What we're about

If you like wine and food, this group is for you. This group was started as a place to find other people who want to learn about wine and food in a casual, fun, and stimulating setting. This is not a dating or pick-up group. We meet at least once per month at a local venue that allows us to bring our own wine.

There are so many great places in and around Portland that are BYO/BYOB we can enjoy wine and food in a casual, fun, interesting, affordable atmosphere. I have access to great wine and I am always looking to enjoy it with like minded people.

I am a wine educator, wine writer, and former retailer. For over 15 years I have owned and operated a wine education and wine tasting company, Vin de Vin Wine Tasting and Collecting Consultants, http://www.vindevin.com .

Since I love wine, food, and socializing, I have been lucky enough to discover many places that are wine friendly and love to host groups like ours. My aim is to promote the love of wine by providing other wine lovers the chance to learn about the wonderful world of wine and sample world-class vino as we socialize and meet a diverse group of people with similar interests. Our primary emphasis is to have fun by fusing these three activities - enjoying wine, food and meeting interesting people. The joy of a great meal and wonderful wine together.

The venues of our meetings will generally be BYO/BYOB restaurants whenever possible, that also offer to great food and ambiance.

We plan to taste wines from all over the world that have been rated by The Wine Advocate, International Wine Cellars, Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast magazines, James Halliday, Jancis Robinson, and other renowned experts.

Everyone is welcome! From new people to wine, to long time wine lovers. So lets join up and have fun meeting and mingling while indulging in three of life's most satisfying pleasures - PEOPLE, WINE & FOOD. CHEERS!!!

Upcoming events (1)

Petite Sirah/P.S. I Lub You! In-Person Meetup @ Southpark Seafood!!

Southpark Seafood


PDX Wine Tasting Group Members/Winos,

I am happy to announce that we will return to Southpark Seafood Restaurant for an in-person wine and dinner meetup on Saturday, August 14 at 6pm.

The theme is the well loved and but lesser known Petite Sirah grape. It is primarily grown in Caifornia, Washington State, Australia, France and Israel. This grape is also known as Durif. Petite Sirah and Durif are synonyms for the same grape. Petite Sirah is a cross between Syrah grape and the Peloursin grape. For Petite Sirah lovers the wine is known for its dark purple color, big, bold flavors, including black fruit, plum, blueberry, black pepper. The wine typically has firm tannins, elevated alcohol levels and feels fuller and rounder in the mouth, compared to Syrah.

Check out the wines we'll be having:

1. 2016 Carlisle Petite Sirah Palisades Vineyard Napa Valley - $50
One hundred percent Petite Sirah from vines planted in 1968, this wine is very deep purple-black in color with very pretty notes of lilacs, black & red cherries, mulberries & sandalwood with hints of menthol and fragrant earth. Full-bodied, refreshing and elegant, it has a gorgeous texture of firm, fine-grained tannins and tons of perfumed black fruit layers, finishing long & minerally. Rated 97 Vinuous

2. 2018 Theopolis Vineyards Petite Sirah Yorkville Highlands Mendocino - $30
This singular wine from Theodora Lee is one of the top expressions of this variety. Arresting aromas of menthol, lavender, black pepper & rosemary excite interest on the nose before darkly concentrated black-fruit flavors hit the palate. Firm tannins & a lipsmacking, appetizing textural bite beautifully play off the dramatic flavors. Not for the faint of heart." Rated 96 Wine Enthusiast Magazine

3. 2016 Ridge Petite Sirah Lytton Springs - $35
The 2016 Petite Syrah Lytton Springs is another fabulous wine in this range. Dense and powerful, the 2016 is endowed with striking depth & tons of character. The Petite tannins are nicely tamed in a wine that offers superb quality and pedigree. Crème de cassis, graphite, lavender & mint are front and center. Rated 94 Vinous

4. 2018 Caymus-Suisun Grand Durif Suisun Valley California - $57
Why doesn't the world love Durif? Perhaps it is because the grape variety is barely known (except "geeks" in the wine biz). The 2018 Caymus-Suisun (su-soon) Grand Durif is powerful & lasting on the palate. This wine is not shy as it surrounds the palate with ripe, grapey fruits & wood. Enjoy it with wood-smoked short ribs, and bring a good appetite to the table. Rated 91 William Wong

5. 2017 Suisun Creek Petite Sirah Estate Grown Suisun Valley - $44
Notes of cherry, blackberry, cola & a hint of fig. Velvety tannins coat the palate with a subtle vanilla finish. A bold, but approachable wine. Winery

6. 2018 Vina Robles "The Arborist - Estate" Paso Robles Red Blend - $19
This is a screamingly good deal, offering both hedonistic pleasure & complexity through a blend of 41% Syrah, 35% Petite Sirah, 12% Grenache & 12% Tannat. Aromas of roasted cherry, smoked meat & cola spice lead into a hearty palate of black currant, roasted game & licorice. It’s balanced by bright acidity, making for a sip that will satisfy many. Rated 94, Editors’ Choice, #19 Enthusiast Top 100 Wines of 2020.

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The cost of this event includes the cost of the all wines and does not include food. The restaurant will give your own food bill.

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