Pinot Noir Auction Slam Dunk

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Two days to taste 81 lots of the Willamette Valley’s best 2016 Pinot noir is a big job for anyone, but buyers (and writers) rose to the challenge. April 6-7, 2018 marked the third annual Pinot Noir Auction at the Allison Inn & Spa in Newberg, OR. Producers brought their A-game, generating over $800,000 in revenue to benefit the marketing and educational initiatives of the Willamette Valley Wineries Association.

The auction presented 78 lots of one-of-a-kind Pinot noir wines and three collaborative lots of Chardonnay from the 2016 vintage. Each wine was produced in quantities of five, 10 or 20 cases, and will only be available to the public through resale by the winning bidder.

Veteran wine auctioneer Fritz Hatton ran the show. Opening bids throughout the auction were greeted by a flurry of raised paddles, resulting in frequent bidding wars and rapid price escalation.

Not surprising, the top selling Pinot noir came from winemaker Maggie Harrison of Antica Terra (watch the video of the action below). The five-case lot produced entirely from the Antica Terra Vineyard, sold for a whopping $33,000.

Reflecting what is clearly a stellar vintage, the top five auction lots were:

• Lot 26: Five cases of Antica Terra “Alder Creek” Pinot noir: $33,000
• Lot 82: Five cases of Zena Crown Vineyard “Barrel and Foot” Pinot noir: $24,000
• Lot 11:Five cases of Alexana Estate Winery “By A Landslide” Pinot noir: $20,000
• Lot 83: 10 cases of Hyland Estates “The Perfect Pair” Pinot noir: $20,000
• Lot 75: Five cases of Bethel Heights “Vesper Bell” Pinot noir: $19,000

According to 2018 auction chair Laurent Montelieu (owner/winemaker for Solena Estate and Hyand Estate), “The 2018 auction exceeded our highest expectations. There was tremendous enthusiasm among the trade for the Willamette Valley region, as well as for the 2016 vintage, which we expect to go down in history as a benchmark year for Oregon.”

Laurent Montelieu and David Lett

Dick Erath and Laurent Montelieu

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Because Andina + Pinot Noir = Awesome

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Portland’s quintessential Peruvian restaurant rings in fall with this Pinot Noir dinner on Thursday, October 26th.

Explore Pinot noir from around the world while dining on Andina’s beloved Peruvian cuisine during this 3-course dinner celebrating harvest and the new fall wine releases. Resident Beverage Director, Drew Duggan has curated a selection of 40 pinot noirs that offer guests an opportunity to taste through the extensive offering while dining family-style on Peruvian tapas served  in the private event space above the restaurant. The menu includes some familiar Andina favorites, as well as other specialties created specifically for this dinner by Chef Dustin Koerner in collaboration with Peruvian-born Co-Owner Doris Rodriguez de Platt.

Wines include local favorites:
Ken Wright Cellars
Evening Land
St. Innocent
Furioso Vineyard
Antica Terra
Love & Squalor
Bethel Heights
Crown Vineyard
Day Wines
Elevée Winegrowers
Goodfellow Cellars
Sokol Blosser
Martin Woods
Lavinea Winery
Belle Pente
Gran Moraine

France fabulousness:
Charles Audoin, Marsannay
Andre Neveu, Sancerre
Allimant Laugner, Alsace
Domaine Faiveley, Chambolle Musigny
DeMontille, Volnay
Fournier, Gevrey Chambertin
Zusslin, Alsace
Serafin, Gevrey Chambertin
Desauney Bissey, Vosne Romanee
Louis Jadot, Pommard
& a few sparkling selections from Champagne

Other global delights:
Radio Coteau, Sonoma
Red Car, Sonoma
Mac Forbes, Australia
Montsecano, Chile
Luigi Bosca, Argentina
Vina Cono Sur 20 Barrel, Chile
Casa Del Bosque, Chile
Felton Road, New Zealand
Denario, Argentina

As well as a few surprises and additions the night of the dinner.

Passed Bocaditos
Yuquitas Rellenas
yuca croquetas stuffed with mozzarella and cotija cheese, served over huancaína sauce

Anticuchos de Pollo
marinated chicken kebobs, served with a spicy salsa de rocoto

Causitas moradas con Pulpo y Chimichurri
Grilled octopus causas served cold

Empanadas de Champiñones(Mushroom Empanadas)
flaky pastry stuffed with fresh mushrooms from the North West, onions, and mozzarella cheese served with salsa criolla

Arroz con Patoa
gourmet version of an iconic Peruvian dish; confit duck leg
paired with cilantro-infused rice, a savory-sweet passion fruit sauce and baby carrots

Quinotto “Chisaya Mama”
the Incas referred to quinoa as the mother of all grains –quinoa “risotto”
with Grana Padano cheese,  steamed quinoa, golden beets and local mushrooms

Panna Cotta de Café con Lúcuma
espresso panna cotta, with layers of lúcuma mousse and alfajor crumbles
topped with a whipped chocolate ganache

WHEN: Thursday, October 26th, 6pm
WHERE: Andina 1314 NW Glisan St., Portland, OR503-228-9535
DETAILS: The three-course dinner will cost $75 per person plus gratuity, and includes tastings of the different pinot noirs.  Reservations can be made by calling the restaurant at 503-228-9535.

Feast Portland

Feast on This – Celebration samples hottest food, coolest drinks

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From bacon to kale to pumpkin spice, we know when something catches on, we’ll see it on every menu, food blog, atop a doughnut or mixed into ice cream — Blue Star, Salt & Straw, I’m looking at you. But if you want to know what’s moving and shaking right now in the world of food and drink, look no further than this year’s Feast Portland.

For the double scoop on drink and food trends discovered at Feast Portland, read the entire article here on Oregon Wine Press.

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It’s Time to Savor the San Juans – #savorthesanjuans

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I know it’s not fall yet, but it’s never too early to plan. And if you can’t go this fall, you must put the San Juans on your radar for a future visit.

Bigger and better than ever, the 10th Annual Savor the San Juans is a delicious medley of food, farms, and film. From September 22nd – November 11th, 2017, visitors can taste the food and farm culture of Lopez, Orcas and San Juan Islands.

Beer, barns, and bikes! The gourmet archipelago celebrates a decade of great food, local farms, and independent filmmaking. Savor the San Juans is ten years old this year, and has grown to encompass three film festivals, farm tours, two vineyard harvest events, harvest dinners and much more. Savor is a great way to ease into a slower time of year, while indulging in the food, spirits, music, and natural beauty of Orcas, Lopez and San Juan Islands. Sample the artistry of chefs like Food & Wine Best New Chef Jay Blackinton on Orcas or Nick Coffey at Ursa Minor on Lopez.

Take advantage of lodging, dining and transportation specials to affordably savor farm tours, demonstrations and workshops on Lopez, Orcas and San Juan Islands during harvest season. More farmers than ever are offering visitors the chance to open the barn door to see behind the scenes at some of the islands’ most beautiful farms, creameries, wineries, flower gardens, shellfish farms and more. Taste Island Grown foods and wine, beer, cider and spirits, during a selection of farm-to-table dinners by local chefs.


  • Join the Orcas Island Historical Museum for an unforgettable Heritage Harvest Feast at Red Rabbit Farm on September 30th. Bowls and platters will be filled with the best items from the bounty of the fall harvest by James Beard Award-winning chef Christina Orchid, and all proceeds go to supporting the ongoing stewardship of island history at the Historical Museum in Eastsound. ? •
  • TEDxSanJuanIsland returns for it’s 3rd year, striving to create a community where conversations about diverse ideas that inspire others to make a difference. This year’s theme is “What’s Next,” and will include a diverse lineup of speakers on a range of emerging issues.
  • The San Juan Lions Foundation in Friday Harbor will sponsor the 1st Annual Friday Harbor Bike-n-Brew on September 23rd. This event will bring together visitors with islanders on a fun biking tour followed by an evening of relaxing and local island and Northwest microbrew-tasting.
  • All three islands will hold special all-day Farm Tours that include activities such as sheep shearing demonstrations, a fermentation workshop, cider pressing and great snacks such as Orcas pear and fresh chevre sampling and goodies from an outdoor wood-fired baking house. The Orcas Island Farm Tour will be October 1st, San Juan October 8th, and Lopez October 15th.

Pack your spirit of adventure and discover a moveable feast for the senses. For more details and a complete list of events, visit

Twitter: @visitSJIslands
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Instagram: @VisitSanJuans

@Crown Royal Inspiring Generosity

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This Saturday, whiskey producer?Crown Royal is inviting the Portland community to help create an outdoor mural to further beautify the Kerns neighborhood at NE Sandy and NE 23rd from 9am-6pm. Local artist, Gage Hamilton, created the outline for the mural and locals are invited to help fill it in with paint. The photo shown is a sample of his work.
This event?is part of the brand?s recently launched ?Live Generously and Life Will Treat You Royally? campaign, which aims to inspire exceptional generosity across the country. #livegenerously
There will be a DJ, food trucks and Crown Royal Change Machines (a photo/video booth that also allows users to donate to charities). Participants are also invited to an after party from 7-9 p.m at the Buckman Public House on SE Stark for appetizers and Crown Royal cocktails to celebrate the day?s hard work. The Buckman Public House is a new restaurant and bar opening in the old Washington High School (think Revolution Hall) at the end of the month (read the full story on Eater). This is your chance to preview the space before they officially open to the public.
Maybe I’ll see you there!

Taste Dundee 2017

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Coming up quick, this weekend in fact, is Taste Dundee, featuring 25 wineries pouring artisan-crafted wines from the Dundee Hills AVA in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Last year Taste Dundee tickets sold out and this year is predicted to be even more popular! If tickets are still available, this event should definitely be on your hit-list.

When: Sat, May 6, 2017 12:00 PM ? 4:00 PM PDT (VIP starts at 11)
Where: Billick/Dundee School Park – 320 Southwest 5th Street. Dundee, OR 97115

Sip award-winning wines paired with delicious small bites and live music for an unforgettable afternoon in the beautiful Oregon wine country.?VIP Tickets ($50) allow a full hour to mix and mingle with winemakers before the general admission ($30 in advance). A limited amount of tickets will be sold at the door ($40). The VIP reception will be limited to 100 guests on a first-come, first-served basis.

Each of the wineries will pour two wines. There will be small bites prepared by local Dundee restaurants, along with bread and cheese. But don’t expect lunch. Food trucks will be onsite to provide food for purchase.

Taste Dundee is held during Oregon Wine Month and is a celebration of Dundee area wineries. The event was created to showcase the terroir of the Dundee Hills AVA. The event is in its third year and will include 25 participating wineries (half of which are from the Dundee Hills Winegrowers Association) the other half are local wineries and past participants of the event.

The first year the event was held in Dobbes Estate Winery parking lot and last year was in Dobbes barrel room. This year, look for the tent in Billick Park in Dundee?and hope for sunny weather.

Mixed cases of wine are available for purchase at a 10% discount and mixed 12-bottle purchases are available at a 20% discount.





International Pinot Noir Celebration (IPNC) Salmon Bake Tickets On Sale Now!

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Get ’em while they’re hot!

Hotly anticipated every year…?A limited number of Salmon Bake Tickets are available now on the IPNC?website.

A long-standing tradition the IPNC Salmon Bake showcases wild salmon roasted on alder stakes over a huge fire pit. Sip Pinot noir from around the world, enjoy assorted sides and desserts crafted by local chefs, and dance the night away to a live band after dinner.

Saturday, July 29, 2017
?7:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Located in the Oak Grove at Linfield College
?McMinnville, Oregon

Enjoy an IPNC tradition sipping Pinot noir and savoring a?dramatic northwest salmon cook-out under the stars.?Don’t miss the ultimate Oregon summer dining experience.

Click here?to get your tickets


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Columbia Gorge Wines Come to Portland

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On Friday, April 7, 2017, over 20 Columbia Gorge wineries will be pouring their wines at Leftbank Annex in Portland. From 6pm to 8pm wine lovers can enjoy?some of the 45 premium grape varieties grown in the Columbia Gorge, socialize with winemakers and learn about this renowned wine region.

Pre-sale general admission tickets are $25 at? include tastings, light hors d?oeuvres and a souvenir wine glass. For those wanting a more intimate and elevated experience, a VIP ticket ($50) provides early admission at?5pm and access to a private VIP room with special tastings, small bites, and wine education.

Event Details:
Friday, April 7, 2017
Leftbank Annex – 101 N Weidler, Portland, OR
Pre-sale general Admission ($25) 6-8pm
VIP Admission ($50) 5-8pm
Trade Tasting** 5-8pm

Buy Tickets

*Must be 21 to attend
**Trade tasting open to wholesale and retail wine distributors and press. Please present a valid business card at event. We reserve the right to charge admission to non-trade attendees.
About the CGWA:
The Columbia Gorge Winegrowers Association is a trade organization that supports the vineyards, wineries and wine industry businesses of the Columbia Gorge. The Columbia Gorge AVA, established in?2004, is approximately 40-miles long and encompasses both sides of the Columbia River in OR and WA. Inside this region is an extraordinary combination of climates, soils, elevation and geology, providing?some of the best and most varied grape varieties in the Pacific Northwest and thus the Columbia Gorge AVA is affectionately referred to as ?A World of Wine in 40 miles.”?



Mark Your Calendars – Anne Amie’s Counter Culture Coming Soon

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Raise a glass and toast to summer with Oregon?s best street food paired with international wines at this can?t miss festival in the heart of the Willamette Valley

Save the date for the Eighth Annual Counter Culture, hosted at Anne Amie Vineyards on Thursday, July 27th 2017 from 6 to 10 p.m. This popular annual pre-IPNC celebration and can?t miss summer event is dedicated to international street food and wines. Enjoy sweeping views of the Willamette Valley and the Pacific Coast Range while indulging in world-class street food from a group of Portland?s best restaurants and food carts paired with wines from all over the world. There will be a few surprises in store, including live entertainment playing while the sun sets over the rolling hills.

This year?s featured wines include Anne Amie Vineyards, Denison Cellars, Statera Cellars, Mitchell Imports, Terroir Originals, De Lancellotti, Analemma, Klima Weinhandler, and beers from Wolves & People Farmhouse Brewery. Counter Culture will feature over 15 participating restaurants, including Portland favorites like Bollywood Theater, PokPok, Pizza Jerk, Laurelhurst Market, Country Cat, Olympia Provisions, Parasol, Ember & Vine, Mediterranean Exploration Company, Tusk, Wares, and more. This year?s sponsors include San Pellegrino/Acqua Panna, Jasmine Pearl Tea Company, Flag & Wire Coffee.

Known for their unique events, Anne Amie Vineyards hosts this picture perfect event which sells out annually. Tickets at $85, and will go on sale in May through Eventbrite. For a glimpse of Counter Culture of years past, check out this video. For more information on Anne Amie Vineyards, visit their website.


(Info provided by press release)

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The Cuv?e Weekend – Food and Wine Retreat Returns to Allison Inn & Spa

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Press Release:

allison inn and spaOregon luxury resort hosts an exceptional blend of Northwest food & wine experiences featuring celebrated guest chefs

Willamette Valley, Oregon ? December 15, 2016 ? For the third year, the award-winning?Allison Inn & Spa?in Newberg, Oregon will offer a wine and culinary retreat in the Willamette Valley. Featuring a weekend of Northwest wine and food, the 3rd?annual?Cuv?e Weekend?will take place February 24-25, 2017.

New this year, The Allison?s Executive Chef Sunny Jin, whose pedigree includes stints at The French Laundry in Yountville, CA; Tetsuya in Sydney, Australia and El Bulli in Spain, will collaborate with four all-star chef friends who have worked together in the past and are alumni of The French Laundry. The seasoned culinary line up for Cuv?e Weekend 2017 at The Allison Inn & Spa and JORY includes:

  • Chef Rodney Wages, most recently Chef de Cuisine at Morimoto Napa, Saison and Atelier Crenn, who has opened his own pop up R.T.B Fillmore in San Francisco.
  • Chef Jonathan Mizukami whose background includes stints at El Bulli, Alan Wong?s, Per Se in New York, The Vintage Cave, Grant Achatz?s Alinea in Chicago and Heston Blumenthal?s The Fat Duck in Bray, Berkshire, England.
  • Chef Joel Stocks, previously Sous Chef of the two Michelin-starred Graham Elliott Restaurant in Chicago and currently presides over Holdfast in Portland.
  • Executive Pastry Chef Courtney Schmidig of Benu in San Francisco rounds out the team. Prior to her time at The French Laundry, Courtney also spent time at The Fat Duck? and Le Manoir in England, Le Meurice in Paris and Arzak in Spain.

The Cuv?e Weekend?begins on Friday, February 24 with an exclusive tasting event, the?Cuv?e Stroll, from 5:00pm – 7:30pm, which will be held at The Allison Inn & Spa. Guests will taste their way through 14 wineries with 20 artisan food and beverage purveyors in a luxuriously relaxing atmosphere. Tickets for the exclusive?Cuv?e Stroll?are $50 and the proceeds will benefit?YES, Yamhill Enrichment Society. For reservations and tickets, visit:?

Coinciding with the?Cuvee Weekend, on Saturday, February 25, the?Oregon Chardonnay Celebration?offers oenophiles an educational seminar and wine sampling from over 40 premier Oregon producers. The seminar, ?Roadtripping through Oregon?s Chardonnay Country? features Food & Wine Magazine?s Ray Isle as moderator with five winemaker panelists. The seminar will be held from 1:00pm – 3:00pm, followed by the Grand Tasting from 3:00pm ? 5:30pm. Seminar and tasting tickets are $170, Grand Tasting only tickets are $85. For reservations, visit:?

On Saturday evening, visitors are invited to partake in a five-course, prix fixe dinner featuring the region?s top wineries. For one night only at the resort?s signature restaurant?JORY, Executive Chef Jin will collaborate with Chefs Wages, Stocks, Mizukami and Schmidig to offer one course from each chef, with top tier Oregon wine pairings. The five-course dinner is $110 per person, with an additional $75 wine pairing available (gratuities not included).? For reservations, call:?503-554-2526

?We are dedicated to providing the best cuisine and wine from the Willamette Valley and are delighted that this year we will be collaborating with a group of celebrated chefs for the third annual?Cuv?e Weekend?at The Allison,? said Pierre Zreik, Managing Director of The Allison Inn & Spa. ?We are committed to giving back to our community and look forward to offering guests access to exceptional local wineries and purveyors at Cuv?e Stroll, as we showcase what makes the Willamette Valley truly special.?

To book a stay at The Allison Inn & Spa during Cuv?e Weekend, ?call?(503) 554-2525?or toll free?(877) 294-2525.