For me, food and wine is a true sensory experience. My husband & I love to cook for our friends and we are always testing out new recipes on them. With the addition of wine, food can take on a whole new dimension. I have immersed myself, as much as my day job allows, into wine. Specifically wine from the Pacific Northwest.

As a Washington State native, I grew up with the fresh seafood and produce native to the area. I look forward to local strawberries in the spring & sweet corn in late summer. As well as fresh caught Dungeness Crab out of Puget Sound and the flavorful beef produced by local farmers. The Northwest offers an abundance of wonderful ingredients to work with.

This site is dedicated to the Food & Wine of the Pacific Northwest. Please join me as I explore all it has to offer!

June 15, 2010

Have Wine, Will Travel

Ah, camping in the Northwest. It can be risky this early in the year. You’d better have your tarps and waterproof matches at the ready. Armed with a positive weather forecast and low tides, we loaded up our gear and headed to Dosewallips State Park on the Hood Canal. Of course, just because you are “roughing it” doesn’t mean you can’t have wine.

I knew we would be grilling steaks one night so I packed a bottle of Dusted Valley Vintners BFM, their monster red blend. No corkscrew needed here – it’s a screwtop as all their wines are. As the steaks were grillin’, my mouth was watering. I tossed some asparagus in some olive oil, salt, and pepper and laid them on the grill as well. Add in some fresh, shucked off the beach that morning, fried oysters and French bread and we were set!

The Dusted Valley 2006 BFM (Blow yer F***ing Mind), yep not kidding, is a Merlot dominate blend that packs a punch. It was my favorite out of their extensive line up that I tasted. Tons of dark fruits, cedar, leather with a long, slightly hot finish. Full and rich, this wine paired perfectly with the grilled steak. Even out of my ghetto plastic drinking class this wine was easy drinking.

So, don’t let your surroundings deter you from enjoying your favorite juice. Whether you are sitting around the campfire or sitting at your dining room table, pop a cork (or twist off a screwcap) and let the wine flow!

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