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Leaving with my treats!

One of the things that makes me love  Oregon so much is that there always seems to be something new to try. And, if it’s food or beverage related, you can bet I’ll be on of the first in line to try it. This is why I was especially thrilled to find a couple new treats at the recent Oregon Wine, Food & Brew Festival at the Oregon State Fairgrounds.

Treat One: Herbes de Provence Havarti from Willamette Valley Cheese Company. I would very much like to thank my coworker Linea for introducing me to this cheese. I’m an Herbes de Provence enthusiast and am often looking for ways to incorporate this into my cooking. Thankfully, I can now incorporate it into my snacking, preferably with a glass of wonderful Oregon Pinot Noir.

Treat Two: Gilgamesh Brewing Black Mamba AND Chocolate Mint Stout. You might say that all beer is brewed using hops, but you would be wrong. Black Mamba is brewed with earl grey tea leaves which makes the beer smell AMAZING. It tastes amazing, too. You might also say that mint has no place in beer, and you would also be wrong. I loved the Chocolate Mint Stout so much that I brought home a growler. It’s like liquid dessert.

Treat Three: 2005 Pinot Noir Reserve from Methven Family Vineyards. My description of this wine won’t do it justice. Methven’s website describes it as, “Young now, the sweet palate is high-toned with red and black fruits intertwined in a mouthwatering and juicy red raspberry and cherry silky texture, echoing the smoky and pungent aromas in the mouth with saddle leather and pipe tobacco.” I say it’s delectable. I’ll leave it at that.

Next year’s Oregon Wine, Food & Brew Festival is already on the books for January 7 & 8, I think it would be a good idea to put it on your calendar right now.

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About the Author: Rhiannon West Chamberlain

Rhiannon is a native Oregonian who grew up exploring the nooks and crannies of the Oregon Coast and daydreaming in Powell’s City of Books. She now lives in NE Portland with her husband and her new baby boy and looks forward to teaching him to love Oregon as much as she does. Rhiannon attended both the University of Oregon and Portland State University, where she studied Journalism and Mass Media. She claims to ‘bleed green’ and happily cheers for both the Ducks and the Vikings every chance she gets. In her free time, Rhiannon enjoys sipping Oregon Pinot, finding new restaurants, bargain hunting and trying new recipes – sometimes successfully. She has a child-like enthusiasm for trying new things and rediscovering old ones – such as skee-ball, mini golf, and big slides.

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