So much food, so little time. With all the amazing food we put together on Thanksgiving, does anyone ever get great food shots? This is about the only picture I have of Thanksgiving dinner. I was just too busy enjoying myself.
About sixteen of us came together at our friend’s house this year. Surprising to many, I did not cook Thanksgiving dinner. I was in charge of stuffing, pie and some wines. But wow did we feast. Our friend’s cooked an amazing meal….turkey, ham, an incredible sweet potato dish, green beans, mashed potatoes, gravy, homemade bread and we had enough dessert to feed at least 900 more people. We opened all the favorite Thanksgiving wines, Riesling from Oregon, Germany and California…Gewurztraminer and of course lots of Pinot Noir. Honestly after dinner I laid flat on the wood floor for awhile to help aid in the digestion process. I was stuffed. It was wonderful.
Now, if you have never been to the Oregon wine country on Thanksgiving weekend, you are truly missing out. Every winery, even those not usually open to the public, put on a great party. There is food, great wine and even entertainment at some places. This was the spread at Maysara this year, it was another feast with offerings such as pork carnitas, lamb meatballs with tzatziki sauce, beef with mushrooms, all kinds of salads and a quince jam I would love to have the recipe for. I could go on and on about the food they had to go with their wine tasting, it was heaven on a plate. We are so glad Maysara is just located over the hill from our property, they make some amazing wines you just have to taste.
Here are myself (left) and Flo (middle), owner of Maysara and Nicolette, owner of Youngberg Hill Vineyards and Inn, one of the most beautiful bed and breakfasts in the valley and makers of some incredible Pinot Noir as well. I’m definitely in very good company with these ladies.
Three of my favorite Maysara wines. I’m sure you would love them too.
After we left Maysara, we headed over to our other fabulous friend’s winery, Coleman Vineyard. Here Kim Coleman is letting us sample the Pinot Noir that was just barreled down over the past weeks. I honestly can’t put in words how good the 2009 vintage has turned out to be. I was tasting the same wine, made with the same yeast but now beginning its aging process in two different types of oak. Both were incredible. However, if you’ve ever had the Coleman’s wine, you would know, it’s always incredible.
Here Randy Coleman gave me my Mardi Gras beads, we just had a great time. And guys, I think I ate all your salami while I was there…it was so good. Sorry.
Even the Coleman’s dog had Mardi Gras beads and he was definitely tired out.
Now, in regards to our own vineyard property, it has been raining here in Oregon for about the last 25 days straight through Thanksgiving day. Weather like this makes it very difficult to get work done in the mud. However, for the past few days it has been dry and will continue to be dry for another few days if we are lucky.
This has allowed us to get out in the very dense fog and cool temperatures (about 45 degrees) and take some GPS measurements and monitor areas that are water logged and will need better drainage. All of this in anticipation of Spring planting.
And even though it’s not raining, this is the residual mud left on my boots after I wiped most of it off. You should see the bottoms.
How was your weekend?