A giant floodlight on this place is overdue. If you live in Portland or the surrounding areas and haven’t checked out John Olson’s TeSóAria, then run — don’t walk — to the N Williams tasting room. If you happen to be a native of Roseburg, then you’re a lucky son of a gun. You can check out the actual vineyard, which has bequeathed loved ones and I, many wonderful days and nights.
I have been so stoked to watch the evolution of many varietals that John and his team are responsible for. If you’re not a bubbly drinker, (whaaaa!) their Bulls Blood is a red for the books. (The story referenced in the product description is as awesome as it sounds). If you’re not a wine drinker, then you should still stay for the delicious treats that Chef Max mixes up regularly.
All that said, I am a wine drinker and specifically, a bubbly drinker. SO- TeSóAria’s Sparkling Riesling. It’s light and bright and sparkly with tiny bubbles. I tasted flavors of citrus and melon and a hint of almond on the palate. It smells delicious and tastes even better. At the time, it paired perfectly with a variety of cheeses and charcuterie, but I can see it being the perfect complement to a dinner al fresco. I tried it directly at the tasting room, and I recommend doing the same.
You can check out more about TeSóAria’s wines and locations here.
Hope that everyone has a great week!