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North Carolina’s Favorite Oregon Winery? Domaine Serene


Ask someone from North Carolina,  my family’s neck of the woods,  “What’s a good Oregon wine?”

Chances are they’ll name Domaine Serene. Fine restaurants and wine shops feature it as their finest Oregon wine – especially the Domaine Serene Evenstad Reserve. Ask a wine collector in North Carolina, Georgia, or Florida what Oregon wine is in their cellar -a top place goes to Serene.

My family and old high school friends are in North Carolina and Georgia.  I asked them. They checked with friends, and my sister asked her restauranteur neighbors. Yepp, they often named Domaine Serene.

Domaine Serene recently introduced their 2008 vintage Evenstad Reserve ($57.55.)  Like a  handful of Oregon’s best-known wineries, they are just releasing their signature 2008 Pinots.They let their 2008 Pinots develop in bottle over the last couple years. This bold Pinot is showing beautifully because of it.

Here’s our tasting notes, as well as the Wine Spectator 93 points note.

Broad and voluminous, the Evenstad Reserve 08 is a bigger Pinot, sporting black cherry and plum alongside baking spices and toast. It will continue to benefit from time in the cellar. – Marcus

2008 Wine Spectator – 93 points – Sleek and tangy, tightly focusing its cherry, raspberry and mineral flavors on a taut frame. Finishes with intensity and a hint of black olive. Drink now through 2018. – H.S.

From the winery: “Beautiful aromas of dark cherry, red raspberry, pipe tobacco, milk chocolate, pomegranate and earth. The palate is rich and supple, showing black raspberry, cherry pie, black currant, rose, violet and oak spice with a persistent and seamless finish.”

Carolina barbeque, fried catfish and hush puppies, Brunswick stew (here’s a recipe for 10 quarts!), fried chicken with biscuits and gravy, collards and fat back – North Carolina cuisine I remember fondly from childhood. I’m not sure how Domaine Serene pairs with them. I’ll ship a bottle to my sister Judy. Oregon Pinot with grits and and chicken fried steak -it just might work.


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