Exclusive Wine Dinner featuring John Grochau from Grochau Cellars

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Taste five wines paired with special spring menu selections from Cork


Grochau Cellars draws inspiration from the land around them, and the classic, nuanced wines of France and Spain, they craft the kind of wines they hope to drink at the end of the day: pure, honest and delicious.

Established in 2002, Grochau Cellars is anchored to the Oregon homeland, and approaches each vintage with the same goals: Create complex, genuine wines true to their origins and to the distinct flavors of Oregon.

Grochau Cellars is the project and passion of John Grochau, and his wife Kerri. John has been fortunate enough to learn the trade from some of the Willamette Valley's finest winemakers. From the pioneering cellars and large-scale work of Erath Winery to four years as Doug Tunnel's assistant at the esteemed Brick House Wines, John has logged the numerous hours of careful attention, expert advice and forklift skills necessary to risk his own money on his own undertaking.

After years of selling wine at some of Portland's finest restaurants, including a 13-year stint at Higgins, it was John's desire to learn the craft behind the wines he loved, and to try and approach the process of making wine with the same blend of curiosity, respect and excitement that we feel when drinking it. Grochau seeks out vineyards dedicated to non-interventionist farming techniques (organic when feasible, sustainably focused, environmentally sensitive) and works closely with the growers so that their fruit sources can become the wines they strive for, with as little interference as possible.


It's simple really: Don't screw it up. Resist the urge to do too much. Modern winemakers have such an array of options available to them it's staggering. We eschew all this. Minimal handling, subtle coaxing, oak as a seasoning not as main dish: These are the hallmarks of our wines. Honest, accurate, true to their roots and to the wonderful subtleties of vintage variation.

To RSVP, email Tastings@CorkDC.com or call 202-265-2674.

The Grochau Tasting is $75 per person (exclusive of tax and gratuity). Attendees will receive special discounts on wines purchased. It will be held at Cork Tasting Room - 1805 14th Street. You must be 21 to attend and space is limited to ensure the comfort of our guests.

Free Weekend Tastings!!

Every Friday evening and Saturday afternoon our favorite distributors and winemakers join us to pour delicious wines!

Friday 6-8PM
Saturday 2-5PM

These tastings are complimentary and special discounts apply on wines purchased. Participants must be 21 and will receive special pricing on these wines at Cork Market.

Want to explore the world of wine, but canít make it to any of these tastings? New tastings and classes are listed each week! Just check back for new postings or join our mailing list to be updated about offerings!



















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