Riesling Invasion of Portland

July 19th is D-Day for the Riesling Invasion of Portland! HG Wells (or even Orson Welles) couldn’t have planned so stealthy an invasion, but after years of groundwork, Riesling has broken out of the Willamette Valley and is coming to claim Portland! As part of the annual Summer of Riesling celebration, Portland will be invaded by 39 wineries pouring 100 different Rieslings.

The Riesling Invasion takes place on Saturday, July 19th from 4-8 PM at the Olympic Mills Building, 107 SE Washington Street, Portland. Tickets for the public are $30 in advance (purchase them online at http://rieslinginvasion.com ) or $35 at the door. A complete list of the winery participants can be found on the same website.

“Riesling Invasion is great example of the sense of community shared by Riesling producers all over the world” says Janie Brooks, of Brooks Winery in Amity. “RI gives us an opportunity to gather and celebrate Riesling, to change stereotypes associated with Riesling, and to connect with other Riesling fanatics looking for the next level of acidity. What an extraordinary – and fun — event!”

Adding to the festivities, Vin Halen, an all-winemaker band from the Willamette Valley will be performing during the event. There will also be food available ( but not included in price of admission) via a cluster of food vendors: Olympic Provisions will be there with their hot/brat dog cart, Andrea Slonecker’s Pretzel stand (the go-to pairing for Riesling!) and Xico for Mexican style grilled corn. Legendary Portland cheesemonger Steve Jones is also slated to attend with a ​cheese ​selection that will be perfect with the range of Rieslings being poured.

But wait, there’s more! Renowned author Stuart Pigott will be in attendance with his new book “Best White Wine on Earth: The Riesling Story” and he will be selling and signing the book for attendees. Pigott has traveled the world documenting its top ​Riesling regions and producers and this book delves into the history of these people and places. Says Pigott, “Finally, the Riesling Invasion has arrived in Oregon and is clearing out all that Pinot Noir fog! This invasion is actually ​ about​ innovation, giving Oregon its first great dry white wines.”

And if that’s not enough, the folks from Summer of Riesling (sponsored by Ambonnay Champagne Bar) will be there with plenty of swag!