Per capita, more Italian wine is imported into Portland than any city in the US. In this area, we love our Italian wines! But a growing number of Oregon winemakers are making waves with Italian varietals- in the Willamette Valley, in Southern Oregon, and in the Oregon Gorge; and they are delicious.

In this lively session we will learn about, and taste wines from Italian varietals with an Oregon twist against their imported counterparts accompanied by tasty antipasti from Fratelli Ponzi and the Dundee Bistro.

Which are better? You judge!


Maxine Borcherding, Sommelier,
Lead Chef Instructor, Oregon Culinary Institute
Wine Educator, Taste and Compare Academy of Wine, Food and Spirits