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Oregon Wine Region

August 27, 2009 Le Cordon Bleu Portland 0 Comments

The Willamette Valley in Oregon is host to two-thirds of Oregon’s wineries and vineyards. More than 200 wineries make their home here as it is one of the best Pinot Noir producers in the world. Many outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, and golfing make this an attractive destination when visiting nearby Portland. A popular tourist area, the Willamette Valley is also host to many fine restaurants.

While Portland cooking is certainly highly regarded, the Oregon Wine Region holds its own. The most discerning Portland, OR Chefs look to the rich, volcanic soil of this area for fresh berries, cheese, meat, hazelnuts and grapes for their regional dishes. Restaurants featuring regional dishes are plentiful, as chefs work with the bounty at their disposal.

Oregon Chefs do not have to look far for a romantic setting for the most picturesque Oregon weddings. Many of the wineries and bed and breakfasts in this area are perfect for ceremonies and receptions. All of the best that this region has to offer can be found here.

In its January 2002 issue, Gourmet magazine called Oregon "…the next Napa. It's the Burgundy of America, rich in produce, laden with seafood, and blessed with fabulous wines. Chefs love it. This port city draws from an extraordinary natural larder—in the forests and in the mountains there are mushrooms and berries beyond imagining."

Wine, Food, and Culture

Cooking with fine is fun, but you obviously can’t drink our famous Oregon wines until you are 21. That doesn’t mean that you can’t learn to cook with wine with friends and family. In fact, it is a lot of fun to learn how to cook from people that you know.

Cooking with wine is at the heart of French cooking and French cooking is popular in the beautiful Pacific Northwest Pick up a cookbook at Powell’s book store and learn the basics in classical French cooking. If a book is not how you learn best, turn on the TV. Many channels offer great cooking programs for you to learn from.

From light white wine sautés to rich and textured burgundy sauces to red wine reductions to poaching in port wine, friends will enjoy the mouthwatering delights you serve at your next dinner party. So while in Portland, Oregon experience one of the best wine cultures in the world.

This article is presented by The Western Culinary Institute. The Western Culinary Institute offers Le Cordon Bleu culinary education classes and culinary training programs in Portland, Oregon. To learn more about the class offerings, please visit Chefs.edu/ Portland for more information.

The jobs mentioned are examples of certain potential jobs, not a representation that these outcomes are more probable than others. The Western Culinary Institute does not guarantee employment or salary.

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