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Hood Crest Winery

Hood Crest Winery 2016 Grenache

Rockin’ out in the Mt. Hood foothills

Love reds? Love whites? How about blues?

At Hood Crest Winery, you’re almost as likely to hear winemaker Tess Barr jamming with her eponymous blues band as you are to taste her wines. After all, the recording studio and record label are right there on the property.

Jam-packed with visitors, vintages routinely sell out, and Tess and Patrik’s sense of whimsy is always on display. They’re also not afraid to challenge tradition (and maybe even break a rule or two) – giving some of their wines names that are just-that-close to official names, including the Barrdeaux Blend (a name now outlawed by the feds) and the Super Tesscan.

If you’re lucky enough to be at Hood Crest on a weekend when the Tess Barr Band is jammin’, you’ll get an unparalleled experience – gorgeous views of Mt. Hood, rockin’ music, hot pizza right from the wood-fired oven, and stellar wines.

Hood Crest Winery

Cellar 503 Tasting Notes

Hood Crest Winery, Hood River, Oregon
2016 Grenache

It’s late summer, in early evening. You’re lazily hanging out in the yard. Trying to figure out who is going to get up, fire up the grill, and make dinner.

This is your moment. Take charge. Go inside. Find this bottle of Grenache. Put it in the fridge (or in the cooler, if you’re camping.) Fire up the grill. Prep dinner. And then, after maybe 15 minutes, open and pour the wine.

Wait -- chill a red wine? Yes, that’s right. A Grenache is perfect with just a bit of a chill, especially on a warm summer night.

Delicate and juicy, the Hood Crest Grenache will open with white pepper and figs and then fade gently into a soft black cherry finish. It’ll be perfect for whatever you’ve got on the grill, especially a pepper-crusted steak or a polish sausage and spicy mustard. Fire up the grill, we’re coming over.

A Cellar 503 selection in August 2018, Columbia Gorge Columbia Valley | Grenache