We are so fortunate to live close to, what I believe, are some of the best wineries in the world. The gorgeous rolling hills of the Willamette and Yamhill Valleys in Oregon are peppered with vines for luscious, world-recognized pinot noirs, pinot gris, chardonnays, and numerous other varieties. For many vineyards, Memorial Day weekend is one of the busiest weekends of the year. Instead of heading to one of the dozens of nearby vineyards this year, my family decided to instead stop by a wine tasting by Provincial Vineyards at one of our favorite family-friendly farm & garden stops, Smith Berry Barn in Hillsboro, Oregon.
We enjoyed the 2009 Pinot Gris and the 2008 Pinot Noir by local Provincial Vineyards. Owner Neil Frederickson was pouring, which is one of the things I truly love about either visiting the vineyards or attending Memorial Day events: the people behind the wine are usually around so you not only get to taste their wines but also see their passion for viticulture and learn more about who they are and what they do. Provincial Vineyards produces only 600 bottles of the Pinot Noir and only 50 cases of their Pinot Gris. This weekend, you can stop by Smith Berry Barn and pick up these delicious boutique wines at just $19 per bottle for the Pinot Noir (normally $24) and just $13 for the Pinot Gris (I believe it runs normally around $16). What a deal!
The wines were paired with some wonderful Italian cheeses, but we were really excited to taste some of the first strawberries to be released this season, topped with a dark chocolate sauce sold at Smith Berry Barns. If you’ve never had Oregon strawberries, you really have no idea how amazing strawberries can be. Seriously. Many local u-pick strawberry fields open next week!
They also had some meatballs made with Rub with Love ancho & molasses barbecue sauce. Tasty!
What’s fun about Smith Berry Barn is that there are also chicken coops and the kids can feed the goats.
There’s also a country chic store where you can pick up artisan soaps, home & kitchen accessories and decorations, and more. I bought my favorite apron here last year!
Are you doing any wine tasting/farm fresh fun events in your area this weekend? Please leave a comment and share your adventures!
Happy Memorial Day weekend, foodies!