Wine expert Lorenzo Mattoni leads a lively discussion and tasting of Oregon wines, 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 24, at First Draft Book Bar, inside Changing Hands-Phoenix, 300 W. Camelback Road.

Mattoni represents the fifth generation of the family wine business: Terre de Trinci in Umbria, Italy. His family originally grew grapes then later on went on to build a winery. Lorenzo now works locally in Arizona for Alliance Beverage as a wine specialist.

Oregon, in the Pacific Northwest, is one of the world’s youngest and most promising wine regions. The state first earned a place on the international wine map in the late 1960s and has secured its position steadily ever since. Although production volumes have remained relatively low-key, the reputation of Oregon wines has not. In the early 21st Century, Oregon is regarded as a world-class wine region, particularly for its Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris.

Cost is $35 and includes six tastings. All bottles will be available to go at a special price. Admission is limited to 30 people; first-come, first-serve. For registration and pre-payment, call 602-274-0067.



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