Pheasant Run Winery Tasting Room
Friday 28 April 2017 — Category: Dining Out
Due to the extreme heat (it’s supposed to be 102) we will not be open on Friday, August 19th. Sorry to our legion of fans and regulars but no music and food in the back yard. Our historic building doesn’t have air-conditioning, so we will spare our employees the sauna experience.So we rescheduled for the following Friday. Unfortunately, the evening before was when I stayed up really late to watch Star Wars at McMenamins Grand Lodge with my son. So I was not overly excited about another long drive and evening out.
Even worse, I lost my cell phone at the Grand Lodge and was only making a short stop in Aurora on my way to Forest Grove to pick it up from a guy who had found it off the McMenamins property. In addition, it was still pretty hot, even though it was not as hot as the previous Friday. At least the tasting room was open this time.
I took only one photo while I was there. Did I remember to take a picture of my wine? No. Of my nice meal? No. Of anything else at all? No. But I did get another shot of the yard. Sheesh!
There were a number of reasons for this uncharacteristic lack of attention to my photography. I was preoccupied with visiting with my daughter. The heat was addling my brain. I had gotten maybe four hours of sleep the night before. And I was really stressed out all day about losing my phone.
I was too distracted and rushed and hot to really enjoy my time there, including the live music by Michael Vallee playing guitar and singing under the large tree. So I promised myself that I would return soon for a proper visit.
Enjoy the last of our summer Friday Nights! Due to the early, early, early harvest we will be taking a hiatus for Friday Nights during September. Normally we harvest late September through October to make sure we get the right sugar and acid balance on the grapes. Due to the early summer this year we will be begin harvesting in early September (that’s next week!).This time I was by myself, it wasn’t too hot, I was well rested, and I had my cell phone with me. Everything was set for an enjoyable evening dining out. As I had the previous Friday, I ordered their truly scrumptious and reasonably priced “Bistro Board.”
So we will spend the next few weeks concentrating on making the best wines possible. What does that mean for the grapes and the wines? Good news, they love sunshine! The grapes will have a bit more color from growing thicker skins to protect the seeds from sunburn and a little more sugar will convert to slightly more alcohol. And we will be picking in dry conditions! Everyone wins ... join us Friday!
While listening to the songs performed by guitarist Jim Chan, and sipping a delicious glass of Pheasant Run’s Bank Robber Red, I feasted on the delights spread out on the board before me: prosciutto, brie cheese, grapes, bread, pickles, Kalamata olives, Gouda cheese (I think, or something similar) and salami.
For my last visit of 2016, my wife and I made the one-hour drive from Albany to Aurora for a date night on the first Friday of December. We shared the same Bistro Board as I had had the previous two times. Half rations weren’t quite as fulfilling as having an entire Board to myself, but the company made up for it.
I didn’t take any photos that evening because I had already photographed the food on my last visit. Furthermore, the tasting room was quite full, and I didn’t feel comfortable invading the other diners’ privacy with my camera. So I have “borrowed” this nice picture from the Pheasant Run Web site instead. I wish I had taken it!
Before we left I bought a bottle of their Aurora Red Blend as a Christmas present for my mom.
The text in the center of the photo to the right was on a wine bottle gift sack that I purchased at the McMenamins 23rd Avenue Bottle Shop in Portland’s Alphabet District.
Over the course of these four visits I took only 27 photos. The best 13 have made it into the new Pheasant Run Winery 2016 album.
I like stopping by the Pheasant Run Winery Tasting Room from time to time so I can enjoy good wine, good food and good music in a cozy, friendly atmosphere. And as you will see in my next article, in 2017 things went to a whole nother level!
On May 1, 2017, Cindi Wells wrote:
What a quaint place!! Looks like a place I would so hang out in every Friday!!