Grab a Wine Glass and Toast Chenin Blanc with Tom & Kate Monroe


Winery celebrates versatility of lesser-known Chenin Blanc with national #DrinkChenin social media campaign and more than 35 events celebrated across the country including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Colorado, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York City, Portland Ore., San Francisco and Washington D.C.

Grab a Wine Glass and Toast Chenin Blanc with Tom & Kate Monroe

PORTLAND, Ore. (June 4, 2015)  On Friday, June 12, 2015 SE Wine Collective & Division Winemaking Company founders Tom & Kate Monroe launch the first #DrinkChenin day to honor the amazing and versatile varietal that has remained on the fringes for too long. These two winemakers take great pride in producing lesser-known wine varietals and are especially passionate about Chenin Blanc. They have banded together with fellow wine industry colleagues and enthusiasts to create #DrinkChenin Day and spread the word about the wine’s amazing range and that it pairs well with a wide variety of dishes!

More than 35 events across the country are taking place on June 12th to help folks learn, experience and enjoy Chenin Blanc and push the wines into the spotlight! They invite others around the country to join in and document their celebration on social media with the hashtag #DrinkChenin.

WHEN: Friday June 12

Drink Chenin day celebrates this amazing and versatile varietal with events in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Colorado, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York City, Portland Ore., San Francisco and Washington D.C. The day is meant to bring Chenin Blanc to the center of the conversation for what to drink at the dinner table, or any time for that matter! Events range from featured pours, bottles and flights of Chenin at restaurants and wine shops and special tastings to complete Chenin takeovers of wine menus.

More details and the most up to date information about #DrinkChenin events can be found at and on the Facebook event page at



  • Perrine’s Wine Shop: Featuring a special all Chenin flight on Friday evening.
  • Cakes & Ales: Featuring four Chenin wines by the glass for the evening


  • Island Creek Oyster Bar: Featuring glass pours at the restaurant
  • Central Bottle: Featuring Chenin bottles at the shop


  • Kinmont: Featuring Chenin glass pours at the restaurant


  • GOZO: A local’s restaurant celebrated for its artisan Italian/Spanish wine program loves Chenin Blanc so much that they will be pouring old and new world Chenin Blanc from Porron for all guests on Drink Chenin Day. The challenge is on indulgers… to guess which Porron features old and which new.
  • Mercantile: Mercantile has wide variety of Chenin from producers like, Baudoun, Closel, Huet, Chidaine, Collier, Boudignonto to name a few and the new worlders Habit, Storm, Division-Villages. The list includes Chenin hits from all categories of goodness from a touch of sweetness to the driest of the dry. Our goal is to get people into it.

We will be pouring from several of these producers above and do a flight of the different styles of Chenin itself.

  • Colorado Liquor Mart: Drink Chenin Day Special Pouring 4 to 6 p.m. featuring Francois Pinon Vouvray Petillant Brut NV, François Pinon Le Vouvray 2013, Domaine du Closel ‘Jalousie’ Savennières 2012, Millton’s Crazy by Nature Dry Flint Chenin Blanc 2013
  • Linger: Offering an opportunity to taste two new world Chenin Blanc producers side-by-side in a mini tasting flight: first, a traditional wine with layered history (Graham Beck); second, a current innovator of the varietal, Division Winemaking Company. These wines are typically only available by the bottle.
  • Rootdown: Offering a by-the-glass feature of Chateau de Montfort Vouvray, which is typically only available by the bottle.
  • Ophelia’s: Offering a by-the-glass feature of Pinon Petillant.  An opportunity to try lightly sparkling, old world Chenin Blanc celebrated for its uniqueness and wonderful food pairing heights, which is typically only available by the bottle.
  • Fruition: Featuring a special Chenin by the glass for the evening.
  • Proof: Featuring a flight on Friday at the shop featuring a selection of Chenin based wines.
  • TAG: Featuring Division-Villages “l’Isle Verte” Chenin Blanc and a Loire Chenin as staff selection feature pours for the evening.

Los Angeles:

  • Buzz Wine Beer Shop: Featuring a Chenin Flight
  • Catch and Release

New Orleans:

  • Herbsaint: Herbsaint will continue their love affair with Chenin and will feature several glass pour options from a variety of Chenin wines from around the world.
  • Bacchanal: Chenin by the glass will be available, as well as several retail options
  • Keife & Co

New York City:

  • Colicchio and Sons: Featuring several Chenin glass pour options
  • Astor Fine Wines: There will be an in-store, free tasting for the public on Friday, June 12th from 6 to 8 p.m. A representative from Winebow pouring the following wines 2013 Pascal Janvier’s Jasnières; 2013 Vourvray from Champelou and 2013 Savennières from Ch. D’Epiré. In addition to this, winemaker Kareem Massoud will offer pours of 2014 Chenin Blanc, Paumanok.
  • Bibber & Bell: Chenin flight during their Friday tasting
  • Dandelion Wine: Offer tastings of Chenins including the Division-Villages “l’isle Verte”
  • DBGB Kitchen and Bar: Chenin Blanc takeover with numerous Chenin wines taking over the list of white wines by the glass
  • Vine Wine

Portland, Ore.:

  • SE Wine Collective: Featuring a “Chenin Takeover” from 4 – 7 p.m., including tastes, half glasses and glasses of Chenin Blanc will be served in the bar. There will be an assortment of more than 15 Chenins to discover and enjoy. Wines include Chateau Moncontour NV Sparkling Brut Vouvray; Philippe Foreau 2007 Vouvray Brut Réserve [Methode Traditionelle]; Quail’s Gate – 2014 Okanagan Valley, Canada; Domaine Le Sot de l’Ange – Touraine 2013; Paumanok 2014 Minimalist  – North Fork, Long Island, NY; Agnès et René Mosse – Savennieres Arena 2011; Les Rocher des Violettes – Montlouis Sec La Negrette 2012; Lieu Dit  2013 – Santa Inez Valley, CA; Domaine Huet – Vouvray  Demi-­ Sec  Le Mont 2002; Chateau  d’Epire – Savennieres Sec 2007; Division-Villages 2014 L’Isle Verte, Yakima Valley; AA Badenhorst Family Wines 2013 Secateurs – South Africa; Chateau Soucherie 2013 Anjou Blanc; Chateau de Breze 2013 Saumur; Domaine de la Roche Bleue “Sec” 2013 Jasnieres; Domaine du Closel Savennieres Clos du Papillon 2008
  • Heathman Restaurant: Featuring a selection of four Chenin wines by the glass for the evening
  • Little Bird Bistro: Featuring several Chenin wines by the glass for dinner service
  • Le Pigeon: Featuring several Chenin wines by the glass

San Francisco area:

  • Ruby Wine: Ruby SF will host a tasting along with SE Wine Collective co-owner and Division Winemaking Company co-owner and co-winemaker from 5-9 p.m. featuring 2014 Division-Villages L’Isle Verte and selections from Rocher des Violettes and Domaine Richou
  • Alta Wine CA: Featuring a Chenin flight
  • Ordinaire: Offering a high-end Chenin flight and pouring René and Agnes Mosse, Les Bonnes Blanches, Initial BB and Arena
  • NOPA: Winemaker Tom Monroe of Division Winemaking and SE Wine Collective will attend a dinner and festivities later in the evening

Washington DC:

  • DBGB Kitchen and Bar: Chenin Blanc takeover with numerous Chenin wines taking over the list of white wines by the glass
  • Bilbo Baggins: There will be three Chenin Blancs offered by the glass


About SE Wine Collective

Kate and Thomas Monroe, of Division Winemaking Company, founded the Southeast Wine Collective in 2012 in response to their personal interest in creating a unique multi-faceted urban winery, coupled with increasing public interest in the urban wine movement. The urban winery and wine bar brings together like-minded wineries who are sustainably growing their businesses and offers a venue for commercial custom crush wine production, tastings and events in an area of SE Portland that already hosts a thriving restaurant and nightlife scene. The collective is made up of ten wineries: Division Winemaking Company, Fullerton Wines, Helioterra Wines,Jackalope Wine Cellars, James Rahn Wine Co, Jasper Sisco, Ore Winery, Vincent Wine Company, Willful Wines and 5Q, while continuing to work as an incubator for future wine brands and budding industry ideas. Currently 20 varietals are produced at the Collective ranging from Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc to lesser-known varietals such as Gamay Noir, Mourvedre, Chenin Blanc, Muscat, and Arneis. The wine bar features pours and flights from all 10 Collective members and their inspirational wines along with draft beer and a diverse food menu by in-house chef Althea Grey Potter. Recently the Collective was listed among the 10 Best Urban Wineries in USA Today and Best Wine Bars in The Oregonian. It has also been featured in FOOD & WINE magazine’s A Winemakers’ Beaujolais Nouveau Party, the New York Times article “Bringing the Wine to Portland, Ore.”, Wine Spectator’s “The New Portland,” Portland Monthly’s article “Meet Portland’s Top Urban Winemakers,” and Portland Monthly’s Best Restaurants 2014 7 Days In Portland piece. Wines produced at the Collective have been mentioned in The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle and Los Angeles Times. The wine bar hosts large and small events, wine release parties and pop-up dinners and is available for rent for private parties. Its hours are Mon, Wed, Thurs. and Fri. 4 – 10 p.m.; Sat. 1 p.m. – 10 p.m. and Sun. 1 p.m. – 8 p.m. The Collective is located at 2425 SE 35th Place, Portland, Oregon 97215.

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