Posts Categorized: Events

Grilled Pizza Cook-off 2.0

There is a tradition at Union Wine Company that involves two tenacious competitors and a heck of a lot of dough. It rolls around every 2-3 years, similar to snowfall in Portland, and like snow after a month of solid rain, it is warmly welcomed by all.

We’re talking about the (Sometimes) Bi-annual Grilled Pizza Cook-Off. The humble but hardy contestants include Ryan Harms, our owner, and JP Caldcleugh, our winemaker. JP took the cake in the last cook-off, and after a couple years of regrouping, Ryan was ready for a comeback.*

Each contender put a lot of heart into their homemade dishes. Ryan devised a signature sauce with hand torn tomatoes that kept us coming back for slice…after slice…after slice. JP concocted a prosciutto pie that featured pizza’s best friend: basil, fresh from the Amity Vineyards garden.

As per tradition, the entire Union team gathered in the winery parking lot to do the real hard work – judging the pizzas. Everyone loves a good comeback story, and in true Hollywood fashion this year’s pizza crowning went to Ryan.

However, with full bellies and faces adorned in post-pizza glow, it was agreed that we all truly won the grilled pizza cook-off.

*Or, our Director of Finance Eric was just in the mood for pizza.

 

Photography by David L. Reamer

Chefs’ Week PDX

PunchCan_1 This past February we were a part of the second annual Chefs’ Week PDX, a four day dinner and party series that brings together some of the best west coast chefs, local artisans and purveyors to celebrate community and creative  collaboration. Some of the highlights for our team: working with our friend Gregory Gourdet to create a delicious canned punch wine, tasting through some spectacular modern cuisine by all chefs at Ataula, watching the reactions of guests as Chef Aaron’s Pot au Fue’s were set down on each table,  Chef Doug’s elk leg at Nedd Ludd, and the gastronomical spectacle that is a 26 course meal finale put on by all chefs involved at Departure. We are proud to be a part of a city that can offer both the resources and creative genius to put together this kind of event, and give a huge round of applause to Gregory Gourdet, Carrie Kissell, and Drew Tyson for making it all happen.

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Photography by Julia Saltzman

 

New Traditions

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This year the Union Wine Co. family raised our glasses to new traditions and celebrated Thanksgiving a few days early. We gathered around the table for a gratifying meal prepared in some way by each one of us. As bottles of wine camouflaged in brown paper bags were passed around, we tested our sometimes deceiving tastebuds and enjoyed eachother’s company. The evening was a much-needed pause from the crazy routine that surrounds our day to day life at the Industrial Chateau.

 

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SF Can Launch

This week we stepped away from work at the winery and headed to San Francisco to celebrate the launch of our Pinot in a can with our friends at Marine LayerTaylor Stitch, and Huckberry

We spent time exploring this wonderful city visiting shops and restaurants that we have long admired from afar, such as Sight GlassCoffee and Swan Oyster Depot  to name a few.

If you’re in San Francisco and would like to try our Pinot in a can please join us at select Marine Layer and Taylor Stitch locations next Thursday, August 14 for a special event and “pinkiesdown” sale. More details are in the invite below. Cheers!

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Photography David L. Reamer

New York Launch Party

Last week we flew to New York to celebrate our Underwood Pinot in a Can launch at the new Will Leather Goods shop. With a Bark Hot Dog in one hand and a tote filled with Quin Candy, Jacobsen Salt and an issue of 1859 Magazine in the other our cans were in great company. Here are a few snapshots from this fantastic evening. Thanks to everyone who came out to support us.

Enjoy!

(we know we sure did)

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Photography by Kimberley Mufferi