This Meetup is born from the ashes of The West Side Italian Meetup. There are so many Italian meet up in town now, but there is not one fine wine meetup yet.
I am Italian from Milan and I have been in Portland OR since 2005. I have been in the wine business for 20 years where I have worked for great wineries and wine suppliers both Italian and not. I have so many connections in Portland with wine distributors, wineries, restaurants and shops that it is easy for me to find great wines at great prices. My life passion is fine wine, food and "la bella vita". I would like to connect with similar minded kind people.
There will be many opportunity to meet winemakers from all over the world in special settings organized just for us. I will also organize educational events where you will learn about wine regions and grape varietals. Let's start with Italian wines!
This group is open to everyone who enjoys wine and wants to learn more about it. Also please consider that many (not all) wine events will be for a charge. A common winemaker dinner goes for about $70 and tickets to many wine shows in town are the same price. I always negotiate price with the vendors to get us some special deal, but it will not be always free.
I like to support new restaurants in town and once a month we will meet and chat (can you speak Italian too?) in places where I consider the wine list to be excellent.
Food goes with wine and I will also organize cooking demonstrations. Let's learn something new, stock our cellars with good wine and have some fun!