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Sauvignon Blanc Rising: Oregon winemakers give expressive white a proper boost

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Sauvignon Blanc can be polarizing. Either you love it or hate it. And if you enjoy it, you likely feel passionately about one style over another — the tart and floral versions in France vs. the “grassy” glasses from New Zealand.

Although Oregon is probably not an obvious destination when seeking the white wine, you can find various local expressions, from the Willamette Valley to the Columbia Gorge to Southern Oregon. And as Sauvignon Blanc gains in popularity, the state’s selection also grows.

Read the complete article here in the Oregon Wine Press.


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The Largest Event of its Kind in the Northwest Returns to Portland – Sake Fest 2019

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Sake glassSake Fest is not just another wine tasting. Not that there’s anything wrong with wine tastings, but this is definitely not that. Saké Fest PDX provides lucky guests the unique opportunity to educate themselves on a very tasty subject. Learn what sets saké apart and makes it such a versatile beverage and so very special. Taste something new or just revisit old saké favorites on Wednesday, June 26th in the Portland Ballroom of the Oregon Convention Center.
From the saké novice to the experienced saké drinker, with so much saké to try, people are bound to find many new favorites. Delicious food to complement the saké will be served by Zilla Saké, Wares Pdx, Sho Japanese Restaurant, Giraffe, Tekka Bar, Full Circle, Hello Fresh, Zupans, and more.
Attendees will also have the opportunity to purchase SakePedia: A Non- Traditional Guide to Japan’s Traditional Beverage. “SakePedia is really about de- mystifying an already unnecessarily mysterious beverage. I try to convey how approachable sake is for drinkers of all kinds of alcohol beverages, in as un- pretentious a way as possible,” explains author Jeff Cioletti.

Davvy Lee with Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits adds, “Sake? Fest PDX is one of the best food and beverage festivals in town, some say the nation! People should come to discover how amazing sake? is– it’s all about learning and having fun.”

When: Wednesday, June 26, 2019, 5:30 – 9 PM
Where: The Portland Ballroom at the Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Portland, OR 97232

Early Admission: $79 per person in advance online only (a very limited number of these tickets are available)
Regular Admission: $59 per person in advance online
At the Door: $70, but only a limited number of tickets will be available

Click here for more information and to purchase tickets. 

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East Meets Pacific Northwest: Oregon Arak

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Nothing describes East meets Pacific Northwest better than the story of Bull Run Distillery’s Oregon Arak. Unofficially known as the national beverage of Lebanon, arak is a classic Middle Eastern grape-based spirit. In the case of Bull Run Distillery’s version, the base spirit is distilled directly from Willamette Valley Pinot Noir wine (not just must) combined with anise seed from Syria, providing the best of both worlds. Bottled exclusively for the Gorham Restaurant Group (and available to taste at Bull Run Distillery tasting rooms), arak is best enjoyed with mezze — as it is traditionally served in the Middle East — where it aids in cleansing the palate in preparation for the next food flavor. It also can be sipped as a delicious and refreshing after-dinner digestif, or — as Jamal Hassan, bar director of Mediterranean Exploration Company and Shalom Y’all expertly demonstrates — mixed in cocktails. Check out the complete article with cocktail recipe here on SIP Northwest.