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I had the time of my life drinking pink flamingo wine at Territorial Vineyards & Wine Co. in Eugene. The next time you find yourself in Oregon Ducks territory, be sure to experience the fun vibe of the world’s only winery located inside of an old Boyd’s Coffee warehouse.

Territorial Vineyards is best known for: Its wine bar masquerading as a tasting room. It is a friendly, unpretentious environment where excessive pinot pontificating might earn you a Bronx cheer.

Territorial offers their wines along with local beers and ciders while hosting free live music every Thursday-Saturday night. The music begins at 6 p.m., an hour after the doors open.

Wednesday nights are music-free to allow wine bar regulars to converse without raising their voices. Co-owner Alan Mitchell said some of these folks have been coming to Territorial for 20 years.

Violinist James Anderson was playing with a duo called Sage Vagabond the night I visited. I sipped Territorial’s rosé of pinot noir — with pink flamingos on the label — while watching an older couple hold hands and tap their toes to the music. A woman twirled her eight-year- old daughter on the nearby “dance carpet.”

This place is like hanging out in a friend’s living room.

— Michael Alberty writes about wine for The Oregonian/OregonLive. He can be reached at To read more of his coverage, go to

Original Article: Michael Alberty – Oregon Live