events in eugene

16 Tons Celebrates 4 Years During Their Wild Ale Festival Today!

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From noon to 10 pm today, May 3, 16 Tons Wild Ale Fest and celebration of their 4th Anniversary will take place at the Tap House at 265 E 13th Avenue.  Entry is free, and it’s a cash only bar.

They will be pouring 70 different Wild Ales ranging from Farmhouse to Funky, from Tart to Tooth-Achingly-Acidic.  Rustic, Sour, Barrel Aged, Spontaneously Fermented, and simply Wild ales.

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Each year they have teamed up with a brewery to brew a special anniversary beer as part of their “Phantom Limb Series” that pays homage to a famous author who lost an arm or leg as a result of their adventures.  This year they are very excited to work with Breakside Brewery to create “A Saison in Hell,” a Wallonian-Style Wild Rye Saison that pays homage to Arthur Rimbaud, who is from the Ardennes Region where this working class beer originated.

A few notable beers at the festival: Oakshire Frederic C. Noir, Upright El Coloquio Cervantes, The Commons Fishing with Hallet, Block 15 Wild Chardonnay Ale, Block 15 Kriek, Crux Better off Red, Logsdon / Solera Half Naakte Paasvankantie, BFM Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien, Double Mountain Devils Kriek, Deschutes Green Monster, and Russian River Consecration.

Some of the featured breweries include: Breakside, The Commons, Oakshire, Upright, Block 15, Cascade, Deschutes, Hair of the Dog, Flat Tail, Logsdon, Hanssens, Mikkeller, Jolly Pumpkin, Goose Island, The Bruery, Crux, Anchorage, Russian River, Stillwater, New Belgium, Evil Twin, Propolis, Rodenbach, and more!

Hopped Up Eugene

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I have had the pleasure to attend two of Party Downtown’s Brewers Dinners recently, and both times I’ve walked away inspired to recreate one of their dish pairings in my own home.  Of the seven courses we dined on for the Brewers Dinner, the plate that made the biggest impression was the hot link sausage, cider braised greens, cornbread, apple jam and pig ear – paired with 2 Towns Ciderhouse Bourbon Barrel aged cider.

Having now sampled several varieties, I can say with confidence that Party Downtown excels at making their own sausage.  I happened to walk by their smoker before the dinner started, and I pretty much wanted to crawl inside it so I could bathe in the aroma of goodness coming out of that thing.  Au du smoked sausage.

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photo: 2 Towns cider Facebook page

Imagine with me for a second, walking by the smoker that houses your future meal.  Several hours later, having said sausage on a plate in front of you, and a glass of the Bourbon Barrel Cider sparkling right next to it.  Anticipating how the sausage will taste, pull the flute full of cider to your nose and inhale the intoxicating scent of cider aged for four and a half months in a Buffalo Trace Barrel.  It is strong and heady.  A dry cider with a slightly sweet after taste, you know this course is going to be great – and it is.

For this work week meal inspiration, I picked up some German Oktoberfest sausages made in Woodburn, Oregon.  Mustard greens from the farmer’s market were already in the fridge, and I have cornmeal galore in the garage.  As the specific cider is not something readily available in the grocery stores I frequent, I decided to go for beer.  This is a bold dish, and  I needed something in kind.  A strong, forward flavor with citrus notes to replace the bourbon barrel infused aroma of the cider, so I picked up some Hop Valley Citrus Mistress.

I would recommend this beer to anyone looking to drink their first IPA. Yes it is bitter and hoppy as any IPA should be, but the citrus seems to round that off a bit and make it a rather friendly first try.  Citrus Mistress is a beer I could drink year round.  It’s an easy IPA to pair with barbecued food, and I am looking forward to stocking up while it is still on the shelves.

Barbecued Mustard Greens, Sausage and Cornbread Pudding

1 package sausage, kielbasa preferred

1 – 2 bunches mustard greens (recipe below)

1 cornbread pudding (recipe below)

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photos: Lacey Harrison

 

First make the Cornbread Pudding (adapted from www.sophistimom.com).

1 cups water

1 cup cornmeal

1 Tbsp butter

1 tsp salt

1/4 cup brown sugar

1 cup heavy cream

5 eggs

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1 cup shredded Gruyere cheese

Preheat oven to 350.  Heat the water, salt and butter in a pan until boiling.  Take off heat and add sugar and cornmeal, stir until sugar is dissolved.  In large bowl, mix the eggs, cream and nutmeg.  Combine the cornmeal mix with the cream mix, then add in cheese. Pour into a greased deep pie plate and bake for 45-60 minutes.  At 40 minutes, start checking it with a toothpick or knife.  Once this comes out clean after a poke, turn the oven off and remove to cool.

After the pudding is in the oven, start your Barbecued Mustard Greens.

1 – 2 bunches mustard greens

olive oil

salt

pepper

white balsamic vinegar

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photo: Lacey Harrison

Turn your barbecue on medium-high heat, rinse your greens off and throw them on the grill in a bunch.  After about two minutes, flip them over and grill again for two minutes.  This does two things.  One it steams the inner leaves a bit, and two creates a nice char on the outer leaves.

Take the greens off the grill after both sides have been “cued,” chop them up, place in a tinfoil sheet about 12 inches long.  Sprinkle with salt, olive oil and balsamic vinegar and toss.  You want a decent coating of the three, so do it one more time.  Close up the tinfoil around the greens and get ready to throw them and the sausage on the grill.  Timing is everything here – you want your pudding to be nearly done at this point, because you are about 10 minutes away from plating your food.

Grill the Sausages and Mustard Greens just enough to create nice sear lines on the sausages.  When flipping the sausage, flip the tin foil packet.  When removing them both from the grill, crack open the packet so the greens stop cooking.  Plate your food and call the family to dinner.  I love Party Downtown’s use of various kinds of plates, so I pulled out Grandma’s old china bowls and got to work.

The char on the mustard greens helps to alleviate their usual bitterness.  My only wish is that I had used two bunches, hence my suggestion for 1-2 in the recipe.  None of us got quite enough.  The savory sausage and sweet cornbread pudding together in one bite is a meal in itself.  Pair this dish with the Citrus Mistress, and you have a party in your mouth!

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photo: Hop Valley Facebook page

I appreciate Party Downtown’s innovative food style, their dishes worked very well with the 2 Towns Cider picks.  I am now on the hunt for a bottle of the bourbon barrel aged cider so I can work up a dish to pair with it.  I look forward to watching both companies to see what else they produce, and dream of future recipes inspired from the pairings at the brewers dinner that night.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wine Down Eugene

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Wine Down Eugene March 5-11

As I prepare myself for yet another necessary major surgery (sigh), I just can’t help accepting every invitation with glee to events and stellar opportunities that have been tossed my way.

“Want to fill a position on the judging panel in Cannon Beach for the SavorNW Wine Awards?” I’d be honored.  “Would you like to attend the Oregon Chardonnay Symposium at the beautiful Stoller Family Estate and savor Chardonnays from 40 Oregon wineries?”  Wouldn’t miss it for the world!  “How about joining us for a live tasting of the wines of Uruguay?”  Indeed, I’d be delighted.  “Want to join us for our first Wine vs Beer Food Pairing Event at the Tap and Growler?”  You betcha.

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The line-up of J. Scott Cellars wines: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah

Without a doubt, I am going to get in as much fun as I possibly can before going under the knife and being laid up for a couple months.  Enjoy. Every. Minute.

As I wrote in last week’s Wine Down Eugene, being a part of the esteemed wine judging team of the impressive SavorNW Wine Awards will undoubtedly be the ultimate highlight of the year for me.  The Savor Cannon Beach Wine & Culinary Festival is taking place right now, and the folks attending are in for some amazing, award-winning wines.

The Wine vs Beer Food Pairing Event at The Tap and Growler was incredible and featured three of some of my favorite local producers of fine wine, creative brews and mouthwatering foods: winemaker Jonathan Scott Oberlander of J. Scott Cellars, Oakshire’s Brewmaster Matt Van Wyk, and Michael Landsberg of Noisette Pastry Kitchen – quite the trio of talent.

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Oakshire’s PTO Pale Ale, 7th Anniversary Ale and Overcast Espresso Stout

Taking place in the Tap & Growler’s Barrel Room, located behind what I like to call, “the great wall of wine taps,” the event was sold out – all twelve seats were taken by like-minded people with palates that were just waiting to be tantalized by some really outstanding wines, brews and handcrafted small bites.

With Jonathan of J. Scott Cellars, Matt of Oakshire and Michael of Noisette each explaining what they had brought to the table, we were excited to start tasting and finding our favorite matches between the food, wine and beer.  There were three brews and three wines alongside a plate of six different mouthwatering savory and sweet bites.

The Oakshire brews:

  • PTO Pale Ale (standing for Paid Time Off – a great story to ask about when visiting Oakshire’s Public House) – full bodied, citrus-centric hop monster. Loved it!
  • Brewer’s Reserve 7th Anniversary Ale – quite possibly my favorite beer of all time. Baltic Porter, barrel aged in both bourbon and Pinot Noir barrels and matured on tart cherries.
  • Overcast Espresso Stout – year round, rich smooth, oatmeal stout.
  • A bonus sample of the Funk d’Farmhouse (aged in Oregon Pinot Noir barrels for a year, need I say more?)

The J. Scott Cellars wines (all from wine kegs):

  • Chardonnay – classic Chardonnay with an excellent depth of character and smooth, silky, creamy mouthfeel
  • Pinot Noir – light bodied, yet full of character with aromas and flavors of cherries, cranberries, earth and spice.
  • Syrah – black and red fruit aromas with a touch of smokiness and a zippy black pepper finish.
  • a bonus sample of the ’12 Zinfandel (read my review here)

Noisette small-bites:

  • Ham & Cheese Bread Pudding
  • Chicken Liver with Pepper Jelly
  • Savory Spiced Corn Puff Honeycomb
  • Curry Nut Meringue
  • French Macaroon
  • Chocolate Sesame Pokey Stick
Clockwise from bottom right corner: Ham & Cheese Bread Pudding, chicken Liver, Corn Puff Honeycomb, Meringue, Macaroon and Pokey Stick
Clockwise from bottom right corner: Ham & Cheese Bread Pudding, Chicken Liver, Corn Puff Honeycomb, Meringue, Macaroon and Pokey Stick

I would love to go into great deal about all of the incredible flavors in everything that was involved (indeed, each beer, wine and small bite was delicious), but with limited space and time, I’ll share three pairings that were totally unforgettable and simply stunning together:

Ham & Cheese Bread Pudding with Chardonnay: Although the saltiness of the ham was super nice with the hoppiness of the PTO Ale, there was something really palate pleasing about the creaminess of the bread pudding that went amazingly well with the creamy texture of the Chardonnay. The flavors, and in particular the textures, sang in harmony.

Savory Spiced Corn Puff Honeycomb with the Syrah and the Overcast Espresso Stout: This was a perfect tie.  The super savory honeycomb had loads of flavors, both sweet and spicy. the Syrah toned down the spiciness while popping the sweet qualities, while the Stout did the exact opposite. The honeycomb was light and airy, contrasting the heaviness of both the wine and beer – the contrast is what made it distinctively delicious.

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The delicious Ham and Cheese Bread Pudding with J. Scott Cellars Chardonnay – a beautiful marriage of textures

French Macaroon with the 7th Anniversary Ale: Wow. This pairing was unbelievably perfect in every single way, shape and form.  Go, no run, to Noisette and pick up a French Macaroon (with chocolate inside), take it to the Tap and Growler and get a pint of the 7th Anniversary Ale before it’s all gone. Now.

Kudos to the Tap and Growler’s General Manager, Toby Harris, for putting together a stellar event that included three of Eugene’s rock stars in their own fields.  For being among some of the first special events to take place at the recently opened Tap and Growler, I’m more than impressed with Toby’s collaboration of food, drink and good cheer – I can’t wait to see what other events he’s got up his sleeve.

Keep up with what’s going on at the Tap and Growler on Facebook: facebook.com/TapandGrowler.

A bonus sample of Oakshire's Funk d'Farmhouse - a must-try brew
A bonus sample of Oakshire’s Funk d’Farmhouse – a must-try brew

Follow me over to my award-winning website WineJulia.com to read more about my evening at the Tap and Growler – it didn’t end with the completion of the event.  Some new found friends and I were having way too much fun, so we decided to check out a flight of brews and wines from the Tap and Growler’s expansive tap list, discovering some excellent beverages.

 

 

 

Wine Down Eugene

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Wine Down Eugene May 29 – June 4

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Lake Chelan Wine Valley | photo: reluctantentertainer.com

This time next week, I’ll be on my way from Seattle, Washington, to Penticton, Canada, via a pre-conference excursion.  The conference I’m heading to is the annual Wine Bloggers Conference, taking place this year in the Okanagan Valley wine region of British Columbia.

Last year, the conference took place in Portland, so I didn’t attend any of the pre-conference excursions since they were focused on wineries and regions I frequently visit.  But this year, I wasn’t about to miss an excursion that will take me through Washington’s Lake Chelan Wine Valley – an area I’ve never been to.

After spending a couple days in Seattle with a friend and fellow wine-writer from Florida, Michele Haid of WineHooch.com, we’ll board a bus with a large group of wine writers from around the country and ride three hours to the vacation destination and wine region of Lake Chelan.  Once we arrive at our lakeside hotel, Campbell’s Resort and Spa, we have the option of taking a scenic seaplane tour around the lake.  After the lake tours, we have a welcome reception at Rio Vista Winery and then a four-course Italian dinner at Sorrento’s Restaurant, a Tuscan villa restaurant in Tsillan Cellars that overlooks Lake Chelan.  The following morning, we’ll be at a Brunch and Bubbly tasting at KARMA Vineyards, known for their sparkling wine, and then we will be split into five groups – each group visiting a different winery in the region.

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Campbell’s Resort & Spa, Lake Chelan | photo: reluctantentertainer.com

We were asked to choose between five different local wineries that sounded like they would all be fun, and out of the five, we chose Hard Row to Hoe.   Garnering a name from ‘the entrepreneurial spirit of a man who ran a row boat taxi service on Lake Chelan in the 1930’s ferrying miners by rowboat to a brothel located at Point Lovely,’ Hard Row to Hoe’s wines have a theme. Afternoon Delight Muscat, Nauti Buoy Riesling, Burning Desire Cabernet Franc and Shameless Hussy Viognier are just a few of the wines produced by Hard Row.  We’ll meet the owners/winemaker Don and Judy Phelps and tour the vineyards while learning about LIVE certification and Salmon-Safe farming.  Ending the tour with a sampling of of five of their wines with hors d’oeuvres, I’m thinking we are going to have a lot of exciting content for upcoming articles.

After the winery visits, we’ll check out of our hotel and board the bus once again – this time  we’ll be heading over the border, into Canada, where we’ll find ourselves at another lakeside resort, Penticton Lakeside Resort.  With the next few days filled with a busy conference agenda, I’m excited to explore the Okanagan Valley wine region; this will be my first time to Canada.

After the conference is over, Michele and I are renting a car and driving over the scenic Northern Cascades to Vancouver, British Columbia, where we’ll have just the one night to explore a city neither of us have ever been to.  It’s going to be quite an adventure.

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Hard Row to Hoe Vineyards | photo: scenicwa.com

Aside from my passion for wine and writing about wine, I love classic cars.  This Saturday, I’ll be taking my kids to Junction City for the Function 4 Junction Show ‘N Shine and Classic Car and Truck Cruise.  Taking place in downtown Junction City, just a block away from the Rodeo Steakhouse & Grill, we’ll start off with dinner and some wine – Rodeo serves up the delicious Benton-Lane Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir.  They also have live music from 5:30 to 9:30 pm with Kelly Thibodeoux and the Etouffee Band.  The Show ‘N Shine goes from 8 am to 7 pm, and the Cruise starts at 6 pm and ends at 9.  I hope to see some familiar faces in JC this Saturday!

Next weeks Wine Down Eugene will be brought to you from Seattle and Lake Chelan, Washington.  Keep up with all of my adventures on my award-winning website (Best New Wine Blog at last year’s conference), WineJulia.com.

 

Wine Down Eugene

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Wine Down Eugene March 20-26

spring blossomsAs I pack for my trip to New York City, I’m tempted to bring spring sandals, light jackets, and brightly colored outfits, but the forecast tells me that even though my arrival day will be the first official day of spring, it’s looking a lot more like winter on the East Coast.

We have been blessed here in the Willamette Valley the past few weeks. It’s been warmer than average, and we’ve seen some gorgeous blue skies. Just yesterday, as I was walking through the neighborhood, I spotted all sorts of budding and blooming trees – I absolutely love spring in Oregon.

Regardless of the weather in New York, I am so incredibly excited for my visit. I’ll be meeting up with colleagues from Snooth.com, the world’s largest and longest running wine focused social website, along with some incredibly talented food and wine bloggers – all for the Snooth People’s Voice Wine Awards. I met a few of these acclaimed writers during last summer’s Wine Bloggers Conference in Portland: Luiz Alberto and Nanci Bergamo of The Wine Hub, Mary Cressler of Vindulge and Nannette Eaton of Wine Harlots. The other participating bloggers are some that I’ve only communicated with through social media, so it will be great to meet them in person.

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photo credit: paleospirit.com

Snooth has an incredible weekend lined up for our select group of food and wine bloggers. On Friday, we’ll start the evening off at Peking Duck House with a Wines of Scarpa Master Class, followed by what will most likely be my favorite event: the Oregon Wine Board Dinner – Oregon wines will be paired with the diverse flavors of dishes created by the chefs at New York’s Peking Duck House!

On Saturday, I’ll taste my first Brazilian wine ever, during the Brazilian Wines Master Class. We’ll also attend two other master classes: White Wines of Italy and Wines of Austria. For lunches, we’ll be experiencing wines from Ribera del Duero and South Africa, and we’ll even attend a Google Author Rank class. My life-long friend who lives in Upstate New York, Mindy -who I haven’t see in seven years, will join me for Snooth’s First Annual People’s Voice Wine Awards Grand Tasting on Saturday night, then she and I are going to explore the city.

We’ll be toasting with wines from Rioja for our farewell get together, and after what I’m sure will be a whirlwind three days, I’ll be on my way back to Oregon – hopefully to sunny skies and warm air.

Follow me on my wine and food adventure in New York City on my award-winning website, WineJulia.com.

Solas Brings Soulful Celtic-Folk to the Shedd

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solas bandConsidered to be “Irish-America’s most influential band,” Solas is releasing their eleventh album on February 5: Shamrock City.

Solas is not your typical Celtic band – through intensely-touching lyrics, harmony and soul, Solas brings to light a band members family story of immigration, mining and murder in early 1900’s Butte, Montana:

“In 1910, Solas band leader Seamus Egan’s great-great uncle, Michael Conway, left his home in County Mayo, Ireland, and boarded a ship for America. He was headed to the copper mines and boxing rings of Butte, Montana, also known as, Shamrock City (named so for the influx of Irish immigrants). Six years later, at the age of 25 and in a cloud of mystery, Michael was dead at the hands of local police.”

solas album coverThe album, Shamrock City, tells the story of Michael Conway and the thousands of young men and women who left their homeland of Ireland for what was thought to be ‘The Richest Hill on Earth.’ The emotionally moving songs on the album unveil the spirits and hardships of the young Irish immigrants, and truly draw in heart-felt emotions.

On Thursday, January 24, Solas will play at the Shedd Institute starting at 7:30 pm. Songs from their most driving album to date, Shamrock City, will no doubt be played with heart and soul. A leading-edge stage show will include photos and films of the people of Butte, Montana.

Visit The Shedd Institute for tickets and show details.

 

Robust Italian Varietals in the Land of Pinot Noir: Remy Wines

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IMG_3213McMinnville, Oregon is in the heart of Pinot Noir country. Visiting wineries located in and around McMinnville will undoubtedly bring on a tasting or a flight of Pinot Noir – many wineries have three or more Pinots from different blocks, vineyards and vintages. It is, indeed, the land of Pinot Noir.

One winery, however, focuses on robust Italian varietals that don’t resemble a Pinot Noir whatsoever: Remy Wines. Remy Drabkin, owner and winmaker of Remy wines, is dedicated to, and passionate about, varietals like Barbera, Sangiovese, Lagrein and Dolcetto. Located in the heart of McMinnville’s historic Granary District, Remy has successfully tapped a niche for robust red wine lovers in an area that is all about the Pinot.

I recently had the opportunity to sit down for a tasting and lunch with Remy, where we broke bread, ate heartily, and enjoyed her 2009 Illahe Vineyard Oregon Lagrein and 2009 Rosebud Vineyard Washington Barbera. Surprisingly young, Remy has lead a full and interesting life of being in and around the wine industry – starting her first real wine job during harvest when she was just thirteen years old.

IMG_3209Growing up in the heart of Oregon’s wine country, surrounded by the pioneers of the Oregon wine industry, Remy knew she wanted to be a winemaker when she was just eight years old. Making her dreams come true, she now owns and runs her own winery and wine bar in McMinnville, where she creates wines that have exceptional depth of character and great complexity – wines that should not be missed.

Most local wine shops carry Remy Wines, and on January 23, 2013, Remy will be pouring her wines at The Broadway at Oakway Center for a special Remy Wines Dinner. The cost is just $35 dollars per person. Call 541-685-0790 and sign up before it’s fully booked. Without a doubt, this will be a fabulous event.

To read the full story about Remy’s interesting life and how she came to make Italian varietals in the heart of Pinot Noir country, including reviews of the Barbera and Lagrein, follow me over to my award-winning website, WineJulia.com.

 

Wine Down Eugene

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Wine Down Eugene January 2-8

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WineJulia.com gets attention on the big screen at the Wine Bloggers Conference

Happy New Year!

As I look back at the year 2012, there were definitely some great highlights for me personally. In February, we launched WineJulia.com, a wine blog where I could write about my wine adventures in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. It didn’t take long for me to realize how much I really enjoyed writing about the wine I’d be drinking or the wineries I’d be visiting on the blog – it’s been loads of fun sharing my experiences. Six months after the launch of the site, WineJulia.com was voted the Best New Wine Blog – giving the site instant world-wide attention and recognition – a huge highlight for 2012.

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Sharing a table with Dick Erath, Jason Lett, Adam Campbell and Susan Sokol Blosser, I got to try this 1983 vintage Pinot Noir from Eyrie Vineyards.

Soon after, incredible opportunities came my way. I had dinner with several pioneers of the Oregon wine industry and lunch with Southern Oregon’s most well known wine producers. I visited Oregon’s outstanding wine regions from north to south and spent two days exploring and tasting the terrior of both McMinnville AVA and Yamhill-Carlton AVA. I’ve met wonderful people along the way and tasted some of the world’s best Pinot Noirs. Wine samples from around the globe end up on my doorstep for review purposes; in addition to, wine related products, like the amazing skybar ONE wine system. It was an awesome year!

As 2013 begins, I’ve already got some exciting events lined up; such as, a trip to New York City where I’ll spend some time with the great people of Snooth.com, a visit to one of Virginia’s well-known wine festivals, and the Oregon Wine Symposium to name a few. I’ll have a plethora of great content to share on the wine blog. With a year as great as last one now behind me, I’m excited for what’s to come in the next twelve months, and I look forward to continuing to share my wine adventures! Cheers, and wishing you all a wonderful new year – may your glass always be full.

Wine Bars, Shops and Restaurants

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The Barn Light: Fri. 8 pm Dance Party with Dawn Baby and Ms Amelia Hart. No cover. New coffee house/bar downtown that features local wines and brews. Everyday 4-7 pm, Happy Hour specials on beer, wine and cocktails. 924 Willamette St., Eugene.

Heidi Tunnell Catering Company: CLOSED Dec. 25- Jan. 7; Tue. Bakery reopens after holiday break 10 am- 6 pm, lunch from 11 am – 2 pm and dinner from 4-7 pm; Thur. 6 pm, Doors open at 6 pm with appetizers, excellent selection of beer and wine available for purchase.  Read about the Thurs. family-style dinners on WineJulia.com. 182 South Second St., Creswell.

16Tons (Cafe): Wed. 7-10 pm, Trivia Night; Thu. 5-7 pm free wine tasting and happy hour & movie begins at 8 pm; Every Fri. 6 pm, free live music; Every Sun. and Mon. 4-10 pm deals on growler and mason jar fills. 2864 Willamette St., Eugene.

16Tons (Taphouse): Hours of Operation: Sun.-Wed. noon – 10 pm, Thu.-Sat. noon – 12 am (except New Year’s Eve). Great selection of beer and wine. 265 East 13th Ave., Eugene.

Broadway Wine Merchants: Fri. 5-7 pm, Free Friday Wine Tasting; Tue. 4-6 pm, First Tuesday of each month – Cheese & Wine Tasting, $20 per person. Read about their wine and cheese events here. 17 Oakway Center, Eugene.

Wineries without Walls (wine shop & tasting room): Tasting room closed until May 2013. Special events will be posted here.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.

Marché Provisions: Fri. 5-7 pm, free Friday wine tasting. 296 E. 5th Ave., Eugene.

Tom & Johnny’s: Thu. 7-10 pm, Wine & Jive (wine tasting and live music). 471 South A St., Springfield.

Territorial Vineyards and Wine Co.: Thu. 5-11 pm, live music starts around 7 pm; Fri. 5-11 pm, live music starts around 7 pm. 907 West Third Ave., Eugene.

LaVelle Tasting Room at 5th Street Market: Mon. – Sat. 12-7 pm, Sun. 12–6 pm;  Thu. 5-7 pm, live music; Fri. 5-7 pm, live music. 296 E. 5th Ave., Eugene.

Ninkasi Brewing: Tasting room hours: Sun.-Wed. 12-9 pm, Thu.-Sat. 12-10 pm. Indoor and outdoor seating, food available for purchase from varying food carts. 272 Van Buren St., Eugene.

The Wine Place (Yachats): Sat.12-5 pm. NOTE: For January, the shop will be closed except on Saturdays from 11 am – 5 pm. 373 N. Hwy. 101, Yachats.

SweetWaters at Valley River Inn: Every Thu. 4 – 7 pm, Free wine tasting on the patio featuring a different winery each week. 1000 Valley River Way, Eugene.

B2 Wine Bar: 30 percent off Friends and Family Discount. Place wine orders by Dec. 31; Happy Hour Mon.-Fri., 4-6 pm, and 9-10 pm. 2794 Shadow Dr., Eugene.

Long’s Meat Market: Fri. 4-6 pm, free wine tasting with some cheese from their deli; craft beers and Oregon wines available. 81 East 28th Ave., Eugene.

Authentica Wines: Hours are 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.  766 W. Park St., Eugene.

Sundance Wine Cellars: Fri. 5-7 pm Mario’s Frugal Friday free wine tasting; Sat. 5-7 pm, wine tasting. 2441 Hilyard St., Eugene.

Koho Bistro: Wed. Wine Wednesdays – 25 percent off bottles of wine. Happy Hour daily from 5 – 6:30 pm $1 off beers on tap, well drinks and wine. Read the Local Lunch Gals review. 2101 Bailey Hill Rd, Suite L, Eugene.

Café 440: Wed. 5 pm, Wednesday Wine Flights. Taste three whites or reds for $10.50; Mon. – Sat. 3-6 pm Happy Hour specials. For the Local Lunch Gals review, click here. 440 Coburg Rd., Eugene.

The Side Bar: Wed. Ladies Night, $1 off any glass of wine and $5 off a bottle of wine.  1680 Coburg Rd., Eugene

Ring of Fire Restaurant: Mon. 5 pm Wine Night Mondays-35 percent off all bottles of wine; Daily Happy Hour 4-6 pm. 1099 Chambers St., Eugene.

Soriah Cafe: Wed. 5 pm, *last Wednesday of the month only* Celebrate Wine Wednesday. Half off bottles of wine. 384 W. 13th 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. 1626 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.

Café Zenon: Tues., Fifty percent off bottles of wine; Mon-Fri. 5-6:30 pm, $1 off glasses of wine and pints of beer. 898 Pearl St., Eugene.

Café Lucky Noodle: Tue. 5:30-7:30 pm Wine Night – all bottles 35 percent off; complimentary wine tasting in the lobby. 207 East 5th Ave., Eugene.

Granary Wine Bar:Wed. 5 pm, $5 glass pours of house white or red. 259 E. 5th Ave., Eugene.

Wineries & Vineyards

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LaVelle Vineyards (winery in Elmira): Visit the winery daily, Mon.-Thu. 12-5 pm, and Sat./Sun. 12-6 pm. 89697 Sheffler Rd., Elmira.

Sweet Cheeks: Fri. 6-9 pm, Twilight Tasting, sample pairings of Sweet Cheeks wine with Oregon-made artisan cheeses while listening to live music from 6:30-8:30 pm with Home School; Sun. 12-6 pm, Mimosa Sunday with live music from 2-4 pm with Kenji. 27007 Briggs Hill Rd., Eugene.

Silvan Ridge Winery: Open Daily 12-5 pm. Complimentary taste of five wines in addition to several limited wines that may be tasted for a fee. 27012 Briggs Hill Rd., Eugene.

Domaine Meriwether: Fri. 6-9 pm. Sparkling Nights – wine tasting and live music. Open Daily 11 am – 4 pm, except Fri. for Sparkling Nights. 88324 Vineyard Lane, Veneta.

Sarver Winery: Open daily 12-6 pm except Fri 12-9. 2600 Mayola Ln., Eugene.

King Estate: Visit the winery daily 11 am – 8 pm. 80854 Territorial Hwy., Eugene.

Saginaw Vineyard: Fri. 6-9 pm, Friday Night LIVE featuring Mike McLaren/blues country folk. Friday Night LIVE is held indoors for the winter months and minors are not permitted. For more information, please click here; Open daily, 11 am – 5pm. Sample their 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.

RainSong Vineyard: Two open houses a year: Memorial Day Weekend and Thanksgiving Weekend. Unique barrel bottling program. 92989 Templeton Rd., Cheshire.

Chateau Lorane: Open daily, 12-5 pm. 27415 Siuslaw River Rd., Lorane.

Pfeiffer Winery: Open Mon.-Thu. 11 am – 5 pm and Fri./Sat. 11 am – 9 pm. Try their hot mulled wine. 25040 Jaeg Rd., Junction City.

Brigadoon Wine Co.: Fri. – Sun. 12-5 pm wine tasting in their tasting room. 25166 Ferguson Rd., Junction City.

Benton-Lane: Open Daily Noon to 5pm; For a relaxed one hour wine tasting with the owner in a special wine room overlooking the vineyards, call the winery for details 541-847-5792. 23924 Territorial Hwy., Monroe.

Noble Estate: Open daily 12-5 pm. 29210 Gimpl Hill Rd., Eugene.

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. 373 North Hwy. 101, Yachats.

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

The south Willamette Valley is home to many stellar vintners that do not have tasting rooms. Check back frequently for tasting/event information on the following wineries without walls: Capitello Wines, William Rose Wines, Patchwork Cellars, Abbelone Vineyards, Stanton Vineyards, Kandarian Wine Cellars, Oakdale Cellars, Briggs Hill Winery, Iris Vineyards, Dylan’s Run, Fractal Cellars.

Upcoming Events

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Heidi Tunnell Catering Co: Thursday night dinners in their on-site event center. 6:30pm, doors open at 6pm. Extensive wine list by local, handcrafted Oregon winemakers and local beers as well. 182 South Second St., Creswell.

LaVelle Tasting Room at 5th Street Market: Jan 10, 5-7 pm. Live musice with Gus Russel and Laurie Hammond  296 E. 5th Ave., Eugene.

The Bier Stein: Jan. 16, 6 – 11 pm. Widmer Brothers Stout Flight Night – special event featuring four Stout brews perfect for winter. 345 E. 11 Ave., Eugene.

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Wine Down Eugene November 14-20

Sweet Cheeks 2012 Chardonnay at rest

Harvest has been much talked about this year – 2012 is a vintage that Willamatte Valley vintners are predicting will be one of the best on record. They’ve worked long, hard hours picking, pressing and fermenting grapes. Now is the time when winemakers give a big sigh of relief – the yeasts in the fermenting tanks are working their wonders while the Pinot Noirs go to sleep in oak barrels.

Just yesterday, I met with Mark Nicholl out at Sweet Cheeks Winery. Nicholl is the winemaker for Sweet Cheeks; in addition to, having his own label: William Rose Wines. Nicholl took me on a tour through the winery, and I was lucky enough to taste a few of the 2012’s far before their anticipated release dates. From a future William Rose Riesling straight out of the tank, to a couple Sweet Cheeks Pinot Noirs directly from the barrels, the 2012’s are already showing exceptional characteristics.

But, not all vintners are done with harvest; in fact, local winemaker Ray Walsh, owner of Capitello Wines, was harvesting grapes just this afternoon. The grapes Walsh harvested this afternoon, however, were actually harvested from the vines several weeks ago. Today, their second harvest, consisted of moving cluster by cluster from the straw mats where they have been drying out, into a press, where the juice was gently being pressed from the grapes to eventually become a sweet wine called, Straw Wine – the first of it’s kind in Oregon.

Sauvignon Blanc grapes ready for second harvest – Straw Wine

Regardless of what kind of wine is being produced from the highly anticipated 2012 fruit, I’m looking forward to enjoying the fruits of our local winemakers labors in the near future. After trying some of the 2012 varietals in their very early stages, I believe the wine enthusiasts among us have much to look forward to.

To read more about Ray Walsh’s Straw Wine, follow me over to WineJulia.com, where I’ll be following his new adventure from the initial harvest to the finished product. You’ll also find a complete article on my afternoon tasting and tour with winemaker Mark Nicholl, including reviews of Sweet Cheeks and William Rose wines.

Wine Bars, Shops and Restaurants

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Heidi Tunnell Catering Company: Tue. Bakery 10 am- 6 pm, lunch from 11 am – 2 pm and dinner from 4-7 pm; Thur. 6 pm, Thursday Night Dinner – Italian Sausage Lasagna. Doors open at 6 pm with appetizers, excellent selection of beer and wine available for purchase.  Read about the Thurs. family-style dinners on WineJulia.com; Sun. Thanksgiving orders are due today. 182 South Second St., Creswell.

Broadway Wine Merchants: Wed. 6-8 pm, Champagne Tasting – sit down tasting with several grower’s champagnes as well as bigger champagne houses including appetizers by Chef Glen. $25 per person, reservations required, call 541-685-0790; Fri. 5-7 pm, Free Friday Wine Tasting with several Oregon producers including Westrey, Matello, Cameron, Evesham Wood and Johan;Tue. 4-6 pm, special complimentary thanksgiving wine tasting; First Tuesday of each month – Cheese & Wine Tasting, $20 per person. Read about their wine and cheese events here. 17 Oakway Center, Eugene.

Ax Billy Grill & Sports Bar: Thu. 5-7 pm, Third Thursday Taste featuring Ninkasi. Each month, on the third Thursday, a local or international winery or brewery is featured for a complimentary tasting. Located in the Downtown Athletic Club. 999 Willamette St., Eugene.

Wineries without Walls (wine shop & tasting room): Fri. 5-7 pm, 35th Annual Holiday Bazaar weekend starts Friday night. Special wine tasting with Briggs Hill Winery which will be pouring their estate 2001 Pinot Noir and 2008 white Blend; Sat. 2-6 pm, extended tasting event for holiday Bazaar with J. Scott Cellars and Olive Grand. 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.

Marché Provisions: Fri. 5-7 pm, Free Friday wine tasting; Sat. 1-3 pm, Thanksgiving Wine Extravaganza. 296 E. 5th Ave., Eugene.

Tom & Johnny’s: Thu. 7-10 pm, Wine & Jive (wine tasting and live music). Large selection of wines by the glass. 471 South A St., Springfield.

Territorial Vineyards and Wine Co.: Thu. 5-11 pm, live music starts around 7 pm with Walker T. Ryan; Fri. 5-11 pm, Third Friday BBQ and live music starts around 7 pm with Fiddlin’ Sue Band. 907 West Third Ave., Eugene.

LaVelle Tasting Room at 5th Street Market: Mon. – Sat. 12-7 pm, Sun. 12–6 pm;  Thu. 5-7 pm, Gus Russell; Fri. 5-7 pm, live music with Chris Stubbs. 296 E. 5th Ave., Eugene.

Ninkasi Brewing: Mon. Pints for a Cause. 25 percent of all pint sales in the tastinf room will be donated to Eugene Public Library foundation; Tasting room hours: Sun.-Wed. 12-9 pm, Thu.-Sat. 12-10 pm. Indoor and outdoor seating, food available for purchase from varying food carts. 272 Van Buren St., Eugene.

The Wine Place (Yachats): Sat.12-5 pm Wine tasting – Party wines. 373 N. Hwy. 101, Yachats.

SweetWaters at Valley River Inn: Every Thu. 4 – 7 pm, Free wine tasting on the patio featuring a different winery each week. 1000 Valley River Way, Eugene.

B2 Wine Bar: Happy Hour Mon.-Fri., 4-6 pm, and 9-10 pm; Loads of Northwest wines offered here. 2794 Shadow Dr., Eugene.

Falling Sky Brewing: Hours of operation: Sun.-Wed. 11 am – midnight and Thur.–Sat. 11-1 am. Excellent selection of handcrafted brews and local barrel to tap wines. Check out the Local Lunch Gals review of Falling Sky here. 1334 Oak Alley, Eugene.

Long’s Meat Market: Fri. 4-6 pm, free wine tasting with some cheese from their deli; craft beers and Oregon wines available. 81 East 28th Ave., 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.

Sundance Wine Cellars: Fri. 5-7 pm Mario’s Frugal Friday free wine tasting; Sat. 5-7 pm, wine tasting. 2441 Hilyard St., Eugene.

16Tons (Supreme Bean): Wed. 7-10 pm, Trivia Night; Thu. 5-7 pm free wine tasting and happy hour & movie begins at 8 pm; Every Fri. 6 pm, free live music; Every Sun. and Mon. 4-10 pm deals on growler and mason jar fills. 2864 Willamette St., Eugene.

16Tons (Taphouse): Wed. 5-7 pm, Nectar Creek Honey Wine Mead Tasting; Hours of Operation: Sun.-Wed. noon – 10 pm, Thu.-Sat. noon – 12 am. Great selection of beer and wine. 265 East 13th Ave., Eugene.

Red Agave: Excellent wine list, including Oregon’s finest from King Estate, Territorial, Evesham Wood and Cristom, to name just a few. 454 Willamette St., Eugene.

Koho Bistro: Wed. Wine Wednesdays – 25 percent off bottles of wine – excellent wine list with local wines from Territorial, J.Scott, Kandarian, Meriwether and Silvan Ridge to name a few; Happy Hour daily from 5 – 6:30 pm $1 off beers on tap, well drinks and wine. Read the Local Lunch Gals review. 2101 Bailey Hill Rd, Suite L, Eugene.

Le Bar at Marché: Seven days a week from 3-5 pm and 10 pm – 12 am – Happy Hour deals on cocktails, wine, beer and snacks. 296 E. 5th Ave., Eugene.

The Vintage: Great wine list with local and international wines, their house red is Wine By Joe Pinot Noir. Read the Local Lunch Gals review of The Vintage here. 837 Lincoln St., Eugene.

Sam Bond’s Garage: Opens at 4 pm. Live music, full bar featuring local wine and beer-in the heart of the Whitaker Neighborhood. 407 Blair Blvd., Eugene.

Papa’s Soul Food: Tue. – Fri. Noon-2 pm and 5-10 pm. Sat. 2-10 pm. Great southern soul food and Blues joint with local wine from Territorial Vineyards & Wine Company and beer from local breweries. Read the Local Lunch Gals review here. 400 Blair Blvd., Eugene.

Creswell Coffee Company: Fri. 7 pm, live music. Nice wine selection and occasional wine tastings. 116 Melton Rd., Creswell.

Sabai Café and Bar: Wines by the glass, $6 and under; excellent local wines from Territorial, King Estate, Capitello and Benton-Lane; check out a review by the Local Lunch Gals by clicking here. 27 Oakway Center, Eugene.

Belly: Select and affordable wine list. 30 E. Broadway, Eugene.

Excelsior Inn & Ristorante Italiano: Fri. 9 am – noon, Excelsior Restaurant Farm Stand located on the patio; Fri. and Sat. 7-9:30 pm, live music, no cover; Mon.-Thu. 3-6 pm, Happy Hour. Extensive local wine list. Read the Local Lunch Gals review.754 East Thirteenth Ave., Eugene.

Café 440: Wed. 5 pm, Wednesday Wine Flights. Taste three whites or reds for $10.50; Mon. – Sat. 3-6 pm Happy Hour specials. For the Local Lunch Gals review, click here. 440 Coburg Rd., Eugene.

The Side Bar: Wed. Ladies Night, $1 off any glass of wine and $5 off a bottle of wine, great Oregon wine selection. 1680 Coburg Rd., Eugene

Ring of Fire Restaurant: Mon. 5 pm Wine Night Mondays-35 percent off all bottles of wine; Daily Happy Hour 4-6 pm. 1099 Chambers St., Eugene.

Soriah Cafe: Wed. 5 pm, *last Wednesday of the month only* Celebrate Wine Wednesday. Half off bottles of wine, including local notable names such as BrickHouse, Capitello, King Estate and Broadley. 384 W. 13th 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.

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.

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.

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.

Sam’s Place Tavern: Sports bar with a wine list featuring excellent Oregon wine at great glass pour prices – Henry Estate, 5H, Eola Hills and King Estate. 825 Wilson St., 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 in addition to extensive wines list. 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 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. 5 pm, $5 glass pours of house white or red. Nice selection of Oregon wine here. 259 E. 5th Ave., Eugene.

Wineries & Vineyards

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LaVelle Vineyards (winery in Elmira): Friday Night Flights season is over. Visit the winery daily, Mon.-Thu. 12-5 pm, and Sat./Sun. 12-6 pm. 89697 Sheffler Rd., Elmira.

Sweet Cheeks: Fri. 6-9 pm, Twilight Tasting, sample pairings of Sweet Cheeks wine with Oregon-made artisan cheeses while listening to live music from 6:30-8:30 pm with Michael Conley; Sun. 12-6 pm, Mimosa Sunday with live music from 2-4 pm with Kenji. 27007 Briggs Hill Rd., Eugene.

Silvan Ridge Winery: Open Sat.- Thur. 12-5 pm, Fri. 12- 9 pm featuring live music. Complimentary taste of five wines in addition to several limited wines that may be tasted for a fee. 27012 Briggs Hill Rd., Eugene.

Domaine Meriwether:  Fri. 6-9 pm. Sparkling Nights – wine tasting and live music. Open Daily 11 am – 4 pm, except Fri. for Sparkling Nights. World renowned Meriwether still and sparkling wine can be sampled in the tasting room. 88324 Vineyard Lane, Veneta.

Sarver Winery: Open daily 12-6 pm except Fri 12-9. 2600 Mayola Ln., Eugene.

King Estate: Sample some of Oregon’s finest wine, dine on gourmet cuisine, and enjoy a valley view that’s unmatched. 80854 Territorial Hwy., Eugene.

Saginaw Vineyard: Fri. 6-9 pm, Friday Night LIVE featuring John Shumway. Friday Night LIVE is held indoors for the winter months and minors are not permitted. For more information, please click here; Open daily, 11 am – 5pm. Sample their 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.

RainSong Vineyard: Two open houses a year: Memorial Day Weekend and Thanksgiving Weekend. Unique barrel bottling program. 92989 Templeton Rd., Cheshire.

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.

Pfeiffer Winery: Fri./Sat. Fondue Nights~Cheese and chocolate fondue with fixings; Open Mon.-Thu. 11 am – 5 pm and Fri./Sat. 11 am – 9 pm. 25040 Jaeg Rd., Junction City.

Brigadoon Wine Co.: Fri. – Sun. 12-5 pm wine tasting in their tasting room. 25166 Ferguson Rd., Junction City.

Benton-Lane: Open Daily Noon to 5pm; For a relaxed one hour wine tasting with the owner in a special wine room overlooking the vineyards, call the winery for details 541-847-5792. 23924 Territorial Hwy., Monroe.

Noble Estate: Open daily 12-5 pm. 29210 Gimpl Hill Rd., Eugene.

Capitello Wines: Another winery without walls. Read about the Capitello Straw Wine here.Check back often for tastings and events of their award winning wine.

William Rose Wines: check back often for tastings and events of this winery without walls.

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

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.

Patchwork Cellars: Sat. 4-6 pm, sample Patchwork wines at the Fern Ridge Chamber of Commerce’s Wineries without Walls. 24949 Hwy. 126, Veneta.

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

Stanton Vineyards:  Look for Stanton wines at Sundance, Market of Choice, Wineries without Walls in the Fern Ridge Chamber of Commerce & Authentica, and in restaurants Marché and Eugene Country Club.

Kandarian Wine Cellars: A winery without walls – check back often for tasting locations.

Oakdale Cellars: A local winery without walls. Oakdale Pinot Noir is a glass pour at LeBar at Marche’. Check back often for tasting and event information.

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:  By appointment only-541-942-5993. 195 Palmer Ave., Cottage Grove.

Dylan’s Run: See above: Wineries Without Walls in Veneta.

Fractal Cellars: A winery without walls that pours samples at certain events around town. Check back often for dates and locations of tastings.

Save the Date or Reserve Now

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Heidi Tunnell Catering Co: Thursday night dinners in their on-site event center. 6:30pm, doors open at 6pm. Extensive wine list by local, handcrafted Oregon winemakers and local beers as well. 182 South Second St., Creswell.

The Wine Place (Yachats): Nov. 23 12-5 pm, Artist reception featuring Anita Sue Andrews and Bari McLean. Wine will be served. 373 N. Hwy. 101, Yachats.

LaVelle Vineyards (winery in Elmira): Nov. 23, 12-6 pm. Black Friday Open House, new holiday merchandise, complimentary wine tasting, Olive Grand tasting, Kruzin Kitchen Wood Fired Pizza. 89697 Sheffler Rd., Elmira.

Falling Sky Brewing: Dec. 2, 7:30 pm. Brewer’s Harvest Dinner. Call for reservations 541-505-7096. 1334 Oak Alley, Eugene.

Broadway Wine Merchants: Dec. 4, 6-8 pm. Catie’s monthly cheese and wine tasting. Sign up in advance, 541-685-0790; Dec. 5, 6-8 pm. Kopke Port Tasting. sit down tasting with appetizers and chocolate pairings with Port, reservations required. 17 Oakway Center, Eugene.

16Tons (Supreme Bean): Dec. 8, 5:30 pm and 8 pm, 2 sessions of Cheese Wars IV, Champagne Edition. Stay tuned for more details. 2864 Willamette St., Eugene.

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Wine Down Eugene October 10 – 16

This photo is of the view from my make-shift outdoor office, which I’m currently using to write this weeks Wine Down Eugene. I can’t believe it, it’s the tenth of October, and I’m still enjoying the blue skies above the Willamette Valley! Not taking advantage of this weather we’re having right now would just be plain nuts. So, here I am, enjoying this beautiful Wednesday afternoon in the great outdoors.Some of the wineries are taking advantage of this weather too – many have continued their outdoor live music venues, weather permitting, of course. Silvan Ridge has one last Friday night with live music on their outdoor stage featuring Betty and the Boy. The Annie Rhodes Band will be playing out behind the barn at Saginaw Vineyard and maybe Jerry Zybach will play out on the patio at LaVelle Vineyards Tasting Room at the 5th like he did last Friday. I soaked in the rays of the sun last Friday while sipping on the delicious LaVelle Vineyards 2009 Whybra Vineyards Pinot Noir and listening to Jerry Zybach on the patio at the 5th.

Harvest at King Estate | photo KingEstate.com

But, what I’m most excited about with this great weather we’ve been having, is that this years vintage is predicted to be one of the best in Oregon’s history. With very little rain and warmer than average temperatures, the grapes have ripened perfectly and display beautiful fruit flavors. With fruit coming in about three weeks earlier than last year, yields are going to be plenty and plump, and I can’t wait until next spring when some of the Willamette Valley Pinot Gris’ and other wines are released just in time for the sun to show it’s face again.

 

Wine Bars, Shops and Restaurants

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Heidi Tunnell Catering Company: Tue. Bakery 10 am- 6 pm, lunch from 11 am – 2 pm and dinner from 4-7 pm; Thur. 6 pm, Thursday Night Dinner – Seared Fish, Risotto and Farm Fresh Vegetables. Doors open at 6pm with appetizers, excellent selection of beer and wine available for purchase.  Read about the Thurs. family-style dinners on WineJulia.com. 182 South Second St., Creswell.

Tom & Johnny’s: Thu. 7-10 pm, Wine & Jive. Live music with Lonesome Randall and Wine tasting with In Vitis For Wine featuring 4 Oregon wines and special pricing. Enjoy live music and a large selection of wines by the glass. 471 South A St., Springfield.

SweetWaters at Valley River Inn: Every Thu. 4 – 7 pm, Free wine tasting on the SweetWaters patio featuring a different winery each week. 1000 Valley River Way, Eugene.

Territorial Vineyards and Wine Co.: Thu. 5-11 pm, music starts around 7 pm with The Porch Band; Fri. 5-11 pm, live music starts around 7 pm with Red Pajamas. 907 West Third Ave., Eugene.

LaVelle Tasting Room at 5th Street Market: Mon. – Sat. 11 am -9 pm, Sun. 11 am – 6 pm; Thurs. live music with Skip Jones; Fri. 6-8 pm, live music with Jerry Zybach. 296 E. 5th Ave., Eugene.

Ninkasi Brewing: Thu. Pints For A Cause. 25 percent of all pint sales in the tasting room goes to WomenSpace. For more information visit WomenSpaceInc.org; Tasting room hours: Sun.-Wed. 12-9 pm, Thu.-Sat. 12-10 pm. Indoor and outdoor seating, food available for purchase from varying food carts. 272 Van Buren St., Eugene.

The Wine Place (Yachats):  Fri. 4-7 pm Beer tasting; Sat.1-4 pm Wine tasting. 373 N. Hwy. 101, Yachats.

Wineries without Walls (wine shop & tasting room): Fri. 5-7 pm, Wine tasting with Kandarian Wine Cellars; Sat. 5-7 pm, wine tasting of hard to find Shadow Mountain Vineyards. This wine shop and tasting room showcases local wines and is located inside the Fern Ridge Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center in Veneta. Please note: Shop Pours will be available for purchase on nights that there is no featured winery on Fri. and Sat. from 4-7 pm. 24949 Hwy. 126, Veneta.

B2 Wine Bar: Happy Hour Mon.-Fri., 4-6 pm, and 9-10 pm; Loads of Northwest wines offered here. 2794 Shadow Dr., Eugene.

Falling Sky Brewing: Hours of operation: Sun.-Wed. 11 am – midnight and Thur.–Sat. 11-1 am. Excellent selection of handcrafted brews and local barrel to tap wines. Check out the Local Lunch Gals review of Falling Sky here. 1334 Oak Alley, Eugene.

Marché Provisions: Fri. 5-7 pm, Free Friday wine tasting. 296 E. 5th Ave., Eugene.

Broadway Wine Merchants: Fri. 5-7 pm, Free Friday Wine Tasting; First Tuesday of each month – Cheese & Wine Tasting, $20 per person, call for reservations 541-685-0790. Read about their wine and cheese events here. 17 Oakway Center, Eugene.

Long’s Meat Market: Fri. 4-6 pm, free wine tasting with some cheese from their deli; craft beers and Oregon wines available. 81 East 28th Ave., 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.

Sundance Wine Cellars: Fri. 5-7 pm Mario’s Frugal Friday free wine tasting; Sat. 5-7 pm, wine tasting. 2441 Hilyard St., Eugene.

16Tons (Supreme Bean): Wed. 7-10 pm, Trivia Night; Thu. 5-7 pm free wine tasting and happy hour & movie begins at 8 pm; Every Fri. 6 pm, free live music; Every Sun. and Mon. 4-10 pm deals on growler and mason jar fills. 2864 Willamette St., Eugene.

16Tons (Taphouse): Hours of Operation: Sun.-Wed. 3-10 pm, Thu.-Sat. 3 pm – 12 am. Great selection of beer and wine. 265 East 13th Ave., Eugene.

Red Agave: Excellent wine list, including Oregon’s finest from King Estate, Territorial, Evesham Wood and Cristom, to name just a few. 454 Willamette St., Eugene.

Koho Bistro: Wed. Wine Wednesdays – 25 percent off bottles of wine – excellent wine list with local wines from Territorial, J.Scott, Kandarian, Meriwether and Silvan Ridge to name a few; Happy Hour daily from 5 – 6:30 pm $1 off beers on tap, well drinks and wine. Read the Local Lunch Gals review. 2101 Bailey Hill Rd, Suite L, Eugene.

Le Bar at Marché: Seven days a week from 3-5 pm and 10 pm – 12 am – Happy Hour deals on cocktails, wine, beer and snacks. 296 E. 5th Ave., Eugene.

The Vintage: Great wine list with local and international wines, their house red is Wine By Joe Pinot Noir. Read the Local Lunch Gals review of The Vintage here. 837 Lincoln St., Eugene.

Sam Bond’s Garage: Opens at 4 pm. Live music, full bar featuring local wine and beer-in the heart of the Whitaker Neighborhood. 407 Blair Blvd., Eugene.

Papa’s Soul Food: Tue. – Fri. Noon-2 pm and 5-10 pm. Sat. 2-10 pm. Great southern soul food and Blues joint with local wine from Territorial Vineyards & Wine Company and beer from local breweries. Read the Local Lunch Gals review here. 400 Blair Blvd., Eugene.

Creswell Coffee Company: Fri. 7 pm, live music. Nice wine selection and occasional wine tastings. 116 Melton Rd., Creswell.

Sabai Café and Bar: Wines by the glass, $6 and under; excellent local wines from Territorial, King Estate, Capitello and Benton-Lane; check out a review by the Local Lunch Gals by clicking here. 27 Oakway Center, Eugene.

Belly: Select and affordable wine list. 30 E. Broadway, Eugene.

Excelsior Inn & Ristorante Italiano: Fri. 9 am – noon, Excelsior Restaurant Farm Stand located on the patio; Fri. and Sat. 7-9:30 pm, live music, no cover; Mon.-Thu. 3-6 pm, Happy Hour. Extensive local wine list. Read the Local Lunch Gals review.754 East Thirteenth Ave., Eugene.

Café 440: Wed. all day, Wednesday Wine Flights, taste three whites or reds for $10.50; Mon. – Sat. 3-6 pm Happy Hour specials. For the Local Lunch Gals review, click here. 440 Coburg Rd., Eugene.

The Side Bar: Wed. Ladies Night, $1 off any glass of wine and $5 off a bottle of wine, great Oregon wine selection. 1680 Coburg Rd., Eugene

Ring of Fire Restaurant: Mon. 5 pm Wine Night Mondays-35 percent off all bottles of wine; Daily Happy Hour 4-6 pm. 1099 Chambers St., Eugene.

Soriah Cafe: Wed. 5 pm, *last Wednesday of the month only* Celebrate Wine Wednesday. Half off bottles of wine, including local notable names such as BrickHouse, Capitello, King Estate and Broadley. 384 W. 13th 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.

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.

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.

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.

Sam’s Place Tavern: Sports bar with a wine list featuring excellent Oregon wine at great glass pour prices – Henry Estate, 5H, Eola Hills and King Estate. 825 Wilson St., 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 in addition to extensive wines list. 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 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. 5 pm, $5 glass pours of house white or red. Nice selection of Oregon wine here. 259 E. 5th Ave., Eugene.
 

Wineries & Vineyards

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LaVelle Vineyards (winery in Elmira): Friday Night Flights season is over. Visit the winery daily, Mon.-Thu. 12-5 pm, and Sat./Sun. 12-6 pm. 89697 Sheffler Rd., Elmira.

Sweet Cheeks: Fri. 6-9 pm, Twilight Tasting, sample pairings of Sweet Cheeks wine with Oregon-made artisan cheeses while listening to live music from 6:30-830 pm with Tyler Morin; Sun. 12-6 pm, Mimosa Sunday with live music from 2-4 pm with Home School. 27007 Briggs Hill Rd., Eugene.

Silvan Ridge Winery: Fri. 12-9 pm, live music with Betty and the Boy starting at 6 pm. Wood-fired pizza and wine; Open Sat.- Thur. 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.

Domaine Meriwether:  Fri. 6-9 pm. Sparkling Nights – wine tasting and live music. Open Daily 11 am – 4 pm, except Fri. for Sparkling Nights. World renowned Meriwether still and sparkling wine can be sampled in the tasting room. 88324 Vineyard Lane, Veneta.

Sarver Winery: Open daily 12-6 pm except Fri 12-9. 2600 Mayola Ln., Eugene.

King Estate: Sample some of Oregon’s finest wine, dine on gourmet cuisine, and enjoy a valley view that’s unmatched. 80854 Territorial Hwy., Eugene.

Saginaw Vineyard: Fri. 6-9 pm, Friday Night LIVE featuring The Annie Rhodes Band. Minors under 21 are permitted to Friday Night LIVE Memorial Weekend through September as long as it’s not raining. If it’s raining, Friday Night LIVE is held indoors and minors are not permitted. For more information, please click here; Open daily, 11 am – 5pm. Sample their 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.

RainSong Vineyard: Two open houses a year: Memorial Day Weekend and Thanksgiving Weekend. Unique barrel bottling program. 92989 Templeton Rd., Cheshire.

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.

Pfeiffer Winery: Fri./Sat. Fondue Nights~Cheese and chocolate fondue with fixings; Open Mon.-Thu. 11 am – 5 pm and Fri./Sat. 11 am – 9 pm. 25040 Jaeg Rd., Junction City.

Brigadoon Wine Co.: Fri. – Sun. 12-5 pm wine tasting in their tasting room. 25166 Ferguson Rd., Junction City.

Benton-Lane: Open Daily Noon to 5pm; For a relaxed one hour wine tasting with the owner in a special wine room overlooking the vineyards, call the winery for details 541-847-5792. 23924 Territorial Hwy., Monroe.

Noble Estate: Open daily 12-5 pm. 29210 Gimpl Hill Rd., Eugene.

Capitello Wines: Another winery without walls. Check back often for tastings and events of their award winning wine.

William Rose Wines: check back often for tastings and events of this winery without walls.

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

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.

Patchwork Cellars: Sat. 4-6 pm, sample Patchwork wines at the Fern Ridge Chamber of Commerce’s Wineries without Walls. 24949 Hwy. 126, Veneta.

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

Stanton Vineyards:  Look for Stanton wines at Sundance, Market of Choice, Wineries without Walls in the Fern Ridge Chamber of Commerce & Authentica, and in restaurants Marché and Eugene Country Club.

Kandarian Wine Cellars: A winery without walls – check back often for tasting locations.

Oakdale Cellars: A local winery without walls. Oakdale Pinot Noir is a glass pour at LeBar at Marche’. Check back often for tasting and event information.

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:  By appointment only-541-942-5993. 195 Palmer Ave., Cottage Grove.

Dylan’s Run: Another winery without walls. Keep an eye out for tastings at various locations.

Fractal Cellars: A winery without walls that pours samples at certain events around town. Check back often for dates and locations of tastings.

 

Save the Date or Reserve Now

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Heidi Tunnell Catering Co: Thursday night dinners in their on-site event center. 6:30pm, doors open at 6pm. Extensive wine list by local, handcrafted Oregon winemakers and local beers as well. 182 South Second St., Creswell.

Ninkasi Brewing Dinner at Ambrosia: Wed. Oct 17, 6pm with founding brewer, Jamie Floyd. $65 per person, reservations required 541-342-4141. 174 East Broadway, Eugene.

Domaine Meriwether: Oct. 24, 4-7 pm. Working Women’s Wednesday hosted by KDUK.Great prizes, appetizers, fun. 88324 Vineyard Lane, Veneta.

Sweet Cheeks: Oct. 27, 7 pm. Masquerade Ball – UPDATE: Sold Out. 27007 Briggs Hill Rd., Eugene.

SweetWaters at Valley River Inn: Nov. 3, 6:30 pm Angry Orchard Hard Cider Dinner. Call Valley River Inn for more details 541-743-1000. 1000 Valley River Way, Eugene.