On May 6th, we had an impromptu wine tasting here at Pacific Regent Bellevue! One of our residents has a son-in-law who works directly with the respected DuMOL Winery in the Russian River part in Sonoma Valley. Tom offered to bring in a few bottles of their Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Syrah for our residents to try. They got a small history lesson of the Russian River area, how the soil, climate, and terrain affects the vineyards, and just how they make their wine so pristine. The residents enjoyed the wine tasting, but their favorite by far was the Pinot Noir!
Taken directly from their website at www.dumol.com: “Since our first harvest in 1996 we have thoughtfully assembled an unparalleled collection of vineyard sites that we individually farm to capture their full beauty. The Green Valley district of the Russian River is our home and our specialty. Our viticulture emphasizes soil and vine health through minimal external inputs. Our hand work in the vines is extensive, our crop levels moderate and our fruit selection strict. Each year we ‘follow the vintage’; intensively focused on the perfect day to harvest – neither too early nor too late. Our winemaking is intuitive and concentrates on the needs of each wine, employing the least ‘technique’ that is necessary. Our strong stylistic vision is precise, consistent and our driving force – we strike our own path and do not follow trends. Our ultimate quality is evident in every glass.”
The fun, spontaneous wine tasting was enjoyed by about 25 residents. We kept running out of tables and chairs and had to improvise in order to accommodate everyone who wanted to join! Sometimes, the best events and activities are those that don’t make it onto the monthly calendar!