Cellar Notes: March 2011

Find a superb Oregon white wine to complement your next fresh seafood or crab dish.

By Condé Cox February 18, 2011 Published in the March 2011 issue of Portland Monthly


The Eyrie Vineyards 2009 Pinot Blanc Estate

OREGON’S signature crustacean, the beloved Dungeness crab, is at its peak of flavor and size between December and April. Such a fine crab, especially when hauled freshly out of the ocean, cries out for a carefully selected wine. With most crab dishes, especially those that rely on the meat as the main attraction, Oregon white wines are the best choice. Their delicate scents and finely knit textures complement rather than overwhelm the luscious Dungeness. The best part? Because our state’s underappreciated white wines typically cost far less than their red counterparts, you’ll be able to afford a few extra Dungees. —Condé Cox

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