Wine Down Eugene January 2-8
Happy New Year!
As I look back at the year 2012, there were definitely some great highlights for me personally. In February, we launched WineJulia.com, a wine blog where I could write about my wine adventures in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. It didn’t take long for me to realize how much I really enjoyed writing about the wine I’d be drinking or the wineries I’d be visiting on the blog – it’s been loads of fun sharing my experiences. Six months after the launch of the site, WineJulia.com was voted the Best New Wine Blog – giving the site instant world-wide attention and recognition – a huge highlight for 2012.
Soon after, incredible opportunities came my way. I had dinner with several pioneers of the Oregon wine industry and lunch with Southern Oregon’s most well known wine producers. I visited Oregon’s outstanding wine regions from north to south and spent two days exploring and tasting the terrior of both McMinnville AVA and Yamhill-Carlton AVA. I’ve met wonderful people along the way and tasted some of the world’s best Pinot Noirs. Wine samples from around the globe end up on my doorstep for review purposes; in addition to, wine related products, like the amazing skybar ONE wine system. It was an awesome year!
As 2013 begins, I’ve already got some exciting events lined up; such as, a trip to New York City where I’ll spend some time with the great people of Snooth.com, a visit to one of Virginia’s well-known wine festivals, and the Oregon Wine Symposium to name a few. I’ll have a plethora of great content to share on the wine blog. With a year as great as last one now behind me, I’m excited for what’s to come in the next twelve months, and I look forward to continuing to share my wine adventures! Cheers, and wishing you all a wonderful new year – may your glass always be full.
Wine Bars, Shops and Restaurants
The Barn Light: Fri. 8 pm Dance Party with Dawn Baby and Ms Amelia Hart. No cover. New coffee house/bar downtown that features local wines and brews. Everyday 4-7 pm, Happy Hour specials on beer, wine and cocktails. 924 Willamette St., Eugene.
Heidi Tunnell Catering Company: CLOSED Dec. 25- Jan. 7; Tue. Bakery reopens after holiday break 10 am- 6 pm, lunch from 11 am – 2 pm and dinner from 4-7 pm; Thur. 6 pm, Doors open at 6 pm with appetizers, excellent selection of beer and wine available for purchase. Read about the Thurs. family-style dinners on WineJulia.com. 182 South Second St., Creswell.
16Tons (Cafe): Wed. 7-10 pm, Trivia Night; Thu. 5-7 pm free wine tasting and happy hour & movie begins at 8 pm; Every Fri. 6 pm, free live music; Every Sun. and Mon. 4-10 pm deals on growler and mason jar fills. 2864 Willamette St., Eugene.
16Tons (Taphouse): Hours of Operation: Sun.-Wed. noon – 10 pm, Thu.-Sat. noon – 12 am (except New Year’s Eve). Great selection of beer and wine. 265 East 13th Ave., Eugene.
Broadway Wine Merchants: Fri. 5-7 pm, Free Friday Wine Tasting; Tue. 4-6 pm, First Tuesday of each month – Cheese & Wine Tasting, $20 per person. Read about their wine and cheese events here. 17 Oakway Center, Eugene.
Wineries without Walls (wine shop & tasting room): Tasting room closed until May 2013. Special events will be posted here.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.
Marché Provisions: Fri. 5-7 pm, free Friday wine tasting. 296 E. 5th Ave., Eugene.
Tom & Johnny’s: Thu. 7-10 pm, Wine & Jive (wine tasting and live music). 471 South A St., Springfield.
Territorial Vineyards and Wine Co.: Thu. 5-11 pm, live music starts around 7 pm; Fri. 5-11 pm, live music starts around 7 pm. 907 West Third Ave., Eugene.
LaVelle Tasting Room at 5th Street Market: Mon. – Sat. 12-7 pm, Sun. 12–6 pm; Thu. 5-7 pm, live music; Fri. 5-7 pm, live music. 296 E. 5th Ave., 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.
The Wine Place (Yachats): Sat.12-5 pm. NOTE: For January, the shop will be closed except on Saturdays from 11 am – 5 pm. 373 N. Hwy. 101, Yachats.
SweetWaters at Valley River Inn: Every Thu. 4 – 7 pm, Free wine tasting on the patio featuring a different winery each week. 1000 Valley River Way, Eugene.
B2 Wine Bar: 30 percent off Friends and Family Discount. Place wine orders by Dec. 31; Happy Hour Mon.-Fri., 4-6 pm, and 9-10 pm. 2794 Shadow Dr., Eugene.
Long’s Meat Market: Fri. 4-6 pm, free wine tasting with some cheese from their deli; craft beers and Oregon wines available. 81 East 28th Ave., Eugene.
Authentica Wines: Hours are 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. 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.
Koho Bistro: Wed. Wine Wednesdays – 25 percent off bottles of wine. 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.
Café 440: Wed. 5 pm, 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. 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. 384 W. 13th 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. 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. 898 Pearl St., Eugene.
Café Lucky Noodle: Tue. 5:30-7:30 pm Wine Night – all bottles 35 percent off; complimentary wine tasting in the lobby. 207 East 5th Ave., Eugene.
Granary Wine Bar:Wed. 5 pm, $5 glass pours of house white or red. 259 E. 5th Ave., Eugene.
Wineries & Vineyards
LaVelle Vineyards (winery in Elmira): Visit the winery daily, Mon.-Thu. 12-5 pm, and Sat./Sun. 12-6 pm. 89697 Sheffler Rd., Elmira.
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 6:30-8:30 pm with Home School; Sun. 12-6 pm, Mimosa Sunday with live music from 2-4 pm with Kenji. 27007 Briggs Hill Rd., Eugene.
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.
Domaine Meriwether: Fri. 6-9 pm. Sparkling Nights – wine tasting and live music. Open Daily 11 am – 4 pm, except Fri. for Sparkling Nights. 88324 Vineyard Lane, Veneta.
Sarver Winery: Open daily 12-6 pm except Fri 12-9. 2600 Mayola Ln., Eugene.
King Estate: Visit the winery daily 11 am – 8 pm. 80854 Territorial Hwy., Eugene.
Saginaw Vineyard: Fri. 6-9 pm, Friday Night LIVE featuring Mike McLaren/blues country folk. Friday Night LIVE is held indoors for the winter months 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.
RainSong Vineyard: Two open houses a year: Memorial Day Weekend and Thanksgiving Weekend. Unique barrel bottling program. 92989 Templeton Rd., Cheshire.
Chateau Lorane: Open daily, 12-5 pm. 27415 Siuslaw River Rd., Lorane.
Pfeiffer Winery: Open Mon.-Thu. 11 am – 5 pm and Fri./Sat. 11 am – 9 pm. Try their hot mulled wine. 25040 Jaeg Rd., Junction City.
Brigadoon Wine Co.: Fri. – Sun. 12-5 pm wine tasting in their tasting room. 25166 Ferguson Rd., Junction City.
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.
Noble Estate: Open daily 12-5 pm. 29210 Gimpl Hill Rd., Eugene.
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. 373 North Hwy. 101, Yachats.
Spencer Creek Cellars/McBeth Vineyards: Wine Tastings in the Barn by appointment only. 541-521-4381. 85162 McBeth Rd., Eugene.
The south Willamette Valley is home to many stellar vintners that do not have tasting rooms. Check back frequently for tasting/event information on the following wineries without walls: Capitello Wines, William Rose Wines, Patchwork Cellars, Abbelone Vineyards, Stanton Vineyards, Kandarian Wine Cellars, Oakdale Cellars, Briggs Hill Winery, Iris Vineyards, Dylan’s Run, Fractal Cellars.
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.
LaVelle Tasting Room at 5th Street Market: Jan 10, 5-7 pm. Live musice with Gus Russel and Laurie Hammond 296 E. 5th Ave., Eugene.
The Bier Stein: Jan. 16, 6 – 11 pm. Widmer Brothers Stout Flight Night – special event featuring four Stout brews perfect for winter. 345 E. 11 Ave., Eugene.