cellar notes

Stoller Smith

This winter, the most quintessentially Oregon wine experience can be found at elevation 7,000 feet—Silcox Hut, on Mount Hood’s southern shoulder. Just a Sno-Cat ride from Timberline Lodge, executive chef Jason Stoller Smith’s (above) Winemaker’s Dinner Series runs through April, featuring a different winemaker each month in the beautifully restored 1939 Works Progress Administration building.

The dinners ($200 a head) are predicated on Stoller Smith’s sous vide cooking method, and will pair his succulent preparations (made with black truffles, wild boar, short ribs, duck, and wagyu beef) with Oregon’s best wines: Bergström, Chehalem, Cristom, Domaine Drouhin Oregon, Lange, Ponzi, and R. Stuart & Co. Older vintages from winery libraries will be featured alongside more recent vintages, explained by the folks who crafted them and warmed by the glow of the Silcox hearth. Here are a few featured bottles that you may be inspired to add to your own collection. —Condé Cox