On Saturday, February 15, the Heart of Willamette Winery Association is hosting its 4th Annual Barrel Tour.
Not only is this the biggest wine industry event of the year, it’s a gathering place for Oregon’s wine community to come together to learn, share and become acquainted: Oregon Wine Symposium
The Eugene Fermentation District is now in full swing. Openings of new urban tasting rooms and wineries, distilleries, a possible cider house and a long standing fermentation center are the core of what is contributing to Eugene's new-found awesomeness - and it's all happening in the eclectic, colorful and undeniably funky neighborhood that we all love - the Whiteaker, also known as The Whit.
Claim 52 Brewing, J. Scott Cellars, Noble Estate Winery, and Viking Braggot Company are coming together to host the Inaugural Westside Beer and Wine Loop on Saturday, March 1, from 5-9 pm.
It's as if Mother Nature feels guilty for the months of clouds and mist she casts down on us, so when she sees we are all getting a bit loopy from the looming grayness, she gifts us with two or three days of unbelievable warmth and sunshine.
Laughing Planet Cafe's approach to the food they serve is to get the food from farm to plate as quickly as possible. Whether it's grass-fed beef from Carman Ranch in Wallowa, Oregon, or vegetables from farms on Sauvie Island along Oregon's Columbia River, they support the local economy by sourcing foods from local farmers.
I think it's safe to say that everyone who has ever shopped for wine has, at least once, purchased a wine solely because of its packaging -I'm certainly guilty of it. Whether it has an eye catching label with beautiful artwork or boasts a name perfect for a special occasion or holiday, it's too hard to avoid the urge to bring home a bottle that will undoubtedly be a conversation piece.
As I did with the Best Case Scenario Pinot Noirs, I'll be highlighting one of the Rieslings every couple of weeks and sharing my tasting notes along with information on the wineries and winemakers under the Best Case Scenario tab on WineJulia.com.
We eat, sip and celebrate while watching the festivities unfold in New York City's Times Square via Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve. It's become a tradition - one we look forward to each year. With tradition comes appetizers that are so immensely enjoyed by everyone that they must be made each year.
From a one-of-a-kind Rosé of Carmine produced by Oregon's Kramer Vineyards to a well-known Perrier-Jouet Grand Brut Champagne from France, here's a list of some my favorites that will be perfect for ringing in 2014.