Wine in the VI: Food & Wine Experience
By Karylyn Parsons - The Prestige Wine Group
We are so thrilled to have Jim Bernau joining us this year for the Food & Wine Experience!
2011 was an amazing year for WVV, winning both Oregon Winery of the Year AND Wine & Spirits magazine Winery of the Year! What better way to celebrate than to hit the beach in the beautiful VI.
Like Sauternes and foie gras, oysters and Champagne, the pairing of Pinot Noir and salmon is legendary. WVV makes wonderful Pinot Noirs and protects that pairing by practicing ecological sustainability. "Salmon Safe" is a program that strives for clean watersheds for native salmon to spawn and thrive. This year, Jim was awarded the first ever "Hero of Salmon" for his efforts and now Willamette Valley Vineyards will be one of the first wineries in Oregon to become carbon neutral.
Oregon wines have been rocking the world since 1979 when one was the highest rated Pinot Noir at the Gault-Milau French Wine Olympiad in France, beating all the Burgundies. In 1985, The Wine Spectator first mentioned Oregon Pinot Noir and they have been off and running since!
Don't wait to try these wines! We like to say," if you have doubt about a food and wine pairing, pick Pinot Noir. Taste these wines during the St. Croix Food and Wine Experience with Jim as he hosts the annual Galleon Winemakers Dinner! Cheers!