Indie Alum Matello Featured in The Oregonian

January 25, 2010 at 10:52 pm (Indie Sightings) (, , , )

We received a pleasant surprise yesterday morning with our coffee and newspaper: Indie alum Matello was featured in Matt Kramer’s Oregonian column. Kramer gives much deserved love to winemaker Marcus Goodfellow’s newly released 2008 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir.

Matello “Willamette Valley” Pinot Noir 2008: Here’s an example of how, if you want to sample something particularly fine and local, you’d better be right here, right now and you’d best act quickly, too.

Matello is a label created by Marcus Goodfellow, a former Heathman Hotel bartender who saw wine as his life’s calling. Starting in the 2003 vintage, Goodfellow bought grapes from a variety of Willamette Valley vineyards and set out to make Matello a reality. He took Russ Raney  of Evesham Wood Vineyard  as his mentor and model. Evesham Wood’s many fans will find Matello pinot noirs are similarly restrained, detailed and decidedly non-swoopy.  Arguably the just-released 2008 Matello “Willamette Valley” pinot noir is his best yet. This is because Goodfellow has that much more experience under his belt and, not least, because the exceptional 2008 vintage handed him superb grapes to work with. Goodfellow, to his credit, knew what to do.

A beautifully made wine with a lovely mid-palate density with a core of wild cherry and berry fruits, Matello “Willamette Valley” Pinot Noir 2008 shows just what the 2008 pinots are all about. Dense yet balanced, with supple tannins and ideal acidity, it’s also still pretty tightly coiled. What you taste today is only a hint of what will emerge if the wine is given additional aging in a cool space.

At $19.95, it’s a standout deal in terrific 2008 Oregon pinot noir. Oh, by the way, only 336 were produced. Get it while you’re here — and while you can. (Distributed by Vinum Wine Importing and Distributing)

The column reinforces how truly fortunate we wine-loving Oregonians are to have access to such limited production, stellar wines.  Congratulations, Marcus (and the rest of the Matello crew)!


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2010 Call for Entries Now Open!

January 13, 2010 at 1:20 am (judging) (, , , , , , , )

It’s hard to believe that the 2010 Portland Indie Wine & Food Festival is less than four months away!  We’ve been very busy here at Indie headquarters gearing up for the event and are eagerly anticipating another great year.

As you may have seen on our twitter and facebook accounts, we are now accepting wine submissions for the 2010 event.  Last year we received a record 194 wines for judging- and we’re looking forward to receiving even more this year!  If you are  (or know of) a small, Oregon craft producer,  now is the time to submit wine for Indie judging!

The deadline to enter wine is Friday, March 2nd at 5:30pm, so head over to our website for more details!

Official rules, Frequently Asked Questions and more information can be found here.

PS: Don’t forget that tickets for the 2010 festival are now on sale and can be purchased on our website!

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New Event: Pre-Thanksgiving Indie Tasting!

November 4, 2009 at 7:12 pm (Event Details, Indie Events, Indie Wine Foundation) (, , , , , , )

Indie Tasting

Indie Wine Foundation
Pre-Thanksgiving Tasting Event

If you’re not already heading to the Willamette Valley for Pre-Thanksgiving weekend, here’s a reason…

We’re excited to announce the first annual Indie Wine Foundation Pre-Thanksgiving Tasting, a fun opportunity for you Indie fans to continue discovering unique, hidden gems to add to your collections, or snag that perfect bottle to share with friends and family at upcoming holiday gatherings.

For only $20 (or $25 if you’d like to keep your tasting glass), you’ll be able to taste wine from 14 alumni of the nationally acclaimed Portland Indie Wine Festival. Make sure to add this new Indie event to your pre-Thanksgiving wine tasting plans!

Saturday, November 21, 12pm-5pm
Sunday, November 22, 12pm-5pm

Brookside Inn
8243 NE Abbey Rd
Carlton, OR 97111
Want to make a weekend of it? Rooms are available at the Brookside Inn. Reservations can be made from the Inn’s website, or by calling 503-852-4433.

$20 at the door to taste the wines of all participating wineries (or $25, which includes a keepsake Indie tasting glass). Proceeds will benefit the Indie Wine Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to sustaining and promoting the biodiversity of craft winemaking.

Participating Wineries:
Ancient Cellars
Capitello Wines
Christopher Bridge Wines
Et Fille Wines
Helvetia Winery
J. Scott Cellars
Kathken Vineyards
Laurel Hood Wine
Madrone Mountain
Quady North
Resonance Vineyard
Ribera Vineyards
Rizzo Winery

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Indie Wines at This Weekend’s Bite of Oregon!

August 6, 2009 at 9:26 pm (Uncategorized)

Portland’s annual Bite of Oregon is taking place this weekend at Waterfront Park and Indie wines will be in the house!  The event’s MIX Wine Pavillion will feature 38 Oregon wineries, many of which are Indie alums!  If you make it to the Bite, be sure to check out some of our Indie favorites, like Capitello, Rizzo Winery, and Seufert Winery.

For information on the Bite (and discounted ticket information) check out their website and/or twitter feed.

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Big Table Farm Featured in FoodDay

August 4, 2009 at 5:31 pm (Uncategorized)

Big Table Farm

We came across a great Indie surprise in this morning’s OregonianBig Table Farm, a 2009 Indie alum, is featured in Katherine Cole’s article about winemakers who use their land for more than making wine.  Described as an “animal farm that makes wine on the side,” Big Table Farm has a small and private but thriving meat-selling business.  Eggs from the farm’s chickens can be found in some of Portland’s top restaurants. 

Want to try some of the farm fresh goodness for yourself? Clare Carver and Brian Marcy of Big Table Farm host regular brunches and dinners for their wine customers that focus on the meat and produced raised on their land.  Great wine and a meal that focuses on fresh, local ingredients?  Sign us up! For more information about Big Table Farm, check out its website and Clare’s blog.

The Oregonian article can be found here.

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Spend August 1-2 weekend in wine country…

July 31, 2009 at 1:12 am (Indie Sightings, Uncategorized) (, , , , , , )


This weekend marks the 5th annual Carlton Walk in the Park – a benefit for local charities that showcases local artists, musicians, restaurants and wineries in Yamhill County’s wine country.  At our last Indie meeting, we were browsing this year’s featured wineries, and we were pleased to see that the majority are Indies – past and present.

2009 Official Selections: Carlton Cellars, Carlton Hill Wine Company, Folin Cellars, Hawkins Cellars, Monks Gate Vineyards, Seven of Hearts, Séjourné and Zenas.

Past wineries:  Carlo & Julian, Resonance, Stag Hollow Wines and Twelve.

Amy and I (this is Katie, here) are heading out to wine country this weekend to enjoy some sips and to see everyone.  Has it really been three months since Indie!?

Carlton Walk in the Park is held at Wennerberg Park, Carlton Oregon.  Admission is $15.  Parking free.  Click here more more info.

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Red, White & True

June 29, 2009 at 7:28 pm (Uncategorized)

Red White & True

Looking for something fun to do over the 4th of July holiday weekend?  Why not head out to Oregon’s wine country?  There are lots of great events taking place in the Willamette Valley over the weekend.  One of our favorites is Red, White & True Oregon Wines.  Participating wineries and tasting rooms will open their doors for special wine events and activities over the weekend of July 3–5.  You’ll be able to sample new releases (and revisit old favorites) while enjoying activities such as picnics, barbecues, bluegrass music, bocce ball and more!

And to make the weekend even sweeter, wineries participating in Red, White, and True events will be donating “A 4th for the 4th,” which means that a fourth of tasting fees and other proceeds from the weekend will benefit Ecotrust’s Farm to School initiative, which is Ecotrust’s effort to educate children about Oregon agriculture and bring more Oregon grown products into the school lunchroom.

Great wine and great fun for a great cause.   Click here to see a list of participating wineries and to learn more about Red, White & True Oregon Wines.

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PDXposed at Indie 09

June 15, 2009 at 12:52 am (Indie Events) (, , , , , , , , , , )


KGW’s PDXposed visited the 2009 Portland Indie Wine Festival’s Grand Tasting on May 2nd.  Click here to check out the segment, which features an interview with PDXposed host Jon Olson and PIWF Founder Lisa Donoughe.


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Indie 2009 Recap

May 14, 2009 at 12:10 am (Uncategorized)

Indie Winemakers Class of 2009

Wow!  It’s hard to believe that the 2009 Indie Wine Festival is now just a memory.  The weekend was amazing and we’re still floating on a cloud thanks to the huge success of both the Producers Dinner and the Grand Tasting!  Folks from all over Oregon, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Georgia, and even London(!) enjoyed a great weekend full of fabulous wine and food.

Producers Dinner

The Festival started off with a bang at Friday night’s Producers Dinner, held at Ten-01.  Sommelier Erica Landon and Executive Chef Benjamin Parks dazzled the lucky attendees with their brilliant food and wine pairings that showcased featured Indie wines to perfection!  Portland writer Byron Beck has a great post about the dinner on his blog.  Check it out!

Saturday’s Grand Tasting was definitely one of Indie’s best ever (not even the afternoon’s crazy thunder/hail/lightning storm was enough to dampen anyone’s spirits…although we were thankful that this is an indoor festival!)!  The Portland Wine Project was the perfect venue for the event; attendees loved exploring Portland’s newest urban winery and had nothing but great things to say about the new venue!  (If you haven’t had the chance to check out the Project, definitely make doing so a priority!)  The quality and variety of wine being poured was outstanding- I still can’t choose a favorite! 

Also outstanding?  The food!  The quality (and quantity!) of food at this year’s Festival was incredible!  The chefs, restaurants, and caterers went above and beyond and provided our Indie guests with lots of exciting food.  For the full list of what was served, check out our twitter stream.

Indie 2009 was a huge success and we are so proud to be able to showcase Oregon’s craft winemaking community at such a topnotch event.  Pictures of this year’s Producers Dinner and Grand Tasting can be found HERE.  (Thanks to our friends at Holland Studios for taking such awesome shots!)

As always, we’d love to hear from you!  What did you love about the event?  Any suggestions about what we can do to make next year’s festival even better?  Feel free to leave a comment on this post or drop us an e-mail at  We’d love to hear from you!

See you at Indie 2010!  Cheers!

PS: Just because the event is over doesn’t mean the blogging/twitter/facebook fun is ending!  Stay tuned for  updates about next year’s Festival, exciting developments with the Indie Wine Foundation, and interesting tidbits about Oregon’s craft winemaking community…

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Today’s The Day!

May 2, 2009 at 5:30 pm (Uncategorized)

It’s finally here!  We are so excited for today’s Grand Tasting and are looking forward to a day full of great wine, great food, and great new friends.

Final preparations are underway, volunteers and wineries are starting to arrive, and there is a great feeling of anticipation in the air for what promises to be the best Indie yet!

Want to attend but didn’t purchase tickets online?  Don’t worry.  Tickets will be sold at the door. 

Details: The 2009 Portland Indie Wine Festival is being held at the Portland Wine Project in NW Portland’s Industrial District. 

1 pm- VIP Ticket Holder Entry

2pm- General Admission Holder Entry

6pm- Festival Ends

7pm- Wine Sales End

Congratulations to Dina, who won 2 tickets to the Festival through our blog/twitter ticket giveaway.  Thanks to everyone who participated!

Here’s to a great day!

PS: Follow us on twitter (@indiewinefest) for live-tweets throughout the day.  Our hashtag is #PIWF09

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