What TASTE is Serving Up at the OSP Farmers Market

Olympic Sculpture Park Photo copyright 2010 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Things are changing up a bit this week at the Olympic Sculpture Park Farmers Market –  Enjoy the Market and TASTE Liquid Lounge from 3:30-7:30pm, and continue the fun with SAM Performs, from 6-9pm. Enjoy dancing til dusk with Tumboa and salsa dancing. The event is free and open to the public; should there be a bit of rain (fingers crossed) dancing will continue in the PACCAR Pavilion. The fun just doesn’t stop! For more information, check out SAM’s Get Out Program.

Our featured farms this week are: Alvarez Farms, Full Circle Farm, Skagit River Ranch, Loki Fish Co.

The TASTE Booth will be serving up:

  • Loki smoked Pink Salmon Salad  –  alvarez potatoes and sweet peppers, full circle lemon cucumbers, and a thyme and honey vinaigrette. served with garlic bread
  • Pastry Chef Lucy’s Seasonal Doughnut: bacon brown sugar doughnuts featuring skagit river ranch bacon
  • Wine Tasting This Week ($5): Adelsheim Auxerrior (very limited) 2008 , DiStefano Sauvignon Blanc 2009, Elk Cove Rose (Pinot Noir) 2009, Ash Hollow Nine Mile 2005
  • To be Poured in the Liquid Lounge: Tiffany’s Farm-to-Glass Cocktail “Gingered Berries”
  • Wine by the Glass ($7): TASTE’s own Masterpiece White and  RiverAerie  Sangiovese
  • Beer by the Glass ($3):  Rogers Pilsner (keg)

Gingered Berries

1 ¼ ounce Plymouth Gin

1 tsp ginger simple syrup

¼ ounce fresh lime juice

4 fresh raspberries

3 ounce ginger beer

Muddle raspberries in mixing tin

Fill tin ¾ full with ice

Add gin, ginger syrup, lime juice

Shake and strain over ice into Collins glass

Top with ginger beer

Garnish with candied ginger & a fresh raspberry

Ginger Simple Syrup

Place 1 cup water and 1 cup organic cane sugar together in a sauce pan. Bring to a slow boil, stirring until mixture turns clear. Remove from heat. Add ½ cup diced ginger root.

Place in sealable container and refrigerate.

Let steep until desired flavor is reached, then remove

Wine Tasting Notes:

Adelsheim   |   Auxerrois   |   2009   |   Willamette Valley 
$19 (special retail price) 

We are excited to share with you a very old and unique variety – Auxerrois Blanc or Auxerrois Blanc de Laquenexy is a white wine grape that is important in Alsace and is also grown in Germany and Luxembourg. It is a full sibling of Chardonnay that is often blended with the very similar Pinot Blanc.  Under 500 acres planted worldwide with 3 acres in Adelsheim’s Ribbon Springs Vineyard.    

Grape Varietal:  100% Auxerrois
Tasting Note:  This wine lives in our Crisp” category of flavor profiles – where wines of this style denote flavors of citrus zest, lemon and lime to pine, grapefruit and fig. We found the wine to express tons of mineral on the nose and palate w/ sweet citrus (lemon), nectarine flesh and clean floral notes.
Winemaker’s Note:  Two clones Auxerrois from Alsace were brought into Oregon in 1977 

Distefano   |   Sauvignon Blanc   |  2009  |  Columbia Valley               $14 (special retail price)

This Bordeaux varietal is has the traditional crispness of Sauvignon Blanc but the addition of 8% Semillion give the wine a rich mouth feel.  Winemaker Hillary Sjolund stays true to this wines French origin delivering a tight expressive balanced wine.  Not quite enough Semillion to call it a “Bordeaux White” nor does it drink like one.  The nose is expressive but the body is lean and tight.  The Columbia Valley sourced fruit is taken from a cooler site giving beautiful acid to complement the finish.  A white wine drinker for a warm evening on the deck.  

Grape Varietal:  92 % Sauvignon Blanc, 8% Semillion                                      Tasting Note:   The aromas of lemon, golden delicious apples and steel fill the nose.  The mouth is full of vanilla, orange, lemon, lime and slate.  Round and tight gives way to bright crisp acid that finishes beautifully.            Winemaker’s Note:   Distefano Winery was 2008 Washington Winery of the year.

Elk Cove  |  Pinot Noir Rose   |   2009   |   Willamette Valley                 $14 (special retail price)

A clean crisp wine for a hot summer day.  The Pinot Noir was harvested early in the hot growing season of 2009 and the very ripe fruit is pressed with limited contact to the skins giving this wine it’s salmon color.   After the fermentation process in stainless steel tanks a very small amount of fermented Pinot Noir juice is blended in for texture and more color.  Elk Cove has been making this style of Rose since 2004 with the result being a refreshing wine best suited for a BBQ and friends.  

Grape Varietal:   100 % Pinot Noir                                                                           Tasting Note:   Tomato Jam, watermelon and strawberry in the nose.  Upon first taste strawberry, red cherry, and earthy stone fills the mouth.  Then the big bright acid kicks in and cleans the flavor in a nice tight package.  Winemaker’s Note:   Both new and old vine Pinot Noir is used in the blend.

Ash Hollow    |    Malbec   |     2005     |    Walla Walla Valley                   $19 (special retail price) 

This Estate grown Malbec comes from Ash Hollow’s Bella Terra Vineyard in the Walla Walla Valley.  Winemaker Steve Clifton believes in letting the terroir of the Walla Walla AVA come through his wines.  This minimalist approach makes wines that are balanced with depth and character.  This Malbec delivers on all accounts.  Deep and complex this vintage of Malbec has 14% Petit Verdot blended in that gives it a earthy richness.  Perfect with a steak or a hearty meal.

Grape Varietal:  86 % Malbec, 14% Petite Verdot                                             Tasting Note:  The scents of dark sweet berries fill the nose, with a slight spice note.  The palette comes alive with layer after layer of dark red and purple fruit.  Boysenberry, huckleberries, plum, blackberries, slight mocha, fig and white pepper jump off the tongue.  Thick velvet tannins lead to a soft silky acid.                                                                                                                                 Winemaker’s Note:   Only 150 cases produced      

Enjoy!

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