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Julia Crowley

Julia Crowley

Julia has been in the wine industry for nearly 20 years. First through creating European wine tours, then opening her own wine bar, Julia loves writing about food & wine on her website, WineJulia.com.

Domaine Meriwether’s Sparkling Nights

–Julia Crowley, EDN

Domaine Meriwether ~ Photo by Rob & Tracy Sydor | digitallatte.com

Now that the weather is warming up and the clouds are beginning to disperse to make way for the summer sun, many of the wineries have changed their hours to accommodate wine enthusiasts who love to spend time in wine country. Domaine Meriwether in Veneta, world renowned for their sparkling and still wines, recently extended their hours on Friday nights for Sparkling Nights.

Last Friday, the sun was shining and the weather was a balmy seventy-five degrees, an uncommon occurrence in the Willamette Valley this early in the season, so there was no doubt that a day as warm as this one would be spent in wine country. After a few phone calls, a group of us were ready to meet at Domaine Meriwether for Sparkling Nights. We were excited to take advantage of the great weather, live music, beautiful views and excellent Meriwether sparkling and still wines.

Sparkling Nights ~ Photo by Rob & Tracy Sydor | digitallatte.com

We arrived just after 6 pm and headed inside to the tasting bar. Each Friday, the winery features a different wine which goes on sale just for that night, and this particular Friday’s featured wine was the 2007 Pinot Gris. I love Meriwether’s ’07 Pinot Gris; in fact, I raved about its excellent depth of character and silky smooth mouthfeel in an article on WineJulia.com . So, deciding on a wine to enjoy was no difficult task.

We sat inside for the first twenty minutes to listen to live music performed by local acoustic guitarist, Jennifer Sennett. With a voice that sounds very similar to the well-known Jewel, Sennett played some popular cover tunes along with some of her own original music, and we were all impressed by her musical talent.

2005 Pinot Noir ~ Photo by Rob & Tracy Sydor | digitallatte.com

We decided we should take advantage of the warmer than average temperatures, so we ordered another bottle at the tasting bar, this time we opted for the 2005 Pinot Noir, and we headed outdoors. We sat down at a picnic table that offered us a gorgeous view of the vineyards and backdrop of the Coastal Range foothills. I’ve had the ’05 Pinot Noir before, and with just a couple cases left at the winery, I knew this would most likely be my last. Dark cherries and earth harmonize elegantly together with the luscious, silky mouthfeel and long pie spice finish. It’s a wine I’ve been enjoying immensely for the last year; however, the 2006 Pinot Noir is now available in the tasting room, and like its predecessor, is absolutely delicious.

Photo by Rob & Tracy Sydor | digitallatte.com

We sat outside and enjoyed good wine and good conversation until the sun went down, then it was back inside for some dessert from the fully stocked deli-case and more melodic tunes from the talented Jennifer Sennett. From mini cakes topped with fresh strawberries to lemon pudding with whipped cream, all of the desserts are just two dollars and are the perfect ending to a great evening at Domaine Meriwether’s Sparkling Nights.

Enjoy live music, beautiful views, delectable desserts and outstanding wine every Friday from 6-9 pm. Domaine Meriwether is located off of Highway 126 in Veneta at 88324 Vineyard Lane.

All photos were taken by Rob and Tracy Sydor of  Digital Latte

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