The quarterly mead journal is out! As usual, Yours Truly has a food pairing article and a legislative committee update. Lots of meadery profiles — many of these meads are available here at the Kookoolan Farms Mead tasting room! http://issuu.com/americanmead/docs/amma_14.3
Here’s a wonderful and easy mead-and-food pairing: pasta with Thai peanut sauce, paired with Redstone Meadery’s mango nectar. Lunch was literally these three items only: noodles. sauce from a jar. mead. Nothing else. Totally yummy. The lightness, sweetness, and fruitiness of the Redstone session mead pairs beautifully with the slightly-hot peanut sauce. Any jarred sauce would do. I used a local micro-product from Portland for the noodles: “Asian fusion” handmade pasta, allegedly flavored with ginger. If it was in there, it was overwhelmed by the peanut sauce. Any good-quality pasta would be fine.
Kelly Klein at Groenfell Meadery has the coolest-ever mead poster available for $15. The clearest way yet to answer the question “what IS mead, anyway?” http://www.groennfell.com/store/p19/Mead_Varieties_Poster.html
Summer issue of the FREE American Mead Makers’ Quarterly Journal is out! http://issuu.com/americanmead/docs/amma_14.2_pages/1
Lovely article about mead; too bad the only mead the author sampled was what I’d consider to be an extreme endpoint example, not even an American mead, and certainly not one of the very best ones out there. Too bad she didn’t visit Kookoolan Farms and Kookoolan World Meadery’s tasting room — now more than 150 different meads on the shelves from all over the country and all over the world, with more than 40 different meads open for tasting TODAY.
Kookoolan World Meadery, 15713 Highway 47, Yamhill, Oregon. Now over 150 different meads from all over the country and all over the world, including our own international-award-winning “Elegance” mead. Tasting room with more than 30 bottles open for tasting any given day. Open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays 11am to 5pm year round, and anytime by appointment at (503) 730-7535. Wassail!
Memorial Day Weekend: our CSA vegetable gardens and vineyard are also open for a self-guided walking tour!