Before I dive into writing about the food, wine and events of the INPC, I wanted to post a quick note about our travels on Thursday, starting with the Crescent Cafe.
The waitress at Nick’s Italian Cafe recommended this cafe as “The ONLY place to eat breakfast in McMinnville”.
The quaint, upscale cafe right across the street from Nick’s looked right up our alley. Nothing extraordinarily unique or fancy-schmancy about the food, just fresh and flavorful with a lovely atmosphere, and great service.
Yum, fresh Marionberry Jam
Have you ever seen a more perfect looking omelet? Farm fresh eggs with bacon, swiss cheese, mushrooms and chives neatly tucked inside. Served with scrumptious O’brien style potatoes and fresh baked cornmeal molasses toast.
We decided to hit a couple of close wineries and our first stop led us to Anne Amie. Pinot Noir, Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris – elegant wines that clearly express the unique characteristics of Oregon. Complimenting the pinot family is old-vine estate Riesling and Müller Thurgau. Their vineyards are located in the rolling hills of the Yamhill-Carlton District and on the steep hillsides of the Chehalem Mountains, both nestled in Oregon’s Willamette Valley.
Present and tasting while we were there, was the “Prince of Pinot”, a blogger. So? You say? Well, they were pouring this guy all kinds of special Reserve wines and since the bottles were open, we unwittingly reaped the rewards of additional tastings. In other words, we got extras at no additional charge. And good ones they were. We really enjoyed our visit here and have threatened to join their wine club.
Take a look at the breathtaking views of vineyards from the tasting room.
We were thrilled to learn that Lemelson was now open to the public for tastings and located near to Anne Amie. This was our next stop.
I didn’t take many pictures here because we were tasting in a back room due to preparations for their Winemaker’s dinner that evening. I like Lemelson wines and had actually first discovered them here in Denver.
Heading back into McMinnville, we had time to kill, so headed downtown to take in some of the shops along 3rd Street. I was thrilled to see the Farmer’s Market in full swing, so bought some berries to keep in the refrigerator at the apartment.
After some shopping, we stopped in at R. Stuart Wine Bar which is right next door to Crescent Cafe. As you can see above, we shared a flight and ordered a small plate off the menu. We selected Smoked Idaho Trout and Horseradish Cream on Petite Dill Scones. This was a very tasty combination of flavors, so hometown guinea pigs beware, I will attempt this at home.
Thursday Evening was our winemaker’s dinner at Domaine Serene Vineyards. There will be a separate post for that event.