Tuscan Tomato & Goat Cheese Skillet - This dish was a discovery made by Alba de Lancellotti five years ago during a culinary trip to the South of France with her dear friend, Pedro. They stumbled across this mainstay of the region at a charming country-side outside of Biarritz near Hôtel du Palais. This is an easy crowd-pleaser using simple but fresh ingredients sure to delight your senses and warm your heart.
Greetings from Oregon Wine Country!
The 2017 growing season has shaped up to be a fantastic vintage in Oregon and is showing nice levels of naturally occurring acid and layers of complexity—two qualities that are essential when it comes to creating structurally beautiful wines. Bloom was two weeks later this year since we had such a cold winter and spring with lots of rain, but on the upside we are finally into an October harvest which we have not seen for a long time. The little smattering of rain we got a couple weeks ago not only benefited the wildfires in the west but helped slow things down in the vineyard. As we watched our neighbors and fellow winemakers start picking the last few weeks of September, we had to remind ourselves to be patient and not get caught up in the excitement of the season. We have learned over the course of 16 years of wine-growing on Calkins Lane to be diligent about letting the fruit at our site tell us when it is ready. We benefited from a longer hang time and were able to develop the physiological and phenolic ripeness we were looking for.