While curbside pick-up may bring convenience, it certainly limits the shopping experience as we once knew it; particularly as it relates to exploring wine. So, let’s imagine a trip to the Willamette Valley in Oregon to Illahe Vineyards (Ill-Uh-Hee). The word is local Chinook meaning “earth” or “place” or “soil.” Their wines bring about a purity and freshness to what’s in your glass. Try the viognier (Vee-own-yay), a white grape that has a pronounced spring fragrance of apple blossoms and honeysuckle. Close your eyes, take a deep smell, then enjoy it on its own or with any sort of salad with berries, feta and toasted almonds. This wine also pairs well with scallops.
Scott Anderson is a certified wine professional.