In case you’re not going to the International Pinot Noir Celebration in McMinnville this weekend (it’s sold out and, with tickets at $1200 a pop for the weekend... let’s just say it’s not for everyone), SE Wine Collective is hosting a pre-event tasting to showcase eight resident winemakers, including Helioterra, Fullerton, and Division Wines. Naturally there will be samples of pinot noir—and this urban winery usually has strong specimens—but each producer will also showcase one other varietal, demonstrating the range of wines that are now made in Oregon (such as gamay, mouvedre, muscat, and chenin blanc, which are all worth exploring). In-house chef Althea Grey Potter will be serving up some fancy hors d'oeuvres as well. The cost is a more inclusive 20 bucks for the 16 wines and snacks, though if you have splashed out on an IPNC ticket you'll be pleased to know it is complimentary.

SE Wine Collective, 2425 SE 35th Place, Thu 23, 4-6 pm, call 208-2061 for tickets

  • Peter Koptiuch