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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2009 Official Indie Wineries!

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

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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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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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We’re at the Oregon Wine Symposium!

February 24, 2009 at 5:28 pm (Indie Events) (, , , )

Stop by and visit us at the OWS this week. We’re on the second floor, room C, booth M4. We’re armed with Alma chocolates, T-Shirts and Music.

We have paper entry forms and a computer just in case any of you want to sign up, or buy tickets online.

Hope to see you!ows

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