What do wine and refugees have to do with each other you might ask? A lot more than you think!
On the evening of Thursday, April 5th you are invited to join a wine journey that spans the globe. We will travel from the Beqaa Valley in Lebanon, to the Pelopennese in Greece, and then all the way to the Willamette Valley, Oregon. This journey will be a fun one, focused on exposing you to wine cultures you may not be familiar with, but in addition will highlight the realities of what is happening to millions of people in these parts of the world, as our globe continues to struggle with the weight of 64 million displaced people and refugees.
The event will end on a celebratory note, focusing on the story of someone who had to flee his homeland, made a home in the U.S. established businesses and benefited greatly from living here. He has decided to take inspiration from his family, and wanted to give back to the country that gave him so much, so he established an incredible winery!
Wines for your tasting and discovery:
Domaine De Tourelles- One of the oldest established wineries in Lebanon, but one doing some of the most exciting things with grapes and land that dates back to the Roman times! This winery is based in the Beqaa Valley, also close to the epicenter of the Syrian refugee crisis in Lebanon.
Kotrotsos Winery- A winery established by an oenologist/chemist who had worked for over 15 years in other wineries, Yiannis Kotrotsos decided to make his own wine! The Kotrotsos winery focuses on both native and foreign grape varieties for their wines, wishing to showcase the best that Greece has to offer. We will taste one of the more interesting native Greek varieties!
Maysara Momtazi Vineyards- Established in the McMinville AVA (American Viticultural Area) of the Willamette Valley in Oregon, this incredible biodynamic and organic winery focuses their efforts on varietals that match the unique climatic conditions of their beautiful Momtazi Vineyard site, creating amazing and delicious wines.
A light appetizer menu will be provided by our lovely host, Sospeso. Check out the incredibly cool industrial chic venue on their instagram page- https://www.instagram.com/sospesodc/
The proceeds from your ticket sales will go to help fund the 1 Journey Festival on June 2nd. The festival will connect participants through the shared languages of humanity: art, fashion, food, music & dance from the countries that today’s refugees originally called home. Celebrities will perform with refugee chefs, musicians, and fashion designers. Our key message is that refugees are vital to our society.