There’s a new BBQ duo in town and while their ‘Q is low and slow, they are rising high and fast. Oregonians listen up and learn about Ember and Vine. Everyone else, keep reading, we have great summer wine suggestions for you.
This team not only serves up great food, but also recommends wines to pair. Sean Martin is Ember and wife Mary Cressler is Vine. Mary is a fellow wine writer and sommelier. Mary puts her two cents worth into recipe creation as well. Mary explains, “Sean will tell you he’s a meat guy and I’m the health nut. I’m the backbone of everything that isn’t 100% meat based. Don’t ask me to smoke a chicken though because I’m 99% certain I’ll overcook it!”
For my Southern readers, folks out here say they are going to BBQ, when they really mean they are going to grill steaks or burgers. We had to check and sure enough Ember and Vine are doing it right.
Sean and Mary have been building their catering business for a while. The first time we met Mary she was talking about BBQ. The first time we met Sean was on a press trip where he was concocting salsa, MacGyver style, from random ingredients at our guest house.
They recently began to receive the recognition they deserve, starting with a first place win in the Traeger grilling competition – Meat Madness. Their Smoked Brisket Nachos, with ingredients like beer and leftover coffee, stole the show. Mary, “We chose this recipe because it was a delicious creation and we totally believed in the recipe and its potential.”
Last weekend Phelps Creek Vineyards in the Columbia Gorge celebrated the win with a Nachos and Syrah Party. Phelps Creek is one of our FAVORITE wineries in the Gorge, and really in Oregon. The first time we had Sean’s pork loin it was enough to make Jade not only stop talking, but possibly make an embarrassing moan. A two hour drive was nothing to catch this food and wine combo.
The Le Petit was a kicker – a Pinot noir made like a Beaujolais , with carbonic maceration. It had all of the fun flavors you want from a quality Beaujolais with the classic flavors of Pinot noir. To buy wine, visit Phelps Creek or order online.
Of course the selected pairing of the day was Phelps Creek Syrah with the Smoked Brisket Nachos. Dark, rich fruit complemented the smoky, tangy brisket.
Okay Oregon BBQ lovers back to you.
If you missed the nacho party it isn’t too late. Ember and Vine will be teaming up with Barrel 47 to do pulled pork sandwiches and chorizo verde smoked sausage links at Porklandia June 20th in Carlton. They also will hold one of the coveted spots at Counter Culture July 22 at Anne Amie Vineyards. The website for Ember and Vine is under construction. Follow their Facebook page and visit Vindulge for recipe, tips, and wine pairings.