So we tossed the rest of our itinerary and chilled.
I learned about the winery long ago as a maker of mead, but it now has an ambitious menu of grape wine and fruit wine as well as mead.
Like Terre Beau, Pirtle is housed in a former church. It was a Lutheran Evangelical Church, built in 1867. The tasting room has stained glass windows with floral designs.
This was also the only place I know that specializes in St. Vincent. Pirtle has three versions:
- Alhambra: This one is a magnificent St. Vincent, getting more out of the grape than I've ever tasted. It's a rich, dry wine that tames the tangy aspect of the grape.
- Weston Bend Red: A light-bodied wine that somehow also had big mouth feel.
- Weston Bend Rosé: A luscious rosé.
Norton: Big with a little French oak.
Vignoles: Dry with powerful citrus and fruit.
Apple wine: Semi-sweet with a citrus effect that reminded me of Sauvignon Blanc.
Honey mead: Like honey on toast.
We found a table under a long, cool canopy that used fabric to block the sun and greenery to complete the enclosure. We had a lunch of assorted nibbles and a bottle of Weston Bend Rose´.
And then we set off for home.