Two young 50-something females. One big adventure exploring the Americas. Have liquidated everything they own and packed a Saturn Vue with bare necessities to set out on this journey. Planting seeds at each juncture symbolizing their new growth. With an open mind and heart, ready to get a true view of this world.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Fruit of the Vine

One highlight of Eugene Becca wants to be sure we partake is the downtown market. Every Saturday the area comes alive with vendors, musicians, street performers, and food. The organic choices are abundant and we savor all the possibilities.

Another highlight, and certainly the most important, is visiting several of the multitude of vineyards available here. The drive through this lush area is gorgeous and we plan on three stops this afternoon.

First stop is Sweet Cheeks Winery and we find a lovely pinot gris for this sunny afternoon. A provided picnic of cheese, meats, crackers, fruit and sweets accompany the wine beautifully and we sit outside on the available patio taking in the beautiful grounds and enjoying our bounty immensely. There isn't a better way to spend a Saturday afternoon!

Next stop is Sylvan Ridge, a label I'm somewhat familiar with. The tasting does not disappoint and we mingle with other fun guests tasting a variety of very good wines. We find a couple that are must haves. A couple of Rieslings on sale and an award winning Pinot Noir make their way into our basket and, with good directions for our next spot, we head on down the road. What fun!

One of my favorite wines comes from the King Estate Winery, and what a thrill to find out it's on our list today. A perfect finale for our little tour. We've saved the best for last. What a place. Our tasting guide is adorable and obviously loves her job. She makes our last stop the highlight of our day, and the appropriate number of bottles certainly make their way home from here!

After all of these years of sampling Oregon wines, what a lovely surprise to find so many of our favorites in this region. The weather cooperates fully, a sunny, warm - not too hot - day. Great wine, good food and the girls sipping, eating and laughing quite a bit. Yes, another great reason to love Oregon!!

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