Robyn’s “House Pinot” – Sweet Earth Vineyards

Welcome guest writer Robyn Lillehei!

Forecast: heavy rain, gusts of wind to 30mph for three days, possibility of resulting landslides. So begin the Holidays in the Oregon Coast Range!

In an overt effort to stave off seasonal anxiety, we served up our favorite flavor bullets tonight, honored by Sweet Earth Vineyards Pinot Noir 2010. Steady rain pairs well with hor’s d’oeuvres of Costco spanakopita and homemade smoked tuna salad on rice crackers.

Sweet Earth Pinot noir

Sweet Earth Pinot noir

Sweet Earth Vineyards Pinot Noir ($19.80 in a 12 bottle order) plays a staccato tune of racy fruit challenging the main course to a louder drumbeat. These rain shadow grapes create the ultimate weather refuge for snuggling indoors. The last sigh of summer offered me Roma tomatoes begging to be roasted with garlic and Poblano peppers thawed this evening and splashed over chicken and spinach sausage on linguini, we forgot the downpour.

This wine became our “house pinot” at first taste last summer and waits for times like this. It tickles our tongues and reminds us how lucky we are to be here together. Sweet family, sweet wood stove, sweet pantry and a freezer full of seasonal plans!

Oh, a happy refrain: I have a smile on my face. What a glorious feeling to taste this oak barreled smorgasbord of sexy spices wine! Let the stormy clouds chase everyone from the place: I promise there wont be enough for everyone.


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