What TASTE is Serving Up at the OSP Farmers Market

Farm fresh eggs from Skagit River Ranch. Photo copyright 2010 by Zachary D. Lyons.

We’re already looking ahead to tomorrow’s Olympic Sculpture Park Farmers Market and once again we know its going to be  a good time! Here’s what’s happening: Farmers Market 3:30-7:30pmTASTE Lounge 3:30-9pm, and SAM Performs 6pm-6pm.  Dancing Til Dusk with the band KGB and a Ball Blanc with Waltzing and more! Wear white. Free and open to the public.

TASTE’s featured farms this week are: Summer Run Farm, Skagit River Ranch, Billys OrganicFinnriver Farm & Cidery

The TASTE Boothand Liquid Lounge will be  serving up:

  • Grilled Panini with Summer Run heirloom tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil pesto. Served with a potato and corn sala
  • Lucy’s Farm-inspired Doughnut: S’more doughnuts- honey red wheat doughnut filled with chocolate marshmallow, featuring  Finnriver  flour and Skagit eggs
  • Wine Tasting This Week ($5): Terra Blanca Sauvignon Blanc, Milbrandt Vineyards “Traditions” Chardonnay,  Buried Cane Cabernet Sauvignon, Tranche Cellars Barbara
  • Cider Tasting ($5) : Finnriver Cider Tasting ($15 Retail)
  • To be Poured in the Liquid Lounge: Tiffany’s Farm-to-Glass Cocktail “Roasted Heirloom Blood Mary”
  • Wine by the Glass ($7): TASTE’s own Masterpiece White and Coyote Canyon Sangiovese
  • Beer by the Glass ($3):  Rogers Pilsner (keg)

Roasted Heirloom Bloody Mary

TASTE Bartender Tiffany Friday makes her scratch bloody mary mix this week with Billy’s Organic Heirloom Tomatoes. The tomatoes are roasted, pureed, and blended with Zack & Zane’s three brother’s hot sauce, onion, pepper, salt, and other ingredients to make Tiffany’s signature blood mary mix.  A perfect cocktail for those cool, Seattle afternoons.

Wine Tasting Notes:

Terra Blanc   |     Sauvignon Blanc     2007     |    Yakima Valley $12 (special retail price) 

Sauvignon Blanc is predominate white grape grown in Bordeaux.  Terra Blanc’s use of cold fermentation in 100 % stainless steel tanks gives the wine a bright clean crisp finish.   The fruit is from a cooler south facing slope site at the eastern end of the Yakima Valley allowing the fruit to develop that big  tight acid.   The combination of shallow and sandy soils with great drainage provide for very tight moisture control.  The result are beautiful tropical and citrus notes that shine in this wine.  A high amount of calcium carbonate in the soil adds to the texture and earthy metallic notes. 

Grape Varietal:  100% Sauvignon Blanc

Tasting Note:  A tropical styled Sauvignon Blanc with forward melon, grapefruit and lemon in the nose.  The pallet is where the citrus comes alive, lemon, lime with a steely minerality.  The finish is the tight crisp acid that set this wine apart. 

Winemaker’s Note:  Terra Blanca was the first winery in Washington to have underground barrel storage areas.

Milbrandt Vineyards    |   “Traditions” Chardonnay   |   2007   |   Columbia Valley                                                                                                    $14 (special retail price) 

In 2006 Milbrandt Vineyards began producing there own wines, no longer just growing the fruit for other producers.  Since 1997 the Milbrandt Vineyards had produced some the finest quality in grapes in Wahluke Slope of the Columbia Valley.  This was the inspiration for winemaker Gordon Hill when he started producing wine from the vineyards.   The “traditions” Chardonnay is exactly that, a tradition of growing some of the finest Chardonnay in the state.  The fruit is sourced from the south facing Evergreen and Upland Vineyards in the Columbia Valley. 

Grape Varietal:  100% Sauvignon Blanc

Tasting Note:   A Washington state styled chardonnay, tight crisp green apple, asian pear and a slight lime in the nose.  The mouth feel is full but not over oaked, apple, pineapple, touch of slate, clean, crisp and concentrated.  In the finish a light vanilla note is ended with big round acid.  This wine is meant to be drank either with a meal or alone. 

Winemaker’s Note:  Only 224 cases were produced

Buried Cane    |   Cabernet Sauvignon    |   2007   |   Columbia Valley $14 (special retail price)

The growing season in Washington State is long and warm. This makes big, intense, deep and dark Cabernet Sauvignon.  A style that the state is know for.  The wine will not disappoint if that is what you are searching for.  Buried Cane has blended in a quarter of Merlot giving the wine a roundness and tannic structure that balances the mouth feel.  This Merlot fruit gives the wine layers of subtle flavors for such a bold wine.  There is a lot in this glass and a little time exposed only helps the nuances to rise up.  Loves big robust flavored foods, grilled or not.  The word hearty comes to mind.  A great buy!

Grape Varietal:  75 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 25 % Merlot

Tasting Note:  Dark cherries, charcoal, blueberries, toast aromas fill the nostrils.  A rich layered pallet is revealed at first taste.  Big chewy dark fruit, boysenberries, coffee grounds, plums and white pepper engulfs the mouth.  More layers of cherries and supple tannins as the wine opens come up.  Balanced full late acid.  Straight forward and proud of it’s Washington Cabernet Sauvignon roots.      

Winemaker’s Note:  “Buried Cane” is the term to describe the practice of burring the vine shoots during winter to protect the plant from frost. 

Tranche Cellars   |   Barbara   |   2005   |  Columbia Valley         $19 (special retail price)

The Walla Walla Winery is a 2nd label to Corliss Estates and these wines are made with the same commitment to quality but with a more approachable price.  This is one the finest Barbara’s made in state of Washington.  Deep, intense color.  Elegant, bold, long, and with all the subtle complexities that come with a Barbara costing twice as much. Each Tranche Cellars wine contains a ‘Bottled On’ date on the label next to a description of the wine.  A nice touch to a well made wine.

Grape Varietal:   100 % Barbara

Tasting Notes:    Slight sweet lead in nose with ripe dark red fruit.  As the wine hits the palette plum, black cherry, currants, black and red fruit, mushroom and tobacco.  Earthy tannins lead into graceful silky oak finish of balanced round acid.

Winemaker’s Note:   Aged 20 months in neutral wood and 20 months in French Oak. 

 TASTE Responsibly!

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