We spent the afternoon with our oldest Grandson, Jimmy/James, his fiancé, Amber and his best friend, ‘Abe’ and had just the best time!! Introduced them to wine tasting and these beer drinkers took to it like champs; picking up the nuances of matching wines they weren’t particularly liking with food which brought a sparkle to their eye as they discovered how food can change the whole perspective of liking vs. disliking a particular wine.
And, a new experience for Roy and me, after years of wine tastings, we were introduced to a new way of tasting. Instead of ‘bellying’ up to the bar for one taste after another, we were given wine flights of the wines we chose to taste. 2 Hawk winery, in Medford, OR, also offered a bistro-style menu, which we took advantage of and this was the best possible thing we could have done. Ordering an Artisan cheese and charcuterie platter plus an Olive mix of three varieties served with Pita triangles gave the perfect introduction for the ‘kids’ to mix and match flavors with wine.
Manning the wine tasting bar, Amy was knowledgeable and ready with the history of the wines, winery and the beautiful building housing the tasting room. Had to go with a bottle of their Red-Tail Red
Tasting notes: “Released in November 2014, Red-Tail Red is a proprietary blend with an emphasis on Cabernet Sauvignon. The fruit used was sourced from the Rogue Valley and the wine was aged in both French and American Oak barrels, blended specifically for 2Hawk. The nose on this wine is full of black cherry and currant; the flavors on the pallet include tangy berries, black cherry, wood spice, and herbs. This is a full-bodied red with ripe flavors. The firm tannins are off-set nicely by a touch of oak on the finish. This wine will pair wonderfully with just about any meat dish you might put a glass of it next to!”
When you are in the Medford, OR area, you will miss a real joy of a winery if you don’t stop in for the beauty of the winery itself plus superb wines. And, tell Amy hello!
Two other wineries we experienced the same day were:
picked up a bottle of Semi-Sparkling Rose Jolee –
Tasting Notes: “A lovely pink shade, with soft aromas of rose and mango provide a delicately balanced wine perfect for summer fun. The sweet fragrance is enhanced by the flavors of grapefruit and strawberry. Completed with a slight spritz, this wine provides joy with each sip.”
On to Ledger David Winery
Had to buy two bottles here of their 2012 Epitome of Three (a blend of Syrah, Sangiovese and Tempranillo) – what a luscious wine this is.
Tasting Notes: “Our proprietary Syrah-based blend is redolent of raspberry jam, briary black fruit and distinct pepper notes. Oak shadings are noticeable on the palate behind the concentrated ripe fruit and round tannins giving the wine a feeling of delicate balance and substantial density.”
And, back to our daughter’s for grilled burgers and winding down after a full day of enjoyment with family.
Thank you Jimmy, Amber and ‘Abe” for making us such proud grandparents!