NOUVEAU DIVISION CRAWL RETURNS TO CELEBRATE OREGON AND FRENCH BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU ALONG PORTLAND’S FAMOUS RESTAURANT ROW ON NOV. 19
French inspired party with a Portland twist includes more than a dozen shops and restaurants lining SE Division St. to celebrate the first wine of the vintage during second annual street party with Oregon made and imported Beaujolais Nouveau wines, food and live music
PORTLAND, Ore. (July 30, 2015) – Nouveau Division Crawl is the only party to gather Oregon and Beaujolais Nouveau wineries to celebrate the end of Oregon’s harvest and the traditional first wine of the vintage on the third Thursday of each November. Known for creating compelling events around lesser known wine varietals, Tom and Kate Monroe of Division Winemaking Company are planning the second annual Nouveau celebration on Thursday, Nov. 19 at the duo’s urban winery- SE Wine Collective on the heels of their successful Chenin celebration Drink Chenin Day.
Similar to Beaujolais Nouveau parties in France, the Nouveau Division Crawl allows guests to stroll along the streets in the crisp fall air sipping locally made Nouveau wines and tasting bites while listening to live music. Booths will line the street offering pours of Oregon made Gamay and other Nouveau wines, including Division Winemaking Company’s Gamay Nouveau, Fausse Piste’s Nouveau of Grenache and Holden Wine Company’s Nouveau of Nebbiolo and Gamay from the winemakers themselves, along with imported Beaujolais Nouveau. Chefs from neighboring restaurants along SE Division St. will also serve small bites that are either made with Beaujolais or pair well with it. The first year’s event was a big success and the Monroes are excited to welcome even more people to join the party this year.
“Nouveau is a celebration of the first wines released from the current vintage – just weeks from vine to bottle. We first came to understand the significance of the date and joyousness of event when making wine in Beaujolais, France, the original home of the Gamay grape and Beaujolais Nouveau wine. The third Thursday in November represents relief and elation over harvest being complete and excitement of what the vintage will bring,” says Kate Monroe. “As makers of Gamay (including Nouveau, Villages and Cru like versions) in Oregon, it only seemed right to bring the party to our winery in our town, and pay tribute to the Beaujolais winemakers that inspire us!”
The Nouveau Division Crawl will fill the street on Nov. 19 from 5 to 8 p.m. Participants in the festivities include Cibo, Imperial Bottle Shop, Pizza Maria, Renard, Salt & Straw, Son of a Biscuit, Southeast Wine Collective, St. Honoré Boulangerie, Sunshine Tavern, Woodsman Tavern and more. Pedicabs will bost up-to-date information and to order advance tickets.e available in advance and at the door of participating locations. Visit NouveauPDX.com for the most up-to-date information and to order advance tickets.
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. Through the Collective the Monroes have helped shepherd the upstart of multiple artisanal wineries. Current resident wineries include: 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. Collectively, the winemakers produce about 20 varietals ranging from Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc as well as lesser-known varietals such as Gamay Noir, Mourvedre, Chenin Blanc, Muscat, and Arneis. Serving as an incubator for future wine brands and budding industry ideas, the Collective hosts events to shed light on less popular new world varietals such as #DrinkChenin Day, featured in the Wall Street Journal article Raise Your Glass to #DrinkCheninDay and Nouveau Division Crawl. The wine bar features pours and flights from all 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 included in Conde Nast Traveler’s article The Perfect Weekend in Portland, OR and 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. Find more information at www.sewinecollective.com, Facebook SE Wine Collective, Twitter @SEWineColl, Instagram @SEWineCollective or by calling 503-208-2061.