Last weekend I took a break from homework and attempted to get my mind away from all this nasty weather we’ve been having around here. I met up with a friend of mine out at Domaine Meriwether and had ourselves a tour of the world…wine style.
We had a flight of wine out at Domaine Meriwether in Veneta, Oregon and tried to transport our minds out of the fog and somewhere beautiful. Sometimes we got away from the cold completely and other times we got transported to a beautiful fireplace inside a ski lodge somewhere even colder than the freezing fog we were experiencing in the Willamette Valley.
We started our subliminal vacation with the Domaine Meriwether Non-Vintage Cuveѐ. This was a great start to our world vacation as it transported us over the seas to beautiful Paris, France. We found ourselves feeling classy and romantic as we sipped our sparkles gazing out of the Eiffel Tower.
From there inside our glass of 2007 Pinot Gris, we flew north a bit, to Stockholm, Sweden.We were walking through the ornate gardens at Drottningholm Palace, feeling a warm breeze and enjoying the amazing view of the 16th century home of the Swedish Royal Family.
The Pinot Rosѐ took our minds back to the United States, right on down to the subtropical climate of Charleston, South Carolina. We were down at the waterfront in spring, touring Rainbow Row and enjoying all the colors and the immense history of our country.
Our next pour was the 2010 Celebration Gewertztraminer (my favorite) and it took us right down to the South Pacific to Fiji! We were sunbathing on the bow of an 80 foot Schooner, sailing through the Mamanuca Islands, watching the dolphins jump and feeling the ocean spray hit our faces. This one definitely had us out of the freezing fog! I loved it!
The 2006 Pinot Noir got us back to the cooler weather, where we found ourselves in Sandpoint, Idaho. We were up on Schweitzer Mountain at the White Pine Lodge cozied up in front of the fire, watching the fresh snow fall, after a sunny but cold day on the slopes.
The 2006 celebration Pinot Noir took us in a bit more of an easterly direction but stayed in the same cold weather. We found ourselves in Vermont at a charming bed & breakfast, warming ourselves up under handmade quilts after an exhausting day out on the ice, fishing for the fighting Northern Pike. It was homey, and comforting.
Our last stop on the Cold weather inducing Pinot Noir train was back to the Oregon Coast. The AMAZING 2005 Pinot Noir took us to the beautiful Oregon Coast during a raging winter storm. We found ourselves wrapped in a blanket on the balcony at our beach front resort in Cannon Beach watching the waves crash into Haystack Rock.
We finished off our amazing global wine tour with the famous Domaine Meriwether Celebration Cuveѐ. This sparkling joy took us right down to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico for our last international trip of the day. We were lying out on the beach looking out at the crystal blue water watching the waves and the surfers trying to compete with them.
All in all, it was a great international tour. We went all over the world and experienced many different climates. We realized one thing though; beautifully crafted wines can take your mind you beautiful places, if you open yourself up to a little imagination. It’s a great way to get away from daily life, and our nasty Northwest weather. Try it the next time you go wine tasting. Open yourself up and see where those varietals can transport you, it could surprise you!Enjoy!