tasting room manager … Continue reading

“Our Grand Meander” Columbia Gorge AVA – Domaine Pouillon

Lyle, WA has a group of four interesting wineries.  One we hadn’t yet explored was Domaine Pouillon.  Even though the fall harvest and crush season is busy, Alexis and Juliet Pouillon graciously hosted us for a very nice visit.  The winery consists of a small shed attached to a larger barn.  Juliet explained the small … Continue reading

“Our Grand Meander” Columbia Gorge AVA – Memaloose

Hood River and the Columbia River Gorge have a soft spot in my heart.  The Columbia Gorge is a world class venue for windsurfing and kiteboarding; I’ve been here many times windsurfing with a group of friends.  This time, however, Hood River was our stopover for a couple days to learn more about Memaloose and … Continue reading

“Our Grand Meander” Dundee – Anne Amie Vineyards

Anne Amie is a pretty large winery by Oregon standards: about 15,000 cases per year.  Our friend, Anissa, had recommended them and suggested we take the tour, so we decided to give it a go. The Anne Amie winery sits on top of a large hill, surrounded by vineyards.  As we drove up, we could … Continue reading

“Our Grand Meander” – Willamette Valley: iOTA Cellars

We were really looking forward to visiting our friends at iOTA Cellars.  We just missed the actual grape harvest this past Tuesday, but we always love getting a chance to walk in the vineyard.  The rain let up today, whew!  In the vineyard you immediately notice how quickly the vines shut down after the grapes … Continue reading

“Our Grand Meander” Willamette Valley – Cooper Mountain Vineyards & Nick’s Italian Cafe

We’re off on our circuitous route out to Whitman College’s parent’s weekend October 19-21.  We may be the only parents who take ten days to get to parents weekend!  Of course, we want to meander through wine country, stopping in the Willamette Valley and Hood River on our way out to Walla Walla.  We’ll be … Continue reading

Favorite Wineries – iOTA Cellars visit

Thanks to our friends and old next door neighbors, Perry and Lynne Pelos, for sparking my interest in wine.  They always wanted to own a vineyard and possibly a winery.  While this is a dream for many people,  the team of Pelos & Sandberg made it reality with the Pelos-Sandberg vineyard and iOTA Cellars!  These … Continue reading

Obscure Grapes Wine Tasting at Pairings in Minnetonka

Pairings Food & Wine is a nice wine shop & bistro restaurant in Minnetonka.   Besides a nice selection of wines in the shop that you take next door to dinner (no corkage!), they have some of the best value wine classes and wine dinners in the Twin Cities.  Tonight, we had a small group at … Continue reading

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