Post delicious breakfast we went to go stare at the Columbia Gorge Hotel.
It’s a 70+ year old hotel, and it’s got crazy pretty views. (It’s also not walkable to downtown, and cost more than our B&B… so we didn’t stay there 🙂 )
They do a lot of weddings in the summers-and after walking around I could see why
After a nice walk (despite the weather reports all saying it was going to rain, we never had more than a drizzle!) we went off to try out “the best Mexican restaurant in Hood River” (According to the B&B owners)
It was a place for real mexicans-check out the meat choices
Tongue, head, and goat! (Also, the refried beans tasted like they were full of delicious lard)
I had chicken flautas with black beans
And our check came with a little sweet treat (it was Valentine’s Day)
Bellies full of food, it was time for some wine tasting!
Our first stop was Quenett
Where we both tasted six (trust me, this count is going to get bad)
Then we went down to Springhouse Cellar
WHICH HAS WINE ON TAP. My mind. Was blown.
You can buy refillable 1 L bottles, and they fill them up from the taps.
Sustainable! And awesome.
They also had chocolate fondue
They were pouring 10ish wines. Plus a port (6 earlier + 11 more = 17 tastes.)
They had these crazy old building bits attached to the side of the building, where they do their crush
(Was I told what these were from? Possibly. I’ll have to see if the fiance remembers)
We were enjoying ourselves
And feeling sad as each glass emptied
But it was time to… get naked!
The Naked Winery is awesome for several reasons. The taste a ton of wines, their wines have dirty names (Penetration is one) and I’m 12 so I love it, and they’re into just having fun with what they do-it’s the least serious wine tasting I’ve ever found. And I’m not into being serious.
Case in point: palate cleansers?
With some real wine fare thrown in
We discovered they were also doing pairings with Moonstruck chocolate.
While we were there some live music started up
(Also, the couple on the left there? Really into each other. We kept seeing them around town. Making out. Awesome)
When I was saying they pour a lot? We had about 17 tastes. And then retasted a few to decide what to buy. (Grand total of tastes for the day = 37ish. Even at 1 oz pours-and some of these were more than that-we each had about a bottle and a half of wine.)
Can you see why we love Hood River?