Wine Down Eugene


Please join me in support of our local wineries for the 2nd Annual Pinot Smack Down! Pinot Smack Down, aka #pinotsmackdown, is an all-day global celebration of the grape Oregon is best known for, and we’re up against a number of other wine regions. On Thursday, August 18th, let’s get global recognition of our fabulous wine region by tweeting and facebooking your favorite Southern Willamette Valley Pinot: review it & rate it to thousands of other participants between 4pm & 7pm PST. For more information and to register for this FREE event, please visit:
For a list of our local wineries, please visit:

Wine Bars & Wine Shops

Marché Provisions: Thu. 7:15p Wine Not-So-Basics: Les Oddities – Learn about the strange corners of the world with wines you’ve never heard of. Light snacks & $15 gift card included. $35 p/p. for tickets visit:

Ring Of Fire: Wed. 6:30p Sweet Cheeks Winemakers Dinner – an elegant pairing of wine and Thai. $45 includes 5 courses paired with 3oz. pours of each wine. Contact Shannon at 541-337-7878 for reservations; Mon. 4-10p Wine Night! 35% off all bottles of wine with professional table-side wine service. Wine, beer & sake list:

LaVelle Club Room at 5th Street Market: Open during construction! Wed. 5-8p ½off glass pours for ladies; Thurs. 6-8p Live music with Gus Russell; Fri. 6-8p live music by Kenji Ota.

Broadway Wine Merchants: Fri. 5-7p Free wine tasting weekly. This week Michael Bailey of In Vitis for Wine will be pouring some excellent Oregon wines from Barking Frog Winery, LongSword Vineyard & Fly High Vineyard.

Red Agave: Excellent wine list including Oregon’s finest from King Estate, Four Graces, Bethel Heights & Cristom to name just a few, it’s impressive: Also posted on their site are weekend specials that start on Friday and run through Sunday while supplies last.

Sam’s Place Tavern: Thu. Buzz Time Trivia event with Barry the Brain from Cool 99 Radio challenging anyone to come in and try to beat him at Trivia; Sat. 7-11p Live music in the Cabana with Riffle; Great wine list, 21 glass pours, all under $7! Wine list includes some excellent Oregon & NW wines. Check it out at Every booth has its own flat screen TV in addition to 22 plasma TV’s.

16 Tons Beer & Wine – TapRoom:  Sat. ALL DAY Eugene Summer Fest~ 70+ Fruit Ales, Ciders and Session Beers. Taster’s and Pints – tasters are $1-$2 live music starts at 6p. Free admission.

The Washburne Café: Fri. & Sat. Wine & Beer Special: $1 off glass pours of wine, $3 off wine bottle purchases, and all 22oz. Microbrews are just $5 each! Find Sarver, J. Scott Cellars, LaVelle, Patchwork Cellars, Hop Valley, Ninkasi, and Oakshire here!

Mac’s at the Vet’s Club: Wed 6-9p . Wine, Jazz & Variety Show with Gus Russell & Paul Biondi. A different Oregon winery is featured each week!

B2 Wine Bar: Loads of NW wines offered at B2: Next movie night is September 16th, JAWS starts at 9p.

Cork & Bottle Shoppe: Fri. 4p free wine tasting. The Cork & Bottle Shoppe is one of Oregon’s only liquor stores that carry a large selection of local and international wine & craft beer in addition to liquor. Free wine or beer tastings every Friday at 4pm. 812 Beltline Rd. Springfield.

Sundance Wine Cellars: Fri. 5-7p themed Frugal Friday wine tasting with Mario; Sat. 5-7p featuring local and regional wineries. Check their facebook page frequently for updates on events and tastings:

Jiffy Market: Fri. 5-7p Free wine tasting, house picks and pours; Sat. 6-10p Purchase a whole sandwich from the deli and receive a Ninkasi pint for $2!

Territorial Vineyards & Wine Co.: Thu. 5-11p Maca Rey; Fri. 5-11p Gypsy Jazz with Manouche Noir; August Art – Shauna Trumbley. 907 W. 3rd, Eugene

Ambrosia: Good news: tasting room remodel is done and the next First Wednesday Wine Tasting will be on Sep. 7th, for now, be sure to check out their great Happy Hour Mon.-Fri. 4-6p $4.50 house wines.  See their award winning wine list:

Café Zenon: Tues. 50% off bottles of wine; Mon-Fri. 5-6:30p $1 off glasses of wine and pints of beer. Find King Estate’s Domaine Pinot Gris & Capitello’s Sauvignon Blanc here – ½ off on Tuesdays!! Their fabulous wine list:

Café 440: Wed. Wine Flights for the month of August- 3 pours for $10.50. Featured wines are Sonoma Red & Whites!

Sabai Café & Bar: Wines by the glass $6 and under. Excellent local wines from Territorial, King Estate Capitello and Benton-Lane. Check out their wine list:

Agate Alley Laboratory: Sat. 10p Late Night @ The Lab with $1 off glass pour wine, $3 well drinks and pints, $9.50 pitchers & appetizer special. This is Agate Alley Bistro’s sister restaurant. 25 varieties of wine for $25 dollars! It’s a must try and their wine list is one not to miss

Capella Market: Fri.. 4-6p Free beer tasting; Sat. 4-6p Free wine tasting with Bacchus Fine Wines.

Café Soriah: Wed. Celebrate Wine Wednesdays! All day ½ off bottles of wine, including notable names such as: BrickHouse, Capitello, King Estate, Broadley! Great outdoor seating for the summer!

Café Lucky Noodle: Tue. 5:30-7:30p Wine Night – all bottles 35% off. Complimentary wine tasting in the lobby. Excellent wine list:

Granary Wine Bar: Wed. all day $5 glass pours of house white or red.

Cornucopia Maize Lounge:  Every Thur. until October 20th– New Belgium Beer night. Buy a New Belgium beer and receive $1 off & a raffle ticket for the 20 yr anniversary Fat Tire Bike from New Belgium Brewery Giveaway to benefit The Bridgeway House. All other nights raffle tickets cost $1. Winner of the bike will be picked October 20th; every Tue. through summer~ $2 Micros until 9p.

Agate Alley Bistro: Mon. all day – 6 cheese fondue and glass pour wines are ½ off for a bottle!

Wineries & Vineyards

LaVelle Vineyards Winery in Elmira: Fri. 6-9p Friday Night Flights~live music with Michael Conley, flight tastings (free), and food offered by Devour Gourmet Food Cart. No cover; Sat. 7-9p Saturday Evening with the Winemaker. Catered by Field to Table for a 4 course dinner with the winemaker along with ½ glass of wine paired with each course for only $35! Gratuity included. Call 541-935-9406 for tickets.

Sarver Winery: Fridays 5-9p Steak & Sarver Caesar Fridays will resume again Aug. 26th and go through Sep. 23rd – Grilled tri-tip steaks served with the Sarver Caesar Salad & a side of red skin potatoes. Call in your reservation by noon on the previous Wednesday. 541-939-2979. Space is limited to 40 people. $25.00/pp. Whether you dine with them or not, you’re welcome to join the Sarvers, drink wine, and listen to the tunes; Sun. 4p Hootenannies music sessions, bring your instrument!

J. Scott Cellars: New tasting room located in The Wine Place in Yachats! Be sure to stop by and taste his excellent small boutique handmade Rhone varietals from the Pacific Northwest. Spcializing in Roussanne, Viognier, Petite Sirah, Syrah and Cabernet…and a little Pinot Noir!

Silvan Ridge Winery: Fri. Twilight 5 / 5K Run, outdoor concert, food, wine & beer. The first-ever 5K race in the Southern Willamette Valley’s wine country! Run the race, then enjoy food, wine, beer, and and outdoor concert featuring the Peter Giri Band. More info. & an official entry form:

Brigadoon Wine Co.: Fri.-Sun. 12-5p Try Brigadoon’s 3 excellent wines-A Pinot Blanc & two Pinot Noirs, which can now be enjoyed on their lovely deck with a view!

Capitello Wines: One of the South Willamette’s “Wineries Without Walls”. Check their facebook page for events and where to find them to taste their incredible wines:

Chateau Lorane:  Open 7 days a week 12-5p Try some of their rare and distinguished wines: Baco Noir, Huxelrebe, Leon Millot, and Melon de Bourgogne. The new Entourage Red Blend is a winner!

Saginaw Vineyards: Fri. 6-9p Friday Night Live 2011 presents Up Dixie Creek. No cover charge.  80247 Delight Valley School Rd, Cottage Grove.  15 minutes south of Eugene at exit 176 off the I-5.  541-942-1364 visit:

Sweet Cheeks Winery:  Open daily noon – 6p; Fri. 6-9p Twilight Tasting, wine & cheese pairing with Oregon-made artisan cheeses, live music with Jennifer Sennett from 6:30-8:30p; Sun. noon-6p Mimosa Sunday, bring your own brunch, live music 2-4p.

Pfeiffer Vineyards: Open daily 11a-5p; Fri. & Sat. 11a-9p! Order a glass (or bottle) of wine and enjoy their new beautiful Water Garden -4 terraced ponds and waterfalls set in the vineyard~gorgeous!

Noble Estate: The winery is open 7 days a week noon-5p.Tasting room with beautiful new patio and gorgeous view.

Iris Vineyards: Mon.-Fri. 11a-3p Stop by their state of the art winery & tasting room in Cottage Grove. $3 tasting fee includes free wine glass and cheese and crackers. 541-942-5993

Save the Date or Reserve Now

Sweet Cheeks Winery: Thu. Aug. 25th 6:30-9p, BBQ Benefit for CASA. Full BBQ from Hole In The Wall, a glass of wine, and island sounds from the Steel Magnolia’s Steel Drum Band are all included in your ticket price of $24 ($21 when 8 or more are purchased). $10 of ticket price goes directly to CASA and 20% of wine sales during the event will also go to CASA. Reserve your spot today​vents/taste-of-summer/.

Capella Market: Aug. 26th & 27th – Raffle to benefit Cascades Raptor Center, 20% beer sale, outdoor BBQ, and lots of beer and hard cider tastings.

LaVelle Vineyards: Aug. 27th 5:30p – 94.5 Mix FM’s “Pink-a-Palooza” event at LaVelle to benefit the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure (all proceeds will benefit breast cancer research). $25 per person includes Hole in the Wall BBQ dinner, 3 tastes from LaVelle and live music with Coupe de Ville. Purchase tickets through 94.5:

Pfeiffer Vineyards: Aug 28th 6-10p – Robin’s Big Birthday Bash with Water Garden Lights! See the waterfalls light up and watch the trees dazzle with their new lights. BBQ by Boss Hawgs, live music with Shelly & Cal’s Musicbox. Free admission for wine club members, $20 advance registration, $28 at the door.

Marché: Aug. 31st French Regional Dinner with specially paired French wines. Provence region. For more information and details:

Julia – Writing about Eugene’s Wine Scene

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,

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