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Equity in Action: Inaugural TASTE PDX makes a statement

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Gather a large group of people aligned around a shared vision, serve them an amazing dinner crafted by some of Portland’s top chefs, paired with wines from Oregon’s founding wineries, and you have a recipe for inspiration. With the goal of advancing inclusion and equity, more than 450 guests attended the first TASTE PDX at the Portland Art Museum May 31.

The concept was born when Kali Thorne Ladd, executive director of KairosPDX, a nonprofit delivering equitable education to under-served children, shared her idea for TASTE with David Adelsheim of Adelsheim Vineyard, who told her he was looking for more ways to celebrate Oregon wines in Portland. Read the entire story here on 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. 

Pour Oregon

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

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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 such a wide and diverse range of wines from Cellar 503’s club shipments, visitors are bound to discover some new favorites. And since this is Oregon, there will certainly be a plethora of stellar pinot noir. However, attendees can also expect a host of other interesting wines. In fact, here are five of the most unusual wines at Pour Oregon to add to your “Must Sip” list. Find out and read the whole story here in The Oregonian.

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Trendsetting Portland: Seriously fly fare at Portland’s crazy-fun food and beverage event

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One day it’s hot; the next it’s not. And then, it’s hot again. It’s true for fashion, music and even food. But if anyone can turn the ‘not’ back into ‘hot’, it’s Feast Portland. Though some may call Feast Portland a food and drink festival, the description does not do the event justice. It’s more like a movement showcasing the energy, creativity and enthusiasm driving America’s food revolution. It’s the consummate in foodie celebrations, from spirited, one-of-a-kind large-scale experiences featuring trendsetting chefs from all over the country, to intimate hands-on classes, collaborative dinners and educational panels.
And while I wouldn’t count on avocado toast going away any time soon — because it’s just that good — this year brings exciting new and old food and drink trends to sink our teeth into and wrap our lips around. Read more here on Oregon Wine Press.

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.”

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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
Crowley
St. Innocent
Furioso Vineyard
Antica Terra
Love & Squalor
Adelsheim
Bethel Heights
Resonance
Zena
Crown Vineyard
Cristom
Winderlea
Day Wines
Elevée Winegrowers
Goodfellow Cellars
Sokol Blosser
Martin Woods
Lavinea Winery
Belle Pente
Holden
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.

Menu
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

Dinner
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

Dessert
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.

Events:

  • 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 www.visitsanjuans.com/savor

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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
Tickets:?https://www.eventbrite.com/e/taste-dundee-may-2017-tickets-32174147742

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.