Archive for September, 2011

James Beard Award-winning Chef, Andy Ricker’s Portland Favorites

Came across a great restaurant suggestion list for Portland, Oregon by Andy Ricker – 2011 James Beard Best Chef Winner earlier today via the James Beard Foundation, find it here.  If you’re fortunate to live in PDX or just taking a trip to the Pacific Northwest, do your best to check out some of these spots.  Additionally, make sure you visit one of Chef Ricker’s restaurants, check out his original Pok Pok and then discover the rest!

I can’t wait to head back to Portland and visit some of the restaurants on his list and enjoy the most amazing wings I ever had, which were at Chef Ricker’s Whiskey Soda Lounge – basically the ‘waiting room’ for Pok Pok.

Additionally, if you’re curious to learn about where Labor is going to be served around the country or interested in purchasing our wines directly 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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Thursday, September 29th, 2011 Uncategorized No Comments

Wine Crush Radio

Just had a chance to speak with Laura Lawson of Wine Crush Radio – talking about who we are, our vision, our wines and our plan moving forward.  I was introduced to Laura via phone by a great friend back East in North Carolina and was thrilled to be able to speak more about Labor Wines.

The interview comes on at 26:57 of the radio program, click here to listen.  Thanks again to Laura for having me on the program, I was blown away by the time she gave me and her wonderful hospitality.

If you’re curious to learn about where Labor is going to be served around the country or interested in purchasing our wines directly 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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Tuesday, September 20th, 2011 Uncategorized No Comments

Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill – Las Vegas

I am very happy to announce that the first restaurant in Las Vegas to purchase Labor Wines is Blue Ribbon Sushi & Grill at The Cosmopolitan!  They started carrying the wine yesterday and now you will be able to sip on a glass or enjoy a bottle of our 2009 Pinot Noir from the Willamette Valley.

Blue Ribbon is one of my favorite restaurants in Las Vegas, not only courtesy of their impeccable food quality and varied selection, but from the people there who provide amazing service in a relaxing environment.  Every time I’m there, I feel like I’m back in New York City (this being a good thing), which also makes me feel like I’m at home.

When you enjoy a taste of our 2009 Pinot Noir, expect flavors of Black Cherry with slight spice notes from the 1st and 2nd year barrels.  Cocoa powder is coming through on the finish currently and a balanced mouth feel.

If you’re curious to learn about where else Labor is going to be served in Las Vegas or interested in purchasing our wines directly 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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Thursday, September 15th, 2011 Uncategorized No Comments

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

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