Not to brag or anything, but Oregon wine is awesome! Oregon is currently home to more than 600 wineries—nearly double the number from only 10 years ago. Rapid expansion and an ever-growing collection of international awards led to the Oregon Wine Board deeming the month of May to be “Oregon Wine Month.” Wineries throughout the state, in conjunction with the Oregon Wine Board, will be offering discounts, sales, promotions and special events every day in the month of May.
Major holidays for drinking: Christmas, Halloween, Valentine’s Day… and International Star Wars Day! Since its first creation in the 1980s, this fan-created holiday held on May 4 (May the Fourth Be With You…) has grown to worldwide fame and practice. Celebrations, events, even Star Wars-themed sitcoms get in on the action.
This coming Monday, taprooms, cafes and even art museums from around the country will be catering to a galaxy far, far away.
If you’re reading this, odds are you’ve thought at least once of how awesome it would be to open a winery, brewery, distillery or cidery. To pack up the box from the boring 9-5 job you hate, and start doing the thing you love: making amazing booze.
With the number of breweries in the United States breaking the 3,000 mark last summer, and hundreds of more to come, it is clear that the craft beer market is ripe for the plucking.
This last weekend marked the fifth annual iteration of TOAST, and the event was well worth the drive down I-5. It brought together more than forty Northwest distillers to pour a wide range of products alongside craft cocktails, non-alcoholic complements (Raft Botanicals, Bradley’s Tonic Co.), coffee from Oregon Coffee Guild members, and mouthwatering bites from five local eateries.
Taste Washington Wine Month caps off with the four-day Taste Washington extravaganza, featuring more than 225 wineries, acclaimed local restaurants, and educational seminars (including the Cider Renaissance seminar with our editor).
But that is not the only way to experience the Taste Washington Wine Month, throughout the 31 days of March numerous wineries, hotels and businesses will be hosting special events and promotions to bring the wonders of Washington wine direct to you.
“Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough.” — Mark Twain
The Pacific Northwest has become a hotbed of local distilleries in recent years. There are currently 27 distilleries producing whiskey in the state of Washington alone, and more on the horizon. But for anyone who wishes to enter into the wonderful world of whiskey, the undertaking can seem rather daunting.
The Willamette Valley has become synonymous with world class wines. Ask experts and fans throughout the world, and Willamette Valley Pinot Noir will be on the top of their list. 2015 is set to be the year where Pinot Noir fans, and fans of Oregon wine, raise a glass to commemorate 50 years of Willamette Valley wines. Wineries throughout the region will be celebrating with special tastings, contests and events throughout the year.
Seattle seems to be getting an early start on summer food festivals. Now in its seventh year running, the city will again host the Seattle Wine & Food Experience on February 22 at the Seattle Center.
The SWFE is first and foremost a tasting event of regional foods and beverages for the 21+ crowd, so show up hungry, thirsty and adventurous.