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Formerly known as the Superior Cellar Awards, the Oregon Wine A-List Awards is being brought back into the spotlight with sponsorship from the Oregon Wine Board and Oregon Wine Press. The rebranded Oregon Wine A-List Awards program honors restaurants and restaurant professionals that demonstrate outstanding commitment to advocating and celebrating the quality and diversity of the wines of Oregon.
The Oregon Wine A-List Awards is essential in guiding Oregon wine enthusiasts to restaurants that promote, feature and celebrate the wines of Oregon on their wine lists; in addition to, offering menus and cuisines that are complementary to the great wines ...(Read Full Article)
Honoring Oregon’s Drink Local Ethic
Oregonians are rightfully proud of our regional culinary bounty. We like knowing the name of the farm where our favorite chef gets his or her heirloom tomatoes. We’re not afraid to ask the source of the lamb on a restaurant’s menu—and to choose something else if the lamb came from New Zealand. We’re proud to know that the lentils used in our soup were grown in Washington. And who among us ever consciously buys Atlantic salmon, even (or especially) if it was farmed locally?
Why then do we so meekly ...(Read Full Article)
By Cole Danehower
Oregonians are rightfully proud of being pioneers in the farm-to-table dining movement.
Our foodie communities celebrate the bounty of local farms by sourcing produce and proteins from just down the road, and our restaurants — many with national reputations — prominently display on their menus the neighborhood sources of the ingredients in their dishes.
Local food—we Oregonians live the ethic!(Read Full Article)
Why is it important to support Oregon wineries?
As a person who loves to travel, I love tasting the wine and foods of the places I visit. In France, I eat French food and drink French wine. When I get to Japan, I’ll eat Japanese food and drink saké. When people travel to Oregon, they want to experience all we have to offer. Our wine list is exclusively Oregon because I want to offer a broad selection of the old, the new, from the Northern Willamette to the South.(Read Full Article)
The name has changed, but this fall the Oregon wine industry continues its search for restaurants and sommeliers who support, promote and pour wines from the state.
According to spokesman Cole Danehower, “The goal of the program is to guide consumers to restaurants who advocate and celebrate the quality and diversity of the wines of Oregon.”
Results are intended to help guide consumers to restaurants in and outside of Oregon that feature the ...(Read Full Article)
You shop local, you eat local—you even vacation local. But are you choosing to drink local? We have a world-class wine region right at our fingertips, yet sometimes it’s easier and cheaper to order a wine from the menu that’s been imported from France, Italy, Australia or Argentina than it is to order a wine produced less than thirty miles from the restaurant.
Fortunately, restaurants are increasingly supporting the Oregon wine scene. Some menus have extensive bottle selections that include hard-to-find library wines. Others list a variety of wines by the glass or host special winemaker dinners ...
Routines. We all have them. Several are necessary. Without routines, many tasks would not get accomplished. Without routines, many of us would be lost in this world — this writer is one of them.
The same can be said of breaking routines. We have all done it. It is necessary. If you never ventured outside your comfort zone, you’d miss out on all that life has to offer, including food.(Read Full Article)
Red Hills Market may look old; its Victorian false-front features populate a hundred Western towns and movies. Even its concept is something of a throwback to the good old days of handmade food and wine chosen by a proprietor more likely to hug you than shake your hand.(Read Full Article)
Wine tasting really works up an appetite, and not surprisingly, Oregon wine country is full of great restaurant options, whether you're craving the full white linen experience or just want a humble burger.(Read Full Article)
Lifelong luxury hotelier Pierre Zreik has spent much of his career in the Willamette Valley, and it seems as if the acclaimed Allison Inn & Spa in Newberg will keep him in Oregon wine country well beyond the resort’s fourth anniversary in September.
“We are surrounded by close to 200 wineries,” said Zreik, the resort’s managing director. “Oregon has over 530 wineries. I recall when I came here in 1994, there were only 72 wineries. I remember that vividly ...(Read Full Article)
WHY IS PORTLAND, ORE., such a great food city? I put the question to a restaurant critic friend. Because of Oregon Pinot Noir, he said. This seemed like a plausible explanation. After all, many great food cities are near great wine regions. But that wasn't what my friend meant. It was because Pinot Noir was such a great food wine.
But why is Portland such a great wine city? Much less has actually been said about that. And yet Portland has lots of impressive restaurant wine lists and first-rate shops with interesting wines from all over the world. In ...(Read Full Article)
You can follow any number of paths into winemaking. You can apprentice at a winery, study oenology and viticulture at the university level or take extension courses.
Or, you can work full time in New York City while studying with the Wine & Spirit Education Trust, then devote your evenings and weekends to a second job in one of the nation's best-known wine shops.
That's how Michael Claypool got into it. Weekdays, he'd be at a New York marketing firm. Evenings and weekends, you could find him selling wine at the renowned Astor Wines & Spirits in Greenwich Village ...(Read Full Article)
When you’re thinking about enjoying a glass of Pinot Gris, regardless of the region from which it came, the Oregon Pinot Gris site has the best “Food Recommendations” page, in three easy categories: Vegetarian Dishes Fish and Seafood Dishes Meat Dishes Each recipe suggestion within the categories has a link to an external site with [...](Read Full Article)
Wine lovers are foodies and a big part of any great wine country tour is lunch. While lunch might be long, heavy is not a good idea if there are other places to visit and wines to taste. Proximity is another major factor, so as not to backtrack. Most important is to go where the locals go—it’s that way anywhere you travel, but it bears repeating. In the upper Willamette Valley there are a handful of tasty options with longtime track records, right on the beaten path to some of the best wineries of the region, and they ...(Read Full Article)
- Join 10 wineries of the Applegate Valley for a celebration of local wine and food to benefit the Applegate Food Pantry on July 14th from 11 am – 5 pm. Participating wineries will be partnering with a local farmer or food purveyor to showcase the flavors of the valley. A selection of partnerships include Wooldridge Creek Winery featuring Applegate Artisan Breads to make fresh pizzas, Valley View Winery pairing Salant Family Ranch naturally-raised beef with their bold red wines, Plaisance Ranch serving up Mama Terra Creamery cheese and Troon Vineyard highlighting Barking Moon Farms produce. Guests will enjoy the day sipping ... (Read Full Article)
- Jumpstart your summer with a Memorial Day Weekend of vines, wines and and creating good times courtesy of Southern Oregon's top winery destinations.The long weekend is one of the best of the year to visit and one of your last chances of the year to celebrate Oregon Wine Month. Many of the wineries will be featuring new releases, live music, food service and winemaker meet & greets.In addition, on Saturday, the wineries of the Rogue Valley, will be teaming up to host their bi-annual Roam the Rogue. Tickets are on sale for $29 and include a commemorative wine glass, tasting and food pairings at the nine participating wineries.The Oregon Wine Press has done the exhaustive task of compiling and publishing a comprehensive guide to the area's top events. Use it as your resource for stress-free planning.SOUTHERN OREGON MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND GUIDEOregon Wine Press ApplegateDevitt WineryMay 28 (noon to 5 p.m.) Outdoor venue, free wine tasting and music. No fee. 11412 Highway 238, Applegate541-899-7511www.devittwinery.com AshlandWeisinger’s of AshlandMay 25–28 (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.) Wine sale all weekend long and music on the deck on Sunday. No fee. Club members get additional discounts. 3150 Siskiyou Boulevard, Ashland541-488-5989www.weisingers.com Bonanza12 Ranch Wines May 26–28 (noon to 5 p.m.) Join us for our annual open house at the winery. No fee. 4550 Burgdorf Road, Bonanza541-545-1204www.12ranchwines.com Central PointLedger David Cellars May 26 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) Roam the Rogue. Come join us as each of the Rogue Valley winemakers introduce their newest wines and share their creative inspiration while pairing delicious appetizers with wines from each of these wineries: Agate Ridge Vineyard, Cliff Creek Cellars, Crater Lake Cellars, Daisy Creek Vineyard, Del Rio Vineyard, Folin Cellars, LaBrasseur Winery, Ledger David Cellars, RoxyAnn Winery. Fee: $29 (includes a commemorative Riedel glass; plus delicious appetizers and wine tasting at all nine participating wineries). 245A N. Front Street, Central Point541-664-2218www.ledgerdavid.com Eagle PointAgate Ridge Vineyard May 26–28 (11 a.m. to 5 p.m ... (Read Full Article)
Not all wine lovers are the same, so why should we all like the same wines? We've asked four tasters with different palate profiles to recommend some bottles, so you can find wines that are most likely to please your own palate.(Read Full Article)
Seafood consultant Jon Rowley is the king of Copper River King Salmon.
It was Rowley who, in 1983, transformed how Copper River King Salmon was treated, raising it from frozen and canned salmon for export to a delicacy anticipated every spring like school children anticipate the end of the school year.
“(In 1983) the quality was horrible,” Rowley said.
Today, Rowley puts it simply, “Copper River King Salmon is the best fish in the world.” He refers to the fish as fat-bellied thoroughbreds.
The flavorful and fatty fish is a natural food pairing for Oregon Pinot Noir with its floral ...(Read Full Article)
While recently happily snacking on Chex Mix and (naturally) uploading a photo to Facebook, I was asked by a friend what wine I would pair with this classic salty snack mix. The first response that came to mind? "Chateau Beer." But after thinking about it for a while (a beer or two), I figured that Chex Mix would be great with sparkling wines. Why? Salty snacks just have an affinity for bubbles; they refresh and wash away some of that saltiness. This also holds true for the liberal amount of butter this particular mix was coated with; you need something ...(Read Full Article)
The wineries of the Applegate Valley would like to remind you that their UnCorked Spring Barrel Tour is quickly approaching and tickets are selling at record speed. Last Fall, the event sold out with over 500 guests invited into the cellars to sample a barrel tasting and food and wine pairing at each stop.(Read Full Article)