One of the great things about a West Coast Book Launch Tour (for my new book, KeeKee’s Big Adventures in Paris, France) was the great travel and wine experiences to be had…from Washington to Oregon to California!
After Washington, we hit Oregon and THE region for Pinot Noir in the U.S….Willamette Valley. Sarver Winery was our stop outside Eugene as they hosted our Oregon launch event.
We had story times and activities for the kids, and the adults enjoyed the fabulous wines and beautiful vistas at this family owned winery. It’s the perfect family destination with Erin and Chris as wonderful hosts.
Elhanan Vineyard at Sarver Winery was established in 1984 as one of the first growers of premium Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris grapes in the southern Willamette Valley. Chris and Erin took it over in winter 2008.
At the end of our event, I was able to taste through their incredible wine line up…2011 Estate Stainless Pinot Gris, 2011 Estate Barrel-Aged Pinot Gris, 2012 Pinot Noir Rosé (bottle and on tap), 2010 Estate Grown Pinot Noir, 2009 Cuvée (blend of Syrah, Grenache, Petite Syrah), 2011 Gewürztraminer, 2011 Estate Riesling and 2007 Porto “Syrato.” Truly all the wines were outstanding, but I had to pick a few to take home …
Sarver Winery 2011 Estate Stainless Pinot Gris
- Variety: 100% Pinot Gris
- Aroma: Floral, citrus
- Taste: White flowers, lemongrass
- Price: $15.00
- My thoughts: You can’t beat a Pinot Gris from Oregon and this is the perfect example!
Sarver Winery 2012 Pinot Noir Rosé
- Variety: 100% Pinot Noir
- Aroma: Summer berries
- Taste: Strawberry, raspberry with hints of earthiness
- Price: $19.00
- My thoughts: This was my favorite! They were serving it from the bottle and on tap, giving it a little CO2 and effervescence…fun but I preferred it straight from the bottle. Perfect for the start of summer!
With summer coming, I went with these, but I will definitely be ordering their Estate Grown Pinot Noir for Autumn!
Special thank you to Wine Julia for the suggestion, coordination and all the promotion!
Cheers to Sarver Winery, the amazing Pinot Noir they are growing, and the Willamette Valley!
More to come from the West Coast Book Tour Wine & Travel Adventures.