Julia Crowley’s Wine Down Eugene – October 19-25

Fall is upon us, and it’s one of the most spectacular times of the year to head out to wine country and take-in the colorful foliage while enjoying the superb wines of the South Willamette Valley. One of my favorite wineries to visit this time of year is Sweet Cheeks Winery, where I can sit fireside and enjoy a glass of their luscious, velvety 2008 Vintage Pinot Noir while overlooking the Briggs Hill Valley. Sweet Cheeks is open daily from 12-6p, except for special events like their Friday night Twilight Tastings where you can enjoy wine tasting paired with Oregon-made artisan cheeses and live music from 6-9p. This Saturday, celebrate the end of harvest at their annual Masquerade Ball. Enjoy this famed event in costume which includes light appetizers and dancing for $12 p/p.

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Wine Bars & Wine Shops

Wineries without Walls (wine shop & tasting room): Fri. 4-6p wine tasting with Kandarian Cellars; Sat. 4-6p wine tasting featuring McBeth/Spencer Creek Vineyard. This new wine shop & tasting room showcases local wines, and it’s located inside the Fern Ridge Chamber of Commerce Visitor’s Center in Veneta. 24949 Hwy 126, Veneta.

Marché Provisions: Thu. 7:15p Wine Basics Class: Germany & Austria $35 p/p. “From the dry Gruner-Veltliners of Austria to the range of varieties along the Deutsche Weinstraße, the winemaking tradition in this region is rich.” Light snacks & $15 gift card included; Fri. 5-7p Free Friday Wine Tasting

16 Tons (Union Cafe/Supreme Bean location): Thu. 4-6p Extreme Beer Tasting Event with Stone Brewing:”We’re not Humble” mini tap-takeover. Pint glass giveaway to the first 48 beers sold along with samples of Stone Brewings Hot Sauces.

Authentica Wines: Tue-Fri 11a-6p / Sat. 10a-5p Wine Tasting available every Sat. at the Wine Bar & on the first Fri. 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 West Park St., Eugene.

Territorial Vineyards & Wine Co.: Thu. Open 5-11p – music starts around 7p- Dan Jones & The Golden Motors (acoustic); Fri. 5-11p – music starts around 7p with Jerry Zybach (blues). October Art: original oils by Lorraine Bushek-Autumn Tour. 907 W. 3rd,Eugene

Café 440: Wed. all day-October Wednesday Wine Flights. In honor of Breast Health Awareness this month, they’re proudly featuring red and white wines from Cline Cellars in Sonoma County. Cline Cellars has donated over $200k to Breast Cancer Foundations. $1 from each bottle of Cashmere sold goes to Breast Cancer Research. 3 pours of Cline Cellars for $10.50.

B2 Wine Bar: Happy hour is M-F 4-6p & 9-10p; Thu. & Sat. Outdoor BBQ. Loads of NW wines offered here.

Broadway Wine Merchants: Thu. 6p SPECIAL Sit Down Tasting with Napa’s Duckhorn Wine Co., Sample wines that are currently not available in Oregon. $25 p/p (16 person limit)Call now to reserve your space 541-685-0790; Fri.5-7p free wine tasting weekly. You can find the incredile, local Abbelone Pinot Noir here.

LaVelle Club Room at 5th Street Market: Open during construction! Wed. 5-8p ½off glass pours for ladies; Thurs. & Fri. 6-8p Live music.

Sam’s Place Tavern: Wed. 5p BBq Oysters & Ale Tasting with Oakshire, Ninkasi & Western Beverage along with live music with Skip Jones; Fri. 8-11p live music with Skip Jones; Sat. UofO vs CO & OSU vs WSU; Every booth has its own flat screen TV in addition to 22 plasma TV’s – Sports bar with a great wine list, 21 glass pours, all under $7! Wine list includes some
excellent Oregon & NW wines.

Red Agave: Excellent wine list including Oregon’s finest from King Estate, Territorial, Evesham Wood & Cristom to name just a few, it’s impressive.

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!

Cork & Bottle Shoppe: Fri. 4p free wine or beer tasting weekly. 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. 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 – wineries announced the day of on their facebook page. Current wine special: Cameron Vineyards 2009 Reserve $28.95 each or $26.07 by the case.

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!

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!!

Izumi Sushi & Grill: Like sushi & wine? Izumi’s got great sushi and they offer local wine and beer from Hinman, King Estate, Ninkasi and Oakshire.

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

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. 25 varieties of wine for $25 dollars! New menu was released last Thurs. and their wine list is one not to miss.

Agate Alley Bistro: Mon. all day – 6 cheese fondue with all the fixings to dip, and their glass pour wines are ½ off for a bottle!

Capella Market: Fri. 4-6p Beer Tasting with Firestone Walker Brewing (Paso Robles, CA); Sat. 4-6p Wine tasting with D’Vine.

Kiva Grocery: Wine Department focuses on affordable NW wines, small European wines and Organic wines. 10% off mixed case, 15% off unbroken cases.

Café Soriah: Wed. Celebrate Wine Wednesdays! All day ½ off bottles of wine, including local notable names such as: BrickHouse, Capitello, King Estate, Broadley!

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. Find Patchwork Cellars delicious Pinot Noir here.

Cornucpia Maize Lounge: Daily Happy Hour 3-6p – 3 3 3 @3 special! $3 micros, wells, and wine.

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Wineries & Vineyards

Pfeiffer Vineyards: Open Mon.-Thu. 11a-5p & Fri./Sat. 11a-9p! The Pfeiffer’s are finishing harvest this week… head out and watch the process, or sip some wine in the Water Garden, linger by the fireplace, or watch the Duck and Beaver Games on the Big Screen in the tasting room!

Silvan Ridge Winery: Open daily 12-5p, Fri. 12-9p. Complimentary taste of 5 wines in addition to several limited wines that may be tasted for a fee.

Benton-Lane Winery: Open Daily 11a-5p Enjoy one of the Top 100 wines of the World-the 2010 Pinot Gris rates 93 points is now available in the tasting room by taste, glass or bottle.

King Estate: Fri. 6p Cascades Raptor Center Benefit Dinner – Grand 5 Course Prix Fixe Dinner for $150 p/p ($75 of which is tax deductible) & price includes wine, dinner & gratuity, contact Autumn Brown for more information at 541-942-9874; King Estate is open Daily 11a-8p. Sample some of Oregon’s finest wine, dine on gourmet cuisine, and enjoy a valley view that’s

Sarver Winery: Open Mon.-Thu. 12-5p & Fri.-Sun. 12-8p. Sample their 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.

Chateau Lorane: Open daily 12-5p.  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-to name a few.

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. Specializing in Roussanne, Viognier, Petite Sirah, Syrah and Cabernet…and a little Pinot Noir!

Brigadoon Wine Co.: Fri.-Sun. 12-5p or by appointment. Call 541-998-8708. Try Brigadoon’s 3 excellent wines-A Pinot Blanc & 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!

LaVelle Vineyards (winery in Elmira): Fri. 5-9p Friday Night Flights with free flight tastings, Devour Gourmet Food Cart & live music with Jennifer Sennett.

Saginaw Vineyards: Open Daily 11a-5p. Sample their delicious 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.  15 minutes south of Eugene at exit 176 off the I-5.  541-942-1364

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 & Authentica, and in restaurants Marché and Eugene Country Club.

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

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Save the Date/Reserve Now

Marché Restaurant: Oct. 26th – French Regional Dinner with specially paired French wines, featuring the Alsace region.

Wineries without Walls (wine shop & tasting room): Oct. 29th 4-6p wine tasting featuring Benton-Lane Winery.

Osteria Sfizio: Oct 30th 5-9p Regional Italian Dinner featuring Arbruzzo. The Arbruzzo region of Italy is known for strong flavors and strong hospitality. For reservations, call 541-302-3000.

Eugene Cascades & Coast Adventure Center: Nov. 8th 4-6:30p Vertical Pinot Noir tasting with Noble Estate and 20% off wine purchases.

Oakshire Brewing: Nov. 12th Doors open at noon for the Hellshire II release & unveiling of newly remodeled tasting room. Live music & food available for purchase. Hellshire II is an Imperial Stout that was aged for 7 months in bourbon barrels and will be sold at a special price during the event.