The December issue of Wine & Spirits Magazine just hit newsstands and we have three 90+ point scores listed for Signature and Acrobat Pinot Gris, and Domaine Pinot Noir. Earlier this year Wine & Spirits also named us one of the 2010 Wineries of the Year, and on another occassion selected us as one of the 2010 Top Value Brands.
We have a number of popular dishes and condiments at our estate restaurant for which we constantly receive recipe requests. One of those recipes is the King Estate Tomato Jam which is featured on our charcuterie plate and a few other dishes. By popular demand, here is the recipe for King Estate Tomato Jam, presented by Sous Chef Benjamin Nadolny.
At King Estate, the winery came before the restaurant, but we have always sought to enhance the experience of our wines with good, wholesome food. Since our inception, our culinary department has produced recipes, special dinners, and cookbooks with some of America’s greatest chefs. When we opened the restaurant in late 2005, we incorporated the organic ethic that drives our viticulture and farming. This ethic of organic production considers the impact our decisions will have on future ecological and economical harmony. It requires looking ahead and resisting the monetary benefits or “conveniences” offered by alternative approaches.
Environmentally friendly farming contributes to the quality of our food, wine, water, soil, and community. Sourcing local product supports local farms and ranches that are vital to food security. Communities everywhere are noticing these benefits and pursuing local, organic food.
Wine Enthusiast’s annual list of the 100 best value-priced wines of the year included only two Oregon wines, and only one of them was a Pinot Gris, the 2009 Acrobat Pinot Gris by King Estate.
The Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce has named King Estate Winery as this year’s recipient of its Business of the Year award. Along with this announcement, the chamber revealed the finalists for its seventh annual Emerald Awards. Emerald Award winners will be announced at a ceremony at the Hult Center on Tuesday, October 5, from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
A selection committee of Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce members reviewed 58 nominations before announcing the Business of the Year winner and Emerald Award finalists. The committee chose 12 Emerald Award finalists across four categories: community caring, environmental values, growth and innovation. The Business of the Year award is given to one business that excels in all four categories.
“King Estate was named 2010 Business of the Year because of its focus on the triple bottom line of sustainability—financial, social and the environment,” says Dave Hauser, chamber president. “King Estate truly demonstrates an outstanding contribution to the community in each of these ways.”
By Pastry Chef Tobi Sovak
One of, if not the, greatest benefits of living in Oregon, is the veritable plethora of amazing fruits, vegetables, mushrooms, and more that are available this time of year. The quality, and the abundance is amazing – many find special ways to celebrate this time of year, often referred to as “The Oregon Bounty.” In honor of the season, we are running a special lunch prix fixe at our restaurant featuring 100% Oregon ingredients from the estate and beyond. This recipe was the dessert from the most recent menu, it was requested by our facebook friends. View the current Oregon Bounty Lunch Prix Fixe Menu.
Kit and Laurin from Cascades Raptor Center were out last week to release some American Kestrels. The Kestrels are placed in a nesting box, and a mesh screen is taped over the door. In order to calm down and become acclimated to their new surroundings, the Kestrels stay in the box with the screen on for 2-3 hours.
The King Estate raptor program continues to develop, with more nest boxes and releases, as well as the addition of ten new predator perches around the estate.
This is the second year in the life of Acrobat, the brand we introduced last year with the 2008 vintage. Acrobat showcases Oregon’s preeminent varietals, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir. The inaugural release was extremely well received, earning 89 points or better from all of the major publications, and heralded for its unprecedented value by the press and trade. Much more importantly, you, our wine-loving friends, gave us great feedback about the wines and we flew through the first vintage. We set out to deliver affordable wines of quality, and the response we got from the public indicated that we hit the nail on the head.
Food For Thought, a new radio show on Eugene station KLCC 89.7 FM airs on Sundays at noon. The hosts are Boris Wiedenfeld and Ryan Dawe-Stotz. Boris is the manager of Sundance Wine Cellars and Ryan is the “wine and food guy” at Marché Provisions (Marché founder Stephanie Pearl Kimmel was King Estate’s first culinary director). Both are active in the local food and wine community and are dedicated to shedding light on what “sustainability” means and why we should care about it. The guest host of the July 18 episode was Adam Bernstein, executive chef at Adam’s Sustainable Table who is well-known for using local and organic produce. Adam says sustainability is “about being able to create a dynamic where we are able to use renewable resources to have the smallest possible impact on our environment and the world at large, preserving as much for future generations as humanly possible.”