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On July 20th, we will have the pleasure of hosting a very unique winemaker dinner. Marty Clubb, owner and managing winemaker of L’Ecole N° 41, will be joining us together with Joe Czarny and Kristina Rivero, graduates of Walla Walla Community College’s Enology and Viticulture program. This will be an excellent opportunity to show off not only the accomplished wines produced by L’Ecole N° 41, but also to meaningfully demonstrate how Walla Walla stakeholders have banded together to create a case study of doing well by doing good. You can make your reservation to the dinner by … Read the rest »
Maria Ponzi is coming so Janet has pulled out all the stops!
Bethany’s Table declared 2017 as our “Year of Walla Walla.” We should have declared it as our “Year of Superstars and Visionaries.” For we are so pleased and honored to take a break from Walla Walla to host Maria Ponzi, President of Ponzi Vineyards, for a memorable night of eating, drinking and storytelling.
Ponzi Vineyards was founded in 1970 when Dick … Read the rest »
Our “Year of Walla Walla” continues as we host Pepper Bridge Winery and Amavi Cellars winemaker, Jean Francois Pellet, for an evening of tasting truly world-class wines together with unique and insightful food pairings. There will be six wines to taste, five courses of brilliantly crafted food and loads of fun. Wine will be available for purchase the day of the event for a substantial discount. You really shouldn’t miss this dinner!
Kicking off our “Year of Walla Walla,” we are so pleased to host a winemaker dinner featuring Five Star Cellars on Thursday night, April 20th. Most of you know about the explosion of wineries and convergence of talent and opportunity that makes the Walla Walla Valley a winemaking mecca. It’s in the air when we travel to Walla Walla. The generosity and congeniality we experience as we engage the wine and hospitality community in Walla Walla is like a warm bath. One senses an ease with which these folks associate with each other that comes from … Read the rest »
Meet Jon Jennison & Taste His Wines
When: Thursday, March 23rd
Time: 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Thistle Winery’s vineyard is located in the Dundee Hills, where the very best of Oregon Pinot Noir grapes are grown. Winemaker Jon Jennison is a regular customer at Bethany’s Table and he and his wife, Laura, are close friends with many of our oldest and most dedicated customers. This dinner will definitely have and insider’s feel to it and there will be loads of laughs and great conversation.
We will be hosting the event in our newly constructed private dining room, which seats … Read the rest »
You can’t make a lot of money on a 50-seat restaurant.
But you can live darn well!
To demonstrate this fact we leave soon for Italy and France where we plan to do some serious poolside contemplation between trips to historic wineries and inspiring restaurants. We have selected representative wines from each of the wineries we will be visiting. Janet has designed a menu consisting of small plates that pair showcase these fabulous wines.
One seldom gets the opportunity to taste wines of this caliber. And we have never heard of a restaurant providing sample pours of $100 wines. But … Read the rest »
This month we are excited to host two wine dinners. Once upon a time we put on wine dinners twice each month. It was a cornerstone of our strategy to introduce ourselves to people by offering a fun-filled yet educational night out for a very attractive price. Then, because we became so busy, we had to move them from Friday night to Saturday night, and then to week nights, and from there they kind of fizzled. I don’t think that our customers lost interest, but it’s possible that I got a bit lazy. Janet has an opinion on that question.… Read the rest »
FOUR-COURSE WINE DINNER – TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 5TH – 6 pm
Vito Candela manages North America sales and distribution for the respected Tuscan winery, Rocca Delle Macie. He is going to be in town on February 5TH so we decided to use the opportunity to drink some of his wine paired with great Tuscan cuisine.
In the US, celebrity-owned wineries are a fairly recent phenomenon. Ranging from Francis Ford Coppola to Joe Montana to Fess Parker, many have owned wineries or collaborated at various levels to become involved in the business of wine making. The late … Read the rest »
We had so many rich and wonderful experiences on our vacation in Europe this last September. The hospitality we were treated to in Switzerland and the beauty of the countryside around Lake Geneva were unsurpassed. The raucous time we had dodging scooters in Paris and the awe we felt touring that city and its museums was the stuff of deathbed recollections. The lazy comfort we enjoyed at the bed-and-breakfast in the hills of Valpolicella together with the dining adventures and comical exchanges with the locals in Verona created a lasting bond with this beautiful area … Read the rest »
Biodynamics is an agricultural philosophy most often described as “Organics plus.” Though it’s not untrue- biodynamics does include organic farming in its sphere- this catchphrase really fails to capture the essence of biodynamics. We are currently offering a Biodynamics wine flight to help convey the value of Biodynamics.
So, what is Biodynamic? Essentially, it is a holistic method of farming that sees the farm as a cohesive, interconnected, living system. All of the elements of the farm are important, from the soil and water to the air and animals, all of which are constantly exchanging energy. … Read the rest »
And now a trip to sunny Spain!
Spain is the third-largest producer of wine in the world. Winemaking is an essential part of Spanish history, as archaeologists have dated vines as far back as 4000 BC. However, it was not until recently that it became an important part of Spain’s economy and reputation. Since the 1950s, Spain’s economic independence has steadily increased, encouraging the development and exportation of wine. In 1996, restrictions on irrigation were lifted, further opening the industry for innovation and development.
Spain has a rigorous classification structure very similar to France’s. The classifications are (from most … Read the rest »
Last month, in addition to bringing back wine tasting dinners, we introduced wine flights to our regular routine. The trial run, with Rhone-style wines, proved a success. It gave us a chance to share new wines with both our staff and our customers, and create a fun and educational conversation about those wines.
This month, we are continuing our exploration of traditional and contemporary European wines, but are heading to Spain! Spain is one of the oldest wine-growing countries in the world. Historians believe that varietals have been cultivated there for close to 3,000 years. In … Read the rest »
French Rhone wines come predominantly from two areas. The Northern Rhone begins just south of Lyon at Vienne and continues southerly to Valence. The northern tip of the much larger Southern Rhone is located around Montelimar and reaches down to Avignon before it forks westerly to Nimes and easterly to Cavaillon. Between the two is Clairette de Die. Janet and I will be vacationing in the region this spring and are yet to decide on the details of our trip so we decided to begin our adventure with you … Read the rest »
Ken Wright has been making wine in Oregon for twenty-six years. Over this period of time, the Wrights have established a reputation for creating exceptionally beautiful Pinot Noirs. They have mastered the art and science of winemaking, and as a result their fan base is vast and well-informed.
We are thrilled to be offering the following four of Ken’s wines on our wine list, all of which scored over 90 in Wine Spectator:
Abbott Claim Vineyard 2007 Pinot Noir: This vineyard is in the Carlton-Yamhill AVA. Here soils are high in sand and therefore offer the excellent drainage necessary for … Read the rest »
The organization of AVA’s (American Viticultural Areas) in Southern Oregon is a little confusing. The Southern Oregon AVA was created in 2004 as a “super-AVA”, incorporating both the Rogue Valley and Umqua Valley AVA’s. Applegate Valley is a sub-AVA of the Rogue. Umqua Valley also has its own sub-AVA, the little known “Red Hill Douglas County, Oregon AVA”, which was clearly named by a committee.
For our current series we have selected two wines from Cowhorn Vineyard: a 2007 Syrah and a 2009 Grenache Rose. Cowhorn is a relatively young winery that has achieved remarkable success given their youth,… Read the rest »