Metrovino unearths rare wine gems from The Eyrie Vinyard’s 1980s vintages


A Passage Through Time
Metrovino unearths rare wine gems from The Eyrie Vinyard’s 1980s vintages
PORTLAND, Ore. (February 25, 2013) – On March 13, 2013 Portland diners and wine enthusiasts will have the opportunity to travel through time. Metrovino – known for its unique and extensive selection of rare wines by the glass – will host a one-time-only dinner featuring the cellared wines of The Eyrie Vineyards from the 1980s and dishes inspired from that decade’s star chefs.

The 80s were an important period of growth for the Oregon wine industry. Local wines rose to well-deserved national prominence, thanks in a large part to pioneering producers like The Eyrie Vineyards.

Metrovino’s 1980s dinner will give diners a rare glimpse at how these storied wines have developed through the decades. “The Eyrie’s wines have aged beautifully. The Chardonnays are a revelation – a lesson in how well a great white can age,” says Metrovino owner and wine director Todd Steele. “Eyrie’s 1975 Pinot Noir was the first wine to bring attention to Oregon and their winemaking standards have never wavered. It’s a real privilege to be able to serve library wines like these.”

Executive chef Dustin See  – whose dishes were recently praised as skillful and endearingly imaginative by the Oregonian’s David Sarasohn –  will take inspiration from the 80s: courses will be drawn from the menus of the great food thinkers of the decade, including Daniel Boulud, Hubert Keller and Marco Pierre White, and each dish especially designed to transport the diner through time. Eyrie’s 1983 Chardonnay will be highlighted by an updated take on Marco Pierre White’s famous Oysters and Tagliatelle. A 1980 Pinot Noir – flavored with the dust from Mt. St. Helens – will accompany Hubert Keller’s lamb.

Metrovino’s once-in-a-lifetime 1980s dinner will be held on March 13, 2013. Only 24 seats are available. Dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. and will include 4 courses, each paired with a cellared wine from The Eyrie Vineyards. The cost is $135, not including gratuity. For more information and reservations, call Metrovino at (503) 517-7788 or go to

If wine lovers are unable to attend, all four of The Eyrie’s 1980s vintages will be available by the glass for a limited time after the dinner.

About Metrovino: Metrovino restaurant, in Portland’s Pearl District, offers a sophisticated, wine-friendly menu and unique cocktails, along with an extensive offering of rare and unusual wines by the taste, glass or bottle. Owner and wine director Todd Steele works hand in hand with chef Dustin See and bar manager Jacob Grier to create an urbane retreat for diners seeking imaginative, seasonal and skilled cuisine. Metrovino is located at 1139 NW 11th Ave, Portland OR 97209. More information is available by phone at (503) 517-7778 or online at