Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Oregon Bubbles Over With Fun

For one week only, Oregon celebrates sparkling wine with the second annual Bubbles Week 2014. This year, it's May 4th - May 11th. I say, why just a week? Why not Bubbles Month? Bubbles Year? Ok, my bubble bursts, it's only for a week. But what a gloriously fizzy week. With events all over Portland featuring Argyle sparkling wines paired with everything from oysters to tapas and from dinner to dessert, there's something for everyone.

All Week May 4-11, 2014
  • Library sparkling wine tasting in the Argyle Tasting Room
  • Bubbles happy hour menu at The Parish and EaT: An Oyster Bar (M-Su)
  • Bubbles pairing menu at Bar Avignon (M-F)
  • Special Argyle glass pour at Ambonnay (M-Sa)
  • Complementary pours in the Portland Opera VIP Lounge
  • Tastings at Zupan’s, New Seasons and Fred Meyer stores
Sunday, May 4
  • Bubbles cocktail workshop at Raven & Rose. Mixings with Sparkling Wine featuring Argyle Bubbles. Ticket includes four cocktails and a light snack. (20 tickets, $50 per person, 3 p.m.)
  • All day happy hour menu at The Bent Brick
Monday, May 5
  • Bubbles pairing dinner at Park Kitchen (6 p.m., $80 per person + gratuity, limit 16 guests, call 503-223-7275 for reservations)
    • Sunflower salad with cheddar crisps and trumpet mushrooms
    • Lamb sausage, rhubarb pickles and shallots
    • Blackened steelhead trout, toasted barley dashi, pea shoots
    • Buttermilk panna cotta, rhubarb, toasted butter 
Tuesday, May 6
  •  Encore! A bubbles and desserts pairing competition at Union/Pine where five of Portland’s top dessert maestros will compete for the best dessert as judged by ticket holders. Ticket holders will enjoy five desserts and five paired Argyle sparkling wines (200 tickets, $25 per person, 7:30-9 p.m.). Featuring:
    • Petunia's Pies & Pastries
    • Pix Patisserie
    • Raven & Rose
    • Salt & Straw
    •  Xocolatl de David
  • Bubbles pairing dinner at The Bent Brick (6 p.m., $80 per person + gratuity, limit 16 guests, call 503-688-1655 for reservations)
    • Butter poached halibut, pocha beans, nettle puree, pickled ginger, country ham
    • Agnolutti, nettles, toasted filberts, house made ricotta
    • Payne Family pork, early morels, sheboygen style bratwurst, bread pudding
    • Rhubarb crisp, cornmeal & filbert topping 
Wednesday, May 7
  • Shucked! An Oyster mignonette and  bubbles pairing competition at Union Pine where five of Portland’s top chefs will compete for the best dressed oyster as judged by ticket holders. Ticket holders will enjoy five oysters and five paired Argyle sparkling wines (200 tickets, $25 per person, 6-8 p.m.). Featuring:
    •  The Parish - Ethan Powell
    • Andina - Hank Costello
    •  Imperial - Benjamin Bettinger
    • DOC - Brian Scibetta
    • Branch Whiskey Bar - Scott Shampine
  •  Bubbles tasting at Urban Farmer
  • Bubbles pairing at Cia Vito: Shrimp, Squid & Manilla Clams on the plancha tossed with preserved Meyer lemon, pickled peppers, mint and toasted almonds. Paired with Argyle Vintage Brut. (W-Su) 
Thursday, May 8
  • Complementary Argyle bubbles tasting at The Allison Inn & Spa in Newberg (6:30-7:30 p.m.)
  • Bubbles pairing menu at Bar Avignon
  • Pre-performance bubbles tasting at Portland Center Stage’s production of “Othello” (7:30 p.m., for Othello ticket holders only)
Friday, May 9
  • Limited edition Argyle Brut Mimosa Sherbert at Salt & Straw (F-Su)
  • Library magnum tasting at Ambonnay (5-7 p.m.)
  • Complimentary bubbles pours in the Portland Opera VIP Lounge at Fri and Sunday performances
  • Portland Bubbles Week Wine Dinner at Wilf’s (6:30 p.m., $80 per person, call 503-223-0070 by May 6 for reservations)
    • 2010 Argyle Vintage Brut with Grilled radicchio, melted brie, balsamic, crostini
    • 2011 Argyle Chardonnay with Wilf's Dungeness crab meat, Oregon bay shrimp, romaine
    • 2010 Argyle Brut Rosé with Caramelized onion, roasted cauliflower and Rogue gorgonzola tart, spring pea coulis
    •  2011 Nuthouse Pinot Noir with Double R Ranch filet mignon, spring vegetables
    • Chef's cheese plate, assorted cookies, dried fruit and nuts
Saturday, May 10
  • Bubbles & Tapas: Enjoy a free tapa with every glass of Argyle sparkling wine purchased at Bar Vivant (Sat-Sun all day)

Sunday, May 11 – Mother’s Day
  • Special Edition Mother’s Day Tea with Argyle Bubbles at PIX Patisserie: Special selection of 10 sweet and savory bite-sized treats, a pot of Townsend’s Tea and a glass of Argyle 2010 Brut for $30. Plus, a special kid’s version of six sweet and savory treats with non-alcoholic beverage of their choice will be offered for $16. ($30; $16 for kids version)
  •  Bubbles tasting in the Rookery (11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.) and bubbles cocktails for Mother’s Day brunch and dinner at Raven & Rose (call 503-222-7673 for more info and reservations)
  •  Oysters and bubbles special at EaT: An Oyster Bar
Some events are already sold out. If your interested in joining in the fun, tickets for the week's events can be found at http://www.pdxbubbles.com/. 

Use the hashtag #pdxbubbles to share your photos and virtually toast with your friends. Hope to see you there, we can raise our glasses in celebration of Oregon bubbles. Let's bubble over together.

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