Misadventures with Miso

Misadventures with Miso

Friday, March 27, 2015

Grimm Night at Helvetia Tavern

I have a Grimm location post. Actually two Grimm locations! I haven't done one of these in a while. But this one was easy since I'm familiar with both places. So when John Platt, owner of Helvetia Winery said that Grimm was remodeling his house for a week it was pretty obvious that a Grimm viewing party would be needed.

Sure enough one was held last week for us locals to watch Grimm episode "Bad Luck". John explained what went on during filming at the winery to the many people who filled up the outdoor patio at what just happens to be another Grimm location.

Helvetia Tavern!  I did a post about Helvetia Tavern back in 2013 which you can read here if you want. I'm not sure if they always show Grimm when it airs but they did last week. Inside we were sitting at the pool table watching under all those hats.

I enjoyed a glass of Helvetia Winery's 2013 pinot noir with a harvest burger and onion rings. The wine and rings were good, the burger was average. Watching the show with people who enjoy it was fun.

I've been meaning to do a post about Helvetia Winery for some time. At least for now I can share a photo of the house that is where the tastings are done and was the house used for the first part of the show. It looks a bit different inside from what was in the show but John said that he did keep the painting they did inside and the curtains.

Helvetia Winery is in beautiful farm land in Helvetia just north of the 26 freeway. Nearby is Helvetia Lavender Farm and Pacific Crest Alpaca Farm which you pass by on the drive to the winery. Also used by the Grimm crew was the Helvetia Christmas Tree Farm which is part of the lavender farm. This is just a hop, skip and a jump from the winery front door and is where poor Peter met his end.

If you decide to go to the winery you should have better luck than Peter. Not only is there wine to taste and buy but often there are events that happen and sometimes even local salmon for sale. Here's Helvetia Winery's website and they do have an email newsletter also. Along with that they were one of the first winery's in Oregon to offer bouteille fills which means less wine bottles being used. I know I've enjoyed my visits there and need to get back soon.


  1. Thank you, Julie, for your fine fermentations and observations in Miso as well as your visit to The Grimm Watch Party at Helvetia Tavern. Come visit again soon
    John Platt
    Helvetia Winery

    1. Thanks back John for putting together a fun night for us Grimm viewers and for your comment. I need to get up to the winery for more pinot noir. I'm also looking forward to being able to get salmon this summer again!