This weeks Wine Down Eugene comes to you all a little late. I’ve been swamped with baseball games and practices along with numerous make-up games from numerous rain-outs last week. It’s been quite the task trying to keep up with my schedule, and I’ll admit it, I’m a little relieved as the week is now beginning to wind down and Friday is just a a day away.
As I look out the window at the blue sky dotted with white puffy clouds, I’m thinking about all the fun things I have planned for the next several days. With the unpredictable weather pattern here in the Willamette Valley, I’ll keep my fingers crossed that the weather will continue down the road it is currently traveling.
If you enjoy reading the Wine Down on a regular basis, then you’ll know several weeks ago the Local Lunch Gals put a shout-out to the community for any chauffeur or limo company to offer their driving services during one of our lunch outings. We had crazy visions of our faces on car-door magnets being plastered on the side of some fancy limo while being dropped off at one of Eugene’s restaurants. Our visions definitely warranted some gut busting laughter.
Although we never ordered the Lunch Gal car door magnets, we did end up getting our very first chauffeur offer. Lunch Gal Maria’s husband gave us a ride to Cornucopia in his awesome re-built 1968 Ford Bronco Roadster convertible – and we had a blast.
This week, the owner of My Party Bus offered to take us on our Friday lunch outing, and the timing of this offer couldn’t have been more perfect: one of our best friends from high school, who moved to Illinois six years ago, is in town visiting, and she’ll be joining the Lunch Gals on Friday as our special guest. Our first stop on My Party Bus will be Koho Bistro for appetizers. For lunch and dessert, we’re heading to the Excelsior Inn & Ristorante Italiano down on campus, and I’ll be sharing our food, wine and My Party Bus experience in the next Local Lunch Gals article.
Fridays fun will continue for the next several days. On Saturday, we’ll be heading out to LaVelle Vineyards for a Winemaker Tasting and Vineyard Tour. Sunday is Father’s Day, and Monday I’m taking my boys to an Emerald’s game. On Tuesday, I’ll be at LaVelle’s Tasting Room at 5th Street for a Wine Tasting 101 class with Lorrie Normann, and on Wednesday, I’m the guide on a wine tour to King Estate, Sweet Cheeks and Noble Estate.
With so much to look forward to, I can only hope the weatherman’s prediction of sunny, warm days ahead is right on. Since I’ve been working on this, those white puffy clouds have swallowed up any blue sky I saw earlier. But, that doesn’t mean it won’t be sunny and warm in an hour from now.
Wine Bars, Shops and Restaurants
Heidi Tunnell Catering Company: Tue. Bakery 10 am- 6 pm, lunch from 11 am – 2 pm and dinner from 4-7 pm. The wood fired oven is back and wood fired pizza is available for Tuesday dinner; Thur. 6 pm, Thursday Night Dinners – this week is Grilled Chicken with Risotto. Doors open at 6pm with appetizers, excellent selection of beer and wine available for purchase. Read about these great family-style dinners on WineJulia.com. For reservations call 541-895-5885.182 South Second St., Creswell.
Sundance Wine Cellars: Fri. 5-7 pm Mario’s Frugal Friday free wine tasting; Sat. 5-7 pm, wine tasting with Helioterra. 2441 Hilyard St., Eugene.
Wineries without Walls (wine shop & tasting room): Sat. 4-6 pm, wine tasting featuring Stanton Vineyards. This wine shop and tasting room showcases local wines and is located inside the Fern Ridge Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center in Veneta. 24949 Hwy. 126, Veneta.
16Tons (Supreme Bean): Wed. 7-10 pm, Trivia Night; Thu. 5-7 pm free wine tasting and 50 percent off wine by the glass; Every Fri. 6 pm, free live music; Every Sun. and Mon. 4-10 pm deals on growler and mason jar fills. 2864 Willamette St. & 265 E. 13th Ave., Eugene.
16Tons (Taphouse): New hours: Sun.-Wed. 3-10 pm, Thu.-Sat. 3 pm – 12 am. Great selection of beer and wine. 265 East 13th Ave., Eugene.
LaVelle Tasting Room at 5th Street Market: Mon. – Sat. 11 am -9 pm, Sun. 11 am – 6 pm; Wed. 5-8 pm, half off glass pours for ladies; Thurs. and Fri. 6-8 pm, live music; Tue. 5:30-7 pm Wine Tasting 101 with Lorrie Normann. Learn to take the intimidation factor out of wine tasting excursions. Limited seating, call Denise Vendley for reservations 541-221-8592. 296 E. 5th Ave., Eugene.
Territorial Vineyards and Wine Co.: Thu. 5-11 pm, music starts around 7 pm with The Porch Band; Fri. 5-11 pm music starts around 7 pm with Jerry Zybach. 907 West Third Ave., Eugene.
Red Agave: Excellent wine list, including Oregon’s finest from King Estate, Territorial, Evesham Wood and Cristom, to name just a few. 454 Willamette St., Eugene.
Koho Bistro: Wed. Wine Wednesdays – 25 percent off bottles of wine – excellent wine list with local wines from Territorial, J.Scott, Kandarian, Meriwether and Silvan Ridge to name a few; Happy Hour daily from 5 – 6:30 pm $1 off beers on tap, well drinks and wine. 2101 Bailey Hill Rd, Suite L, Eugene.
Marché Provisions: Fri. 5-7 pm, Free weekly wine tasting. 296 E. 5th Ave., Eugene.
Le Bar at Marché: Seven days a week from 3-5 pm and 10 pm – 12 am – Happy Hour deals on cocktails, wine, beer and snacks. 296 E. 5th Ave., Eugene.
The Vintage: Mon.11 am – 10 pm, free glass of Champagne for U of O graduates; Great wine list with local and international wines, their house red is Wine By Joe Pinot Noir. Read the Local Lunch Gals review of The Vintage here. 837 Lincoln St., Eugene.
Broadway Wine Merchants: Fri. 5-7 pm, Free Friday Wine Tasting; First Tuesday of each month – Cheese & Wine Tasting, $20 per person, call for reservations 541-685-0790. Read about their wine and cheese events here. 17 Oakway Center, Eugene.
Falling Sky Brewing: Open Sun.-Wed. 11 am – midnight and Thur. – Sat. 11-1 am. Excellent selection of handcrafted brews and local barrel to tap wines. Check out the Local Lunch Gals review of Falling Sky here. 1334 Oak Alley, Eugene.
Creswell Coffee Company: Fri. 7 pm, live music with Rusty Still. Nice wine selection here and occasional wine tastings. 116 Melton Rd., Creswell.
Sam Bond’s Garage: Opens at 4 pm. Live music, full bar featuring local wine and beer-in the heart of the Whitaker Neighborhood. 407 Blair Blvd., Eugene.
The Wine Place (Yachats): Fri. 4-7 pm Beer Tasting with Maui Brewing and Calapooia Brweing; Sat.1-4 pm Zerba Cellars wine tasting. 373 N. Hwy. 101, Yachats.
Papa’s Soul Food: Tue. – Fri. Noon-2 pm and 5-10 pm. Sat. 2-10 pm. Great southern soul food and Blues joint with local wine from Territorial Vineyards & Wine Company and beer from local breweries. Read the Local Lunch Gals review here. 400 Blair Blvd., Eugene.
Sabai Café and Bar: Wines by the glass, $6 and under; excellent local wines from Territorial, King Estate, Capitello and Benton-Lane; check out a review by the Local Lunch Gals by clicking here. 27 Oakway Center, Eugene.
Belly: Select and affordable wine list. 30 E. Broadway., Eugene.
Long’s Meat Market: Fri. 4-6 pm, free wine tasting with some cheese from their deli. 81 East 28th Ave., Eugene.
B2 Wine Bar: Happy hour Mon.-Fri., 4-6 pm, and 9-10 pm. Ask about Eugene Wine Cellars new Red Blend. Loads of Northwest wines offered here. 2794 Shadow Dr., 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. 754 East Thirteenth Ave., Eugene.
Café 440: Wed. all day, Wednesday Wine Flights, taste three whites or reds for $10.50; Mon. – Sat. 3-6 pm Happy Hour specials. For the Local Lunch Gals review, click here. 440 Coburg Rd., 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
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.
Soriah Cafe: Wed. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 in addition to extensive wines list. 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.
Wineries & Vineyards
Domaine Meriwether: Fri. 6-9 pm. Sparkling Nights – wine tasting, live music, fun; Open Daily 11 am – 4 pm, world renowned Meriwether still and sparkling wine can be sampled in the tasting room. 88324 Vineyard Lane, Veneta.
LaVelle Vineyards (winery in Elmira): Fri. 5-9 pm, Friday Night Flights is back! Free three wine flight, live music and food available for purchase from varying local food carts; Visit the winery daily, Mon.-Thu. 12-5 pm, and Sat./Sun. 12-6 pm. 89697 Sheffler Rd., Elmira.
Pfeiffer Winery: Fri./Sat. Fondue Nights~Cheese and chocolate fondue with fixings; Daisy’s Food Cart offering great menu items on Fri. Sat. and Sun.! Open Mon.-Thu. 11 am – 5 pm and Fri./Sat. 11 am – 9 pm. 25040 Jaeg Rd., Junction City.
Sarver Winery: Fri. 6-9 pm live music with The Brewketts; Open daily 12-6 pm except Fri 12-9 pm; Gourmet pizza and live music on the first three Fridays of each month, Steak and Sarver Caesar Dinners on the last Friday of each month-call for reservations 541-935-2979. 2600 Mayola Ln., Eugene.
Silvan Ridge Winery: Fri. 12-9 pm, new Friday hours & live music starting at 6 pm with Dreamdog. Wood-fired pizza and wine; Open Sat.- Thur. 12-5 pm, Fri. 12- 9 pm. Complimentary taste of five wines in addition to several limited wines that may be tasted for a fee. 27012 Briggs Hill 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 from 6:30-830 pm with Norman Mesman. Featured Food Cart: Boss Hawgs BBQ; Sun. 12-6 pm, Mimosa Sundays, fine sparkling wine and live music from 2-4 pm with Elizabeth Yandel. 27007 Briggs Hill Rd., Eugene.
Brigadoon Wine Co.: Fri. – Sun. 12-5 pm, newly constructed tasting room where you can sample Brigadoon’s three excellent wines now open. 25166 Ferguson Rd., Junction City.
Saginaw Vineyards: Fri. 6-9 pm, Friday Night Live with Cowboy Cadillac, 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: Open Daily Noon to 5pm; 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.
Capitello Wines: Another local winery without walls, so keep an eye out on Capitello’s Facebook page for upcoming events and tastings.
Spencer Creek Cellars/McBeth Vineyards: Wine Tastings in the Barn by appointment only. 541-521-4381. 85162 McBeth 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.
Stanton Vineyards: Another local winery without walls, look for Stanton wines 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.
Oakdale Cellars: A local winery without walls. Oakdale Pinot Noir is a glass pour at LeBar at Marche’. Check back often for tasting and event information.
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: Mn-Fri. 11 am – 4 pm. Starting June 16, the tasting room will be open on Saturdays from 11 am – 4 pm. 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.
Fractal Cellars: A winery without walls that pours samples at certain events around town. Check back often for dates and locations of tastings.
Save the Date or Reserve Now:
Heidi Tunnell Catering Co: Thursday night dinners in their on-site event center. 6:30pm, doors open at 6pm. Extensive wine list by local, handcrafted Oregon winemakers and local beers as well; 2012 series Barn Dinner-reservations are now open, click here to make a reservation on line or call 541-895-5885. 182 South Second St., Creswell.
Marché Provisions: Jun. 21, 7:15 pm. Wine Basics Class: Chardonnay. Stop by the shop to sign up or call for reservations 541-342-3612 296 E. 5th Ave., Eugene.
Marché: Jun. 27, French REgional Dinner: Languedoc/Rousillon. Call 541-342-3612 for reservations. 296 E. 5th Ave., Eugene.
B2 Wine Bar/Crescent Village: Jun. 29, 9 pm Movies Under The Stars with a free showing of Willie Wonka & The Chocolate Factory; Jul. 27, 9 pm Up; Aug. 10, 8:20 pm Casablanca; Aug 24 8 pm, Hook.