This year, since we are so close in proximity to our neighboring Umpqua Valley wineries, I've decided to highlight their Memorial Weekend events in addition to highlighting the events happening at the South Willamette wineries.
"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.
I mentioned last week that I was heading down to the Umpqua Valley for some much needed rest and relaxation, and my mini-vacation not only brought me a little R&R, but I was thrilled to be surrounded by lush, green landscape, big bold red wines and welcoming, friendly people.
The official kick-off to the summer season at the wineries will be celebrated this weekend during the Memorial Weekend Winery Open Houses. Wineries throughout the state of Oregon will be swinging their doors open for wine enthusiasts to visit their tasting rooms and sample their finest wines. Many will have music, food, new wine releases and special prices, so it's a great time of year to explore the celebrated wineries of Oregon.
Thanksgiving Weekend Winery Open Houses
Rain or shine, we knew our local wineries were anticipating the arrival of wine lovers from here and a far, so with high hopes of the sun popping through the clouds at some point during the three day weekend, we were ready to experience all that our local wineries had to offer.