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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Producers Dinner Menu

April 22, 2009 at 4:49 pm (Event Details, Indie Events) (, , , , , )

Photo Credit: Ten-01


Enjoy an evening with great company and wines that have been sold out for years!


On Friday, May 1st, Ten 01 is hosting the Portland Indie Wine Festival’s Producers Dinner, a very special fundraising event to celebrate five years building a community of Oregon’s top craft winemakers and the newly formed Indie Wine Foundation – a non-profit devoted to preserving and sustaining the art of craft winemaking. 


The Producers Dinner will feature a five-course menu crafted by Ten 01’s new Executive Chef Benjamin Parks, alongside rare releases pulled from the Indie Wine Festival’s cellar by award-winning sommelier Erica Landon.  Original Indie winemakers who went from their garages to the pages of Wine Spectator, like Jason Lett of BlackCap and Eyrie Vineyards, will join us for the evening.


THIS EVENT WILL SELL OUT, so please reserve your seats now by visiting and see Producers Dinner.  Tickets are $150 per person.  Dinner is from 6 – 9 p.m.


Check out the amazing menu!



Poached quail eggs

Local sweet peas, dry pecorino, guanciale


2007 Anam Cara Riesling, Chehalem Mountain


Polpetini en brodo

Parmesan broth, pork meatballs, root vegetables


2006 BlackCap, chardonnay, Dundee Hills

2004 Stoller, chardonnay, Dundee Hills


Lavender-honey duck breast

Cannellini beans, grilled asparagus


2006 Roots Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley

2006 Matello Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley


Roasted grass fed new york steak

Olive oil potatoes, roasted shallots, lacinato kale

Choron sauce


2005 Dalla Vina Syrah, Columbia Valley

2005 Dominio Syrah, old man looking east, Columbia Gorge


Buttermilk Panna Cotta

Rhubarb Coulis and Vanilla Tuille


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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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Hit of the Week – Horizon Air

April 5, 2009 at 8:16 pm (Indie Sightings) (, , , )

The 2009 Indie Wine Festival is featured in this month’s Horizon Air Magazine.  Check out the story below!

Horizon Magazine

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2009 Official Indie Wineries!

April 2, 2009 at 5:16 am (Event Details, judging, Restaurants) (, , , , , , , , , , )

Indie Logo

The Portland Indie Wine Festival Announces Selected Wineries for 2009
Forty of Oregon’s premier craft wineries will pour at the fifth annual Portland Indie Wine Festival on May 2nd

The fifth annual Portland Indie Wine Festival has announced the names of the 40 Oregon craft wineries selected to pour their artisanal wines at the PIWF Grand Tasting, held Saturday, May 2nd from 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. in Northwest Portland’s Industrial District. Sixty-one wines will be poured in the Portland Wine Project’s new 10,000 square foot urban winery, alongside some of the city’s top restaurants.

“This was a record-setting year in terms of the diversity, quantity and quality of the wine entries,” said Lisa Donoughe, PIWF founder. An all-time high of 194 wines were submitted by 69 wineries, many of whom have just released their first or second vintages. “We’re excited to be a part of an artisanal wine movement that is garnering national attention for these amazing small producers,” adds Donoughe.

Selected wineries (in alphabetical order)

1789 Wines
Anam Cara Cellars
Ancient Cellars
Apolloni Vineyards
ArborBrook Vineyards
Artisanal Wine Cellars
Barking Frog Winery
Big Table Farms
Boedecker Cellars
Capitello Wines
Carlton Cellars
Carlton Hill Wine Company
Christopher Bridge Cellars
Coeur De Terre Vineyard
Dukes Family Vineyards
Et Fille
Folin Cellars
Gino Cuneo Cellars
Hawkins Cellars
J. Scott Cellars
Johan Vineyards
Kelly Fox Wines
Longsword Vineyard
Misty Oaks Vineyard
Monks Gate
Nuthatch Cellars
Pudding River Wine Cellars
Quady North
Ribbon Ridge Vineyard
Rizzo Winery
Seufert Winery
Seven of Hearts
Thistle Wines
Three Angles Wine Cellar
VIDON Vineyard
WildAire Cellars
Winderlea Vineyard & Winery
Zenas Wines

The wines were selected in a comprehensive blind tasting conducted on March 9th, 2009 at the Hotel Vintage Plaza. The judging panel consisted of 10 wine professionals, including winemaker Dick Erath (Founder of Erath Vineyards), wine and spirits writer Toby Cecchini (New York Times, GQ), sommelier Erica Landon (Ten 01), restaurateur Kimberly Paley (Paley’s Place) and winemaker Jason Lett (BlackCap of Oregon, Eyrie Vineyards). For a complete list of 2009 judges, please visit

On May 2nd, join the independent producers that represent the heart and soul of Oregon’s world-class wine industry at the Portland Wine Project, located in Northwest Portland’s Industrial District. The fifth annual Portland Indie Wine Festival is the opportunity to meet the next generation of winemakers from emerging cellars across the state while enjoying small plates from local restaurants and chefs. Restaurant partners include Alma Chocolates, The Country Cat Dinnerhouse & Bar, Davis Street Tavern, Marché, Pazzo Ristorante, Phresh Organic Catering, Pyramid Brewery and Restaurant, Red Star Roasthouse & Tavern, Simpatica Catering and Dining Hall, Ten 01, Whole Foods and Wildwood.

Tickets are now on sale, and may be purchased online at General admission is $75 with tasting times from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. and VIP admission is $125 with tasting times from 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.

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Indie Judging Photos

April 1, 2009 at 7:17 pm (Indie Events, judging) (, , , , )

On Ice

As you know, Indie judging took place a few weeks ago.  Our friends at Holland Studios took some amazing photos to document the day.  Check out the judging photos on our flickr account, here.

PS: Today’s the day we’ll be announcing the 40 wineries selected to pour at this year’s Festival!  Stay tuned for the big announcement…

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Delectable Downtown Dining Deal

March 31, 2009 at 5:55 am (Indie Events, Restaurants) (, , , , )


A great, three-course meal for $20.09  Impossible, right?  Wrong!  The Portland Indie Wine Festival is pleased to announce the Delectable Downtown Dining Deal, a partnership with the PIWF and the Downtown Marketing Initiative, designed as a way to encourage diners to try new downtown restaurants at an affordable price point.

Each participating restaurant has created a special three-course prix-fixe menu priced at $20.09 that will be available throughout the promotion.  In addition to a great meal at an affordable price, diners will also receive a promotional check insert that has a discount code for $20 off the purchase of a ticket to the Portland Indie Wine Festival – that’s the price of the meal!

The Delectable Downtown Dining Deal will be available for purchase every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from March 17th until April 9th.

There are some GREAT restaurants participating in this deal, including: Chez Joly, Davis Street Tavern, Gracie’s, H5O bistro & bar, Mama Mia Trattoria, Mother’s Bistro & Bar, Pazzo Ristorante, Red Star Tavern & Roast House, Romano’s Macaroni Grill, Southpark Seafood Grill and Wine Bar and Typhoon.

For more information about the Delectable Downtown Dining Deal, including sample menus, visit:

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Indie 2009: Format Concerns Addressed

March 31, 2009 at 5:35 am (Event Details, Indie Events) (, , , )

New Format


We’ve recently received some questions and concerns about the changes to this year’s Indie Wine Festival.  We wanted to explain the reasons for the changes, and also give you, the Indie consumer, the opportunity to share with us your thoughts about these changes.


Our goal is to create an excellent, memorable and cost-effective event that benefits both winemaker and consumer.  To better help us meet that goal, we made the decision to alter the format of the Festival this year.  Rather than the two day event of the past, we have decided to hold the Grand Tasting on a single day, May 2nd.  We made this decision for many reasons.  We wanted to give all the wineries involved with the event equal access to the consumer.  The wineries feel that the format in the past wasn’t fair to those who poured on Sunday since the Festival had significantly more foot traffic on Saturday. By holding the tasting on a single day, festival goers will be able to experience all 40 wineries, which will also give the wineries the opportunity to interact with all Indie attendees. 


We also wanted to make the event more cost-effective.  We know we don’t need to tell you that times are tough these days, and as a stand alone self-sustaining Festival, we feel we must do everything possible to make the event as cost-effective as possible while still maintaining the level of excellence for which Indie is known.


It is true that the key aspect of the VIP ticket is that it allows the purchaser access to the Festival an hour earlier than those who purchase general admission tickets.  Not only does this give VIP ticket holders an entire extra hour of tasting, it also gives them the opportunity for greater interaction with the producers, as there will be far fewer people at the VIP tasting than there will be once the general admission doors open at 2:00.


We are confident that the 2009 Indie Wine Festival will be one of the best wine events in town, not despite the changes in format, but because of them.  If you have any questions, concerns or suggestions about improvements we can make to the Festival, please continue to let us know.  You can contact us by posting a comment on the blog, or by e-mailing us at  We want this event to be yours, and we’d love to hear your thoughts.

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Three Ways to Dine With Indie

March 20, 2009 at 4:25 am (Event Details, Indie Events, Restaurants) (, , , , , , , , , )

Dine With Indie

You don’t have to wait until May 2nd to take part in the Portland Indie Wine Festival.  Below are three fun and delicious (and price sensitive) ways you can sip, dine and unwind with Indie in the PDX area before the Grand Tasting event. 

1) The Delectable Downtown Dining Deal, March 17 – April 9th  

The Delectable Downtown Dining Deal is a four-week dining promotion designed as a way to encourage diners to try new downtown restaurants at an affordable price point.  Eleven restaurants have created a special three-course prix-fixe menu priced at $20.09 that will be available Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from March 17th – April 9th.  Diners will also receive a promotional check insert that has a discount code for $20 off the purchase of a ticket to the Portland Indie Wine Festival – that’s the price of the meal!  A complete list of all participating restaurants can be found at:

2) The Indie Wine Festival Producers Dinner, May 1st at Ten 01, tickets available here. 

Take your place at the table next to an Indie producer and enjoy this one-of-a-kind Indie library pairing dinner hosted by Ten 01’s award-winning Sommelier Erica Landon.  This intimate gathering kicks off the fifth festival weekend and gives guests access to special wines that have been tucked away in our Indie Wine Cellar. This is THE chance to discover early Indie vintages and enjoy vertical flights that are no longer available to the public because of the small production, all while sitting beside and getting to know the winemakers who exemplify Oregon’s craft wine industry.   

The dinner will kick off with a walk around reception tasting where several Oregon winemakers will be on site pouring their wines.  Later guests will enjoy a five-course meal prepared by Ten 01’s new Executive Chef, Benjamin Parks. Buy tickets online here. 

3) Indie Wine Flight at Pazzo Ristorante, March – May  

Pazzo Ristorante and the PIWF have partnered to offer a special “ABC’s of Oregon Pinot” flight, consisting of three Indie wines available in the restaurant and bar from March to end of May for $14.  Wines featured include: Apolloni ’07 Pinot Blanc, Boedecker ’05 Athena Pinot Noir and Capitello ’07 Pinot Gris.  For more information about Pazzo, visit

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