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Oregon Wine Lovers


First dates. Sleepovers. Eat, drink & be married...

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Oregon Wine Lovers


First dates. Sleepovers. Eat, drink & be married...

Life, Love & Wine

A friend asks, "What's the best urban wine bar for a casual first date?"

Another asks, "What winery hosts weddings for a guest list of 40?" Or 400?

"One of our favorite couples told us about the best B&B in the heart of Willamette Valley's wine country, with an antique four-poster bed."

Picturesque wine country is the perfect place for romance, but knowing what ambience, hours of operation, price, and how in the world will we get there can be daunting. Then there's the fact that everyone comes from a different place of experience, knowledge and taste--finding common ground can be a challenge.

We think solving all that is fun.

 

Great dates

As a couple whose story began over a glass of wine, it's our pleasure to offer guidance, inside information and value for the Oregon wine lover from the first date, to weekend getaways, to weddings and receptions.

Always Learning

“The more you learn about wine, the more you find out you don’t know,” said every sommelier, connoisseur, wine lover and newbie. While that’s the source of most people’s intimidation, it’s also what keeps us all coming back for more.

Match makers

Because at the end of the day, it's about wine, and the food that loves it best. Here you'll find recipes from chefs, winemakers, friends and family--and wine pairings that will give your meal what we call the "1+1=3 Factor."

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Vine + Vinyl


Rob's personal pairings of records and wine. 

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About


 

What began as a gig for both quickly became a relationship that showed well initially, and promises to age exceptionally.

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About


 

What began as a gig for both quickly became a relationship that showed well initially, and promises to age exceptionally.

Rob Boss

writer

Like many of the best writers (if not most) Rob has a background in restaurants. Serving movie stars at a famous restaurant in Los Angeles exposed him to some great wine, and it was here he learned that with the right food and wine pairing, “1 + 1 = 3”. After moving to Portland, he crossed paths with a talented sommelier who introduced him to the world of disciplined tasting notes, blind tastings of wines from virtually every region of the world and conversations with winemakers who lived in town. Those classes were the door to the world of exponentially harder work and longer hours—and more fun—that is the Oregon wine industry.

Jai Soots

Photographer

Jai is a digital photographer with an analog eye; a commercial photography degree with a fine art background; a small town Oregon girl who attended college on full scholarship. Some of her previous clients have included Lexus, Oregon Health Sciences University, Oregon Pinot Camp, Intel and Nike. Her photos have been used in Ted Talks presentations, as well. Portraiture is her passion—you can see more of her work at loveandphotography.com.

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Rob and Jai first met on the job at Boedecker Cellars’ annual futures sale. Rob was lead waiter on the catering crew, and Jai had been hired as the event photographer. Their second meeting was at a wine bar to discuss the launch of a Portland restaurant website. Always a beer drinker, Jai thought wine was intimidating at first but Rob explained that, “It takes a tremendous amount of beer to produce great wine,” which piqued her curiosity—in wine as well as him. Soon, she found herself coaxed into a seminar about Burgundy, where this granddaughter of an authority on organic farming found she had an instant grasp of terroir—as natural a “dirt dork” as imaginable. 

In 2012 the pair took an assignment with AmericanWineryGuide.com, reviewing tasting rooms in the Willamette Valley. It was a whim and an experiment: Could they work together? Would it be any good? And would it be any fun? Turns out, yes on all counts—especially the last.  Those assignments have been less like journalism and more like “dating in wine country;” which is what they'd hoped and what Oregon Wine Lovers is all about. These days, they reside in North Portland with a large orange cat, a burgeoning wine collection and almost 700 pounds of records. (“Only about 1300 albums,” says Rob. “So far.”) What began as a gig for both quickly became a relationship that showed well initially, and promises to age exceptionally.