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The Gran Moraine Tasting Room in Yamhill, Oregon has spectacular views & a lovely patio to enjoy while sipping on their Pinot Noir, Chardonnay & Rosé wine.

FEAST Portland 2017 – Wine Watch

Last year was my first year attending FEAST Portland and I learned quickly that this event for foodies is actually just as much for wine lovers too! I could not believe the number of amazing wineries that were pouring at the Grand Tasting. And they weren’t just pouring their entry level bottles either – Many of them opened the really good stuff. Bottles that are $100+!

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While most of the events for FEAST Portland 2017 are already sold out, you can still scoop up tickets for the Friday Grand Tasting on September 15th which runs from 1-5pm at the Pioneer Courthouse Square. $65 gets you into the event and covers all your food and drink – A fantastic deal if you ask me. Especially if you consider that a tasting at just one winery would run you around $15. Here you get to sample wines from over 30 wineries all in one place.

I have to say that I’ve been to many wine events and festivals throughout Oregon, and this is one of the few events where you get to sample wines from the best of the best. The wineries pouring at FEAST are all top notch.

Here’s a list of my Top 10 Wineries to visit during the FEAST Portland Grand Tasting, although you really can’t go wrong with any of them – The entire lineup is fantastic. You’ll find a lot of elegant pinot noirs coming out of Oregon, some heavier red wines from Walla Walla producers, and maybe even (fingers crossed) – some rosés here and there.

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Feast Portland 2017 – What I’m Most Looking Forward to this Year

FEAST Portland is almost here again!!! To say that I cannot wait is an understatement. Last year was my first year attending FEAST and it was one of the most fantastic events I’ve ever attended. The food, the venues, the meeting up with other bloggers, the wine!

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Here’s what I’m most looking forward to this year at FEAST Portland:

Grand Tasting – Friday & Saturday

The grand tasting is where you get to taste and experience it all. Held in the Pioneer Courthouse Square in the heart of downtown Portland, you’ll find 80+ vendors including local chocolate producers,  cheese makers, breweries and wineries. Heads up – Tickets are still available for the Friday Grand Tasting and I say that that’s the prime day to go because the crowds are slightly smaller. Tickets are $65 and are so worth it. Reason? All the primo Oregon wineries are there pouring some of their best bottles. Be on the look out for Anne Amie, Domaine Drouhin, Hazelfern Cellars, Soter, Sokol Blosser and Ponzi.

 

Night Market 

The pictures that I’ve seen from this event in the past look absolutely spectacular. Stringed lights set the scene for this high-energy Latin influenced event that takes place at Tillikum Crossing. I’m looking forward the creative cocktails and interesting bites produced by some of our best local chefs.

FEAST Portland 2016
Photo Credit: John Valls

Cook and Capture: Camera-Ready Cooking at Home

This one is right up my alley as a food blogger and photographer. I’ve been following Meatballs Mama for quite some time now on Instagram and I cannot wait for this experience to learn from her on how best to capture food photographs.

As of right now, tickets are still available for several FEAST Portland events, including the Sandwich Invitational which I attended last year. I highly recommend it – Just be sure to go hungry! Hop on over to the FEAST Portland website to scoop up tickets for the last remaining events soon. I hope to see you there!

FEAST Portland 2016
Photo Credit: Eva Flores

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14 of the best chefs in the country pulled up their tube socks for the 2016 FEAST Sandwich Invitational at the RoseQuarter Commons in Portland, Oregon! | platingsandpairings.com

FEAST Sandwich Invitational 2016

The 2016 FEAST Sandwich Invitational was held on Thursday, September 15th at the RoseQuarter Commons. It was my first FEAST event, and it didn’t disappoint! 14 of the best chefs in the country pulled up their tube socks for the annual sandwich showdown.

14 of the best chefs in the country pulled up their tube socks for the 2016 FEAST Sandwich Invitational at the RoseQuarter Commons in Portland, Oregon! | platingsandpairings.com

Columbia Crest, Double, Double Canyon, INTRINSIC, Seven Falls Cellars and St. Michelle Wine Estates were all there pouring their best bottles, along with some fantastic cocktails from Don Julio, Hendrick’s Gin, House Spirits Distillery, and Rachel’s Ginger Beer.

Like all of FEAST events, the net proceeds of the Sandwich Invitational go towards ending childhood hunger in Oregon through Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon. Over the last four years, Feast has raised over $230,000 to help end childhood hunger. Pretty awesome!

14 of the best chefs in the country pulled up their tube socks for the 2016 FEAST Sandwich Invitational at the RoseQuarter Commons in Portland, Oregon! | platingsandpairings.com

I was lucky enough to have my friend Deann join me on this eating adventure and all of the amazing photographs are courtesy of her. Here’s our journey – In photographs:

Duck club with boar bacon, frisee, quince mayo and green onion relish from Bunk Sandwiches.

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Gin & Tonics courtesy of Hendrick’s Gin.

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Bacon Kimcheese Dog by Sarah Schafer of Irving St Kitchen

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Filet-O-Fish by Ryan Fox – Nomad.PDX: This one was pretty awesome. Who doesn’t sneak one of these from Micky D’s every once in a while…? A bit hit at the event!

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Moscow Mules using Rachel’s Ginger Beer – These were fantastic!!! I hear that they are opening up shop in SE Portland this Fall!

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Ghost Hill Cellars in Carlton, Oregon has a story to tell – And it’s not just about ghosts. This is a story of family, farming and Pinot Noir | platingsandpairings.com

Ghost Hill Cellars Wine Tasting #WineWednesday

Ghost Hill Cellars in Carlton, Oregon has a story to tell – And it’s not just about ghosts. This is a story of family, farming and Pinot Noir.

Ghost Hill Cellars in Carlton, Oregon has a story to tell – And it’s not just about ghosts. This is a story of family, farming and Pinot Noir | platingsandpairings.com

Ghost Hill Cellars in Carlton, Oregon has a story to tell – And it’s not just about ghosts. This is a story of family, farming and Pinot Noir | platingsandpairings.com

First thing’s first – Why the name? Is there really a ghost? Yep! Legend has it that during Oregon’s gold rush in the late 1800s, a miner travelling to Portland camped for the night at the top of what is now known as Ghost Hill. During his sleep, someone invaded the camp, killed the miner and horse, and ran off with his stash of gold. It’s said that that miner can still be seen to this day, wandering the hill, searching for his stolen gold. Spooky, right? I don’t think I want to be around once the sun goes down…

When the sun goes down I want to be enjoying a bottle of Ghost Hill Cellar’s Pinot Noir Blanc and watching an episode of the Real Housewives.

Ghost Hill Cellars in Carlton, Oregon has a story to tell – And it’s not just about ghosts. This is a story of family, farming and Pinot Noir | platingsandpairings.com

Ghost Hill Cellars in Carlton, Oregon has a story to tell – And it’s not just about ghosts. This is a story of family, farming and Pinot Noir | platingsandpairings.com

Pinot Noir is what Ghost Hill Cellars does. Their wines are produced from 100 percent estate grown fruit and their 1,000 case a year portfolio includes a Pinot Noir Rosé, Pinot Noir Blanc, a Pinot Noir labeled with the Bayliss-Bower single-vineyard designation, and a Prospector’s Reserve Pinot Noir.

Ghost Hill Cellars is truly a family affair. Mike Bayliss is a fourth-generation farmer of this land in the Northern Willamette Valley. He and his wife, Drenda, live in the same farmhouse he grew up in, which is located onsite, just next to the recently opened small tasting room which was hand built by Mike and his son, Michael. It features a sliding barn door and reclaimed windows from the nearby Trappist Abbey Church.

Ghost Hill Cellars in Carlton, Oregon has a story to tell – And it’s not just about ghosts. This is a story of family, farming and Pinot Noir | platingsandpairings.com

Ghost Hill Cellars in Carlton, Oregon has a story to tell – And it’s not just about ghosts. This is a story of family, farming and Pinot Noir | platingsandpairings.com

Ghost Hill Cellars in Carlton, Oregon has a story to tell – And it’s not just about ghosts. This is a story of family, farming and Pinot Noir | platingsandpairings.com

Ghost Hill Cellars in Carlton, Oregon has a story to tell – And it’s not just about ghosts. This is a story of family, farming and Pinot Noir | platingsandpairings.com

Drenda and Mike have been married since 1967, and have been through a lot together. As a farming family, there have been tough times, and times when they were not sure if they would be able to maintain the farm that has been in the Bayliss family for 100+ years. It was Drenda’s idea to plant a vineyard, sell the grapes, and in time, make wine. Continue Reading “Ghost Hill Cellars Wine Tasting #WineWednesday”