5 Urban Wineries & Tasting Rooms in Portland to Visit this Fall

In the big city and can’t make it out to wine country? No worries you can still get your wine on in Portland this fall. Try one, or all five, of these  tasting rooms and sip away while the last leaves fall and the rain soaks the street. Portland Pairings Not sure what to have with…

Best Pairing of the Summer: Mad Violets Riesling with Grilled Oysters

A bright and fruity Riesling with a pair-perfect attitude.  Sourced from the oldest Riesling vineyard in the Willamette Valley at Maresh Vineyard, Mad Violets Riesling develops with layers of flavors. Easing in with aromas of lemons and apricots, the wine flirts around as if its in a love triangle with sweet and tart. Vibrant on…

Wines in the Wasatch: Highlights from the Food and Wine Classic

“Come for the winters, say for the summer,” is the local (unofficial) slogan in Park City, Utah. And after a weekend in the Wasatch Mountains I can see (and taste) why. Featuring active adventures around the ski-resort town turned summer outdoor haven paired with wine tastings and dinners galore, the Food and Wine Classic in Park…

3 Roses You’ll Want to Drink Right Now

Pink is quickly becoming my new favorite color. Blame it on the heat or my red-wine rich winter diet, but I’ve been on one hell of a Rose kick lately. But this wine gal is not complaining. With so many delicious (and often bone-dry) Roses, it’s hard not to keep filling my glass with 5…

Sing for a Sip of Brancott’s Flight Song Wines

I don’t know about you, but some days I just need a cold, crisp glass of white wine. And with this past week of 80+ degree weather in the northwest, I pulled two bottles of wine out of my wine frig from Marlborough, New Zealand – a region that knows heat and how to cool…

Stoller Family Estate’s Tempranillo Rose

   Light, refreshing and endlessly sippable.   Warm weather welcomes a blush to the cheeks and pink wine for the glass, so pour a rose and savor the start of summer. For my first glass of the season, I popped open this bottle from Stoller Family Estate, which I acquired at a wine club event last…

Oregon Wine Day Trips Part 4: Southern Oregon

This is the fourth part of a five part series featuring day trip itineraries in Oregon’s wine country. Each itinerary features 4-5 wineries within driving distance of each other near a city or accommodations hub. Bigger, bolder and a lot more barns. That’s what the Southern AVAs bring to the table in Oregon and for…

A Delicious Journey down Main Street: Park City Food Tour

Originally posted on Evergreen Hiker:
yum – an interjection used to express pleasurable satisfaction especially in the taste of food. – And the slow-motion word of the day on the Park City Food Tour. Whether it’s snowing or seventy degrees and sunny, its a perfect day to savor and sample the flavors of main street Park…

2010 Hyland Estates’ Pinot Noir

Love at first sip. There was no mood lighting. No fancy bar with a white moose head or chandelier. No sexy bartender with deep green eyes to get lost in or vivacious vineyard views. Just me, my teal travel mug, a bag of microwave popcorn and this wondrous wine, Hyland Estates’ 2010 Pinot Noir. And you…

2011 Solena Estate Pinot Gris

Fresh like almost-ripe fruit, this Pinot Gris cuts through food with a clean and refreshing finish. Notes of stone fruit, apple and citrus travel from the nose to the palate on Solena Estates’s 2011 Pinot Gris. Like the mist from a fresh squeezed lemon, the wine puckers with just a touch of tart acidity but…

Foodworx Conference: Food for the Future

Portland really is becoming known as the center of the foodie universe. From the Willamette Valley’s famous Pinot Noir to the city’s urban craft breweries and some of the world’s freshest produce and meat markets, the city embodies culinary culture. This February 4th, join me at the FoodWorx Conference to experience the bounty of food…