Decibel Dan sharing his New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. Dan is so much fun to hang with!
Even the bottle was sweating. A bit hot at Rex Hill on Friday afternoon!
Vines at Rex Hill.
If you haven't met the winery dog, you haven't been to the winery.
Ryan Collins from Rex Hill talking to the group about thinning clusters from the vines.
I love gnarly old vines!
A beautiful place to spend the afternoon!
Michael Davies from Rex Hill talking about the soil profile in the vineyard.
Scott Schull from Raptor Ridge talking about vine health and vineyard practices.
Our hosts from Rex Hill, Raptor Ridge, Ponzi and Le Cadeau setting up flight #2.
Mike Willison from Rex Hill with a whole lotta love for the group in hand!
Whites to cool us off!
Chef Dustin Clark getting the NY Strip just right for dinner.
Killer menu for the dinner at Rex Hill. The corn soup was out of sight!
We know you love us Mike, now open that damn thing!
Twenty year old Pinot that tasted much younger than that. A real treat!
A big thank you to Rex Hill, Raptor Ridge, Ponzi and Le Cadeau!
Another trip where I brought the Moonlight with me. And many folks enjoyed the selection.
This late night pic clearly needed a re-shoot. Or I needed to put the camera down!
Smiles from conference friends with full glasses. Cheers!
The cinnamon rolls from Grand Central Baking were so tasty!
The biscuits they used for the sandwiches were as well.
A beer truck. Portland IS my kind of town!
Margot (on right) with her friend Amy who ventured down from Seattle for a day.
Gotta get your Voodoo on whilst in Portland!
The Maple Bacon doughnut paired with homemade Maple Syrup Dessert wine.
Breakfast of wine blogging champions!
Beer sampler at Bridgeport Brewing. This place has a great space, good food and delicious beer!
SakéOne was on my must hit list and I am so glad we went!
The koji growing room at SakéOne.
Happily fermenting saké.
Enjoying the saké tasting at the end of the tour. SakéOne has an incredible lineup of products!
Thank you SakéOne!
Deschutes Brewing - and all their own beers!
Beer samplers are like taking the pulse of a brewery!
Hard at work studying my subject!
The Oregon coastline is incredibly beautiful and looks much different than home!
That is a whole lotta nothing out there!
Rogue Brewing was also on our radar for the trip.
Margot used to be able to drink that much beer!
Now she just drinks from the kiddie cups!
Loved sampling beers only available at the brewery.
I asked him if needed my address to get that stack of Dead Guy to NH safely. No dice.
More beautiful shoreline views.
We definitely were enjoying our extended vacation.
Not for swimming, just looking at.
There were a few seals in the water not far from the people.
The Yaquina light.
Yup, still enjoying it!
Not too many birds on this day, but they clearly spend time there!
The vineyard at Sokol Blosser.
We stopped in at Dobbes Family Estate for a tasting and more of the story.
The soon to be released Viognier is a real stunner.
Stackable fermentation vessels. I need some of those!
Margot the goofball. We do have a Sonic about an hour from us at home, but we haven't been there.
We got to visit with our friend Allison who recently moved to Portland from CT.
Hip Chicks Do Wine
They are hip chicks and they do wine very well in fact. Very cool concept and excellent values!
Our vote for the best brewery in Portland. They are all so good though!
Lots of choices!
And I think I will try them all! Kentucky Christmas was the most unique one in the lineup!
No visit to Portland is complete without eating at Pok Pok!
The cocktails are inspired and refreshing. A Red Rooster.
The drinking vinegar sodas are so unique! Pomegranate.
I can't remember which drink that is, but Margot enjoyed it!
Fish sauce wings. I've got the recipe and will be recreating this very soon!
Our server was so much fun and clearly a good sport!
Signing off with this. Portland we love you and will be back in 2013!