Lindt chocolates was there. Kind of odd considering that we have so many awesome local chocolatiers and none of them were there. Still, this is a good place to admit that about a month ago I had a chocolate emergency (hey, it happens) and my only choice of store was Safeway. Lindt dark chocolate with sea salt bars were on sale...and it was really a decent bar for a big mass-produced chocolate bar - creamy, salty, sweet...nice. So don't turn your noses up, this is decent stuff here! They make over 10 types of bars, surely there's something you'd like!
Archery Summit was there. They make very nice wines, no doubt about it. They also make some of the most expensive wines that come out of our OR wine country. They were pouring their 2007 Premier Cuvée (nice, $48), and their 2007 Looney Vineyard (nicer, $85). The best way I can think of to describe them is that the Premier Cuvée is flowers and fruit and the Looney is fruit and spice.
Farnucci Oils was there with an impressive array of imported olive oils, balsamics, and condiments. They import all kinds of products for wholesale and retail. You can find them here: https://fanucchioils.com
The balsamic glazes (esp. the one with truffle in it) were really good and I very much enjoyed the eggplant spread. Not a huge fan of flavored olive oils, but if you are, you might want to know that the ones they were tasting were cold infused.
Ribbon Ridge makes lovely Pinots in that AVA (which, again, is located within the Chehalem Mountains AVA). Since Ribbon Ridge has been designated as an AVA, this winery has voluntarily stopped using it's full name, which is the same, so that all of their neighbors might use the AVA designation on their labels without confusion, so if you see RR wines, those ARE Ribbon Ridge winery's wines, OK? Let them tell you directly what these wines are about:
RR wines will be the best wines we can source from our 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.
So these wines are not released right away, they are held back, and it is expected that consumers will further hold them in their cellars. They are from some of the oldest vines we have here in OR. At $69/bottle (what all of their wines are priced at ;o), these are not inexpensive wines, but these are different and special...and they are lovely.
They were pouring their '06 and '08. The '06 was so lush and full-bodied, almost savory and sweet at the same time, spice, berries...sexy! The '08 was darker and earthier, smoky and spicy...with a bit of age, this is gonna be amazing...if I had a cellar, I'd be buying some now. The bottles now all have this logo and are plain otherwise:
The other bit of news I uncovered during the event is the creation of PDX Urban Wineries: http://pdxurbanwineries.com/
They are an association of wineries that all make their wine IN the city of Portland, and currently includes: ENSO, Grochau Cellars, Helioterra WInes, Hip Chicks Do Wine, Seven Bridges Winery, Vincent Wine Company. On June 12th they will be premiering their new association with a tasting event - $20 for unlimited wine tasting and some appetizers - tickets available here: http://pdxurbanwiner...com/news-events
I did not cover a lot of the smaller wineries that I knew would be at the Indie Wine Fest next week (next Sat - get yer tickets!!), so no, this was not a report on every single wine at this event. Still, there were some very nice wines and some very tasty bites and it was a very good event, absolutely worth the $40 they charged (early tickets went for $35). Hope I gave you some ideas for some local wines to check out and try!
As always, feel free to post any questions you might have, etc.