On Friday, we went up early to stop at Reustle. Here is one of their barrels in their wine cave
A look at the Reustle wine cave as you first enter
Looking back from the main reception area as you progress through the Reustle wine cave. Not captured well on the floor are inscriptions from the Bible inside those boxes of vine leaves you see on the path
The wine cave opens up to this gorgeous main atrium with chandeliers...
Ceiling of the Reustle wine cave main atrium
To the right are a few little coves for private tastings or to just enjoy what is stored in a wine locker you may own...
Even the coves for tastings are beautifully detailed
One of the two angels if you continue walking past the atrium towards the end of the "U" shaped like wine cave
You can vaguely see the other angel along the wall here at the turn in Reustle's wine cave
The snacks that came with our wine pairings: a Gruner Veltliner, a Pinot Noir, a Tempranilo, a Syrah.
Looking outside of reception at Reustle at the rainy day
Looking towards the front door of the Reustle tasting room as we go back to the car
A look at the rows of vines at Reustle
Delfino dog pack member
Delfino dog pack member wondering if the owner gave me crackers or doggy treats...
Ginormous burrito at Si Casa Flores after visiting 5 wineries... and we still have a barrel tour tomorrow to look forward to with 6 wineries scheduled.
First barrel tasting at River's Edge. Their Pinot Noir needed a little more time because of the confusing legs on it, but it was in the barrel so duh... paired with one of my favorite snacks, the grilled chicken-apple sausage with triple cream brie and their pinot noir jam
River's Edge Pinot Noir Black Oak Vineyards barrel tasting was paired with one of my favorite snacks, the grilled chicken-apple sausage with triple cream brie and their pinot noir jam. I bought the very liquidy jam to enjoy at home
River's Edge is... yes, at the edge of a river. Some of the vines...
Less vine, more river at River's Edge
A look at the scenery at River's Edge
A displayed quote at Bradley
Cool looking taste portion poreres on their pinot noirs at Bradley Vineyards
Cool looking taste portion poreres on their pinot noirs at Bradley Vineyards: pour into a mini-flask
Pour from mini-flask a tasting portion into the glass
Pinot Noirs at Bradley Vineyard were paired withcastillian chicken tapenade spared on baquettes. The hit with us though was the Greek Cheese Pie (which they had catered) which warmed us up while enjoying their off dry riesling outside in the cold air, and the blue cheese spread that we puchased the mix for that they paried with their Umpqua Rose
The vineyards of Bradley
Peace at Bradley Vineyards... behind me, a bus load of people drinking wine since 9:30am.
Brandborg Vineyard tapped their Pinot Noir barrel into a pitcher
Tapping a barrel of Pinot Noir with a low-tech siphon technique...
The barrel tasting of Pinot Noir was paired at Brandborg with duck stew with mushrooms and olives over rosemary polenta
One of the best pairings of the day was Brandborg's Gewurztraminer with Thai Curry shrimp and rice with a couple pineapple chunks
The best thing at Sienna Ridge was the sweet honey buns.
Marshanne Landing really layout a spread in their large tasting room full of local art
MarshAnne Landing included a pairiing of their Merlot with an owner made tortellini carbonara instead of the originally planned spanakopita but this was much better
Marshanne Landing pairings included a syrah with tri-tip
EXtra food such as bread with olive spread which were very very popular, and then some very thin apple slices and cheddar cheese and oranges that no one touched
MarshAnne Landin's Red Planet wine with meatballs and raspberry sauce
Looking out the patio of MarshAnne Landing at the rainy day
MarshAnne Landing patio
Rainy day in the Umpqua Valley
Jean Luc overlooks the tastings at Reustle in the work area
Reustle replaced the small chicken flautas we had yesterday with the Gruner with a smoked salmon crostini with goat cheese and pesto
Reustle still served their Pinot Noir with phyllo cups of Rogue Smokey blue cheese
A little tree with little flowers watches the bus full of people messily devour ribs with the Reustle Syrah
The filled in Wine tour Passport that commemorates our Friday (though we actually saw Reustle first, not last)