Welcome to Imbibe Magazine's between-issues look at liquid culture with drink recipes, news and more. From coffee to cocktails, Imbibe celebrates your world in a glass.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Upcoming Event: Portland Indie Wine Festival

Not to keep plugging our hometown, but there's yet another great event coming up right in our backyard, so we couldn't resist. Now in its third year, the Indie Wine Festival is set to take place in Portland May 5-6. If you’re interested in discovering some amazingly talented but lesser-known winemakers, this fun event showcases up-and-coming wineries with production of less than 2,000 cases annually. The festival takes place at Urban Wineworks, a casual, intimate setting that allows you to chat one-on-one with winemakers and taste and buy wines that can normally be tough to get your hands on. Plus, more than a dozen local restaurants will be serving up nibbles to pair with the wines. If you’re in town, this event is definitely worth checking out—you’ll likely leave with some gems that you can proudly add to your wine collection, and you’ll get a fun glimpse into Oregon’s indie wine scene. Urban Wine Works is located near Northwest 16th Ave and Flanders St in Portland's Pearl District. All wines will be for sale on-site and direct shipping (where legal) will be available. Tickets are limited, so get ’em while they last!

Monday, April 16, 2007

Event: Sake Pairing Dinner

On Saturday, April 21, Chef Philippe Boulout of the Heathman Restaurant in Portland, will be crafting a fantastic five-course meal paired with delicious sakes from our friends at SakeOne. This is a dinner not to be missed—we’ll definitely be there and can’t wait to experience Boulout's phenomenal flavor combinations. To make reservations, call the Heathman at (503) 790-7752. The price is $68 per person, quite a deal considering the content and caliber of the dinner. Here’s a sneak peek of the menu:

Halibut Ceviche with Fennel Salad
Paired with Momokawa Silver

Mango Crab Salad
Paired with Momokawa Diamond

Crispy Sweetbreads with Oregon Truffle Risotto
Paired with Momokawa Nama

Grilled Duck Breast with Foie Gras Papillotte and Porcini Fricassee
Paired with G Joy

Chocolate Strudel with Caramelized Banana
Paired with Momokawa Pearl

Saturday, April 21
6 p.m: Sake Tasting
7 p.m.: Dinner
$68 per person

To get primed on sake, check out our March/April issue, which features an article on Japan's drink culture, incuding sake tasting notes.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Distinguishing Drinks

One of the Imbibe staffers is hosting a baby shower this weekend. Since the baby's due date is Cinco de Mayo, the menu is Mexican-inspired, tequila is the spirit of choice, and the Mayahuel from our current issue is the signature cocktail. Of course, there will be extra grapefruit juice on hand for the guest of honor so she can enjoy alcohol-free drinks, but it may be hard for her to distinguish her glass....

Enter: Clingy Thingy Labels. These handy drink labels are an evolved version of those wine glass charms that account for glasses without stems. The easy-to-remove labels have fun icons, and they work well for all occasions when drinks enter the equation. They come 48 to a pack in two colors and cost about $7.95 plus S & H.