Gather with wine pros and lovers alike in 2017 for a monthly in depth exploration of wine regions and styles from around the world
PORTLAND Ore. (January 5, 2017), Resolved to learn a new skill this year? Kick the year off by learning the ins and outs of different wines like industry insiders do. SE Wine Collective’s new monthly series, The Tasting Group, is modeled after the focused gatherings that have long been attended and used by wine professionals around the world to learn about regions, styles, and varietals by pooling resources and knowledge among peers. Each monthly Tasting Group session will conduct an intimate and in-depth technical tasting with limited seating (and guaranteed fun). Inspired by their past tasting group experiences, Division Winemaking Company and SE Wine Collective founders Kate Norris and Thomas Monroe have chosen to create a group open to the community that will feature wine regions, styles, and varietals from around the world from natural wines to wines from the Jura to South America to coveted vintage Oregon Pinot Noir.
Join Norris, Monroe, and guest experts as they conduct intimate in-depth technical tastings on a specific topic each month. Guests can expect a fun atmosphere where they discuss each glass among fellow guests and the experts. Classes are capped at 20 guests, each meeting will last between one hour to 90 minutes, and feature six to eight wines. Fees will vary for each monthly class, most will cost between $20 and $30 ($5 off for wine club members). All fees waived with purchases of 2 bottles or more at the tasting (certain rare wines will have limited availability). All tasting group classes are held at the SE Wine Collective, 2425 SE 35th Place, Portland, Oregon 97215. Those interested in participating or learning more can call the Collective at 503-208-2061 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations.
First three monthly tasting group topics and details:
JANUARY: PARTY LIKE IT’S 1999
The inaugural Tasting Group will be led by renowned and long standing Portland retailer Sandy Thompson of Mt. Tabor Fine Wines. Sandy will lead an depth overview of Oregon Pinot Noir from the heralded 1999 vintage, featuring a technical tasting of 6 well regarded wines from his personal cellar. This is an extremely rare opportunity to taste wines of this age and pedigree from the most recent turn of the century!
6 – 7 pm Thursday, January 26, 2017
$25 per person
FEBRUARY: INTRODUCTION TO NATURAL WINE
Intro to Natural Wine with Deborah Heath, Director of Gender Studies Program and Associate Professor of Anthropology at Lewis & Clark College. Her research includes biodynamic viticulture and the ‘natural’ wine movement in Oregon, France, and Sicily. Deborah will dig in deep to some of the most well known and some of the under the radar natural wine producers from here, there and yonder.
6 – 7 pm Thursday, February 23, 2017
$20 per person
MARCH: INSIGHT INTO SOUTH AMERICA
Insight into South America with Craig Wolff, Wine Bar Manager of the SE Wine Collective. Before moving to Portland, Craig was GM of a Houston, TX wine bar focused on wines of South America. Craig will showcase six of his favorite producers that have revolutionized wines made south of the equator.
6 – 7 pm Thursday, March 16, 2017
$15 per person
About SE Wine Collective
Kate Norris and Thomas Monroe, of Division Winemaking Company, founded the Southeast Wine Collective in 2012 in response to their personal interest in creating a unique multi-faceted urban winery, coupled with increasing public interest in the urban wine movement. The urban winery and wine bar brings together like-minded wineries who are sustainably growing their businesses and offers a venue for commercial custom crush wine production, tastings and events in an area of SE Portland that already hosts a thriving restaurant and nightlife scene. The collective is made up of ten wineries: Division Winemaking Company, 51 Weeks, Gersing Cellars, James Rahn Wine Company, Loop de Loop, Willful Wine Co, Laelaps Wines, Ore Winery, Stedt Cellars, and Welsh Family Wines, while continuing to work as an incubator for future wine brands and budding industry ideas. Currently 20 varietals are produced at the Collective ranging from Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc to lesser-known varietals such as Gamay Noir, Mourvedre, Chenin Blanc, Muscat, and Arneis. The wine bar features pours and flights from all 10 Collective members and their inspirational wines along with draft beer and a diverse food menu by in-house chef Althea Grey Potter. In 2016, co-founders Monroe and Norris were named to Wine Enthusiast’s 40 Under 40 list of tastemakers. The Collective was listed among the Top 20 Best Wine Bars in America by Wine Enthusiast, 10 Best Urban Wineries in USA Today and Best Wine Bars in The Oregonian. Travel + Leisure called the Collective a must for any wine connoisseur’s Perfect Weekend in Portland, It has also been featured in FOOD & WINE magazine’s A Winemakers’ Beaujolais Nouveau Party, the New York Times article “Bringing the Wine to Portland, Ore.”, Wine Spectator’s “The New Portland,” Portland Monthly’s article “Meet Portland’s Top Urban Winemakers,” and Portland Monthly’s Best Restaurants 2014 7 Days In Portland piece. Wines produced at the Collective have been mentioned in The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle and Los Angeles Times. The wine bar hosts large and small events, wine release parties and pop-up dinners and is available for rent for private parties. Its hours are Mon. 4 – 9 p.m., Wed, Thurs. and Fri. 4 – 10 p.m.; Sat. 1 p.m. – 10 p.m. and Sun. 1 p.m. – 9 p.m. The Collective is located at 2425 SE 35th Place, Portland, Oregon 97215. Find more information at www.sewinecollective.com, Facebook SE Wine Collective, Twitter @SEWineColl, Instagram @SEWineCollective or by calling 503-208-2061.