Tablas Creek Vineyard with Chef John Gorham of Toro Bravo at Rainshadow Organics

Wow, wow, and wow, again. Guests of this very special winemaker dinner are in for a trifecta of awesomeness. 

Tablas Creek Vineyard, the Toro Bravo restaurant of Portland, and Rainshadow Organics farm between Sisters and Redmond have teamed up to provide a Winemaker Dinner as part of the annual Cork & Barrel wine and food event fundraising series on Thursday, July 16, 2020. 

The culinary dream team from Toro Bravo, a Spanish restaurant in Portland owned by John and Renee Gorham, has graciously joined forces with Cork & Barrel 2020 for both a Winemaker Dinner on Thursday and the Sip of Cork & Barrel tasting event on Friday, July 17 on the green at Broken Top Club. Toro Bravo owner/Executive, Chef John Gorham, celebrates a range of global cuisines at his influential restaurants in Portland and embodies family-style dishes and seasonal, sustainably-sourced ingredients. 

Chef Gorham’s culinary approach meshes with the intent at Rainshadow Organics farm: to be a full-diet provider of seasonal produce and meat that explodes with every bite when you throw in the farm’s full-time culinary leader, Chef Travis Taylor. Working year-round to grow the food they serve and manifest the love-for-excellence that every bite deserves, Rainshadow Organics and Chef Taylor deliver delicious, long-table style meals with full views of the Three Sisters and Smith Rock State Park. 

Weaving itself between the international cuisine of Chef Gorham of Toro Bravo and the locally-grown produce and meat of Rainshadow Organics is Tablas Creek Vineyard, an internationally-recognized leader of biodynamic production with a focus on Rhone varieties.

Tablas Creek is the combined effort of two wine forces: the Perrin family, proprietors of Chateau de Beaucastel in the famed Chateauneuf-du-Pape region of France, and the Haas family of Vineyard Brands in California. Tablas Creek Vineyard founder, Robert Haas, had a lifetime of wine experience under his belt as a wine importer before he brought vines over from the Rhone Valley in France and planted them in the limestone-rich Adelaida District of Paso Robles. The Tablas Creek Vineyard site was chosen for its similarities to Chateauneuf-du-Pape and cuttings from the clones brought over from France helped kick off the modern “Rhone Ranger” movement. Owner/manager, Jason Haas, will be at the dinner to present his family’s very special legacy. Menu – and wines – will be listed on the Cork & Barrel website when they are finalized. 

Dining al fresco with full views of the Three Sisters and Smith Rock Park, surrounded by the mid-summer bounty of Rainshadow Organics, will make for an exceptional Winemaker Dinner experience. Click here to purchase tickets for this dinner on Thursday, July 16.