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Wine Down Eugene March 5-11

As I prepare myself for yet another necessary major surgery (sigh), I just can’t help accepting every invitation with glee to events and stellar opportunities that have been tossed my way.

“Want to fill a position on the judging panel in Cannon Beach for the SavorNW Wine Awards?” I’d be honored.  “Would you like to attend the Oregon Chardonnay Symposium at the beautiful Stoller Family Estate and savor Chardonnays from 40 Oregon wineries?”  Wouldn’t miss it for the world!  “How about joining us for a live tasting of the wines of Uruguay?”  Indeed, I’d be delighted.  “Want to join us for our first Wine vs Beer Food Pairing Event at the Tap and Growler?”  You betcha.

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The line-up of J. Scott Cellars wines: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah

Without a doubt, I am going to get in as much fun as I possibly can before going under the knife and being laid up for a couple months.  Enjoy. Every. Minute.

As I wrote in last week’s Wine Down Eugene, being a part of the esteemed wine judging team of the impressive SavorNW Wine Awards will undoubtedly be the ultimate highlight of the year for me.  The Savor Cannon Beach Wine & Culinary Festival is taking place right now, and the folks attending are in for some amazing, award-winning wines.

The Wine vs Beer Food Pairing Event at The Tap and Growler was incredible and featured three of some of my favorite local producers of fine wine, creative brews and mouthwatering foods: winemaker Jonathan Scott Oberlander of J. Scott Cellars, Oakshire’s Brewmaster Matt Van Wyk, and Michael Landsberg of Noisette Pastry Kitchen – quite the trio of talent.

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Oakshire’s PTO Pale Ale, 7th Anniversary Ale and Overcast Espresso Stout

Taking place in the Tap & Growler’s Barrel Room, located behind what I like to call, “the great wall of wine taps,” the event was sold out – all twelve seats were taken by like-minded people with palates that were just waiting to be tantalized by some really outstanding wines, brews and handcrafted small bites.

With Jonathan of J. Scott Cellars, Matt of Oakshire and Michael of Noisette each explaining what they had brought to the table, we were excited to start tasting and finding our favorite matches between the food, wine and beer.  There were three brews and three wines alongside a plate of six different mouthwatering savory and sweet bites.

The Oakshire brews:

  • PTO Pale Ale (standing for Paid Time Off – a great story to ask about when visiting Oakshire’s Public House) – full bodied, citrus-centric hop monster. Loved it!
  • Brewer’s Reserve 7th Anniversary Ale – quite possibly my favorite beer of all time. Baltic Porter, barrel aged in both bourbon and Pinot Noir barrels and matured on tart cherries.
  • Overcast Espresso Stout – year round, rich smooth, oatmeal stout.
  • A bonus sample of the Funk d’Farmhouse (aged in Oregon Pinot Noir barrels for a year, need I say more?)

The J. Scott Cellars wines (all from wine kegs):

  • Chardonnay – classic Chardonnay with an excellent depth of character and smooth, silky, creamy mouthfeel
  • Pinot Noir – light bodied, yet full of character with aromas and flavors of cherries, cranberries, earth and spice.
  • Syrah – black and red fruit aromas with a touch of smokiness and a zippy black pepper finish.
  • a bonus sample of the ’12 Zinfandel (read my review here)

Noisette small-bites:

  • Ham & Cheese Bread Pudding
  • Chicken Liver with Pepper Jelly
  • Savory Spiced Corn Puff Honeycomb
  • Curry Nut Meringue
  • French Macaroon
  • Chocolate Sesame Pokey Stick
Clockwise from bottom right corner: Ham & Cheese Bread Pudding, chicken Liver, Corn Puff Honeycomb, Meringue, Macaroon and Pokey Stick
Clockwise from bottom right corner: Ham & Cheese Bread Pudding, Chicken Liver, Corn Puff Honeycomb, Meringue, Macaroon and Pokey Stick

I would love to go into great deal about all of the incredible flavors in everything that was involved (indeed, each beer, wine and small bite was delicious), but with limited space and time, I’ll share three pairings that were totally unforgettable and simply stunning together:

Ham & Cheese Bread Pudding with Chardonnay: Although the saltiness of the ham was super nice with the hoppiness of the PTO Ale, there was something really palate pleasing about the creaminess of the bread pudding that went amazingly well with the creamy texture of the Chardonnay. The flavors, and in particular the textures, sang in harmony.

Savory Spiced Corn Puff Honeycomb with the Syrah and the Overcast Espresso Stout: This was a perfect tie.  The super savory honeycomb had loads of flavors, both sweet and spicy. the Syrah toned down the spiciness while popping the sweet qualities, while the Stout did the exact opposite. The honeycomb was light and airy, contrasting the heaviness of both the wine and beer – the contrast is what made it distinctively delicious.

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The delicious Ham and Cheese Bread Pudding with J. Scott Cellars Chardonnay – a beautiful marriage of textures

French Macaroon with the 7th Anniversary Ale: Wow. This pairing was unbelievably perfect in every single way, shape and form.  Go, no run, to Noisette and pick up a French Macaroon (with chocolate inside), take it to the Tap and Growler and get a pint of the 7th Anniversary Ale before it’s all gone. Now.

Kudos to the Tap and Growler’s General Manager, Toby Harris, for putting together a stellar event that included three of Eugene’s rock stars in their own fields.  For being among some of the first special events to take place at the recently opened Tap and Growler, I’m more than impressed with Toby’s collaboration of food, drink and good cheer – I can’t wait to see what other events he’s got up his sleeve.

Keep up with what’s going on at the Tap and Growler on Facebook: facebook.com/TapandGrowler.

A bonus sample of Oakshire's Funk d'Farmhouse - a must-try brew
A bonus sample of Oakshire’s Funk d’Farmhouse – a must-try brew

Follow me over to my award-winning website WineJulia.com to read more about my evening at the Tap and Growler – it didn’t end with the completion of the event.  Some new found friends and I were having way too much fun, so we decided to check out a flight of brews and wines from the Tap and Growler’s expansive tap list, discovering some excellent beverages.

 

 

 

Inside Outlaw – Friday Night at the Cluster

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ScottieZ get’s up close and personal with the quality of the facilities down at the Cluster (Broadway and Olive) in Downtown Eugene.
 

 
Looks like the best bet may still be the local McDonalds.

Wine Down Eugene

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Wine Down Eugene: August 10 – 16

Wine Bars & Wine Shops

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Marché Provisions: Fri. 7p Annual Rosé Party. This party will be held around the fountain at 5th Street Market for snacks and an array of wines from the old world, and the new. Live gypsy jazz by Manouche Noir $35 p/p. A portion of each ticket goes to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. For tickets visit: http://www.marcheprovisions.com/shopping/category/Wine/

LaVelle Club Room at 5th Street Market: Open during construction! Wed. 5-8p ½off glass pours for ladies; Thurs. 6-8p Live music with Johan Forrer; Fri. 6-8p live music by Gus Russell.

Red Agave: Wed.7:30p Special Event/Fundraiser for CASA. 4 course meal with wine pairing, limited seating, $75 p/p. 50% of proceeds goes to CASA. Call 541-868-3087 for more information and to purchase tickets. Or just stop by and savor a glass of wine from their excellent wine list including Oregon’s finest from King Estate, Four Graces, Bethel Heights & Cristom to name just a few, it’s impressive: http://www.redagave.net/index.php/menus/wine

Sam’s Place Tavern: Fri. 7-10p Live music in the Cabana with Skip Jones; Great wine list, 21 glass pours, all under $7! Wine list includes some excellent Oregon & NW wines. Check it out at http://www.samsplacetavern.com/wine-list/ Every booth has its own flat screen TV in addition to 22 plasma TV’s – watch the PGA Championships this weekend!

16 Tons Beer & Wine/The Tap House/Union Café: 16 Tons has a new location! The original 16 Tons will now be known as The Taphouse (corner of 13th & High St) and the new location (29th & Willamette’s Supreme Bean) will now be known as The Union Cafe. Live music every Friday on the patio at The Union Cafe- Fri. Aug 12th~Rockin’ Blue Grass Fun! www.sixteentons.biz

The Washburne Café: Fri. 5-8p Second Friday Art Walk! Artist reception with Emily Schultz, live jazz with Dennis St. Germaine, beer tasting with Hop Valley, and dinner specials featuring lobster bisque, panini’s and salads. As always, there will be local wines available from Sarver, J. Scott Cellars, LaVelle & Patchwork Cellars. Get the delicious Sarver Pinot Noir Rosé here-great summer wine!

Mac’s at the Vet’s Club: Wed 6-9p . Wine, Jazz & Variety Show with Gus Russell & Paul Biondi. A different Oregon winery is featured each week – this week it’s Silvan Ridge! www.macsatthevets.com

B2 Wine Bar: Thu. 7:30 live music with Maria Skipper & Gary Hemenway; Sat. 9:15p Movie’s Under the Stars: Karate Kid. Bring a chair, enjoy wine, watch an outdoor movie. Loads of Northwest wines offered here: http://www.b2winebar.com/index.php?categoryid=9

Cork & Bottle Shoppe: Fri. 4p free wine tasting. The Cork & Bottle Shoppe is one of Oregon’s only liquor stores that carry a large selection of local and international wine & craft beer in addition to liquor. Free wine or beer tastings every Friday at 4pm. 812 Beltline Rd. Springfield.

Sundance Wine Cellars: Fri. 5-7p themed Frugal Friday wine tasting with Mario; Sat. 5-7p featuring local and regional wineries. Check their facebook page frequently for updates on events and tastings: http://www.facebook.com/winedance

Jiffy Market: Fri. 5-7p Free wine tasting, house picks and pours; Sat. 6-10p Purchase a whole sandwich from the deli and receive a Ninkasi pint for $2!

Broadway Wine Merchants: Fri. 5-7p Free wine tasting weekly. Last Friday, Angus celebrated the sun showing it’s face with glass pours of an $80 bottle of Ruinart Blanc de Blanc…be sure to check their website for featured wines and which winemakers will be present or call 541-685-0790 http://www.oregonwineandmore.com/friday-night-wine-tasting/

Territorial Vineyards & Wine Co.: Thu. 5-11p Tim Mclaughlin presents great music with a revolving cast of players. August Art – Shauna Trumbley. 907 W. 3rd, Eugene

Ambrosia: UPDATE: The remodel will finish this weekend and First Wednesday Wine Tastings will resume Sept. 7th with Small Vineyards Imports. Be sure to check out their great Happy Hour Mon.-Fri. 4-6p $4.50 house wines.  See their award winning wine list: http://www.ambrosiarestaurant.com/assets/0000/0093/ambrosia-winelist.pdf

Café Zenon: Tues. 50% off bottles of wine; Mon-Fri. 5-6:30p $1 off glasses of wine and pints of beer. Find King Estate’s Domaine Pinot Gris & Capitello’s Sauvignon Blanc here – ½ off on Tuesdays!! Their fabulous wine list: http://www.zenoncafe.com/wine_list.php

Café 440: Wed. Wine Flights for the month of August- 3 pours for $10.50. Featured wines are Sonoma Red & Whites!

Sabai Café & Bar: Wines by the glass $6 and under. Excellent local wines from Territorial, King Estate Capitello and Benton-Lane. Check out their wine list: http://www.sabaicafe.com/WINE%20LIST.html

Agate Alley Laboratory: Now open for lunch 11a-3p & 5p-midnight Tue.-Sun. This is Agate Alley Bistro’s  sister restaurant. 25 varieties for $25 dollars! It’s a must try and their wine list is one not to miss http://www.agatealleylaboratory.com/wine.html

Capella Market: Fri.. 4-6p Free beer tasting with Sierra Nevada Brewing; Sat. 4-6p Free wine tasting with Oakdale Cellars www.capellamarket.com

Café Soriah: Wed. Celebrate Wine Wednesdays! All day ½ off bottles of wine, including notable names such as: BrickHouse, Capitello, King Estate, Broadley! Great outdoor seating for the summer!

Café Lucky Noodle: Tue. 5:30-7:30p Wine Night – all bottles 35% off. Complimentary wine tasting in the lobby. Excellent wine list: http://www.luckynoodle.com/lnwines.pdf

Granary Wine Bar: Wed. all day $5 glass pours of house white or red.

Cornucopia Maize Lounge:  Every Thur. until October 20th– New Belgium Beer night. Buy a New Belgium beer and receive $1 off & a raffle ticket for the 20 yr anniversary Fat Tire Bike from New Belgium Brewery Giveaway to benefit The Bridgeway House. All other nights raffle tickets cost $1. Winner of the bike will be picked October 20th.

Agate Alley Bistro: Mon. all day – 6 cheese fondue and glass pour wines are ½ off for a bottle!

 

Wineries & Vineyards

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LaVelle Vineyards Winery in Elmira: Fri. 6-9p Friday Night Flights~live music with Jesse Meade & Craig Chee (guitar and ukulele) , flight tastings (free), and food offered by Devour Gourmet Food Cart. No cover.

Sarver Winery: Fri. 5-9p Steak & Sarver Caesar Fridays – Grilled tri-tip steaks served with the Sarver Caesar Salad & a side of red skin potatoes. Live music by the Franklin Ladies Aid Society. Call in your reservation by noon on the previous Wednesday. 541-939-2979. Space is limited to 40 people. $25.00/pp. Whether you dine with them or not, you’re welcome to join the Sarvers, drink wine, and listen to the tunes; Sun. 5p Hootenannies with legendary blue grass musician Mark Ross!

J. Scott Cellars: New tasting room located in The Wine Place in Yachats! Be sure to stop by and taste his excellent small boutique handmade Rhone varietals from the Pacific Northwest. Spcializing in Roussanne, Viognier, Petite Sirah, Syrah and Cabernet…and a little Pinot Noir! http://www.facebook.com/ReArtFestivalwww.jscottcellars.com

Silvan Ridge Winery: Fri. 6-8p live music with Apropos on their outdoor stage. Locally made wood-fired pizza, salad, cheese plates & cheesecake. Bring a blanket or chairs and the whole family

Brigadoon Wine Co.: Fri.-Sun. 12-5p Try Brigadoon’s 3 excellent wines-A Pinot Blanc & two Pinot Noirs, which can now be enjoyed on their lovely deck with a view!

Capitello Wines: One of the South Willamette’s “Wineries Without Walls”. Check their facebook page for events and where to find them to taste their incredible wines: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Capitello-Wines/189913530709

Chateau Lorane:  Open 7 days a week 12-5p Try some of their rare and distinguished wines: Baco Noir, Huxelrebe, Leon Millot, and Melon de Bourgogne. The new Entourage Red Blend is a winner!

Saginaw Vineyards: Fri. 6-9p Friday Night Live 2011 presents Annie Rhoades Band. No cover charge.  80247 Delight Valley School Rd, Cottage Grove.  15 minutes south of Eugene at exit 176 off the I-5.  541-942-1364 visit: www.saginawvineyard.com.

Sweet Cheeks Winery:  Open daily noon – 6p; Fri. 6-9p Twilight Tasting, wine & cheese pairing with Oregon-made artisan cheeses, live music with Timothy Patrick from 6:30-8:30p; Sun. noon-6p Mimosa Sunday, bring your own brunch, live music 2-4p.

Pfeiffer Vineyards: Open daily 11a-5p; Fri. & Sat. 11a-9p! Order a glass (or bottle) of wine and enjoy their new beautiful Water Garden -4 terraced ponds and waterfalls set in the vineyard~gorgeous!

Noble Estate: The winery is open 7 days a week noon-5p.Tasting room with beautiful new patio and gorgeous view.

Iris Vineyards: Mon.-Fri. 11a-3p Stop by their state of the art winery & tasting room in Cottage Grove. $3 tasting fee includes free wine glass and cheese and crackers. 541-942-5993

 

Save the Date or Reserve Now

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Marché Provisions: Aug 18th 7:15p Wine Not-So-Basics: Les Oddities – Learn about the strange corners of the world with wines you’ve never heard of. Light snacks & $15 gift card included. $35 p/p. for tickets visit: http://www.marcheprovisions.com/shopping/category/Wine/

Silvan Ridge Winery: Fri. Aug. 19th – Twilight 5 / 5K Run, outdoor concert, food, wine & beer. The first-ever 5K race in the Southern Willamette Valley’s wine country! Run the race, then enjoy food, wine, beer, and an outdoor concert featuring the Peter Giri Band. More info. & an official entry form: http://www.runnerspace.com/gprofile.php?do=view_event&event_id=5507&mgroup_id=216&year=2011

LaVelle Vineyards Winery in Elmira: Aug 20th, 7-9p Saturday Evening with the Winemaker. Catered by Field to Table for a 4 course dinner with the winemaker along with 4 ½ glasses of wine for only $35! Gratuity included. Call 541-935-9406 for tickets.

Marché: Aug. 31st French Regional Dinner with specially paired French wines. Provence region. For more information and details: http://www.marcherestaurant.com/events/

Julia – Writing about Eugene’s Wine Scene


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