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My Glorious Vino con Vista Weekend in Portland Oregon

English: Union Station in Portland, Oregon, US...

English: Union Station in Portland, Oregon, USA. Français : Union station, la gare desservie par Amtrak à Portland dans l’Oregon (États Unis). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Fremont Bridge in Portland, Oregon from th...

The Fremont Bridge in Portland, Oregon from the east end. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Seal of the City of Portland, Oregon

Seal of the City of Portland, Oregon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I had a Glorious Vino con Vista Weekend in Portland Oregon. “The Rose City” has are so many charming and distinctive residential neighborhoods with beautiful parks, gardens and bridges.Skidmore Fountain and, behind, the New Market ...

I loved the historic architecture, magnificent bridges and beautiful fountains. The culinary scene has world-famous food carts and plenty of outstanding farm-to-table and sea-to-fork chefs.

King Estate Winery Wine Dinner at the Wine Blog Awards 2012

King Estate Winery Wine Dinner at the Wine Blog Awards 2012

King Estate Wine DInner

King Estate Wine DInner

The area is brimming with wineries and breweries. There are spectacular annual festivals and events like FEAST Portland (www.feastportland.com) with 100 chefs and 40 events in September.

FEAST Portland September 20-23, 2012 http://www.feastportland.com

The preserved main brewhouse of the Weinhard B...

The preserved main brewhouse of the Weinhard Brewery Complex in Portland, Oregon. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Portland Farmers Market celebrates the bounty of Oregon with fresh produce, specialty cheeses, prepared food and plenty of gorgeous flowers. www.portlandfarmersmarket.org

Portland's skyline from the South.

Portland’s skyline from the South. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Wine

Wine

Foodies will swoon over Happy Hour in Portland with Food and Drink Specials all over own! If you want the best Vino con Vista in town, go to the Portland City Grill on the 30th floor of the US Bank Tower at 111 S. Fifth Street where you can see the entire city of Portland. www.portlandcitygrill.com 

 

City Hall of Portland, Oregon

City Hall of Portland, Oregon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

US Bancorp Tower in Portland, Oregon.

US Bancorp Tower in Portland, Oregon. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Willamette Week voters ranked Portland City Grill first place in the following categories: “Best New Hometown Restaurant” (2002), “Best Restaurant to Bring Friends from Out of Town” (2004), “Best Meat Market” (2005), and “Best Happy Hour” (2004–2007). I’d say it’s a WINNER!!!

Happy Hour in Portland Oregon offers Plenty of Food and Drink Specials

Happy Hour in Portland Oregon offers Plenty of Food and Drink Specials

Anne Amie Pinot Noir Wine from the Oregon's Willamette Valley

Anne Amie Pinot Noir Wine from the Oregon’s Willamette Valley

The Portland area is blessed with cupcake artisans, micro-brewers and passionate wine-makers. Who can resist the daily flavors at Cupcake Jones? Don’t cupcakes and Pinot Noir make a great couple?

Foodies love Portland Oregon

Foodies love Portland Oregon

Foodies love Portland Oregon

Foodies love Portland Oregon

Portland is wedged between a Pinot Noir Wine Tourism mecca and an incredible pristine coastline with scenic beaches. Furthermore, there is no sales tax in this culinary and shopping Wonderland!

The Fremont Bridge across the Willamette River...

The Fremont Bridge across the Willamette River in Portland in the U.S. state of Oregon. View is upstream (generally south). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Portland is cloaked with charming monuments like the Shang Dynasty  bronze elephants in North Park. I wish I more time in Portland; I would have loved to get a panoramic vista on that Aerial Tram.

Downtown Portland Oregon

Downtown Portland Oregon (Photo credit: Mr.Thomas)

The Portland Aerial Tram in Portland, Oregon. ...

The Portland Aerial Tram in Portland, Oregon. View of the OHSU (upper) station. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I loved the “Hop-on Hop-Off Big Pink Trolley.” I was able to visit the magnificent places and landmarks that characterize the Rose City. I took the free MAX (Metropolitan Area Express) from my hotel in Lloyd center to Pioneer Square. I paid $32 for a narrated Two-Day Pass at the Trolley Booth on Broadway and Yamhill and embarked on my exploratory journey of Portland Oregon. www.bigpinksightseeing.com. By the way, the Big Pink Trolley donates $1 for every ticket sold to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (www.bcrfcure.org).

The original Stumptown Coffee Roasters located...

The original Stumptown Coffee Roasters located at 45th and Division in Portland, Oregon. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

You may want to consider these options in Portland:

1. The Portland Attractions Pass where you can save up to 30% of admission to destinations in Portland is available online at www.travelportland.com

2. The Big Pass provides entry to many of the museums and gardens and includes the Pittock Mansion.

3. The Downtown Pass, Garden Pass and Washington Park Pass are also available.

4. The Distillery Row Passport waves tasting fees at 5 eastside distilleries at www.distilleryrowtours.com

5. Forktown Tours alows you to T0ur and Taste in delicious Districts on Thursdays and Saturdays at www.forktown.com

Seal of the City of Portland, Oregon

The Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in Portland,...

The Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in Portland, Oregon. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here’s a list of my favorite Vino con Vista stops on the Big Pink Trolley.

English: The White Stag Sign, in Portland, Ore...

English: The White Stag Sign, in Portland, Oregon, at night, showing the wording it began displaying in late November 2010. The 1940-built sign was designated a Portland landmark by the city’s Historic Landmarks Commission in 1977. During the Christmas and holiday season, a simulated “red nose” (of neon) is turned on, in imitation of the character, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Portland has many interesting neighborhoods like: Nob Hill, The Pearl District, Old Town Chinatown, North Mississippi, North Portland, Vista Hills and Council Crest. Art galleries are concentrated downtown and in the Pearl District, as well as in the Alberta Arts District.

Portland Oregon's Neighborhoods

Portland Oregon’s Neighborhoods

Water tower, Old Town historic district of Por...

Water tower, Old Town historic district of Portland, Oregon. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There are plenty of historic buildings in downtown Portland that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Northwest Portland includes the Pearl District and most of Old Town Chinatown.

The entrance to Chinatown in downtown Portland...

The entrance to Chinatown in downtown Portland, Oregon. The second oldest Chinatown in the United States. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Trip to Portland, Oregon 01

Trip to Portland, Oregon 01 (Photo credit: DennisSylvesterHurd)

In Old Town/Chinatown at 4th and Burnside, look for the “Chinatown Gateway” structure. This 1986 masterpiece was created by architect Yu Tang Wang and artist Sun Chau. It is made of bronze, marble, granite, wood, tile ans steel. If you are interested in a list of Public Art in Portland, visit www.racc.org

Ther are many historic structures in Portland. Check out the list of historic places here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Register_of_Historic_Places_listings_in_Southwest_Portland,_Oregon.

 

Explore the Peal DIstrict of Portland Oregon

Here’s a List of My Favorite Vino con Vista Places in Portland:

1. I couldn’t wait to arrive in the Pearl District and visit the iconic flagship Powell Bookstore.  College professors love bookstores! This is the largest independent new and used bookstore in the world and it is owned by Walter Powell from Chicago.

Powell's Books in Portland Oregon

Powell’s Books in Portland Oregon

Powell’s City of Books covers 68,000 square feet on an entire city block in Portland. This store has “more than 1.5 million books in 3,500 different sections.” Here’s a map that will help you navigate the nine color-coded rooms at 1005 W. Burnside Street. Powell’s Bookstore has 7 different locations around the metro area. www.powells.com

Powell's City of Books in Portland Oregon

Powell’s City of Books in Portland Oregon

Strolling through the Pearl District is one of life’s simple pleasures. I wish I could stay in Portland for Labor Day Weekend. I would stay at the Historic Benson Hotel at 309 S.W. Broadway Ave. (www.bensonhotel.com) so I could attend the Art in the Pearl Festival. At this Labor Day weeknd art festival, there will be more than 100 artists showcasing their unique talent with paintings and photography, as well as jewelry and hand-crafted furniture. If you follow my posts, you know how much I love art festivals and live music.  On the First Thursday of each month, The Pearl District Galleries have parties and events.

Table made out of a Beer Keg in Portland Oregon

I want one of those tables made out of a Beer Keg

When I was in Portland, I went to a number of festivals. I loved the Street Festival in front of the Deschutes Brewery and Public House at 210 N.W. 11th Avenue.(www.deschutesbrewery.com) I was impressed by the small tables that were made out of the end of a beer key. I loved how they drilled the holes for the umbrella. If you know where I can get one of these tables, please let me know.Do not leave this area until you have had a garlic burger at Deschutes Brewery!!

I also want a giant beer keg serving station like the one they lovinglly call Woody. Woody would be great for the Taste of Chicago and Chicago Gourmet! It would even look cute in my yard. Do you think they sell them on eBay? One last thing, do not leave Portland without having a Garlic Burger at Deschutes Brewery. They are absolutely delicious!

Deschutes Brewery Street Festival.in Portland Oregon

Deschutes Brewery Street Festival.in Portland Oregon

Brewery Street Festival in Portland Oregon

We need these in Chicago!

Brewery Street Festival in Portland Oregon

Deschutes Brewery Street Festivalin Portland Oregon

In the Pearl District, visit the historic Portland Center Theater and see a performance at the Gerding Theater at the Armory. Have a snack at the Cafe or arrange for a “Backstage Tour” of this magnificent state-of-the-art renovated barrel-roof Armory at 128 N.W. Eleventh Avenue.

On the first and third Saturdays of each month, The Gerding Theater at the Armory hosts FREE  public tours where you can learn about the evolution of the Armory Annex from an 1891 military drilling site, to a public meeting space, to beer storage facility, and ultimately to one of the “world’s most sustainable performing arts centers.” Tours are from noon to 1 p.m. and meet at the concierge desk inside the lobby of the building. For more information or to buy tickets for Portland’s Center Stage performances visit: www.pcs.org

Portland Center in Oregon

Portland Center in Oregon

Portland Center in Oregon

Portland Center in Oregon

Portland Center in Oregon

Portland Center in Oregon

Historic Theater Building in Portland Oregon

Portland Center in Oregon

I love the black foundation blocks and Romanesque stone windows of the Portland Center in Oregon

Portland Center in Oregon

Portland Center in Oregon

The Armory Building was converted into a Theater in Portland Oregon

The Armory Building was converted into a Theater in Portland Oregon

I had lunch at Oven and Baker in the Pearl Distirct where Chef Cathy Whim works her magic on those “Puccia Pork Meatball Sandwiches.” That was the best meatball sandwich that I have ever had in my life!! www.ovenandshaker.com. For dinner you can visit Nostrana for more of Cathy’s Italian cuisine.

Puucia Meatball Sandwich at Oven and Shaker in Portland Oregon

Puucia Meatball Sandwich at Oven and Shaker in Portland Oregon

We met some new friends from Yamhill at the Cupcake shop and when I told them I wrote books about wine tourism in Italy,  they dragged us over to Coppia at 417 N.W. 19th  Street. This restaurant prepares cuisine from the Piedmont reion of Italy. They said that they come here from Yanhill because they love the Sformato Souffle and the Risotto Butternut Squash. We all shared a bottle of Codazzo Terracruda. It was wonderful!

We shared a bottle of wine at Coppia in Portland Oregon

Codazzo Terracruda at Coppia in Portland

It was fun browsing through the charming eclectic shops and boutiques in the Pearl District. Remember there isn’t any sales tax!

No Shopping tax in Portland

No Shopping tax in Portland

No Shopping tax in Portland

No Shopping tax in Portland

Vintage Marihuana Poster in Portland

Vintage Marihuana Poster in Portland

Shopping in the Pearl District

Shopping in the Pearl District. I loved these candles.

Shopping in the Pearl District

Shopping in the Pearl District

2. Visit the Lan Su Chinese Garden in Portland.

This extraordinary garden is the most authentically built walled Ming Dynasty-style garden outside of China. Visit the covered walkways, bridges, pavilions, tea house and lush landscape that frame picturesque Lake Zither (a small artificial lake). This Classical Chinese Garden is a verdant urban oasis built by Chinese artisans from Portland’s sister city of Suzhou.

This is the perfect Vino con Vista destination for a sophisticated sojourner who wants to experience a 2000-year-old Chinese tradition. “There are more than 100 trees, orchids, water plants, perennials, bamboos and unusual shrubs located throughout the beautiful garden.” Hopefully, someday I can attend the two-week Chinese New Year celebration at Lan Su Chinese Garden located around N.W. 3rd and Everette Streets.

 

3. Stroll through the Portland Saturday Market where you can enjoy 350 artisans selling their wares. There’s live music and plenty of exotic food at the international food pavillion at Waterfont Park in Portland’s historic Old Town. www.portlandsaturdaymarket.com

Old Town / Chinatown (MAX station)

Old Town / Chinatown (MAX station) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

You can take the free train to the Skidmore Fountain MAX station. Get off at Southwest Ankeny Street and Naito Parkway. This is the nation’s largest weekly open-air arts and crafts market with unique arts and crafts sold exclusively by the folks that make them. Everything in the “Local Section” must be from Oregon or Washington and made by hand.

Walk over to the Skidmore Fountain on 1sr Avenue between Burnside and Ankeny and admire Portland’s oldest commissioned public work of art. “Druggist Stephen Skidmore left $5000 in his will so that Horses, Men and Dogs could have a cold drink.”

Skidmore Fountain

Skidmore Fountain (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Portland Saturday Market sign.

English: Portland Saturday Market sign. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

There are many beautiful fountains in

4. Get some coffee at Stumptown Coffee Roasters; a haven for latte junkies like me. I loved the latte art!

Stumptown Coffee Roasters sign in downtown Por...

Stumptown Coffee Roasters sign in downtown Portland, Oregon. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Stumptown Coffee  is a roaster and retailer. The chain’s flagship cafe and roastery at 4525 S.E. Division Street opened in 1999. They have expaned since then with 3 more cafes, a roastery and a tasting annex have opened in Portland. They also have 2 locations in Seattle and one in New York.

The downtown Stumptown Coffee cafe in Portland...

The downtown Stumptown Coffee cafe in Portland, Oregon. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

5. If you have time, go to the the east bank of the Willamette River and explore the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI). You can experience an earthquake or tour the U.S Navy’s last non-nuclear submarine. This is the home of the USS Blueback submarine that was  used in the film The Hunt for Red October. Have a VIno con Vista at the River-View Cafe.

OMSI has 5 enormous halls with hundreds of interactive exhibits and displays. OMSI also has an OMNIMAX Theater. It is located at 1945 S.E. Water Avenue.

If you want to take a Willamette Jetboat Excursion, the ticket office in near the museum on the River.

 

The Turbine Hall at Oregon Museum of Science a...

The Turbine Hall at Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, as ...

The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, as seen from the west bank of the Willamette River. The USS Blueback (SS-581) is in the foreground. Taken by User:Cacophony on February 21, 2005. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Outside the OMNIMAX theater at the Oregon Muse...

Outside the OMNIMAX theater at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry in Portland, Oregon. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

6. The Portland Art Museum owns the city’s largest art collection. It was founded in 1892 and with the recent addition of the “Modern and Contemporary Art wing it became one of the United States’ 25 largest museums.” It is the oldest museum in the Pacific Northwest. It has a lovely outdoor sculpture court.

There is a magnificent permanent collection that reflects the history of art. There is special exhibition of California’s Impressionism until September 16th, 2012.

It is located in the heart of the downtown Cultural District at 1219 S.W. Park Avenue. Admission is free on the fourth Friday of every month from 5-8 p.m.

The Governor Hotel in Portland Oregon

English: Facade of the Governor Hotel in Portl...

English: Facade of the Governor Hotel in Portland, Oregon. Taken by myself. NRHP reference # 85000370 (under name Seward Hotel) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

7. Stay at the historic Governor Hotel.It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Governor is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Portland, so if you stay here, you can walk to Portland’s sights and enjoy the exciting night life.

Governor Hotel

Governor Hotel

Governor Hotel in Portland Oregon

The Governor Hotel is a member of the Historic Hotels of America. Enjoy a Vino con Vista Happy Hour at Jakes’s Grill in the Governor Hotel!

Happy Hour at Jakes Grill in the Governors Hotel in Portland Oregon

Happy Hour at Jakes Grill in the Governors Hotel in Portland Oregon

Governor Hotel

The hotel was placed in the US National Register of Historic Places in 1985. The building was extensively remodeled in 1992 when it was joined the neighboring Princeton Building.

Governor Hotel in Portland Oregon

The Arts and Crafts–inspired glazed terracotta exterior blends art nouveau and Native American designs. I love the majestic antlers on the animals that are mounted on the wall of the bar in the hotel.

Governor Hotel in Portland Oregon

Governor Hotel in Portland Oregon

Governor Hotel in Portland Oregon

Governor Hotel in Portland Oregon

The hotel’s architect, William C. Knighton, went on to become the first Oregon State Architect in 1912, and later designed the Oregon State Supreme Court Building. The rustic interior furnishings are quite impressive.

Murals in the Governor Hotel

Murals in the Governor Hotel

There are amazing floor-to-ceiling murals that were painted by San Francisco-based artist Melinda Morey. I love the vintage Lewis and Clark map “Trade along the Columbia” on the wall in the lobby.

Murals in the Governor Hotel

Murals in the Governor Hotel

Some movies were filmed at The Governor Hotel: Portlander Gus Van Sant filmed a scene of My Own Private Idaho and Madonna filmed several scenes of Body of Evidence.

Hotel Governor building in Downtown Portland.

Hotel Governor building in Downtown Portland. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Map in the Lobby of the Governor Hotel

The Heathman Hotel http://portland.heathmanhotel.com/ is another outstanding hotel in Portland. The Heathman Hotel doormen will greet you in their red Beefeater costumes.

8. Tour the famous Pittock Mansion and enjoy the spectacular panoramic views of downtown Portland from the grounds. The mansion is nestled in the West Hills of Portland and soars 1,000 feet above sea level with an impressive view of the city’s skyline. This high elevation makes the mansion one of the best places for birdwatching in Portland.

This could my perfect Vino con Vista residence with perfect views of rivers, forests, bridges and mountaintops. There are 23 rooms filled with treasures from a by-gone era. Maybe the city will sell this property to me? Of course, I would have to wine the lottery to pay for it. The century-old Pittock Mansion  symbolizes “Portland’s dramatic transformation from a small lumber town to a bustling city” at 3229 N.W. Pittock Drive.

The French Renaissance Chateau was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. The Pittock Mansion was once the private home of Henry Louis Pittock founder of the Oregonian Newpaper. At 1000 feet above sea level, the mansion has commanding view of five mountains in the Cascade range: Mounts St. Helens, Adams, Rainier, Hood and Jefferson. For more information visit www.pitockmansion.com.

English: Pittock Mansion in Portland, Oregon, ...

English: Pittock Mansion in Portland, Oregon, USA. Français : La demeure Pittock à Portland, en Oregon (États-Unis). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The mansion was originally built as a private home for The Oregonian newspaper publisher Henry Pittock  (1836–1919) and his wife, Georgiana. Georgiana was one of the founders of the Portland Rose Festival. She died in 1918 at the age of 72 and Henry died in 1919 at the age of 84.

The City of Portland purchased the estate in 1964 for $225,000. The estate is made of Tenino Sandstone situated on 46 acres. Roughly 80,000 people visit the Pittock Mansion every year.

The rear of the Pittock Mansion

The rear of the Pittock Mansion (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Pittock Masion, Portland, Oregon

Pittock Masion, Portland, Oregon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Portland Oregon's Food Carts

Portland Oregon’s Food Carts

9. Enjoy the culinary treats offered by the Portland Food Carts. The 431 registered food carts in Multnomah County serve a delightful spectrum of ethnic flavors: Mexican, Greek gyros, Vietnamese Pho, Indian curries, Polish sausage and Moroccan specialties.

Portland Oregon

Food Cart in Portland Oregon

Portland Oregon's Food Carts

Portland Oregon’s Food Carts

Try some Korean-Oregon fusion at Big-Ass Sandwiches or check out Khao Man Gai or Nipa Hut. Entreprenuership is alive and kickin’ inside Portland’s Food Cart Culture!

Portland Oregon Food Carts

10. I loved Pioneer Courthouse Square because it reminded me of a Historic Piazza in Italy. The Courthouse was built in 1869 and is the oldest federal building in the Pacific Northwest. There’s plenty of action in Courthouse Square; it’s the home of the annual Italian Festival in August. As a former groupie for my son’s California Band, I loved the “Noon Tunes” offered on Mondays.   Check out the "Noon Tunes" in Portland

Weather Machine in Pioneer Courthouse Square, ...

Check out the “Weather Vane Weather Machine” in Pioneer Courthouse Square. This 33-foot tall metal structure is surmounted by a large silver orb. Everyday at noon, the weather is announced with trumpets, flashing lights and a spray of mist. Light bulbs on the side light up brighter as the temperature increases. The orb opens to reveal the next day’s forecast: a golden leaf sun for a clear day; a Blue Heron to forecast a misty day; and a Dragon when storms are anticipated.
Pioneer Couthouse in Portland Oregon

Pioneer Couthouse in Portland Oregon

English: Pioneer Courthouse in Portland, Oregon
English: Pioneer Courthouse in Portland, Oregon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland

Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The flag of the city of Portland, Oregon flyin...
The flag of the city of Portland, Oregon flying in Pioneer Courthouse Square (upside-down) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: 'Allow Me' Sculpture in Pioneer Court...

English: ‘Allow Me’ Sculpture in Pioneer Courthouse Square, Portland, Oregon, United States. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In December, Pioneer Courthouse Square has an annual Holiday Ale Fest under the holiday tree. This five–day celebration features more than 40 of the Pacific Northwest’s premier seasonal brews.

Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland

Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Pioneer Courthouse Square in Portland, Oregon....

Pioneer Courthouse Square in Portland, Oregon. At center is Jackson Tower, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the Journal Building. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Plaque at Pioneer Courthouse Square i...

English: Plaque at Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland, Oregon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

11. Pay hommage to “Portlandia”. She is made of hammered copper and is 36 feet tall. She is based upon a figure in Portland’s City Seal and depicts a woman dressed in classical attire. She welcomes traders into the port of the city. The sculpture is on the third floor of the Portland Building.

Portlandia is the second largest hammered copper statue in America (the largest is the Statue of Liberty). It was sculpted in 1985 by Raymond Kaskey for the Portland Building. You can visit Portlandia at 1120 S.W. 5th Avenue.

English: at the

English: at the (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

12. I am from Chicago and we have plenty of interesting bridges. I love Portland’s bridges! Portland is lovingly called “Bridge Town.”
Portland Oregon Willamette River at night

Portland Oregon Willamette River at night (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

John Alexander Low Waddell invented the vertical lift bridge. You can explore some of the glorious bridges that cross the Willamette River near Portland’s downtown area at  Bridge Pedal in August. This annual bike ride across Portland’s bridges offers 14-36 mile ride options. There’s also a PDX Bridge Festival that celebrates Hawthorne Bridge. This festival combines multimedia art and events to celebrate the ten bridges that connect Portland’s central city.
Here’s a list of some of Portland’s bridges:
Portland's Bridges

Portland’s Bridges

The  Marquam Bridge, was built is 1966 for $14 million. It is the busiest bridge in Oregon and is the 3rd longest tress bridge in North America. It links the I-5 corridor between Oregon and Washington.  The bridge is named after a judge who was later elected to the Oregon legislature, Phillip A. Marquam.

Hawthorne Bridge is the city’s oldest vertical highway lift-bridge and it was designed by Waddell. It is Oregon’s most heavily used bridge for bicycles. It opened on December 19, 1990 and cost $500,000. It leads leading directly into the central business district (CBD) from the east side. Hawthorne Bridge is named after Dr J.C. Hawthorne (founder of the Oregon Hospital for the Insane).   The street was originally called Asylum Street but changed when the hospital moved to Salem, Oregon.

Morrison Bridge is a drawbridge that leads directly into the CBD from the east side. It opened in 1958 and cost $12.9 million. It is named after John L. Morrison, a Scottish Immigrant who served as a lieutenant in the Oregon Rangers.

Burnside Bridge connects the east side to downtown and the Old Town Chinatown neighborhood. It was built in 1926 for $3 million. The Rose Parade crosses the Burnside drawbridge.  It was named after Dan Wyman Burnside from from Vermont. He helped raise funds to have the Willamette dredged in 1866.

Steel Bridge is one of the only dual-lift bridges in the world with independent lifts. The lower deck accommodates Amtrak and freight trains and carries MAX light Rail into Old Town/Chinatown. Lift operators are on duty 24 hours a day. In the summer, Portland bridges open nearly 300 times a month. The Steele Bridge opened to trains in July of 1912 and August of 1912 to cars. It cost $1.7 million to build. The Union Pacific Railway owns the lower section and the State of Oregon owns the upper section.

The Broadway Bridge connects the Lloyd District to Old Town Chinatown. It opened in April 1913 and cost $1.6 million. It is the longest drawbridge in Portland. It is named after the street that it connects.

The Fremont Bridge  carryies I-405 past the Pearl and Northwest districts and into downtown. It was built in November of 1973 and cost $82 million. It is the newest bridge to span the river. It is America’s longest tied arch bridge.  It was named after John Charles Freemont, an explorer and army officer.

The Hawthorne Bridge in Portland, seen from th...

Portland Oregon from the east. By User:Fcb981

Portland Oregon from the east. By User:Fcb981 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Portland Oregon Red Bull Flutag 2008

Portland Oregon Red Bull Flutag 2008 (Photo credit: dklimke)

Portland's Bridges

Portland’s Bridges

Voodoo Doughnuts

13.  I loved VooDooDonuts.

VooDoo Donuts

VooDoo Donuts

Their donuts are amazing! They are covered with interesting tidbits like M & M’s and bits of cereal. Some are covered with bacon, Captain Crunch and Oreos. They don’t just have a pretty face, they taste incredible!

VooDooDonuts

VooDooDonuts

They have iconic pink boxes that feature the company’s logo and drawings of Voodoo priests with the tagline, “The magic is in the Hole.”. Of course I ate too many-how could I resist them?

VooDoo Donuts

VooDoo Donuts

Located in Old Town’s popular nightlife district, Voodoo Doughnut is one of the city’s favorite culinary destinations. Locals and visitors line up 24 hours a day for what may be the most innovative doughnuts in the world.

In addition to the original Old Town shop, there’s a second location at 1501 N.E. Davis St. 22 S.W. Third Ave.

14. Spend some time in Washington Park.

Washington Park

Washington Park

Washington Park

Washington Park

Visit the International Rose Test Garden

Portland’s International Rose Gardens are the largest and oldest test gardens in the country with more than 8000 rose bushes. There are 550 different varieties of roses. The lush Washington Park features some of the most amazing Cascade Mountain views. The Test garden is inside Washington Park at 4oo S.W. Kingston Avenue. The best rose-viewing months are May-September.

Beautiful Roses in Oregon

Beautiful Roses in Oregon

Wide angle image of the International Rose Tes...

Wide angle image of the International Rose Test Gardens in Portland, Oregon. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Rose Garden

Washington Park, in the West Hills of Portland. It is the home of ome of Portland’s most popular recreational sites including the:  Oregon Zoo, the Portland Japanese Garden, the World Forestry Center and the Hoyt Arboretum. There is also a Veteran’s Memorial and Children’s Museum.

Washington Park

Washington Park

Washington Park Children's Museum in Portland Oregon

Washington Park Children’s Museum in Portland Oregon

Washington Park

Washington Park

“Lions and tiger and bears, Oh My!” At the Oregon Zoo, you can observe more than 2,000 animals from around the world. Go to the African Rain Forest Exhibit to see an intersting rainforest rodent. This conservation zoo is renowned for its Asian elephant breeding program.

15. Visit the beautiful fountains in Portland: Salmon Street Springs Fountain at Governor in Tom McCall Waterfront Park; Elk Fountain on Main between 3rd and 4th Avenures; Animals in Pools Fountains with bears, sea lions, river otters , ducks and deer at Morisson and Yamill Streets between 5th and 6th avenues and Shemanski Fountain with Rebecca at the Well at Southwest Salmon and Main Streets. For more information about Portlands Fountains visit www.portlandoregon.gov/water/fountains

16. Portland is a City of Festvals. Here’s a list of Festivals you can attend:

Feast Portland – September

This international culinary festival taps into the wealth of renowned Portland chefs and welcomes noted culinary stars from around the world.

Portland Jazz Festival – February

Timed to coincide with Black History Month, the Portland Jazz  Festival features performances around the city, including ticketed  headline concerts, free shows and a range of educational opportunities.

Oregon Seafood and Wine Festival – February

Scheduled in the middle of the Dungeness crab season, this upscale festival celebrates both the bounty harvested from the Pacific  Ocean and the state’s vineyards at the Oregon Convention Center.

Taste of the Nation Portland – May

Treat your taste buds to the very best at the “Taste of the Nation” in Portland. This  annual gourmet extravaganza features more than 70 Oregon chefs and restaurants, with 40 wineries and microbreweries.

Spring Beer & Wine Fest – March/April

This beverage exposition celebrates handcrafted microbrews, regional wines and distilled spirits.

Portland Rose Festival –June

The Portland Rose Festival celebrated its centennial in 2007. with three weeks of family events. Highlights include the Rose Festival Grand Floral Parade, the Starlight Parade, a waterfront carnival for families, dragon boat races, concerts and fireworks.

Waterfront Blues Festival –July

The largest blues festival west of the Mississippi River takes place each year during Independence Day week. Portland’s Governor Tom McCall Waterfront Park sets the stage with top national acts performing over five days. there’s a fireworks display on July 4th.

Oregon Brewers Festival – July

Craft breweries from around the United States bring their beers to Portland for this four-day festival, the largest gathering of independent brewers in North America. More than 60,000 beer fans enjoy the atmosphere with over 70 beers during the last full weekend of July.

Portland International Beer Festival – July

The Portland International Beer Festival draws more than 150 brews from at least 15 countries to a beer garden setting in the Pearl District’s North Park blocks.

Cathedral Park Jazz Festival – July

Founded in 1981, this three-day event is the now the West’s largest and oldest free celebration of jazz and blues. It is held beneath the historic St. Johns Bridge.

The Bite of Oregon – August

Benefitting Special Olympics Oregon, The Bite is one of the “Rose City’s” most popular festivals. Sample food created by local chefs and taste regional wines at the Oregon Wine Garden.

Musicfest NW – September

This annual festival was established in 2001 to showcase local musicians, bring in national acts and benefit children’s music education in Portland. Downtown becomes a massive block party as wrist-banded attendees check out more than 100 bands at nearly 20 venues over the course of four days.

Some of the well known shopping areas are Downtown Portland
Nob Hill (NW 21st & 23rd Avenues)
The major malls in the metropolitan area are:

Now you are ready to visit other Glorious Vino con Vista Destinations in Oregon. Explore Canon Beach http://www.cannon-beach.net/ and Hood River!

Language Distribution of Oregon Natives

Language Distribution of Oregon Natives (Photo credit: Travis S.)

Read this post if you want some historical information about the Portland Waterfront http://portlandwaterfront.blogspot.com/

Now it’s time for touring beyond the city. EcoTours of Oregon can take you Whale Watching on the coast, or th scenic waterfalls in the Columbia Gorge @ www.ecotours-of-oregon.com

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The flags of the United States of America and the State of Oregon, flying side-by-side in Portland, Oregon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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I Love the Oenology Wine Room in the Intercontinental Hotel in Chicago

From the California wine producer in the Centr...

From the California wine producer in the Central Coast (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Display your wine on a Barrel if you can find one

Display your wine on a Barrel if you can find one

Flavor Napa Valley Winemaker Dinner

Flavor Napa Valley Winemaker Dinner

Cathedral Ridge Winery

Cathedral Ridge Winery

If you feel like a wine-tasting event but you can’t find one, here’s a solution. I suggest that you check out the Oenology Wine Bar at the Intercontinental Hotel on Michigan Avenue in Chicago. This incredible Hotel was the former home of the Medinah Athletic Club in Chicago. Like the Medinah Temple in Chicago, it was commissioned by the Shrine Organization. The building was designed by the architect Walter W. Ahlschlager. The cornerstone of the Medinah Athletic Club was laid on November 5, 1928. After your wine flight, take a tour of this gorgeous building.

Eno Wine Room in Chicago

One of the professionally-trained sommeliers at the Wine Spectator, award-winning Eno Wine Room at 505 N. Michigan Avenue will pamper you. They will offer a wine flight paired with the appropriate cheese and chocolate combination.

Eno Wine Room in Chicago

Since I like Pinot Noir, I opted for the “Pinot Envy” flight with a nice Oregon Pinot Noir. My flight included a 2008 Brandborg Bench Lands Pinot Noir from the Umpqua Valley in Oregon. I also had an opportunity to taste the 2009 Yamhill Valley Vineyard Pinot Blanc from Oregon and the 2008 Kenneth Volk Pinot St. George from the Calleri Vineyard in San Benito California.

Eno Wine Room in Chicago Wine Flight

Once you have selected a wine flight, you can select your cheese selection to accompany your wine. My sommelier suggested the Challerhocker from Switzerland with an edible rind, a dense Ocooch Mountain sheep cheese from Wisconsin and the Barely Buzzed Cheddar from Utah rubbed with coffee grounds and lavender.

Eno Wine Room in Chicago Cheese Flight

Now, it’s time to select your decadent chocolate desserts. Once again, just go with the recommendation of your professionally trained server and you won’t be disappointed. Have a Black Truffle Sea Salt, Macadamia Praline and Salted Chocolate Caramel. Now this is living!

Eno Wine Room in Chicago Chocolates

Of course, you can just select wine or cheese from the menu without opting for a personal “Pinot Envy” tasting party. Have a selection of cheese for $12 or just order a glass of wine.

Try a glass of red Amarone or Barbera D’Alba  from Italy. Those are 2 of my personal favorites from Italy.

If you want to learn more about wine pairing, here’s an informative video: http://www.restonsunocosubway.com/Reston-Sunoco-Wine-and-Beer-cellar.htm.

Wine tasting and wine pairing are interesting topics. Some of my favorite events in Chicago are wine dinners held at my favorite restaurants. I loved the Gibson’s on Rush Street Duckhorn Vineyards Wine Dinner!

Gibson’s on Rush Street Duckhorn Wine Dinner

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com

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Chicago “Pinot Days” 2015: A Pinot Noir Festival at Navy Pier

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Russian River Valley Winegrowers Association sign @ Shiloh Hill Vineyard (Photo credit: northbaywanderer)

Assortment of wines from Oregon producer Domai...

Assortment of wines from Oregon producer Domaine Drouhin (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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A bottle and glass of California Pinot noir wine made in Mendocino county (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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From the Esterlina Tasting Room in Mendocino County California, an assortment of Pinot noir wines. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Russian River (Photo credit: SSShupe)

Do you love Pinot Noir? Get tickets for the 8th annual Pinot Days Festival at Navy Pier.

“The Grand Tasting will showcase 65 acclaimed pinot producers across the country (from the Russian River Valley to Oregon, Carneros to the Santa Lucia Highlands and beyond), with more than 100 pinots to taste.”

Each wine is poured by its winemaker!

When & Where:

Saturday, March 21st, 2015.
From 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Chicago Navy Pier
Lakeview Terrace Room,
600 E Grand Ave # 115

Chicago, IL 60611

Pinot Days is the largest gathering of Pinot Noir producers in the world. Pinot Noir winemakers will be pouring hundreds of exceptional pinots that are stylistically diverse regions like California’s Russian River Valley and Oregon’s Willamette Valley.

Pinot Days  Principle

“Pinot Days is the largest gathering of Pinot Noir producers in the world. It has to be; pinot noir is exceptionally stylistically diverse, and our aim is to give every pinot lover a place to “go deep” within the style you love. And, if you’re open to venturing outside of your comfort zone, you can learn about, and quite possibly love, other styles as well. To this end we gather hundreds of pinot noir winemakers to pour hundreds of pinots that range from the picture of elegance to forward and “wow.” You can’t try them all – don’t try – it’s not the point! The point is to follow your palate like a North Star, and experience this beautiful little grape in as many forms and styles as compel you. It is an endless pursuit of knowledge. So, ignore the critics; ask folks in the crowd, “Who have you tried? What do you like?” Pinot noir is way more than a grape variety – it’s an art form. It is an endlessly fascinating intellectual and aesthetic pursuit for people who want to savor the good things in life. So we invite the world to Pinot Days, because pinot noir can change the world, one pretty, little, thin-skinned grape at a time.” www.pinotdays

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California Pinot noir from the Sonoma producer Hanzell winery (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Participating Exhibitors-

Aberrant Cellars, Ancient Oak Cellars, August
West, Benziger Family Winery, Buena Vista Winery, Cartograph,
Cornerstone Cellars Oregon, Davis Bynum Wines, Davis Family Vineyards,
DeLoach Vineyards, Dutton-Goldfield Winery, EIEIO & Company, Fess Parker
Winery & Vineyard, Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards, Hahn Estate,
Hilliard Bruce Winery, Inman Family Wines, J Vineyards & Winery,
Katherine Anne Confections, Keller Estate, Kendric Vineyards,
Kessler-Haak Wines, Landmark Vineyards, MacPhail Family Wines,
Mansfield-Dunne Wines, Martinelli Winery, McEvoy Ranch Olive Oil, Mystic
Shire, New Zealand Winegrowers, Omero Cellars, On the Avenue Marketing,
Pali Wine Company, Ritual, RTV, Saintsbury, Sojourn Cellars, Stoller
Vineyards, Thomas Fogarty Winery, Trombetta Family Wines, Van Duzer
Vineyards, Willakenzie Estate Winery, Wren Hop Vineyards, Yelp

Oregon winery Willamette Valley Vineyards

Oregon winery Willamette Valley Vineyards (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Tickets:  www.pinotdays.com

Try some Pinot Noir from the Oregon ure 10 Oregon pinot producers in a specially designated area. This will be the largest presence of Oregon pinot producers ever gathered at a California wine festival.

The alluring aroma and seductive color and texture of Pinot Noir makes it one of my favorite wines. This elegant and complex wine is made from Pinot Noir grapes that thrive in a very specific micro-climate with sunny, warm days and cool foggy nights.

These California vines prosper in the well-drained slope of Goldridge loam soil and  enjoy a long Indian summer in the Russian River Valley. The grapes are harvested in the cool pre-dawn darkness to conserve grape flavor and acidity.

Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are the predominant varietals grown in about a 200 square-mile prestigious American Viticultural Area (AVA) of Sonoma County, California called the Russian River Valley. The area is shaded by majestic redwood trees. For more information visit www.pinotdays.com.

Vineyards in the California wine region of the...

Vineyards in the California wine region of the Russian River Valley in Sonoma (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Sample over 100 pinot noir wines from every important region, from the Russian River Valley to the Santa Rita Hills, Oregon to the Anderson Valley to the Sonoma Coast. Come to Navy Pier to taste these highly acclaimed wines, meet the gifted and charming winemakers who create them, and experience the passion and romance that the pinot noir industry continues to embody. We call it Serious Fun. Come see for yourself.”

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com

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Happy Birthday Chicago!

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Happy Birthday Chicago! Uncork your favorite bottle of wine or champagne and toast to Chicago’s 178th birthday was held on March 4, 2015. Crank up your iPhone as you listen to Frank Sinatra sing “My Kind of Town“; originally part of the musical score for Robin and the 7 Hoods, a 1964 musical film starring several members of the Rat Pack.

Cover of "Robin and the Seven Hoods"

Cover of Robin and the Seven Hoods

Chicago is famous for many things including gangsters like Al Capone and the city definitely has some offers that you can’t refuse:

Chicago is also famous for sports teams: Bears, Bulls, Hawks, Cubs and Sox. We have had pretty good record for start-ups: Kraft, Motorola, Baxter, Sara Lee and don’t forget Groupon just to name a few.

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We have plenty of famous politicians including: 2 Mayor Daleys and President Barack Obama.

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Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley

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Chicago is home to a plethora of superlatives: our higher learning institutons are world-class with some of the best business schools in the world like University of Chicago and Northwestern. The city is brimming with world-class chefs and we have some of the best restaurants in the world like Charlie Trotters and Alinea.

Chicago is a city of neighborhoods with distinctive architecture and ethnic roots.

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Map of Chicago’s community areas, grouped by color by “side” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

But one or our most endearing and enduring blessings is our world-class architecture! Generally, to celebrate Chicago’s birthday, some of her architectural shining stars will turn blue including:

the Willis Tower, the Trump Tower, the Merchandise Mart and the Prudential Building.

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Chicago‘s Columbian Exposition in the 1890’s spawned a flourishing legacy of global architectural pre-eminence and outstanding architecture in Chicago. Daniel Burnham’s passion for Beaux Arts priniciples of design generated a flurry of world-class structures. Chicago architects and structural engineers are still staking claims to global architectural marvels.

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Much of new classical research was conducted at the University of Chicago. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Chicago World's Columbian Exposition, 1893

Chicago World’s Columbian Exposition, 1893 (Photo credit: Smithsonian Institution)

Bill Baker is a structural engineer who works at Skidmore, Owings and Merrill‘s (SMO) Chicago office in the landmark, 17 story Sante Fe Building. He can be credited with more supertall buildings of over 1000 feet than any other structural engineer in the world including the Trump Tower. The “Burl Khalifa” in Dubai is world’s tallest building at 160 stories. It is almost twice as tall as the building formerly known as the Sears Tower in Chicago. Bill was instrumental in designing The Burl with architect Adrian Smith at SMO.

Two of my favorite vintage buildings include the majestic Wrigley Building and the Gothic Revival Tribune building located at the intersection of Michigan Avenue and the Chicago River.

The Gothic Revival Tribune Tower in Chicago

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The distinctive clock tower of the Wrigley Building reminds me of Big Ben in London. There are 250,000 glistening glazed terra cotta tiles covering the classical structure that was completed in 1924 by Graham, Anderson, Probst and White. Quite appropriate for the great “White City.” The beautiful neo-gothic Tribune Tower is across the street from the Wrigley building. The 26 foot Sculpture of Marilyn Monroe is next to the Tribune Tower.

Wrigley Building

chicago wrigley building

I love the juxtaposition of the classic architecture with the modern architecture of buildings like the sleek Trump Tower. There’s a great view of the Wrigley Clock from Trump’s 16th floor restaurant aptly named “Sixteen.” They have an outstanding Sunday Brunch so why not celebrate Chicago’s Birthday party there!

Chicago Architecture

Chicago is a mecca for world-class museums, restaurants and hotels with plenty of “Vino con Vista” opportunities. The Michelin Guide for Chicago was released in November 2011.

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides and Vino Con Vista Travel Guides can be purchased at these sites

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Host a Holiday Vino con Vista Wine and Cheese Tasting Party

English: Goat's milk cheese

English: Goat’s milk cheese (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Photo of a vineyard in the Loire Valley, France.

Photo of a vineyard in the Loire Valley, France. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

French red wine from the Loire Valley region o...

French red wine from the Loire Valley region of Chinon. Predominately Cabernet franc. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you are planning a party, you may be interested in some of my favorite wine and cheese pairings.

Wine and goat cheese are a wonderful combination; I have included 3 goat cheese selections.

Cheeses

Cheeses (Photo credit: Smabs Sputzer)

Take the cheese out of the refrigerator and unwrap the pieces to bring them to room temperature; this will fully develop their flavor. Present them on separate cheese boards or plates with one cheese knife for each variety. Displaying their names on a card near the board. Use glass domes for exceptionally fragrant, ripe cheeses so they don’t overwhelm the less fragrant selections.

Variety of cheeses on serving platter

Variety of cheeses on serving platter (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Here are some of my favorite wine and cheese pairings for you to try:

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Vineyard near the French wine region of Chinon in the Loire Valley (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Le Chevre Noir goat cheese is hard and crumbly and pairs with a Chinon Loire Valley red wine. Aged chevre, typically dry, rich and intense, also works with classic heavy reds like Cabernet Sauvignon.

Chevre Noir

Chevre Noir (Photo credit: Renée S.)

Chevre Noir

Chevre Noir (Photo credit: euqus)

A wine cave in the Loire Valley wine region of...

A wine cave in the Loire Valley wine region of Chinon. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Loire Valley

Loire Valley (Photo credit: lightmagic)

Chevreau a flan de coline

Chevreau a flan de coline (Photo credit: Erminig Gwenn)

Drunken Goat was a farmhouse accident. A wheel of chesse rolls into a barrel of wine and the rest is history. This semi-pasteurized goat cheese is from Spain’s Mediterranean Coast. It pairs with a smooth Spanish Red Tempranillo.

Tempranillo varietal wine bottle and glass, sh...

Tempranillo varietal wine bottle and glass, showing colour Shot with Nikon D70s (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Truffle Tremor pasteurized goat cheese from Cypress Grove Creamery is made with black truffles. It pairs with a fruity Pinot Noir.

Comte cow cheese from Fort Saint Antoine in the Jura Mountains. Comte pairs with a big chewy California Cabernet Sauvignon red wine. Buy some Kronos Vineyard Napa Valley Corison if you can.

Corison

Corison

Happy Holidays from Vino con Vista

Happy Holidays from Vino con Vista

Thirty minutes before guests arrive, uncork the wine to give them time to aerate and develop their flavors and bouquets.

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English: Cropped image of Cabernet Sauvignon grapes from Hedges Vineyards in Red Mountain, Washington. Photo taken August 28th, 2007 with a Kodak z650 camera. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Add some grapes, olives, pears, cured meats, breads, crackers, plain almonds and cashews and dried fruits like figs, dates and apricots to your table. Use your treasured holiday corkscrews and dishware!

Distribute antlers and hats to your friends for the event!!

Holiday Party

Holiday Party

If you are hosting a seasonal party, cover your serving table with your favorite seasonal table cloth. Make a fabulous holiday centerpiece with candlesticks: http://youtu.be/8aMRzDHYgb0. I prefer my crystal candlesticks with silver candles. Crank up the holiday music and enjoy the party.

Vintage Ornament Center Piece

Vintage Ornament Center Piece

Leave room for Holiday Cookies.

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Club 2014 xmas 021

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Goat cheese from Berry, France

Goat cheese from Berry, France (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Wine Tasting in Oregon’s Willamette Valley

Lenne Estate in Yamhill Oregon

Raptor Ridge Pinot Noir

Raptor Ridge Pinot Noir

In the Oregon Willamette Valley wine region of...

In the Oregon Willamette Valley wine region of the Dundee Hills (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Oregon is the third largest wine producing state in the US. There are 16 AVAs in Oregon with 450 wineries and 850 vineyards. Oregon and Idaho share an AVA in the Snake River Valley. Oregon and Washington share two AVAs; the Walla Walla Valley and the Columbia Valley. The wine industry contributes $2.7 billion to the state’s economy and Wine Tourism contributed $158 million to Oregon’s economy in 2012.

Foris Pinot Noir

Winemaker Tony Rynders, former winemaker of Do...

Winemaker Tony Rynders, former winemaker of Domaine Serene, samples pinot noir during the 2008 Willamette Valley harvest. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The first AVA’s in Oregon were: Columbia Valley, Umpqua Valley, Walla Walla Valley and the Willamette Valley. The Willamette Valley American Viticultural Area (AVA) was founded in 1984. This AVA has two-thirds of the state’s wineries and vineyards. It is home to more than 200 wineries; with initial plantings in 1966.

Pinot cluster in the Oregon Willamette Valley ...

Pinot cluster in the Oregon Willamette Valley wine region of the Eola-Amity Hills going through early color change. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This designated grape growing region can be distinguished by specific geographic features. The region covers 5372 square miles of land from Portland to Eugene. Smaller AVAs have been created within the northern portion of Willamette Valley’s 3,438,000 acres.

Pinot noir grapes growing in the Willamette Va...

Pinot noir grapes growing in the Willamette Valley of Oregon. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There are six sub-regions (AVAs) within the northern portion of the Willamette Valley AVA with distinctive elevation, soil and climart. The sub-regions are:Chehalem Mountains AVADundee Hills AVA

Eola-Amity Hills AVA

McMinnville AVA

Ribbon Ridge AVA

Yamhill-Carlton District AVA

An interesting chain of events catapulted Oregon’s fledgling Willamette Valley wine region into the stratosphere. At the 1979 “Olympics of Wine” that was held in Paris, a Yamhill County Pinot Noir from The Eyrie Vineyards placed 3rd in a blind tasting of some of the world’s finest Pinots.

“Burgundian wine producer Robert Drouhin could not believe the results, and in early 1980 staged his own tasting in Beaune. The Eyrie’s 1975 South Block Reserve Pinot Noir placed second against a Drouhin 1959 Chambolle-Musigny. It was not to be believed!” Today, Domaine Drouhin Oregon produces Pinot Noir in the Dundee Hills.

In 1983,  another sensational vintage propelled Oregon’s Pinot Noir wines into the international spotlight. Vineyards continued to be planted in the valley. I am a Pinot Noir snob so I couldn’t wait to explore the Willamette Valley. Then, in 1987, Robert Parker (the famous wine critic) and his brother-in-law Michael Etzel, purchased a run down pig farm on Ribbon Ridge and began developing a small vineyard. Their Beaux Frères Winery, produced its first wines in 1991. The Winery is located at 15155 N.E. North Valley Road in Newburg. www.beauxfreres.com

English: Fog hovering over Eugene and other pa...

English: Fog hovering over Eugene and other parts of the Willamette Valley in Oregon. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Willamette Valley contains most of Oregon'...

The Willamette Valley AVA is the largest in the state and has most of the state’s wineries (about 200). Geographically, it stretches from the Columbia River in the North on the Oregon/Washington border; to Eugene in the South. It covers the Oregon Coast Range in the west to the Cascade mountains in the east.

The Oregon Coast Mountain Range creates a rain shadow effect east of the mountains in the Willamette Valley. There is less rain in the Willamette Valley than in the coastal region of the state. This area is recognized around the world for its luscious Pinot Noir. This grape is a cool-climate varietal and the Willamette Valley is well suited to cool climate grape growing because it is protected by the mountains and a series of lower hill chains. These grapes are grown on lower hillsides, not on the hilltops.

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Winemaker Patty Green of Patricia Green Cellars in Newburg, Oregon of the Willamette Valley speaking at the 2008 International Pinot Noir Celebration (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Small distances in the Willamette Valley yield wines of distinctly different characteristics. To acknowledge the unique characteristics of the smaller growing hillsides inside the valley, an AVA designation was requested for six areas in the northern valley. This area  “contains 66% of the currently planted acreage of the Willamette Valley. These new AVAs have minimum elevations around 200 feet; some also have a maximum of 1000 feet.”

In the Oregon wine region of Dundee AVA in the...

In the Oregon wine region of Dundee AVA in the Willamette Valley (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir (Photo credit: naotakem)

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International Pinot Noir Celebration Seminar at Soter Vineyards in the Willamette Valley, Oregon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Let’s explore the 6 sub-regions of the Willamette Valley Pinot Noir Wine Tourism Wonderland.

I have included some of Pinot Noirs that I enjoyed in the Willamette Valley:

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The entrance to Willamette Valley Vineyards

The entrance to Willamette Valley Vineyards (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Blakeslee Vineyard

Blakeslee Vineyard from the Chehalem Mountains of Oregon

1. CHEHALEM MOUNTAINS were granted AVA status in 2006.
I liked the 2010 Blakesless Pinot Noir and I also liked the owner of Blakeslee Vineyard Estate because he looked so much like my father.
Blakeslee Estate

Blakeslee Estate

Chehalem Mountains Landscape

Chehalem Mountains Landscape (Photo credit: p medved)

The Chehalem Mountains are southwest of Portland in the northern Willamette Valley. The Chehalems are the highest mountains in the Willamette Valley. The highest peak in the Chehalem Mountain Range is Bald Peak, rising to 1,633 feet. The mountains extend 20 miles in length and 5 miles in breadth, stretching from southeast to northwest.

This is the home of many interesting Pinot Noir wines. “Within the almost 70,000 acres of this AVA are over 1600  acres of grapes, grown in over 100 vineyards, and 31 wineries.”  www.chehalemmountains.org

2. DUNDEE HILLS were granted status as an AVA in 2005.

Try the Domaine Drouhin Laurene www.domainedrouhin.com. Maison Joseph Drouhin is a French wine producer based in Burgundy France, founded in 1880. Today both Maison Joseph Drouhin and Domaine Drouhin Oregon are owned and operated by the great grandchildren of Joseph Drouhin.

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Owned by Burgundy producer. Hand crafted wines by 4th generation winemaker Veronique Drouhin-Boss

Pinot Noir grapes at Domaine Drouhin in the Wi...

Pinot Noir grapes at Domaine Drouhin in the Willamette Valley wine region of the Dundee Hills (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Pinot Noir grapes at Archery Summit in the Wil...

Pinot Noir grapes at Archery Summit in the Willamette Valley wine region of Dundee Hills (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The first grapes in the Willamette Valley were planted in the Dundee Hills. It remains the most densely planted area in the state. There are more than 1700 acres of grapes planted in approximately 50 vineyards.

Erath Pinot Noir from Dundee Oregon

.erath.com Erath Pinot Noir from Dundee Oregon

Erath is one of Oregon’s pioneering wineries. The tasting room is located in the Dundee Hills with an exceptional Vino con Vista!.www.erath.comThis area is approximately 30 miles southwest of Portland and 40 miles east of the Pacific Ocean.   www.dundeehills.org

In the Oregon Willamette Valley wine region of...

In the Oregon Willamette Valley wine region of the Dundee Hills AVA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

3. EOLA-AMITY HILLS were granted AVA status in 2006.

The Oregon Willamette Valley winery, Cristom, ...

The Oregon Willamette Valley winery, Cristom, in the Eola-Amity Hills region. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

These hills are close to Salem Oregon adjacent to the Willamette River. The Eola Hills are on the southern end of the 45th parallel and the Amity Hills are on the northern spur. This region is about 40,000 acres with more than 1300 acres of grapes.  www.eolaamityhills.com

A view of the vineyard in the Oregon Willamett...

A view of the vineyard in the Oregon Willamette Valley wine region of Eola-Amity Hills. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Chardonnay vines in late October in the Oregon...

Chardonnay vines in late October in the Oregon Willamette Valley wine region of the Eola-Amity Hills (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

4. MCMINNVILLE was granted AVA status in 2005 and hosts the annual International Pinot Noir Celebration.

The McMinnville AVA is closer to Salem than Portland. There are nearly 40,500 acres due west of Yamhill County’s seat in McMinnville. The soils are uniquely shallow for winegrowing.  Approximately 600 acres are currently planted here.   www.mcminnvilleava.org

5. RIBBON RIDGE was granted AVA status in 2005.
English: Trisaetum winery in the Ribbon Ridge ...

English: Trisaetum winery in the Ribbon Ridge AVA of Oregon’s Willamette Valley (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ribbon Ridge is at the northwest end of the Chehalem Mountains. Ribbon Ridge is contained within the larger Chehalem Mountains AVA. There are approximately 500 acres planted on the ridge, within 20 vineyards.

www.ribbonridge.org

6. YAMHILL-CARLTON DISTRICT was granted status as an AVA in 2005.

Try the Lenne Estate Pinot Noir www.lenneestate.com. Lenne was started in 2000 by Steve and Karen Lutz. They have a 20.9-acre vineyard at 18760 N.E. Laughlin Road in Yamhill. The Karen’s Pommard Pinot Noir is from the vineyard’s Pommard blocks and is named after the owner, Karen.

Lenne Estate in Yamhill Oregon

Lenne Estate in Yamhill Oregon

North of McMinnville and south of Gaston, the foothills of the Coast Range create an AVA of nearly 60,000 acres between Carlton and Yamhill. The Coast Range to the west creates a rain shadow over the entire district with additional protection from the Chehalem Mountains to the north and the Dundee Hills to the east.
Try the 2009 Cape Lookout Pinot Noir from Carlton Cellars at 130 West Monroe Street www.carltoncellars.com
Cape Lookout Wine from Carlton Cellars in Carlton Oregon

Cape Lookout Wine from Carlton Cellars in Carlton Oregon

Anne Amie Vineyard in Carlton Washington

Anne Amie Vineyard in Carlton Washington

 
I also enjoyed the Pinot Noir and the Pinot Noir Blanc at Anne Amie Vineyard in Carlton at 6580 N.E. Mineral Springs Road. The charming labels represent the faces of the estate owners daughters. www.anneamie.com
Prisme Pinor Noir Blanc from Anne and Amie in Yamhill

Prisme Pinor Noir Blanc from Anne and Amie in Yamhill

 

Try the Elk Cove Pinot Noir. The winery was founded in 1974 and winemaker Adam Campbell gets my vote of confidence. I loved the La Boheme and the Elk Cove 2009 Shea Pinot Noir! www.elkcove.com

Elk Cove Vineyards Pinot Noir

Elk Cove Vineyards Pinot Noir

Elk Cove Vineyards in the Northwest Willamette Valley

Elk Cove Vineyards in the Northwest Willamette Valley

I also loved the David Hill 2009 Estate BlackJack Pinot Noir that was released on August 12, 2012 and the 2008 Estate Reserve Pinot Noir. The David Hill Vineyards and Winery is a designated historical landmark . The farm is 140 acres with Pinot Noir grapes planted on 50% of the 45 acres of vines in Forest Grove Oregon. This estate dates back to 1965 and has the oldest Pinot Noir vines in the Valley. You will love the 1883 farmhouse. www.davidhillwinery.com

David Hill Pinot Noir in Forest Grove Oregon

David Hill Pinot Noir in Forest Grove Oregon

David Hill Pinot Noir in Forest Grove Oregon

David Hill has the oldest Pinot Noir Vines in the WIllamette Valley

David Hill has the oldest Pinot Noir Vines in the WIllamette Valley

Columbia Valley AVA

Columbia Valley AVA

more information visit: www.yamhillcarltondistrict.com

Make plans to attend the North Willamette Harvest Trail on Saturday October 6, 2012. There will be a full-day harvest tour with wine tastings andharvest activiteis at 3 wineries. Attend the Grand Tasting with pairings from dozens of wineries. TIckets are $79 and include a wine country lunch. www.NWVitners.org

There’s also a North Willamette Thanksgiving Celebration. This is an annual weekend Open House.

When you finish touring and tasting in the Willamette Valley, head over to the scenic Columbia Valley AVA.

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides and Apps @ www.vino-con-vista.com

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The Naperville Wine Festival 2014

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Plan to attend the Naperville Wine Festival 2014. Wine festivals offer outstanding and affordable Vino con Vista opportunities. Wine connoisseurs can discover new wines, attend wine seminars and meet wine-makers in an outdoor festival setting.

Here’s a short video with some of my favorite Vino con Vista Buddies that I met at the Naperville Wine Festival in 2011:

http://youtu.be/gPrJhCRmXSQ

For the full schedule visit:

www.napervillewinefestival.com

The Naperville Wine Festival will return for the 12th Consecutive Year August 22-23, 2014.

The Event will take Place at CityGate Centre, The Home of Calamos Investments, and will Showcase More than 300 Wines From Around The World.

 A Portion of the Proceeds From The Event will Help Support the Naperville Area Humane Society.

 

Naperville Wine Festival hours are Friday from 4 to 10PM and Saturday from 2 to 8PM Friday Night Ticket Sales End at 8:30 p.m. and Alcohol Sampling and Sales End at 9:30 p.m. Saturday Ticket Sales End at 6:30PM and Alcohol Sampling and Sales End at 7:30PM

  • Adult Wine Tasting Tickets are $28 in Advance and $35 at the Door. This Ticket Price Includes a Souvenir Wine Glass, Ten Tastings, a Festival Program, Access to Food and Wine Demonstrations and Musical Entertainment. Additional Tasting Coupons May be Purchased at the Festival. Designated Driver Tickets are $10 in Advance or at the Door. Tickets can be Purchased Online at www.napervillewinefestival.com or by phone at 877-772-5425 as well as at all Peterson Wine Cellars locations.
  • CityGate Centre is a True mixed-use development that encompasses 31 acres in the quickly growing East-West Corridor submarket of Chicago. In addition to Calamos Investments and Continental Audi of Naperville, the Naperville Wine Festival is sponsored by: Wells Fargo Advisors; Whole Foods; Petersons Wine & Spirits; BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois; Stella Artois, Hoegaarden and Leffe; Hotel Arista; Pepsi and Aquafina.

    Naperville Wine Festival Map

    Naperville Wine Festival Map

    Naperville Wine Festival Map

 

Location: Calamos Investments, Naperville, IL 60563
Start Date/Time: August 23, 2013 – 4 pm
End Date/Time: August 24, 2013 – 11 pm

A celebration of wine, food, music and friends with a wide array of wines to choose from and food from some of Naperville’s most popular restaurants.  Friday 4 pm – 10 pm, and Saturday 3 pm  – 9 pm.

 

 

Hess Winery

Hook and Ladder Winery

From author: "From left to right: Iron Ho...

From author: “From left to right: Iron Horse 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon Testarossa 2006 Garys’ Vineyard Syrah Calera 2006 Ryan Pinot Noir Chateau Montelena 2007 Chardonnay Ridge 2007 Zinfandel” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Tickets: Adult Wine Tasting Ticket – One day admission
$28 in advance or $35 at the door.
Admission ticket good for either day. This ticket includes a souvenir wine glass, ten tastings, Festival Program, Food & Wine seminars, cooking demonstrations, musical entertainment, and the opportunity to purchase wine at a discount.Designated Driver Ticket – One day admission
$10 in advance or at the door.
Admission ticket good for either day. This ticket includes two non-alcoholic drinks, Festival Program, Food & Wine seminars, cooking demonstrations, musical entertainment, souvenir wine glass upon departure. Under 21 admitted free when accompanied by paid adult.

Assortment of wine from Domaine Chandon in Yar...

Assortment of wine from Domaine Chandon in Yarra Australia showing their sparkling Chardonnay and Pinot noir wine as well as a still pinot noir. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Local chefs will offer foodies an opportunity to taste some of their cuisine. Here’s a list of the restaurants that will be serving food at the 2012 event:

Caoba Mexican Grill and Bar 1619 N. Damen Avenue Chicago, IL 60647 773-342-2622 www.caobachicago.comCityGate Grille 2020 Calamos Court Naperville, IL 60563 630-718-1010 www.citygategrille.com
Heaven on Seven 224 S. Main Street Naperville, IL 60540 630-717-0777 www.heavenonseven.com/napervilleLe Chocolat Bouchard 129 S. Washington   Street Naperville, IL 60540 630-355-5720 www.lechocolatbar.com
SugarToad Restaurant2139 Citygate Lane Naperville, IL 60563630-778-8623 www.sugartoad.comSullivan’s Steakhouse 244 S. Main Street Naperville, IL 60540 630-305-0230 www.sullivansteakhouse.com

The outdoor festival will feature more than 200 wines from around the country and the world with wine seminars and cooking demonstrations. For a nominal charge you can sample pinot Noirs, Cabernet Sauvignons, Merlots and chardonnay wine from various regions.

Here’s a complete list of the wineries and distributors that will be attending the 2012 event:

Peterson    Spirits and Fine Wines
Valley of the Moon Pinot Blanc
Lake Sonoma Chardonnay
Kenwood Table Red
Peterson Zero Manipulation
Peterson Dry Creek Zinfandel
Cantina Aurora Dolce Stilnovo

Peterson    Spirits and Fine Wines
Villa Puccini Pinot Grigio
Villa Puccini Tuscan Red
Entwine Pinot Grigio
Entwine Chardonnay
Entwine Merlot
Entwine Cabernet Sauvingon
Haus    Wines
Schug Sauvignon Blanc
Cline Albarino
Cline Field Blend
Scott Harvey Red Label Barbera
Scott Harvey Red Label Zinfandel
Schug Pinot Noir

Jarvis-Tomei
Coloma Chardonnay
Lady Slipper Pinot Noir
Nomad Red Blend
Tomei Barbera
Jarvis Tomei Syrah
Lonati Moscato d’Asti
Essential    Wines
Arabella Chenin Blanc
Enon Chardonnay
Arabella Viognier
Arabella Merlot
Arabella Cabernet Sauvignon
Grinder Pinotage

Laird    and Company
Moletto Prosecco
Stival Pinot Grigio
Lunae Vermentino
La Pisara Primativo
Pietrafitta Chianti
Moletto Refosco

Wine    Cru
Secret Coast Sauvignon Blanc
Bennett Lane Maximus White
Prezzolini Chianti
Zolo Malbec
Zolo Cabernet Sauvignon
Bennett Lane Maximus Red
Eola    Hills
Eola Hills Pinot Gris
Eola Hills Chardonnay
Eola Hills “La Ceole” Reserve    Chardonnay
Eola Hills Pinot Noir
Eola Hills “La Creole” Reserve Pinot Noir
Eola Hills Vin d’Or LH Sauvignon Blanc
Martin    Ray Winery
Angeline Sauvignon Blanc
Martin Ray Chardonnay
Angeline California Pinot Noir
Martin Ray Pinot Noir
Angeline Cabernet Sauvignon
Martin Ray Merlot

Cabernet    Corp
La Playa Sauvignon Blanc
Don Rodolfo Torrentes
La Playa Cabernet Rose
La Playa Cabernet Sauvignon
La Playa Block Selection Carmenere
Don Rodolfo Malbec
Ventana    Winery
Ventana Riesling
Ventana Sauvignon Blanc
Ventana Gewurztraminer
Ventana Pinot Noir
Ventana Rubystone Syrah/Grenache
Ventana Syrah

Broadbent    Selections
Broadbent Vino Verde
Broadbent Gruner Veltliner
Dr. Hermann H Riesling
Chateau Musar Rouge
Quintas do Crasto Flor
Warwick Three Cape Ladies
Small    Vineyards
Trevisiol Extra Dry Prosecco
Tre Donne La Perlina Moscato d’Asti
Giocato Pinot Grigio
Perazzeta Sangiovese
Palama Negroamaro
Antonio Sanguineti Nessun Dorma Red

Fess    Parker Family of Wines
Fess Parker SBC Riesling
Fess Parker SBC Chardonnay
Parker Station Pinot Noir
Fess Parker SBC Pinot Noir
Hodge du Podge Red
Big Easy Syrah
Vinilandia
Good Pinot Grigio
Belpoggio Verdicchio DOC
Nicolis Valpolicella Classico
Poggio Amorelli Chianti Classico
Villa Donna Moscato d’Asti
Scagliola Petali Di Rose Brachetto
Hahn/Other    Guys
Huntington Sauvignon Blanc
Cycles Gladiator Pinot Grigio
White Knight Viognier
Cycles Gladiator Syrah
Leese Fitch Pinot Noir
Plungerhead Lodi Zinfandel
Duck Pond Winery
Duck Pond Pinot Gris
Duck Pond White Blend
Duck Pond Pinot Noir
Duck Pond Red Blend
Desert Wind Ruah
Desert Wind Barbera
Hook and    Ladder Winery
Hook and Ladder Chardonnay
Hook and Ladder Pinot Noir
Station Ten Zinfandel Blend
Hook and Ladder Zinfandel
The Tillerman Cab Blend
Hook and Ladder Cabernet Sauvignon

E&J    Gallo
La Marca Prosecco
Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc
Martin Codax Albarino
Las Rocas Garnacha
Bridlewood Cabernet Sauvignon
Louis Martini  Cabernet Sauvignon
E&J    Gallo
Laguna Chardonnay
William Hill Chardonnay
Bridlewood Blend 175
MacMurray Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
William Hill Napa Cabernet Sauvignon
Gascon Reserve Malbec

Kobrand
Domaine Carneros Sparkling Brut
Craggy Range Sauvignon Blanc
Benziger Sangicamo Chardonnay
Domaine Carneros Pinot Noir
Benziger Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon
Sequoia Grove Cabernet Sauvignon
Pinnacle    Fine Wines
Long Boat Sauvignon Blanc
La Crema Monterey Chardonnay
Gaga Rose
Gaga Rouge
Calina Carmenere
Arrowood Cabernet Sauvignon
Bronco    Wine
Silver Ridge Sauvingon Blanc
Silver Ridge Chardonnay
Silver Ridge Pinot Noir
Hacienda Riesling
Hacienda Merlot
Hacienda Cabernet Sauvignon

Maritime
Graham Beck Brut Sparkling
Jules Taylor Sauvignon Blanc
Skyleaf Riesling
Graham Beck Game Res. Chenin Blanc
Jules Taylor Pinot Noir
Graham Beck Game Res. Cabernet

Wente
Hayes Chardonnay
Wente Riva Ranch Chardonnay
2009 Tamas Double Decker Red
Wente Reliz Creek Pinot Noir
Spur Meritage
Wente Charles Wetmore Cabernet
Quintesential    Wines
New Age Rose
New AgeWhite
Elsa Bianchi Torrentes
Simonsig Chenin Blanc
Grand Rojo Garnacha
Morse Code Shiraz

Prestige    Wine Group
Starling Castle Riesling
Michel Picard Vouvray
Michel Picard Bourgogne Pinot Noir
Broke Ass Red
Le Grand Noir GSM
Luccio Moscato d’Asti
Jomad    Imports
San Hubberto Torrentes
San Hubberto Reserve Chardonnay
San Huberto Bonarda
San Huberto Malbec
San Huberto Reserve Syrah
San Huberto Cabernet Sauvignon

Cartlidge    and Browne Winery
Cartlidge and Browne Sauvignon Blanc
Cartlidge and Browne Chardonnay
Cartlidge and Browne Pinot Noir
Cartlidge and Browne Zinfandel
Cartlidge and Browne Cabernet
C&B Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Vibrant    Rioja
Cortijo White
Cortijo Rose
Ramon Bilboa
Ramon Bilboa Limited Edition
Gloriso Reserva
Campo Viejo Gran Reserva

CIV
Vina Arnaiz Roble Tinto
Salneval Albarino
Antano Virura
Conde de Valdemar Reserve
Opera Prima Moscato
Don Simon Sangria
V2 Wine    Group
Toad Hollow Risque Sparkling
Dry Creek Chenin Blanc
Dry Creek Sauvignon Blanc
Steel Head Chardonnay
Steel Head Pinot Noir
Dry Creek Meritage

Indigo    Wine Group
Bon Cap The Ruins Organic Sparkling
Bon Cap The Ruins Organic Sauvignon Blanc
Bon Cap The Ruins Organic Syrah/Cab
Robertson Shiraz/Mouvedre/Viognier
Casa de Campo Moscato
Robertson Sweet Red
Classical Wines
Mont Marcal Cava Rosada Brut
Legado del Conde Morgadio Albarino
Bodegas Garci Grande Verdejo
Guelbenzu Red
Lorinon Crianza
Carchelo “C”

Lagnaippe    Beverage
Boomtown Pinot Gris
Schild Estate Chardonnay
Schild Estate GMS
Dexter Lake Red
Boomtown Syrah
Revah Pomegranite
Maverick
Alias Chardonnay
Cannonball Chardonnay
Alias Merlot
Cannonball Merlot
Alias Cabernet Sauvignon
Cannonball Cabernet Sauvignon

Cape    Classics
Buitenverwachting Beyond Sauv Blanc
Indaba Chardonnay
Mulderbosch Rose
Buitenverwachting Beyond Cabernet
Mulderbosch Faithful Hound Red
Jam Jar Shiraz
Robert    Kacher/Winebow
Tariquet Classique
Tariquet Rose de Pressee
Clean Slate Riesling
Gournier Grenache Noir
Cazes le Canon du Marechal Rouge
Root 1 Carmenere

Winebow
Kris Pinot Grigio
Argiolas Costamolino
Catena Chardonnay
Valle Reale Vigne Nuove    Montepulciano
Allegrini Palacco Della Torre
Catena Malbec
Palm Bay
Twin Vines Vinho Verde
Arrogant Frog White
Arrogant Frog Pinot Noir
Arrogant Frog Lily Pad Red
Periquita Duoro Red
Santa Rita Reserve Malbec

Hess
Peter Lehmen Layers White
Glen Carlou Chardonnay
Peter Lehmen Layers Red
Sequana “Sarmento” Pinot Noir
Artezin Zinfandel
Amalaya Malbec Blend

Sequana Pinot Noir

Sequana Pinot Noir

Boisset
L. Buillot Rose
DeLoach Heritage Chardonnay
Lyeth ‘Fleur de Lyeth’ Red Blend
Raymond ‘R’ Merlot
Raymond ‘R’ Field Blend
Batoisiolo Moscato d’Asti

Winesellers
Francois Lurton Blanco
Tortoise Creek Pinot Noir
Santa Julia Reserva Cabernet
Tortoise Creek Zinfandel
Araucano Carmenere
Familia Zuccardi  Q Malbec
Heritage
Hirschbach & Sohne Liebfraumilch
Lucky Star Pinot Noir
Milbrandt Traditions Merlot
Oxford Landing GSM
Oxford Landing Shiraz
Bricco Riella Moscato d’Asti

Diamond    Imports
Domaine Sigalas Athiri/Assyrtiko Blend
Domaine Sigalas Assyrtiko
Domaine Skouras White
Domaine Skouras Moscofilero
Domaine Skouras St. George
Alpha Estate Xinomavro Hedgehog Vnyd
CLD
Sidewood Sauvignon Blanc
Deviation Road Chardonnay
The Garden Path Shiraz/Cab
Smidge Houdini Shiraz/Zin
Deaf Galah Red
Alliance Shiraz

Opolo    Winery
Opolo Chardonnay
Opolo Viognier
Opolo Sangiovese
Opolo Maestro
Opolo Summit Creek Zinfandel
Opolo Serenade Cab/Malbec
Underdog    Wine Merchants
A Mano Pinot Grigio
Concannon Conservancy Chardonnay
Concannon Conservancy Crimson &    Clover
Cupcake Red Velvet
Flip Flop Moscato
Helfrich Gewurztraminer

Barefoot    Wine and Bubbly
Barefoot Pinot Grigio
Barefoot Bubbly Brut
Barefoot Bubbly Pink Moscato
Barefoot Bubbly Moscato Spumante
Barefoot Moscato
Barefoot Sweet Red
Easley    Winery
Reggae White
Reggae Rose
Reggae Red

Evaton, Inc
Anakena Sauvignon Blanc
Gazela Vino Verde
Gazela Rose
Finca Flichman Cabernet Sauvignon
Finca Flichman Reserve Malbec
Finca Flichman Tupungato
Lynfred    Winery
Vin de City White
Vin de City Red
Illinois Seyval Blanc
Oktoberfest Wine
Rose
Plum Wine

St.    James Winery
Velvet White
Velvet Red
Cherry
Blackberry
Blueberry
Strawberry
Raspberry
Cooper’s Hawk    Restaurant & Winery
Almond Sparkling
Semi-Dry Riesling
Cooper’s Hawk White
Barbera
Cabernets
Rhubarb Fruit Wine
Cass Winery

Cass Winery

Cass Winery

2010 Oasis Rose
2010 Roussanne
2009 Grenache
2009 Mourvedre
2008 Syrah
2008 Cabernet Sauvignon
2008 Cass Reserve

Constellation Wines
Blufield Riesling
Nobilo Sauvignon Blanc
Estancia Pinot Grigio
Toasted Head Untamed White
Diseno Malbec
Primal Roots Red Blend

Wine Festival

The ticket includes a souvenir wine glass, ten tastings, Festival Program, Food & Wine seminars, cooking demonstrations, musical entertainment and the opportunity to purchase wine at a discount.

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides and Apps @ www.vino-con-vista.com and attend many food and wine events.

Last year, I fell in love with Cass Winery’s Reserve and had a case shipped to my home from the winery. Try the Cooper’s Hawk Barbera; it’s from a local winery near Naperville.

Naperville Wine Festival

Naperville Wine Festival

For more information visit http://www.napervillewinefestival.com

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International Pinot Noir Celebration 2014 in McMinnville Oregon

Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir (Photo credit: naotakem)

Assortment of wines from Oregon producer Domai...

Assortment of wines from Oregon producer Domaine Drouhin (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In the Oregon Willamette Valley wine region of...

In the Oregon Willamette Valley wine region of the Dundee Hills (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Oregon Pinot noir wine from Bergstrom in the Willamette Valley (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Attend the  28th Annual International Pinot Noir Celebration in McMinnville Oregon!

WHEN: July 25 – 27, 2014
This spectacular three-day event is for Pinot Noir and northwest cuisine enthusiasts. “During the weekend, world-renowned winemakers, northwest chefs, esteemed media, epicures and wine lovers will gather in McMinnville, Oregon.”

Taste Grand Cru Burgundy in Oregon’s lush vineyards.

Register Online or by phone at 800-775-4762.

English: Melrose Hall at Linfield College in M...

English: Melrose Hall at Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

WHERE: Linfield College

Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir (Photo credit: naotakem)

Taste selections from 70 international producers with more than 250 wines.This event features Pinot noirs from around the globe including Burgundy and the Willamette Valley. Take a guided stroll through the lovely vineyards.

Français : Bouteille de Pinot noir à la Cave v...

Français : Bouteille de Pinot noir à la Cave vinicole de Cleebourg (Bas-Rhin) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The salmon bake

The salmon bake (Photo credit: Thad Westhusing)

Visit www.ipnc.org for more information.

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides and Travel Apps @ www.vino-con-vista.com

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Check Out the Spruce Goose at the McMinnville Wine and Food Classic 2014

English: Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum in ...

English: Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum in McMinnville, Oregon, USA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The four port engines on the Spruce Goose - Ho...

Check Out the Spruce Goose at the McMinnville Food and Wine Classic 2012. The Hercules is the largest flying boat ever built. It has the largest wingspan of any aircraft in history. It resides at the Evergreen Aviation Museum in McMinnville, Oregon.

The Hughes H-4 Hercules with Howard Hughes at ...

The Hughes H-4 Hercules with Howard Hughes at the controls (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: The inside of the Spruce Goose, Everg...

English: The inside of the Spruce Goose, Evergreen Aviation Museum, McMinnville OR (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Nose, cockpit, and four starboard engines of t...

Nose, cockpit, and four starboard engines of the Spruce Goose (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The McMinnville Wine & Food Classic is a benefit for the students of St. James Catholic School!

2014 Event Times
  • Friday, March 7th    3pm – 9pm
  • Saturday, March 8th   12pm – 9pm
  • Sunday, March 9th   12pm – 5pm
Ticket Types and Quantities
(1) General Admission $17.00 USD(2) General Admission $34.00 USD(3) General Admission $51.00 USD(1) Senior or Designated Driver Admission $15.00 USD(2) Senior or Designated Driver Admission $30.00 USD(3) Senior or Designated Driver Admission $45.00 USD(1) 3 Day Pass $32.00 USD(2) 3 Day Pass $64.00 USD(3) 3 Day Pass $96.00 USD
Print Receipt As Event Ticket

Enjoy the culinary variety and relaxed atmosphere. Watch some of the area’s best Chefs in the Northwest demonstrate their skills. Talk with winemakers and vintners. Purchase by the taste, glass, bottle or case.

First 1000 Attendees will receive a free wine glass on Friday. See you at the Evergreen Space Museum!

PayPal Users print your EMAIL CONFIRMATION for your proof of purchase, as this will be your ticket into the event.  Admission into the event does not include tasting fees.  If you choose to park at the museum you will need $7 in cash.  No strollers are allowed at the event.  Event coordinators reserve the right to refuse service or refunds to anyone.

This three-day Food and Wine Classic will be held in the heart of Oregon’s wine country. The event features 160 of the state’s best wineries, restaurants and plenty of arts & crafts.

WHERE:  Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum  in McMinnville Oregon

English: Hughes H-4 Hercules 'Spruce Goose'.

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This year’s event will be held at thewhere the famous “Spruce Goose” lives. The Hughes H-4 Hercules  a.k.a. “Spruce Goose” is a prototype of a heavy transport aircraft designed and built by the Hughes Aircraft company.  The aircraft made its only flight on November 2, 1947. It was made out of wood since there was a wartime raw material restriction on the use of aluminum. It was nicknamed the “Spruce Goose” by critics, even though it was made almost entirely of birch.

English: Howard Hughes piloting Spruce Goose.

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As you gaze at the “Spuce Goose”, you can enjoy wines by the glass. There will be live music and chef demonstrations.

English: Hotel Oregon in Downtown in McMinnvil...

English: Hotel Oregon in Downtown in McMinnville, Oregon, USA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Shuttle bus service will be provided from participating hotels including the McMenamins Hotel Oregon.  

For more information, call the Wine Line at 503-472-4033 or visit www.sipclassic.org

An SR-71 Blackbird under the wing of the Spruc...

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You may also want to mark your calendars for the Annual International Pinot Festival 2014 that will take place in McMinnville Oregon in July at Linfield College.

Pinot Noir devotees will have the opportunity to taste the best selections from 70 international producers with and more than 250 wines. During the weekend, attendees can enjoy a guided stroll through vineyards with two grand tastingsand a traditional Northwest Salmon Bake.

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Admission to the full weekend’s events, except The Passport to Pinot tasting, is $975 per person. Individual events range from $100-$150 per person.

For tickets and information, call 800-755-4762 or visit www.ipnc.org

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com

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I Love “III Forks” for Steak in Chicago’s Lakeshore East Neighborhood

III FOrks in Lakeshore East

English: The Chandler in Lakeshore East, Chicago

English: The Chandler in Lakeshore East, Chicago (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

III Forks Chicago opened in the Fall of 2012 near the Village Market at Lakeshore East (Upper Randolph and Field, one block east of Columbus). This Prime Steakhouse  is located at 333 East Benton Place. Call (312) 938-4303  for reservations. For more information visit: www.iiiforks.com

Here’s the incredible $44 Chicago Restaurant Week 

English: The Tides building in Lakeshore East,...

English: The Tides building in Lakeshore East, Chicago (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Menu:

First Course: Loaded Baked Potatoe soup with house-smoked applewood bacon, scallions and Prairie Breeze aged cheddar or

Caesar Salad with char-roasted red peppers and shaved Sartori Espresso Bellavitano parmesan cheese

Entree Choice: USDA Prime Filet Mignon with red wine shallot sauce and whipped potatoes or

Pan Seared Atlantic Salmon with beurre meuniere sauce and wild rice or

Prime Double Cut Pork Chop with Serrano peach barbeque and aged balsamic glaze and whipped potatoes

Dessert: Makers Mark Bourbon Bread Pudding with cinnamon ice cream and Texas pecan caramel sauce

Makers Mark Bourbon Bread Pudding

For Restaurant Week, ask about the special Tequila Program in celebration of National Margarita Day. From February 17th-23rd, they are “featuring 3 special ways to drink 3 special tequilas.” Try some Avion Reposado Tequila.

Try some Tequila during Restaurant Week

Avion Reposado Tequila

The swanky Chicago outpost of the Dallas-based contemporary steakhouse group has expansive floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Lake Shore East Park. In April, you can have a fabulous Vino con Vista from the luxurious open-air rooftop on the second floor. For the perfect rooftop Vino con Vista, order a bottle of 2010 Belle Glos Meiomi Pinot Noir from Santa Barbara County as you gaze at the twinkling lights in LakeShore East.

Meiomi Pinot Noir at III Forks

III Forks in Chicago

Mosaic Columns at III Forks

III Forks has an elegant glass-enclosed wine room with 300-400 bottles. You can peruse the wine list on their iPad. I loved doing that!

There is a cozy two-sided fireplace and plenty of space available for Private Parties.  I loved the mosaic columns that decorated the dining room.

Fire Place at III Forks in Chicago

Glass Enclosed Wine Room at III Forks

The regular menu consists primarily of USDA prime beef, with an in-house butcher cutting the filets and strip steaks to order. There’s an interesting selection of seafood, such as sea bass, salmon and coldwater lobster.

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com. Read my “Related Articles” for more Restaurant Week options.

Buon Appetito!!

III Forks Restaurant in Chicago

III Forks in Chicago’s Lakeshore East

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