Monday, April 01, 2013

Columbia Gorge Passport Weekend; April 12 - 14th

From Kelsey Ivey

The Gorge is the gateway to the Columbia River and also the gateway to a world of wine. From rich Italian varietals like Pinot Grigio, Barbera and Nebbiolo at Marchesi Vineyards to soft and spicy Cabernet Sauvignon and red blends at Cor Cellars, the Gorge’s wine country delivers signature options on both banks.

Whether you are a Washington wine fan or an Oregon connoisseur, taste your way through this scenic river valley and let your palate discover the variety of wine layers glass after glass.

To experience – and taste – everything the Gorge has to offer, head east and up river during Passport Weekend, April 12-14, 2013. Enjoy special deals all weekend long such as case discounts, waived tasting fees, special pairings, giveaways and more from the participating wineries. Welcoming in Spring, the Gorge will also be in full bloom and budding with open fruit stands and art galleries so maybe make it a weekend.

To prepare and preview the Gorge passport weekend, make your way to the Good Mood in Portland for the Portland Grand Tasting on April 8, 2013 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. For $25, sip some of the wineries’ offerings, pick up your passport and whet your palate for the weekend to come. Or if you can’t make it to the passport weekend, this is a great event to uncover some of the area’s lesser-known wineries without leaving the city.

A few wines that you don’t want to miss:

1852 The Pines’ Old Vine Zinfandel

With notes of fig, black licorice and pie spices, this wine soothes your

soul from your taste buds to your toes.

Aniche Cellars Atticus

A cofermented blend of Syrah and Viognier, Atticus is a beauty of blackberry, cheery

and a touch of Mexican dark chocolate on the tongue. The wine's mouthfeel is impressive; a full bodied coating of your entire palate.

Cor Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon

Featuring ripe dark fruit flavors, pie spice and long finish, Cor’s Cabernet Sauvignon

kicks back with a balance of rich and soft layers that instantly makes this a classic
dinner wine.

Mt. Hood Winery’s Dry Riesling

Dry like a summer breeze yet with a juicy sweetness, this dry Riesling flourishes

with notes of citrus, melon and pineapple. Bask in the namesake mountain’s glory while
enjoying this wine on a hot afternoon.

Domaine Pouillon’s Katydid

A unique blend of Grenache, Mourvedre, Syrah and Cinsaut from the Horse Heaven

Hills hits the palate with layered tones of cassis, red fruit and pepper. Each sip
reveals more with this complex yet medium bodied wine.

Purchase your Passport for $15 online, call at 866-413-WINE (9463) or email

Purchase tickets to the Portland Grand tasting for $25 online, call at 866-413-WINE (9463) or email


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