This week, I raise my glass to Mary Olson and her all-woman crew at Airlie Winery in Oregon's Willamette Valley. International Women's Day on Friday is about Mary, her winemaker Elizabeth Clark and every woman in the world of wine who tirelessly works to fill our glasses with something delicious.
The Airlie pinot noir is a beautiful ruby color with bing cherry and cranberry notes. I took my time with this wonderful wine and enjoyed it with chicken paprikash, stuffed cabbage and Mom's creamy cucumber salad. It wasn't just Mom's home cooking; the wine got better with time in the glass. Don't be afraid to decant this one. You're going to pay a bit more for an Oregon pinot, but at $23.99, it's worth every penny. The winery is Certified Sustainable and Salmon Safe, so you know it goes the extra mile to make it good. I've also written about a white wine blend called Seven by this same winery. Equally delicious!
Buy this wine at Mustard Seed Market Montrose, Acme Montrose, Acme 1, Kirbie's Meats & Catering and Ken Stewart's Grille by the glass.
— Phil Masturzo