Oregon Pinot Noir

What’s in My Glass? Bridgeview Pinot Noir

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I truly love being an Oregonian. We have gorgeous summers, lush green back drops, and grow fantastic Pinot Noir grapes. There are many varietals that grow well here of course, but our Pinots are show stoppers. They can be a bit on the pricy side (especially compared to our other great grape, Pinot Gris), but there are some gems out there that are under the $20 mark. I recently spotted the 2010 Bridgeview Pinot Noir at my local market and picked up a bottle. This wine was absolutely fantastic and a total steal!

WINEThe summer is the perfect season for Pinot Noir. It is especially good if you chill the Pinot before you pour it. I served this wine on the colder side and thoroughly enjoyed it. Ideally Pinot should be served at 50 – 55 degrees, but a little colder isn’t going to hurt it. The 2010 Bridgeview Pinot Noir had flavors of raspberry, cherry, and blackberry. There were some tannins present, but they balanced this wine out perfectly. The subtle hints of smoke and spice brought this wine to the next level.

Overall, this wine was lighter bodied and yet very bold. It was a bit on the “masculine” side, with the smokiness and bright tannins. I loved every single sip. I picked this bottle up for $12 at my local market and plan on picking up some more. This wine would be great for any occasion. Cheers to local, delicious wines!

 

Oregon Pinot Noir: A Labor of Love

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Pinot Noir is a grape with a rich history. Obviously here in Oregon it is known as the grape that grows in our beautiful Willamette Valley, and has put us on the map in the world of wine. What is it about Pinot Noir that everyone is so drawn to? I have tried many, many Pinots in my time and I personally love them because of their complexity, earthy flavors, and how diverse they can be depending on where the grapes are grown. Each Pinot truly shows “terroir” (essentially the taste of where it came from), and the range of flavors that can be found is astounding.

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Pinot Grapes in the flesh

Pinot Noir is a very popular grape. It doesn’t grow in all climates though, and some may call this grape finicky. Thin skinned and low on phenolic content, this grape requires a long time on the vine with cooler temperatures for a slower ripening period. It is generally a lower yielding crop as well. There is definitely an art to growing Pinot. Oregon is well suited (as well as Burgandy, the Yarra Valley in Australia, and the Russian River AVA in California) to growing grapes due to the consistently colder climate and clay soils. We are very fortunate to have such an array of Pinots to choose from here!

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Pinots in the bottle – all different and all delicious

There are many clones and mutations of this grape. Pinot blanc and Pinot gris are both mutations, and there are many clones that are grown. A few popular ones that you’ll find in Oregon are “Pommard”, “Dijon 115”, and “Dijon 777”. Although the choice of clone varies greatly on the area where the grapes are being planted, and specifically the type of soil. Each clone produces different characteristics and flavors. That is what makes wine so fascinating – you can make a bad wine out of great grapes but you cannot make a great wine out of bad grapes.

The first Pinot grapes in Oregon were planted all the way back in 1961 by Richard Sommer (of HillCrest winery) in the Umpqua Valley. People literally thought he was crazy to move here from California to grow Pinot Noir. In the end, he was the one that started the craze here along with David Lett of The Eyrie Vineyards, Dick Erath of Erath Winery, and Dick Ponzi of Ponzi Wines. There are so many more people that have helped Oregon become the Pinot haven that it is now that it isn’t possible to list them all. However, all of these people followed the dream of planting the tricky grape that is the Pinot Noir. Without their “crazy” ideas we might not be where we are today!

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An Oregon Pinot Harvest a Crowley Vineyards (Photo Credit: Jim Fischer)

The next time you pop open a bottle of Oregon Pinot, no matter who produced it, remember that the bottle was made with love from first plantings to it’s creation in the winery. Oregon Pinot Noir is a labor of love, but luckily for us drinking it is far from that – in fact – it is heaven. Cheers!

 

Frugal Wine Gal: Ken Wright Cellars

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As a frugal wine buyer I hardly ever feel limited in my options of wines to buy. In fact, every time I go to pick out a bottle, I usually end up with too many! However, one wine I’ve been dying to try is a Pinot Noir produced by Ken Wright Cellars. His wines are above my budget enough that I’ve been saving it for a special occasion. That is, until now.

Ken Wright Cellars is well known for producing high quality pinot noir, right in the heart of the Willamette Valley. Ken Wright himself is a staple in the community in Carlton, Oregon and has had his beautiful tasting room located there since 1994. He was a major proponent for the creation of the northern Willamette Valley AVAs (American Viticulture Area), and even wrote the proposition for the Yamhill-Carlton AVA to be made. His emphasis on terroir creates wines that emphasize the flavors and characteristics of the many vineyards he works with.

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The old Carlton depot. It is now is Ken Wright Cellars tasting room. (Photo Credit:Keith Ewing)

 

This producer places high emphasis on the health of the soil and vines he works with. Healthy soils and vines are known to produce higher quality wines overall. The soils in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA are perfect for creating amazing Pinot Noir. Generally Pinots from this area are richer, darker in hue, and have less acidity than other regions. Although, it is to be said that each vineyard (even each block in a vineyard!) will have their own characteristics. Yamhill-Carlton is an excellent destination for those looking for some phenomenal, well balanced Pinot Noir.

I had been dying to try a Ken Wright Pinot Noir for ages. Each time I would walk by one of their beautiful bottles at my local market I would eye it and scheme of the time I could pick myself up a bottle. That was until my recent trip to Sundance Wine Cellars. I was picking up a bottle or two for Valentines day and spotted a Ken Wright Cellars Pinot Noir a little above my usual $20 price range. My heart leapt, and of course I had to get it! This particular Pinot was the 2013 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, a blend of Pinot grapes from 5 different vineyards. An Oregon Pinot at this price range, and from an amazing producer – I got quite a deal.

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This bottle from start to finish was perfect. It had a rich, luscious color of deep red. The nose had scents of cocoa, and blueberries. It had a slight acidity on the end but had the perfect velvety smooth mouthfeel. Flavors of dark berries like blackberries and currants popped out at me, and notes of vanilla and oak lingered. Each sip of this wine was impeccable. I even managed to save some for the next day, and it tasted even better!

My advice to you is, don’t walk but run to get this wine. I was so sad when I poured that last glass out of the bottle that I wanted to get up right then and pick up another! You can find this wine for $25 – $28, and it may be a pinch above our budget but it is totally worth it. Cheers!

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Wine Down Eugene

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Wine Down Eugene September 18 – 24

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Kramer Vineyards

I just returned from the 2nd Annual Oenocamp at Kramer Vineyards, where I became part of the harvesting crew for a day.  Oenocamp takes place each year at the gorgeous hilltop vineyards at Kramer, where wine enthusiasts are given the chance to find out what it takes to produce sparkling wine at one of Oregon’s up and coming signature sparkling wine facilities.  With 30 years of Oregon winegrowing under their belts, the Kramer’s know what they’re doing when it comes to growing and producing fine Oregon wines.

Kim’s first success at producing a sparkling wine (from excess Chardonnay grapes) was at Salem’s St. Innocent Winery in 2006, where she had been working since 2000 – beginning in the tasting room.  Her time at St. Innocent encouraged her to think about pursuing a career in winemaking.  Kim joined the winemaking team at her family’s business, Kramer Vineyards, in 2008, and in 2009 the first Brut vintage was released.  In 2010, Kim worked harvest in Burgundy, France, and she brought her knowledge back home to Oregon and Kramer Vineyards, where she continues to produce not only excellent sparkling wine but still wine, as well.

KV Pinot Gris signAlthough the plan for Oenocamp was to pick the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes used for the production of their sparkling wine, last week’s spike in heat caused an earlier than planned harvest of those particular grapes, so our Oenocamp group headed out to the vineyards to pick Pinot Gris.

With buckets and sheers in hand, after enjoying coffee and delicious cinnamon rolls from Maggie’s Buns, we headed into the many rows of vines at the top of the vineyards, where valley and vineyard views were simply breathtaking.  Our group of Oenocampers picked enough grapes to fill 12 bins, equaling about 5.5 tons, which went straight to the sorting line and into the press – enough for three press loads and nine hours of pressing juice.

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The fruit of our labor at Kramer Vineyards – Oenocamp

After the first press load was done, Kim showed off her sabering skills by slicing off the top of a Kramer Vineyards 2011 Brut with a machete, and we all toasted the 2013 vintage with a glass of the Brut; dry, crisp, refreshing and down-right delicious – a stellar sparkling wine for a harvest celebration.   Ambrosial quiche, salad, fruit and bread (also from Maggie’s Buns) were served up for lunch next to the vineyards, and we were able to enjoy both the 2010 and 2011 Brut sparkling wines.

Since Oenocamp started early in the morning on a Monday, we stayed the night before and the night after the event at one of three vacation homes at the gorgeous Stoller Family Estate, located in the heart of Willamette Valley’s Dundee Hills.  Staying in Stoller’s Cottage at the Pond was an incredible experience and included an amazing tasting with Stoller winemaker Melissa Burr, Marketing Communications Manager, Betsy Hannnaford, and Stoller’s brand new Business Development Manager, James Falvey.  The one year old tasting room at Stoller is simply stunning.  Salvaged wood from a fire that took place in southern Oregon graces the ceilings and mimic the rolling hills of Dundee. A terrace just outside the floor to ceiling walls of windows (that lift up like garage doors) have views of the vineyard blocks as they gracefully climb up the rolling hills – it’s absolutely gorgeous.  As guests staying in the Cottage at the Pond, which can be booked through VRBO.com, we checked into our cozy house to find a welcome bottle of the 2009 Stoller Dundee Hills Pinot Noir.  Sitting under some tumultuous looking skies on the patio of the Cottage, we enjoyed every sip of the dark cherry, earthy, mushroomy, stellar Pinot Noir.

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Enjoying a delicious Pinto Noir at Stoller’s Cottage at the Pond

Follow me over to WineJulia.com for a fantastic photo essay of Oenocamp at Kramer Vineyards.  I’ll also be writing in detail about our time at Stoller and the many incredible wines we tasted during our stay.  Cheers.

Wine Down Eugene

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Wine Down Eugene August 21-27

IMG_9783As I’ve said many times before, “I love Pinot Noir.” More specifically, I love Oregon Pinot Noir.  Its diverse terroir driven characteristics and fresh, pure berry and earthy deliciousness; combined with, unmatched complexity, depth and elegance, enable each wine and vintage to be individually exciting, exclusive and unique.

Very often (as often as once a day) I’m asked, “What is your favorite Oregon Pinot Noir?” One of the toughest questions I continuously receive, I’m not ever able to answer with one specific Pinot Noir.  As previously mentioned, each and every vintage is different, and from year to year I enjoy countless amounts that simply can’t be answered with, “Blankity Blank is my favorite Pinot Noir.”

In an effort to offer Pinot Noir enthusiasts an insight to some of the Oregon Pinot Noirs I most enjoy, I’ve decided to focus on a specific vintage that has particularly caught the attention of my Pinot-loving taste buds: 2010.  Having freshly attended the world-famous 27th Annual Pinot Noir Celebration (IPNC) and the inaugural Chehalem Mountain Winegrowers Origin ’13 event, I’ve been blessed with some wonderful opportunities to sample some of Oregon’s finest and most stellar 2010 vintage Pinot Noirs.

Although each contains their own unique characteristics (based on their AVAs and winemakers styles), I’ve found that all 2010 Willamette Valley Pinots (regardless of their specific AVAs) are lush, juicy, round, silky, balanced and full of finesse.  Listed are just a few of the 2010 Pinot Noirs that I have completely fallen head over heels for.

IMG_9945R. Stuart & Co. 2010 Daffodil Hill Pinot Noir: The evening that I opened the Daffodil Hill Pinot I posted on Twitter, “After revealing what was under the glass closure of the R. Stuart ’10 Daffodil Hill, I thought I’d died and gone to heaven. Wow.”  Lush, juicy raspberries and cherries were highlighted by cloves and hints of earth while solidi acidity rounds out everything to perfection.  A beautiful, palate pleasing, lingering finish immediately beckons another sip.  It’s truly an outstanding Pinot Noir that is certainly a favorite of mine.

Quailhurst 2010 Pinot Noir: With pure Jory soils and a focus on Dijon clone Pinot Noir, their terroir driven estate wine is just as stunning as the property that boasts a revered Japanese garden, infinite spectacular varieties of roses and an unmatched panoramic view of the Cascade Range.  In addition to being treated with a sample of the divine 2005 Pinot Noir, the luscious 2010  complex, yet full of elegance and finesse.  Bright, juicy red fruits take over the senses in both aromas and flavors. Soft and round, classic hints of mushroom and earth linger on the finish that has lively, vibrant acidity.  I’ll be returning to Quailhurst in the near future to purchase more of this lovely Pinot.

Willamette Valley Vineyards 2010 Elton Pinot Noir: During my recent whirlwind weekend at the world-famous IPNC (International Pinot Noir Celebration), I was one of the lucky wine enthusiasts that had a tour and lunch at the beautiful Elton Vineyards – where fruit is often sourced for Willamette Valley Vineyard wines.  Alongside the vineyard, a dense, lush forest has been delicately landscaped into a garden that is the epitome of paradise.  With our lunch, we sampled the 2010 Elton Pinot Noir that was, well, the epitome of stellar Willamette Valley Pinot Noir.  Dark fruits and black cherries throughout, a smooth and lush entrance has mid-palate earthiness highlighted by fall spices and zippy acidity that lengthens the finish to perfection.

photo (8)Twelve 2010 Pommard Clone Pinot Noir: On the last day of IPNC, I headed to downtown McMinnville, where I first sampled 57 (seriously) Oregon Rieslings, later highlighting my favorites in my article on wineJulia.com: 57 Oregon Rieslings.  After the Riesling tasting, I headed to the Twelve Wines tasting room, where I tried a line-up of stellar Pinot Noirs, my favorite being the 2010 Pommard Clone.  Every component of this wine was balanced to perfection and the flavors and aromas were rich, lush and downright delicious. Berries galore were nuanced by earth and licorice, and the acidity was outstanding.

The Eyrie Vineyards 2010 Pinot Noir: I love how this wine evolved and brought on new characteristics after as time went by after popping the cork.  Every twenty to thirty minutes, it opened up in aromas, flavors and characteristics.  Early on, aromas were earthy, mushroomy and funky – an awesome kind of funky that is often found in Willamette Valley Pinot Noirs, a quality I love.  The texture was luscious and opulent while the flavors were complex and round.  Thirty minutes later, it displayed opulent blackberry and dark fruit notes.  Even later, the earthiness had come back to complement the fruits with perfection.  I absolutely loved every sip and enjoyed the forthcoming diverse characteristics.

To discover many other 2010 vintage Pinot Noirs that have recently captured my heart, like Sokol Blosser’s Big Tree Block Pinot Noir and Adelsheim’s Elizabeth’s Reserve Pinot Noir, follow me over to my award-winning website, WineJulia.com.

 

 

Wine Down Eugene

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–Julia Crowley, EDN
February 15-21

I’ve been on a Pinot Noir kick lately. Everywhere I go, I’m trying, tasting and toasting the great grape of the Willamette Valley.

While spending some time with friends at Broadway Wine Merchants, a wine bar located in Oakway Center, I tried a couple of really delicious Pinot Noirs.

My first sample was of the 2009 Maysara Jamsheed Pinot Noir which received 91 points from Wine Spectator, and it was well deserving of its points. The second Pinot Noir I tried was Westrey’s 2009 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, which I equally enjoyed and took home to serve with the baked salmon I made later that night. Click here for the review of the Westrey Pinot Noir.

Not only did I get to sample a couple stellar Pinot Noirs while visiting Broadway, but I also enjoyed sharing a bottle of the 2009 Pinot Noir from local winery, Abbelone, alongside a scrumptious cheese plate that was overflowing with cheeses hand-selected by Broadway’s “Cheese Monger”, Catie Jenkins. Jenkins is a pro at selecting fine international cheeses, but she’s also a pro at suggesting wines; for example, the 2010 Matello Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, a Pinot that was surprisingly light in color yet layered with flavors. Read about this lusciously palatable Pinot on my website, WineJulia.com.

 

Wine Bars & Wine Shops

Territorial Vineyards and Wine Co.: Thu. 5-11 pm, music starts around 7 pm with Dirty Spoon; Fri. 5-11 pm, music starts around 7 pm with Sean Peterson & Laura Kemp. 907 West Third Ave., Eugene.

Creswell Coffee Company: Fri. 7pm, live music with Paul Biondi & Friends’ Sat. 7 pm, live mjusic with Craig Sorseth. 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. 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. 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.

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.

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 Laurelwood Brewing Co.; Sat. 1-4 pm, wine tasting-Italian Wines; Sun. 12-5 pm specail wine tasting with J.Scott Cellars incuding the newly released 2010 Petite Sirah. 373 N. Hwy. 101, Yachats.

Ambrosia Restaurant and Bar: Mon. – Fri. 4-6 pm Happy Hour, tap beers $2 and house wines $4.50; Tue. make reservations for Valentine’s Dinner-541-342-4141. 174 East Broadway Ave., Eugene.

Broadway Wine Merchants: Fri. 5-7 pm, Free Friday Wine Tasting; 17 Oakway Center, 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.

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: Tue. 8 pm live music with the Blue Valentine’s; 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., all day, $5 glass pours of house white or red. Nice selection f 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

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 with Jen Sennett; Sun. 12-6 pm, Mimosa Sundays, Fine sparkling wine and live music from 2-4 pm with Tyler Morin; 27007 Briggs Hill Rd., Eugene.

Domaine Meriwether: Daily 11 am – 4 pm, world renowned Meriwether and Capitello wine can be sampled in the tasting room. 88324 Vineyard Lane, Veneta.

Benton-Lane Winery: 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. 23924 Territorial Hwy., Monroe.

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.

Saginaw Vineyards: Fri. 6-9 pm, Friday Night Live in the Barn with Jackie & Jason Cowsill; 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.

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

Ambrosia Restaurant and Bar: Mar. 7, 5:30-7 pm. First Wednesday “All Italian” Wine Tasting & Sale featuring 10 wines from Small Vineyards portfolio. A taste of all wines plus appetizers is $25 per person of which $5 will be applied as credit on wine purchases. 174 East Broadway Ave., Eugene.

Silvan Ridge Winery: Mar. 8 am – noon, Spring Winery Run & Brunch for women runners of all levels. Call 541-968-1362 for details. 27012 Briggs Hill Rd., Eugene.