Oregon Advent: Day 7
Elk Cove Vineyards Willamette Valley Pinot Gris 2013

by Nannette Eaton on December 8, 2014


“Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.” ― Steve Jobs

Elk Cove Pinot Gris Oregon Advent 4 copyright EatonAlive 2014

When Elk Cove Vineyards was founded in 1974 in the Willamette Valley, there were fewer than a dozen wineries in Oregon. Elk Cove, was founded by Pat and Joe Campbell, now the winemaking duties have been taken over by their son, Adam, they are proud to continue be a family owned winery.

Elk Cove Pinot Gris Oregon Advent 3 copyright EatonAlive 2014The Elk Cove Vineyards Willamette Valley Pinot Gris is deceptively simple. Its a fragile pale straw color implies it may be a weak wine. To the contrary, the nose on the pinot gris is complex, like a perfume that you have in your sense-memory, but can’t quite recall. Haunting. Floral notes with a hint of peaches, which follows with subtle apricots and citrus cleansing the palate.

Jacques Pepin Roasted Chicken copyright EatonAlive 2014The perfect paring is a simple roast chicken. And don’t confuse simple with simplistic, this is a rustically elegant meal, pair it with roasted potatoes and a bottle of pinot gris and it’s a sublime repast. Wine Harlots recently learned the best method of roasting a chicken. Robert Whitley shared his knowledge, gleaned from Jacques Pépin. Whitley pondered why in America he wasn’t able to get the roast chicken that tastes like it does in Paris. Pépin shared his secret. Roast the chicken at 500℉ for 65 minutes (30 minutes breasts down, 35 minutes breasts up.) The only seasoning is salt and pepper. The high heat seals in the juices and gives a delicious crackling skin to the bird. The Wine Harlots tip is to use a raised roasting pan, and when you flip the chicken at 30 minutes, add sliced potatoes to the bottom of the pan (with the pan drippings) and they’ll be perfect by the time the bird is cooked.

The music match is “Winter” from the Joshua Radin album We Were Here.

The details: 13% alcohol. Screw-cap closure. Appellation: Willamette Valley. Grape: pinot gris. Retail: $19 USD. The wine was provided as an editorial sample for the Oregon Advent project.

Elk Cove Pinot Gris Oregon Advent 8 copyright EatonAlive 2014
Photo credit: EatonAlive ©2014
Styling: Riedel Vinum XL Malbec wine glass.

Oregon Advent Posts:
Thank You’s and Credits
How to Create Your Own Wine Advent Calendar
Oregon Advent: Day 1:  Eyrie Vineyards Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2012
Oregon Advent: Day 2:  Fossil & Fawn Pinot Gris 2013
Oregon Advent: Day 3:  Willamette Valley Vineyards Bernau Block Pinot Noir 2012
Oregon Advent: Day 4:  Kramer Vineyards Celebrate! Müeller-Thurgau Sparkling 2013
Oregon Advent: Day 5:  Repeal Day Special Edition: Volstead Vodka
Oregon Advent: Day 6:  Siduri Chehalem Mountains Pinot Noir 2012
Oregon Advent: Day 7:  Elk Cove Vineyards Willamette Valley Pinot Gris 2013
Oregon Advent: Day 8:  Cornerstone Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2011
Oregon Advent: Day 9:  Brandborg Oregon Gewurztraminer Umpqua Valley 2012
Oregon Advent: Day 10: Lange Estate Three Hills Cuvée Chardonnay 2013
Oregon Advent: Day 11: Adelsheim Vineyards Elizabeth’s Reserve Pinot Noir 2011
Oregon Advent: Day 12: Domaine Drouhin Oregon Dundee Hills Pinot Noir 2011
Oregon Advent: Day 13:  Argyle Vintage Brut 2011
Oregon Advent: Day 14: Lumos Pinot Noir Temperance Hill 2012
Oregon Advent: Day 15: Cowhorn Spiral 36 2013
Oregon Advent: Day 16: Mouton Noir Oregogne 2012
Oregon Advent: Day 17: Remy Wines Lagrein 2011
Oregon Advent: Day 18: Union Wine Co. Underwood Pinot in a Can

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