SE Wine Collective launches new monthly tasting group

Join owners, Kate Norris and Tom Monroe, as they begin a series of monthly tasting groups at the SE Wine Collective. Viki Eierdam

Join owners, Kate Norris and Tom Monroe, as they begin a series of monthly tasting groups at the SE Wine Collective. Viki Eierdam


Gather with wine pros and lovers alike in 2017 for a monthly in depth exploration of wine regions and styles from around the world
PORTLAND Ore. (January 5, 2017), Resolved to learn a new skill this year? Kick the year off by learning the ins and outs of different wines like industry insiders do. SE Wine Collective’s new monthly series, The Tasting Group, is modeled after the focused gatherings that have long been attended and used by wine professionals around the world to learn about regions, styles, and varietals by pooling resources and knowledge among peers. Each monthly Tasting Group session will conduct an intimate and in-depth technical tasting with limited seating (and guaranteed fun). Inspired by their past tasting group experiences, Division Winemaking Company and SE Wine Collective founders Kate Norris and Thomas Monroe have chosen to create a group open to the community that will feature wine regions, styles, and varietals from around the world from natural wines to wines from the Jura to South America to coveted vintage Oregon Pinot Noir.

Join Norris, Monroe, and guest experts as they conduct intimate in-depth technical tastings on a specific topic each month. Guests can expect a fun atmosphere where they discuss each glass among fellow guests and the experts. Classes are capped at 20 guests, each meeting will last between one hour to 90 minutes, and feature six to eight wines. Fees will vary for each monthly class, most will cost between $20 and $30 ($5 off for wine club members). All fees waived with purchases of 2 bottles or more at the tasting (certain rare wines will have limited availability). All tasting group classes are held at the SE Wine Collective, 2425 SE 35th Place, Portland, Oregon 97215. Those interested in participating or learning more can call the Collective at 503-208-2061 or email for reservations.

SEWCOL_black.pngFirst three monthly tasting group topics and details:

The inaugural Tasting Group will be led by renowned and long standing Portland retailer Sandy Thompson of Mt. Tabor Fine Wines. Sandy will lead an depth overview of Oregon Pinot Noir from the heralded 1999 vintage, featuring a technical tasting of 6 well regarded wines from his personal cellar. This is an extremely rare opportunity to taste wines of this age and pedigree from the most recent turn of the century!

6 – 7 pm Thursday, January 26, 2017
$25 per person

Intro to Natural Wine with Deborah Heath, Director of Gender Studies Program and Associate Professor of Anthropology at Lewis & Clark College. Her research includes biodynamic viticulture and the ‘natural’ wine movement in Oregon, France, and Sicily. Deborah will dig in deep to some of the most well known and some of the under the radar natural wine producers from here, there and yonder.

6 – 7 pm Thursday, February 23, 2017
$20 per person

Insight into South America with Craig Wolff, Wine Bar Manager of the SE Wine Collective. Before moving to Portland, Craig was GM of a Houston, TX wine bar focused on wines of South America. Craig will showcase six of his favorite producers that have revolutionized wines made south of the equator.

6 – 7 pm Thursday, March 16, 2017
$15 per person

Disclaimer: This is a reprint of SE Wine Collective’s press release

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I am a Clark County native. I am Level 2 WSET (wine and spirit education trust)-certified and enjoy pairing wine with my passion for travel and fondness of food. My most prized possessions are the memories of places I've been with my husband, the chance encounters we've been blessed to have along the way and my carry-on bag. I can often be seen around town and in tasting rooms with our two beautiful, double-Merle Australian shepherds, Challenge and Baby Girl.

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