Phil Sabol –
Sommelier, Bandon Dunes Golf Resort
At Bandon Dunes, we work very hard to provide the best possible experience. Whether you’re on the golf course, eating dinner in our restaurants or having a drink in the pub, we pride ourselves on exceptional service. There’s a philosophy that we tend to live by at Bandon Dunes – great golf, great food and great drink make for an exceptional experience. I would like to share with you a few wine recommendations to try at home. These recommendations should appease every price range and palate.
King Estate Domaine Pinot Gris – This local Oregon winery bottles our private label Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir. In 2007, I tasted the pinot gris in a blind taste test against many other pinot gris’ from around the state. I chose the King Estate. In 2010, I had the same experience during a similar taste test. The fruity wine has tremendous balance with great acidity. I often judge a wine by asking if the wine needs to be paired with food. With this wine, it stands on its own. If you were to pair it with a meal, I would suggest any seafood including oysters, shrimp and crab.
Joseph Drouhin Chassagne-Montrachet Morgeort Marquis de Laguiche – In 1982, I got into the restaurant business and began working at an Italian restaurant in Las Vegas. After the restaurant closed each night, the chef, who was from Lyon, France, would open French and Italian wines and introduced me to an entirely new world of wine. This chardonnay is my favorite white wine in the world. It’s rich, elegant, exotic, beautiful and its consistent flavor is unmatched. This wine is a memory maker – meaning that you’ll remember where you were when you tried this wine for the first time. Whatever you’re doing, this will magnify the experience. Enjoy!
Domaine Drouhin Cuvee Louise – Here at Bandon Dunes, we get this wine direct from the winery. To be honest, any of the four tiers of pinot noirs produced from Domaine Drouhin are fantastic, however, I tend to lean towards the Louise. All of the levels of Domaine Drouhin are available here at Bandon Dunes. This pinot noir has backbone, structure and depth. Although no food is needed, I suggest enjoying this wine with a salmon burger with fresh sliced tomatoes and wasabi cream cheese (chef recommends).
Domaine Serene Winery Hill Vineyard – I’ll end this blog entry with a wine that I tried for the first time two months ago that has quickly become the best pinot noir that I have ever tasted. Located in Dayton, OR, the 2006 Domaine Serene pinot noir is a delight. From the first scent, I was excited. The aromas ignited so many scents and the tasted backed up my excitement. It starts with dark, rich Oregon cherry and transforms into the smokiness of cedar, cigar and oak. It’s intensity is something that I didn’t expect.
In the end, I always tell people to drink what you think tastes good and drink it with a special friend or loved one. You’ll enjoy the experience so much more and remember where you were when you were drinking your favorite wine – hopefully here at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort.
I look forward to your comments on this blog. Please feel free to share your personal experience with these wines or any of our other wine offerings that you’ve enjoyed at Bandon Dunes. I hope you always remember the experience.