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Oregon Visit & The Mill Casino

I just returned from a very quick trip up to Oregon, checking in on our 2009’s, visiting with some winemakers talking about the 2010 vintage blending and the funkiness of the 2011 vintage along with a stop over to The Mill Casino & Hotel in North Bend (Coos Bay).

A good friend in the industry from years past, Kevin Thompson, is their new Director of Food & Beverage and he is making some sweeping changes at the property.  Kevin has only been there for less than two months, but he’s already begun a shift to local sourcing of the bounty of products at the hotel’s doorstep and changing the overall attitude of food and beverage at the property.  Literally out on the Bay they sit on are oyster spikes with at least three different species, such a unique opportunity for the property to enjoy.  They are also starting to embrace more of the local Dungeness, along with Tuna, Salmon, Ling Cod and Sturgeon.  I can’t wait to head back for a visit!

We were also there during the property’s annual Mill-Luck Salmon Celebration, which is linked to traditional observances marking the return of the salmon and began 8 years ago as a means of sharing the heritage, culture and traditions of the Coquille Indian Tribe and other Pacific Northwest Tribes.  The celebration featured performances by Native American storytellers, drummers, flutists and dancers, a marketplace offering traditional wares and foods, a bay-front canoe exhibit and races, traditional games and activities for children, plus a variety of cultural demonstrations and educational exhibits.  The food was delicious, the embrace of the Coquille culture (and Pacific Northwest Tribes) absolutely fantastic and it was a gorgeous day on the Oregon Coast to enjoy all.

Most exciting is that The Mill has become the first venue in Oregon to carry Labor Wines 2009 Pinot Noir, our first vintage!  The wine is going on the list this week and we are already starting to plan an upcoming wine event for later in the year or early 2012.  Stay tuned overall, I promise to get you all updates soon.

If you’re curious to learn about the property or interesting in our wines feel free to contact me via email, Corey@LaborWines.com or on my cell, 702.466.0987, plus you can always reach us via TwitterFacebook.

Everything takes Labor to accomplish.  Labor Wines – A Labor of Love.

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011 Uncategorized No Comments

Sommelier Showdown Recap

Wow, what a fantastic event and such a great time!  Sunday night’s Sommelier Showdown at Cowboy Ciao was an absolute blast – well attended, killer food and awesome wines.  Going head to head with owner, Peter Kasperski on wine selections was a pretty daunting task, but really cool as it allowed me to expand on my normal flavor palate and pick some very interesting wines.

I’ve listed my selections below (in Italics), along with the menu for you all to take a look at:

I

LESTER’S FAVORITE MOVIE

fried green tomato (pickled & crispy), with mâche, grilled halloumi,

toasted sunflower seeds, fino sherry/Maui onion vinaigrette

Samsara, Rose of Pinot Noir, 2010, Ste. Rita Hills

II

CHARCUTERIE

cherry/amaretto duck pate

Peritnace, Dolcetto, 2010

III

BRAISED PORK CHEEKS

with corn cake and lime aïoli

La Spinetta, Ca’ Di Pian, Barbera d’Asti, 2007

IV

ROASTED WILD BOAR SHOULDER

on yam fritter with mango coulis and tomato jam

Nove, Grenache, Judge Family Vineyard, Bennett Valley, 2004

V

DESSERT FOR THE THIRD TRIMESTER

chocolate sandwich on olive bread with pimento ice cream

Graham’s, Late Bottle Vintage Port, 2003

In addition, Peter let me know that he will proudly be serving our first release of Labor Wines on his wine list and have available cases of Labor for purchase, as Cowboy Ciao has a Retail License.  If you’re curious to learn more feel free to contact me via email, Corey@LaborWines.com or on my cell, 702.466.0987, plus you can always reach us via TwitterFacebook.

Everything takes Labor to accomplish.  Labor Wines – A Labor of Love.

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Wednesday, August 31st, 2011 Uncategorized No Comments

Sommelier Showdown

Check out today’s blog post in the Phoenix New Times talking about this coming Sunday’s Sommelier Showdown to be held at Cowboy Ciao.  See the excerpt below for more details:

From 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., this Sunday, August, 28, Corey Nyman will be taking a break from his restaurant whirligigs to take on Cowboy Ciao owner Peter Kasperski in a friendly duel of the palate at Cowboy Ciao.

Details are listed in the above, but should you have any questions feel free to reach us via TwitterFacebook or email at Corey@LaborWines.com.

Hope to see you all there!

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Thursday, August 25th, 2011 Uncategorized No Comments

COLA approved!

Well, we cleared another hurdle yesterday, as the TTB (Federal government) approved the label for Labor Wines and we received our COLA approval. This is a HUGE accomplishment for us at Labor and another of the many items we need to accomplish before we can legally sell our 1st vintage.

We’re still waiting on some further details from the TTB and the State of Oregon, but I’m feeling very confident that the process is working itself out. Stay tuned for our upcoming progress including our website launch, Facebook page and Twitter feed.

Labor Wines – A Labor of Love.

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011 Uncategorized No Comments

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