Oregon Truffle Festival

Are you ready to be seduced?

If so, the Oregon Truffle Festival will scintillate your senses and whet your appetite… for the region’s most delicious treats. No, not Willamette Valley wines – though, we encourage you to imbibe and enjoy the fine Northwestern varieties during the festival. We’re talking about truffles. Oregon is an epicenter for the rare, exquisite treats.

Willamette valley wines and truffle festival in Oregon.

Oregon’s climate is ideal for the growing of delectable truffles and boasts four native species. The area has a growing reputation for locally produced foods and world-class vineyards, including Rainstorm wines. The truffle is an exceedingly special addition to our regional plate. Given their rarity, they can cost as much as $800 per pound – rivaling their French black counterparts.

The annual Oregon Truffle Festival, held in January – when we sorely need a break from dreary winter weather – features several wonderful events. They include educational evenings where you can learn about truffles and taste incomparable samples, tours through truffle and wine country, a Fresh Truffle Marketplace, and sumptuous meal opportunities you do not want to miss.

Events sell out year after year, so be sure to secure yours today. When you visit the Fresh Truffle Marketplace, you will see a cornucopia of Oregon truffles, regional wines, and fresh artisan foods. Take in a truffle cooking demo so you can learn how to prepare these glorious treats at home. It’s best to learn how to store and cook with them from the experts. From creating truffled butter or oil to having it shaved over eggs, scallops, risotto, or pasta, you will make the most of each precious morsel.

You can also learn which of your favorite Rainstorm wines to pair with your truffle creations. A pasta with truffle oil and pinot noir, for example, will be a meal you, and your guests, will never forget.

If you are in the area, look into the Oregon Truffle Festival. It is well worth the price of admission. Purchase tickets here: http://www.oregontrufflefestival.com/tickets/

Wine on Wheels: Great Mobile Wine Trucks

Wine trucks: it’s an idea whose time has come. Food trucks have passed the “trend” stage and have firmly established themselves as a culinary staple. Now, mobile wine bars are driving up to cater to thirsty patrons. Imagine: you take your lamb tandoori kabab and slide over to a mobile wine bar for a glass of chilled-to-perfection Pinot Noir (yes, this is a red you chill!). Ahh, perfect!

Rainstorm Wines lists great mobile wine trucks that offer pinot noir.

A taste of our favorite wine trucks:

Union Wine Co. Tasting Truck

A downtown Portland favorite, the Union Wine Co. wants to make wine more accessible and approachable to people. Owner Ryan Harms says, “We saw a place for wine in Portland’s thriving food-cart scene and are excited to have our trucks join the community.”  As excited are city dwellers and visitors who have the opportunity to taste great regional varieties.

Chai Vin & Cie

Quebec is an enotourism hotspot. Wine lovers flock to the gorgeous province – and those in the know go to Chai Vin & Cie. Once an ice cream truck, it now serves six to eight varieties of wine, mostly locally sourced. They change them regularly, so each trip to the Canadian gem can yield a new experience.

Off the Grid

Located in The Yard, a year-round food village in the San Francisco Giant’s home at AT&T Park, is the fun Off the Grid. The wine bar serves regional wines and “small bites.” Pair the fish tacos with a light, fresh wine, and cheer on your team. (And if your team isn’t playing, just order another taco. And another glass of wine!).

Early Mountain Vineyards Airstream

If you’re in the Virginia/Washington DC area, sample the region’s best at this mobile wine bar. It frequents farmers’ markets, urban festivals, and other events where thirsty people need an infusion of fresh, clean wines.

Honorable wine truck mentions go to Deschutes Brewery’s “Woody,” Potter’s Craft Cider Tasting, and the Bulleit Woody Tailgate Trailer for wonderful wines and experiences. If mobile wine trucks haven’t caught up with your area yet, don’t worry. Rainstorm wines is there, ready to be poured into your waiting glass. Enjoy your favorite flavors with your favorite dishes – anytime.