Dobbes Spring Dinner Selections

Spring is a season of rejuvenation, renewal, and new beginnings. As the weather warms up and flowers begin to bloom, it’s the perfect time to explore new flavors and pairings that complement the season. We’ve put together some of the best spring food pairings for four fan-favorite wine varieties: Riesling, Rosé, Pinot Noir, and Syrah. 

Bottle of Dobbes Family Chehalem Mountains Chardonnay


A great Riesling walks the tightrope between taught acidity and luscious sweetness. With a shorter growing season in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, it’s not every year that the fruit gets fully ripe. At Dobbes our inclination to use fruit from across the state allows us to place Columbia Gorge Riesling and Willamette Valley Riesling right next to each other. Brightness from the Willamette Valley plus roundness from the warmer Columbia Gorge equals a perfect balance, all fermented in stainless steel, preserving freshness.  

Its acidity and fruit-forward notes make it a great choice for pairing with fresh salads, grilled seafood, and light pasta dishes. Try pairing Riesling with asparagus, peas, and fresh herbs like mint and basil for a truly spring-inspired dish. 

Riesling also pairs well with spicy dishes. Some of our team’s favorite pairings for Riesling include Thai or Indian cuisine. The acidity of the wine helps to balance out the heat and spice of the dish. For a delicious pairing, try a spicy curry with a slightly sweet Riesling. 

COLOR: Pale straw 
AROMA: Bay leaf, lemon, jasmine, shortbread  
PALATE: Perfect on the palate, the mouthwatering acidity is balanced by a subtle fruit sweetness making this the kind of wine that goes down easy on a summer day. The fresh acidity gives length to the palate, keeping all the flavorful fresh fruits of summer dancing on your tongue. 
FLAVOR: Green apple, mineral, lemon-lime, umami  

Bottle of Dobbes Family Winery Oregon Rosé


With a balanced beautiful bouquet of grapefruit, tangerine, and apricot, this Rosé also has floral orange blossom, almond, and herbal thyme notes. Upon entry, the wine is smooth, and delicate and displays a balanced, medium-bodied midpalate with mouthwatering acidity. Flavors of strawberry, watermelon, and pear wash over the palate, met with vanilla, lychee, and sweet honeysuckle. The flavors of cranberry and citrus fruits linger with a crisp and refreshing acid-driven finish.  

 Rosé is versatile and can be enjoyed year-round, but it’s especially popular in the spring and summer months. Its light, refreshing flavor pairs well with a variety of spring dishes, including grilled vegetables, seafood, and light pasta dishes. 

For a perfect spring pairing, try a glass of Rosé with a fresh spring salad topped with grilled chicken or shrimp. The acidity of the wine helps to cut through the richness of the protein, while the fruit-forward notes complement the flavors of the salad. 

Color: Pale Salmon 
Aroma: Grapefruit, tangerine, apricot, strawberry, orange zest, honeysuckle, watermelon, pineapple, and wet stone 
Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium body, mouthwatering acidity 
Flavor: Ripe strawberry, watermelon, pear, honeydew, lemon rind, orange, rose hips, pear, lychee, and vanilla  

Bottle of Dobbes Family Winery Grand Assemblage Pinot Noir


90 – Wine Spectator
Plush and fruit-forward, with jammy raspberry and blueberry flavors laced with spiced tea and orange peel. Drink now through 2029. —T.F. 

The Grand Assemblage Pinot Noir, our flagship wine, tells the story of both vintage and winemaking at Dobbes Family Estate, with fruit using the highest variety of vineyard blocks going into each bottle. As a LIVE certified winery, we work with our growers to ensure responsible farming and decision making in the vineyard that promotes unparalleled quality in the finished wines. In the winery, we take a great deal of care to make sure every wine hits a standard we are proud of. That means meticulous fruit sorting and fermentation management, the best French oak barrels, a lot of time waiting and even more time tasting. The result is an elevation of quality across the board. 

Pinot Noir is a medium-bodied red wine that pairs well with a variety of spring dishes. Its light tannins and fruit-forward notes make it a great choice for pairing with grilled meats, roasted vegetables, and hearty pasta dishes. 

For a delicious spring pairing, try a glass of Pinot Noir with a grilled salmon with a citrus vinaigrette. The wine’s fruit-forward notes complement the rich flavor of the salmon, while its light tannins help to balance out the dish’s richness. 

Color: Medium ruby
Aroma: Floral, strawberry, vanilla, mint
Palate: This wine draws long on the palate with mouthwatering acidity, and a light but discernible structure. Delicate and fresh, with the crystalline texture of a cooler vintage
Flavor: Raspberry, orange pith, blackberry, dark chocolate

Bottle of Dobbes Family Winery Sundown Vineyard Syrah


Sundown has been a mainstay of our Syrah collection for several years, but with the sale of the Vineyard in early 2021, this 2020 offering is the last of its kind at Dobbes. At an elevation of 1600 feet and sloping to the East, this vineyard is perfect for grape varieties that demand ample sunlight but benefit from protection from that hot afternoon sun. Syrah thrives here. LIVE certified, and farmed by one of our favorite Rogue Valley farmers, Michael Moore, we love this wine. We hope you enjoy it, too.   

Syrah is a full-bodied red wine that pairs well with a variety of spring dishes. Its bold flavor and high tannins make it a great choice for pairing with grilled meats, hearty stews, and roasted vegetables. 

For a perfect spring pairing, try a glass of Syrah with a grilled lamb dish or roasted root vegetables with polenta. The wine’s bold flavor and high tannins complement the rich flavor of the lamb or vegetables, while its acidity helps to cut through the richness. 

AROMA: Herbes de Provence, leather, caramel, coconut, banana, marion berry 
PALATE: Like drinking ice cream, this wine is opulent and seductively rich. Soft, ample tannins coat the whole mouth.  The wine lingers, indefinitely. This is a wine that does not need food; it is a meal all itself. 
FLAVOR: Resinous, vanilla, cassis, fennel, clove