“Fire up that grill, honey!” I’ve said those exact words on numerous occasions since the clouds have dispersed and the sun has been shining down on the Willamette Valley; indeed, I love to cook in the great outdoors – one of the many reasons why I love summer.
In the past two weeks, I’ve used the outdoor grill on twelve of those fourteen days. With as much grilling as I’ve been doing, I’m always on the prowl for new and exciting recipes. From Cedar Plank Grilled Salmon to an entire wheel of ooey-gooey grilled Brie cheese, I am absolutely loving the the ease of outdoor cooking.
While I love discovering all these great grilling recipes, I also love pairing wine with the food I’m preparing. With each recipe, I’ve carefully thought about what wine would be perfectly matched with the food, and so far I’ve come across some truly ambrosial combinations.
My favorite recent food and wine pairing was a Savory Grilled Blueberry Pizza, from chindeep.com, with a glass of Domaine Meriwether 2005 Pinot Noir. Another pairing I loved was Bourbon Bacon BBQ Ribs paired with a 2010 Petite Sirah from King Estate – unconditionally delicious. For a quick and easy appetizer, I grilled sourdough baguette slices alongside a wheel of Brie cheese, then dipped the grilled bread into the melted Brie while sipping on a chilled glass of 2009 Terriorial Pinot Gris, an outstanding pairing.
The list goes on, so enjoy these gorgeous sunny days and get out of the kitchen. Fire up that grill and follow me over to WineJulia.com for summer grilling recipes and exceptional wine pairings.
Wine Bars, Shops and Restaurants
Wineries without Walls (wine shop & tasting room): Sat. 4-6 pm, wine tasting with Mark Nicholl of William Rose Wines. 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.
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. NO Thursday Night Dinner this week, HTCC will be at the Ladies in the Field event in Corvallis. Read about the Thurs. family-style dinners on WineJulia.com. For reservations call 541-895-5885; Sat. 6 pm HTCC Barn Dinner with Domaine Meriwether – Sold Out.182 South Second St., Creswell.
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 The Anthony McCarthy Duo; August Art: Shanna Trumbley. 907 West Third Ave., Eugene.
LaVelle Tasting Room at 5th Street Market: Mon. – Sat. 11 am -9 pm, Sun. 11 am – 6 pm; Thurs. live music with Gus Russell, Paul Biondi and friends; Fri. 6-8 pm, live music with Jerry Zybach Trio; Sat. 6-8 pm, live music with Joanne Broh and the Love Bandits. 296 E. 5th Ave., Eugene.
Falling Sky Brewing: Hours of operation: 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.
Ninkasi Brewing: Tasting room hours: Sun.-Wed. 12-9 pm, Thu.-Sat. 12-10 pm. Indoor and outdoor seating, food available for purchase from varying food carts. 272 Van Buren St., Eugene.
Marché Provisions: Wed. 4:30-6:30 pm, Ridge Vineyards Free Tasting. 7 pm, Dinner with Ridge Vineyards. For details and reservations call 541-342-3612; Fri. 5-7 pm, Free weekly wine tasting. 296 E. 5th Ave., 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.
The Wine Place (Yachats): Fri. 4-7 pm Beer Tasting with Upright Brewing; Sat.1-4 pm Wine tasting with Angel Vines. 373 N. Hwy. 101, Yachats.
Long’s Meat Market: Fri. 4-6 pm, free wine tasting with some cheese from their deli; Sat. 11 am – 3 pm, weekly Saturday parking lot BBQ of hot dogs, hamburgers, 1/2 chickens and brats- craft beers and Oregon wines available in the deli. 81 East 28th 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.
Sundance Wine Cellars: Fri. 5-7 pm Mario’s Frugal Friday free wine tasting; Sat. 5-7 pm, wine tasting. 2441 Hilyard St., Eugene.
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): Hours of Operation: Sun.-Wed. 3-10 pm, Thu.-Sat. 3 pm – 12 am. Great selection of beer and wine. 265 East 13th 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. Read the Local Lunch Gals review. 2101 Bailey Hill Rd, Suite L, 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: 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.
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.
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.
Creswell Coffee Company: Fri. 7 pm, live music with Dylan James; Sat. 7 pm, live music with Jazz Du Jour. Nice wine selection and occasional wine tastings. 116 Melton Rd., Creswell.
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.
B2 Wine Bar: Fri. 8:20 pm, Movies Under the Stars featuring Casablanca; Happy Hour Mon.-Fri., 4-6 pm, and 9-10 pm. 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. Read the Local Lunch Gals review.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.
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 wine at great glass pour prices – Henry Estate, 5H, Eola Hills and King Estate. 825 Wilson St., Eugene.
Cornucopia Maize Lounge: CLOSED (Out of Business) 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
LaVelle Vineyards (winery in Elmira): Fri. 5-9 pm, Friday Night Flights CANCELLED due to private event. Visit the winery daily, Mon.-Thu. 12-5 pm, and Sat./Sun. 12-6 pm. 89697 Sheffler Rd., Elmira.
Domaine Meriwether: Thu., 6-9 pm. CASA Benefit – BBQ, wine and music. Purchase tickets at www,casa-lane.org; 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.
Sarver Winery: Fri. 6-9 pm, live music; 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.
Saginaw Vineyard: Fri. 6-9 pm, Friday Night LIVE featuring Tony Rae & Common Ground. Minors under 21 are permitted to Friday Night LIVE Memorial Weekend through September as long as it’s not raining. If it’s raining, Friday Night LIVE is held indoors and minors are not permitted. For more information, please click here; 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.
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.
Silvan Ridge Winery: Fri. 12-9 pm, live music starting at 6 pm. 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 Alex Hagerty. Featured Food Cart: Dump City Dumplings; Sun. 12-6 pm, Mimosa Sundays, fine sparkling wine and live music from 2-4 pm with Barefoot Leroy. 27007 Briggs Hill Rd., Eugene.
Brigadoon Wine Co.: Fri. – Sun. 12-5 pm wine tasting in their tasting room. 25166 Ferguson Rd., Junction City.
Benton-Lane: Fri. 6:30 pm, Wine dinner at Lewis & Clark in Eugene. Call the winery for details 541-847-5792.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: Fri./Sat./Sun. Capitello will be pouring their wines at the Bite of Oregon in Portland.
William Rose Wines: Sat. 4-6 pm, pouring at Wineries without Walls located inside the Fern Ridge Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center in Veneta. 24949 Hwy. 126, Veneta.
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.
Patchwork Cellars: Sat. 4-6 pm, sample Patchwork wines at the Fern Ridge Chamber of Commerce’s Wineries without Walls. 24949 Hwy. 126, Veneta.
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: A winery without walls – check back often for tasting locations.
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.
Dylan’s Run: Another winery without walls. Keep an eye out for tastings at various locations.
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. 182 South Second St., Creswell.
B2 Wine Bar/Crescent Village: Aug 24, 8 pm Hook.
Sweet Cheeks: Aug. 16, Jewels of the Vine – a fundraiser to support Lane Community College’s Women in Trasition Scholarship. Finger foods, chocolates, wine tasting and other indulgences provided by local businesses. $20 admission. 27007 Briggs Hill Rd., Eugene.
LaVelle Vineyards (winery in Elmira): Aug 18, 6:30 pm. Saturday Evening with the Winemaker. $35 per person. For details and reservations call 541-935-9406. Read about last years event here. 89697 Sheffler Rd., Elmira.
Silvan Ridge Winery: Aug. 18, 2nd Annual Twilight 5K. 5K run, outdoor concert, food, wine and beer. 27012 Briggs Hill Rd., Eugene.
Marché Provisions: Aug. 23, 7:15 pm. Wine Class: Riesling. $35 per person; Aug. 29, French Regional Dinner: Provence. For details and reservations call 541-342-3612. 296 E. 5th Ave., Eugene.
Capitello Wines: A winery without walls. Upcoming wine tastings will be during the Eugene Celebration and Market of Choice. Dates and times TBA.
Pfeiffer Winery: Aug. 26, 5-10 pm. Robin’s Birthday Bash in the Pfeiffer Winery and Water Garden. Live music with Shelley and Cal, catered by Boss Hawgs BBQ and Bambino’s gourmet pizza, wine and beer available for purchase. $20 per person. Reservations required with a credit card, call 541-998-2828. 25040 Jaeg Rd., Junction City.
Sarver Winery: Sep. 17, 6 pm. Second Annual Lowland Cajun Boil featuring the VooDoo Mountain Zydeco Band. Call to reserve your spot with a credit card – $20 dollars per person. 541-935-2979. 2600 Mayola Ln., Eugene.