Our friend Colleen treated us to a private tour and tasting at Lemelson Vineyards on Saturday. It was a special treat for my 44th birthday and it was an honor to be welcomed as VIP guests from the minute our party arrived.
Colleen is Lemelson’s National Sales Manager, which means she travels to accounts non-stop to act as the winery’s ambassador. And from what we saw on Saturday, she’s quite the ambassador. In fact, it’s clearly time to start calling her Madame Ambassador.
First, Colleen showed us the facility’s vaulted high tech room where the grapes are destemmed and put into large stainless fermentation tanks. Then we descended like gravity to lower rooms with more tanks before reaching various cellar rooms where Colleen explained in great detail what was inside all the expensive French Oak barrels. Lucky for us, we tasted straight from the barrels so our education would be complete. After the tour we soaked up the day’s warm sun on the deck and let some of Oregon’s finest wine flow down our gullets.
It was a great time to put it mildly. If you have yet to experience a glass of pinot noir from Lemelson, do yourself and your loved ones a favor and let the good times roll…