Photos from the Cave by Candlelight Dinner

Last night we attended the Cave by Candlelight dinner at Apolloni Vineyards. Here are some pictures.

It all started with Sparkling Pinot Blanc in the Tasting Room

It all started with Sparkling Pinot Blanc in the Tasting Room

Then, we made our way out to the wine cave where we found our name card and took our seats in anticipation of the rest of the meal.

Dinner in the Apolloni wine cave

Dinner in the Apolloni wine cave

There were 60 people seated at that long table in the wine cave. We didn’t know anyone else at the dinner, so we  chatted with the folks around us.

Looking the other direction from our seats at the table

Looking the other direction from our seats at the table

Here is the menu from the evening:

Sparkling Pinot Blanc

Spiced Butternut Squash Bisque
2011 Chardonnay

Pear and Pomegranate Salad
with Blue Cheese Croutons & Warm Bacon Vinaigrette
2012 Rosé

Fresh Ricotta and Roasted Vegetable filled Pasta
with Sundried Tomato Sauce
2010 Flaminia Vineyard Pinot Noir

Smoked Tenderloin
with Roasted Peppers and Balsamic Demi-Glace
2010 Soleggio

Chocolate Viognier Pot de Crème
2011 Viognier Dolce Vino

Happy Valentine's day

Happy Valentine’s Day

I hope you found a fun way to celebrate. If you’re looking for fun things to do in Oregon Wine Country this weekend there’s lots going on. Consider stopping by Kramer Vineyards in Gaston or Carlton for a taste of their newly released 2009 Pinot Noir Port, a perfect pairing with chocolate, or perhaps a visit to the charming town of Carlton where you can visit 20 tasting rooms.

Cave by Candlelight Dinner at Apolloni Vineyards Tonight

Happy Valentine’s Day! I’m looking forward to our dinner tonight at Apolloni Vineyards. They’re holding a Cave by Candlelight Valentine’s Dinner in their wine cave.  I made our reservations the moment I saw the email come out because I knew it was going to be a special evening. We don’t usually go out on Valentine’s Day, but the cost of this wine dinner wasn’t any more than any other wine dinner we’ve been to any other time of the year, so it sounded like something we wanted to do.

For those of you not going to the dinner tonight, they have their Sweet as a Cupcake Weekend going on all weekend where they’ll be featuring wine-inspired cupcakes, gluten-free sweets, and even treats for the kids. This takes place Saturday and Sunday, February 15th and 16th in the Tasting Room. 11 am – 5 pm

Snow and Ice in Oregon Wine Country

It’s been a snowy few days here in Oregon wine country. They’ve asked everyone to stay off the roads to give our very small road crews the chance to clear the roads in time for Monday. The tasting rooms at most of the wineries are closed today. It’s a good day to stay in and sip some wine by the fire. Stay warm.

Welcome to the new blog

by Gretchen DeMoss

Welcome to our new blog. I’ve been blogging for years at The Adventures of Kendall the Cavalier where I blog about everything Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, food, travel, wine, and everything in between. I wanted a chance to focus on wine and the wonderful dog-friendly wineries we have here in the Pacific Northwest, so I’ve created this new blog, Good Wine Dog. Kendall, my Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, and I look forward to exploring the wineries and the wines of the Pacific Northwest.