Archer Vineyard Winemakers Dinner
The gods must have been smiling down on Saj and Pauline Jivanjee, owners of Archer Vineyard yesterday, delivering the perfect evening sunset for their first annual winemakers dinner. The sunny afternoon was a welcome break in our long and rainy Oregon winter, making the patio an ideal spot to start the evening with a glass of their 2015 Estate Pinot gris.
We watched the sun dip behind the pines and illuminate the vineyard before heading into the winery for a private dinner prepared by chef Christopher Czarnecki. There’s just something so magical about being on the floor of a winery, standing among enormous stainless steel fermentation vats, holding a glass of wine carefully crafted in the same room. It’s an enchanted setting to enjoy a delicious five-course dinner paired with some incredible wines.
We started dinner with a Spring blossom salad over Kobe beef Carpaccio. Normally I’m not a huge carpaccio fan. Though I love a medium rare steak, I’ve never warmed up fully to eating it completely raw. This however melted in your mouth, drizzled with a light vinaigrette dressing… WOW! I am a fan of this, that’s for sure. Paired with my favorite Archer Vineyard wine the 2016 Estate Rose’, the very same rose’ that I watched be bottled a few weeks ago. Archer was generous enough to donate a case of this liquid gold to my upcoming Ladies Empowered Social, Dinner with a Purpose coming up on May 20th.
We got a chance to hear from winemaker Jim Sanders talking about each wine and the inspiration behind them. Being a foodie and wine lover for the past twenty years, I relish the chance to hear from the creatives behind great food and wine.
I think my favorite of the night was the three mushroom tart. Seriously to die for! Our main course was pan-seared duck, again I’m not usually a huge duck fan, but this was amazing. Perfectly paired with the Estate Pinot noir. Desert was truly decadent, a Hungarian mocha tart…. perfect ending to a special evening.
Nights like these are what make living here so special. I often take for granted that I live 20 minutes from one of the most highly acclaimed wine regions in North America, and that I’m 10 minutes from Portland, one of the most competitive foodie destinations anywhere. For me, great food and wine are what life is about, they bring pure pleasure and create a sense of community and connection. This was my first winemakers dinner but I know it won’t be my last!