Sunday, May 2, 2010

Get Your Tickets Now For Pinot in the Pearl!

Appetizer
Rabbit liver mousse and pork head cheese
2007 Trisateum Riesling

Course One
Sweet breads with apple pear salad & hazelnut vinaigrette
2008 Adelsheim Pinot Blanc

Course Two
Cedar-plank salmon with spring vegetables and sauce bordelaise
2007 ROCO Pinot Noir

Course Three
Roasted squab breast with morel risotto
2006 RR Pinot Noir

Course Four
Buffalo short ribs with housemade gnocchi, peas and green garlic
2008 Raptor Ridge Pinot Noir Adalfo’s Block

Course Five
Apricot almond tart
Anam Cara Late Harvest Gewurztraminer

Salivating at all yet? This menu (prepared by Chef Andrew Biggs) was from a media dinner I attended last week at The Heathman Hotel announcing the first ever “Pinot in the Pearl.” I had the pleasure of sharing a table with the incomparable Sheila Nicholas of Anam Cara Cellars, Northwest Palate and freelance writer Angie Jabine and the illustrious Enobytes founders, Pamela Heiligenthal and Marc Hinton (whom I really suspect the movie “Catch Me If You Can” is based on, and if you ever see his resumé, you’ll understand why).

Piggybacking on the Pearl District Association’s “First Thursday”, over 30 wineries from the Chehalem Mountains and Ribbon Ridge AVAs will be pouring more than 100 limited production wines, for the first time ever, in Portland on Thursday, May 6th, from 5-9pm at Venue Pearl. Get your ticket today for $25 (including a parking pass) or pay $30 at the door. This ticket price is a phenomenal value—I’ve been to many similar events that charge at least three times the cost. Visit Pravia Wines to purchase your tickets in advance.

Chat up these winemakers and winery principals
who’ll be showing their stuff:

Adelsheim Vineyard, Alloro Vineyard, Anam Cara Cellars, Anne Amie Vineyards, Arborbrook, Archery Summit, Artisanal Wine Cellars, Barking Frog, Blakeslee Vineyards Estate, Carabella, Chehalem, Cooper Mountain, deLancellotti Family Vineyards, Elk Cove, Et Fille, Freja Cellars, Hawks View Cellars, J.K. Carriere, K&M Wines, Lachini Vineyards, Laura Volkman Vineyards, Le Cadeau, Longplay Wine, Raptor Ridge, Rex Hill, Roco Winery, RR Wines, Terra Vina Wines, Trisaetum, Utopia, Vidon Vineyards.

Nothing pairs better with fine art than a glass of fine wine
and some great food. Restaurants prepared to dazzle you:

The Painted Lady, The Heathman Restaurant, 50-Plates, Aquariva Italian Grill, Gracie’s, Phresh Organic Catering, Sweet Masterpiece Chocolates, The Sweetest Thing Cupcakes, Whole Foods and Volcanic Minerals Refresher.

Don’t worry, if you find something you can’t live without, bottles and cases will be available for purchase. Hope to see you there; we can raise our glasses and toast to memorable Oregon wines. Until we sip again…

Cheers!

4 comments:

  1. Wow...that's quite a menu!

    I really like that Pinot Noir was paired with the cedar-plank salmon. I also think the Gewurztraminer with the apricot almond tart is interesting (sounds delicious, I'll have to try that one)!

    Cheers!
    Hello Vino

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  2. The 2007 Trisateum Riesling is my favorite Willamette Valley riesling!

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  3. That Gewurtz is the bomb. Also, you got to sit with Sheila? She's the most awesome lass in all of Oregon wine. One man's opinion. Tell her I say hello on Thursday at Pinot in the Pearl.

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  4. Hey Clive, I'll be sure to do so. I'm actually working on a Top Ten list (top secret), which her Gewurtz is on. of course. I'll pass along your greetings tho, too bad you can't be there! Can't believe still haven't met the handsomest blogger!!!

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