Lake Chelan Wine – Because it’s Naturally Intoxicating

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Lake Chelan Wine – Because it’s Naturally Intoxicating

When someone mentions Washington wine, Walla Walla is often top of mind; that area just seems to hog the spotlight. There are other wine regions in Washington that are more than worthy of center stage though, one of which is the picturesque and remarkable Lake Chelan.

Situated in north-central Washington, Lake Chelan is both a recreational area and American Viticultural Area (AVA) on the east side of the Cascade Mountain Range just three-plus hours from Seattle and six hours from Portland. Aside from its obvious beauty, there are many things that make the area unique for growing wine. Most of the wine regions in Pacific Northwest were impacted by the Missoula Flood, the cataclysmic event that carved the Columbia Gorge; the Lake Chelan region is the only AVA in the Pacific Northwest that was not. The soil is relatively young with layers of volcanic and granite pumice from eruptions at the nearby Glacier Peak, and local winegrowers describe it as the type of soil vines love to struggle in under the blanket of hot summer days and cool summer nights.

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The glacier-fed lake is a natural fjord. At 55 miles long, it’s the largest in Washington and the third deepest in the U.S. It also has a tremendous influence on the surrounding vineyards, creating more mild temperatures with a great diurnal swing (the temperature difference between hot days and cool nights) up to 30-40 degrees that keeps the grape’s acid in check, and buffers against winter frost.

Though grapes are not new to the area, with recorded plantings from before the turn of the 20th century, it’s better known for apples and pears. In fact, the area exports 23 million boxes of tree fruit a year! But as Bob Jankleson, founder of Tsillan Cellars says of his location, “If you can grow great tree fruit, you can probably grow great grapes.”

Lake Chelan currently supports 700 acres of vineyards with 40 wineries and tasting rooms on their North and South shores, but that number is rapidly growing.  Lake Chelan wineries are open year-round, so go ahead and make your plans now, it’s just as magical in the winter.

Here is a link to my article featuring 6 Lake Chelan wineries worthy of your time and attention – 6 Noteworthy Lake Chelan Wineries

By Tamara Belgard

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Go Take a Private Vineyard Hike in Oregon Wine Country – Knudsen Vineyards Dundee, Oregon

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High atop the Dundee Hills, Knudsen Vineyards, one of Oregon’s premiere wine growers, planted a seed that would bear fruit long into the future. Situated on a 200-acre plot of land, the Knudsen family planted some of the earliest Pinot noir and Chardonnay vines in the area, and in 1975, with 55 acres planted, they’d become the largest vineyard in the Willamette Valley.

Now planted to 75 acres (125 acres total planted including their adjacent vineyard), guests can explore this picturesque site with a private vineyard hike, wine tasting, and luncheon guided second-generation owner and founding partner Page Knudsen Cowles. Guests can choose which portion of the property they want to see as well as the intensity of their stroll. The more leisurely path through the Chardonnay block will take hikers on a 1.5-mile excursion, followed by wine tasting and a snack. Or, opt for the “Positively Pinot” experience featuring a vigorous one-mile hike through 50-year-old Pinot noir plantings, followed by wine tasting and lunch.

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Some interesting facts visitors might find discover along the way (spoiler alert!):

  1. There are 229,000 individual vines on the property.
  2. They have one of the oldest blocks of French Dijon clone Chardonnay in the New World.
  3. A human being touches each vine a total of 17 times during each growing season. Which is truly astonishing when one considers the first point here, that there are 229,000 vines.
  4. Knudsen was one of the first to irrigate their vines in the Willamette Valley. And while dry farming has its merit, the irrigation is proving to be valuable insurance in this time of global warming and a changing climate.

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Aside from the expansive Valley views afforded guests from the top of the hike, at 1,000 feet elevation, Page strategically stops along the way for hikers to enjoy the wines from that specific area of the vineyard. Visitors might get to experience the Snapshot Pinot Noir, which is part of their Talking Blocks series of wines, wines that provide a snapshot of both time and place. This bottle looks through the eyes of Blocks 12 and 13, among the largest and youngest on the estate. 2018 was a roller coaster of a season: a mild spring and hot, dry summer eased into cooler August and September days. The rich, red clay volcanic Jory soil held moisture and slowed ripening to produce consistently high-quality fruit. The spicy and edgy Pinot noir is full of red fruit and beautifully expresses its distinctive influences.

Knudsen is a centerpiece in the history of the Willamette Valley, providing Pinot noir and Chardonnay to Argyle, Erath, and others for decades. They’re celebrating its 50th anniversary in the Dundee Hills this year. Dick Erath, an early partner lived on the property for years and actually had the first bonded Oregon winery in that location. The Knudsen family remodeled the old home, converted it into a tasting room, now called The Outlook, which opened up to guests in 2020. So, if a hike through old vines with stellar views along the way isn’t of interest to you, you can still relax and enjoy a wine flight on their deck.

Make your reservation for the vineyard guided hike or Outlook tasting experience here. Feel free to bring your own picnic to enjoy on their deck and stick around, there’s often live music, and pets are allowed with advance notice.

By Tamara Belgard

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Knudsen Vineyards is located at 9419 NE Worden Hill Rd, Dundee, OR 97115

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Feelin’ Tots, Tots, Tots – TOTS! The Bend, Oregon Food Truck Serving Spherical Scrumptiousness

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Feelin’ Tots, Tots, Tots – TOTS! The Bend, Oregon Food Truck Serving Spherical Scrumptiousness

The roots of TOTS! were in something so relatably Oregonian: chowing down on McMenamins’ Cajun tots after a night of drinking. Like, how much more Oregon can you get than a food cart specializing in an artisanal take on Oregon’s native breakfast-slash-drunk food? (Should it not be a given than we all know tots are an Oregon invention?)

But here’s the catch about the tots from TOTS! Instead of a cylindrical, they’re spherical, like crunchy, salty ping-pong balls. That is because the potato morsels are the brainchild of Keeley Parsons, who, having set about learning how to make the poppable taters from scratch, started using an ice cream scooper in her kitchen drawer. And never stopped.

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Speaking of ice cream, TOTS! also slings chocolate malteds. Parsons was one of those kids who grew up dipping her Wendy’s fries in their chocolate shakes.

TOTS! officially opened in 2017, then went on hiatus, but just celebrated its first unremitting year in operation concurrent with the first anniversary of its permanent home the Bend, Oregon pod, Midtown Yacht Club.

It might as well be called the Midtown Tot Club. There are five other food trucks including Shimshon slinging Israeli street food and its parent, Barrio, serving pan-Latin noms, plus Cowboy Pasta that serves saucy bowls of carbs inside additional carbs known as bread bowls. Plus, the MYC has a whopping beer and draft beverage bar. Which necessitates having tots on hand.

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Parsons’ tots, sorry, TOTS! (she’s about to launch a second, mobile cart called TOTS! TWO. POINT. OH. that will be found at every major concert and beerfest in town) can be enjoyed au naturale (seasoned with just kosher salt and served with a side of beer cheese for dipping) or sprinkled with nine house-made seasonings from “seven pepper facelift” (HOT TOTS!) to the most popular, salt and vinegar.

Then there are the topped ones. Not quite totchos, not quite poutine.  The best-selling “bak’d ‘n’ loaded” emulates a baked potato featuring beer cheese, sour cream, bacon, and green onion.

Then there’s the mashup of avo toast and prosciutto y melone, meaning an order of tots topped with smashed avocado, lemon, Romano, prosciutto, cantaloupe, and chipotle aioli.

There’s actually some secret menu items. The lime salt and raw honey seasoned ones are served with kiwi-jalapeno crema. It’s like surprises lurk around every order. Maybe that’s why the cart’s graphics feature pop art as if it’s a superhero lair.

Cheers,

Brian Yaeger Culinary Treasure Network Contributor

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As of August 2021 the TOTS! Food Truck ONE. POINT. OH. can be found at the Midtown Yacht Club food truck pod in Bend, OR located at –

1661 NE 4th St, Bend, OR 97701

 

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Revealing the Secrets of Abbott Claim – A Carlton, Oregon Winery

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Revealing the Secrets of Abbott Claim – A Carlton, Oregon Winery

For those looking for stellar wines and an exclusive and unique wine tasting experience, I happen to have just the place for you… Abbott Claim in Carlton, Oregon. Emerging gracefully from the surrounding vineyards, a visit to Abbott Claim is thoughtful journey through wine, where guests discover a special space and the sense of place; an experience one might describe as a Michelin star of restaurants in the form of a wine tasting.

Abbott Claim broke ground on their state-of-the-art 10,000 case winery in 2019 and finished building it in 2020. Opening just in time for a global pandemic to shut things down. They have reopened by appointment to guests seeking a luxurious, bespoke wine tasting experience.

I’m always happy when I am greeted with a splash of bubbles, so it’s almost like the Abbott Claim team knew something about me before I’d even arrived for my visit. Actually, they greet everyone with a glass of bubbly, it’s simply how they treat all of their guests, ensuring they feel welcomed, special, and celebrated from the moment they walk through the door.

On the day I visited, Dirks poured Lytel Barnett Willamette Valley 2014 Brut, though you’re just as likely to get a glass of French Champagne as they change up their bubbles daily. Lytel Barnett’s tagline is “French Tradition Meets Oregon Authenticity,” and made in the Methode Champenoise, one would be hard-pressed to know whether it was French Champagne or Oregon sparkling wine.

While there is no formal tasting room, guests are guided through the winery’s production area, where wonder awaits. Andrew Dirks, Director of Hospitality, enjoys the element of surprise, creating moments of tension that turn into excitement for his guests. As he pours wines and leads the way, the history of the winery and vineyards slowly unfold, like peeling back the layers of an onion one by one.

After the sparkling reception and the drama of the production facility, guests pass through heavy 15th-century carved Spanish Rosetta doors, entering the underground barrel room. The cool dark cave is built directly into the hillside. Circling 180 degrees, it’s lined dramatically with oak barrels and moody lights that guide you on your journey. Though there is a cement path to walk on, there is no floor under the barrels themselves. Instead, they rest directly on rocks and earth, where the ground maintains a consistent temperature.

Guests find themselves in the center of the cave, in the eye-shaped Oculus Room, where they taste beneath a skylight revealing how far underground you are. They then move on to a table in the middle where the warmth of flickering candlelight and a tasting of exquisite pinot noirs, each one better than the one that proceeded it, awaits. The Pinots are silky yet intense. They’re well-integrated, with a balance of seductive floral notes, addictive savory qualities, and a memorable white pepper finish.

Unlike most wineries, who taste white to red, the final tasting is of the 2017 Exomin Chardonnay, a Chablis-style wine with a brininess that’s ideal with the preparation of caviar Dirks elegantly presents.

Abbott Claim currently has five pinot noirs and two chardonnays in their portfolio, all crafted by Alban Debeaulieu (formerly of Domaine Drouhin, White Rose, and OO Wines). The pinots are all estate wines, while the Chardonnays use fruit sourced from nearby vineyards.

Their name comes from a stagecoach driver, John F Abbott, a New Yorker who made his way west and established a land claim as a homesteader in 1855. Though the land was farmed through the 19th and 20th centuries, it was eventually abandoned before being planted to grapes 170 years later. Abbott Claim’s label features a map of the original land claim as a nod to the land’s rich history.

Antony Beck, a South-African winery owner of Beck Estates, purchased the esteemed vineyard on Savannah Ridge in 2005, and with a goal of re-uniting the hillside, he expanded the site by purchasing additional vineyards in 2012. Beck now owns 100 acres, with 50 acres planted mostly to Pinot Noir.

The first block of the original Abbott Claim Vineyards was planted by Ken Wright in 2001. That fruit was later used as a fruit source for other wineries. In fact, Ken Wright’s Best Wine of the World 2012 from Wine Spectator was from Abbott Claim. The location would become notorious for high-quality fruit.

The wines are not for sale on their website, fans will have to either sign up for their allocation list, or purchase at their visit. The Legacy Experience, which is private and by reservation only, is $65, and is waived with a six-bottle purchase.

By Tamara Belgard

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Abbott Claim is located at 11011 NE Bayliss Rd, Carlton, OR 97111

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Welcoming Tamara Belgard to the Culinary Treasure Network Family!

Tamara Belgard Culinary Treasure Network Contributor

Welcoming Tamara Belgard to the Culinary Treasure Network Family!

We are delighted to welcome Tamara Belgard to the Culinary Treasure Network family!

Over the course of the next 12 months Tamara will be creating content for us.

Tamara’s primary assignment will be to write articles for The Noteworthy Wine Journal.

Given Tamara’s vast skill set don’t be surprised if she also writes a few travel articles for our Savory Travel Adventures website, and joins Steven Shomler as a special co-host on the Culinary Treasure Podcast.

Here is a link to the webpage that lists all of Tamara Belgard’s Culinary Treasure Network content: https://www.culinarytreasure.com/tamara-belgard-culinary-treasure-network-contributor/

 

Tamara Belgard’s Bio

Tamara Belgard is a freelance journalist based in Portland Oregon with a long history in the Oregon wine scene. When not chasing down stories for publications like The American Wine Society, The Oregonian, Wine Press Northwest, Oregon Wine Press, SIP Northwest, NW Travel and Life, Portland Monthly, and Eater PDX, you might stumble upon her traipsing through wine country, exploring new restaurants, perusing her local farmers market, pouring over cookbooks, or searching out hidden gems from the racks of her favorite wine shops

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de Garde Cellars – A Brand-New Winery on The Oregon Coast

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de Garde Cellars – A Brand-New Winery on The Oregon Coast

On Thursday July 22, 2021, de Garde Cellars debuted their very first wine – Rose No. 1.

See this link to read the Noteworthy Wine Journal article about Rose No. 1:

Rose No. 1 From de Cellars – The Review & The 411  https://www.culinarytreasure.com/rose-no-1-from-degarde-cellars-the-review-the-411/

de Garde Cellars is brought to you by the fine folks at de Garde Brewing – a world class brewery located in Tillamook, Oregon on the Oregon Coast. See below for links to Culinary Treasure Network content about de Garde Brewing.

Wednesday July 21, 2021 was the day that de Garde Brewing broke the news about de Garde Cellars via the de Garde Brewing Instagram account. See the very end of this article to read the full text from that Instagram post.

On Friday July 23, 2021 I had the privilege of speaking with de Garde Co-founder Trevor Rogers about de Garde Cellars and here is some of what I learned:

de Garde Cellars Tidbits

Trevor and Linsey (de Garde’s other Co-founder) have wanted to make wine for a very long time and finally in 2017 they began taking the steps needed to begin their winemaking journey.

Rouge No. 1 (2018 vintage) will be the next de Garde Cellars release. Look for this wine to be released late summer or early fall (2021). Rouge No. 1 will be a red blend that will be approximately 57% Mourvèdre and 43% Syrah & Grenache.

For at least the next few years de Garde Cellars wine will only be sold at the de Garde Brewing taproom.

The current plan is for de Garde Cellars to release 2 to 3 wines in 2022.

Trevor shared that when the Instagram post announcing de Garde Cellars came out he was touched by all the encouraging words of support he received from both brewers and winemakers.

Trevor also told me that when it came to de Garde Cellars they had held “their cards very close to their vest” and he was glad to finally be able to go public with this news.

While we were talking, I mentioned the phrase I have heard from many winemakers “It takes a lot of beer to make wine” Trevor laughed with amusement and immediately shared that he often says, “It takes a lot of wine to make beer.”

 I closed out my interview with Trevor by asking him to give me one word describing how he feels about de Garde Cellars and with much enthusiasm in his voice he said, “very excited.”

I thoroughly enjoyed the bottle of Rose No. 1 I had Friday night and I am so looking forward to more wine from de Garde Cellars.

Cheers,

Steven Shomler 

Links with more information about de Garde Brewing

de Garde Brewing – A World Class Brewery on the Oregon Coast – https://craftbeertreasure.com/de-garde-brewing-a-world-class-brewery-on-the-oregon-coast/

Craft Beer Podcast Episode 132 – Trevor Rogers de Garde Brewing – https://www.thecraftbeerpodcast.com/trevor-rogers-de-garde-brewing-craft-beer-podcast-episode-132/

Address

de Garde Cellars is located at 114 Ivy Ave, Tillamook, OR 97141

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Text From the deGarde Brewing Wednesday July 21, 2021 Instagram Post Announcing  de Garde Cellars:

“Introducing de Garde Cellars

We’re ecstatic to announce not just the existence of our winemaking endeavors, but also the first ‘fruits’ of our efforts under the new de Garde Cellars label.

It’s no secret that our brewery has been inspired by wine as much as spontaneously fermented beer. Honestly, our passions were wine-centric before we found beer with a similar sense of place.

Today, we have the pleasure of sharing our efforts.

‘Rose No. 1’ is our first release.

It is a lovely wine that could have come from nowhere else.
We brought in the grapes from ‘The Rocks District of Milton Freewater’ AVA on the Oregon side of the Washington border. Though it’s part of the greater Walla Walla AVA, this tiny portion is unique. To our palates, more so than any other region we’ve found.

The whole grape clusters were macerated by foot in oak tanks, and the free run juice was run into amphorae. A long, natural fermentation with native yeast ensued, with further conditioning on the lees.

The final composition is a unique representation of location and intent.

It presents ripe notes of strawberry and watermelon, cherries, and a hint of maraschino. It’s lent a further complexity from the growing region and the amphora; pronounced aromas of freshly broken river rocks, along with subtle hints of iron and a delicate savory aspect.
Soft, but bold, with enough balancing acid to keep it refreshing, though serious.

No fining, no filtration, and no added yeast, nutrient, or enzyme. Minimal sulfites were added, only at bottling.

Our practices of low intervention, manual processing, and avoidance of additives would likely resonate with those in a firmly natural camp. Really though, we’re just trying to make the best wine possible.
These endeavors are not an afterthought, nor a side project to our brewery.
Hopefully, they represent the vineyard well, and resonate with the drinker.

We hope you enjoy it as much as we do, and we’re looking forward to sharing something (perhaps) even more exciting in the near future…”

 

See this link to read the Noteworthy Wine Journal article about Rose No. 1https://www.culinarytreasure.com/rose-no-1-from-degarde-cellars-the-review-the-411/

 

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Rose No. 1 From de Garde Cellars – The Review & The 411

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Rose No. 1 From de Garde Cellars – The Review & The 411

 Rose No. 1 – The Review

Many times, people scoff at Rose as déclassé, but that is a mistake. Rose doesn’t have to be cheap, sickeningly sweet, or just a basic boring white wine cloaked in pink color for looks. Roses can have depth and interest and character – like Rose No. 1 from de Garde Cellars.

Brand new on the market, their first offering is a delight to behold and to drink. The color is not the bubble gum pink of the grocery aisles or the salmon color of southern French roses, but a light rosy red that has depth and intrigue.

When I drink this wine, I am transported back to summer trips to Spain, France, and Portugal where young and vigorous wines like this are plentiful and made for day drinking.

Spontaneous fermentation gives Rose No. 1 a slightly effervescent charm and wild quality that makes it authentically American; Bold, but not unrefined and would pair well with a European style picnic. Think charcuterie and stinky cheeses on a sunny patio at 4 pm – this wine can stand up and hold it’s own.

KC Shomler

 

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Rose No. 1 – The 411

On Thursday July 22, 2021, de Garde Cellars debuted their very first wine – Rose No. 1. 

See this link to read The Noteworthy Wine Journal article about de Garde Cellars:

de Garde Cellars – A Brand-New Winery on The Oregon Coast  https://www.culinarytreasure.com/de-garde-cellars-a-brand-new-winery-on-the-oregon-coast/

The grapes for Rose No. 1 come from the Rocks District of Milton-Freewater AVA on the Oregon side of the Washington border. The Rocks District of the Milton-Freewater AVA is a sub-appellation of the Walla Walla Valley AVA, which itself is a sub-appellation of the Columbia Valley AVA.

Rose No. 1 is only available at the de Garde Brewing taproom in Tillamook, Oregon on the Oregon Coast.

I spoke with Trevor Rogers about Rose No. 1, and it is his current opinion that this wine will be best enjoyed either right now or in the next 1 -2 years.

Trevor speculates this wine will still be very drinkable in 4 or 5 years, however it will most likely be a “different” wine in 4 or 5 years when compared to what it is right now.

Steven Shomler

Rose No. 1 Notes From the Winemaker:

The whole grape clusters were macerated by foot in oak tanks, and the free run juice was run into amphorae. A long, natural fermentation with native yeast ensued, with further conditioning on the lees.

It presents ripe notes of strawberry and watermelon, cherries, and a hint of maraschino. It’s lent a further complexity from the growing region and the amphora; pronounced aromas of freshly broken river rocks, along with subtle hints of iron and a delicate savory aspect. Soft, but bold, with enough balancing acid to keep it refreshing, though serious.

No fining, no filtration, and no added yeast, nutrient or enzyme. Minimal sulfites were added, only at bottling.
Our practices of low intervention, manual processing, and avoidance of additives would likely resonate with those in a firmly natural camp. Really though, we’re just trying to make the best wine possible.”

See this link to read the Noteworthy Wine Journal article about de Garde Cellars:

de Garde Cellars – A Brand-New Winery on The Oregon Coast  https://www.culinarytreasure.com/de-garde-cellars-a-brand-new-winery-on-the-oregon-coast/

Rose No. 1 From deGarde Cellars – The Review & The 411 The Noteworthy Wine Journal

Rose No. 1 From deGarde Cellars – The Review & The 411 The Noteworthy Wine Journal

Rose No. 1 From deGarde Cellars – The Review & The 411 The Noteworthy Wine Journal

Rose No. 1 From deGarde Cellars – The Review & The 411 The Noteworthy Wine Journal

 

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Threshold Brewing Zapiekanka – Your Next Craving Episode 003

Threshold Brewing Zapiekanka – Your Next Craving Episode 003 by Steven Shomler Culinary Treasure Network

Threshold Brewing Zapiekanka – Your Next Craving Episode 003

This episode of Your Next Craving is all about Threshold Brewing’s Zapiekanka.

Join us as Host Steven Shomler and Threshold Brewing’s Sara & Jarek Szymanski tell you all about this incredible dish!

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A Whiskey & Hot Chocolate Cocktail You Don’t Want to Miss – Three Creeks Brewing Sisters, Oregon

A Whiskey & Hot Chocolate Cocktail You Don’t Want to Miss – Three Creeks Brewing Sisters, Oregon This is Culinary Treasure Steven Shomler

A Whiskey & Hot Chocolate Cocktail You Don’t Want to Miss – Three Creeks Brewing Sisters, Oregon 

I spent part of Spring Break 2021 staying at Black Butte Ranch in Central Oregon. This was a family trip and not a work trip so my time seeking out culinary delights was limited.

That being said – I was able to locate a stellar cocktail and a fantastic pastry (see this link for more about the pastry – https://www.culinarytreasure.com/sisters-bakery-almond-bear-claws-a-culinary-gem-you-dont-want-to-miss/ )

My good friend Brian Yaeger recently moved to Bend, Oregon with his awesome family.

Since I was going to be in Central Oregon – Brian’s new stomping ground, a couple of weeks before spring Break 2021 I reached out to him to see if we could maybe meet up for a beer.

Brian is a very good craft beer writer, a craft beer Author, & a contributor to Craft Beer Treasure so I know that Brian would have a great suggestion for a place for us meet up and raise a pint.

Sisters, Oregon is about 15 minutes or so from Black Butte Ranch, and about 25-30 minutes from Bend.

Brian suggested that we meet up at Three Creeks Brewing in Sisters. Three Creeks brews up some really good beer so I knew that I would have a great beer or two while Brian and I visited and caught up.

I did not expect that I would come across a stellar cocktail.

We were sitting outside, and it was around 40 degrees out. I started out with a pour of TCBC Imperial IPA. Goodness I enjoyed that beer!

A Whiskey & Hot Chocolate Cocktail You Don’t Want to Miss – Three Creeks Brewing Sisters, Oregon This is Culinary Treasure Steven Shomler

Hot Chocolate and Whiskey

When I was perusing the menu to pick out my beer, I had noticed a cocktail made with hot chocolate and whiskey.

Like I said, it was 40 degrees out and we were sitting outside. A steady breeze picked up and that warm cocktail began calling my name.

I said, “what the heck” and I ordered it – a warm beverage sounded really good right then.

A Whiskey & Hot Chocolate Cocktail You Don’t Want to Miss – Three Creeks Brewing Sisters, Oregon This is Culinary Treasure Steven Shomler

WOW! I was stunned by how good the Skrewdolph cocktail was!

The Skrewdolph is made with Skrewball Peanut Butter Whiskey, hot cocoa, whipped cream, and a chuck of Belgium chocolate.

I loved this cocktail so much that I have made tentative plans to head back out that way this fall and film an episode of my show Your Next Craving about it.

My Recommendation – if you like cocktails and you find yourself anywhere near Sisters, Oregon or even if you are just driving through Sisters on your way to or from Bend – stop at Three Creeks Brewing. Have a beer & a meal, and for dessert order yourself a Skrewdolph and thank me later!

Below is information on Three Creeks Brewing and a few photos from my visit there.

Cheers,

Steven Shomler

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 Three Creeks Brewing

Address 721 S Desperado Ct, Sisters, OR 9775

Website https://www.threecreeksbrewing.com/

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A Whiskey & Hot Chocolate Cocktail You Don’t Want to Miss – Three Creeks Brewing Sisters, Oregon This is Culinary Treasure Steven Shomler

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A Whiskey & Hot Chocolate Cocktail You Don’t Want to Miss – Three Creeks Brewing Sisters, Oregon This is Culinary Treasure Steven Shomler A Whiskey & Hot Chocolate Cocktail You Don’t Want to Miss – Three Creeks Brewing Sisters, Oregon This is Culinary Treasure Steven Shomler A Whiskey & Hot Chocolate Cocktail You Don’t Want to Miss – Three Creeks Brewing Sisters, Oregon This is Culinary Treasure Steven Shomler A Whiskey & Hot Chocolate Cocktail You Don’t Want to Miss – Three Creeks Brewing Sisters, Oregon This is Culinary Treasure Steven Shomler A Whiskey & Hot Chocolate Cocktail You Don’t Want to Miss – Three Creeks Brewing Sisters, Oregon This is Culinary Treasure Steven Shomler A Whiskey & Hot Chocolate Cocktail You Don’t Want to Miss – Three Creeks Brewing Sisters, Oregon This is Culinary Treasure Steven Shomler A Whiskey & Hot Chocolate Cocktail You Don’t Want to Miss – Three Creeks Brewing Sisters, Oregon This is Culinary Treasure Steven Shomler

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Sisters Bakery Almond Bear Claws – A Culinary Gem You Don’t Want to Miss!

Sisters Bakery Almond Bear Claw – A Culinary Gem You Don’t Want to Miss! This is Culinary Treasure Steven Shomler

Sisters Bakery Almond Bear Claws – A Culinary Gem You Don’t Want to Miss!

I spent part of Spring Break 2021 staying at Black Butte Ranch in Central Oregon. This was a family trip and not a work trip so my time seeking out culinary delights was limited.

That being said – I was able to locate a fantastic pastry and a stellar cocktail (see this link for more info about the cocktail – https://www.culinarytreasure.com/a-whiskey-hot-chocolate-cocktail-you-dont-want-to-miss-three-creeks-brewing-sisters-oregon/)

Sisters, Oregon is about 15 minutes or so from Black Butte Ranch, and during this trip I was lucky enough to make a run into Sisters for groceries. While there I made a stop at Sisters Bakery and WOW!

The Almond Bear Claw at Sisters Bakery is an eminently delightful pastry!

The level of crunch and texture is perfect, lots of almonds, and just the right amount of not-too-sweet glaze.

Please Note – in addition to the Almond Bear Claws there are lots of wonderful baked goods at Sisters Bakery – Pies, Breads, Donuts, Scones, etc.

My Recommendation – if you find yourself anywhere near Sisters Bakery, or even if you are just driving through Sisters on your way to or from Bend – stop at Sisters Bakery.

Get yourself one of the Almond Bear Claws to devour right then, and also pick up a pie, or a dozen donuts, or a loaf of their Cinnamon Swirl Bread or a loaf of their Jalapeno/Pepper Jack Cheese Bread to take with you.

Below is information on Sisters Bakery and a few photos from my visit there.

Cheers,

Steven Shomler

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Sisters Bakery

Address 251 E Cascade Ave, Sisters, Oregon 97559

Website https://www.sistersbakery.com/

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Sisters Bakery Almond Bear Claw – A Culinary Gem You Don’t Want to Miss! This is Culinary Treasure Steven Shomler

Sisters Bakery Almond Bear Claw – A Culinary Gem You Don’t Want to Miss! This is Culinary Treasure Steven Shomler Sisters Bakery Almond Bear Claw – A Culinary Gem You Don’t Want to Miss! This is Culinary Treasure Steven Shomler Sisters Bakery Almond Bear Claw – A Culinary Gem You Don’t Want to Miss! This is Culinary Treasure Steven Shomler Sisters Bakery Almond Bear Claw – A Culinary Gem You Don’t Want to Miss! This is Culinary Treasure Steven Shomler Sisters Bakery Almond Bear Claw – A Culinary Gem You Don’t Want to Miss! This is Culinary Treasure Steven Shomler Sisters Bakery Almond Bear Claw – A Culinary Gem You Don’t Want to Miss! This is Culinary Treasure Steven Shomler Sisters Bakery Almond Bear Claw – A Culinary Gem You Don’t Want to Miss! This is Culinary Treasure Steven Shomler Sisters Bakery Almond Bear Claw – A Culinary Gem You Don’t Want to Miss! This is Culinary Treasure Steven Shomler Sisters Bakery Almond Bear Claw – A Culinary Gem You Don’t Want to Miss! This is Culinary Treasure Steven Shomler Sisters Bakery Almond Bear Claw – A Culinary Gem You Don’t Want to Miss! This is Culinary Treasure Steven Shomler

Sisters Bakery Almond Bear Claw – A Culinary Gem You Don’t Want to Miss! This is Culinary Treasure Steven Shomler Sisters Bakery Almond Bear Claw – A Culinary Gem You Don’t Want to Miss! This is Culinary Treasure Steven Shomler Sisters Bakery Almond Bear Claw – A Culinary Gem You Don’t Want to Miss! This is Culinary Treasure Steven Shomler

Sisters Bakery Almond Bear Claw – A Culinary Gem You Don’t Want to Miss! This is Culinary Treasure Steven Shomler

 

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