As many of you know I am leaving today to go to New Orleans for the Independent Champagne and Sparkling Wine Invitational to immerse myself in all things bubbly for the next few days. But if I wasn’t I would be going to the first of many events at the new Wine Down East on NE 22nd and Alberta in Portland!
Well because Stuart Herold, former owner of Wine Down on 28th, is opening up this great new wine bar in one of my favorite Portland neighborhoods and yours truly will be helping him to create awesome regular wine events. The first is co-hosted by Uncorked and will be featuring sushi and wine pairings. YES, sushi! You thought you could only pair beer and saké with sushi? Think again!
I spent the afternoon yesterday with one of our wine reps and we tested out the menu that will be featured this Thursday at the event and I am very excited about the pairings we came up with. I don’t want to give too much away, but there will be some great wine pairings, including a Chilean Pinot Noir paired with Salmon Nigiri, an unoaked Chardonnay with a California Roll topped with Tuna and Avocado, and of course there will be a bubbles pairing, and more.
This is a private event and limited to first 100 people.
The theme, as announced on the Uncorked website is:
“Rebel Without A Cask – daring food and wine pairings that will not only astound your palette, but challenge your ways of thinking about food and wine. It comes down to three trifect ingredients: Fine wine, sinful sushi, and divine conversation, all for only $20. Meet the owners of Wine Down East, Stuart & Ken, taste the great sushi and wine pairings we came up with, and have a great time!”
Visit the Uncorked
website to reserve your spot!
If you can’t make it (shame on you) keep your eyes out for the grand opening of Wine Down East within the next couple weeks. I am very excited about things to come.
Wine Down East's website is not yet up but you can find information about the restaurant on their Facebook fan page.