Michael and I were just friends for months before we started dating. Then we started flirting and our first date was on June 19th the night before I was scheduled for a surgery. He took me to Eleni’s Greek restaurant for a fancy dinner–and the lamb dish I ordered was divine! I still remember it.
This weekend we celebrated two years together by spending the weekend in Hood River. Hood River is a little over an hour’s drive from Portland but it’s a wonderful get-away. We stayed at the Hood River Bed and Breakfast. I had never stayed in a BnB before and was a tad nervous–but it was fantastic! The room was lovely and huge and we had a private bathroom with a jacuzzi tub.
Hood River is a quaint little town where you can walk everywhere if you want to. Our BnB was 7 blocks from downtown. It’s in the heart of The Gorge in the Mt. Hood Forest, right on the Gorge. There’s biking, tons of hiking, windsurfing, kiteboarding, wine tasting and lots of farm fresh food.
When we got checked in, we walked down to downtown and went wine tasting. Our first stop was my favorite winery: Quenett.
The tasting at Quenett was fun because I love all of their wine. There isn’t a single bottle that I haven’t liked. We left with a bottle of their Nirvana white– a blend of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Gewurtztraminer, Semillon and Viognier. It’s a wonderful summer wine–crisp and not too sweet. I also love their Viognier but we decided to buy a different bottle that we’d never had before–their Redd Red Wine. It’s a perfect blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Can’t wait to open this bottle up!
After Quenett, we went to the Naked Winery. I like this place because it’s gimmicky and fun. All of their wines have “provocative” names and funny descriptions. It’s basically the “Coyote Ugly” of Vineyards. “Penetration” wine was funny.
What’s also cool about Naked Winery is that there are like 18 wines on their list to taste for only $5. We split the tasting since that’s a lot of wine!
The verdict: We did not like any of the white wines really. Usually there’s a Riesling or Pinot Grigo that I like at any winery but not so much here. There were a few red wines that were pretty tasty, however.
To be continued!