Visit the Largest Orchid Show in the Pacific Northwest at the Oregon Orchid Show

If you’re scratching your head, thinking, “What do wine and orchids have to do with each other?”, don’t feel bad. We asked ourselves the same question. And then we realized, “They’re both beautiful gifts from Mother Nature!” Like the finest Pacific Northwest wines, including our renowned Rainstorm rosé, orchids are a product of the earth – soil, water, and sunlight. Add in a bit of loving care, and the end result is something truly magnificent.

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A festival is the perfect way to celebrate and showcase the natural wonder that is the orchid, and lucky for all of us, there’s one happening right here in Portland! On April 21 & 22, the Oregon Orchid Society will present its 75th annual Oregon Orchid Show & Sale.

The event will feature vendors from places like Washington, Montana, and even Ecuador. Each vendor will have their prized orchids on display for both show and for purchase, and there will educational opportunities and potting demonstrations for budding (get it?) orchid enthusiasts.

Since the orchid is one of the most misunderstood plants, the Orchid Show offers an excellent opportunity to learn and dispel some of the myths that surround them. Chief among these is the belief that orchids are extremely difficult to care for. While orchids do have specific requirements to grow and flourish, they’re not impossible.

Once you understand the plant’s unique needs, then the fun can really begin. Prepare yourself, though. Caring for orchids can be an addictive hobby, not unlike wine making. Like many delicious Pacific Northwest wines, orchids just need a bit of TLC in order to reach their full potential.

So whether you’re an orchid fanatic or a friend of one who’s along for the ride, the Oregon Orchid Show & Sale is the place to learn more about one of nature’s most exquisite flowering plants. Follow the exhibition up with a smooth Rainstorm rosé, and you’ve got yourself a solid weekend.

The Rise of Rosé

Rosé is coming into its own. While this may be surprising to some beverage consumers, it makes perfect sense to sales analysts. And it looks like the trend is here to stay. Total orders climbed over 300% from 2015 to 2016 and continue to grow. There’s no doubt about it: “pink” is gaining popularity, especially among trendy young drinkers — and anyone who loves the appeal of crisp, clean, elegant wine.

Oregon Rosé | Rainstorm Wines

The upward rise of  is, in large part, attributable to a surprising source: greater numbers of male consumers. Rosé is usually touted as a woman’s drink, perhaps due to its color or because it is stereotyped as being overly sweet. Popular Rosés, though, can actually be quite dry. It is shedding its image as a “girly” wine and making inroads with serious wine lovers. And with bros.

Rose for Bros

So popular is this pink drink that a trendy portmanteau has emerged: Brosé. You know – rose for bros. A few brands have even created Rosés by that name. What’s the draw? Oregon Rosé options are unique; Willamette Valley wines are carefully crafted, and the blends of grapes used can lend the pink wines a structure more typical of reds. For many men, and for other wine drinkers, this puts Rosé into a class by itself and boosts its appeal — especially when the temperature creeps up.

Rainstorm Rosé is a forerunner in this class of crisper, drier Rosés. With an acidic finish and aromas of rose petals, strawberry, and pomegranate seeds, it is perfectly paired with salads full of freshly-picked greens and herbs, grilled chicken, and warm evenings on the patio. Summer months produce the highest Rosé sales, which makes sense– it’s the season for vacations, celebrations, impromptu gatherings, and picnics. Rosés are certainly indicative of rest and relaxation.

If you’ve been hesitant to try Rainstorm Rosé because it’s too sweet, too clingy, or too pink, you’ll be pleasantly surprised when you pour a chilled glass of the best Oregon Rosé. It will quickly become a summer staple.