I love discovering wineries in my neck of the woods. Over Memorial Day weekend, I had the pleasure of venturing out to the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge to experience some new (to me) wineries.
Jacob Williams was my first stop and a great start to the day. With a fairly new tasting room sitting in a lovely location flanked by a cherry orchard to the north and a stunning view of the river to the south, it was a wonderful find. The lovely lady conducting our tasting happily chatted about the winemaker, their wines, and even the music festival she had attended that weekend when I noticed her Sasquatch t-shirt.
A family affair, Jacob Williams takes its name from owner Brad Gearheart’s two sons: Jacob and William. Together, Brad and John Haw, a local wine-making legend of Pedroncelli, Sokol Blosser, and Maryhill fame, create high-quality wine from locally-sourced Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, and Zinfandel grapes.
The 2009 Syrah is a stunning example of their work. Sourced from the Hi-Valley Vineyard just across the river in The Dalles, OR, the 2009 Syrah boasts flavors of plum, pepper, and cocoa. It was a Gold Medal winner at the NW Wine Summit and it’s not hard to see why.
Big, intense, and complex, the 2009 Syrah is perfect with a big meaty barbecue dish. I chose to pair it with my Ribboned Tenderloin Veggie Skewers for that very reason. The big-bodied wine plays well with the hearty steak and intense rosemary on the veggies. Add in a side of grilled red onions, mushrooms and fingerling potatoes and you have an amazing summer meal.
Get the recipe for Ribboned Tenderloin Veggie Skewers here.
As with any part of a healthy lifestyle, always enjoy alcohol responsibly and in moderation.