Beaujolais wines at the Heathman Hotel

Taste the first wines of the vintage at Beaujolais Nouveau5 min read

Hosted by the Heathman Hotel and presented by the French-American Chamber of Commerce and the Alliance Française of Portland, the Beaujolais Nouveau Festival is the largest event of its kind on the West coast. It’s a celebration of the recent grape harvest throughout the northern hemi
Sunny vineyard

Taste the summer like no other– Oregon’s Zen vintage4 min read

Grape farmers in Oregon’s Willamette Valley never know what to expect from year to year… other than the unexpected. Blustery storms during fruit set can knock off flowers, resulting in low yields at harvest time, like they did in 2011. Birds can swarm the vineyards as the fruit ripens
Chardonnay wines at Feast

Chardonnay wine is for lovers at Feast Portland7 min read

It’s been said “All you need is Marvin Gaye and Chardonnay.” Local producers here in Oregon agree. They’re making some of the best Chard out there and it’s not at all like yo mama’s favorite buttery, oak bomb. Instead it’s an elegant, fresh ta

Why Wine? An interview with Tamara Belgard of Sip With Me wine blog5 min read

This is part of a series introducing you to interesting people in the wine industry. For many, the journey into wine is not only intriguing but often quite an adventure. These talented individuals are what make the wine industry what it is today so follow this series to meet this grou
Feast Portland

Why We Feast at Feast Portland is the question. Do you know the answer?2 min read

Do you know Why We Feast at Feast Portland? Portland is a foodie town, there’s no disputing that fact. Our city attracts some of the best chefs in the country. Eating is our sport! Food is an important, maybe the most important, thread in the fabric of our world. We could speculate al
Janie at Brooks Winery

The new Brooks Winery in the Eola-Amity Hills7 min read

Brooks Winery has a bittersweet story, one that has touched many wine lovers throughout the Willamette Valley. The sudden death of young winemaker Jimi Brooks shocked the Oregon wine industry just 10 years ago. In fact, the Brooks Winery story is so compelling that it has recently bee
Temperance Hill Vineyard

A unique week in the Oregon wine industry4 min read

Recently I had quite a week in the wine industry. On Monday I had a rare opportunity to go on a wonderful daylong wine trip. On Wednesday I had a great work trip all day at an excellent winery. Then wrapped up the week on Sunday by attending a fantastic winery launch while having a ph
Italy in the Valley

An abundance of amoré and wine at Italy in the Valley3 min read

The only event of its kind in the state, Italy in the Valley serves up nothing but Italian wine varietals made here in Oregon. Held at Cana’s Feast Winery in Carlton, wine lovers will find a wide variety of white and red wines from Arneis to Zinfandel’s Italian cousin Primitivo. With
Michael Claypool

Why Wine? An Interview with Michael Claypool of Clay Pigeon Winery & Cyril’s3 min read

This is part of a series introducing you to interesting people in the wine industry. For many, the journey into wine is not only intriguing but often quite an adventure. These talented individuals are what make the wine industry what it is today so follow this series to meet this grou
Riesling image

Riesling wines are invading Portland this weekend4 min read

Riesling may be the most misunderstood wine on the planet. Because winemakers have the ability to make it both sweet and dry (and everything in-between), it can be challenging for wine lovers to find the style they like. So, for anyone who wants to learn more about this versatile grap

Why Wine? An Interview with Vincent Fritzsche of Vincent Wine Company4 min read

This is part of a series introducing you to interesting people in the wine industry. For many, the journey into wine is not only intriguing but often quite an adventure. These talented individuals are what make the wine industry what it is today so follow this series to meet this grou
2010 Montinore Muller Thurgau

Summer of wine: 2010 Montinore Estate Müller Thurgau2 min read

This is part of a series Matt and I are calling our “Summer of Wine.” We are exploring our wine refrigerator, pulling out white and rosé wines that are a bit older. Sadly, neither of us is great at tracking what we buy and drink, and more importantly, don’t drink. After a