What TASTE is Serving Up at the OSP Farmers Market

Sweet corn from Alvarez Organic Farms. Photo copyright 2010 by Zachary D. Lyons.

It almost Thursday and you know what that means! Time to see what TASTE will be serving up at the Olympic Sculpture Parks Farmers Market tomorrow!Our featured farm this week: Its all about Alvarez Farms

The TASTE Booth will be serving up:

  • Alvarez Farms grilled eggplant  – Alvarez Farms roasted bell peppers and Mt Townsend trailhead Panini. Alvarez Farms purple potato chips
  • Pastry Chef Lucy’s Seasonal Doughnut: Alverez’s Sweet Corn Cruller –  with lime glaze (check out the photo above! Corn! Yum!)
  • Wine Tasting this week: Chehalem INOX Chardonnay, Efeste “Ferel” Sauvignon Blanc, Two Vintners Rose, Cooper Mountain “Cooper Hill” Pinot Noir 2009
  • To be poured in Liquid Lounge: Tiffany’s Farm-to-Glass Cocktail – “Rhu de Friday” (rhubarb jus, gin, ginger syrup, mineral water)
  • Wine by the Glass ($7): TASTE’s own Masterpiece White and Masterpiece
  • Beer by the Glass ($3)  – Rogers Pilsner (keg) / Elysian Jasmine IPA (btl)


“Rhu” du Friday

1 ½ ounce Beefeater gin

¾ ounce rhubarb jus

½ ounce ginger simple syrup

2 dashes rhubarb bitters


Add Rhubarb jus to 10 ounce glass

Fill 10 ounce glass with ice

Add beefeater gin and ginger simple syrup.

Top with soda water

Add two dashes rhubarb bitters


Wine Tasting Notes:

Chehalem  |     “Inox” Chardonnay     2008     |    Willamette Valley
$17 (special retail price) 
This Chardonnay is created differently from most Chardonnay you’ve had.  Not only is this wine unoaked it uses exclusively Dijon clones which flourish in Oregon’s cool climate.  Two estate vineyards are used with the majority of the fruit coming from the Stoller vineyard in addition to the fruit of the Corral Creek Vineyard.  This fruit has a richness that does not depend on oak for body and mouth feel.  The result is a fruit forward Chardonnay with big aromas and brightness not usually found in unoaked Oregon Chardonnays.
Grape Varietal:  100% Estate Chardonnay
Tasting Note:  Lovely white fruit, flowers, and spice fill the nose of this wine.  There is pear, green apple, slight pineapple, lime, vanilla, and a stone minerallity on the palette.   The finish is clean with a  herbal spice and tight lean acid.  Rich and bright with great fruit.  
Winemaker’s Note: 2008 was a cool growing season with very low yields and great acid.   
Efesté   |   “Feral” Sauvignon Blanc   |    2009  |   Columbia Valley
$16 (special retail price)
The name “Feral” refers to the fact that this wine is made with native yeast.  Winemaker Brennon Leighton uses this yeast to show the true character of the Sauvignon Blanc varietal.  The wine is fermented in 100% Neutral French Oak that have seen two previous vintages for 3 months enhancing the native yeast, not overpowering it.  A beautifully crafted,  rich, complex and refreshing wine. The grapes are sourced from the Sagemoor Vineyard and Evergreen Vineyard  in the Columbia Valley.
Grape Varietal:  100% Sauvignon Blanc
Tasting Note: Wonderful citrus and mineral notes.  The nose is filled with lemon, lime, and grass.  The Palette fills with round citrus, apple, slate, and a slight spice, finishing with great tight crisp acid.  A Loire Valley styled Sauvignon Blanc that is refreshing and bright. Great structure shines throughout this wine.      
Winemaker’s Note: Wine is dedicated to esteemed Loire Valley vigneron Didier Dagueneau.

Two Vintners    |   Rosé  |   2009   |   Columbia Valley           
$14 (special retail price) 
Covington Cellars winemaker’s Morgan Lee and Donavon Claflin came together to create a new label of Washington wines that show case these talented winemakers.  The Two Vintners Rosé is 100% Sangiovese from the Yakima Valley AVA.  Different then most Washington styled Sangiovese Rosé.  Big yet restricted, floral, and rich with a steely minerallity not found often in a Rosé. This make this wine a great match with summer foods.  The body and acid are substantial enough stand up to the foods of summer cuisine.   Great with grilled foods and fruit.  
Grape Varietal:  100% Yakima Valley Sangiovese
Tasting Note: The nose is rhubarb, watermelon, nickel, and zinc.  The Palette is strawberry, stone fruit, copper, and crème fraîche. The round mouth is finished in with tight clean acid as a good rosé should.  Finishes with a light spice. 
Winemaker’s Note:  Two Vintners label produced their first wine in 2008
Cooper Mountain  |   Pinot Noir “Cooper Hill”  |   2009   |    Willamette Valley
$17 (special retail price) 
Cooper Mountain Vineyards have producing Biodynamic and Organic wines since 1999.  Cooper Mountain Vineyards becomes the first U.S. Winery to gain approval for a no-sulfite-added wine under the new National Organic Program standards.  The “Cooper Hill” Pinot Noir uses 4 different vineyards to produce this fruit forward Pinot Noir.  Big fruit and terroir driven this is a wine ready to drink.   Drink today or age a few years to soften.  A great value.    
Grape Varietal:  100% Pinot Noir  
Tasting Note:  Aromas of red and black cherry, violets, and slight toast. The palette brings out huge cherry flavors, raspberry, mushroom and mocha.  Slight earth and forest floor finish with easy soft acid.  Round and easy to drink this wine is accessible with food or by itself.  Acid is late but lingering.   
Winemaker’s Note:  Carbon Neutral Winery located Beaverton Oregon

 See you tomorrow!

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