As water is one of the most essential elements in our lives, it is a high priority that our water taste good and be free of chlorine, bacteria, and all metals. We have designed a special system that filters the water at Restaurant Nora three different ways. This is the water used throughout the restaurant and of course for your still and sparkling drinking water served in our cobalt blue bottles.
Our wine list offers unusual selections from small wineries around the world that use organic or biodynamic practices for their vineyards and/or winemaking. These producers believe that the only way to grow grapes for the long term is by working with nature, not using synthetic pesticides or fertilizers in their vineyards, and incorporating sustainable methods in their winemaking. These wineries experiment with unusual grape varietals and winemaking methods to produce wines that are both flavorful and interesting.
One of these wineries is Domaine Pouillon, which is owned by Nora’s son and daughter-in-law, Alexis and Juliet Pouillon, who are also the winemakers. Nestled into the Columbia River Gorge near Lyle, Washington, Domaine Pouillon produces 2500 cases of wine and 50 happy chickens using biodynamic methods with minimal mechanization.
All of the wines are stored in our wine cellar, built with old recycled wood in our basement.
Our custom blend coffee is roasted weekly by James C. Cannell Coffees. The organic beans, bought exclusively from small farmer-owned cooperatives throughout Central and South America, are shade grown under the forest canopy, which helps protect local forests as well as provide a natural habitat for birds. The company was recently certified as Bird Friendly by the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center.
Eco-Prima Tea supplies us with certified organic and fair trade teas. These are served in cast-iron pots lined with enamel, which prevents the tea flavors from seeping into the pots over time.
After years of searching, we have finally found sources in South America for certified organic sugar and chocolate.