Entries by Tamara Belgard

East Meets Pacific Northwest: Oregon Arak

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by 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 […]

The Best Views in Oregon Wine Country

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by Planning a visit to Oregon’s wine country? You should; swoon-worthy wines and sublime views await you! Between the snowcapped mountains, pastoral settings, long reaching valleys, and vineyards that provide a tapestry of color, a visual feast is practically around every corner. And though it’s difficult to narrow down the list, the following are 12 […]

5 unusual wines that’ll be filling glasses at Pour Oregon 2019

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by Cellar 503’s popular wine festival, Pour Oregon, is back for its third year on Sunday, April 28. Festival-goers can taste samples from over 50 winemakers representing 18 of the state’s 19 winemaking regions — all conveniently located under one roof at the World Trade Center in downtown Portland. The event, in partnership with The Oregonian/OregonLive, features […]

Picture-Perfect Parrett: Chehalem Mountains neighborhood a scenic, sip-worthy treasure

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by Parrett Mountain certainly represents one of the gateways to Willamette Valley wine country. With its convenient location between Sherwood and Newberg, close proximity to Portland and expanding number of small-production, family-owned wineries, this particular area in the Chehalem Mountains AVA is coming into its own. While some of these wineries have been there for […]

Oregon brings Italian wines to the table

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by The Oregon wine industry, solidly built on a foundation of Pinot Noir, is simultaneously rooted in experimentation. And though many regional winegrowers maintain the shared latitude with Burgundy in France validates Pinot Noir as the primary grape, Oregon’s diversity of geography soil, and climate makes it ripe for an Italian renaissance. The number of […]