Join us for special pairing menus, and complimentary tastings with local chefs, restaurants, shops, bars and more. Tag your photos, tweets and posts with #pdxbubbles and win fantastic Argyle prizes!MAY 4-11 2014
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4pm-6:30pm: Tasting at Fred Meyer Raleigh Hills
Bubbles happy hour and pairing menu at Higgins. Call 503-222-9070 for more info and reservations.
6:30pm - 7:30pm: Bubbles tasting at The Allison Inn & Spa, Newberg.
7:30pm: Pre-performance bubbles tasting at Portland Center Stage's production of "Othello". Buy tickets here.
Limited edition Argyle Brut Mimosa Sherbet at Salt & Straw (F-Su).
4pm-6:30pm: Tasting at Fred Meyer Hollywood
5pm-7pm: Library magnum tasting at Ambonnay
Complimentary pours in the Portland Opera VIP Lounge. (F & Su) Buy tickets here.
Portland Bubbles Week Wine Dinner at Wilf's.Call 503-223-0070 for more info and reservations.
All day: Free tapa with every glass of Argyle Sparkling wine at Bar Vivant. (Sa-Su)
3pm-6:30pm: Tasting at Bales Thriftway Cornell Rd.
4pm-6:30pm: Tasting at New Seasons Raleigh Hills
Portland Bubbles Week is a citywide celebration of sparkling wine, sponsored by Argyle Winery. We've teamed up with chefs, restaurants, bars and more to bring special pairings, complimentary tastings, events and more – all featuring sparkling wine. Find our detailed schedule of events here. [link] and be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram throughout the week for updates, photos and more. Tag your posts and photos with #pdxbubbles to be added to the stream!
Argyle has been handcrafting fine wines since 1987, when we became the first Oregon winery to make Méthode Champenois sparkling wine. Today, Argyle not only produces some of the finest vintage American sparkling wines, we also craft world-class Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Riesling. No other winery but Argyle has earned recognition in Wine Spectator's "Top 100 Wines of the World" in three categories: red, white and sparkling.
For questions about the events, editorial photos or interview requests, contact: Stacey Malstrom, Maxwell PR for Argyle Winery: 503-231-3086 or via email Stacey@maxwellpr.com
What grape varietal is not used traditionally in Methode Champenoise?
How does Argyle Sparkling wine get its bubbles?
What is the French name for the wire cage that goes on top of the Sparkling Wine bottle?
Which is the driest? (least sweet)
What is the average brix that sparkling wine grapes are harvested at?
Red grapes are use in the production of sparkling wine. How is the wine not red in color?
We're pleased to be working these partners to bring
you Portland Bubbles Week:
Harvesting Argyle-Grown Sparkling varietals: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier are only picked earlier in the season when sugar levels are lower and acid levels are higher.
DID YOU KNOW? ARGYLE BRUT WAS THE FIRST AMERICAN SPARKLING WINE TO FEATURE THE USE OF DIJON CLONES CHARDONNAY AND PINOT NOIR?
Cold Pressing preserves the flavor and natural acidity of the grapes.
DID YOU KNOW? ARGYLE HAS A SPECIAL COLD ROOM WHERE THE FRESHLY - HARVESTED FRUIT GOES TO CHILL BEFORE PRESSING – IT'S ONE OF A KIND FOR OREGON WINERIES.
Primary Fermentation in the traditional 'METHODE CHAMPENOISE', begins in stainless steel tanks, then transfers to French oak barrels for completion. The end result converts the natural sugar in the grapes into alcohol and allows carbon dioxide to escape.
Base Wine is blended from different varietal components to create the foundation for what will become sparkling wine.
Tirage is the process of introducing a new live yeast culture to the base wine just before the wine is bottled to begin its second fermentation.
DID YOU KNOW? WHEN ALL WINES IN FINAL BASE WINE ARE DERIVED FROM GRAPES HARVESTED IN THE SAME YEAR, THE WINE CAN BE VINTAGE DATED. ALL ARGYLE WINES ARE VINTAGE DATED!
THE ARGYLE DIFFERENCE: Argyle cultivates its own yeast to control its signature taste, texture and quality year after year.
Secondary Fermentation happens inside the bottle. Yeast converts the added sugar to a slightly higher alcohol level and carbon dioxide is trapped, creating sparkling wine's distinctive bubbles.
The wine is stored horizontally. Lees (a thick yeasty sediment) form and collect in the body of the bottle & give sparkling wine its richness and yeasty flavor.
DID YOU KNOW? THE BOTTLE AT THIS STAGE IS SEALED WITH A CAP INSTEAD OF A CORK WHICH PRESERVES THE WINE FROM OXIDATION (unlike a cork which is breathable) AND KEEPS MORE FRESHNESS & CRISPNESS IN THE WINE. AND AGING FOR A MINIMUM OF THREE YEARS BEFORE DISGORGEMENT IS REQUIRED FOR A SPARKLING WINE TO MEET TRADITIONAL VINTAGE DATED FRENCH CHAMPAGNE?
THE ARGYLE DIFFERENCE: Argyle ages all of its sparkling wines from three to as many as 10 years.
Riddling is the process of driving the yeast that's collected in the body into the neck of the bottle. The bottles are placed into special racks and, over the course of one week, are turned from a horizontal to a vertical position with the cap facing down.
Disgorging is the process of removing the cap and lees from the bottle when the sparkling wine is deemed ready to release. The inverted neck of the bottle is frozen and the cap is removed forcing the built-up carbon dioxide pressure within the bottle to expel the lees.
THE ARGYLE DIFFERENCE: All Argyle sparkling wines are "Disgorged on Demand". Disgorging in small batches ensures added maturity and freshness and protects the richness and vitality of the wine.
Dosage, a small amount of sugar is blended with Chardonnay to create a light syrup. Small "doses" of this syrup are added into each bottle just before corking.
DID YOU KNOW? THAT DOSAGE DOESN'T ADD SWEETNESS, BUT IS THE FINISHING TOUCH THAT LIFTS THE FRUIT FLAVOR, CREATING A CREAMY TEXTURE, BALANCING OUT THE NATURAL ACIDITY IN THE WINE.
Corking is the last step in the sparkling winemaking process. A cork is inserted and a wire cage (called a muslelet) secures it in place.
UNCORKING is where you come in.
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