Join us at Origin ’13: Feasting with the Chehalem Mountain and Ribbon Ridge AVAs

Many times, the wineries come to the city, simply because it is easier for patrons, like you and me, to taste their wines. Why not take a break from the city and come out to the nearest wine country area to you to enjoy the sweet smelling air, the beauty of the vineyard and a chance to try some of the best wines Oregon has to offer. Chehalem Mountain and Ribbon Ridge are the closest wine area to Portland, within a 30 minute drive, you could be enjoying some of the best views in the country, not to mention eating some of best foods Portland has to offer.

On Saturday, August 10 from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m., this AVA is putting on a great event featuring the food as much as the wine. It will be held at Arborbrook Winery next to Adelsheim Vineyard in Newberg at 17770 NE Calkins Ln in Newberg, OR 97132.

These tickets include the food AND the wine, so it’s a steal at $60. You must be 21 and over to come.

It will feature the Chefs of:
EaT: An Oyster Bar with The Parrish
Bollywood Theater with Coquine
Wildwood Restaurant
Olympic Provisions

The featured Wineries include:
A Blooming Hill Vineyard, Adelsheim, Alloro, Anam Cara, ArborBrook, Artisanal, Beckham Estate, Bergstrom, Bernard Machado, Blakeslee, Carabella, Chehalem, Cooper Mountain, Colene Clemens, Dion, Elk Cove, Gresser, Hawks View Cellars, K&M, Longplay Wine, Le Cadeau, Raptor Ridge, Redman, Rex Hill, ROCO, RR, Tresori, Trisaetum, Vidon, Volare, White Rose

You can purchase your tickets here:

Harvest may be over but the Stomping has just begun!

Every year, Willamette Valley Vineyard (WVV) hosts a grape stomp which is a qualifying competition for the World Grape Stomping competition in Santa Rosa. Wende Bennette of WVV explains the ins and outs of this competition. I hope you enjoy the video as much as we enjoyed our time there.

The ladies of the Stomp: Anna of Stomptastic Chicas, Ashleigh and Heather of So Juicy

Special thanks to WVV for sharing their great wines and experiences with the two amazing grape stomping teams that included Anna, Heather, and Ashleigh aka So Juicy and the Stompstastic Chicas!

In this video, the pros show you how you really should do it in order to extract the maximum amount of juice from the berries.

Join us next year. For more information, visit Willamette Valley Vineyards at or come in for a visit:

Check out their Willamette Valley Vineyards 2009 Estate Pinot Noir which was rated 95 points by Portland Monthly this past month!

The welcome surprise at the Wine Bloggers’ Conference #wbc12…Portuguese wines!

Portuguese wines were a huge surprise to me the first time I tried them and continue to be whenever I initiate others into this small but grand wine world of Portuguese wines.

Portugal has more to offer than just Port wines, they have amazing still wines a.k.a regular wines, that will blow you away! Having lived in Spain for the past two years and finally after being in the same Iberian Peninsula as Portugal, I ventured out to Oporto and then to the Douro River valley to taste some of the finest wines I had tasted in my life. Had I experienced these wines earlier, I would have potentially made Régua or Pinhão my new home instead of beautiful Rioja. I would have worked in a beautiful Quinta do…(add the name of any amazing Quinta here) and loved every minute of it. But I discovered this region already half way through my Masters of Viticulture and Enology program to be able to change paths at that point. There is always the future!

Viticulture and Enology Masters Group visiting the beautiful region of Douro, Portugal

I have taken with me, however, my love of Portuguese wines and am always happy to share this best kept secret with others.

Most recently, at the Wine Bloggers’ Conference in Portland this past month, there was a reason to share and to celebrate. During the recent Live Wine Blogging event focused on Reds, which is similar to a speed dating event with wine, I was served the 2010 Herdade do Esporão, Portugal Red “Quatro Castas 4” made with none other than one of my favorite grape varieties, Tempranillo, also known as Aragonez in Portugal. This wine is made of four different varieties: Aragonez, Tinta Miuda, Tinta Caiada, and Alfrocheiro.

2010 Herdade do Esporão, Quatro Castas 4

It was produced in a new region for me of Portugal, Alentejano. This region is located west of Lisbon, on the way to Badajoz, Spain.  For a price point of $17, I was happily surprised to have such a quality wine at that price point. It was complex yet easy to drink, it is a medium-bodied wine that in your mouth explodes with raspberries, ripe plums, and touch of cherry (must be the Tempranillo, aka, Aragonez).

For me this was the first time, I had a chance to try Portuguese wines from Alentejano and now I have two very good wine regions of Portugal to direct fellow wine lovers to, Douro and Alentejano.  I also have a new location on my list of places to visit in the near future! Tchim-tchim! Saúde! Cheers!

To find out more about Esporão wines, visit them at Esporão Winery or follow them on Twitter at @esporaowines