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Mediterranean-Inspired Dishes Paired with Yakima Valley Wines from Dineen Vineyards #WinePW #Sponsored

 This is a sponsored post written by me in conjunction with the March #WinePW Yakima Valley wines event.
Wine samples were provided for this post and this page may contain affiliate links. 

This month, for the March 2021 event for the Wine Pairing Weekend group, Robin of Crushed Grape Chronicles is hosting as we explore the wines of Washington state's Yakima Valley. You can read her invitation here. And Robin worked with Wine Yakima Valley to pair the participating writers with sponsoring wineries. 

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Yakima Valley's Dineen Vineyards

Producing nearly half of the wine from Washington, the Yakima Valley is the oldest and largest wine growing region in the state. A couple of my very favorite things about participating in all of these wine pairing groups: meeting new wineries and playing with pairings. So, when Dineen Vineyards* shipped me samples ahead of the March Wine Pairing Weekend event, I was so excited to make their acquaintance. 

I was able to spend some time on a Zoom call with Marissa Dineen, Owner, and Amanda Conley-Bagge, Dineen Vineyards' Tasting Room Manager. With the on-going pandemic and shelter-in-place orders, this seems to be a way we are all connecting. Obviously it's not the same as tasting wine with them in person, but it was so informative and so much fun. When Jake and I make it to the Yakima Valley, I will be stopping there for sure!

Dineen Vineyards is located in the hills of the Lower Yakima Valley. And if I had to distill what I love about them, in addition to their  amazing wines, it's their focus on family. My very first introduction to Dineen Vineyards was an email exchange with Marissa where she pointed me to a recipe that her daughter had just posted on their website for Peanut Butter Miso  Cookies. I excitedly tested out a version of my own - Peanut Butter-Red Miso Cookies - which was sadly not a hit with my family.

During our call, Marissa shared the history of Dineen Vineyards which was originally started with a 12-acre apple orchard. In 2001, Pat and Lanie Dineen bought the orchard, removed the trees, and planted the first vines in what is now called 'Catherine's Vineyard', named after Pat's mother. The following year, a larger parcel was acquired and because the second vineyard and home to the tasting room. All of the blocks at this site are named for the immediate family: Pat's wife, Lanie; their daughters, Marissa and Bridget; and grandchildren Charlotte, Quinn, and Rose are all represented.

Another family connection that Marissa shared was that her nephew just got his driver's license and "got to practice on that thing…no worries about going to fast with an old truck!" She was referring to The Black Truck that is featured in one version of their logo. The 1950 Half-ton Chevrolet, "5-window, blue streak with sun bonnet is a replica of Pat's father's very first truck." The Truck represents the family's ties to agriculture through several generations.

Mediterranean-Inspired Dishes

For the official event, I am showcasing their 2015 Dineen Vineyard Heritage Red Wine with an Italian dish; 2017 Dineen Vineyards Viognier with a Moroccan dish; and their 2015 Dineen Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon made for some fun during a little friendly competition between my husband and myself. Here's what I shared. Click on the title to go to the original recipe post.

A Little Friendly Competition 
+ 2015 Dineen Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon

And there is no recipe post for our charcuterie nipa hut and cottage, but we did make a video for the Culinary Cam YouTube channel. Watch it here...

And you can leave me a comment as to which one you prefer: Jake's Nipa Hut or my Charcuterie Cottage. I don't know why I'm asking...I haven't like people's answers so far. Ha.

A single varietal - 100% Cabernet Sauvignon - this wine was aged for a year and a half in 50% new and 50% once-used French oak barrel. The wine pours a rich, ruby with aromas of blue fruits and rich spices. On the palate, you get red fruit along with the blue as well as more vanilla and black pepper. This wine was a great match for all the flavors and texture in our charcuterie creations, from salumi to cheeses and pickles to popcorn!

Well, that's a wrap for this month's exploration of the wines of Washington state's Yakima Valley. Next month, Andrea of The Quirky Cork will lead a discussion of Under the Radar European Wine Regions. Stay tuned...

Dineen Vineyards on the web, on Facebook, on Instagram

Wine Yakima Valley on the web, on Facebook, on Twitter, on YouTube

*Disclosure: I received sample wines for recipe development, pairing, and generating social media traction. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the organizer and sponsors of this event.


  1. Tell Jake as much as I like his I am voting for you! Your cottage shows much promise for creativity and architecture. As does his. Oh well, they are both winners. As is that wine!!

  2. I like when we get wines early enough to make great pairings and have fun with them. I'm loving both of your creations....the things we do will being house bound LOL

    1. I know! I was so grateful to have received such generous packages so early on. It made playing with the pairings so much easier.

  3. Dineen is on my list for our next trip to the Yakima Valley! I love the idea of the Tangine with the Viognier!

    1. It was delicious, Robin. You'll have to try it and tell me what you think.

  4. Your charcuterie cottage all the way. Hands down. And the Cabernet sounds like a perfect pairing with those charcuterie wonders. How could you then eat your beautiful work. Amazing.

    1. Thanks, Susannah. We actually ate one for dinner and one for lunch! We were pretty burnt out on charcuterie at the end of that weekend. LOL.

  5. Looks like you had fun with this one as usual! I will have to go check out your pairing for the Heritage...

    1. Yes, please do. I can't wait to see what you do with it.

  6. What great pairings Cam. I'm sorry I missed the opportunity to chat more with the winemakers for the wines I was provided. You definitely made the most of it and it shows!

  7. I think that is a common theme in Yakima.... family

  8. Family connections and putting down roots seem to be core values in Yakima. Isn't it fun to speak with the people behind these wines? Dineen's on my list of wineries to visit later this year!

  9. Trust you to go all out and make buildings while the rest just make flat charcuterie plates! Both look highly intricate and the only way I can vote for one or the other is if I have some - or a lot - from each. What a fun read!

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