Monday, September 17, 2012

Reading and Drinking

The state of Oregon has lots of personalities and I wanted to experience as many as possible during my recent trip to wine country. An excursion to the coast was a must. My travel companion and I decided to let the winds guide us to a winery stop along the way. Driving through a small town by the name of Amity, a sign reading "Coelho Winery" immediately caught my attention. Could it be that one of my favorite writers, Paulo Coelho, has a winery in Oregon?

It wasn't the first time the people at the winery had been asked that question. Both are Portuguese but apparently there are no other ties. Coelho was one of my favorite finds in OR. It didn't hurt that we were the only ones in the tasting room on that Sunday morning; we got lots of attention and the wine was superb.

One of the most interesting was the Pureza Pinot Noir Blanc ($30). It smelled like roses and tasted like peach and citrus. The 2010 Paciencia Estate Pinot Noir ($45) was silky and spicy with that typical mushroomy, earthy nose of a Pinot. Another favorite for me was the Antecipacao Petite Sirah ($40). The color was rich and I was anticipating it to knock me over. It was bursting with flavors of dark berries and do I dare say, bacon? YUM. Needs a little more time in the bottle, so I bought some to store.

I love Coelho's book, "The Alchemist", about dreams and following your own "Personal Legend". I've been looking for a new, good book to sink my teeth into. But while writing this blog, I decided to pull my old friend off of the shelf. Lets see what new nuggets of inspiration I'll discover. Sweat pants (check), glass of wine (check), "The Alchemist" in hand (check). Part One: "The boy's name was Santiago....."


  1. Love your travel blogs! SW FL's own Rachael Ray!! Keep them coming!

  2. Leslie..forgot to sign my name. lol

  3. One of my favorite books as well, now I'll just have to find the wine to match. Great idea! MN

  4. Coelho is also a terrific source for port. In addition to the traditional varietal blends, they have a port based on Marechal Foch. Port is not for everybody. But there are very few local producers of really good port, so it's notable.

    While in Amity, it's worth finding Amity Vineyards, whose winemaker is as close to Oregon wine royalty as we get. Myron has been making wine since the 70s and is still involved with operations. Fantastic 2008 Winemaker's Reserve Pinot Noir ($50) was just released, and they have some awesome dry whites, single-vineyard Pinots, an eco-wine, etc.

  5. You are right about the port Dave. Thanks. We did try that. Although I did not make it to Amity Vineyards I did have some at The Blue Goat. What a cool place. More blogging on the area for sure! Thanks for the comments and info!