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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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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Final Judges Announced!

March 6, 2009 at 9:23 am (Event Details, Uncategorized) (, , , , , )

We are very excited to introduce you to the final group of this year’s Indie Wine Festival judges…Check back later this week for exciting news about Monday’s judging event!

Toni KetrenosToni Ketrenos: Market Beer and Wine Merchandiser, New Seasons

Toni brings a world of knowledge to the judging table.  Her passion for wine was born while studying abroad in Paris as part of her studies at Linfield College in McMinnville.  The wines she experienced in France inspired her, and when she returned to Oregon she took full advantage of Linfield’s proximity to Oregon’s wine country by getting a job in the tasting room at Rex Hill Vineyards in Newberg.  Toni continued to work in the tasting room while she finished her degree in Communications/Journalism, expanding her wine knowledge and helping to plan special events at the vineyard. 

Upon graduation Toni pursued a career in journalism, but when her employer went under she returned to her love of wine, first working a crush and then as a full-time wine steward.  She started with New Seasons as a wine buyer in 2001 and currently works as their Market Beer and Wine Merchandiser.  Toni’s love of wine has taken her around the world, from Italy to Champagne and Burgundy.  She also travels frequently to vineyards around the Northwest, keeping up all of the region’s exciting small producers.  When she’s not busy with work, Toni enjoys gardening and cooking for friends.

Kimberly PaleyKimberly Paley: Co-Owner, Paley’s Place

Kimberly is a woman who has a deep passion for wine.  This passion first blossomed in the south of France, where she was traveling after teaching a jazz dance workshop in Montpellier.  (Kimberly is a gifted dancer who trained at the Martha Graham School in New York.)  She credits a Bandol Rose from Domaine Tempier that she experienced while abroad for inspiring her interest in wine.  Upon her return to America, Kimberly was tireless in her effort to learn about wine, reading, studying and tasting all she could.  

When she and her husband, Chef Vitaly Paley, escaped the concrete jungle for the lush Oregon landscape, Kimberly continued her quest for wine knowledge, this time with the help of Oregon wine pioneers like David Lett, Dick Erath, and Dick Ponzi.  She views trusting her senses and enjoying the wine as two of the most important aspects of experiencing wine, and encourages others to do the same.  Kimberly is in charge of the wine list at Paley’s Place, the beloved Portland restaurant she co-owns with her husband.  

Erica LandonErica Landon: Sommelier, Ten 01

Erica began her career in 1999 as the assistant wine steward at Oregon’s landmark Timberline Lodge. In 2000, she joined the Dundee Bistro where she worked with the seminal Ponzi wine family for four years.  During that time in the Willamette Valley, Erica became involved with the International Pinot Noir Celebration (IPNC) as a Maitre d’ Hotel, where she coordinated wine service for the Willamette Valley’s flagship festival.

Erica left the Willamette Valley for Portland in 2005 to serve as manager and sommelier at the prestigious Heathman Restaurant and Bar before landing at Portland’s Ten 01  in late 2006. There, she continues to serve as general manager and sommelier.  Landon has completed the “Innovative Restaurant Wine Program” class at the Culinary Institute of America in California, received sensory analysis training from Vinquiry in Napa Valley, and earned her Sommelier Diploma from the International Sommelier Guild and the Court of Master Sommeliers. She is a member of the board of directors for the IPNC. Erica enjoys cooking and spending time with her significant other and her dogs Kira and Finn.

Dick ErathDick Erath: Winemaker, Erath Winery

Dick is a true pioneer of Oregon wine.  He moved from San Francisco to the northern Willamette Valley in 1967 with a dream to produce world-class pinot noir, wine that would rival the French Burgundies that first inspired him.  His early days in Oregon were not easy; he and his family lived in an unheated log cabin and Dick worked tirelessly to tend to his fruit.  He planted his first vines in the late 1960’s and forty years later, his legacy is still growing. 

Dick has made immeasurable contributions to the world of wine.  His impact on Oregon wine is too great to cover in such a short bio, so for more about Dick and Erath Winery, check out The Boys Up North- Dick Erath and the Early Oregon Winemakers, the book written about him by Paul Pintarich.  We are truly honored to have Dick as a judge, and we look forward to hearing what he, as an Oregon wine pioneer, thinks of all the great wines featured at Indie.

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New Indie Ad

March 4, 2009 at 9:58 pm (Event Details) (, , , , , , , , , )

We are excited to share our great new Indie ad with you!  It features clips from past Indies and was produced by Portland’s very own Andrew Saunderson.  Check it out below, and on the Downtown Marketing Initiative website!

Don’t forget to buy your tickets to this year’s Festival- they’re selling fast and can be purchased here.

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Indie Judge #2: Katherine Cole

February 16, 2009 at 6:15 pm (Event Details) (, , , , , )

Katherine Cole


Katherine Cole brings a wealth of knowledge to the Festival.  She is the wine columnist for the FOODday section of the Oregonian newspaper and serves as a Field Editor for Southwest Airlines’ Spirit magazine.  She also writes for other publications, such as Cooking Light.


Katherine is a graduate of Harvard College and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.  She has studied with the International Sommelier Guild and taught journalism courses at Portland State University.  Although she has very impressive credentials, she counts the 2004 birth of her daughter as her greatest achievement.


When she’s not busy writing or exploring new wines, Katherine enjoys spending time with her family, backcountry skiing, yoga, cycling and hiking.


Katherine has always been a huge fan of the Indie Wine Festival and we’re thrilled to have her on board!


Click here to read Katherine’s column in the Oregonian!

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Fifth Anniversary Top 5!

February 13, 2009 at 6:04 pm (Event Details) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

Festival Fun

In honor of Indie’s fifth anniversary we’ve made a list of the top five reasons you should check out this year’s festival!  Here they are, in reverse order:

5. The food!  Who wouldn’t want to savor delicious small plates, prepared by top local chefs, that pair beautifully with the selection of wines poured at the Festival?

4. The opportunity to be part of the first ever Producers Dinner.  Seriously, this event promises to be an unforgettable night- dinner with up and coming Indie producers at one of Portland’s best restaurants, Ten 01, hosted by award-winning sommelier Erica Landon.  Best of all, the proceeds from this fundraising event benefit the Indie Wine Foundation!  Great food, great company, and a great cause.  What more could you ask for?

3.  New location!  As you may know, this year’s event is being held at the brand new Portland Wine Project.  Where better to check out the best craft winemakers than at one of the newest and coolest urban wineries in Portland?

2. VIP Access.  By purchasing VIP tickets to this year’s Festival, you will be among the first to experience the Portland Wine Project.  And because you’ll be allowed into the event an hour before everyone else, you’ll be able to beat the crowds and have more time to interact with the producers.

1. The wine (of course)!  Where else can you experience 40 artisan wines crafted by producers that make 2500 cases or fewer?  One of the coolest things about Indie is that you actually get to meet the winemakers as they pour their wine for you to enjoy.  Bonus: don’t forget about about this year’s recession-proof Indie warehouse sale, where we’ll sell Indie alumni wine by the case for a discount of up to 20 percent.

Are you as excited as we are for Indie’s fifth anniversary??  We hope so! 

Don’t forget that tickets are on sale now and can be purchased here.  See you in May!

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Red v. White. You Decide.

February 10, 2009 at 6:51 am (Poll) (, , , )

Red v. White

This year we thought it would be fun to learn more about our readers by polling them on various Indie-related subjects.  The first poll is pretty simple (for most folks!): we want to know whether you prefer red or white wine.  Feel free to leave a comment letting us know why you voted like you did; we’d love to hear from you!

Be on the lookout for more polls in the future…participation could lead to exciting prizes!

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Indie Wine Foundation Initiatives

February 9, 2009 at 5:53 am (Indie Wine Foundation) (, , , , , , )


As many of you know, the Indie Wine Festival is the signature event of the Indie Wine Foundation-a non-profit dedicated to the sponsorship and promotion of craft winemaking in Oregon.  Promotion of craft winemaking is the Foundation’s mission, and we want your creative ideas and suggestions on what initiatives you, the craft winemaking community of Oregon, think will best serve that mission.

We want the Foundation to serve as an outlet through which we can give back to the people and places that make Oregon’s wine community so unique.  Below are some projects we think would be great for the Foundation- and we want your input!  What do you think?  What would you add/change/remove from our list?  Please leave your suggestions in the comment section of this post, or e-mail us at info@indiewinefestival.com.

Indie Wine Foundation Suggested Initiatives:

-Events other than the Indies

-Mentorship Program that would pair aspiring winemakers with those who have more experience

-Vineyard Worker Scholarship (to help those vineyard laborers who aspire to become vineyard managers/owners acheive their dreams)

-A Viticulture extension program based in Portland through one of our many regional colleges/universities

-Educational programs to educate people both inside and outside of Oregon’s craft winemaking community

-An online database (similar to craigslist) through which members of Oregon’s winemaking community can interact (get advice, find tools or supply, etc.)

Please let us know what you think!

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2009 Festival Tickets On Sale Now!

February 3, 2009 at 12:47 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Festival Tickets

Tickets to the 2009 Indie Wine Festival are now available for purchase online.  This year’s Grand Tasting will take place on Saturday, May 2nd at the Portland Wine Project.  General Admission Tickets cost $75 and grant you access to the Tasting from 2-6pm.  We are also offering special VIP Admission Tickets, which allow you to enter the Festival at 1pm, one hour earlier than General Admission Ticket holders.  VIP Admission Tickets are available for $125, and are perfect for those who prefer to browse without the crowds.

Tickets are also available for an exciting new Indie event- the first ever Producers Dinner.  This brand new event will be hosted by award-winning sommelier Erica Landon at the Pearl District’s nationally acclaimed restaurant, Ten 01.  The Producers Dinner will feature exclusive flights of Indie library wines (most of which are no longer available to the public!) and guests will be seated among Indie rising star winemakers.  Tickets are limited and cost $150 per person. You won’t want to miss this event; it will definitely be a night to remember!

Tickets to both events can be purchased through the Indie Wine Festival website.

PS:  We will begin announcing the 2009 Festival Judges in the coming days…be sure to keep an eye out!

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