Tired of the same old tasting everywhere you go? You need to take a quick trip our to Amity and visit a family run winery, Coelho! Here is a place that will give you a truly different tasting experience from anywhere else I’ve tried in the entire Willamette AVA.
They say that their wines reflect their Portuguese heritage and spirit and I for one truly appreciate what they are trying to accomplish. The tasting room has a relaxed feel, warm colors, a nice fireplace and seating area to relax with friends for a glass or two.
We didn’t taste the entire selection of wines they were offering as we showed up pretty close to the end of the day but I want to tell you about a wine that particularly stood out to me.
2010 TRADIÇÃO RED WINE – A typical tromp through a Willamette Valley winery will have you tasting Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, maybe a Riesling or Chardonnay, possibly a dessert wine. Here, with this red blend (which by the way, is made of 5 grapes I’ve never heard of), you will have an entirely different experience. It is fruit forward but not the proverbial fruit bomb, earthy, balanced, it has some mild spice and a nice acidity. In my mind, the epitome of a wine that screams to be paired with a grilled steak.
After tasting the few wines that we did, we all relaxed with a glass of our favorites in front of the fire on the comfy couches and had a nice conversation to wrap up our tasting afternoon. We took a few bottles home to enjoy later, one of which I opened last night, which to be honest is what reminded me that I needed to write this post!
Overall, a very nice first impression and I want to visit again soon.