The weather warmed and spirits, dampened by the terrorist attacks in Paris, lightened a little last Thursday night. The Nouveau Division Crawl, now in its second year, was the place to be for wine enthusiasts, foodies and those who just wanted an excuse to socialize.
It’s traditional to taste the first wine of the vintage on the third Thursday of each November, so the SE Wine Collective decided to take the party to the streets and set up a cruise along Portland’s restaurant row.
I parked a block away and walked up to the SE Wine Collective to sign in and experience my first tastings of the evening. A sparkling Eiffel Tower decoration and the tricolor flag of France welcomed everyone. Inside the barrel room five tasting stations were set up.
I ended my evening with a Nouveau Pinot Sorbet at Salt & Straw. As I enjoyed the sorbet on a cone, I couldn’t help but notice all the Thanksgiving flavors on the chalkboard. Salt & Straw has gone over the top with creativity again this season.
And, for those who managed to visit all seven stops on the crawl and return a completed punch card that same day to the SE Wine Collective, they received a complimentary wine tasting flight for a later use!
This year’s participants in the festivities included Cibo, Imperial Bottle Shop, Pizza Maria, Salt &Straw, Southeast Wine Collective, St. Honoré Boulangerie, Sunshine Tavern, Woodsman Tavern and more.
I highly recommend this event and urge you to watch for next year’s Nouveau Division Crawl. I came away this year with good memories of the cheerful purveyors as well as good food and wine during what had been a difficult week in the world.
Note: As is common in the travel industry, the writer was provided with a complimentary event ticket for the purpose of review. While it has not influenced this review, the writer believes in full disclosure of all potential conflicts of interest.