Day Three of OPC was bittersweet. The Riders of the Purple Haze had dispersed into the Four Winds (isn’t that a Patty Green wine?) and all that remained with me (of the Foris Nine) on the Day Three portion of the trip were Bryant and Matt. Bryant and I caught a ride with Danielle Ball, director of sales at Patton Valley, and we headed into Portland for “A Moveable Feast.”
Hosted by restaurants Gruner (the apps course), Andina (the tapas course, and one of my new faves), and Oven & Shaker (the pizza course), along with the wines of Apolloni, Anne Amie, Patton Valley and Montinore, our group of nearly 30 campers drank and gorged ourselves into a gastronomical nirvana.
I had never been to Portland before, and the trip into town was the exclamation point on a great “business” trip. I met a lot of great people on this trip, eat well, drank well, and learned a lot about this terrific wine producing region.
Many thanks to all my sales reps for helping me get on with OPC 2012, including Lauren Wiethe of Cutting Edge, David Miller of RNDC-KY and Brother Lou from RNDC-Barkley, as well as Dave Schumann from Terlato, Alison Sokol-Blosser, and the amazing Julianne Allen of Foris Winery. And a big thank you to all involved at OPC for putting on one incredible show.