Edgefield is a simply put, a destination. It is 74 acres of tranquility just east of Portland, that houses a hotel, winery, brewery, distillery, a golf course and much more. I came down this weekend with my girlfriends, for a Celebration of Syrah dinner.
This place was built in 1911, to be a poor farm. It housed 600 residents at one point. They grow their own hops grapes and vegetables. Mike and Brian McMenamin bought the place in the early nineties and made it in to a fabulous hotel. Every nook is covered in art that reflects the history of this place. A lot of history summed up into a restful, peaceful place to spend time with good people.
We started with an afternoon Bloody Mary. Everything is better with bacon! And, by the way, the perfect way to start a weekend away! We walked the grounds to get a lay of the land, rested and toasted the weekend with Prosecco on the patio.
The dinner started with a reception of Viognier with appetizers in the reception hall. The best part of the event for me, was the introduction to a number of small Southern Oregon producers that made me want to learn more about the area. Bridgeview Vineyards from Applegate Valley brought a clean crisp wine, that piqued my interest in these Southern Oregon appellations. Left Coast Cellars brought a late harvest Viognier, not my favorite style, but one of my favorite wineries. Edgefield was obviously featured, as well as The Pines, J. Scott and Folin Cellars.
The dinner featured seven Syrahs paired with four courses. They were all very unique and interesting to taste with the different courses. Chatter Creek brought a 2007 Syrah that had aged in barrel for three years– a unique treatment for Syrah. It paired very well with the tuna carpaccio. The Pines Syrah wasn’t as tasty with the tuna, but ended up better with the main course. They supplied zin grapes for Edgefield for years, until they decided to keep them and make wine for themselves!
The third Syrah, was the offering from Folin Cellars. We were honored to be seated at a table with the husband and wife winemaking team from Folin. We had a number of awesome discussions with them, along with thoroughly enjoying their wines, including Tempranillo, Viognier and GSM blend that were sneaked in under their coats. Their Syrah was perfectly paired with the cauliflower black truffle dumpling with pork belly sugo. Yum!
The main course was a Spice Venison Filet with celery root puree, spring onion confit and red currant jus. We tried the Left Coast and Edgefield with this course. We also were going back to try the earlier wines as well. It is always very interesting to me how a wine can change the food, and vice versa. It makes such a huge difference in both. Big earthy flavors of the venison, that changed with every sip of the different Syrahs.
The last wine was the youngest Syrah, offered by Season Cellars (part of the Henry family from Umpqua). It was also the only Syrah Grenache blend. It was paired with the dessert. Brown Sugar and Cinnamon Panna Cotta with Rhubarb compote and Syrah glaze. The blend was a bit lighter than the others, but it went well with the panna cotta. Edgefield brought out a surprise Syrah Port. In my opinion, the Port paired better with the Panna Cotta.
After dinner, we had a wonderful time hanging out with Jonathan Scott, the winemaker/owner of J. Scott and another gentleman we met along the way. Suffice it to say, the night lasted late into the night and fun was had by all.
As we left the next morning, we set a plan in motion to return in September. Anytime you can leave home for two days and return feeling like you were gone for a week….you know that the trip was a success.
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