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Wine Down Eugene March 12-18

Last weekend, taking place at the beautiful Stoller Family Estate in Oregon’s layered and rolling Dundee Hills, the 2014 Oregon Chardonnay Symposium began with a Technical Panel and Tasting that had a very impressive line-up of Oregon Chardonnay producers.  From some of the well-known pioneers like David Adelsheim (who brought the first Dijon Chardonnay clones into the state) to today’s generation of impassioned producers like Melissa Burr of Stoller Family Estate – we wine enthusiasts were all ears when each panel member shared their thoughts on the future of Oregon Chardonnay.

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Nine stellar Oregon Chardonnays waiting to be tasted during the tech panel tasting.

During the tasting, which included nine incredible Chardonnays from nine different producers throughout the state, I was remarkably impressed with the common vision the panel members had for the future of Oregon Chardonnay: plant Chardonnay on your best blocks, the future for this popular and well-known varietal that thrives in our climate is far beyond promising.  Their common vision, along with their individual voices and styles, are a force that is bound to heighten worldwide recognition for Oregon’s elegant, terroir driven Chardonnays. 

Each of the panel members discussed their thoughts on Oregon Chardonnays while we sampled their selected wine.  David Adelsheim thinks that Oregon’s Chardonnays are about “elegance, transparency and purity,” which perfectly describes his 2012 Willamette Valley Caitlin’s Reserve Chardonnay with its super fresh, focused and clean fruit that was very elegant, structured and quite classic characteristically.  Josh Bergström of Bergström Wines thinks that “vibrant acidity and mineral freshness” are of the utmost importance, which he totally accomplished with his 2011 Sigrid Chardonnay  – it was one of my favorites of the day.  Jesse Lange of Lange Estate winery believes that “acidity is the framework for white wine,” and everyone on the panel appeared to nod in agreement.  The Lange Estate 2012 Three Hills Cuvee most certainly offered a solid acidic backbone that rounded out the subtle, juicy fruit qualities to perfection.

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Oregon wine industry pioneer David Adelsheim discussed his thoughts on the future of Oregon Chardonnay while I reveled in the Adelsheim Vineyards Caitlin’s Reserve

Two of the panel members who brought an international flair to the conversation were Dominique Lafor of Evening Land Vineyards and Véronique Drouhin of Domaine Drouhin Oregon.  Véronique noted that “clones, soil and the relationship with one another” were very important for producing outstanding Chardonnay.  The wine she selected for the panel tasting was Domaine Drouhin’s 2011 Edition Limitée Chardonnay made from 100 percent Dijon clones, and the super complex qualities really defined this Chardonnays classic rich palate that expressed the varietals true characteristics – it was especially lush and lovely.

After the tech panel tasting, 40 select Chardonnay producers gathered for an unbelievable Grand Tasting of Oregon Chardonnays – the largest display of Oregon Chardonnay in one room to date.  Some of my favorites from the Grand Tasting were Keeler Estate’s 2012, Domaine Drouhin’s 2012 Arthur, Omero Cellars 2012, Crowley Wines Four Winds 2011, Kramer Vineyards 2012, Big Table Farm 2012, North Valley 2011 Reserve, Brick House Cascadia 2011 and Evening Land’s 2010 Seven Springs Vineyard.

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A true testament to the ageability of Oregon Chardonnay

Really, the list goes on and on – Oregon has a plethora of Chardonnays that are absolutely divine and of the highest quality.  Our producers are creating world-class wines that are true to the varietal, and without a doubt, fully deserve world-wide recognition.

And one Chardonnay I was lucky enough to sample is a true testament to how Oregon’s Chardonnay’s can stand the test of time and age with absolute beauty and grace, while retaining elegance, complexity and stellar depth of character: Eyrie Vineyard’s 1988 Chardonnay – wow. Simply wow.

I’ll be writing about each of my favorite Chardonnays from the Grand Tasting; as well as, the Chardonnays from the Tech Panel tasting over on my award-winning website WineJulia.com.

 

 

 

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Wine Bars, Shops and Restaurants

  • Cork & Barrel Wine Tours: Leaving from West Eugene, this comfortable tour of three wineries features a relaxing, educational, entertaining experience to enjoy while sipping wine and unwinding from the week. After just over an hour, we will depart for the second winery with a leisurely 20 minute drive through the beautiful countryside. The final stop along the tour will feature the third winery selected for the week, chosen as a locale that exemplifies the diversity available to our vineyards in the Willamette Valley. - Eugene, OR
  • Pyrenees Lounge: New wine bar and tasting room for Umpqua Valley's Pyrenees Vineyards. Located in the old Woolworth building, downtown Eugene. Grand opening February 14, 2014. - 946 Willamette Street, Eugene, OR 97401
  • Lane Events Center: Lane Events Center hosts year round events including food, wine and beer events. - 796 West 13th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97402
  • Marche': French themed restaurant featuring lunch and dinner; as well as, special events. - 265 East 5th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97401
  • J. Scott Cellars Yachats Tasting Room: Fri. and Sat. 1-5 pm, come check out J. Scott Cellars new tasting room in Yachats and try some of Jonathan Oberlander's fantastic wines. (Note: the tasting room is no longer located in The Wine Place.) - 504 Highway 101, Yachats, Oregon 97498
  • Noble Estate Urban Tasting Room: Noble Estate now has an urban tasting room in west Eugene. Open every Friday night from 4-9 pm, featuring live music from 5-9 pm. Enjoy customized tasting flights for $5.  Local beer available on tap. - 560 commercial Street, Unit F, Eugene, OR 97402
  • Capitello Wines: Wed. - Sat. 12-8 pm, Winemaker Ray Walsh recently opened this new tasting room featuring his true, artisan-crafted and critically acclaimed wines from Oregon and New Zealand. - 540 Charnelton Avenue, Eugene, Oregon 97402
  • Oregon Wine LAB: The Oregon Wine LAB is an urban Winery and Tasting Lounge and the new home for William Rose Wines and for Local Artisan Brands / Winemakers. - 488 Lincoln Street, Eugene, OR 97401
  • Route 5 NW Wine Bar: Explore wine country in the heart of Eugene's 5th Street Market at Route Five-a northwest wine bar with great food, a relaxed atmosphere and a range of wines by the glass, bottle or to stock your cellar. - 248 East 5th, #12, Eugene, OR 97401
  • The Tap and Growler: Open 7 days a week, enjoy this extensive beer and wine taproom and growler filling destination. Featuring 70 taps of craft beer, fine wines, and more. - 207 East Fifth Avenue, Eugene, OR 97401
  • First National Taphouse: Enjoy an ever rotating tap lineup that's been hand selected to showcase the finest and most exclusive brews from around Oregon and the Northwest; including a selection of wines. - 51 West Broadway, Eugene, OR 97401
  • LaVelle Tap Room: 4 - 9 pm, Mon.-Sat. closed Sun. LaVelle's new Tap Room in Springfield will offer wine and beer on tap.  Soft Opening is Oct 10, 4 pm. Grand opening TBA. - 400 International Way, Springfield, OR 97477
  • The Museum of Unfine Art: Local, Washington, domestic and foreign wines, a big selection! 537 Willamette Downtown Eugene across from the post office-we carry, Noble, King,14 Hands, and many others. - 537 Willamette st. Eugene, Or 97401
  • Ambrosia: Locally owned and operated since 1987, Ambrosia boasts an award winning wine list and an extensive lunch and dinner menu. Happy Hour from 4-6 pm, Mon. - Fri.. - 174 East Broadway Avenue, Eugene, OR 97401
  • Anindor Vineyards: Open 11 am - 5 pm Wed. - Sun., enjoy a unique wine tasting in a Pacific yurt. Specializing in Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Riesling and Gewurztraminer. - 1171 Vintage Drive, Elkton, OR 97436
  • Ledger David Cellars: Open daily 12-5 pm Apr. - Sep., located in Le Petit Tasting Room is conveniently located between Lillie Belle Farms and The World Famous Rogue Creamery.Just around the corner from Jacksonville. Producers of fine Viognier, Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc and red and white blends. - 245A N Front Street, Central Point, OR 97502
  • Girardet Winery: Open daily, 11 am-5 pm. One of Oregon's oldest wine estates established in 1971 offers European-style wines. - 895 Reston Road, Roseburg, OR 97471
  • High Pass Winery: Open 12-5 pm, Fri. - Sun. from May through Thanksgiving. Small volume, handcrafted wines. - 24757 LaVell Road, Junction City, OR 97448
  • Sweet Earth Vineyards: Open Sat. and Sun. 12-5 pm through Labor Day Weekend. Family owned vineyards and winery committed to producing excellent, handcrafted wines from the finest grapes. - 24843 Kyle Road, Monroe, OR 97456
  • RainSong Vineyard: Open Memorial weekend and Labor Day weekend, specializing in Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier Sparkling Wine and their unique barrel bottling program. - 92989 Templeton Road, Cheshire, OR 97419
  • J. Scott Cellars: Westside Warehouse District: Open Fridays 4-9 featuring live music. Saturdays open 1-9 pm. This urban warehouse winery is located in the new Westside Warehouse District. - 520 Commercial Street #G, Eugene, OR 97402
  • Henry Estate Winery: Open daily 11 am - 5 pm, with five generations of farming the Umpqua and three generations currently running the estate, the Henry's focus on producing Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Gewurztraminer and Chardonnay. - 687 Hubbard Creek Road, Umpqua, OR 97486
  • Melrose Vineyards: Open daily 10 am - 5 pm, sample an array of wines inside their converted 100 year old barn. - 885 Melqua Road, Roseburg, OR 97471
  • Brandborg Winery: Open daily 11 am - 5 pm. Located in Oregon’s newest AVA, Elkton, this family owned and operated winery is known for producing award winning cool climate aromatic whites and expressive terroir driven pinot noirs from locally sourced grapes; in addition to, their Estate white and red Pinot Noirs. - 345 1st Street, Elkton, OR 97436
  • Bradley Vineyards: Open 11 am - 5 pm Wed. - Sun., located in Oregon's newly designated Elkton AVA, sample award-winning Pinot Noir, Riesling, Baco Noir and Bijou Noir - to name a few. A unique Oregon-built yurt is available for events. For more information, call 541-584-2888. - 1000 Azalea Drive, Elkton, OR 97436
  • Palotai Vineyard and Winery: Open daily 11 am - 5 pm, $5 for three tastes (refunded with minimum purchase). Winery with a Hungarian history offers unique wines. - 272 Capital Lane, Roseburg, OR 97471
  • Reustle Prayer Rock Vineyards: Open Tues. - Sat. 10 am - 5 pm, offering very unique wine tastings, called cave tastings, guests receive a brief tour as they pass through a dimly-lit hallway of oak barrels in the underground Wine Cave and Tasting Room.  Our guests then sit-down for a wine tasting and appetizer pairing with a Wine Educator, either in the "Grand Hall" or one of the three Catacomb Tasting Rooms. - 960 Cal Henry Road, Roseburg, OR 97471
  • Abacela: Open daily 11 am - 5 pm (Nov - May) and 11 am - 6 pm (Jun-Oct).  Specializing in spanish varietals like Albarino and Tempranillo, this premiere Vine and Wine Center tasting room has a beautiful view of the vineyards and valley. - 12500 Lookingglass Road, Roseburg, OR 97471
  • Delfino Vineyards and Winery: Family owned and operated winery of the Umpqua Valley located just outside of Roseburg offering incredible Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo, Muller Thurgau and Rose, to name a few. 541-673-7575 - 3829 Colonial Road, Roseburg, OR 97471
  • My Party Bus: My Party Bus provides wine beer and event tours to Eugene, OR and the surrounding Lane County areas. Call 541-554-7979 for more details about the service they provide. - Pick-up at various locations depending on the event, Eugene, OR 97402
  • Eugene, Cascades and Coast Adventure Center: Open daily 9 am - 6 pm,The state's newest visitor information center will inspire you to explore the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region. Get tips from local experts and itinerary suggestions that fit your time and interests. Shop a selection of local wines, beers and souvenirs. - 3312 Gateway Street, Springfield, OR 97477
  • Granary Wine Bar: Wed. 5 pm, $5 glass pours of house white or red. - 259 E. 5th Ave., Eugene, OR 97401
  • 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, OR 97401
  • 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, OR 97477
  • 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, OR 97401
  • Soriah Cafe: Wed. 5 pm, *last Wednesday of the month only* Celebrate Wine Wednesday. Half off bottles of wine. - 384 W. 13th Ave., Eugene, OR 97401
  • 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, OR 97402
  • The Side Bar: Wed. Ladies Night, $1 off any glass of wine and $5 off a bottle of wine. - 1680 Coburg Rd., Eugene, OR 97401
  • 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, OR 97401
  • 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, OR 97405
  • Sundance Wine Cellars: Fri. 5-7 pm Mario’s Frugal Friday free wine tasting; Sat. 5-7 pm, wine tasting. - 2441 Hilyard St., Eugene, OR 97405
  • 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. OR 97401
  • B2 Wine Bar: Happy Hour Mon.-Fri., 4-6 pm, and 9-10 pm. - 2794 Shadow Dr., Eugene OR 97408
  • SweetWaters at Valley River Inn: Every Thu. 4 – 7 pm, Free wine tasting featuring a different winery each week. - 1000 Valley River Way, Eugene OR 97401
  • Wineries without Walls: Closed except for special events, which will be listed 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, OR 97487
  • The Wine Place (Yachats): Open daily: Mon.-Thu. 11 am-6 pm, Fri and Sat. 11 am-7 pm, and Sun. 9 am-6 pm. Summer is in full swing at The Wine Place in Yachats.  The store continues its focus on Oregon wines, as well as craft beers, gourmet food items, and fresh bread made in-house daily.  A new small-plates menu has been added, so customers can enjoy a glass of wine and snacks on the deck.  The adjacent art gallery is open for browsing, and features local artists. The Wine Place is located on Highway 101 at the corner of Fourth Street in Yachats, Oregon. Parking is available in the back. - 373 N. Hwy. 101, Yachats OR 97498
  • Ninkasi Brewing (hq): For beer events, check out the NEW Hopped Up Eugene! - 272 Van Buren St., Eugene OR 97402
  • Marché Provisions: Fri. 5-7 pm, free Friday wine tasting. Excellent wine selection and gourmet foods and very knowledgeable wine staff. - 296 E. 5th Ave., Eugene OR 97401
  • Broadway Wine Merchants: Fri. 5-7 pm, Free Friday Wine Tasting. Great selection of Oregon and international wines. The owner and entire staff are well educated in wine. Watch for their weekly events and occasional wine dinners. - 17 Oakway Center, Eugene, OR 97401
  • 16Tons (Taphouse): Events Weekly - check the sidebar.  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, OR 97401
  • 16Tons (Cafe): Wed. 7-10 pm, Trivia Night; Events and Tastings on Thu. 5 pm. Every Fri. 6 pm, Tastings and free live music; Every Sun. and Mon. 4-10 pm deals on growler and mason jar fills. - 2864 Willamette St., Eugene, OR 97405
  • Territorial Vineyards and Wine Co: Thu. 5-11 pm, live music with The Porch Band starts around 7 pm; Fri. 5-11 pm, live music with Strange Charm starts around 7 pm. - 907 West Third Ave. Eugene,OR 97402
  • Sarver Winery: Winter Tasting Room Hours: 12-9pm Friday 12-6pm Saturday's and Sunday's and By Appointment only Monday-Thursday - 2600 Mayola Ln., Eugene, OR 97402
  • Heidi Tunnell Catering Company: Creswell Bakery now open FIVE days a week! Tue.-Fri. 7 am - 6 pm ( Tue. lunch from 11 am - 2 pm), Sat. 8 am - 2 pm; Thur. 6 pm, Family Style Dinner.  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 S 2nd St Creswell, OR 97426
  • The Barn Light: Everyday 4-7 pm, Happy Hour specials on beer, wine and cocktails. - 924 Willamette St. Eugene,OR 97401

Wineries & Vineyards

  • Pyrenees Lounge: New wine bar and tasting room for Umpqua Valley's Pyrenees Vineyards. Located in the old Woolworth building, downtown Eugene. Grand opening February 14, 2014. - 946 Willamette Street, Eugene, OR 97401
  • J. Scott Cellars Yachats Tasting Room: Fri. and Sat. 1-5 pm, come check out J. Scott Cellars new tasting room in Yachats and try some of Jonathan Oberlander's fantastic wines. (Note: the tasting room is no longer located in The Wine Place.) - 504 Highway 101, Yachats, Oregon 97498
  • Noble Estate Urban Tasting Room: Noble Estate now has an urban tasting room in west Eugene. Open every Friday night from 4-9 pm, featuring live music from 5-9 pm. Enjoy customized tasting flights for $5.  Local beer available on tap. - 560 commercial Street, Unit F, Eugene, OR 97402
  • Capitello Wines: Wed. - Sat. 12-8 pm, Winemaker Ray Walsh recently opened this new tasting room featuring his true, artisan-crafted and critically acclaimed wines from Oregon and New Zealand. - 540 Charnelton Avenue, Eugene, Oregon 97402
  • Oregon Wine LAB: The Oregon Wine LAB is an urban Winery and Tasting Lounge and the new home for William Rose Wines and for Local Artisan Brands / Winemakers. - 488 Lincoln Street, Eugene, OR 97401
  • LaVelle Tap Room: 4 - 9 pm, Mon.-Sat. closed Sun. LaVelle's new Tap Room in Springfield will offer wine and beer on tap.  Soft Opening is Oct 10, 4 pm. Grand opening TBA. - 400 International Way, Springfield, OR 97477
  • Anindor Vineyards: Open 11 am - 5 pm Wed. - Sun., enjoy a unique wine tasting in a Pacific yurt. Specializing in Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Riesling and Gewurztraminer. - 1171 Vintage Drive, Elkton, OR 97436
  • Ledger David Cellars: Open daily 12-5 pm Apr. - Sep., located in Le Petit Tasting Room is conveniently located between Lillie Belle Farms and The World Famous Rogue Creamery.Just around the corner from Jacksonville. Producers of fine Viognier, Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc and red and white blends. - 245A N Front Street, Central Point, OR 97502
  • Girardet Winery: Open daily, 11 am-5 pm. One of Oregon's oldest wine estates established in 1971 offers European-style wines. - 895 Reston Road, Roseburg, OR 97471
  • High Pass Winery: Open 12-5 pm, Fri. - Sun. from May through Thanksgiving. Small volume, handcrafted wines. - 24757 LaVell Road, Junction City, OR 97448
  • Sweet Earth Vineyards: Open Sat. and Sun. 12-5 pm through Labor Day Weekend. Family owned vineyards and winery committed to producing excellent, handcrafted wines from the finest grapes. - 24843 Kyle Road, Monroe, OR 97456
  • RainSong Vineyard: Open Memorial weekend and Labor Day weekend, specializing in Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier Sparkling Wine and their unique barrel bottling program. - 92989 Templeton Road, Cheshire, OR 97419
  • J. Scott Cellars: Westside Warehouse District: Open Fridays 4-9 featuring live music. Saturdays open 1-9 pm. This urban warehouse winery is located in the new Westside Warehouse District. - 520 Commercial Street #G, Eugene, OR 97402
  • Henry Estate Winery: Open daily 11 am - 5 pm, with five generations of farming the Umpqua and three generations currently running the estate, the Henry's focus on producing Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Gewurztraminer and Chardonnay. - 687 Hubbard Creek Road, Umpqua, OR 97486
  • Melrose Vineyards: Open daily 10 am - 5 pm, sample an array of wines inside their converted 100 year old barn. - 885 Melqua Road, Roseburg, OR 97471
  • Brandborg Winery: Open daily 11 am - 5 pm. Located in Oregon’s newest AVA, Elkton, this family owned and operated winery is known for producing award winning cool climate aromatic whites and expressive terroir driven pinot noirs from locally sourced grapes; in addition to, their Estate white and red Pinot Noirs. - 345 1st Street, Elkton, OR 97436
  • Bradley Vineyards: Open 11 am - 5 pm Wed. - Sun., located in Oregon's newly designated Elkton AVA, sample award-winning Pinot Noir, Riesling, Baco Noir and Bijou Noir - to name a few. A unique Oregon-built yurt is available for events. For more information, call 541-584-2888. - 1000 Azalea Drive, Elkton, OR 97436
  • Palotai Vineyard and Winery: Open daily 11 am - 5 pm, $5 for three tastes (refunded with minimum purchase). Winery with a Hungarian history offers unique wines. - 272 Capital Lane, Roseburg, OR 97471
  • Reustle Prayer Rock Vineyards: Open Tues. - Sat. 10 am - 5 pm, offering very unique wine tastings, called cave tastings, guests receive a brief tour as they pass through a dimly-lit hallway of oak barrels in the underground Wine Cave and Tasting Room.  Our guests then sit-down for a wine tasting and appetizer pairing with a Wine Educator, either in the "Grand Hall" or one of the three Catacomb Tasting Rooms. - 960 Cal Henry Road, Roseburg, OR 97471
  • Abacela: Open daily 11 am - 5 pm (Nov - May) and 11 am - 6 pm (Jun-Oct).  Specializing in spanish varietals like Albarino and Tempranillo, this premiere Vine and Wine Center tasting room has a beautiful view of the vineyards and valley. - 12500 Lookingglass Road, Roseburg, OR 97471
  • Delfino Vineyards and Winery: Family owned and operated winery of the Umpqua Valley located just outside of Roseburg offering incredible Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo, Muller Thurgau and Rose, to name a few. 541-673-7575 - 3829 Colonial Road, Roseburg, OR 97471
  • Territorial Vineyards and Wine Co: Thu. 5-11 pm, live music with The Porch Band starts around 7 pm; Fri. 5-11 pm, live music with Strange Charm starts around 7 pm. - 907 West Third Ave. Eugene,OR 97402
  • Spencer Creek Cellars/McBeth Vineyards: Wine Tastings in the Barn by appointment only. 541-521-4381 - 85162 McBeth Rd., Eugene, OR 97405
  • Noble Estate: Open daily 12-5 pm for wine tasting. Visitors can choose 6 wines from their list of 16 for individually customized wine tasting. On Saturdays throughout the summer they're hosting the Noble Summer Saturday series with local musicians and food trucks joining them at the tasting room. Beautiful views of the Pacific Mountains and Fern Ridge Lake from the patio. - 29210 Gimpl Hill Rd., Eugene, OR 97402
  • Benton-Lane: Open Daily 12-5 pm. 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, OR 97456
  • Brigadoon Wine Co.: Fri. – Sun. 12-5 pm.  Wine tasting in their tasting room that overlooks the vineyards and Coastal Range. - 25166 Ferguson Rd., Junction City, OR 97448
  • Pfeiffer Winery: Open Daily 11 am – 5 pm and NEW Lovely Day Hours Fri./Sat. 11 am – 7 pm, when it's a lovely day, i.e., not raining or cold, we will extend our closing till 7 p.m. through the Spring on weekends only. Enjoy a late afternoon hummus or cheese plate in the Water Garden. Call ahead if in doubt! 541-998-2828 - 25040 Jaeg Rd., Junction City, OR 97448
  • Chateau Lorane: Open daily, 12-5 pm.  Sample from a slew of award-winning wines while overlooking the beautiful Lake Louise. - 27415 Siuslaw River Rd., Lorane, OR 97405
  • RainSong Vineyard: Two open houses a year: Memorial Day Weekend and Thanksgiving Weekend. Unique barrel bottling program. - 92989 Templeton Rd., Cheshire, OR 97419
  • Saginaw Vineyard: Live music every Fri. 6-9 pm, 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, OR 97424
  • King Estate: Visit the winery daily 11 am – 8 pm. Gorgeous tasting room and full on-site restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating. Unmatched valley and vineyard views. - 80854 Territorial Hwy., Eugene, OR 97405
  • 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, OR 97487
  • 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, OR 97405
  • 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; Sun. 12-6 pm, Mimosa Sunday with live music from 2-4 pm. - 27007 Briggs Hill Rd., Eugene, OR 97405
  • LaVelle Vineyards (winery in Elmira): Visit the winery daily, Mon.-Thu. 12-5 pm, and Sat./Sun. 12-6 pm. - 89697 Sheffler Rd., Elmira, OR 97437
  • Sarver Winery: Winter Tasting Room Hours: 12-9pm Friday 12-6pm Saturday's and Sunday's and By Appointment only Monday-Thursday - 2600 Mayola Ln., Eugene, OR 97402
  • Fractal Cellars: 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 - 24949 Hwy. 126, Veneta, OR 97487
  • Dylan's Run: 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 - 24949 Hwy. 126, Veneta, OR 97487
  • Iris Vineyards: 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 - 24949 Hwy. 126, Veneta, OR 97487
  • Briggs Hill Winery: 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 - 24949 Hwy. 126, Veneta, OR 97487
  • Oakdale Cellars: 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 - 24949 Hwy. 126, Veneta, OR 97487
  • Stanton Vineyards: 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 - 24949 Hwy. 126, Veneta, OR 97487
  • Abbelone Vineyards: 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 - 24949 Hwy. 126, Veneta, OR 97487
  • Patchwork Cellars: 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 - 24949 Hwy. 126, Veneta, OR 97487
  • William Rose Wines: 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 - 24949 Highway 126, Veneta, Oregon 97487
  • Capitello Wines: 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 - 24949 Highway 126, Veneta, Oregon 97487
  • Kandarian Wine Cellars: 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 - eugene,oregon 97401
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Julia Crowley

Julia has been in the wine industry for nearly 20 years. First through creating European wine tours, then opening her own wine bar, Julia loves writing about food & wine on her website, WineJulia.com.

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  • Thu, Aug 24 - Wine Jazz Group Thursdays: Wineries without Walls - Enjoy live jazz as you relax with a glass of wine or browse the unique wine selections. Wineries without Walls offers local and small vintners a storefront and tasting room. This is a chance to taste some truly boutique wines. 
    24949 Hwy. 126, Veneta, OR 97487
  • Fri, Aug 25 Twilight Tasting: Sweet Cheeks - Friday 6-9pm, sample pairings of award-winning wines with Oregon made artisanal cheeses while listening to live acoustic music on the beautiful patio with a view. Picnics welcome. 
    27007 Briggs Hill Rd., Eugene, OR 97405
  • Fri, Aug 25 Noble Friday Nights: Noble Estate Urban Tasting Room - 4-9 pm, Check out Noble Estate's new urban tasting room in West Eugene! Open every Friday from 4-9 pm, featuring live music with local musicians from 5-9 pm. Enjoy complimentary tastings with the purchase of a bottle of wine and $5 customized tasting flights.  Local beer available on tap, as well. 
    560 commercial Street, Unit F, Eugene, OR 97402
  • Fri, Aug 25 Friday Night Flights with Cork & Barrel Tours: Cork & Barrel Wine Tours - Leaving from West Eugene, this comfortable tour of three wineries features a relaxing, educational, entertaining experience to enjoy while sipping wine and unwinding from the week. After just over an hour, we will depart for the second winery with a leisurely 20 minute drive through the beautiful countryside. The final stop along the tour will feature the third winery selected for the week, chosen as a locale that exemplifies the diversity available to our vineyards in the Willamette Valley. 
    Eugene, OR
  • Fri, Aug 25 Beer Tasting in Yachats: The Wine Place (Yachats) - 4-7 pm, select beers available for sampling. 
    373 N. Hwy. 101, Yachats OR 97498
  • Fri, Aug 25 Friday Night LIVE: Saginaw Vineyard - Fri. 6-9 pm, Friday Night LIVE featuring live music weekly. 21 and over welcome. Delicious and reasonably-priced dinners, hot off the BBQ, provided by Shady Oaks Catering from 6-8ish or bring your own dinner basket. (No outside beverages) 
    80247 Delight Valley School Rd., Cottage Grove, OR 97424
  • Fri, Aug 25 Sparkling Nights: Domaine Meriwether - 6-9 pm, live music weekly. Enjoy fresh desserts from Sweet Dreams Bakery, Ninkasi on tap, and of course Meriwether wines for tasting! 
    88324 Vineyard Lane, Veneta, OR 97487
  • Fri, Aug 25 Friday Wine Down: J. Scott Cellars: Westside Warehouse District - 4-9 pm, open every Friday in the Westside Warehouse District for wine tasting and live music. Food truck on-site. 
    520 Commercial Street #G, Eugene, OR 97402
  • Sun, Aug 27 Sunday Afternoon LIVE!: Saginaw Vineyard - 1-4 pm, Every Sunday, Live music and Lasagna! 
    80247 Delight Valley School Rd., Cottage Grove, OR 97424
  • Mon, Aug 28 Burger and a Brew: LaVelle Tap Room - Enjoy a pint of Beer or Cider, and a burger for just $10.  Every Monday night at the Tap Room. 
    400 International Way, Springfield, OR 97477
  • Tue, Aug 29 Tuesday Night Trivia: LaVelle Tap Room - 7 pm, Trivia nights are hosted every Tuesday at the Tap Room. 
    400 International Way, Springfield, OR 97477

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