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Oregon Winemakers Pull Out of Willamette Valley Grape Contracts Out of Fear of Wildfire Smoke Taint

Plus, Bar King starts serving lunch today, and more news to start your day

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Fear of Smoke Taint Has Wineries Ditching Their Grape Orders

The wildfire smoke is lingering within the Willamette Valley — not literally, but financially. Because wildfire smoke hit the pinot noir grapes right before and during harvest, some of the wineries that had contracted grapes decided to turn them away, afraid of the potential smoke taint. That’s a big financial loss for those wine growers, especially those that don’t have wineries onsite to make their own wines; the same is true for those wineries, who either won’t be able to make enough pinot noir to be profitable, or may risk their reputation by putting out a subpar product. Some wineries are going ahead and making wine anyway; only time will tell how those bottles turn out. [PBJ]

Bar King Starts Serving Lunch Today With a Menu of Ramen

Now that Bar King and its buzzy bakery have opened, chef Shaun King is switching things up: The main restaurant is introducing a lunch menu that involves several noodle soups. King smokes bacon or chicken backs for the tare onsite, adding things like chicken feet and schmaltz to add body to the stock. Each bowl comes with eclectic toppings like smoked short ribs, horseradish, and crispy chickpeas, with add-ons like burrata. The restaurant will stick to dine-in and pickup during the day, switching to pickup and delivery only in the evenings. [EaterWire]

In Other News...

• There are two new places to eat in Portland today: A doughnut shop specializing in Berliners, and the new takeout version of Smokin Fire Fish. [EW]
Two Oregon breweries have permanently closed — Big Horse Brew Pub in Hood River, and Ochoco Brewing in Prineville. [NSB]
The beloved “Mama Doris” at Andina is retiring, handing the reins to sons Peter and Victor Platt. The restaurant opens for indoor dining later this month. [PoMo]
Erica’s Soul Food, a SE 82nd food cart, is raising money to buy a new cart to up its production. [EW]

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