The annual restaurant issue for the Pearl Magazine would be on stands right now… except everything in the Pearl is closed due to COVID-19. That doesn’t stop me from sharing some images from my cover shoot with Battle Creek Cellars, nor does it stop me from sharing that they are offering curbside pick-up (by appointment), local delivery and direct shipping. Everyone needs wine during this time… so check out this local winery and try out their Pinots, blends, rosé, and Chardonnays. You can email them at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 503-902-6636
The cover story is all about Sarah Cabot, this amazing winemaker, and woman. Sarah can chat about wine, certainly! But I found it interesting that she has a degree in jazz composition and landscaping. She also plays on a women’s full-contact football team AND… she is four years sober. When she told me that, I had to ask, what everyone would ask… how do you make/taste wine? Spitting is her answer and she encourages those that don’t imbibe but wish to try the wine to do the same. Sarah believes her tastebuds are better off since she’s been sober- she can detect all those intricacies in wine with a clear head.
It’s one of the many reasons why Battle Creek cellars provides Portland and the world with amazing wine. Sarah is enthusiastic about her wine, but not in a pretnecious way. She wants everyone to be able to enjoy the grapes that Oregon bountifully produces, no matter your budget or education. Battle Creek Cellars off three tiers; the Unconditional brand ranges from $15-$20 for a bottle while the Reserve brand has Pinots, Chardonnays and blends around the $38-$42 range. BCC also has age-worthy wines.
When Battle Creek Cellars opens back up be sure to put them on your list of places to check out. Sarah wants the urban winery to feel like a nice living room where you and your friends can relax, taste, ask questions and hang out. The patio is dog friendly and BCC offers exquisite charcuterie boards to snack on. Until then… drink wine at home and hang in there, Portland!