Eek. We might have some room for improvement with rhymes. But that’s not the point!
There’s a new wine guy in the Carriage House! (Okay, he’s not new to the Carriage House, but he is newly taking over the wine program.)
In February, Mr. Douglas Derrick joined our Raven & Rose family as GM and now leads the wine program. He comes to us after five years at Nostrana toting with him a love and knowledge of natural wines. In October, he was awarded Wine Enthusiast Magazine’s “40 Under 40: America’s Tastemakers” noting him as a pioneer in the comeback of the classic Negroni cocktail.
We trust Doug’s palate immensely, and we’re stoked to see what you think too! He loves just a bit of cellar funk in his wine because he says it makes it smell real and alive. For Northwest wines, Temperance Hill Vineyard in the Eola-Amity Hills is by far his favorite. It has been organically farmed by the legendary Dai Crisp for 15 years. While the Pacific Northwest region is very near and dear to his heart, Doug also plans to showcase delicious wines from other regions as well, including California and Europe.
He plans to continue building on our already incredible wine list by bringing in new styles and genres, and continuing a deep-level of education with the staff like training servers for suggested menu pairings. (Pro tip: have a glass of the Bow & Arrow Melon 2013 with our pear and beet salad!)
Flights will soon be a year round occurrence on the menu: showcasing three thematic wines with a flight sheet so you can compare palate, region, and style. You will also find champagne by the glass, stored in a Perlage champagne preservation system ensuring that the last glass is just as good as the first.
Come grab a glass or bottle, and enjoy his wine picks. It’s always a good to day snuggle-up in the warm Carriage House.