A Sandwich to Survive On

We’ve had the pleasure of working Ethan Zohn this past year on our upcoming Eagle & Plow Run or Ride Race in the Vineyard.

A fan of Mercer wine, Ethan’s most well known for his winning Survivor Africa. He’s also battled and survived cancer, co-founded Grassroot Soccer,  and spends his days volunteering, speaking and being an advocate.

We’re happy to say that Ethan and his wife, Lisa, poured Mercer wine at their wedding in Vermont about a year ago. It was through discussing wedding, wine and life that we bonded with Ethan and he came up with the idea to have us host a fun-run in our vineyard.


We loved this idea: It’s a great way to promote our beautiful vineyards and the natural scenery that the Horse Heaven Hills have to offer, and it just so happens that owner, Rob Mercer, is quite the athlete himself and had been hard at work developing a challenging mountain bike trail that loops through our property. Ethan’s current passion is making the world a better place, and devotes larges amount of his time to supporting a variety of charities. At Mercer, we also have a strong belief in donating time and money to our community and charities. Discussing the run, the bike trail and our mutual desire for charitable giving, the Eagle & Plow (our vineyard) Run or Ride was born! 100% of proceeds from this event will go to Ethan’s Grassroot Soccer and the Semper Fi Fund.

You’re invited to join us on this fantastic day of fitness, beautiful scenary and a celebration of giving back. Ethan and his wife, Lisa, will lead the run/walk portion. Rob will lead the bike portion. And we’ll all head back to the Tasting Room in Prosser for a taco feed, wine tasting, and a live auction to continue to raise more money for these great charities. Check out more information on the event here.

Some of our favorite conversations with Ethan included wine and food pairings. We talked about the desire to eat good, whole foods and the flavor natural eating provides (vs proceed, packaged foods). We asked for one of his favorite recipes and he mentioned gribenes and we were all over it!

Mini versions of GLTs were served at Lisa and Ethan’s reception for their wedding. This recipes takes some planning ahead, but is worth it and better for you than bacon!
Enjoy with a glass of our 2016 Rose!

GLT Recipe

Makes 2 sandwiches

Chicken skin from 8 large chicken breasts

Kosher salt


mayo – or favorite sandwich sauce/topping

4 slices of bread of your choice

4-8 slices tomato (depending on size of tomato—enough to cover sandwich will)

Romaine lettuce leaves

fresh basil leaves, chopped

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Season chicken skin a pinch of salt and some pepper. Spread the skin s on a lightly oiled baking sheet and cook until crispy, about 45 minutes.

When skin is crispy, assemble sandwich by spreading mayo on bread, topping with lettuce, to tomatoes and chicken skin on top, sprinkle with fresh basil, then bread.

Cut in half, and serve immediately!