Pinot Bob

The man. The myth. The legend.

I first met Pinot Bob at a lunch at Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen after a last minute invite. I assumed that there would be some Pinot Noir, among other things, on the table that day but didn’t have much of an idea of what I was getting into. After roughly 3+ hours I had a new found love of Oregon Pinot Noir and an experience that I wouldn’t soon forget. Bob single handedly made Oregon wines my new favorite wines to drink after that afternoon which has continued through today.

Now fast forward to December 12th, 2014 it was time to reconvene with Pinot Bob and a few other friends: Geoffrey & Lane; owners of Toluca Lane in Oregon, Sam & Angela Baxter of Terra Valentine with Tracy Smith their GM, my mom and stepdad representing Trespass Vineyards and last but not least Pinot Bob and his wife Susie.

It had been awhile since I had hung out with this group and I was able to introduce Brittany, my lovely other half, to the group as well. She, like myself during my first encounter with this group at Cindy’s, had no idea what she was in for.

Pinot LineupSo much like the first go around an invite came through about two weeks ahead of time to meet at the Meadowood Grill for a lunch get together that I was more than happy to try and make happen for Brittany and I. As you might expect we had a few killer Pinot Noirs on the table that we were able to geek out about; my personal favorite being a 2012 Cristom Eola-Amity Hills Willamette Valley Pinot Noir. We also had some killer 1996 Terra Valentine Cabernet Sauvignon, a Trespass Rendezvous (that I cannot remember the vintage of) and yes I brought a bit of the 2011 MTGA Merlot.

While the wines were excellent, the company we were in made the experience that much better. I am pretty sure that we covered just about every topic possible, mostly about wine, but there was a bunch of in-between. The only hitch was that we had a bit of a time limit this time around due to day jobs and other tasting appointments. Truthfully it is hard for me to even begin to describe. It is just an awesome hang out session with some kick ass grape juice with some amazing people. Plain and simple.

The reason that this experience at the grill, and previously and Cindy’s, is so important to me is because it brings together everything that I love about wine and how it can bring people together. Sure you pick apart the wines a bit but more importantly it is all about just getting together and creating a great memory. Wine helps provide that x-factor that takes a good experience and makes it great. It is hard to take time like this for yourself and not worry about what life is dishing out, but when you have that chance to turn off your cell phone so you can be off the grid for a couple hours, life gets that much better.

So do yourself a favor and grab a few bottles of wines, some friends (or strangers) and a  chair somewhere to kick back and relax for a few hours without any distractions.

-Manderson

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