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Two Kilts Brewing Company, Portland, OR, 8/16/12

While the artisinal winemakers in the Portland area blew my mind, “kindred spirits” are burgeoning as well, from craft bourbon and other spirits to craft beer/ale/stout breweries. According to the Brewers Association, by the end of 2011, there were 1,938 … Continue reading

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Seven-course winemakers dinner, 1910 Main, Forest Grove, Willamette Valley, OR.

“It’s Willamette, dammit!” I don’t think I’ll ever mispronounce “Willamette” again; ditto for “Meritage.” (“Meritage” rhymes with “heritage.”) But I digress … Stop Three of this wonderful excursion, hosted by the Washington County Visitors Association, was dinner: a seven-course Winemakers … Continue reading

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012: McMenamins Lodge, near Portland.

My new friend, Bill Eyer, the creator of the Cuvee Corner blog, posted a marvelous photo essay about the hotel some of us stayed in during the pre-Wine Bloggers Conference excursion to Washington County in Willamette Valley, Oregon. It really … Continue reading

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A Tour of SakéOne, Forest Grove, Oregon, August 15, 2012

I was in Portland, Oregon August 14-21 for the Wine Bloggers Conference. On August 15, some of us visited the SakéOne company in nearby Forest Grove. BETCHA DIDN’T KNOW: Saké is gluten-free and sulfite-free. It is treated as a beer … Continue reading

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Sunday so far

Sunday so far: Ten IGNITE! presentations: 5 minutes per person, 10 slides each, 15 seconds per slide, GO! Lots of fun and, surprisingly, lots of good information shared. Next, a blind wine tasting of Canadian wines! Next year the Wine … Continue reading

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Saturday overview

The morning began with breakout sessions. I attended “How Bloggers Influence the Wine World,” and “The Winery View of Wine Bloggers.” After a quick lunch, I went to a private tasting of William Allen’s new label, Two Shepherds. He is … Continue reading

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Notes from the Road: Saké afternoon, wine dinner

Here’s your loyal correspondent speaking to you from Portland. I know, it’s nearly 4 in the morning for most of you but it isn’t quite 1 here. Today we visited SakeOne. (Saké is pronounced Saw-kay, btw, not sah-key. ‘s okay.) … Continue reading

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ROAD TRIP! A 12-hour drive from Ocala, FL to Louisville, KY—from horse country to horse country, with miles and miles of The Sticks, towns, small cities, and a surprising number of vineyards and wineries in between.

From Ocala to Louisville, we passed nearly a dozen vineyards. We didn’t have time to stop and tour or try, but these operations, some of which are in the middle of nowhere, just prove that we are living in exciting … Continue reading

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