Food and Wine

What grows together, goes together

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Oregon wines are made for the table.

Before Oregon became famous as a foodie haven, Oregon winemakers were creating food-friendly wines. Because of the natural refreshing fruit flavors inherent in Oregon wines, they make easy and memorable matches for a wide variety of ingredients and cooking styles.

So really, there's no mystery to food and wine pairing with Oregon wines-look no further than the kinds of ingredients that can be found from Oregon's farms, rivers, and coast. A simple guideline might be: what grows together, goes together.

food plate and wine pairing

The subtle earthiness of a Willamette Valley Pinot noir is perfectly matched with fresh-picked wild mushrooms from the forest, while the wine's dry fruit flavor wonderfully complements the richness of wild-caught Pacific salmon. The notes of spice and fruit in a brisk Pinot gris pair well with native hazelnuts and farm-fresh cheeses. Steely dry Riesling and crisp Chardonnay easily enhance oysters from the coast, or free-range heritage turkey.

A hearty Umpqua Valley Tempranillo seems made-to-order for a roast of hormone-free Oregon lamb, while a silky Syrah from the Walla Walla Valley has a delicious affinity for elk loin and other game meats. The soft succulence of a Columbia Gorge late harvest Viognier marries with a desert of Hood River apples, while a compote of Southern Oregon peaches is a wonderful foil to a zesty blanc de blancs.

Whatever your palate preference, there's an Oregon wine to make the perfect pairing

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Clink! A Taste of Oregon Wine at Linfield College Oregon Wine Historical Archive

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Due to the overwhelming response to Clink! A Taste of Oregon Wine, the Oregon Historical Society has developed a traveling version of the exhibition to travel the state.
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