What to expect:
Chef Sarah Pliner has been a long-time supporter of the Winemaker Dinner series and her gorgeous and delicious dinners are always a hit with guests. Her delicate yet impactful flavors will pair perfectly with Brooks complex and balanced wines.
Seating - You'll dine in the private 18-seat dining area adjacent to the vegetable garden.
1733 NE Alberta St.
Portland, OR 97211
Located in the Alberta Arts District of Northeast Portland, Aviary presents an inventive and eclectic menu of small and large plates, boasting cuisine that applies classic French techniques to exotic Eastern flavors and the freshest ingredients of the season.
Chef Sarah Pliner
Owner and Chef Sarah Pliner’s dedication to clean flavors and disciplined methods is inspired by decades of cooking experience in New York and Portland in restaurants such as Alain Ducasse at the Essex House, Aquavit, Aldea, Socialista, and The Heathman Restaurant and Bar in Portland.
Brooks is the living legacy of Jimi Brooks, a visionary Portland native who came to wine through his passion for history and philosophy. After traveling the world and experiencing the hard work of winemaking in Beaujolais, Jimi returned to Oregon and found a burgeoning wine world. He devoted the rest of his life to holistic farming and winemaking in the Willamette Valley, showcasing the region’s potential for expressive, complex and balanced Riesling and Pinot Noir.
While Jimi is no longer with us, his strong commitment to biodynamic farming, his gentle approach to winemaking and his excitement for the Willamette Valley terroir live on through our wines and our team. Jimi’s son Pascal is the sole owner of the winery; Jimi’s sister Janie Brooks Heuck has volunteered her time to lead it; and Jimi’s longtime friend and winemaking accomplice, Chris Williams, continues to make Brooks’ wines.
Chris Williams, Winemaker
Chris Williams met Jimi Brooks in 1997 by happenstance, selling Jimi motorcycle parts for an old Moto Guzzi. The two became fast friends, and Chris soon began working at the winery – first by working wine club events. Chris soon found himself helping Jimi in Brooks’ cellar, and went on to work alongside Jimi at WillaKenzie Estate and Maysara Winery.
When Jimi passed away suddenly in 2004, Chris was among the many friends and winemakers who stepped in and helped make Jimi’s wine that year. Chris became Brooks’ full-time winemaker in 2005 and has brought continuity to Brooks wines, sharing Jimi’s philosophy and style, and continuously showcasing the elegance of small-production Riesling and Pinot Noir from the Willamette Valley.