ORIGINAL POURS: ERATH WINES

ORIGINAL POURS: ERATH WINES Tuesday, May 17, 2011

There are probably lots and lots of things beneath the rolling Dundee Hills in nearby Yamhill County, but the most important thing—economically and gastronomically—is the soil which, when catalyzed by the climate and it seasons, produces some of the region’s finest grapes used to make some of the world’s finest wines.

It should come as no surprise then that the hills are now home to several wineries, and the Erath Winery was among the first. It was, in fact, Earth that produced the Dundee Hills’ first commercially batch of Pinot Noir.

Floral, light, and earthy, Erath’s Pinot Noir is considered to be one of the Pacific Northwests’s superlative pinots. It’s delicate enough to enjoy without food, but it pairs so well with so many things.

At The Original, we recommend pairing Earth’s Pinot Noir with our Pork ‘n’ Beans, our BBQ Chicken and our Pot Roast (which comes with a bordelaise made with pinot noir). And of course, nothing goes better with an Oregon pinot than a Pacific Northwest salmon, so ask your server about our daily fish specials.

Of course, with the warm weather upon us, others might want to enjoy a white wine with their meal and Erath also bottles a crisp, clean and classic Pinot Gris, which we often recommend be paired with our Crab Cakes, our Roasted Asparagus and Radicchio Salad as well as our changing daily pasta specials.