Friday, March 21, 2008

Cana's Feast Turns Grapes to Some Delicious Oregon Wine

Last time we stopped by Cana's Feast, it was known as Cuneo Cellars and the winery had a much smaller space. Previously their best wines were labeled under the Cana's Feast. The name refers to the wedding feast in Cana, where Jesus was reported to have turned water into wine. From what we're told, they do use grapes from Southern Oregon, Eastern Washington, and the Willamette Valley to make the wine instead of water. One of my favorites about this tasting room is the expansive views from the property. Absolutely breathtaking. Lucky for us the wine's inside were a match for the scenery.

2005 Bricco Sangiovese
Bricco in Italian means the top of the hill hence the name since their Sangiovese is sourced from the vineyard at the top of the hill. This Sangiovese was delicious.
Bright juicy cherry, touch of cinnamon and leather. Fantastic fun wine thats judiciously exuberant yet restrained enough to pair with food. $34

2004 Bricco Two Rivers Blend ( Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet France, Petit Verdot)
Lovely, succulent cherry and earthy notes contrasting to make a delicious blend sourced from vineyards along the Rogue and Columbia River. Its a bargain at $20!

2005 Bricco Syrah $27
Co fermented with Viogner. Loads of dark fruit, leather and a finish of dark chocolate. $24

2005 Tre Novo Dolcepassa $35 A sweet, slightly raisiny dessert wine with lovely dark fruit and 7% residual sugar.

Cana's Feast also prices their wines in the tasting room the same as the average retail price in local wine shops or grocery stores so unlike many of the other Oregon wine tasting rooms, you don't have to feel ripped out when you see the same wine in the grocery store for less. Erath and Argyleboth charged a premium price in their tasting room compared to the same price you could get in the local Safeway. Sometimes it's best to taste and take your list to the local wine shop in wine country and pick up the same stuff for less. Cana's Feast was the exception the to rule.

Cana 's Feast tasting room is open 11-5pm most days. On Saturday's they have Enoteca Lunchs and Sunday's their tasting feature a menu of soup, cheeses, antipasti, and small plates. Their wine's are sourced from location in Oregon and Eastern Washington. A fun way to re stimulate your palate while tasting in the Willamette Valley which will predominately feature Pinot Noir at most wineries.

2 Comments:

storyteller said...

I also love Cana's Feast winery. Their wines are a refreshing change from the ubiquitous Oregon Pinots. I was blown away by the 2005 Syrah. Taste it next to the 2004 and you'll see why. Both are excellent wines, but the '05 is probably the best Syrah I have had. I also bought a few bottles of the '05 Bricco Riserva, and I cannot recommend this wine highly enough. I am going back to buy a case.
Also, the staff in the tasting room is the best I have come across. Even their winemaker Patrick Tailor came out to talk to us, and he was so nice and pleasant and knowledgeable. Our out-of-town guests returned to take a cooking class with the chef, and they raved about it. So it's a good place to take guests since it's beautiful and different.

Anonymous said...

Wow. If winemaker access and wine value are you priorities, then do a little research and find Purple Cow Vineyards.

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