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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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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Win 2 Tickets to Indie!

May 1, 2009 at 10:20 pm (Uncategorized)


The 2009 Portland Indie Wine Festival is finally here!  Don’t have your tickets yet?  Don’t worry!  As a thank you to our loyal twitter and blog followers, we’ve decided to give away a pair of tickets to the Grand Tasting tomorrow.  In order to enter, leave a comment on this blog post OR send us a DM on twitter (@indiewinefest).  Include your name, contact info, and the name of your favorite Oregon wine.  Entries will close at midnight tonight and a random drawing will be held in the morning.  The winner will be notified by 10am. 

Remember, the Festival is from 2-6pm tomorrow afternoon at the Portland Wine Project in NW Portland’s Industrial District.  Please enter only if you are able to attend!

Don’t want to push your luck trying to win tickets?  You can buy tickets online until 5:00 tonight (Friday).  We will also be selling tickets at the Festival door tomorrow.

Cheers and Good luck!

**UPDATE**  We’ve decided to keep the comments for this post private to protect the personal info of our participants!  You’ve named some great wines…keep them coming for your chance to win!  Remember, we’re accepting entries until midnight tonight.

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Indie is Around the Corner!

April 29, 2009 at 2:39 am (Uncategorized)

The Glass Only Looks Empty

It’s hard to believe but we’re a few days away from our Fifth event weekend! and Yes, it does take a village to make this all come together. Thank you everyone involved!

We have fantastic sponsors and partners on board this year. Pihl Excavating stepped in early as a presenting sponsor and we hope that relationship grows. We are also really excited about the involvement and support from California Pizza Kitchen who has selected our event as their first taste-test for a new line of pizzas. Have you seen their new ads focusing on wine pairings? It’s a great fit for our guests who can use their palates this year to influence the final selected flavor choice with their vote on Saturday.

As the founder of this small start up, this economy has defnitely made me stop and wonder if our little non-profit can sustain major bumps in the road and it is only with the support from organizations like CPK, Pihl, Travel Portland, Hotel Vintage Plaza, Ten 01, among others, that has allowed us to move forward with optimism. So, with that, I will take a deep breath, enjoy the anticipation of all those amazing wines and fantastic dishes we will enjoy this weekend and hope to see you at one of the most special wine events I’ve ever been to – OK, I’m biased but really, it’s cool, no?


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2009 PIWF Festival Announcement – Wine Warehouse Sale Cancelled for 2009, Plans to Launch Event in 2010

April 22, 2009 at 12:31 am (Uncategorized) (, )

The PIWF has decided to cancel the Wine Warehouse Sale for 2009 with hopes to move forward with the event in 2010. We love the idea of a recession-proof sale featuring wines from our amazing 2005 – 2009 Official Selected Portland Indie Wine Festival Alums, and it garnered a ton of interest among winemakers and consumers. However, after researching and moving forward with the idea, we decided, it required more infrastructure than we had in place this year to pull it off without a glitch.

Look for the Indie Indie Wine Warehouse Sale to be part of the Festival in the coming years. Thanks to all the wineries who wanted to participate. Consumers, you’ll still have a ton of shopping opportunities with our 40 featured wineries and 64 wines! We have a list of the wineries who were interested in participating in the warehouse sale and would be happy to send you that list by e-mail. Just contact us at our website and we’ll send it along for you to personally contact wineries about their special offers. We look forward to seeing everyone on May 2nd. If you haven’t already, visit to buy your Festival ticket.

Please feel to respond with any questions or comments below.

The Portland Indie Wine Festival Team

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Judging / Live-Tweeting Today!

March 9, 2009 at 5:00 pm (Uncategorized)

Today’s the day- judging for the 2009 Indie Wine Festival is finally here!  We are so excited to hear what our awesome judges have to say about the RECORD 194 wines submitted to this year’s event.  There’s only space for 40 wines at the festival, so the judges have quite the task ahead of them!  Good luck to all the entrants!

Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter!  We’ll be live-tweeting about Festival judging throughout the day.  Our search tag is #indiewine.

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