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Trail Blazer CJ McCollum Will Develop His Own Willamette Valley Vineyard

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CJ McCollum on the court. McCollum has slowly started to enter the Willamette Valley wine world with his own label; soon, he’ll have his own vineyard, as well.
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Brooke Jackson-Glidden is the editor of Eater Portland.

CJ McCollum Buys More than 300 Acres in the Willamette Valley for a Vineyard

Trail Blazer CJ McCollum has become something of a name in the local wine world: McCollum has released his own pinot noir, chardonnay, and rosé in 2020 and 2021 under his label, McCollum Heritage 91. However, he’s about to level up: McCollum just purchased a 318-acre property in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA, which he plans to develop into a vineyard. McCollum, in conjunction with other Willamette Valley wine professionals, will begin laying out the vineyard in 2022, and will continue to produce McCollum Heritage 91 wine at Adelsheim Vineyard. [PBJ]

Handmade Pasta Lands at Gracie’s Apizza

Jacqueline alum Chase Dopson and Maggie Irwin have begun serving handmade pastas and pork-fat-fried crescentine at St. Johns pizzeria Gracie’s as a part of a weekly pop-up. Pastificio d’Oro focuses on dishes from Bologna, like tagliatelle in bolognese and torta di riso, a sweet rice cake with almond and amaretto. The pop-up runs from 5 to 8 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays at 8737 N Lombard Street. [PoMo]

Oregon Takes Home 15 Medals at the 2021 Great American Beer Festival

Arguably the country’s most important beer awards, this year’s Great American Beer Festival handed out 290 medals to 265 breweries around the United States, including 14 Oregon breweries. Breakside took home the gold for its Passionfruit Sour and a bronze for the Disco Queen Lager, while Von Ebert Brewing’s Volatile Substance took home top honors in the American-Style IPA category. [NSB]

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Food & Wine named Magna owner Carlo Lamagna one of the magazine’s Best New Chefs for 2021. [FW]
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• Everyone has really got to stop harassing restaurant workers for enforcing state mandates. [O]