In the marriage of food and wine I am very much like the mother of the groom. I know heaps about the food, but the wine? Not so much.
But just because I may be lacking full knowledge of the bride doesn’t mean I don’t like and appreciate her, that I don’t want to get to know her. I am willing, thrilled even, to discover all the attributes of the bride. To embark on a journey that will last for years, realizing as I go the nuances of this new addition in my life. Uncovering over time just how beautifully she will fit into our family.
My lack of knowledge does not indicate I am some backwards, moonshine-swilling hillbilly whose family is inferior and unacceptable for the new bride.
A long awaited reservation for a well known restaurant in Napa was memorable but not in the way I had hoped. In describing what type of wine I wanted, I was ridiculed and made to feel foolish. The entire night I just kept thinking “if only I had used the right adjective!”
I may not know about tannins and mouth feel and whether a wine is jammy or not. But I know that when I drink a glass of wine that goes perfectly with the gluten free dinner I am having, I am happy. And really, isn’t that what marriage should be about?
I recently toured Methven Family Vineyards in the lush, verdant Willamette Valley of Oregon, aka the “new Napa.”
The owners Allen and Jill Methven live a pretty enviable life. Nestled in the hills, they over look their meticulously tended vines and make lovely wine. They surround themselves with people who equal their passion in food and wine. But most remarkably, they are so nice! No stodgy, intimidating wine-speak. No superiority. They are down-to-earth, wonderful people who care about their vines, their wine and the land they have so beautifully developed.
Chris, their winemaker, toured us through the winery carefully explaining the process and letting us barrel taste. Here is a man who is happy in his work and it shows. No question was answered with snobbery, just pure enthusiasm.
This trip left me eager learn more about what has to be the perfect partner for fabulous food – wine!
And the best part?
Wine is most definitely gluten free!
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