The amazing Elaine, Lady Hill Proprietress, Mother of 9, and an original farm girl, missed having chickens and sheep on the farm so she called in the troops to pull together a Pop-Up Petting Zoo. It was a great way to kick off the Easter weekend and spring, officially. The kids became part of the pet menagerie while the adults sampled a line-up of perfect pairings for the Easter Buffet, including two new release wines:
Etienne Lucier was a French-Canadian fur trader with ties to both The Pacific Fur Company led by John Jacob Astor, and later The Hudson Bay Company with John McLoughlin as the key figure.
He is known as the first farmer of European decent in Oregon. Truth, lore, or legend, local accounts have this coming about perhaps by accident. Skeptical this land would ever be settled, it is said his first desire was to travel back to Quebec. He literally missed the boat; another ship going around The Horn, then north, would not be coming through. With implements initially supplied by the Hudson Bay Company, he established a prosperous farm of wheat, peaches, pigs, and other livestock.
Years later, Lucier attended the Champoeg meetings in 1842, and was one of two French-Canadians to vote for the Provisional Government of Oregon. Accounts have him stepping over the line to make it decisive that the vast territory known as Oregon Country would become part of the United States.
One of the earliest spring greens to emerge are stinging nettles. Nettles provides a mild leafy ingredient much like spinach. They also make a wonderful tea dense in nutrients.
Though abundant in the Northwest, they are prevalent in many parts of the country. Look for them in wet marshy areas and along creek banks. Be sure to wear gloves in the picking and preparation process. Once exposed to heat and steam, they do lose their sting - really!
We like to make Pesto from nettle leaves; a lovely light topping for salmon, white fish, and nearly any noodle. Consider "beefing up" the pesto for red meat selections by substituting some of the nettle measurement with parsley, cilantro, and or oregano. Maybe a bit more garlic as well.
FOOD & WINE PAIRINGS:
Lady Hill Pinot Blanc and Oregon Ling Cod
Lady Hill Cuvée Elfrieda Zorn and grilled, aged Rib-eye
Our newest releases include four wines that are perfectly suited to help you transition from the cool, grey tones of winter into the bright green and yellow pops of spring.
For the cold, dark weekend nights that remain: braised beef ribs over creamy polenta accompanied by the complex layers of Procedo Credente. For the occasional dry, almost warm evening when there is still light outside following a day of hard work: grilled, aged ribeye and the Bordeaux-inspired Elfrieda Zorn. As the snow in the mountains gives way to the moist undergrowth of Oregon's fir and pine forests, there's no better way to spend the day than hunting...Morel mushrooms. Sauté while sipping Thistle Vineyard Pinot Noir and awaiting the crispy roast duck to come out of the oven. And as the temperatures warm and you find yourself soaking up the evening sunshine on the patio, it's time to enjoy the fragrant aromas of spring in your glass; Lady Hill Pinot Blanc, with a wheel of creamy brie cheese followed by a light dinner of Oregon lingcod.
Please enjoy the wines and let us know how they have inspired your pairings. You and your glass count as a pair as well!
Elaine and Jerry
We tasted. We listened. We laughed. We even did some singing!
Thank you to all who made this event so much fun.
New wines and new vintages of old favorites. Your Spring 2018 shipment included both Washington wines and Oregon wines:
Life in St. Paul for Elfrieda Meyer, grandmother to Jerry Owen, began more as a "beer" story than one that would one day be honored with a fine wine.
Elfrieda and Henry Zorn met and fell in love in the hop fields of Champoeg. Working alongside one another, they discovered they shared many things; a birth date of May 1st, 1880 included.
Marriage in 1905 began a life together on the Farm. The look of strength and kind resolve that photographs seem to convey is confirmed in the many letters she wrote to her mother and sisters in Oregon City.
Accounts of life with livestock, crops, and household economics are ever present. To the reader's great delight are also accounts of life amongst extended family members; the deftness and humor drawn upon to navigate an age old circumstance are admirable.
Above all Elfreida practiced a fierce yet tender love for Henry and her children. She has been gone decades now, yet is still present on the land and in the walls of the house and hearts of her many descendants.
We memorialize her with the Lady Hill Elfrieda Zorn Cuvée. Strength, resolve, and certainly kindness to the palate are demonstrated in this beautiful Bordeaux blend.
March 1, 2018 - March 31, 2018 We are happy to pay tribute to Washington Wine Month with a special
Three Pack Washington Vineyard Explorer for $100 (regularly $120)
Order directly from the winery by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (503) 678-1240.
Gather your friends, open some great wine, explore some of Washington's best vineyards, and celebrate
True Northwest in History & Spirit
There was a time when “Oregon Country” meant the entire Pacific Northwest. Running north from the border of California and taking in what is now Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and British Columbia, “The Northwest” was one vast contiguous territory. As a wine region, it still is. Wine grapes, after all, know no borders.
We are crafting wines that express the diverse character of the Pacific Northwest wine countries. Neither an "Oregon winery" nor a "Washington winery," we work with heritage vineyards and growers--wherever they are in the Northwest—who understand that wine is made in the vineyard. Be it Pinot Noir, Cabernet, Syrah or Barbera, our vineyard partners produce the finest fruit for the wines which we delight in sharing.
The Pacific Northwest is one of the most exciting and dynamic wine regions in the New World. Our higher latitude means we get more sunlight than Napa Valley during the growing season and the coolness of our nights delivers dramatic diurnal shifts that allow grapes to naturally retain acidity and achieve fresh varietal character.
Carefully fashioned with a love for the region, respect for the heritage of the land, and a commitment to preserve it for future generations, Lady Hill wines express the authentic spirit of the True Northwest.
Our line-up originates from vineyards throughout Oregon's Willamette Valley and Washington's Columbia Valley. Lady Hill wines, while from the Northwest Territory in origin, are inspired by the best of Bordeaux, the Rhône, Burgundy, and Italy.