Wine Down Eugene


–Julia Crowley, EDN

In between Christmas shopping, Christmas decorating, Christmas tree hunting and Christmas movies, I’ve actually managed to attend some of the many stellar beer and wine related events going on this December here in Eugene. It’s never too hard to juggle the mom-writer-chauffer-shopper-foodie-wino-beer loving lifestyle! Well, never is a pretty strong word; however, even in the busiest of times, I somehow always manage to squeeze in a little me time.

This past week, I visited two establishments that I’ve heard many great things about: Authentica Wine Shop and The Bier Stein.

On Saturday, I visited Authentica Wine Shop for a wine tasting of the highly rated wines produced by Evening Land Vineyards, out of Amity-Eola Hills. Not only was I blown away by Evening Lands incredible wines, but the shelves that lined Authentica’s exposed brick walls and stacked wooden crates were filled with remarkable selections. From affordable to expensive, the wines were hand selected by owner, Steve Baker, and I was clearly impressed with his expertise. I’ll share the details about the excellent Evening Land Vineyard wines with you in an upcoming article about my visit to Authentica.

On Tuesday night, my friends and I attended Firestone Walker’s 15th Anniversary party and partial tap takeover at Bier Stein. Firestone Walker is a unique brewing company out of Paso Robles, California, and their highly talked about 15th Anniversary beer is a blended beer that is barrel aged. If you’ve been reading my barrel aged brew series, then you already know why I wasn’t about to miss this event. If you haven’t, click here for Part I and here for Part II of the Barrel Aged Brew series.

Surprised by the crowd of people that packed the Bier Stein from wall to wall, we moved towards an open space in hopes that someone would soon vacate one of the tables. As luck would have it, David Walker, owner of Firestone Walker, invited us to sit at his table, and we were able to learn a great deal about the unique brewing process of the barrel aged Firestone Walker 15. Much like my experience at Authentica, my time spent with David Walker deserves its own article, so keep an eye out for Barrel Aged Brews Part III.

There’s more fun events this week too, so in between the shopping, wrapping and baking, I’ll be making time for the Autism Rocks Benefit at Goodfellas on Friday night with headliners Big Monti and The Precious Darlings along The Gaye Lee Russell Band.

On Saturday, I’ll be heading out to Sweet Cheeks Winery to celebrate the release of Sweet Cheeks winemakers own label, William Rose Wines. Winemaker Mark Nicholl will be tasting his 2008 Barbera-Syrah and red blend Demon Bird: DB1. Hope to see some of you out and enjoying the many fun events, cheers!

Wine Bars & Wine Shops

The Wine Place: Sat. 1 – 4 pm, Meet winemaker Rich Lorelli who has been growing grapes in the Applegate Valley for 20+ years. As a viticulturist, he uses his talents to produce unique, award winning wines; The loft above The Wine Cellar is the tasting room for J. Scott Cellars. 373 North Hwy. 101, Yachats.

Bier Stein: Thu. 6-9 pm, Stone, Elysian, and The Bruery collaborated on a beer called La Citrueille Celeste de Citracado, a concoction which contains pumpkin, yams, fenugreek, lemon verbena, and birch bark on draft(there was only 2 kegs for the state), along with a specialty brew from each brewery(Bruery Autumn Maple, Elysian Barleywine, Ruination IPA). We will also be pouring samples of Stone’s Vertical Epic 11-11-11 and Elysian Bifrost Winter Ale. 345 East Eleventh Ave., Eugene.

June Restaurant and Bar: Tue. – Sat. 5-6 pm Happy Hour. Their wine list has some great local wines. 1591 Willamette St., 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.

Ambrosia Restaurant and Bar: Thu. 5:30-7 pm, Exclusive Wine Tasting, only available for 26 people total, featuring highly rated wines from Veneto, Tuscany and Piedmant. Thirty-five dollars per person includes a taste of seven wines and light appetizers. Call to reserve your spot.  541-342-4141. Mon. – Fri. 4-6 pm Happy Hour, tap beers $2 and house wines $4.50. 174 East Broadway Ave., Eugene.

16 Tons (Taphouse and Union Cafe): Thu. 5-8 pm, Eugene Based Blue Dog Mead tasting. 265 East Thirteenth Ave. and 2864 Willamette St. #500, Eugene.

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

Territorial Vineyards and Wine Co.: Thu. 5-11 pm, music starts around 7 with Dreamdog (Folk,Americana); Fri. 5-11 pm, third Friday BBQ, music starts around 7 pm with Jerry Zybach (Blues); December Art: original oils by Richard Quigley. 907 West Third Ave., 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 an incredible 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 reds or three whites for $10.50. 440 Coburg Rd., Eugene.

B2 Wine Bar: Happy hour Mon.-Fri., 4-6 pm, and 9-10 pm; Thu. and Sat., outdoor barbecue. Loads of Northwest wines offered here. 2794 Shadow Dr., 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.

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. 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.

Capella Market: Fri. 4-6 pm, Beer tasting with Deschutes Brewing; Sat. 4-6 pm, Hard Cider tasting with 2 Towns Cider. 2489 Willamette St., Eugene

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.

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 Soriah: Wed., celebrate Wine Wednesdays. All day, half off bottles of wine, including local notable names such as BrickHouse, Capitello, King Estate and Broadley. Bartenders have put together a special drink list for the holidays. 384 W. 13th Ave., 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. Find Patchwork Cellars’  delicious Pinot Noir 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

Sweet Cheeks: Fri. 6-9 pm, Twilight Tasting, sample pairings of Sweet Cheeks wine with Oregon-made artisan cheeses while listening to live music; Sat. 12-6 pm Celebrate the release of Sweet Cheeks Winemakers own label, William Rose Wines. Winemaker Mark Nicholl will be tasting his 2008 Barbera-Syrah and red blend “Demon Bird: DB1″ in celebration of the release. Be sure to stop by, grab a taste, and learn a story or two about fabled bootlegger William Rose; Sun. 12-6 pm, Mimosa Sundays, Fine sparkling wine and live music from 2-4 pm. Bring your own brunch. 27007 Briggs Hill Rd., Eugene.

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. 23924 Territorial Hwy., Monroe.

Pfeiffer Vineyards: Open Mon.-Thu., 11 am – 5 pm and Fri./Sat., 11 am – 9 pm Watch the games on the big screen in the tasting room while sipping Pfeiffer wine by the fireplace. 25040 Jaeg Rd., Junction City.

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. 27012 Briggs Hill Rd., Eugene.

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. Their Acrobat Pinot Gris was recently Wine Spectator’s Wine of the Week. 80854 Territorial Hwy., Eugene.

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.

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.: 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. 25166 Ferguson Rd., Junction City.

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. 89697 Sheffler Rd., Elmira.

Saginaw Vineyards: Fri. 6-9 pm, Friday Night Live in the Barn, featuring live music with 2 Hot 4 Fido. $10 cover charge includes wine tasting and simple hors d’oeuvres; 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.

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.

Noble Estate: Open 7 days/week, 12-5 pm. Tasting room with beautiful new 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: Mon.- Fri., 11 am – 3 pm. Stop by their state of the art winery and tasting room in Cottage Grove. Three-dollar tasting fee includes free wine glass, cheese and crackers. 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.

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

Dylan’s Run: Another winery without walls. Keep an eye out for tastings at the Fern Ridge Chamber of commerce, Wineries without Walls.

Wineries without Walls (wine shop and tasting room): Sat. 4-6 pm, return of Five H Wines! This wine shop and tasting room showcases local wines and is located inside the Fern Ridge Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center in Veneta. 24949 Hwy. 126, Veneta.

Save the Date or Reserve Now

Goodfellas: Fri. 9 pm to close. Autism Rocks Benefit with Big Monti and The Precious Darlings, and The Gaye Lee Russell Band. All proceeds go to the Kindtree Autism Rocks Project. 117 South 14th St., Springfield.

16 Tons (Taphouse): Dec. 21, 5-6:30 pm. Tieton Cider Works Tasting and several Ciders on tap 265 East Thirteenth Ave., Eugene; Jan. 5, 5:30 or 8 pm, Cheese Wars III at the Union Cafe 2864 Willamette St. #500, Eugene.

Marche Restaurant: Dec. 24, 5-8 pm. Christmas Eve Feast. $40 per person. Call for reservations 541-342-3612. 296 East Fifth Ave., Eugene.

LaVelle Vineyards in Elmira: Dec. 31, New Year’s Eve Murder Mystery Dinner and Dance. $99 per person includes three-course meal prepared by Field to Table Catering, a three-act play and round-trip transportation from Valley River Center if you choose to use it. Seating is limited and advance ticket purchase is required. 89697 Sheffler Rd., Elmira.

Red Agave: Dec. 31, New Year’s Eve Celebration, 4 course meal served with a glass of bubbly. Call for reservations. 541-683-2206. 454 Willamette St., Eugene.

Spencer Creek Cellars/McBeth Vineyards: Starting in January, by appointment only,
Wine Tastings in the Barn. 541-521-4381. 85162 McBeth Rd., Eugene.

King Estate Winery: Jan 2, 12:30 pm, rose Bowl Viewing Party. Fifty Dollars Tower Club Members, Fifty Five Dollars Non Members. Call for reservations. 541-942-9874. 80854 Territorial Rd., Eugene.

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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