I accidentally discovered Remy Wines this summer while doing some winery tours in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. It wasn’t on the agenda, but their tasting room, baR, was located next door to another winery we were visiting so we decided to stop in on a whim.
I was immediately attracted to the ambiance of the tasting bar. It’s open, hip, and inviting, without that pretentious quality that so many wineries have. Our host told us the story of owner winemaker Remy Drabkin, who grew up in the area and knew from the age of 8 that she wanted to be a winemaker. At just 8 years old! When I was 8, I wanted to be Wonder Woman. (I may still want to, if I’m being honest.)
Remy strives to make old world European style wines from single vineyard sourced Sangiovese, Barbera, Lagrein, and Dolcetto. Intrigued by the winery’s story, I settled in for my tasting. Let’s just say I wasn’t disappointed. In fact, I was so blown away by the quality of the wine, at affordable prices, that I joined their wine club on the spot. This past weekend I attended my first wine club pickup party at Remy Wines and it was so much fun! In addition to tasting the new releases, there was a ton of food on hand, a band, and of course the wonderful staff.
For my last summer inspired recipe, Whole Wheat Spaghetti Nests, I wanted to pair a classic Italian wine with the nutty whole wheat spaghetti, peppery basil, and sweet summer veggies. I immediately pulled my newly acquired bottle of Remy Wines Sangiovese 2012 Ciel du Cheval out of the cellar, and of course it was a brilliant pairing.
Sourced from the Ciel du Cheval vineyard in Washington state, Remy Wines Sangiovese 2012 Ciel du Cheval is big-bodied with aromas of cherries and tobacco. On the palate it bursts with notes of berries, plum and a peppery finish that plays well against the basil in my Whole Wheat Spaghetti Nests. What a perfect end to a perfect summer!
Get the recipe for Whole Wheat Spaghetti Nests here.
Buy a bottle of Remy Wines Sangiovese 2012 Ciel du Cheval here.
As with any part of a healthy lifestyle, always enjoy alcohol responsibly and in moderation.