While dining at Solitude Mountain Resort’s Honeycomb Grill, I thoroughly enjoyed an excellent Rosé wine from Soter Vineyards, which is located in the Oregon’s Northern Willamette Valley.
Soter North Valley Vineyards Pinot Noir Rosé is a great pink wine (actually, more like salmon-colored) to drink anytime, but especially in warm weather.
The wine is made by Tony Soter from 100% Pinot Noir grapes, aged for months on the lees in 70% French oak barrels and 30% stainless steel. It’s a fairly “big” Rosé that clocks in at 13.2% alcohol, with a more substantial body than you might be used to in domestic Rosé wines.
Raspberries, strawberries and Asian pear flavors create a gorgeous fruity vortex, along with hints of grapefruit and nectarine. The citrus notes in this wine made it an excellent partner for Honeycomb Grill chicken with lemon-thyme jus, as well as a Niman Ranch pork chop with whole-grain mustard butter.
In addition to this wine, there’s a lot more to love about Soter including excellent Pinot Noir and sensational sparkling wines. Check ‘em out!
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Originally trained as an anthropologist, Ted Scheffler is a seasoned food, wine & travel writer based in Utah. He loves cooking, skiing, and spends an inordinate amount of time tending to his ever-growing herd of guitars and amplifiers.
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