Wine Down Eugene
–Julia Crowley, EDN
Just last week some friends and I attended King Estate’s wine club members winter release tasting, and the Pinot Noir that was released exclusively to wine club members was a magnum sized bottle of the 2009 Domaine Pinot Noir. Although the ’09 Domaine Pinot Noir isn’t available just yet to the public (it will be very soon), it’s one I highly suggest for the Oregon Pinot Noir fanatics out there: this wine perfectly showcases the amazing fruit of the Willamette Valley.
After sampling the wines that were included in the winter release, we headed to the tasting bar to sample some other King Estate wines. We tried the Chardonnay, Viognier, Acrobat Pinot Noir, Signature Pinot Noir and the extraordinary Bradshaw Vineyards Designate Pinot Noir. This wasn’t my first time experiencing the ’09 Bradshaw Vineyards Pinot Noir; in fact, I wrote about it the first week of January 2012 because I had just rung in the new year with a bottle of it. It was even better than I remembered.
I’ve even been trying lower shelf ’09 Pinots to see if the less expensive brands are tasting nicely too, and I found one for under six dollars. Although it was very light, it displayed some palatable flavors that make for a food friendly, pretty good everyday wine.
If you’re out wine tasting, be sure to sample any 2009 Willamette Valley Pinot Noirs that are being offered, and if you take wine tasting notes, I would love to hear what you have to say. You’re invited to share your wine experience in the Wine Tasting Group on WineJulia.com.
Wine Bars & Wine Shops
Broadway Wine Merchants: Every Last Tuesday of the month, 6-8 pm wine & cheese pairing event; Fri. 5-7 pm, Free Friday Wine Tasting. 17 Oakway Center, Eugene.
LaVelle Club Room at 5th Street Market: Wed. 5-8 pm, half off glass pours for ladies; Thurs. and Fri. 6-8 pm, live music. 296 E. 5th Ave., Eugene.
Territorial Vineyards and Wine Co.: Thu. 5-11 pm, music starts around 7 pm; Fri. 5-11 pm, music starts around 7 pm; February art by Heather Marie Michaud. 907 West Third Ave., Eugene.
Bier Stein: Thu. 11 am – 11 pm, Pliny the Younger – once a year brew. $8 for 8 oz. draft. Proceeds to benefit Luv-A-Bull. UPDATE: Pliny the Younger sold out. 345 East Eleventh Ave., Eugene.
Creswell Coffee Company: Fri. 7pm, live music with Jazz du Jour; Sat. 7 pm, live mjusic with The Bricketts; Nice wine selection here and occasional wine tastings. 116 Melton Rd., Creswell.
16Tons (Supreme Bean): Wed. 7-10 pm, Trivia Night; Thu. 5-7 pm wine tasting; Every Sun. and Mon. 4-10 pm deals on growler and mason jar fills. 2864 Willamette St., Eugene.
The Side Bar: Wed. Ladies Night, $1 off any glass of wine and $5 off a bottle of wine, great Oregon wine selection. 1680 Coburg Rd., Eugene
Excelsior Inn & Ristorante Italiano: Fri. and Sat. 7-9:30 pm, live music, no cover; Mon.-Thu. 3-6 pm, Happy Hour. Extensive local wine list with wines from King Estate, Silvan Ridge, Adelsheim, Benton-Lane & Domaine Drouhin to name a few. 754 East Thirteenth Ave., Eugene.
Ring of Fire Restaurant: Mon. 5 pm Wine Night Mondays-35 percent off all bottles of wine; Daily Happy Hour 4-6 pm. 1099 Chambers St., Eugene.
Sundance Wine Cellars: Fri. 5-7 pm, Frugal Friday wine tasting with Mario; Sat. 5-7 pm, wine tasting featuring local and regional wines; 2441 Hilyard St., Eugene.
Café Soriah: Wed. starting at 5 pm, *last Wednesday of the month only* Celebrate Wine Wednesday. Half off bottles of wine, including local notable names such as BrickHouse, Capitello, King Estate and Broadley. 384 W. 13th Ave., Eugene.
Authentica Wines: Tue. – Fri. 11 am – 6 pm, and Sat. 10 am – 5 pm. Wine tasting available every Saturday at the Wine Bar, and on the first Friday of each month during the Art Walk. With a focus on artisan, small production wines for every budget, you’re bound to find something you love at this wine shop. 766 W. Park St., Eugene.
The Wine Place (Yachats): Fri. 4-7 pm Beer Tasting with Ninkasi; Sat. 1-4 pm, wine tasting. 373 N. Hwy. 101, Yachats.
Steelhead Brewery: Sun. – Sat. 11:30 am – 11 pm, open later on Fri. and Sat., In addition to their own wine, Steelhead Red, you’ll find almost 20 wines by the glass, including 5H, Hinman, Erath and King Estate. 199 East 5th Ave., Eugene.
Marché Restaurant: Wed. Culinary Tour de France: Savoie and the Alps. Call for reservations 541-342-3612. 296 East 5th Ave., Eugene
Le Bar at 5th Street Public Market/Marché: This new bar has a nice wine list. 296 East 5th Ave., Eugene.
Marché Provisions: Fri. 5-7 pm, Free weekly wine tasting. 296 E. 5th Ave., Eugene.
Mac’s at the Vets Club: Wed. 6-9 pm, Wine, Jazz & Variety Show with Gus Russell & Paul Biondi. A different Oregon winery is featured each week. $8 Burger and Brew night, too. 1626 Willamette St., Eugene.
Café 440: Wed., all day. Wednesday Wine Flights, taste three whites or reds for $10.50. 440 Coburg Rd., Eugene.
B2 Wine Bar: Fri. Live music with Gus Russell & Laurie Hammond; Happy hour Mon.-Fri., 4-6 pm, and 9-10 pm. Loads of Northwest wines offered here. 2794 Shadow Dr., Eugene.
Red Agave: Excellent wine list, including Oregon’s finest from King Estate, Territorial, Evesham Wood and Cristom, to name just a few. ’06 Territorial Capital T Reserve can be found here. 454 Willamette St., Eugene.
Cork and Bottle Shoppe: Fri. 4 pm, free weekly wine or beer tasting. The Cork & Bottle Shoppe is one of Oregon’s only liquor stores that carries a large selection of local and international wine and craft beer, in addition to liquor. 812 Beltline Rd., Springfield.
Jiffy Market: Fri. 5-7 pm, free wine tasting, house picks and pours; Sat. 6-10 pm, purchase a whole sandwich from the deli and receive a Ninkasi pint for $2. 3443 Hilyard St., Eugene.
Café Zenon: Tues., Fifty percent off bottles of wine; Mon-Fri. 5-6:30 pm, $1 off glasses of wine and pints of beer. Find King Estates’ Domaine Pinot Gris and Capitello’s Sauvignon Blanc here at half off on Tuesdays. 898 Pearl St., Eugene.
Izumi Sushi and Grill: Izumi has great sushi and they offer local wine and beer from Hinman, King Estate, Ninkasi and Oakshire. 2773 Shadow View Dr., Eugene.
Sam’s Place Tavern: Sports bar with a wine list featuring excellent Oregon wines between $4 and $7 a glass – Henry Estate, 5H, Eola Hills and King Estate. 825 Wilson St., Eugene.
Sabai Café and Bar: Wines by the glass, $6 and under; excellent local wines from Territorial, King Estate, Capitello and Benton-Lane. 27 Oakway Center, Eugene.
Agate Alley Laboratory: Sat. 10 pm, Late Night at The Lab with $1 off glass pour wine, $3 well drinks and pints, $9.50 pitchers & appetizer special. Twenty-five varieties of wine for $25 dollars. 2645 Willamette St., Eugene.
Kiva Grocery: Wine department focuses on affordable Northwest wines, small European wines and organic wines. Ten percent off mixed cases, 15 percent off unbroken cases. 125 W. 11th, Eugene.
Café Lucky Noodle: Tue. 5:30-7:30 pm Wine Night – all bottles 35 percent off; complimentary wine tasting in the lobby; excellent wine list. 207 East 5th Ave., Eugene.
Granary Wine Bar: Wed. 5 pm, $5 glass pours of house white or red. Nice selection of Oregon wine here. 259 E. 5th Ave., Eugene.
Cornucopia Maize Lounge: Daily happy hour 3-6 pm – “3/3/3 at 3″ special, three-dollar micros, wells and wine. 73 E. 13th Ave., Eugene.
Wineries and Vineyards
Domaine Meriwether: Open Daily 11 am – 4 pm, world renowned Meriwether and Capitello wine can be sampled in the tasting room’ Starting March 9, winery is open on Fridays until 9 pm for ‘Sparkling Nights’ – live music and wine tasting. 88324 Vineyard Lane, Veneta.
Saginaw Vineyards: Fri. 6-9 pm, Friday Night Live in the Barn with The Fiddlin’ Sue Band, 21 and over only; Open daily, 11 am – 5pm. Sample their traditional style wines in their tasting room located in the original building of a 1905 farmstead. They also specialize in farm fresh fruit wines. 80247 Delight Valley School Rd., Cottage Grove.
Benton-Lane: Fri. 6-9:30 pm, pouring at the Eugene Hilton for the Southtowne rotary Wine & Salmon Festival; Mon. – Fri. 11 am – 5 pm, enjoy one of the Top 100 wines of the world: Benton-Lane 2010 Pinot Gris. Available in the tasting room by taste, glass or bottle.; For a relaxed one hour wine tasting with the owner in a special wine room overlooking the vineyards, call the winery for details 541-847-5792. 23924 Territorial Hwy., Monroe.
Sarver Winery: Winter hours: Mon.-Thu. by appointment, Fri.-Sun., 12-6 pm. Sample the different styles of Pinot Gris produced from their 25-year old estate vines, along with full-bodied reds like Cabernet, Syrah and Petite Sirah while taking in an unobstructed view of the Cascades. 2600 Mayola Ln., Eugene.
Pfeiffer Vineyards: Open Mon.-Thu. 11 am – 5 pm and Fri./Sat. 11 am – 9 pm, Keep warm while sipping Pfeiffer wine by the fireplace. 25040 Jaeg Rd., Junction City.
Capitello Wines: Another local winery without walls, so keep an eye out on Capitello’s Facebook page for upcoming events and tastings.
Silvan Ridge Winery: Open daily 12-5 pm, Complimentary taste of five wines in addition to several limited wines that may be tasted for a fee. 27012 Briggs Hill Rd., Eugene.
Spencer Creek Cellars/McBeth Vineyards: January through March, by appointment only,
Wine Tastings in the Barn. 541-521-4381. 85162 McBeth Rd., Eugene.
Sweet Cheeks: Fri. 6-9 pm, Twilight Tasting, sample pairings of Sweet Cheeks wine with Oregon-made artisan cheeses while listening to live music; Sun. 12-6 pm, Mimosa Sundays, Fine sparkling wine and live music from 2-4 pm. 27007 Briggs Hill Rd., Eugene.
King Estate: Open daily 11 am – 8 pm. Sample some of Oregon’s finest wine, dine on gourmet cuisine, and enjoy a valley view that’s unmatched. 80854 Territorial Hwy., Eugene.
Chateau Lorane: Open daily, 12-5 pm. Stop by and taste some of their multiple award winners: Melon De Bourgogne, Petit Verdot, Viognier, Asian Girl Merlot, Zinfandel, Sauvignon Blanc and their double award-winning Red Bordeaux blend, Entourage. 27415 Siuslaw River Rd., Lorane.
J. Scott Cellars: Tasting room located in The Wine Place in Yachats. Be sure to stop by and taste these excellent small boutique handmade Rhone varietals from the Pacific Northwest. Specializing in Roussanne, Viognier, Petite Sirah, Syrah and Cabernet…and a little Pinot Noir. 373 North Hwy. 101, Yachats.
Abbelone Vineyards: Another fabulous winery without walls; check back frequently to find out where you can sample their delicious Pinot Noir.
Brigadoon Wine Co.: Winter hours by appointment. Call 541-998-8708. Try Brigadoon’s three excellent wines: a Pinot Blanc and two Pinot Noirs, which can now be enjoyed on their lovely deck with a view, — or if it’s raining, you’ll be invited into their kitchen. 25166 Ferguson Rd., Junction City.
LaVelle Vineyards (winery in Elmira): Visit the winery daily, Mon.-Fri., 12-5 pm, and Sat.-Sun., 12-6 pm. 89697 Sheffler Rd., Elmira.
Stanton Vineyards: Another local “winery without walls,” so keep an eye out for events where Charlie Stanton will be pouring his delicious wines. Bottles sold at Sundance, Market of Choice, Wineries without Walls in the Fern Ridge Chamber of Commerce & Authentica, and in restaurants Marché and Eugene Country Club.
Kandarian Wine Cellars: Excellent local winery without walls, check back often for wine tasting information.
Noble Estate: Open 7 days/week, 12-5 pm. Tasting room with beautiful patio and gorgeous view,. 29210 Gimpl Hill Rd., Eugene.
Briggs Hill Winery: A winery without walls. Check back frequently to see where and when they will be offering samples of their wine.
Iris Vineyards: In the process of changing their tasting hours, will have more information soon. 195 Palmer Ave., Cottage Grove.
Patchwork Cellars: Christian Fox, owner of Patchwork Cellars, pours his excellent wine at certain events around town. Check back often for his schedule of tastings.
Dylan’s Run: Another winery without walls. Keep an eye out for tastings at the Fern Ridge Chamber of commerce, Wineries without Walls.
Save the Date or Reserve Now
16Tons (Taphouse): Mar. 10-11, starts at noon Sat. ends at 5 pm Sun. 2nd Annual IPA Fest. 70 IPAs available for tasting, cash only. 265 East Thirteenth Ave., Eugene.
Excelsior Inn & Ristorante Italiano: Mar. 15, 6-9 pm. Culinary Tour through Italy: Cucina Regionale-Trentino Alto Adige. Seating is limited, call for reservations 541-342-6963. 754 East Thirteenth Ave., Eugene.
Silvan Ridge Winery: Mar. 18, 8:30 am – noon. Spring Winery Run & Brunch for women runners of all levels. Call 541-968-1362 for details. 27012 Briggs Hill Rd., Eugene.
Pfeiffer Winery: Mar. 17-18, 11 am – 5 pm Wine Tasting and Stella & Dot Trunk show in celebration of the 40th Annual Daffodil Festival. 25040 Jaeg Rd., Junction City.