I was recently at Celebrate Syrah hosted by Edgefield McMenamins. Syrah threw an amazing party and brought some of his best friends along. Grenache, Mourvedre, Roussanne and Viognier were all there. Not just local grapes we had them from all up and down the West coast, France, Australia and even South America. We took part in the dinner. Local wineries from both Washington and Oregon joined us. Our wines were each paired with great Northwest cuisine. I loved the reds but was especially impressed that every single white wine was outstanding.  The next day we took part in the grand tasting which included 110 different wines from around the world with the main focus on aforementionedSyrah.  This was my first trip to McMenamins and I was impressed to say the least. The buildings have been beautifully restored and the grounds are breathtaking. I liken the place to Disneyland for people who enjoy liquid libations. I was reminded of a Friday night after finals on a college campus. I hope I can return to Celebrate Syrah next year. I will even request one of the haunted rooms. “I ain’t afraid of no ghost!”




Ryan Raber


Tertulia Cellars