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Big Sip Oregon

There is a brand new event kicking off this year in Portland. The event, named Big Sip Oregon will feature unique wines and educational classes on March 5, 2011. Attendees will have the opportunity to sample hand selected wines that would generally not be available to purchase in stores, making it an irresistible gathering to pass up for the avid wine buyers. The event includes 15 wine samples, a gourmet cheese plate, live music by Jim Fisher, and the option to purchase wine at deep discounts.

The event will also feature educational seminars lead by Marc Hinton (a.k.a. Enobytes & Oregon Live Wine Bytes).  His sessions will include three classes, including How to Tell if Wine is Corked, How to Buy for, Organize and Stock a Well Balanced Wine Collection, and Wine Shelf Life.

Where: Double Tree Lloyd Center, 1000 NE Multonomah Street, Portland Oregon

When: March 5, 12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m.

Tickets: Visit the website for more information and to purchase tickets.

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Mutineer Fundraisers to Benefit A Child’s Right

For those of you who live in the Bay area, two very special events are happening December 11 & 12– the first-ever Mutineer Magazine Holiday Comedy Festival & Blue Carpet Dinner benefiting water relief.

The events are ebullient catalysts for Mutineer’s 2011 trek to Nepal, where magazine staff will select “cultural influencers” and beverage industry reps to install five water filtration systems on behalf of the relief organization A Child’s Right.  The systems will provide clean drinking water to 25,000 children for ten years. To bring the full impact of the outreach home to readers, magazine editors will blog about the trip along the way and report on the endeavor with significant coverage in the May 2011 issue. Read the full story

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A Few Highlights from the Wine Bloggers Conference ‘10

We interrupt this program to bring you a few highlights from the Walla Walla Wine Blogger Conference ’10.

Speed tasting – I was ousted by some dude named Steve Paulo. #twitterfail #twitterfail #twitterfail #twitterfail I demand a rematch!

Controversy over the ’09 Mollydooker Velvet Glove Shiraz – Time to throw a red flag here. At $180 a bottle, I expected more. Did price influence bloggers?

Private barrel tasting at Basel Cellars: Winemaker Justin Basel of Basel Cellars rocked it with a private barrel tasting of the ’08 Malbec which happens to be some pretty tasty juice.

…and listening to Chad Johnson from Dusted Valley – talking about evacuating Basel Cellars Cellar… Hilarious! Read the full story

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Famed IPNC Salmon Bake Reaches White House Lawn

If you’ve attended Oregon’s International Pinot Noir Celebration (IPNC), you are well aware of the event’s long-standing Salmon Bake tradition.  It’s among one of the many world-class meals and tasting events held during the annual celebration in McMinnville, Oregon.

This year, Oregon Chef Jason Stoller Smith will travel across the country to recreate the Salmon Bake on the White House lawn. The idea was inspired by White House Food & Beverage Usher Daniel Shanks, who’s attended IPNC in ’05 and ’07.

Shanks suggested that the First Lady invite Chef Stoller Smith to recreate the Salmon Bake on the White House Lawn to showcase the Pacific Northwest region. His creation will be one many regional foods highlighted at this year’s annual congressional picnic scheduled for June 8.

Chef Stoller Smith will represent the Pacific Northwest region by roasting salmon over a custom-built fire pit with alder stakes.

Wild salmon roasted on alder stakes. Photo: Andrea Johnson

According to Mr. Shanks, “…the Pacific Northwest Salmon Bake will be a visual centerpiece and will be located on the South Lawn near the Oval Office.”

Those of us not lucky enough to attend the congressional picnic still have an opportunity to attend the IPNC event scheduled July 23-25 in McMinnville, Oregon.

As of today, à la carte tickets for the IPNC Salmon Bake are basically sold out, but you still have an opportunity to buy the full weekend package which includes a ticket to the Salmon Bake.

Tickets are limited, so if you’re interested in attending,  I’d recommend making your plans soon. The full weekend event is $975 which includes all seminars, tastings, vineyard tours, afternoon activities, the salmon bake and a sparkling brunch finale. If you’d prefer a shorter version,  they also have a half day “Passport to Pinot” pocket-sized version for $125. For details, contact the IPNC at 800/775-IPNC or www.ipnc.org.

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2009 Seattle Grand Awards Tasting

If you’re in Seattle on Sunday, June 14, 2009, don’t miss an exclusive opportunity to meet the wineries that participated in the Seattle Wine Awards. Tickets start at just $85 and include dinner, a Riedel Magnum Tasting Glass, and an opportunity to meet winemakers and winery reps at Seattle’s historic Rainier Club, the city’s most elegant private club!

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Don't Miss the North Willamette Wine Trail!

You won’t want to miss the first inaugural North Willamette Wine Trail weekend! Local wine lovers and the lucky few enophiles that happen to be visiting the Willamette Valley in early April have the opportunity of a lifetime. If you’ve ever dreamed of immersing yourself in the heart of Oregon wine country, your dreams have come true. On April 4th and 5th, the North Willamette Valley Vintners are sponsoring a perfect event to help you find what you like and learn why those wines are so special. Today on Wine Bytes, my wine blog on OregonLive, I talk about this not to miss event – purchase your tickets soon!

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