Inside of Pullman Wine Bar

4 Questions with David Holstrom of Pullman Wine Bar & Merchant

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With more and more luxury hotels dotting the Portland landscape, their influence on the city’s food and wine scene can be seen with the surge of trendy new eating and drinking hotspots that have been opening — take Hey Love in the Jupiter NEXT and Abigail Hall in the Woodlark Hotel, for example. Though Hotel Eastlund is far from a new player, with David Machado’s popular rooftop destination Altabira, the Lloyd District hotel has taken its vision to new heights with the chic, yet down-to-earth, street-level bottle shop and wine bar, Pullman Wine Bar & Merchant.

Inspired by a French bistro that Machado and wine consultant David Holstrom experienced in Paris, the team has created a warm and welcoming space in Pullman, fusing a tasting room experience with modern European touches, while providing an opportunity for… Read the full story here on SIP Northwest.

Mencia grapes on the vine

Mencia makes its mark in the Columbia Gorge

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If you’re a fan of Spanish wines, you’re going to love this! And if you’re a fan of wineries that take risks to bring consumers something unique, you’re going to love it even more.

Experimentation is at the core of Oregon wine grape growing. After all, it’s what started the Pinot Noir movement in the Willamette Valley during the 1960s and ‘70s. And what could be more experimental than being the first domestic producer of a grape that’s primarily grown only in Spain?

The vineyards of Analemma Wines, in the heart of the Columbia Gorge AVA, are in, what’s by nature, a cool climate AVA. It’s this unique climate that has stirred Analemma Wine’s owners Steven Thompson and Kris Fade to plant and produce the very first Mencia (pronounced Men-THEE-a) grown in the United States… Read the full story here in WinePress NW.

Tailgating party

Tailgate Gourmet: Score big before the game with delectable dishes and fine wines

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With football season upon us, tailgate parties are in force. After all, there’s nothing like the ambiance of a parking lot for eating and drinking to excess. And while throwing some juicy dogs on a grill or bringing a plate of savory charcuterie is always welcome, there’s a whole world of tailgate ideas that will inspire even the non-sports lovers to come out in droves.

Duck or Beaver — or Viking or Pilot or Wildcat or Raider, etc. — one thing we can all agree on is tasty food. The following recipes were generously provided by local restaurants, caterers, as well as local food blogging geniuses, serving to unite fans everywhere. Paired expertly with the recommended Oregon wines, these dishes will surely make you a game-day winner.

Read the full story and get all the recipes here on Oregon Wine Press.

Alex Fullerton holding a bottle of his wine

4 Questions with Alex Fullerton of Fullerton Wines

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The Fullerton family of Portland’s Fullerton Wines believes that great wine speaks profoundly; it’s a universal language transcending any one culture. And as a family that speaks many languages, it’s no surprise that wine has become a favorite language to connect, speak and share with others.

After Alex Fullerton graduated from the University of Oregon in 2010 with an economics degree, he and his father Eric were tasting wine at Penner-Ash Wine Cellars. A conversation about homebrewing and the process of fermentation ensued, which led to another conversation about Alex Fullerton making wine.

He got his feet wet as an intern and later a cellar hand at Penner-Ash. Passion ignited and Fullerton then went to New Zealand to work at the now-defunct Drylands Winery in Marlborough, returning to Oregon more determined than ever to learn more about growing and production. He worked another harvest at Penner-Ash, then at Bergström Wines before Fullerton Wines was born in in 2011 in a garage with just a few barrels of Pinot Noir.

Fullerton eventually took the reins as head winemaker for Fullerton Wines crafting Burgundian varietals of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Here, he talks about what it’s like being one of the youngest winemakers in the Willamette Valley, his Danish roots and his family’s vision for their winery.

Read the complete story here on SIP Northwest.