Oysters? Wine? Economy? Beer from Holland? Sure, why not!
We'll start with wine and appetizers, dig into the meat of the economy, and finish it off with a beer. Syncline Winery located in Lyle, Washington, is often home to some pretty fun events. This weekend is no different. Tomorrow is the annual Oyster and White Wine release party!
Join us this Saturday May 10th at Syncline Winery for our annual Oyster and White Wine release party! We will be shucking fresh Northwest Oysters and pairing them with two of our 2013 white wine releases, the 2013 Gruner Veltliner and the 2013 Grenache Blanc. This event is free for our wine club members, $5.00 for guests.
While there, be sure to say hi to my sister Sara, who runs the tasting room (she's also a Realtor if you happen to fall in love with the Gorge).
Next? The economy. 2 interesting articles crossed my inbox today about both Portland and Vancouver. First, Portland:
The economy today: Experts size up the Pacific Northwest recovery
The economic recovery is moving more swiftly through the Pacific Northwest than across the nation as a whole, according to a panel of regional economists on Friday.
The forecasts highlighted the Pacific Northwest Regional Economic Conference,an annual event that drew an estimated 150 people to downtown Portland. Economists from six Western states told conference-goers that growth should continue, though not without hiccups.
In Oregon, the hurdles are two-fold, said state economist Mark McMullen.
First, baby boomers, who drove the economic growth in the 1990s, are retiring. The exodus is weighing on the overall share of adults in the workforce, a dynamic occurring nationwide.
Banfield Pet Hospital Plans Corporate Headquarters Relocation To East Vancouver, Washington
Banfield Pet Hospital plans to move itscorporate headquarters to the Columbia Tech Center, 10 miles north of its current Portland site in east Vancouver, Washington.
According to Vancouver city officials, Banfield plans to expand from a 152,575 sq. ft. facility to a new 230,000 sq. ft. campus and to add employees over time. New buildings will be added with an estimated construction value of $36 million. Banfield’s total capital investment will be $48 to $67 million in real property and $10 to $14 million in personal property.
“Banfield is a great fit for this community, and their recent announcement speaks volumes about the many positive qualities of Vancouver that make it an attractive place for employers to grow their businesses and for their employees to live,” said Chad Eiken, Community and Economic Development Director for the City of Vancouver.
“We are extremely pleased that Banfield has selected Vancouver as its future home base, which will allow this important employer to expand while remaining in the metro area,” Eiken continued. “This was a team effort in the best sense of the word, and CREDC did an incredible job of ‘quarterbacking’ this recruitment in working with the City, the state, and other community partners.”
As the weather improves (though today was just one crazy day of rain, hail, and sun), more and more great events are happening here. One in particular I'm really excited about is the Oregon Brewer's Festival! I'm personally not a big beer fan (I'm gluten free), but my husband is. And he's Dutch. And there will be Dutch beer.
Portland, Oregon has a "friendship city" relationship with Utrecht, Netherlands. Oregon Brewers Festival director Art Larrance learned of this and the growing craft brewing movement in the Netherlands; he was introduced to Mark Strooker, head brewer for Rooie Dop, who told him about the Borefts Bier Festival in Bodengraven, NL.
Art visited the Borefts Bier Festival this past fall, and realized these brewers are on a similar journey that the brewers in Oregon began in 1984. Art decided to bring a handful of craft brewers & their beer from the Netherlands and share with them our collective enthusiasm, knowledge and friendship, thereby further demonstrating to the world why craft brewers are successful – because they make good beer!
At its start, the Oregon Brewers Festival gave locals a chance to taste what others were brewing in an industry that was only several years old, and helped notify the world that Portland, Oregon was going to be a craft beer Mecca. The Oregon Brewers Festival sees #NLtoPDX as a natural progression in the evolution of craft brewing worldwide; we plan on continuing to bring craft beers from other parts of the country, and now the world, to Portland as part of a collective celebration of great craft beer.
Welcome to Bierbrouwerij Emelisse, Brouwerij Rodenburg, Brouwerij 't IJ, Microbrouwerij Rooie Dop, Brouwerij Maximus, Brouwerij Duits & Lauret, Brouwerij de Molen, Oedipus Brewing, Het Uiltje, Oersoep & Ramses Bier, all from the Netherlands; plus Brauerei Nothhaf from Germany for an even dozen. We will offer these Euro beers daily in our specialty tent and pour them until their allotment per brewery is exhausted. Stay tuned for more details.
In the meantime, welcome #NLtoPDX – Proost!