Portland’s Wine Bike Piqniq Hosts Event at The Fields Park
Saturday, July 11, 2015
Once a month, WBP meets at a different park around Portland and this month, WBP will be meeting on Thursday, July 16 at The Fields Park from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The event originally started as a simple idea: biking to city parks, drinking wine and enjoying a picnic with fellow community members. This idea eventually spread and has traveled to different places including San Francisco, Berlin and Budapest.
The Fields Park is located on 1099 NW Overton Street. For more information about the event click here.
Related Slideshow: Great Oregon Wineries Outside the Willamette Valley
The orchards around Milton-Freewater produce some of the best apples in the world. Over the last several decades, the Brown family has developed a reputation for producing some of the highest-quality fruit in the region. And their Blue Mountain Cider Company is renowned for its hard ciders. Andrew Brown is the second-generation winemaker (and cidermaker) leading the way. Whether it’s the classic
Bordeaux blends or single-varietal wines like Mourvèdre and Petit Verdot, Watermill’s wines are a showcase for the Milton-Freewater area.
Don Carlo Vineyard
Lori Kennedy grew up making wine with her grandfather, Carlo. An Italian immigrant in
Seattle, Carlo had grapes sent by train every year from Lodi, California. With young Lori beside him, he made wine to last the family all year long. Named in honor of Lori’s grandfather, Don Carlo wines are among the finest examples of what we’re going to get from the new Rocks AVA.
Don Carlo Vineyard
2012 Estate Chardonnay
Walla Walla Valley
Elkton is a small town (population: 194) at the north end of the Umpqua Valley. Situated between Eugene and the Oregon Coast, it’s colder and wetter than much of the Umpqua. And it’s for that reason that, in 2013, the Elkton AVA was recognized.
John Bradley planted his first grapes in 1983 but didn’t produce his own wine until 2003, when a winery refused to take delivery of a truckload of Pinot Noir. Bradley called the winemakers at River’s Edge (for whom he had managed the vineyard) and they collaborated right then to make the first Bradley Pinot Noir. Last year, John passed away unexpectedly at age 65. Today, the Bradley label is still going strong, producing wines under the leadership of his wife, Bonnie, and their two adult children, Tyler and Rachel.
2010 Pinot Noir
Winemaker Rich Cushman is a Hood River native, and after studying viticulture at UC
Davis and apprenticing in Germany, he decided that he was “a Hood River boy” and turned down job offers that would take him out of Oregon.
While in Germany, Cushman fell in love with Riesling and in 1981, he planted his first vines – still growing strong right next door to the Viento tasting room. As he says, “The vines are now getting old and gnarly but are producing wonderful quality fruit.” And that makes Viento Wines an excellent sample of what you’ll find in and around Hood River.
2011 Dry Riesling
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