The first review for Oregon Wine Country Jerky will focus on a 4 ounce/113 gram bag of their Hot Pinot Noir flavored beef jerky. Their jerky is advertised as being naturally smoked for a unique West Coast flavor. This bag was kindly submitted for review by the owner, Glenn Loehr.
This Oregon Wine Country Jerky brand is distributed by GJ Products. They are located in Clackamas, Oregon, and this jerky brand was launched in 2014. The parent jerky brand, Northwest Bierhaus, also carries Oregon and Washington Country Wine Jerky brands. Their jerky is thick cut with a soft and tender texture, and is marinated in wine or beer. It is advertised to use only natural ingredients, which is true.
The beef used is guaranteed to be ethically raised, meaning free of growth hormones or additional antibiotics. There is no guarantee that the cattle have at least partial free range access to graze on grass. As a result, the highest ingredient rating that can be awarded is a Very Good (9/10) rating.
The only liquids used in the marinade are a decent soy sauce, and Pinot Noir. Wine is known to be healthy if consumed in moderation. Pinot Noir contains a beneficial phytonutrient named resveratrol, which offers a wide variety of health benefits.
The sugar level is respectable at only 2 grams of sugar per 30 grams of jerky. The salt level is high at 420mg of salt per 30 grams of jerky. However, that is negated because Northwest sea salt is used, which is high on minerals and trace minerals.
These strips of jerky are mostly traditionally shaped, being narrow and long. As advertised, this jerky does qualify to be thick cut. This jerky does have a soft & tender texture, which is easy to chew despite the thickness. There are almost no signs of fat, and handling this jerky leaves a light oily residue on your fingers.
Initially, there is a mild wine flavor. It may be a bit more fruity tasting compared to their California Cabernet flavor. Soon the spiciness starts to dominate. On a heat scale, it would rate about a 2 out of 4. It’s certainly spicy, but not overbearing.
There is only a light sweetness, which allows a good deal of natural beef flavor. Present throughout are a mild onion and garlic combination, along with a light peppered level. Overall, a very juicy flavor with a slight tang.
A 4 ounce/113 gram bag sells online for $11.00. That works out to $2.75 an ounce, which rates as an expensive price. This jerky is certainly recommended to wine lovers who also enjoy a medium spiciness.
This narrow, clear plastic bag is not resealable, which is uncommon for a 4 ounce/113 gram bag. Worth noting is that this bag is vacuum sealed, the best way to keep jerky fresh. There is one label affixed to the front, and nothing on the back. There is a drawing of Oregon wine country on the label.
Their slogan is “Made with Oregon Wines”. The blurb displayed is “Hand-Crafted Beef Jerky Marinated in Oregon Wines, Naturally Smoked for a Unique West Coast Flavor”.
There are a few bag categories missing such as allergen alerts, and the bag not being resealable.
Order their jerky online: www.northwestbierhausjerky.com