Musings by Leah Jorgensen

Pinot in the Pearl

The Chehalem Mountains Winegrowers promised to bring over 100 wines to Portland’s “First Thursday” at their inaugural Pinot in the Pearl wine event held at the tres elegant Venue Pearl (upstairs from 50 Plates, NW 13th and Flanders) on Thursday, May 6th.

Wine Country on Portland’s Doorstep
Participating wineries included: Adelsheim Vineyard, Alloro Vineyard, Anam Cara Cellars, Anne Amie Vineyards, ArborBrook Vineyards, Archery Summit, Artisanal Wine Cellars, Barking Frog Winery, Blakeslee Vineyard Estate, Carabella, Chehalem, Cooper Mountain Vineyards, deLancellotti Family Vineyards, Elk Cove Vineyards, Et Fille, Freja Cellars, Hawks View Cellars, J.K. Carriere Wines, K&M Wines, Lachini Vineyards, Laura Volkman Vineyards, Le Cadeau Vineyard, Longplay Wine, Raptor Ridge, Rex Hill, ROCO Winery, RR Wines, Terra Vina Wines, Trisaetum, Utopia and Vidon Vineyard.

Culinary partners included: 50 Plates, Aquariva, Gracie’s Restaurant, The Heathman, Phresh Organic Catering, Sweet Masterpiece Chocolates, The Painted Lady and The Sweetest Thing Cupcakes.  Other partners included:  A Nose for Wine Tours, Fanucchi Oils, Perfect Picnics, Volcanic Minerals Refresher and Whole Foods.

The wines were the main focus and draw on this beautiful First Thursday eve.  The event producer, Pravia Wines & Events, however, made the destination.  Upon taking an elevator up to the banquet hall of Venue Pearl, you arrived in a very sexy, posh space with white sheer curtains running along the entranceway, emanating a bit of hip Miami Beach.  The set up was simple and elegant and guests were dressed for the occasion in high fashion.  It was visually one of the most impressive wine events I have attended in Portland…ever.

Adding to the elegance was the exquisite music of local harpist Leigh Brown, who looked more like a Grecian goddess in her off the shoulder green dress. 

The flow was open, spacious and inviting, allowing the consumer to float casually from table to table, in order to comfortably sample the amazing showcase of Chehalem Mountains wines.  Kudos to the team who brought this swank, exciting event to the Pearl!



  Sheila wrote @

On behalf of the Chehalem Mountains Winegrowers … Thank you Leah! Pravia Wines & Events did a spectacular job – as did our tireless committee of CMW volunteers led by Barbara Gross of Cooper Mountain – and we couldn’t have asked for a more receptive turnout. Cheers!

  Estelle Browne wrote @’s done it again! Incredible read!

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