- Bledsoe, McDaniels buy Hope Well Vineyard in Oregon’s Eola-Amity Hills
- Oregon wine harvest fell by 29% in 2020, but growth continues
- Quilceda Creek acquires 22 acres of famed Champoux Vineyards from Woodward Canyon
- Hat Ranch Winery tops Idaho Wine Competition with Cabernet Franc from Lewis-Clark Valley
- Central Oregon Winegrowers schedule summer summit
- Avennia purchases vineyard, tasting room on Red Mountain
- Heat units in Northwest vineyards as much as 29% ahead of last year
- Washington Wine Industry Foundation awards 6 of its 7 scholarships to women
- Kiona, Barnard Griffin toast 40th Red Mountain harvest with fundraiser Cab
- Pandemic prompts Red Mountain wineries to postpone consumer weekend
Northwest cheese producers serve up fall festivals
While some debate pairing wine with chocolate, there’s no doubt Pacific Northwest cheese is a natural match for regional wines, and this fall brings two events worthy of a wine glass and portable cooler.
On Saturday, Sept. 26, the Washington Artisan Cheesemakers Festival will be staged at the Seattle Design Center in the Georgetown neighborhood and feature more than a third of the state’s 70 registered creameries.
A week later, Oct. 3 in Portland, there’s The Wedge, the annual signature event for the Oregon Cheese Guild. More than 35 creameries, wineries and other artisan producers will gather at Rogue Ales’ Green Dragon Bistro.
Washington Artisan Cheesemakers Festival
The nonprofit Washington State Cheesemakers Association organizes the Washington Artisan Cheesemakers Festival, and an advance ticket is available for purchase online for $35, which includes all cheese samples and three drink tickets.
The list of registered creameries include Appel Farms (Ferndale), Beecher’s Handmade Cheese (Seattle), Black Sheep Creamery (Adna), Cascadia Creamery (Trout Lake), Cherry Valley Dairy (Duvall), Conway Family Farm (Camas), Domina Dairy & Creamery (Chehalis), Ferndale Farmstead (Ferndale), Glendale Shepherd (Clinton), Gothberg Farms (Bow), Heyday Farm (Bainbridge Island), Kurtwood Farms (Vashon), Laurel’s Crown (Othello), Little Dipper Dairy (Dayton), Monteillet Fromagerie (Dayton), Mountain Lodge Farm (Eatonville), Mt. Townsend Creamery (Port Townsend), Neighbor Lady Cheese (Renton), Ring of Trees Farm (Bellingham), Rosecrest Farm (Chehalis), Samish Bay Cheese (Bow), Sunny Pine Farm (Twisp), Tieton Farm & Creamery (Tieton) and Willapa Hills Cheese (Doty).
If available, tickets are available on a cash-only basis for $40. Cash-only advance tickets also are available at The Calf & Kid Artisan Cheese Shop in the Melrose Market on Capitol Hill in Seattle.
The Oregon Cheese Guild created The Wedge in 2007. Tickets for The Wedge are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Each ticket comes with a $5 coupon for any cheese of your choice.
For the first time, The Wedge offers a wine flight. A $10 fee will allow guests to sample wines from Brooks, Montinore Estate and Willamette Valley Vineyards. There will be a commemorative glass to take home.
Participating creameries include Ancient Heritage (Portland), Briar Rose Creamery (Dundee), Cascadia Creamery (Trout Lake, Wash.), Crushpad Creamery (Grants Pass), Cypress Grove (Arcata, Calif), Face Rock Creamery (Bandon), La Mariposa (Albany), Ochoa’s Queseria/Don Froylan (Albany), OSU Creamery (Corvallis), Portland Creamery, Rogue Creamery (Central Point), Skamokawa Farmstead Creamery (Skamokawa, Wash.), Tillamook, WellMont Farms Cheesorizo (Rogue River) and Willamette Valley Cheese Company (Salem).
Other seminars, $10 each, include:
- A Tasting Tour of Oregon Beer & Cheese with Steve Jones of Cheese Bar and Chizu. From the Rogue to the Willamette and everywhere in between, discover the combinations you and the professional like best together.
- Unusual Cheese Pairings from New Seasons Market. Coffee? Pineapple? Dark chocolate? From the taste experts at New Seasons, learn how to put together a cheese platter with unexpected accompaniments that will astonish and delight your guests’ taste buds.
- How to Pair Cider with Cheese with James Kohn from Wandering Aengus Ciderworks.
The Wedge also will offer a children’s area with dairy princesses and face painting, photos with our mascot, and cheese wheel bowling.
A VIP ticket is $50, which provides early entry with special tastings, the wine flight, $5 voucher and swag bag.