Show 349, November 30, 2019: Winemaker and Ceramicist Andrew Beckham, Beckham Estate Vineyard, Sherwood, OR

Andrew Beckham of Backham Estate VIneyards“Andrew and Annedria Beckham arrived in the Chehalem Mountains, Oregon in 2005 with the dream of purchasing land to build a studio for Andrew’s art. Immersed in the contagious passion of their pioneering neighbors and fascinated by the incredible potential beneath the surface of their high-elevation site, they started a vineyard row by row, coming home from their day jobs to plant vines all night, raising three children all the while. In 2009 they made their first wine.”

“In 2012 their winemaking truly found its voice with the introduction of Andrew’s handmade amphora (clay pot) as unique aging vessels, used in conjunction with organic farming and low-intervention practices that they believe reflect their vineyard best.”

Beckham Estate Vineyards’ traditional, barrel aged wines carry the Beckham Estate label. Andrew’s amphora wines are under the moniker of A.D. Beckham (“creta” pinot noir, “50/50” noir/gris and pinot gris.)

Winemaker Andrew Beckham joins us to pull the cork on Beckham Estate Vineyard for us.

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Show 345, October 19, 2019: Sandes of Time Bed and Breakfast (SE Portland, Oregon) with Proprietress Terry Sande

Terry Sande of Sandes of Time Bed and BreakfastSandes of Time Bed and Breakfast located on a large property in the Milwaukie suburb of SE Portland, Oregon is a refreshing and comfortable change from the typical chain accommodations. This historic, two-story, farm-house style home is perfect for guests staying one night or several.

Built from 1904 to 1907 it has been restored and renovated to include four antique-filled guest rooms or suites with all the contemporary conveniences.  You’ll find the decorating warm and welcoming, the spacious yards and gardens peaceful and relaxing.

“The 2-course breakfast menu varies each day and is a very good reason to get up in the morning after a restful night’s sleep in our comfy beds.”

“Find a quiet porch swing, listen to the water as it trickles down the rocks and splashes over the waterfall, have a glass of lemonade and let time stand still for just a little while at the Sandes of Time Bed and Breakfast”

“Our goal is to make our guests as comfortable as possible so that staying at the Sandes of Time Bed & Breakfast will be one of the best parts of the trip!”

Proprietress Terry Sande welcomes us to Sandes of Time.

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Show 345, October 19, 2019: Alloro Vineyard, Sherwood, OR with Proprietor & Vineyard Manager David Nemarnik Part One

David Nemarnik of Alloro VineyardAlloro Vineyard in Sherwood brings Old-World allure to Oregon, just 30 minutes southwest of Portland. The 80-acre estate is a bucolic homage to Italian tradition, from its iconic Tuscan farmhouse and culinary gardens to the heirloom sheep that graze the vineyard cover crops. “Alloro” is Italian for laurel—a salute to founder David Nemarnik’s Italian/Croatian heritage, and the Laurel Ridge site itself. Holistic agricultural practices and respectful stewardship create terroir-driven wines showcasing purity of fruit with a clear sense of place.”

“David Nemarnik grew up in Portland helping his parents start a produce business, and has been fascinated with growing and fermenting his whole life. In 1999, he founded the Alloro estate to create world-class Pinot Noir in a manner that honors his family’s food & wine traditions and respect for the land. Today, Nemarnik lives on the property with his daughter, surrounded by wine grapes, culinary gardens, olive trees, chickens, sheep, and registered Hereford cattle.”

David pulls the cork on Alloro for us.

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Show 345, October 19, 2019: Alloro Vineyard, Sherwood, OR with Proprietor & Vineyard Manager David Nemarnik Part Two

David Nemarnik of Alloro VineyardAlloro Vineyard brings Old-World allure to Oregon. Nestled in the south-facing slopes of the Chehalem Mountains just 30 minutes outside of Portland, the 70-acre Alloro estate is a bucolic homage to timeless tradition. From the iconic Italian farmhouse and culinary gardens to the heirloom sheep that graze the vineyard cover crops, and herd of Hereford cattle, the winery and vineyard is built upon the sustainable holistic agricultural practices, respectful stewardship, and intense passion for food and wine of David Nemarnik, Alloro’s founder and vineyard manager.”

“Alloro makes wine exclusively from 33 acres of estate vineyards perched on sloping hillsides in the Chehalem Mountains AVA. The Vineyard is dry-farmed, and tended with the lightest possible touch. L.I.V.E.-certified, Salmon-Safe agricultural practices strive to promote natural biodiversity and improve sustainability every year. The site’s Laurelwood series of soils—dark brown loess topsoil layered on brick-red decomposed basalt Jory soils that act as a sponge—offer optimal fertility and moisture for the micro-climate.”

Alloro produces three estate Pinot Noirs, Chardonnay, Riesling, Rose of Pinot Noir, and Vino Nettare—a dessert wine made from Muscat and Riesling.”

Proprietor David Nemarnik continues.

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Show 344, October 12, 2019: Kyra’s Bake Shop with Proprietress Kyra Bussanich Part One

Kyra Bussanich of Kyra's Bake ShopKyra’s Bake Shop with locations in Oregon’s Lake Oswego and now in Portland is a popular, gluten-free bakery presenting outstanding scones, cinnamon rolls, cupcakes, doughnuts, muffins, vegan bagels, wedding cakes & pastries with inventive flavors. Proprietress and Baker Kyra Bussanich proves daily that her celiac safe creations can taste just as delicious as the traditional delights containing gluten. Her motto is “Keep Portland Sweet.”

Kyra enjoys the distinction of being the only baker to be a 4 Time Winner on Food Network’s’ Cupcake Wars.” Keep in mind that’s with gluten-free baked goods. Kyra joins us.

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Show 344, October 12, 2019: Kyra’s Bake Shop with Proprietress Kyra Bussanich Part Two

Kyra Bussanich of Kyra's Bake ShopKyra’s Bake Shop with locations in Oregon’s Lake Oswego and now in Portland is a popular, gluten-free bakery presenting outstanding scones, cinnamon rolls, cupcakes, doughnuts, muffins, vegan bagels, wedding cakes & pastries with inventive flavors. Proprietress and Baker Kyra Bussanich proves daily that her celiac safe creations can taste just as delicious as the traditional delights containing gluten. Her motto is “Keep Portland Sweet.”

Kyra enjoys the distinction of being the only baker to be a 4 Time Winner on Food Network’s’ Cupcake Wars.”

“After being disappointed in the gluten-free products that were available on the market, I thought I’d have to live without birthday cakes and scones and doughnuts. I attended the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu patisserie program, which gave me a solid foundation of knowledge about classical French baking techniques, which I applied toward baking gluten-free. By craving, and by necessity, I began experimenting with alternative flours and developed a handful of cake recipes that taste as good, if not better, than traditional wheat-filled cakes.” – Kyra Bussanich

Kyra Bussanich continues with us.

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Show 303, December 22, 2018: 63rd Lawry’s Beef Bowl

Road to the Rose Bowl 50 Years of Lawry's Beef BowlIt’s the 63rd edition of the proud Rose Bowl Game (“The Granddaddy of All Bowl Games”) tradition that is the Lawry’s Beef Bowl staged over two nights (December 27th and 28th) at the original Lawry’s The Prime Rib on Restaurant Row in Beverly Hills. It’s fanfare and grand pageantry at its best.

For the 63rd festivities it’s the traditional matchup of PAC 12 Champ Washington Huskies battling (with knives & forks) the Big 10’s Ohio State Buckeyes. Curiously enough this is the first bowl game matchup between these two teams.

Ohio State has quite a tradition in the long history of The Beef Bowl. The only time legendary Ohio State football coach Woody Hayes allowed his Buckeyes to participate in Lawry’s Beef Bowl was in 1957, a few days prior to the co-national champion Buckeyes’ 10-7 victory over the Oregon Ducks in the 1958 Rose Bowl Game. (Coach Hayes insisted the team be fed on the practice field instead of coming to Lawry’s in Beverly Hills for the full experience.) Woody’s Rose Bowl Game record for the other six Lawry’s Beef Bowls that his teams missed was 2 wins and 4 losses.

Lawry’s Beef Bowl is one of only two pre-Rose Bowl Game team events endorsed by the Tournament of Roses. (The other team event is a visit to Disneyland).

Beef Bowl historian Todd Erickson plates the spectacle up for us with a side of creamed spinach.

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Show 296, November 3, 2018: Taylor Pfaff, CEO, Left Coast Cellars, Willamette Valley, Oregon

Taylor PfaffIn 2003 the Pfaff Family arrived in Oregon on the plot that was to become Left Coast Cellars. In those early years there were just 35 acres of vines and a scruffy, prefabricated cottage. Nevertheless, the sweeping vistas, the canopies of 400 year-old oaks, and wild herons on the lake spoke of unimaginable potential. Since then, in fits and starts, The Pfaff Family has worked to bring out the magic inherent in this land.

“In the fifteen years since our beginnings, we have gone from a largely grape growing operation with long term contracts with fellow Oregon producers, a wonderful opportunity to establish the high quality of our fruit, to an all Estate commitment. We farm 142 acres of vines on our nearly 500-acre Estate, largely sedimentary soil laid down by the Missoula floods and some volcanic soil as well. We grow and meticulously tend our vines and grapes, handcraft our wines and bottle them on site, a fusion of art and science, most certainly a labor of love.”

We take a holistic approach to everything at Left Coast, sustainability being at the core of all we do. We received the largest USDA grant in Oregon in 2008 to go solar, and the vast majority of our estate’s electrical needs are supplied by the ground and roof mounted solar arrays. Our winery and vineyards are LIVE certified, Salmon Safe, and we were one of just six producers that went to a third-party verification in the initial Carbon Neutral Challenge, originally under the aegis of the Governor’s Office, now folded into LIVE as a Carbon Reduction program.”

Younger son, Taylor Pfaff, stepped into the CEO position the summer of 2016. He brings the experience of 6 harvests in the cellar under the excellent mentorship of Winemaker Joe Wright, along with a MBA in Wine and Spirits from the Kedge Business School of the University of Bordeaux.

Taylor Pfaff pulls the cork on Left Coast Estate for us.

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Show 293, October 6, 2018: Maria Ponzi, President & Director of Sales and Marketing, Ponzi Vineyards, Tualatin Valley, Oregon

Anna Maria PonziThe Tualatin Valley, Oregon’s esteemed Ponzi Vineyards is one of Oregon’s premier wineries. Established in 1970 as one of the pioneering wineries in Willamette Valley, Ponzi is now being run by the family’s 2nd generation of two sisters. Luisa Ponzi (trained in Burgundy) is Winemaker and Anna Maria Ponzi is President & Director of Sales and Marketing.

Founders Dick and Nancy Ponzi moved their young family to the Willamette Valley in the late 1960s with a spirit of adventure and a passion for making world class Pinot Noir. After many research trips to Burgundy and an extensive search for the ideal location, they purchased 20 acres on a small farm just southwest of Portland, Oregon. It was a daring risk — at the time, the Pacific Northwest was not thought to be a place to grow Pinot Noir, but Dick and Nancy realized the Northern Willamette Valley’s climate was ideal for cool climate varieties. Pinot Noir cuttings were planted, and in 1970 Ponzi Vineyards was founded.

The methods, philosophies and winemaking passion established nearly 50 years ago are still practiced today under the family’s second generation.

Ponzi Vineyards continues to set the standard for Oregon’s viticultural innovation while maintaining an unwavering commitment to a tradition of winemaking excellence. For the last 25 years, this philosophy has been carried on by the Ponzi family’s second generation.

All 130 acres of family-owned vineyards are LIVE Certified Sustainable, the world’s highest standard for sustainable viticulture and enology. Driven by the concept that the varietal must match the terroir and climate, Ponzi Vineyards continues to set the bar for Oregon and remains at the forefront of the nation’s top wine producers.

The handsome Ponzi tasting room at The Winery features fireside seating, a covered terrace and bocce ball courts. Experience exceptional wines while enjoying panoramic views of the vineyard and valley. Small food pairings are offered to accompany the wines. Open daily from 11:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Highly recommended.

Maria Ponzi pulls the cork for us.

 

 

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Show 281, July 14, 2018: Jack Lien, SakeOne, Forest Grove, Oregon

Jack LienNear the foodie mecca that is Portland, OR is SakeOne, located in Forest Grove, “America’s Premium Sake Company.” Why a Sake brewery in Tualatin Valley, OR? Foremost it’s the pristine, naturally soft water quality.

SakeOne brews three lines of premium Sake in Oregon including Momokawa, Moonstone and G Sake. At their Forest Grove brewery you can enjoy Premium Sake Flights in their Tasting Room and also partake of their educational Brewery Tour (at no charge.)

Sake is an ancient beverage dating back nearly 3,000 years, but began its refinement about 1,000 years ago. Today’s premium styles of sake (Junmai, Ginjo, Daiginjo, and others) are only about forty-five years old and still not a significant percentage of all sake produced. But, in the US, premium sake is more than half the market and growing.

“At SakéOne we tap into the idyllic waters of Oregon’s Willamette Valley to brew pure, premium saké in a variety of styles. Check out our bold and crisp G Saké, fruit-infused Moonstone and versatile Momokawa brands.”

We’ll hear about the Sake brewing process, and a lot more, from SakeOne’s resident expert, Jack Lien.

 

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