First up, we've dispatched a crew to cover Celebration Oregon! The Oregon Wine Awards Ceremony and Tasting on Friday at the Oregon State Fair. A spectacular evening of sampling Oregon's award winning wines...AND...elephant ears. What more could a wine writer ask for? Maybe a bacon-covered maple bar from Voodoo Donuts in Portland, but what can you do? Actually, some of Oregon's top chefs are showcased at Celebration Oregon! so there will be great food abound.
Secondly, we have a team headed to the heart of Eastern Washington wine country this weekend to do some features on the wine and experience of Columbia and Walla Walla Valley. We've got a bit of driving ahead of us, but totally worth it for some good old Red Mountain wine. Do you have any "must-see's" in the Tri-Cities for Walla Walla? Leave a comment. For your stalking pleasure, we've included our route map.
Finally, spanning mid-September into October, we're excited to publish a series on the non-traditional wines of the Pacific Northwest. Malbec, Barbera, Sangiovese, Lemberger, what? We'll tell you what - and include some reviews of local producers of these unconventional NW varietals.
Put on your bib, strap one some boots, and pour a big old glass of Cabernet. This is going to be quite the journey!