Carrot Cake, Parma-style

Elise Stimac2018, Pairing, Recipes, White WinesLeave a Comment

Parma Style Carrot Cake - Recipe Giada de Laurentis

Parma-style Carrot Cake by Giada De Laurentiis This fabulously subtle and unique Carrot Cake, Parma-style recipe by Giadi De Laurentiis, makes repeat performances in our family ever since we discovered it on the Food Network. Lightly sweet, not too spicy, well-balanced and zingy with a touch of fennel and lemon zest, this carrot cake can be eaten for breakfast, lunch … Read More

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow

Elise StimacVineyard

Overview of snow-covered Torio Vineyard on Chehalem Mountain, Willamette Valley, Oregon.

Winter arrives, finally We’ve been experiencing a mild winter this year with temperatures rarely below freezing and despite the weather reports, rainfall seemed pretty normal. We were all beginning to think that we would not be getting any cold weather and many vineyards, including ours, chose to prune vines a little earlier than normal. Last week, however, temperatures took a … Read More

2018 Vineyard Grower’s Update

Elise StimacFamily, Growing, Vineyard, WildlifeLeave a Comment

Bloom on vines at Three Feathers Estate & Vineyard

2018 Vineyard Grower’s Update The 2018 season in the vineyard began with pruning in early February. The winter was cool and dry punctuated with rainy periods, but not characteristically wet. Even spring was not very wet despite lingering cool temps and Bud Break was a month later than last year, on May 2. Once the plants started growing it was … Read More

2017 Grape Harvest

Elise StimacGrowing, Vineyard

Rows of Grape Vines in Rolling Hills of Three Feathers Vineyard, Chehalem Mountain, Oregon, Morning Light in Fall Season

Three Feathers Estate 2017 Grape Harvest The year in the vineyard has come to a close.  The grapes are picked, sorted, de-stemmed and nestled in their vats at Lady Hill Winery where they are on the road to becoming the 2017 Vintage Three Feathers Pinot Noir. It has been a year of difficult decisions and challenges, but in many ways … Read More

Lines on the Vines

Elise StimacGrowing, Vineyard

Vines and tendrils reaching upwards on their trellis wires on Th

2017 Vineyard Season Update We have been frantically busy since our last post about the vineyard at bud break in May.  I analogize the season in the vineyard to a horse race with us in a race to keep up with the pace of the vines as they grow.  There’s weeding and mowing, fertilizing and disease control and the perpetual … Read More

Hay Harvesting on Three Feathers Estate

Elise StimacFamily, Farm Life, Hay making

Haymaking Team of Three Feathers Estate & Vineyard

Three Feathers Estate 2017 Hay Harvest The day the Prudhomme boys landed in Portland from France, Three Feathers hay was ready to harvest. We drove the French contingent right to Wilco to buy double-reinforced leather gloves and it was off to work. In three days, Big Blue and Baby Blue (our two New Holland tractors) cut and raked and win-rowed … Read More

Living with the Wildlife

Elise StimacFarm Life, Wildlife

Nubian goats eating grass in their pen, Ford truck in background.

Living with the Wildlife Our Ford F-150 gets a lot of use during the growing season, but when it is idle, it is parked in a dry spot by our goat barn. Last summer we noticed an odor inside the cab; a faint odor of manure.  We checked our shoes, nothing.  As the odor persisted we looked further, under and … Read More

God Speed The Plough

Elise StimacGrowing

The verse on this mug purchased by Virginia Roosevelt Armentrout just about sums up the entire philosophy expressed at Three Feathers Estate.

Let the Wealthy and Great Roll in Splendor and State, I envy them not, I declare it. I eat my own Lamb My own Chickens and Ham I shear my own Fleece and I wear it. I have Lawns, I have Bowers I have Fruits, I have Flowers The Lark is my morning alarmer, So Jolly Boys now Here’s God … Read More

New Buds on Pinot Noir Grapevines

Elise StimacGrowing

Springtime buds on grape vines on Three Feathers Estate, Chehalem Mountain AVA, Yamhill County, Oregon, United States.

New Buds We go out frequently to see if the vines are coming to life. Today I could detect the tiniest little swelling on a new bud. We have had a record breaking winter of ice, snow, rain and mud with many slides in the valley.  With the coming of spring it has warmed a bit and we have had … Read More