I experienced my first beverage tasting event at the Oregon Craft Beverage event this past Sunday at Sake’ One in Forest Grove, Oregon and I must say it was quite the experience. Julia Crowley, EDN’s very own Wine Julia and Wine Down Eugene invited me along with her to take photographs of the event. Without hesitation I accepted her offer. I am always up for a new experience and most definitely a road trip!
Depending on the event’s that I attend, often times I like to go in without any knowledge of the event; taking an “eyes wide open” approach, seeing everything for the first time. This is what I did with Sake’ One.
Julia picked me up around 11 for our two hour drive. I have never been to Forest Grove before and looked forward to the afternoon. I would highly recommend the drive, it is stunning. I honestly did not know just how many vineyards are in our area. There are so many along the way. There are also acres and acres of hop fields. I will be taking this drive again once everything is in full bloom.
Reverand Nat’s Hard Cider served Revelation Newtown Pippin, Lorrie’s Gold and Hallelujah Hopricot! My favorite and its just fun to say! All were very tasty. The cidery and Tap house are located near the Rose Quarter in Portland.
Big Bottom Whiskey served Calhoun Bros. Aged Rum and Big Bottom Straight Bourbon Whiskey. What I noticed right off the bat was the gorgeous color of the two! Because I have an inquiring mind, I just had to know how they came up with the name Big Bottom, you can read about it here.
Kookoolan World Meadery was established 2005 and located in Yamhill, Oregon served Kombucha, Elegance Mead and Vin de Noix (Green Walnut Wine). As soon as I brought the glass of Elegance Mead (a well chosen name) to my nose I was really surprised at all the aroma’s that were in that glass. It really was a beautiful thing. Mead is made from honey and is very delicious! Est. 2005 and located in Yamhill, Oregon.
David Hill Winery served three wines at the tasting; A 2011 Reserve Chardonnay, a Gewurztraminer and a 2010 Estate Black Jack Pinot Noir; made from vines that were planted the year I was born… Shh… The estate is listed on the Washington County Historic Registrar. You can read about the history of David’s HIll here. Yes, there really was a David.
Vertigo Brewery served Razz Wheat and Indiana Pale Ale, both were pretty delicious too! Again the color was amazing. Vertigo Brewery is located in HIllsboro and has just celebrated their 5th year not too long ago.
Sake’ One was by far the most exciting. I have never had it before and was quite interested in tasting this wine made from rice. I learned that there are only 4 ingredients in Sake’ and it is 80% water. Sake’ has been “around” for two – three thousand years. So the recipes as well as the process has been perfected! It takes about a month for the fermentation to begin, the total process can take 2+ months to come to a final product.
Tours are given at Sake’ One. You can click on the link above for scheduled times.
We can not forget about the food! Catered by 1910 Main, the Hors D’oeuvres consisted of Carlton Farms Pork Belly Slider on Tillamook Cheddar Biscuits with Tomato Jam, butternut Squash & Rogue Blue cheese Hand Pie, L Bar T Buffalo Meatballs, Honey Sweetened Quail Run Goat Cheese with Poached Pears on Rosemary & Walnut Bread, Petite Quail Eggs Benedict with Duck Pate, Asparagus & Gruyere Tartlett, Aged Willamette Valley Gouda & Polenta Crackers, Petite Marionberry Crisp with Tillamook Vanilla Ice Cream and Chocolate Dipped Coconut Mounds (my favorite).
I had a great time at the Oregon Craft Beverages event at Sake’ One. I took a lot of photographs, so be sure to take a look below.