Tamara Belgard

Member Since:
Apr 2017

Tamara’s tasting career spans nearly two decades, beginning first as a marketing professional and consultant for the Oregon wine industry, and then as a wine journalist. You’re likely to find her tirelessly chasing down stories about wine, spirits, cider, beer and food for publication in Oregon Wine Press, Portland Monthly, 1859 Magazine, Palate Press, and on her own website at satiatepdx.com. Through her writing, she intends to make the culinary scene more approachable—engaging, enticing, and educating both novice consumers and enthusiasts alike. Her interests include travel and all things culinary; you’ll typically stumble upon her traipsing through wine country, perusing her local farmers market, or searching the racks of her favorite wine shop for hidden gems. 

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Published Articles (14)

Barrel of possibilities – oak programs a matter of taste

It’s no secret: Winemakers take their barrels very seriously, which makes the following true story sound almost comical. When asked which is his most important tool in barrel selection? Steve […]

Lambic, the Wine Minded Beer

Lambic, thought to be the oldest beer in the western world, may also be the most unusual and most polarizing: Some see it as the ultimate expression in the art […]

Treasure of Trousseau – Red varietal from Jura could be Oregon gold

The Oregon wine industry is planted on a bedrock of courage and calculated risks. Well-studied in enology and viticulture, early growers such as David Lett and Charles Coury determined certain […]

Orange Crush: Skin-contact whites color harvest season and cellar

As the leaves turn and pumpkins ripen on the vine, the color orange reigns. Even the Harvest Moon casts a tangerine hue as the autumnal equinox approaches. Unlike the calculated […]

Feast on This – Celebration samples hottest food, coolest drinks

From bacon to kale to pumpkin spice, we know when something catches on, we’ll see it on every menu, food blog, atop a doughnut or mixed into ice cream — […]

Le Veritable Voyage – IPNC toasts Oregon, France and much more

Discover Pinot Noir mecca at the 31st annual International Pinot Noir Celebration in McMinnville Oregon.

The New Frontier of American Wine

PICTURE BREATHTAKING RIVER VALLEYS and rolling hillsides rich with ancient but fertile volcanic soil, the type of soil that results in wines of remarkable character and exceptional quality. There’s only […]

Uncovering Pét-Nat: Purely unadulterated, raw and a little dirty

An article for Oregon Wine Press that tells the story of the history of pétillant-naturel wine and how its modern revival. Features Oregon producers and reviews of the wines.

SW Washington Wine Loop – Not Just For Locals Anymore

Visit the under-explored and unknown wine region of SW Washington, featuring off-the-beaten path, authentic and unpretentious wineries.

Clone Survivors: Chardonnay thrives as wineries experiment

Discussion with several prominent Oregon winemakers about the value of using different clones to help define the style of Oregon chardonnay. Published in Oregon Wine Press

Tempranillo Celebrado

This article for Oregon Wine Press looks at the development of Southern Oregon as a hot spot for growing and producing world-class Tempranillo.

Gruner the Great

Comprehensive review of Oregon Gruner Veltiner, including varietal’s history and tasting notes.

A Bitter Beginning

An introduction of the Pacific Northwest’s first Fernet. Includes history of the spirit and tasting notes.

Two Rock-Loving Iconoclasts Bring Classic German Wines to Portland

Portland Monthly magazine features this article about two edgy Alsatian-style winemakers who open their urban winery in Portland, Oregon.