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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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@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.


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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.

pFreim on Tap for Altabira’s October 19th Harvest Beer Dinner

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pfreimIf you know me at all, you know this much is true. Beer is not my first love. Wine, and especially sparkling wine, owns my heart. But when I heard about?this up and coming beer dinner with one of my favorite brewers at one of my most beloved?Portland establishments, I reserved my space?immediately. On October 19th, Altabira welcomes pFriem Family Brewers for a 4-course craft beer dinner.?Guests will enjoy a 4-course gastropub-style menu prepared by chef de cuisine Luis Escorcia and pastry chef Natalie Harkness, paired with craft beers from pFriem.

The reception begins at?6:30 p.m.
4-course dinner is from 7:00-9:00 p.m.
ONLY 20 SEATS AVAILABLE (and I already snatch?2 of those)!
A reasonable?$50 per person includes drinks and food. Gratuity not included.

Drool over this menu?

Dungeness crab deviled eggs
Avocado toast, lime, cilantro
Braised short rib and horseradish crostini
Pairing: Wit – with aromas of orange peel and spice, light-creamy flavor and a refreshing finish

First Course
Diver scallop crudo with pickled sea beans, chorizo bread crumbs, parsley pesto
Pairing: Pilsner – crisp and snappy, floral hops, honey with a spicy finish

Second Course
Mixed chicories Caesar salad, Spanish anchovy
Pairing: Belgian Strong Blonde – pear and clove bouquet, clean maltiness and invigorating flavor

Third Course
Oxtail and beef tongue stew, turnips, acorn squash, cipollini onions
Pairing: Belgian Strong Dark – figs, dark chocolate, ripe fruit and toffee

Apple and quince tartin with cherry sauce
Pairing: ?Oude Kriek? – year old Lambic-style ale, bright acidity, nutty undertones and a tangy finish

Reservations may be made by calling the restaurant at (503) 963-3600. Altabira?s craft beer dinner series continues into the fall with the final brewery collaboration with Worthy Brewing on November 9, 2016.


Altabira City Tavern offers regional American cuisine focused on updated classic dishes with?16 taps of local craft beers, select Northwest wines, and locally distilled spirits. The restaurant and bar is open for lunch and dinner in a modern setting with large floor-to-ceiling windows with sweeping views of Portland?s downtown skyline and inner east side. For more information and menu, please visit

pFriem Family Brewers
pFriem Brewery and its award winning tasting room is located in Hood River, Ore., just south of the Washington State border and across the street from the town?s beautiful Waterfront Park. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Columbia and White Salmon rivers while savoring pFriem?s core beers and current seasonals inside or around the fire-pit on the outdoor patio. The pFriem tasting room offers a Belgian-influenced menu, made with locally-sourced ingredients; designed to pair with the pFriem family of artisanal beers.

pFriem Family Brewers (pronounced ?freem?) is a Northwest & Belgian inspired 15-barrel brewery and tasting room in Hood River, OR. pFriem artisanal beers are symphonies of flavor and balance, influenced by the great brewers of Belgium, but unmistakably true to our homegrown roots in the Pacific Northwest. Although they are served humbly, each glass is overflowing with pride and a relentless aspiration to brew the best beer in the world. We?ll let you decide.

An Invasion of the Riesling Kind

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Riesling is one of those wine varieties that gets under your skin, in a totally beautiful way, in the way it preoccupies your mind like the way a lover does, sparking something deep inside, and stirring your innermost senses. With stunning and perfume-like aromatics that can stop you in your tracks, riesling is also one of those varieties that also surprises you with its food-friendly diversity. Ranging in style from bone-dry to honey sweet and desserty, there’s a riesling?true to?every palate. And coming up very soon is the 2016 Riesling Invasion, your opportunity to journey through?so much riesling, you may finally understand why it’s considered a noble variety and why some experts have called it “The Best White Wine on Earth.”

On Saturday, July 23rd, 2016, from 5-9pm, Riesling will dominate Jacobsen Salt Company offering wines from more than 40 different producers. Visit the website for the complete list, and discover?how many different domestic producers in the Pacific Northwest?are crafting this cool-climate wine. Some wineries you may have note?even heard of?yet, like Sabella and Paetra. And as an added bonus, and giving tasters?something traditional to compare to, Dr. Loosen wines from Germany will be available for sampling as well.

Riesling is historically significant, dating back to the Rhine region of Germany in the 1400s, and is known well for being terrior-driven, which means it is expressive of and influenced by the region where it is grown. Grown in cooler climates like Austria and Alsace, it typically shows high acidity, allowing for favorable aging. Older vintages often display?smokey, honey, and petrol characteristics, which may not sound all that appealing (mostly the petrol),?but are?positively captivating. Though fruity, floral and delicious in their youth, the sweeter rieslings,?with their high sugar content, can be aged for 30 or more years.

Tickets for this unique tasting opportunity are just $30/advance ($35/at the door) and include tastings of over 100 rieslings, a commemorative Riedel glass, and a six-pack wine carrier to manage your purchases. Food from Chef Jesse Skiles of Brasica, Viking Soul Food, and the Wild Hunt will be available to purchase.

Purchase tickets here.

Altabira – Your Ticket to a Fabulous 4th of July

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altabira_2Each year, the Fourth of July leaves many of us clamoring for a spot along Portland’s?waterfront to view the fireworks extravaganza. We find ourselves crammed in with a bunch of thoughtless people, many playing their music obnoxiously loud, as if we actually wanted to be listening to it. We fight the traffic, look for a parking spot, walk for miles, then try to edge out the tall giant in front of us for a clear view of the light display.

This year, I invite you to choose a more civilized approach, and in the process, enjoy a relaxed and delicious dinner AND?the best show in town from the rooftop of Altabira City Tavern. The evening begins with a festive and patriotic cocktail by Bar Manager Becca June and includes a 4-course BBQ Dinner with optional beer and wine pairings followed by a clear view of the fireworks display from Altabira’s?comfortable rooftop patio. All are welcome (even the kids), but hurry because just a few seats are still available.

BBQ Dinner Menu??(choice of one of each course)
Arugula and Oregon strawberry salad with bucheron goat cheese, toasted pistachios, white balsamic vinaigrette
Chilled tomato gazpacho, cucumber relish, fresh bay shrimp and avocado

Classic shrimp cocktail?-or-?Bourbon barbequed chicken wings?-or-?Fried Oregon razor clams with lemon dill butter

BBQ country style pork ribs, mesquite corn on the cob, purple potato salad
Half smoked chicken, jalapeno cornbread panzanella salad, pickled watermelon radish
Grilled salmon, orzo salad with basil pesto, cherry tomatoes, Kalamata olives, charred lemon
Grilled flat iron steak, pommes frites, ma?tre d?hotel butter

Strawberry shortcake?-or-?Death by Chocolate dessert

$65 per person (not including gratuity and beverage)
Wine and beer pairings will be available for an additional fee.
A deposit of $25 per person is required when making reservations.
Please call Altabira at 503-963-3600 for reservations.

Altabira City Tavern offers regional American cuisine focused on updated classic dishes with 16 taps of local craft beers, select Northwest wines, and locally distilled spirits. The restaurant and bar is open for lunch and dinner in a modern setting with large floor-to-ceiling windows with sweeping views of Portland?s downtown skyline and inner Eastside. For more information and to view the regular menu, visit