A couple of quick Q&As to kick off the first full week of August…
QUESTION: We’re going to Portland [Oregon] for a mini-vacation, and we’d love to go to one of the “hot restaurants” in that city. We’ve heard so much about the dining scene there. And, yes, we’d like to have some good wine with our meal. Any ideas?
ANSWER: For a dining experience that is pure Portland, I’d suggest heading to Noble Rot.
The restaurant is housed in a Leed Platinum-certified building—that’s about as green as it gets—and many of the ingredients come from the 3,000-sq.-ft. garden on the roof.
The endive, beet, blue cheese and hazelnut salad is a go-to dish, and more than 40 wines by the glass are offered, along with well-selected wine flights.
You can get the address and phone number, make a reservation, view menus and learn about the dedicated staff here.
QUESTION: Can you recommend a travel guide for Germany—one that includes good wine information?
ANSWER: For a wine lover, Germany makes a wonderful destination. It’s home to 13 growing regions where one can enjoy not only wineries, but also wine hiking trails, open-air wine-tasting stands, wine pubs (weinstuben) and, if you time your trip well, wine festivals.
All the info you need is in the book, “A Traveller’s Wine Guide to Germany” ($24), written by Freddy and Janet Price.