Monday, January 8, 2018
Fashion shoots and wine tasting, our Sunday daycation in Oregon.
Three of my favorite things are travel, fashion and wine tasting. I like to combine all of these things into my Sunday day which is my favorite day of the week even if it is just a day trip. I call it our outing day, aka ‘daycation’ day. Oh, I wish every day was Sunday! This past Sunday was a triumph of fun. As you know I just launched an online boutique called Danae Ysabel. The first part of our quintessential Wintery Sunday morning was spent capturing photos of some of the fashion pieces available on my site. We found the perfect spot in downtown Eugene, Oregon for the shoot and right behind one of our favorite coffee spots Perugino. Also, tucked away in this back alley is a quaint artisan style wine shop called AuthenticaWines focused on wines from around the world that only utilize organic and biodynamic practices. Can’t wait to check this shop out! (There are so many cute places in Eugene just waiting to be discovered.)
Here is the mini photoshoot. You can shop this look now, just click on the photos below.
Now off to Sarver Winery!
After the photo shoot, we decided to spend the rest of our afternoon up at one of our favorite local wineries, Sarver. Sarver is located just off of highway 126 as you are heading to the coast and just south of Veneta (the Oregon Country Fair lives here). It’s about a 15 minute drive from Eugene. Started in 2008, Sarver winery is a locals’ favorite. Ask any wine lover in this area their favorite winery to frequent and I guarantee Sarver will be named in the top three. Why? Nestled quaintly up on the hillside, Sarver tasting room and outside patio awaits the anxious wine taster. Once there, it is inevitable, your experience will be euphoric and relaxing. The view is incredible and the wine is delicious! When we were there on Sunday we were lucky to see a glorious view of the top of the Three Sisters in the Cascade Mountain range glowing in the sunset! It is hard to see from the photo below but I am standing right in front of it.
One of my favortie things about visiting Sarver is their tasting room, rather their tasting cottage. First off, it looks like a sweet little Swiss Chalet.
The lighting is low and the interior accents are dark and cozy. Overstuffed plush chairs and couches adorn the room facing out towards that eastern spectacular view of this Southern Willamette Valley AVA wine region. The focal accessory of the room is the bright red upright piano that sits there patiently waiting for someone to play it.
Speaking of music, when we were there, they were playing the sweet tunes of Stan Getz’s and Astrud Gilberto’s The Girl from Ipanema, the perfect pairing to go with our 16.5% 2015 Syrah we were drinking! They have quite the selection of wines too. Their estate-grown varietals focus on the norm for what grows around here: Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir and some dessert wines. They source out for the varietals that grow in the warmer denser zones of Yakima and Walla Walla for their Merlots and Syrahs. Check out their current wine menu here.
We indulged in their weekly cheese plate of the week, Drunken Goat- a delicious hard goat cheese marinated in Pinot Noir, so fitting!
A cheese plate is not a proper cheese plate unless a good decent bread is served with it and the bread they use is just simply amazing! I forgot to ask where they get their bread but I am assuming it is from a local bakery in the Eugene area. This is one thing, Eugenians are spoiled for, is the plethora of artisan bakeries. Check out their cheese and charcuterie menu here
Just wait until summer when those magnificent views and those warm summer breezes tempt you to sit and drink wine all day, turning your Sunday into a lovely lazy wine sipping Sunday.
On that note….
If you are in the area and want to partake in a day of wine touring, here a couple of places I would recommend to stay:
- Inn at the 5thEat at French restaurant Marché and enjoy a variety of the some of the best Oregon Pinot Noirs available on their wine list. Local Sweet Cheeks Winery’s tasting room is here as well.
- Excelsior Inn Eat at Ristorante Italiano -Excelsior Inn and gaze in awe at their lengthy wine list devoted just to Oregon Willamette Valley Pinot Noir. A gorgeous list! There are a few 2012’s on there. I would snatch those up! Most notably, from one of my favorite wineries, the Lemelson Stermer Vineyard, 2012. You can buy their 2013 here at wine.com.
Both of these hotels will give you the Boutique Hotel experience.
All in all, this area of the Southern Willamette Valley, houses some great wineries. I only highlighted one out of my top 5 favorites. I guess I will have to write another piece on those other 4! Until then, Happy Sipping and Happy New Year 2018! Ciao, Hayley