Wow, we’ve done it again. Don and Anita had a couple of friends, Steve and Roxanne, in for the weekend and invited us to go wine tasting. With 6 people it looked like it was going to take two cars to haul us around. Not bad until you try to decide who are the designated drivers. Over a conference call, can you tell that we work?, we decided to hire a town car. Nadya called Cascade Coach Towncar Service and arranged a Suburban for the day. Don went shopping at Trader Joes and bought the makings of a great picnic.
We stopped on the way to Don and Anita’s for bottled water and chocolate (an exellent call it turned out). The towncar was there early and we left Don & Anita’s at about 10:30, off to our first winery. When we arrived at Willakenzie about 11:15 we discovered they didn’t open until noon. We managed not to panic, but consulted the map. A few phone calls later, love that cell phone, we headed off to Laurel Ridge. This turned out to be the find of the day. We tasted several of their wines and really liked the Chehalem Mountain Vineyard Pinot Noir and the Pinot Noir port. The chocolate was a fabulous accompaniment. They also have a yummy Chardonnay that even Jim liked – it is a nice middle ground between the sometimes flat Oregon Chardonnays and the overly oaked California ones. We ended up splitting a case of the CMV with Don and Anita and bought a bottle of the port and a few of the Chardonnay. We can’t wait for that cold night in front of the fire with a glass of the port! Steve, the non-wine drinker of the group even liked the wine!
We moved on to Domaine Drouhin, to see our friend Tabitha and admire their excellent Laurene Pinot. The day was otherwise uneventful until we reached Archery Summit. The wine was excellent as always and we poked our heads into the caves. When we were done, we walked out to the car and discovered we had a flat. Our driver was rather unfamiliar with the procedure to change a flat so Don and Jim rolled up their sleeves and changed the tire. Steve was the smart one and talked with the women folk.
Back to the house for dinner, cribbage and lots of talking. Nadya and Anita eventually fell asleep with the dogs.
The last time we hired a limo, we swore not to bring a camera along. After not bringing a camera, we swear to always bring a camera.