I pass on this press release for those interested in Oregon pinots …

The Best Winemakers You Never Heard of Pour a Taste of Oregon

This April The Portland Indie Wine Festival and Wildwood Restaurant and Bar are pioneering a plan to take some of James Beard’s native Oregon with them for a visit to the James Beard House in Greenwich village. The dinner on April 5th, 2007 will celebrate the next generation of emerging talent in the Oregon food and wine scene. With 400 bonded wineries across the state, a wide array of varietals and five appellations the Indie wine movement is only a small part of a much larger Oregon wine tradition.

“It is a real honor to take a few Indie Wine Festival ambassadors to tell the story of this movement of craft wineries that has become such a large part of the Oregon wine industry,” say Lisa Donoughe, Portland Indie Wine Festival Founder and Co-Producer. This will be a spectacular opportunity to try the flavors of James Beard’s native state and sample impossible-to-find wines from Oregon’s best boutique producers. The legendary Wildwood restaurant’s new executive chef, Dustin Clark, an emerging talent himself, will travel with fresh ingredients from Oregon. “It’s bound to be a memorable evening,” added Donoughe.

Oregon Indie winemakers and previous Festival participants Jason Lett and Marcus Goodfellow will be on hand to pair their wines with Wildwood’s highly seasonal northwest dishes and share their experiences relating to the quickly growing festival.

Jason Lett, the festival’s Founding winemaker and son of “Papa Pinot” David Lett, (The Eyrie Vineyards) will present two of his wines and discuss his role in bringing the festival to life. Marcus Goodfellow of Matello wine and Bishop Creek Cellars will present his wine and perspective on the state of boutique wine making across Oregon.

Tickets for the event are available through the James Beard Foundation and are priced at $150 for members. For more information or reservations please contact the James Beard Foundation at (212) 627-2308 or via the web at www.jamesbeard.org

The third annual Portland Indie Wine Festival takes place on May 5th-6th in the spaces of Urban Wineworks and the Chown Garage in downtown Portland’s Pearl District. Festival tickets may be purchased at www.indiewinefestival.com Space is limited and tickets are now on sale on a first-come first-served basis. For more information call 503-595-0891. All ticket sales are will-call and the box office opens at 2 pm. A one-day ticket is $60: two-day passes are available for $100.

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