Fall 2020 / Block 41
Dear Seattle, We’ll See You Soon
We’re hitting the trail with 60+ Oregon wineries and our friends at Olympia Provisions, the Oregon Cheese Guild, Som Cordials and more for a grand happening of Oregonian wine, food and personality. No white tablecloths. No orange cheese cubes. Instead, a generous pour of Oregon’s fine wine and pioneering spirit.
You see, Oregon is a state, and a damn fine one. But Oregonian is a state of mind. You’ve got to experience it to truly get it. So join winemakers and owners representing Oregon’s broad geographic and varietal diversity for an evening evocative of Oregon wine country in Seattle. From legacy Pinot noir to unexpected whites and surprises in between, we invite you to grab a glass and find your Oregon wine trail.
Wineries representing Oregon’s varied geographic and climatic diversity will be on hand, including producers from the Willamette Valley, Southern Oregon and Columbia Gorge AVAs.
Photo by Carolyn Wells-Kramer
Olympia Provisions, an authentic and house-made charcuterie and meats company based in Portland, Oregon, began as Oregon’s first USDA-certified salumeria and now offers food-lovers five Portland restaurant locations and online product availability nationwide. Everything that we make is handcrafted naturally with the ultimate goal of quality. In order to achieve a finished product that tastes as good as it possibly can, we pay fastidious attention to the details. Ingredients are our inspiration and we seek out the best and freshest.
James Beard Award winning chef Andy Ricker of Portland, Oregon’s Pok Pok created Som to enhance his highly acclaimed bar program, believing bold and complex flavors should be experienced through both food and drink. First introduced as Pok Pok Som in 2012, Som relaunched in 2019 with elevated new packaging and expressions. Som now celebrates the intersection of discerning craft cocktail enthusiasts and alcohol free beverages.
Founded in 2006, the Oregon Cheese Guild is dedicated to the art and craft of making cheese. The Guild is a collaborative effort to increase awareness of Oregon’s artisanal cheeses, create educational opportunities, and provide a platform for cooperation and shared resources among Oregon cheesemakers. The Oregon Cheese Guild hosts a number of yearly cheese events and provides The Oregon Cheese Trail, a resource for discovering cheesemakers and vendors. Be sure to look for cheeses from Face Rock Creamery, La Mariposa, Ochoa’s Queseria, River’s Edge Chèvre, Rogue Creamery and Willamette Valley Cheese Co. at the event.
Oregon’s modern vineyards were planted in confident defiance of conventional wisdom. We like to do things our way and this grand happening will be no different. In addition to world-class wine we’ll have bites from some of Oregon’s favorite food artisans and some fun surprises along the way.
To connect you with the wines that best fit your palate we’ve outlined six wine trails throughout the event. Preview them all below and join us to explore your Oregon wine trail.
Are tickets refundable?
Tickets are non-refundable.
How do I get there?
4 pay lots are within a 1-minute walk of the venue. See web for more info.
What's included in the ticket price?
Admission includes wine tasting with 62 wineries, gourmet cured meats from Olympia Provisions, handmade Oregon cheese, light passed hors d’oeuvres and other bites to accompany the wine, and Som wine cordials to keep you perky.
Do I have to have a beard or wear a flannel shirt?
No, all are welcome. Please come in the attire that makes you feel most comfortable.
Oregon’s bountiful resources and beautiful scenery are worth protecting. Sustainable farming and winemaking aren’t about being trendy, they’ve always just been who we are. From the strictest labeling regulations in the country, to the most certified sustainable vineyard land of any major U.S. winegrowing state, Oregon understands that great wine starts with healthy land.
Pioneers aren’t just history, they’re also our contemporaries. Pioneers are defined by persistence and innovation, bedrock traits of Oregon winemaking. This trail weaves together the personalities that blazed Oregon’s original trail as well as the winemakers they inspired, who today are pioneering new approaches and methods to crafting exceptional wine.
Oregon’s Willamette Valley has become synonymous with Pinot noir. Pinot was among the first vines planted in the valley and today it occupies more than 70% of Willamette vineyard acres. But Pinot noir is revered for its transparent expression of terroir, so more vineyards means more variations of Oregonian Pinot to share. In this case, more is better.
Oregon makes Pinot noir really well. But we also make rich skin contact Pinot gris and Austrian varieties that are hard to pronounce but easy to drink. From the cobble stones of the Walla Walla Valley in Eastern Oregon down to southern vineyards a stone’s throw from California, Oregon farmers grow 72 grape varieties. Find something unexpected.
For a little chill, explore Oregon white wines. French royals like Pinot gris and Chardonnay abound, but old world Spanish varietals such as Albarino and Italian Moscato can also be found on the trail. Oregon’s varied regional climates and nested microclimates allow winemakers the opportunity to grow what grows best.
Elegant and powerful are not incongruent, and the reds on this trail are for those looking for both. While Pinot noir is grown throughout Oregon, the state’s varied regional climates support bold reds such as Cabernet, Tannat, Tempranillo and many more. Explore Oregon’s bold side.