Archive for the ‘non-beer’ Category

Grape sorting round-up, plus thoughts on beer blogging

October 7, 2009

Yesterday’s grape sorting went well, I think.  Seven of us—three winemakers and four volunteers—processed 9 or 10 tons of fruit from a vineyard in the Eola-Amity Hills.



Dabbling With the Dark Side

October 6, 2009

Portland is a serious beer town; there’s just no denying it. Our proximity and access to the raw materials of brewing—good grain, fresh hops, and a municipal water supply that is clean and soft—inspire one of the most vibrant beer cultures in the world.

But we’re also a short drive from the Burgundian climates of the Willamette Valley, which produces top-notch Pinot Noir (among other things). The Oregon wine industry has grown steadily since 1966, when Eyrie Vineyards founder David Lett planted the first Pinot Noir vines in Oregon.