|Beautiful vineyards at Stoller Family Estate|
On Thursday evening, the Oregon Wine Board rolled out the red carpet with a welcome reception. It was a really great introduction to Oregon wines. I was pleased to discover that along with fabulous Pinot Noir, Oregon wineries are producing some world class Chardonnay, Riesling and Rhone varietals.
|Syrah & Grenache from Cowhorn Winery|
After the tasting we went back outside where an lovely dinner area was set up and the temperature had cooler off, so it was the perfect setting. Wildwood Restaurant from Portland provided us with a delicious dinner, my favorite was the sweet corn soup. It was so fresh and yummy!
Probably the highlight of the evening was when Public Relations Manager, Mike Willison, broke out the 9 liter of 1992 Rex Hill Pinot Noir. What a treat! It was drinking beautifully and I am so honored that they shared it with us.
The grand finale of the conference was dinner Saturday. King Estate Winery went above and beyond by providing us with a stellar multi-course dinner paired with their line up of wines. The dinner started off with a well produced, very informative presentation about the people, the estate, and the philosophy of King Estate Winery. They have a really nice blog post on their website with the video and lots of pics of dinner - WBC Blog Post
I am truly grateful and humbled by the hospitality of all of the sponsors, wineries, hotel staff who made WBC possible. Thank you so much! I am already planning to make it to WBC 2013 in Penticton B.C.!