Montinore Estate: Two Oregons over Labor Day

sept. 3, 2010: we invited emilie over for dinner with us. greg grilled up some andouille, tomato and garlic, and green onion brats that victoria bought from the rivertown butchershop in newburgh. victoria made a butternut squash recipe via http://allrecipes.com//Recipe/garlicky-baked-butternut-squash/Detail.aspx and, for starters, we had this cold avocado soup via http://www.countryliving.com/recipefinder/cold-avocado-soup-3510. both recipes turned out very well and were relatively easy to make.

ron at winetree on washington avenue suggested two oregon wines that we had never tried before. the first was a 2007 muller-thurgau montinore estate willamette valley that was smooth, gentle and elegant at cooler temperatures. as it warmed up, it ended with inklings of tart lemon. we started the evening with this wine, and emilie said she could see this being a good beginner's version of good wine. about $8 at winetree. 11.2 percent alcohol.

ron also recommended a 2006 montinore estate gewurztraminer, which was much more honey and lemon. this was a wine that definitely was well-paired against the spicy andouille we had to celebrate the labor day weekend. but this oregonian wasn't as enjoyable on its own. it's definitely a wine to pair with strongly-flavored, spicy meats. 13.5 percent alcohol. about $17 at winetree.

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