There’s just something about All You Can Eat Crab on a hot afternoon, when they are serving chilled Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris, two of my most appreciated white wines to accompany this scrumptious delight. This past weekend I had the pleasure as I have for the past seven or more years to attend just such an affair at Melrose Vineyards in Roseburg, Oregon.
Location, Location, Location. That’s what it’s all about. Their event center is an outside / inside without walls, shaded and park like location. It’s no wonder that so many young couples choose their winery for the weddings. With a meandering stream running along the backside, and vineyards surrounding the event center, as well as the very old barn, converted into a tasting room, what can I say, just frickin great.
Now I will tell you that the crab is fresh, cold, and plentiful, and this event happens only once a year in July, so if your mouth is watering, hold that thought but keep the dates. If you are visiting the Pacific Northwest, you just might want to plan to visit this gem in the Douglas County wine region.
Now for that wine. Over time I have watched and sipped my way around the Melrose Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc, and all of a sudden last year I saw a tremendous difference in the aroma and flavor coming from my glass. Can it be that when owner Wayne Parker sent his son Cody over to New Zealand to learn about making this wine, that he took good notes? I say he did. This Sauvignon Blanc will rival any New Zealand wine, being elegant, fresh, crisp, fruity, with a hint of white pepper.
So get out and enjoy the weather, the wine and the good company in the world of wine.