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Origin'14: Mixing education with pleasure


Wine country — Annual event set for Saturday, showcasing 27 wineries, local fare

Not every wine event focuses on education. Origin ’14 is striving to do just that, along with creating an evening unlike any other.

“Last year was our first in wine country,” said Annedria Beckham, executive director of Chehalem Mountains Winegrowers, which is putting on the event. “The focus has been to taste the wines of the Chehalem Mountain and Ribbon Ridge and meet the growers behind the wines paired with some of the top chefs and food producers.”

In the past, the event has gone by other names. Initially it was Pinot in the Pearl, but when it could not be held in the Pearl district in Portland, it was dubbed Mountains to Metro. Then last year it morphed once again into Origin ’13.

“We chose to bring it out to wine country to keep people amid the wines and see where the grapes are grown,” Beckham said.

In what she called a gorgeous space, participants are literally among the grapes, sitting in the middle of the ArborBrook Winery vineyard. “We’re trying to incorporate some additional education as far as every winery brings one to two wines — a pinot noir and a white — and we’re going to try and denote the soil types,” she said.

The types include the three distinct soil profiles that form the Chehalem Mountains: sedimentary seabeds, lava flows and wind-blown silt.

“Really it’s a chance to taste wines from 27 of the top wineries from some of the smallest producers to some of the largest, so you’re going to get a really beautiful selection showcasing the Chehalem Mountains and Ribbon Ridge,” Beckham said.

Many of the principal growers will also be in attendance, providing another opportunity to meet the characters behind the wines.

There’s also food provided by both local and Portland restaurants. Bamboo Sushi, The Bent Brick, Cha Cha Cha, The Painted Lady, Storrs Smokehouse and Subterra will all be present.

Tickets are $60 for the evening and are capped at 350 people. Beckham said she expects it to sell out, but there are some tickets remaining.

Origin ’14 starts at 4:30 p.m. Saturday. For more information, visit chehalemmountains.org.