Best Restaurant in Portland- Kachka! Best Restaurant in Portland- Kachka!


“Kachka is great, Kachka is good, let us thank Kachka for our food.  By Bonnie’s hands we all are fed, give us Kachka our daily cherry dumplings.”

Cherry Dumplings at Kachka Cherry Dumplings at Kachka


We LOVE Kachka, our favorite Portland restaurant for hospitality (along with Oven and Shaker) and food.  Plus, all the famous chefs from out of town visiting for FEAST go there!  Paul mixes great cocktails, and the wine list is tight with a few really good offerings at fair prices (try the sparkling Szigeti if you want champagne, very good restaurant value at $60).

Congrats to Kachka for your successes and all the love from the press, you EARNED it!

Horseradish vodka? Yes! Horseradish vodka? Yes!


Saturday, September 20, 2013

E & R Wine Shop



Get a taste for the “new California” and keep up with the local homegrown gems!

Casual walk-thru, drop in anytime

Join us tomorrow afternoon to taste and chat with winemakers Eric Railsback of Lieu Dit Winery (Santa Barbara) and Dan Rinkeof Oregon’s Johan Vineyards and Art & Science (Dan’s latest).  It’s harvest time and these busy guy are putting forth some serious effort to be here!

FREE tasting of the following wines…

Lieu Dit 2012 Santa Ynez Cabernet Franc $32.00
Lieu Dit 2013 Santa Ynez Sauvignon Blanc $24.00
Lieu Dit 2013 Santa Ynez Chenin Blanc $27.00
Lieu Dit 2013 Santa Ynez Melon $23.00

Johan Vineyards 2012 Estate Pinot Noir $30.00
Johan Vineyards 2013 Estate Pinot Noir Rosé $17.00
Johan Vineyards 2012 Estate Blaufrankisch $36.00
Johan Vineyards NV Methode Champenoise Brut $42.00

Art + Science 2012 Pinot Noir $36.00
Art + Science 2012 Syrah $28.00
Art + Science dry CIDER! $15.50

Great Wine Buys

Guilty-Pleasure California

Kara Kuehl will pour a variety of California wines that are rich, fruit-driven and a little naughty. FREE

2-5 pm, free.

Lilac Wine

Not the latest from pop stars like Francis Cabrel or Carla Bruni, but wines that they would surely drink!  Come by Lilac this weekend and sample two French wines new to the Portland market, a white from the Savoie that’s as pure and clean as fresh mountain air, and a new Cote-du-Rhone that’s a sure fire hit.  As ever, Lilac continues to comb the European scene for fresh new talent…or something like that.  All the same, we’re certain you’ll love these!

Noon to 7pm, tastes are free and a glass is only a few euros….See you soon!

Liner & Elsen

Great wines from Europe: Eugène Carrel Jongieux Vin de Savoie, A. Diehl Weisser Burgunder Trocken, Maximin Grünhäuser Riesling Feinherb, Adega Cruceiro Amandi Ribeira Sacra, and Joseph Drouhin Côte de Beaune.

noon-5, free.

Portland Wine Merchants




Montaribaldi tonight at Vino Wine Shop, here is a video from the producer (who will be present).  Why not a real Italian wine tasting then dinner next door at the Florentine food cart Burrasca?  You can bring wine there!  See you there!

E & R Wine Shop



Europa Wine Merchant

Amazing Alsatian wines and a Jura

Every Day Wine

SANGIOVESE from Tuscany5-9 pm, $12.

Great Wine Buys

2012 Oregon Pinot Noir
Let’s check in on the much ballyhooed vintage of 2012 pinots. Cameron, newcomer Maison L’Envoyé, J. Christopher and more. $18

John’s Marketplace

Dick Erath, one of the pioneers of the Oregon Wine Industry will be pouring wines from his Arizona winery, Cimarron Vineyards

5-7 pm, $5.

Lilac Wine

Not the latest from pop stars like Francis Cabrel or Carla Bruni, but wines that they would surely drink!  Come by Lilac this weekend and sample two French wines new to the Portland market, a white from the Savoie that’s as pure and clean as fresh mountain air, and a new Cote-du-Rhone that’s a sure fire hit.  As ever, Lilac continues to comb the European scene for fresh new talent…or something like that.  All the same, we’re certain you’ll love these!

Friday and Saturday Noon to 7pm, tastes are free and a glass is only a few euros….See you soon!

Liner & Elsen

Burgundies from Pommard

Magnolia’s Corner

Chilean Wine Tasting $9

Adriane Bovero- Drink Think Imports

Mt. Tabor Fine Wines

Delicious Reds from Central Italy

The thing I like best about these reds from Central Italy is the particlar spice notes they give off in the nose and on the palate. It’s a different spice from, say, the Rhone Valley. From the Rhone you’re dealing with a pepperiness. From Tuscany and surrounding locales you have more of a lead pencil, clean dirt smell and taste. When I’m drinking these I’m transported back to my last visit when one could take a stroll thru the backroads and smell the same aromas. They simply taste like the place they are grown. Not all wines from the area have this. Reds made in a fruit forward style searching for “Parker points” have the sense of place stripped out with the addition of enzymes, fancy 100% new oak and who knows what else and are not what I’m looking for. You taste them and they could be from anywhere. I do my best to find the former.

When searching for wines from the central section of Italy it’s hard not to be drawn back to Tuscany. It seems to me the overall quality of Tuscan reds is very high and you have to search a bit harder in regions like The Marche and Umbria. They are out there you just have to look behind the sea of mediocrity to find them. I enjoy the challenge. And so this week we have three wines from Tuscany. The Avignonese Vino Nobile and the Canalicchio Brunello are exactly what I just explained. The smell and taste of Tuscany is easy to find. The three others from Umbria, Emilia Romagna, and The Marche are made by small batch wineries searching for the best quality possible. All is set for a very tasty flight of red wines from central Italy.

Oregon Wines on Broadway


Pairings Portland

Fundraising Wine Tasting Celebrating Famous Female Firsts of the Northwest


The Portland Bottle Shop


5-7:30, $10

Portland Wine Merchants

Rory’s pick! Great reds from Spain & Portugal!
4:30-7:30, $15

Storyteller Wine Co.

A Celebration of Scotland! In a few days the good people of Scotland will vote on whether or not to remain a part of the United Kingdom.  A historic moment to be sure, as you don’t often see national independence decided by a peaceful vote. No matter how the vote turns out, we will be celebrating Scotland this Friday evening at Storyteller. Join us from 6-9Pm for a tasting of sparkling wines, Scotland-themed wines (aye, Cameron for sure) and, of course, a few Scottish beers. All are welcome, from Jaccobites to Tories, at this free tasting. Kilts are optional but may be rewarded in some appropriate fashion. This is going to be a fun one, or as my friends in Scotland might say, it will be “pure barry.”

6-9 pm, free.



Wines and winemaker/owner from Piedmont’s esteemed Montaribaldi winery. Barbaresco and more!

After 14 years of holding these tastings I wouldn’t have thought there was a new way to do things., but when this opportunity presented itself, I had to adjust. We’ve never had a single-producer focused Friday Flight here at VINO, so when my local importer rep mentioned that Luciano Taliano, who along with his brother Roberto is owner/winemaker  of the excellent Piedmontese producer Montaribaldi, was going to be in town and available on a Friday, I jumped at the chance. When Luciano was here a bit over a year ago we did a dinner with him at Tabla that was a knockout success. With that in the past Luciano asked if he could do another VINO event of some sort (much to my pleasure), so it is most definitely an honor and privilege to have him in store. The wines we’ll be showing tomorrow are not only absolute classics of their region, but over the years of carrying them here I think without question that Montaribaldi is among the top one or two producers who always over-deliver for your dollar spent. These wines are terrific bargains considering the quality. I truly hope you’ll bring your curious palates and questions for Luciano tomorrow. One thing I will say is that Luciano will do his best to meet all of you, but remember if he misses your table there is only one of him and LOTS of you! I will say that tasting wines this good from one of the work’s greatest wine regions is reason enough to come….

4:30-8 pm, fee.



Special Thursday Night Bordeaux Tasting at Zupan’s

September 17, 2014

From Zupan’s Press Release Join us  on Thursday, September 25th atZupan’s Burnside, as we welcome Brian Moto, co-founding partner of The Wine Trust, for a select tasting of his well-pedigreed, exceptional imports primarily from Bordeaux. The Wine Trust has a 40-year history as a direct importer & distributor, which allows them to provide a thoughtful array of top […]

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Best Champagne Tasting of ALL-TIME? Tomorrow Night at E & R, You Be the Judge!

September 16, 2014

From E & R Wine Shop’s Press Release: YEARS CALLS FOR 24 OF THE TOP CHAMPAGNES ON EARTH SEPTEMBER 17 @ 6:30 PM Tomorrow night (Wednesday) we continue our 15 Year Anniversary celebration series with a very specially curated selection of Champagne’s finest grower and grandes marques wines. We have scoured near and far to […]

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Wine Tastings for Portland: Friday, September 12, 2014

September 12, 2014

Portland Wine Tastings E & R Wine Shop   5:30-7:30 Every Day Wine French, Really Good French; $12 – 2013 Domaine de la Bregeonnette Muscadet Sevre et Maine, Loire Valley – 2012 Domaine de Veilloux Cheverny “Les Veilleurs” Rouge, Loire Valley (70% Pinot Noir, 20% Gamay Noir, 5% Malbec, 5% Cab Franc) – 2011 Domaine […]

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Summer Over? No Way! Wine Tastings in Portland: Friday, August 29, 2014

August 29, 2014

  Summer is nearly over, so it is definitely time to “Anchor Down” and prepare for the Portland rain!  We are not ready to stop celebrating summer quite yet, where is the wine at??? Friday, August 29, 2014 E & R Wine Shop Always something tasty 5:30-7:30 Europa Wine Merchant New Oregon releases from Bow […]

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Italian Wine Tasting at the Cheese Bar Tonight

August 21, 2014

From the Cheese Bar: Italian Wine Tasting Tonight, August 21, 5:30 to 7:30 Please join us tonight from 5:30 to 7:30 for our weekly wine tasting. This week David from Vehrs Wines will be pouring three interesting Italian wines. The lineup includes: Maso Poli Pinot Grigio Trentino DOC – Bouquet with a pleasing nose of pear, dry […]

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Wine Tastings in Portland: Friday, August 15, 2014

August 15, 2014

  Friday, August 15, 2014   E & R Wine Shop   5:30-7:30 Every Day Wine BBQ Reds; 5pm-9pm; $15 Great Wine Buys No tasting John’s Marketplace Joe Moura of Casa Bruno will be pouring selections from France, Italy, Washington, and New Mexico 5-7 pm, $5. Liner & Elsen A Taste of Corsica: Witness these […]

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Ewald Moseler Special Heymann-Löwenstein Tasting at E & R Wine Shop: Thursday, August 21, 2014

August 14, 2014

  Ewald Moseler is one of the nicest guys in the wine world.  He always has a smile on his face, loves to tell stories of his native Germany, and is a lot of fun!  Our Ewald story:  five years ago Eva and I married in Portland, and her and Ewald share a native country […]

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Wine Tastings in Portland: Friday, July 18, 2014

July 18, 2014

  Friday, July 18, 2014 Every Day Wine PINKS – ROUND II (French); 5pm-9pm; $15. Europa Wine Merchant Petit Monde Wine Merchant Brut, Blanc, Rose´, et Rouge Vins de la Valleé de la Loire Great Wine Buys Champagne and Sparkling! It’s tough to beat the feeling of a mid-July Oregon Friday night so let’s make […]

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