Thursday, October 23, 2014

The New 2015 Portland Events Wall Calendar Hits Stores

Now in its fourth year, the Portland Events Wall Calendar has just hit stores with loads of new Portland events and beautiful photos of the Portland area. We also have some big news: The calendar will be sold in 43 new locations this year, including all local Fred Meyer and Albertsons. So, if you're wondering where to by the 2015 Portland Events Wall Calendar, you won't have to look far.

As always, I want to thank all of the event organizers for providing us with reliable 2015 dates so far in advance. Some of my favorite new events include the All Jane No Dick Women's Comedy Festival—a showcase of all-female comedians—and Curious Gallery—an art festival focused on wonder cabinets (you know, those strange boxes filled with everything from botanicals and bones to dolls and found objects). It's been a lot of fun working on the calendar and serving as editor for another year. I hope you all love the 2015 edition!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

New Article: Wine Tasting Has Never Been Easier: Portland’s Urban Wineries


Portland urban wineries are just plain cool, and I had to write an article to share the inside scoop. The full article includes travel-guide-style information on how to go wine tasting at Portland's urban wineries. So happy to see my photos included in this Northwest Travel Magazine piece!

Enso Winery Bar Manager Paige Glowacky
Wine Tasting Has Never Been Easier: Portland's Urban Wineries

Step through the garage door at Enso Urban Winery, past the hand-painted sign from the building’s 100-year past—Storage Rates, Parking 35 cents—and enter the industrial-chic wine lounge. A chalkboard lists 17 house wines by the glass. Well-heeled Portlanders sit on couches and bar stools casually sipping happy hour bubbles and pinot noir. It soon becomes clear, this is a wine bar, and they make their own wines.

In 2011, Enso Urban Winery was the first winery in Portland to embrace a wine-bar atmosphere. “The idea came from a trip to Paris,” says winemaker Ryan Sharp. “I got on a train by myself into the Loire Valley, and then I walked 20 miles and visited three wineries. What I loved about them… they were village wineries.” With Enso, Sharp created a Portland winery, a place for wine-loving locals and travelers to connect.

Wine has never been more accessible thanks to urban wineries, where the wine is made within the city limits. Visiting urban wineries, you connect not only with local culture but also winemaking. Most urban winemakers make wine just steps from their tasting bars, and, during the fall grape harvest, the SE Wine Collective lets you join in.

To read the full article, look for this cover on newsstands or get a one-year subscription for $16.95 here.

Friday, October 10, 2014

New Book: The Specialty Coffee Book

I'm so happy to announce that The Specialty Coffee Book has just been published by Smudge Publishers. It follows in the footsteps of the publishing house's Coffee Encounters, and I feel so lucky to have been able to write on both projects. The Specialty Coffee Book tells the story of the world's specialty coffee industry through the eyes of Melbourne, Australia. Cafes and specialty roasters are profiled, and the large-format book includes many beautiful photographs.

Smudge Publishers is a family-run publishing house based in Melbourne, Australia, and it has published many books on Australian wine and food, including the award-winning Flavours of Melbourne.

Here's a preview: