If you find yourself in the little town of Dundee in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, stop by Red Hills Market (RHM) for picnic fixings or a casual meal while wine tasting in the area. You can find cheese, fresh bread and charcuterie, making for a perfect lunch at your favorite winery. Or dine in on their great pizzas, sandwiches and pastries! Wine by the glass and bottle are also available, along with a few cocktails– key if you’re looking for something spritzy, fun and isn’t wine. They have generously allowed me to post this recipe, one of their most popular cocktails!
½ oz. fresh lemon juice ½ oz. simple syrup 2 oz. vodka (RHM uses Oregon’s Crater Lake brand) 3-4 basil leaves Tonic water (RHM likes the Fever Tree brand)
Put all cocktail ingredients, but the tonic, into a shaker. Add ice and shake. Pour shaker contents into a glass and top with tonic water. Garnish with a lemon slice and enjoy!
If you’re anywhere near Dundee, be sure to include Red Hills Market on your next trip to Willamette Valley’s wine country!
Michele Francisco, a founder and regular contributor to Winerabble, a blog primarily about Pacific Northwest wines, is living the dream in Portland, Oregon. Her passion leads some to believe she's got wine running through her veins. Contact Michele at firstname.lastname@example.org & be sure to visit her online portfolio at www.michelefrancisco.com.