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Sip-for-a-cause soiree gets second chance

Sip D'Vine, Oregon's first combination wine bar/bottle shop, finally hosts Multnomah Village Vine & Dine, Multnomah Village's first Pacific Northwest wine and food festival.


In August 2012, Southwest Portlanders were looking forward to attending Vine & Dine, Multnomah Village’s first Pacific Northwest wine and food festival. But at the eleventh hour, its sponsor all but completely pulled out, and Jill Crecraft, festival organizer and owner of Sip D’Vine wine shop, was forced to cancel.

August 2013, however, should be different.

“I have a sponsor this year that will never, never, never, never pull out — Safeway,” she said, “the one that’s reopening on Barbur Boulevard. They want to establish a positive presence in the neighborhood.”

With that insurance, Crecraft promises Vine & Dine is not only certain to go ahead as planned, but also to be an event to remember.

After partaking of the revelry of Multnomah Days parade and festival on Saturday, Southwest Portlanders will get the chance to indulge their inner wine drinkers while giving back to the community at Vine & Dine on Sunday.

The festival, taking place Aug. 18, will open its doors early to VIP ticketholders for a presentation, “Washington’s Ice-Age Terroir,” by viticulturist Alan Busacca at 1 p.m.

“He’s bringing down samples of Washington dirt,” Crecraft said.

General ticketholders will join their VIP counterparts for the main event starting at 3 p.m. and spend the next three hours sampling wines from wineries throughout the Northwest complemented by food bites from local artisan vendors.

“All participants get a souvenir tasting glass and event guide,” Crecraft said, which will detail the sustainable practices of every winery showcased at Vine & Dine, in keeping with this year’s Multnomah Days festival theme, “The Village Goes Green.”

Crecraft said sustainable viticulture could manifest in any number of ways, as complex as wind turbines or solar arrays onsite; geothermal, heat-controlled wineries; a responsible management plan for a vineyard’s land use, or as basic as packaging wine in a bottle with a reusable seal.

No matter what, the festival’s offerings will hail from “only really good wineries,” Crecraft said. “A lot of wineries that don’t do the circuit — you’re not going to find them at an event very much — (and) some (are) new to Oregon.

According to a press release, all ticketholders will also get the “opportunity to experience the Interactive Aroma Sampling (IAS) exhibit,” which will help them "discover and understand the hidden aromatic and taste components mentioned in tasting notes for fine wines.”

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Multnomah Village Blocs Initiative, a campaign focusing on accessibility and pedestrian safety there.