Over the summer Michael and I went to Hood River, Oregon quite a bit. We spent our 2 years anniversary there, we took his visiting family there for a day trip and we’ve previously enjoyed wine tasting in the Gorge. This last time we were in Hood River we signed up for the Wine Club at our favorite winery: Quenett. Being part of the Wine Club meant free tastings, discounts on wine (25% off), plus two parties a year where we can pick up our case of discounted wine.
The Wine Party was held in The Dalles, Oregon instead of Hood River. It was about a 20 mile longer drive, but it wasn’t too bad. The traffic was light and the rain was relaxing. The Sunshine Mill used to be a flour mill. They’ve converted the space to shops and a winery. It was a really cool space.
We could arrive anytime between 4-11pm. The drive took longer than we expected and we got a later start. We arrived about 6pm. The place was packed by then. People were wine tasting, munching on appetizers, and listening to the band.
To be honest, the food was a bit disappointing. They had a bunch of different kinds of cheese, crackers and salami (which were all pretty good) but there was also a bunch of food in crockpots that wasn’t very good. Ravioli that was a bit too chewy, soups or something–hard to tell, and some potatoes, rice and other unknown things in crockpots. But we weren’t expecting the food selection to be great and had planned on going somewhere else for dinner (before we even got there).
The band was pretty good. They played classic hits and then towards the end of the evening there was a local singer that sang original country songs. I’m not a country music fan (except for the Dixie Chicks) but the music was decent. He had a good voice.
The drive home through The Gorge was a bit scary. It was pitch black out and raining plus we’re in the middle of nowhere. But we got home okay and picked up a Papa Murphy’s deLite pizza. We were both tired and not in the mood to cook or go out to eat.
On another note: Good luck to all the runners in today’s Portland Marathon! My heart goes out to you running in today’s UGLY rainy weather!
QUESTION: What is your favorite wine currently?