Produced by a 10-year-old winery in McMinneville, just southwest of Portland, this wine is a classic example of what Oregon holds for pinot noir. You will usually pay twice the price of admission to get an Oregon wine this appealing. Real dedication shows through the layers of flavor, providing hope that Oregon will realize its potential and develop a compelling pinot at an affordable price.
We enjoyed this with a light summer supper of baked chicken, field peas, rice and tomatoes. But you could enjoy it with salmon, duck, dove or even rabbit. A very comfortable, medium-weight wine.
They produce a pinot blanc as well as several other pinot noirs, though we are not likely to see them here. But this is one to seek out. Give it about a 20-minute chill before serving.
Appearance: A medium ruby magenta with a clear rim.
Nose: Cranberries, raspberries and cherry compote and a little allspice.
Taste: Soft mouth feel, smooth tannins, good acidity and a long finish.
The Castle Summer Camps
Clown Camp: Ages 7-12. Week of July 28 • Zombie Camp: Ages 10-15. Week of August 4. $125 per camp, discounts for siblings! 2076 Hwy Church Rd. 803-309-5586. TheEventCastle@yahoo.com
Happy Hour and Sushi Specials All Week
Red Bowl in Lexington now has great early bird and late night sushi specials 7 days a week, as well as 99-cent kids meals on Saturdays! Click here for special information and hours.
A Healthy Happy Hour
4-7 p.m at Good Life Cafe on Main St. Try our $4 local draft beers, $4 organic wine, 1/2 off select bottles of house wine and $5 handcrafted house cocktails with juices cold pressed and made daily. Click here for more info.
Make your own beer and wine!
Come get started on your “liquid hobby” and help us celebrate our 46th year in the Columbia area. Bet Mar Liquid Hobby Shop, 736 St. Andrews Road. Click to find out how!
$7 Special Summer Menu at Tony’s Downtown
Stop in and try our special $7 summer menu (tax and drink included!) at Tony’s Pizza & Italian Eatery, downtown Columbia. 1120 Washington St., Suite 2.
Trustus Theatre Presents Evil Dead, The Musical
This musical version of Sam Raimi’s cult classic films promises to serve up more humor than horror. You can read more and purchase your tickets here.
SEARCH FREE TIMES
Local restaurants serving locally grown food during Palmetto Tasty Tomato Restaurant Feast, July 11-18: