Join us on April 14th in Portland’s beautiful Pearl District for Battle of the Pinot’s 2018!
All proceeds benefit the Oregon Crusaders, a Portland-based, life-changing and immersive youth performing arts organization that serves over 250 young people ages 14-21 each year.
Battle of the Pinots is an evening of education and entertainment, celebrating Oregon’s Pinot Noir region. The evening will feature a professional tasting and educational session, followed by pairings of Oregon Pinot Noir with a wonderful catered dinner. Attendees will be able to bid on extraordinary Pinots from our region.
Hosted in the beautiful Historic Johnson St. Building in Portland’s Pearl District
We’re very pleased to present our Featured Wineries for our 2018 event!
The Lange Family owns 60 acres of land on three properties here in the Dundee Hills. A total of 45 acres are planted with a mix of Pinot noir, Pinot gris, and Chardonnay vines. The original Lange Estate Vineyard (30 acres) was purchased in 1987 and first planted in 1988 with a mix of all three varietals. The Mia Block (15 acres) was purchased in 2003 and first planted in 2004 with Pinot noir vines. Redside Vineyard (15 acres) was purchased in 2006 and first planted in 2007 with Pinot noir vines.
Lange Estate Winery is proud to be a located in the prestigious Dundee Hills Appellation, which is known for its volcanic soils (Jory and Nekia). These soils are deep and provide good drainage. Grapevine roots are encouraged to grow deep into the earth where the rich soils can provide nourishment. The ideal growing conditions provided by the soil, elevation, and climate of the Dundee Hills produce consistently excellent wines.
Laurel Ridge Winery
In 1974, long before Oregon had its booming modern wine industry, Laurel Ridge Winery founder David Teppola purchased a 240-acre farm just east of Carlton, Oregon. With its perfect southern exposure, it looked like an excellent future vineyard site. As luck would have it, the farm was in the heart of what is now one of Oregon’s premier wine-growing regions.
David’s passion for French wine and wine making techniques found a wonderful home inside the winery as his first vintage included Pinot Noir, and méthode champenoise sparkling wine. He had many notable vintages in his first two decades, and in this time the rebirth of the Oregon wine industry took hold. By 2006, David’s convictions about his Willakenzie Loam vineyard site were borne out. The Yamhill-Carlton AVA was approved as a sub-appellation of the Willamette Valley AVA and the wines from it began to distinguish Willakenzie Loam as a soil that consistently produces premier, award-winning, and distinct Pinot Noir.
Anam Cara Cellars
Located on a southeast-facing slope of the Willamette Valley’s Chehalem Mountains AVA in the hills above Newberg, Oregon, Anam Cara vineyard was first planted by Nick and Sheila Nicholas in 2001. The elevation varies from 350ft-650ft and the vineyard rows are planted in a north-south direction, benefiting from cool, drying winds through the 99W corridor which keep mildew and frost pressure at bay.
The soils are primarily Loess (wind-blown ice age sediment) with bedrock and outcrops of volcanic Jory soils and deposits from the Missoula floods.
Of the original 27 vineyard acres, five 5-acre blocks are Pinot Noirs planted to Pommard as well as Dijon Clones 114, 115, 667 and 777 on varying rootstocks, as well as an additional acre each of Riesling and Gewurztraminer.
RR wines are drawn from their 164 acre Ridgecrest Vineyards estate, which contains the oldest plantings on Ribbon Ridge. They are not designed for a mass market, but for serious aging and for understanding the potential of this special land mass called Ribbon Ridge. Their concentration, their blackness, their elegance, their textural excitement all stem from the vineyard—its maturity; deep penetration of dry-farmed vines to find rock, nutrients and water; organic farming; limited yield and sensitive fermentation to protect vintage characteristics.
Stylistically, the single Pinot noir will be the masculine counterpart to the choices I make to compose the archetypal feminine Chehalem Reserve.
Dan Johnson, Wine Educator
Originally growing up visiting his grandparents’ California vineyard, Dan would eventually settle in the Willamette Valley and become a level 3 certified expert from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET). Dan and his team at Triangle Wine Country lead tastings and tours in our beautiful wine country. Dan will give some background on Pinot Noir’s success in our region, but then give you a very deep dive into how to pick up the subtleties of the taste. Your palate will never be the same! Triangle Wine Country
Fusion International Catering
Chef Maribel Castaman enjoys fusing traditional recipes from her country of Peru and all of South America with local ingredients, and then bringing a new concept of flavors to the Northwest. Working side by side with her husband, Fusion is a family business that cares greatly for the authenticity of their recipes and is excited to be catering this year’s event! Read more about Fusion.
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Personal Collection Donors
Dr. Philip Marshall
Dr. Gregg Suits
Eola Hills Winery
Carlton Winemaker Studio