Wine Down Eugene

Eugene is truly home to a variety of venues that can easily appeal to all walks of life. Whether you’re an avid beer drinker, wine enthusiast or lover of all things food, you’re bound to find something this week that will entice you to head out the door and enjoy Eugene to its fullest.

Although I’ve got a busy week lined up, there’s no stopping me from taking advantage of some of the many fun events in the week ahead. On Friday afternoon, I’ll be heading over to the new Wineries without Walls wine shop and tasting room located in the Fern Ridge Chamber of Commerce in Veneta. Briggs Hill Winery will be hosting a wine tasting from 4-6 pm, and I’m looking forward to trying their Pinot Noir, one that I haven’t yet experienced.

On Saturday, I’m super excited to spend the afternoon at Oakshire Brewing for their release party of Hellshire Cat II – an Imperial Stout with coffee that was aged in bourbon barrels. Starting at noon, Oakshire will also be unveiling their newly remodeled tasting room, and celebrating with draft beers, food and live music.

Riding on the heels of the Oakshire event,  16 Tons Coffee Stout Fest begins at 4 pm. This event is taking place at their Union Cafe/Supreme Bean location on Willamette Street, and I can’t wait to sample some of their 20+ coffee infused brews; including, Stouts, Imperial Stouts and Porters. They’ll also be offering baked goods infused with beer and a Chocolate Stout Cake. It’s a good thing the beers will be infused with coffee because my event-packed Saturday won’t be ending at 16 Tons.

At 6:30 pm, Marché Restaurant is having a Wild Foods Dinner that I’m really looking forward to. Hank Shaw, author of “Hunt, Gather, Cook: Finding the Forgotten Feast, an exploration of North America’s edible flora and fauna”, will be hosting this dinner that will include wild foods of the Willamette Valley. Some of the enticing menu items are Roasted Chanterelle’s, Fennel Flower Tempura, Venison Carpaccio and Huckleberry Sorbet.

On Monday, which is my birthday and only two days before my husbands birthday, we’ll be celebrating at the beautiful King Estate Winery located in the breathtaking wine country that surrounds Eugene. With a valley view of the fall-colored vineyard, it’s the perfect place to take in the numerous bounties that we are incredibly blessed with. I’ll be sipping the King Estate 2009 Bradshaw Vineyard Designate Pinot Noir, which is one of my favorite local Pinot Noirs, and it will undoubtedly pair perfectly with King Estate’s Wild Oregon Mushroom Ragout, a savory dish combined with Yukon potato gnocchi, roasted tomatoes, leek vinaigrette, parmesan cheese and crispy artichoke hearts.

It’s a great week to take advantage of some of the many things to do in and around Eugene, so I hope to see you out and enjoying life, cheers!
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Wine Bars & Wine Shops

Wineries without Walls (wine shop & tasting room): Fri. 4-6 pm wine tasting with Briggs Hill; Sat. 4-6 pm wine tasting featuring Patchwork Cellars. 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.

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

Marché Restaurant: Sat. 6:30 pm. Wild Foods Dinner-a remarkable menu of wild foods of the Willamette Valley along with celebrated foraging expert and author of “Hunt, Gather, Cook: Finding the Forgotten Feast, an exploration of North America’s edible flora and fauna”, Hank Shaw. $65 per person, seating is limited. Call 541-683-2260 x 106.

Marché Provisions: Fri. 5-7 pm Free Friday Wine Tasting

16 Tons (Union Cafe/Supreme Bean location at 29th and Willamette): Sat. 4-10 pm. Coffee Stout Fest. Sample over 20 coffee infused beers. Free entry, tasters $1-$3; Tue. 1-10 pm. Deschutes Base Camp Eugene Kick Off Party, live music with Bulls on Parade, giveaways and 12 Deschutes beers on tap, mostly rare pub releases.

Authentica Wines: Tue-Fri 11 am – 6 pm and Sat. 10 am – 5 pm Wine Tasting available every Sat. at the Wine Bar and 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.

‘s Wine (new wine shop in Pleasant Hill): Fri. 6-8 pm live music with woodwind quintet, Asculta. Extensive line of German wines and beer as well as a light menu.

Territorial Vineyards & Wine Co.: Thu. Open 5-11 pm – music starts around 7 pm Tim McLaughlin Presents (Tim and special guests jam); Fri. 5-11 pm – music starts around 7 pm with The Porch Band (Americana). November Art: original oils by Richard Quigley

Oakshire Brewing: Sat. Doors open at noon for the Hellshire II release & unveiling of newly remodeled tasting room. Live music and food available for purchase. Hellshire II is an Imperial Stout with coffee that was aged for seven months in bourbon barrels.

Bier Stein: Wed. 6 pm Ninkasi/21st Amendment Collaberation release of “Allies Win the War” and tap takeover including several other limited and specialty beers.

Café 440: Wed. All day. Wednesday Wine Flights for the month of November: California Rodney Strong red Wines and Oregon whites from Erath, Montinore and Stone Wolf. Three pours for $10.50.

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

Broadway Wine Merchants: Fri. 5-7 pm Free Friday Wine Tasting; Thu. 2010 Shea Vineyard release from Bergström  Wines, limited production due to 2010 late season, but excellent quality and easy to drink when young but can be stored for a decade or more.

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

Sam’s Place Tavern: Sat. watch Oregon and OSU games; 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 & northwest wines.

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

Cork & Bottle Shoppe: Fri. 4 pm 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 and craft beer in addition to liquor. 812 Beltline Rd. Springfield.

Sundance Wine Cellars: Fri. 5-7 pm themed Frugal Friday wine tasting with Mario; Sat. 5-7 pm featuring local and regional wineries – wineries announced the day of on their Facebook page.

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!

Café Zenon: Tues. 50 percent off bottles of wine; Mon-Fri. 5-6:30 pm $1 off glasses of wine and pints of beer. Find King Estate’s Domaine Pinot Gris and Capitello’s Sauvignon Blanc here – half 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. 10 pm Late Night at 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.

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

Capella Market: Fri. 4-6 pm Wine Tasting with Ex Cellars; Sat. 12-3 pm Beer Holiday Tasting Fair – samples of Thanksgiving menu items along with beer and wine tasting.

Kiva Grocery: Wine Department focuses on affordable northwest wines, small European wines and organic wines. 10 percent off mixed case, 15 percent off unbroken cases.

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

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.

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 3-6 pm – 3 3 3  at 3 special! $3 micros, wells, and wine.

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Wineries & Vineyards

Abbelone Vineyards: Another fabulous winery without walls – check back frequently to find out where you can sample their delicious Pinot Noir.

Pfeiffer Vineyards: Open Mon.-Thu. 11 am – 5 pm and Fri./Sat. 11 am – 9 pm Watch the Ducks and Beavers on the big screen in the tasting room while sipping Pfeiffer wine by the fireplace.

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

Benton-Lane Winery: Open Daily 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.

King Estate: King Estate is 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.

Sarver Winery: Winter hours: Mon – Thu. by appointment, Fri.-Sun. 12-6 pm. 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 12-5 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, just 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!

Sweet Cheeks: Fri. 6-9 pm Twilight Tasting – sample pairings of Sweet Cheeks wine with Oregon-made artisan cheeses while listening to live music; Sun. 12-6 pm Mimosa Sundays – Fine sparkling wine and live music from 2-4 pm. Bring your own brunch!

Brigadoon Wine Co.: Fri.-Sun. 12-5 pm or 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!

LaVelle Vineyards (winery in Elmira): Friday Night Flights is officially over for the winter season, but it will be back soon! Visit the winery daily, Mon. – Fri. 12-5 pm and Sat. – Sun. 12-6 pm.

Saginaw Vineyards: Open daily 11 am – 5pm. 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. Just 15 minutes south of Eugene at Exit 176 off the I-5. Call 541-942-1364 for more information.

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 12-5 pm.Tasting room with beautiful new patio and gorgeous view.

Briggs Hill Winery: Fri. 4-6 pm tasting at the Wineries without Walls wine shop and tasting bar inside the Fern Ridge Chamber of Commerce.

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

Patchwork Cellars: Sat. 4-6 pm tasting at the Wineries without Walls wine shop and tasting bar located inside the Fern Ridge Chamber of commerce.

Capitello Wines: Another local winery without walls, so keep an eye out on Capitello’s Facebook page for upcoming events and tastings.

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Save the Date or Reserve Now

Marché Restaurant: Nov. 17 French Regional Dinner featuring Beaujolais & Lyon. For reservations, call 541-342-3612 x2

Wineries without Walls (wine shop & tasting room): Nov. 18-19 Holiday Bazaar at the Fern Ridge Chamber of Commerce with extended wine tasting hours; Fri. 3-6 pm Lone Oak Vineyard; Sat. 2-6 pm J. Scott Cellars & Noble Estate. This wine shop and tasting room showcases local wines and is located inside the Fern Ridge Chamber of Commerce Visitor’s Center in Veneta.

Silvan Ridge Winery: Dec. 3, 6:30-9:30 pm “Dead in the Sled” Murder Mystery Dinner.

Broadway Wine Merchants: Dec. 10, 5 pm to closing – 2011 Bubble Bash! Taste a wealth of delicious Champagne. Pricing will be at its best for Holiday enjoyment and gifting.

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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