A Dinner for Wine/Lovers

On the cusp of Spring, remembering a Valentine’s pairing dinner on cloud nine (really)

The next course, Before Dessert, was my absolute favorite: a Foie Gras Bon Bon paired with the 2009 Willamette Valley Vineyards Estate Pinot Noir. Not only was the Estate Pinot Noir unconditionally my kind of Pinot, with elegant aromas and complex layered flavors of black cherries, cassis, earth and cinnamon, but the Foie Gras Bon Bon, which was prepared with Root Beer, Cocoa Nibs, Preserved Cherries, Micro Mountain Mint (high altitude variety of wild mint) and Black Pepper Molasses, was loaded with complex layers of flavors, as well. Ending in a blissful combination of textures and flavors, this was an unforgettably perfect pairing.
For Dessert, the 2011 Tualatin Estate Semi Sparkling Muscat was paired with Muscat Baby Carrot Sous Vide with Carrot Cake and Liquid Cheesecake with Orange, White Chocolate and Golden Raisins. The carrot was poached in the Early Muscat, and the liquid cheesecake was literally still in its liquid state with a slice of moist carrot cake placed on top. The peachy, sweet flavors of the semi sparkling wine was perfect with every layer of flavor in the dessert. It was truly a decadent pairing, and a perfect way to finish an outstanding meal.
After mingling with other guests around the toasty, roaring fireplace, we heard the engine on the Snowcat fire up, and we knew it was time to head back down the mountain to Timberline Lodge. As we climbed into the Snowcat, it was hard not to be star struck, in the celestial sense, as everyone stared up into the night sky. The stars appeared to be in arms reach, and the Milky Way streaked across the sky. Even Jupiter, in all its glory, could be seen very clearly—it was amazing.
Thanks to Gregory Dal Piaz and Willamette Valley Vineyards for inviting me to join in on this truly incredible winemakers dinner. A very special thanks to Iwalani ("Eva") Carr for being the talented photographer that she is, and offering me usage of her gorgeous photos that literally captured the starry night with perfection.

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  • Snooth User: bopahyland
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    Your article made my mouth water. WV is one of my favorite brands of wine. Always safe buying their wines. I can't help but hope you spent the night at the lodge. Sounds like a lot of wine to consume before negotiating the curves on Mt. Hood. Thanks for a newsy article.

    Apr 08, 2013 at 5:33 PM

  • Snooth User: Julia Crowley
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    I totally agree about WVV - their wine is consistently delicious. And, yes, we did stay the night at the Lodge, and it was an equally incredible experience - what an amazing place with a rich history.

    Apr 08, 2013 at 5:38 PM

  • Snooth User: Eric Guido
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    Wow, I have to visit Oregon. I really enjoyed reading this, sounds like a great experience.

    Apr 08, 2013 at 8:08 PM

  • Snooth User: EMark
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    Outstanding event. Thanks for the report, Julia.

    Several years ago I was able to accompany Mrs. EMark to the Aspen Food and Wine Festival. One of the highlights for me was a dinner at a lodge up-mountain from the village. We did not have to take a Sno-Cat. We were able to take the gondola. Julia's meal was much grander than ours. However, the trip down was amazing--descending into pitch dark until the lights from the village, below, became visible.

    Apr 08, 2013 at 8:17 PM

  • Snooth User: Julia Crowley
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    EMark - I have ALWAYS wanted to go to the Aspen Food and Wine Festival, I'll bet it was pretty amazing to be there! And, agreed, descending from a mountain in darkness towards the city (or in my case, the hotel) lights is awesome. Thanks for reading, cheers - Julia

    Apr 16, 2013 at 8:26 PM

  • Snooth User: iwacarr
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    Great report, Julia. Thank you for the photo credit. Aside from climbing it a few times, that was one of the most spectacular evenings I've spent on Mt. Hood.

    Apr 18, 2013 at 10:03 PM

  • Snooth User: Julia Crowley
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    I can't say I've ever climbed it (yet), but I agree that it most certainly was a spectacular evening! The way you captured the stars in the photos...amazing! Thanks so much for sharing!

    Apr 20, 2013 at 2:59 AM

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