Steamboat Inn releases Winemaker Dinner Series dates

By on January 20, 2015
Steamboat Inn was founded along the North Umpqua River in Oregon in 1957. It has served as the home for the Steamboat Pinot Noir Camp since 1982.

Steamboat Inn was founded along the North Umpqua River in 1957 in Oregon. It has served as the home for the Steamboat Pinot Noir Camp since 1982. (Photo by John Valls/Courtesy of Steamboat Inn)

IDLEYLD PARK, Ore. — The Steamboat Inn’s annual Guest Chef and Winemaker Dinner Series in Oregon’s Umpqua Valley opens Saturday, March 14, and continues through Saturday, June 6.

This year, there are fewer opportunities for the public to experience one of these special evenings along the North Umpqua River. In 2015, there are 21 guest chef/winemaker dinners scheduled, compared with the record 26 staged in 2014.

If tradition holds true, most of the dinners will be sold out before the series begins in traditional fashion with Stephen and Gloria Reustle of Reustle Prayer Rock Vineyards in nearby Roseburg.

Another of the highlights will be Saturday, May 2, when longtime participants Stephen Cary of Yamhill Valley Vineyards and legendary Nick Peirano — founding chef of Nick’s Italian Cafe in McMinnville — collaborate on another dinner. Peirano could not make it last year, breaking a string of joint appearances.

As usual, the lineup shakes up a bit each year to keep the series fresh. At this point, only nine winemakers who appeared in 2014 are scheduled to return this spring.

Each dinner, which includes wine, costs costs $90 per person unless otherwise noted. The evening begins with appetizers served in the library, followed by three savory courses and capped by a dessert.

Lodging is available nightly at seasonal rates and is based upon occupancy.

Here’s a look at the fascinating history surrounding the Steamboat Inn, the dinner series and managing partner/chef Patricia Lee.

For more information contact Patricia Lee at 800-840-8825 or


14 — Stephen and Gloria Reustle of Reustle Prayer Rock Vineyards with chef Dustin Clark, formerly of Wildwood.

20 — Brian Marcy and Clare Carver, Big Table Farm with chef Michael Stanton of The Heathman Restaurant and Bar.

21 — Ken Pahlow and Erica Landon of Walter Scott Wines with Wesley Johnson of Cafe Castanga.

27 — Doug Tunnell and Melissa Mills of Brick House Vineyards with chef Greg Higgins of Higgins Restaurant & Bar

28 — Michael Etzel of Beaux Frères with chef Paul Bachand of Recipe: A Neighborhood Kitchen in Newberg


10 — Scott Kelley and Dyson DeMara of Paul O’Brien Winery with chef Brian Light of Jake’s Grill

11 — Earl and Hilda Jones of Abacela with chef Jason French of Ned Ludd & Elder Hall

17 — Eric Pottmeyer of Sec Wines with chef Phillippe Boulot of Multnomah Athletic Club

18 — Mark Gould of Ken Wright Cellars with chef Vitaly and Kimberly Paley of Paley’s Place, The Imperial and Portland Penny Diner. Signed copies of The Paley’s Place Cookbook, Recipes & Stories from the Pacific Northwest are available for $35 per copy.

24 — Terry and Sue Brandborg of Brandborg Vineyard and Winery with chef John Newman of Newman’s 988.

25 — Kiley Evans of Ledger David Cellars with chef John Gorham of Toro Bravo.


1 — Dave Paige of Adelsheim Vineyards with chef Greg Smith of Grain & Gristle.

2 — Stephen Cary of Yamhill Valley Vineyards with chef Nick Peirano of Nick’s Italian Cafe

8 — Brian and Jill O’Donnell of Belle Pente Vineyard & Winery with Ben Stenn of Celilo Restaurant & Bar

9 — Joe Wright of Left Coast Cellars with chef Caprial Pence of Alexis Hotel and chef John Pence

15 — John Abbott and Molly Galt of Abeja with chef Scott Dolich of Park Kitchen and The Bent Brick.

16 — Domaine Drouhin-Oregon representative with chef Jason Stoller Smith of Timberline Lodge

29 — Soter Vineyards representative with chef Eric Joppie of Bar Avignon

30 — Marcus Goodfellow and Gaironn Poole of Matello Wines with chef Naomi Pomeroy of Beast


5 — Maggie Harrison of Antica Terra with chefs John Taboda and Giovanna Parolari of Navarre, Luce and Angel Face

6 — John Paul and Teri Wadsworth of Cameron Winery with chef Cathy Whims of Nostrana and Oven & Shaker

About Eric Degerman

Eric Degerman is the President and CEO of Great Northwest Wine. He is a journalist with more than 30 years of daily newspaper experience and has been writing about wine since 1998. He co-founded Wine Press Northwest magazine with Andy Perdue and served as its managing editor for a decade. He is a frequent wine judge at international wine competitions throughout North America and orchestrates 10 Northwest competitions each year.

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