Thursday, February 4, 2010

This makes sense

Many of you know I adore a relatively new winery on the Oregon wine scene. Hawks View Cellars is producing some really nice Pinots, as well as some noteworthy whites. Last years Portland Monthly "Wine" issue acknowledged some of HVC bottles as the best Oregon wine country has to offer. It did not come as a surprise to me to hear that just recently the winery snapped up Erica Landon, formerly of Ten01 restaurant in Portland where she stood out as the acclaimed Sommelier. I will always remember a beautiful holiday luncheon at Ten01 when I was with Portland Monthly a few years ago. Erica was the star of the afternoon, highlighting each course with wines that complemented the food so well I left with a newly inspired appreciation for Ten01, Erica and the entire food & wine marriage concept.

Bonne Chance Erica, though I doubt you'll need it.

Press Release below:

Hawks View Cellars hires Erica Landon as Director of Hospitality and Marketing

Hawks View Cellars, a boutique winery located in the Chehalem Mountains above Sherwood, Oregon, has hired Portland Sommelier, Erica Landon as Director of Hospitality and Marketing. Landon will join the Kemp Family, along with Winemaker Ryan Harms and Vineyard Manager George Hillberry, where her primary focus will be to create and organize guest tastings and events, as well as represent the winery in the Oregon Market. In addition, Landon will continue to teach for the International Sommelier Guild in Portland.

Most recently, Landon was general manager and wine director at Ten 01, one of Portland’s finest dining experiences, where she received Best Sommelier in 2008 from Portland Monthly and the New Leaders Award from Tasting Panel magazine. Prior to joining Ten 01, Landon managed the wine list and dining room at the Heathman Restaurant and Bar, was general manager of The Dundee Bistro, and dining room manager and assistant wine steward at Timberline Lodge.

“Erica’s addition to an already strong winemaking and viticultural team is exciting. We look forward to her expanding our presence in the Oregon wine industry,” said A.J. Kemp, Hawks View’s General Manager.

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