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Pairings Portland! What a Find!

Pairings Portland, 455 NE 24TH AVE.PORTLAND, OR 97232

Pairings Portland, 455 NE 24TH AVE.PORTLAND, OR 97232

Pairings Portland is a wine shop and bar located in the NE area of Portland, Oregon. On a whim we stopped by this boutique wine shop just across the street from some local food restaurants. In the past we had walked past the building several times but this time decided to stop in to see what it offered. What a find! This is a wine shop that only offers organic wines, but these wines are from around the world. Okay, so a lot of wine shops offer world wines but none that we have stopped by offer an array of wine pairings that Pairings Portland offers.

Wine Pairings

Wine pairings are well marked.

Wine pairings are well marked.

We had thought that when we idly talked about wine pairings with sewing and mowing the lawn that we were stretching the concept of wine pairings; however, Pairings Portland goes much further into the realm of wine pairings. For example, the shop offers wine pairings for cyclists. Pair a unipiper with a Domaine Trotereau Quincy’13. The Caustious Biker is paired with the Château Eugéníe Cahors Tradition ’11. Pairings Portland pairs wines with TV shows and movies, astrology, dogs and much more.

However, Pairings Portland is a whole lot more than just wine pairings. If you have questions about wine this is undoubtedly the wine shop to stop at. For instance a full page sheet is about biodynamic farming & vineyards. The paper includes the “9 Things to Know.”


Wine Tasting

Terry tasted five wines. The first was a sparkling Cabernet Franc Rosé from Domaine de Nerleux. This La Folie was a crémant that had an orange color with small bubbles making a center mousse.  The wine had red berry fruits and was crisp. The second wine was a 2014 Ovum Gewürztraminer. This Oregon wine was a yellow color and very floral. On the taste there were roses and some tropical fruits. The wine was smooth and slightly sweet.

072716cThe next three wines were reds. A Mendocino, California wine, 2013 Donkey & Goat Five Thirteen, was a blend of five of the 13 Rhone varietal grapes commonly used in a Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The blend consisted of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvédre, Cinsault and Counoise. The wine was an opaque dark ruby with a silky black fruit salad taste. It had tannins and a full body. The aftertaste was fruity.

The last two wines were crafted from Tempranillo. The Dominio IV 2011 Tempranillo Columbia Gorge Three Sleeps Vineyard was a dark ruby color. The velvety taste was fruity with noticeable blackberries and blueberries. The wine had tannins and a full body with a fruity finish. The aftertaste had fruit yielding to baking spices and a hint of leather. The Viña Olabarri Tempranillo 2004 was from Rioja. This opaque dark purple colored wine was very smooth and had a black fruit salad taste. Also notable were the  blackberries, blueberries, licorice and spices. The wine had bold tannins and was full bodied.

Pairings Portland has a laid-back atmosphere. The interesting wine pairings are accompanied with a gentle wine education.

Cheers,
Kathy and Terry

Portland’s New Century Bar

Century Sports Bar on SE Sandy in Portland

Century Sports Bar on SE Sandy in Portland

Spending some time in South East Portland, we visited the recently opened Century Bar on Sandy Boulevard. Although new, and only a bit after its 3:00 pm opening, there were already people in the two outdoor areas. As we were there, several other patrons entered. One outdoor area is on the main level. Tables and chairs are set up outdoors as well as in a covered area. A stairway leads to another outdoor area above that on the first floor. On this second level, one can view some of Portland’s skyline.It is a great spot to get a sense of the city.

Back inside the main part of the bar offers a stadium feeling, with stadium seating on different levels. We noticed that the wood used for the benches is much nicer than that in stadiums. The seating area and other decor gives a nice sense of sophistication. Since we wanted to get the sports experience, we selected the middle level in the stadium seating area in front of a large screen showing the Olympic mens basketball preliminary game between the United States and China. There are several screens in the U-shaped stadium seating area providing a great view from wherever you are seating. Generally the will of the patrons decides what game is viewed, although a different game can be viewed on each screen.

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Central to the seating area is the back lit bar. The back lighting highlights the multi-colors of the difference spirits. There is also seating in front of the bar in this area. Overhead two large ceiling lights adds a nice touch.

072616cI ordered a Neighborhood Kid, served in a mason jar, made with Evan Williams bourbon, commissary marionberry syrup, lemon and ginger-ale. It was pink with red hue. It was fruity on the onset followed by bourbon flavor. Kathy had a Sweet Margarita with sweet marionberry syrup, lime slice and juice and Tequila. The cocktail was slightly sweet and refreshing. Kathy commented, “The more I drink the better it gets.”

The Century Bar is going to become a favorite PDX spot for the neighborhood and other Portlanders. If visiting the area drop by. Winter or summer this sports bar is likely to have great attendance. Check out their website for events.

Cheers,
Terry

Make-shift Mimosa at Cruising Altitude

2013 Andover Estate Chardonnay served on Delta Airlines

2013 Andover Estate Chardonnay served on Delta Airlines

I recently had an early morning flight on Delta. Although the flight served wine, they did not have a sparkling wine. One has to become creative to have a mimosa with breakfast. The flight attendant was very accommodating and poured a glass with half Chardonnay and half orange juice. The orange juice somewhat overpowered the Chardonnay except for the aftertaste. The flight attendant suggested adding a club soda to see if the bubbles would come closer to a mimosa. I added a splash at a time and tasted it. At about twenty percent the bubbles kicked in and improved the blend.

On this Delta flight, the Chardonnay was a 2013 Andover Estate Small Batch Production Chardonnay from Monterey County, California. The make-shift mimosa blend ended being 40% Chardonnay, 40% orange juice and 20% club soda. The resulting blend had an orange juice aroma and taste with the Chardonnay kicking in with layers of apple, pear, melon and vanilla. There was citrus on the finish with a trace of chalkiness. The orange juice also added to the citrus.

Wine is an ingredient of many of the foods we prepare. It certainly can become an ingredient of cocktails. When at 30,000 feet in the air, becoming creative at 7:00 am can yield rewards.

Cheers,
Terry

Summertime Wine Events!

Summer is a great time to visit wineries as they frequently have fun and music events for the public. Below is a sample of events at wineries in a variety of locations around the US.

Orfila Winery in California

Orfila Vineyards and Winery in California

Thursday, July 21

Orfila Vineyards and Winery, California
Event: Trivia Night
Website Info

Pearmund Cellars, Virginia
Event: Teacher Appreciations Day
Event: Paint and Sip in the Vineyard 
Website Info

Perennial Vineyards, Ohio
Event: Live Music
Website Info

Friday, July 22

Perennial Vineyards, Ohio
Event: Live Music
Website Info

Saturday, July 23

Duplin Winery, North Carolina
Event: Music in the Courtyard
Website Info

Sunday, July 24

Cambria Estate Winery, California
Event: Sunday Live Music
Website Info

Orfila Vineyards and Winery, California
Event: Painting Party
Website Info

Tuesday, July 26

Youngberg Hill, Oregon
Event: Yoga @ Youngberg Hill
Website Info

Wednesday, July 27

Youngberg Hill, Oregon
Event: Wine Wednesdays
Website Info

Thursday, July 28

Pearmund Cellars, Virginia
Event: Teacher Appreciations Day
Website Info

Youngberg Hill, Oregon
Event: IPNC Dinner
Website Info

Friday, July 29

Grand River Cellars, Madison, Ohio
Event: Winey-Margarita Party
Website Info

Perennial Vineyards, Ohio
Event: Live Music
Website Info

Saturday, July 30

Duplin Winery, North Carolina
Event: Music in the Courtyard
Website Info

Sunday, July 31

Cambria Estate Winery, California
Event: Sunday Live Music
Website Info

Vint Hill Craft Winery, Virginia
Event: Come Paint with Us!
Website Info

Cheers!
Kathy

Fun Olympic Events at Virginia Winery!

pearmund14The 2016 Olympics will be starting soon! We hope everyone attending and participating will be safe. Unfortunately  many people will not be able to attend the event. Many of us will be watching the games at home.

A Virginia winery, is offering fun Olympic-type events in August. Pearmund Cellars in Broad Run, Virginia has developed an event called “Wine Olympics.” The event is scheduled for Saturdays, August 6 and  August 13. The description, “Tone up your wine pouring hand, hone your bottle opening skills and get ready! Participants needed.  “Wine: How classy people play sports.”

Pearmund Cellars located just a short distance outside of Washington, DC also offers other summer events.

Thursday, July 21 from 3 to 6pm enjoy a fun Pearmund Paint Party. Reservations are necessary. This event includes all art supplies and instructions. The cost is #35 per person and does not include wine which is available for purchase. More details and tickets are available online.

Thursdays until Labor Day are called Teacher Appreciation Thursdays. On these days, teachers receive a free tasting and 20% off bottle purchases.

Two other special August wine events at Pearmund Cellars include:

  • Ameritage Blending Contest with Ashton
    Saturdays,  August 20 and August 27
    This event is limited to 20 people. Call to sign up.
  • Sermon on the Vines/ Mass in the Vineyard
    Sunday, August 28

To learn more about Pearmund Cellars, check out their website and be sure to visit this summer.

Cheers!
Kathy

May There be Peace in the World!

IMG_8058-224x300The tragedies that continue to happen throughout the world are horrific. Nothing can ever replace a lost life. The unceasing animosity  and ruthlessness towards people is beyond discouraging. All people throughout the world deserve to live in peace. So the song that was sung this week, is particularly important – if only all people would listen to it.

Below are the words for the refrain:

Title: World Peace Prayer

Refrain:

Lead us from death to life, from falsehood to truth,

from despair to hope, from fear to trust. 

Lead us from hate to love, from war to peace; 

let peace fill our hearts, let peace fill our world, let peace fill our universe.

The refrain was written by Upanishads, Satish Kumar. The verses (not here) were written by Marty Haugen.

The World Peace Prayer song is from GIA Publications, Inc, Chicago’s Gather Comprehensive book, Copyright 2004. For more information about the GIA Gather books, visit their website.

If this song has meaning to you, please pass it on.

Cheers and Peace,

Kathy

 

Visit Ohio Wineries this Summer

John Christ Winery to be at Vintage Ohio

John Christ Winery to be at Vintage Ohio Festival

Ohio is not quite as well known as some of the larger wine producing states, but they offer some delightful experiences. For wine enthusiasts and wine lovers who enjoy exploring wine, when traveling through Ohio this summer, it’s a good idea to discover what the Ohio’s wine industry has to offer.

Of course, we want you to check out the review articles of the Ohio wineries we have visited and written about. Wine Trail Traveler has visited more than 50 Ohio wineries. Also be sure to check out the Ohio Wine Association website.

According to the Ohio Wine Association website, Ohio has six wine trails with almost 100 participating wineries. The trails include:

  • Lake Erie Vines & Wine Trail (25 wineries)
  • Shores & Islands Wine Trail (20 wineries)
  • Capital City Wine Trail (12 wineries)
  • Canal Country Wine Trail (21 wineries)
  • Appalachian Wine Trail (8 wineries)
  • Ohio River Valley Wine Trail (10 wineries)

The wines you discover in Ohio may include vitis vinifera, vitis labrusca, French hybrid or fruit wines. While tasting wines keep in mind what kind of food you would like to match it with. Wine with food and friends embraces the spirit of wine.

Discover Ohio wines at Vintage Ohio Wine Festival

Discover Ohio wines at the Vintage Ohio Wine Festival in August

If you will travel in Ohio on August 5 or 6, plan to attend the Vintage Ohio Wine Festival. The event takes place in Kirtland, Ohio. Sixteen wineries will have a presence at the festival. Types of wines to enjoy at the festival include Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Riesling as well as fruit wines made from strawberries, blackberries, peaches and raspberries. Vintage Ohio includes food, cooking demonstrations, live music, artisans, three breweries and more. If you enjoy art and crafts look for handmade jewelry, soap,  artisan candles, pottery, temporary natural tattoos, wine glass holders, chocolates, dips and much more. All of this sounds like a fun time to me.

Cheers!
Kathy

CASA Wine and Craft Beer Festival

Charis Winery has tickets for CASA Wine & Beer Festival

Charis Winery has tickets for Saturday’s CASA Wine & Beer Festival

This Saturday, July 16, be prepared to enjoy wine and beer while helping to support CASA in Allegany County, Maryland.

The festival takes place in the historic town of Cumberland, Maryland. The festival includes Maryland wineries, wine tastings, craft beer tastings, live music, artisans, food, a raffle, and a silent auction. CASA information will be available.

 

Vendors for this special event include:

  • Carolina Hot Dogs
  • Asian Eye
  • Front and Centre Theater
  • LuLaRoe with Claudia Shuttleworth
  • Perfectly Posh
  • Lisa’s Country Candles
  • Mobique
  • Kecia Bailey Southerly with Wine Bottle Crafts, Repurposed Furniture and More!
  • Pure Romance
  • Click Photography
  • Origami Owl with Theresa Scott
  • Impuhlsiv Impressions
  • Younique
  • Paparazzi Jewelry
  • Lil Corner Market will be making some amazing food
  • Tami’s Picz, Dipz, and Popz

100% of the profits will support CASA of Allegany County. CASA is the Court Appointed Special Advocates.

Information about tickets for the CASA event are available online. If you cannot attend the festival, there is an option to donate. Tickets are also available at several local shops including Charis Winery and at the gate.

To find out more about CASA of Allegany County visit the website. CASA of Allegany County is a non-profit organization. If you can, consider volunteering to be an advocate for a foster child.

Cheers,
Kathy

Bonny Doon Vineyard Syrah Le Pousseur 2013

Bonny Doon Vineyards Syrah, perfect for barbecue

Bonny Doon Vineyards Syrah, perfect for barbecue

On Sunday I was looking forward to barbecued pork tenderloins. In late afternoon I developed a craving for wine. I decided on a Bonny Doon Vineyard Syrah Le Pousseur 2013. Right out of the screw capped bottle, the aroma was noticeable. The dark ruby colored wine had a purple hue, The wonderful aroma suggested black fruits and a touch of floral based perfume. This velvety wine had tastes of plums, blackberries, violets, baking spices and licorice. The 13.5% alcohol wine matched nicely with the barbecued pork and an old family recipe for baked beans. This wine even paired well with the salad. Kathy tossed salad greens and ripe plums for a quick salad.

When drinking a Bonny Doon wine, you have a plethora of information about the wine. The grapes for this Syrah were sourced from three Central Coast vineyards including Bien Nacido, Alamo Creek and Ventana. For those consumers that like winemaking data, the TA is 6.0 g/L while the pH measured 3.87. Unlike other wines form most of the world’s producers, the list of ingredients that went into making this Syrah were printer on the back label.

“Grapes, tartaric acid, and sulfur dioxide. In the winemaking process the following were utilized: indigenous yeast, yeast nutrients, French oak chips and French oak barrels. At time of bottling, this product contained: 43 ppm total SO2 and 27 ppm free SO2.”

That may be more information than most wine consumers want to know, but they do not have to read the label. On the other hand, there may be a consumer that wants to know more about what went into the wine. Bonny Doon provides the information.

Cheers,
Terry

Washington State University’s Viticulture and Enology Trip to Sicily

Kathy and I have been on two trips with Washington State University’s Viticulture and Enology Program. Our first was in 2010 to New Zealand and in 2013 we went with the group to France. In 2017, the VE program will travel to Sicily. On our previous trips we were with a great group of winemakers, wine growers, a chef and a distributor. A few students in the VE program also attended. The group was very pleasant and we have made some lasting friendships.

WSU Viticulture and Enology trip to New Zealand

WSU Viticulture and Enology trip to New Zealand

If you are a wine grower, winemaker, tasting room staff, wine trade or a wine writer, the WSU VE trip to Sicily may be of interest. Theresa Beaver, the Viticulture Enology Certificate Coordinator, sent the following information about the trip.

Theresa Beaver, the Viticulture Enology Certificate Coordinator at Romanee Conti in Burgundy, France

Theresa Beaver, the Viticulture Enology Certificate Coordinator at Romanee Conti in Burgundy, France

Washington State University has a great international Winery and Vineyard Tour planned to Sicily, March 15-25, 2017. This small group tour (max of 25 participants) offers a behind-the-scenes winery and vineyard tour to Italy’s largest wine producing region. The Sicilian wine industry has gone through a major transformation – from producing wine mostly through cooperatives in the 60’s, it is now considered one of the most exciting wine regions in Europe. We’ll visit some of the wineries and winemakers that are making history in Sicily. Join the VE Program Director, Thomas Henick-Kling  for this exciting educational tour. Past participates have said how much having Thomas along adds to the trip as the wine conversations and discussions continue to happen on the road and over meals.

For more information about the tour visit the WSU VE site.

Although most of the winemakers and wine growers on our previous trips were from the Pacific Northwest area, there were also participants from across the country.

Cheers,
Terry


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