Oregon Wine Press: Pinot Police on Patrol

Pinot Police on Patrol

You’ll find anything but Pinot at this party

Perhaps you’ve heard the phrase, ‘Anything but Chardonnay,’ often shortened to ABC by those who use it frequently? Sunday School Wine and Alt Wine Fest founders Mallory Smith and Martin Skegg intend to popularize ‘Anything but Pinot’– an updated version of the saying. Whether it will catch on is anyone’s guess. Since Oregon grows over 80 different grape varieties, ‘ABP’ might just become a commonplace expression after all.

The upcoming Alt Wine Fest allows curious participants the chance to sample beyond Pinot Noir. After a two-year pandemic hiatus, this year’s festival on July 17 from 1-5 p.m. has a new location, Abbey Road Farm in Carlton. Over 35 wineries will feature their unique, non-Pinot Noir wines in the casual, walk-around setting.

Mallory Smith, Alt Wine Fest co-founder, explains, “You’ll find a huge spectrum of grape varieties, from those that are weird and esoteric, for example, Chasselas– with only a few rows planted—to those gaining popularity like Gamay, Syrah and Chardonnay. Wine lovers have the opportunity to taste something new and interesting before these varieties become more prominent.”

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