Why do I love Dominio IV so?
1. Biodynamic® farming
2. Natural winemaking.
3. Super great people.
4. Wines that unfold like a good book or story.
5. Crazy good dollar for dollar value.
The wines to be tasted on Friday May 9 (5-8 pm) include '13 Rose of Tempranillo, '13 Viognier, '10 Pinot Noir Rain on Leaves, '09 Tempranillo Midnight Sky & '08 Syrah The Purple Flower.
Below is a little piece I wrote when visiting their estate vineyard, Three Sleeps, in 2011. I've included an image from the property between each paragraph.
Hope you get the chance to meet winemaker Patrick Reuter and taste their wines. I go out of my way to make sure there's a stash of Dominio IV Wine at Pairings Portland regularly.
Driving up from Mosier (a few miles east of Hood River, in the gorgeously, wonderful Columbia River Gorge, farmland starts to appear. The farms cut into the forest leaving biodiversity as part of the landscape.
A few miles up the road, I turn at Dominio IV’s mailbox. There’s no sign, just a gate, rolling hills, birds, and a feeling… a calming feeling. Wildflowers abound and a sense of balance.
As I see vineyards, there’s a wildness amongst and around them. A sense of their vines and home incorporated into nature, which feels like a respect for the whole of which they are part.
The vines seem happy. The growth between the rows and around the vineyards looks like they all work well together.
As I sit on Liz & Glen’s porch writing this I hear the wind and horses on the farm to the left. I see the Northern side of the Columbia Gorge past several layers of hills and the top of 12,000+ foot Mt. Adams…I think I just fell in love.
All of this comes with the knowledge that I already love their wines. We can taste it when the farm and the land are treated this way. The energy of this place lives in the wines of Dominio IV (Liz, Glen, Patrick & Leigh), and is part of what makes being in the wine business a pleasure & a gift.
Supporting farms like this one are a step in keeping land vital for future generations.
*Syrah, Tempranillo & Viognier are grown at Three Sleeps Vineyard, which is Demeter Certified Biodynamic®.