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Inaugural Westside Beer and Wine Loop – Westside Warehouse District


Claim 52 Brewing, J. Scott Cellars, Noble Estate Winery, and Viking Braggot Company are coming together to host the Inaugural Westside Beer and Wine Loop on Saturday, March 1, from 5-9 pm.  Live music, food carts, beer and wine specials, and a VW van photo booth will make for a fun filled night.  Bailee Jordyn and Peter Giri are among the musicians scheduled to perform, and food trucks Bacon Nation and Smokin’ Oak Bar-B-Q will be joining the festivities.

Noble Estate Line up
photo: Noble Estate Facebook page

More than 40 beers and wines will be available to sample at the four businesses located in the new Westside Warehouse District.  J Scott Cellars, Noble Estate Winery, and Viking Braggot Company tasting rooms are in the 500 block of Commercial Street, and Claim 52 Brewing’s taproom is at 1030 Tyinn Street.

My Party Bus will be providing party bus limo service between Tyinn and Commercial Streets. Starting at Claim 52, shuttle service will run every half hour.  Transportation tickets can be purchased for $10 per person the evening of the event or ahead of time by either calling 541-554-7979 or emailing [email protected]  (Tickets are for transportation only and do not include beer or wine tastings.)

Viking Braggot t shirt and beer
photo: Viking Braggot Facebook page

While at Claim 52, don’t miss out on the PhotoSwagon by Blue Bus Creatives. Their renovated 1973 VW Bus turned mobile photo booth will be snapping photos from 6 – 8 p.m. Hop in the bus to take some hilariously memorable photos of the night and be sure to follow them at to find your photos during the event!

Information about each of the Westside Warehouse District businesses:

The mission of Noble Estate Vineyard and Winery is to provide customers with high quality handcrafted wine from grape to bottle.  The Noble Estate wine catalog consists of 15 current releases including Gold Medal Winning Muscat, Viognier, and Pinot Noir.  The Noble Estate Urban Tasting Room is open every Friday night from 4-9 pm.

J Scott award winners
photo: J. Scott Cellars Facebook page

J. Scott Cellars is an urban, boutique winery producing extraordinary, award winning Rhone varietals from the Pacific Northwest.  14 wines are currently available.  J Scott Cellars has two Oregon tasting rooms, one located at the winery in Eugene and one on the coast in Yachats.

Claim 52 Brewing was recently awarded Oregon’s best new nano-brewery by Northwest Brewing News.  Open just over a year, Claim 52 specializes in small-batch European styled ales such as Kolsch brewed with a Northwest flair, as well as more familiar beers like pale ales, reds and IPAs.  Hand crafted, each batch turns out a little different but is consistently tasty and delivered fresh from the tank to the tap.  Claim 52 taproom is open every Friday at 4 pm.

Claim 52 tap handle
photo: Claim 52 Facebook page

Viking Braggot Company specializes in one thing: making braggot, also know as, honey beer. They’ve taken an age old brewing tradition that was pioneered by the Vikings and adapted the concept based on modern Northwest craft beer styles.  Unique varieties of honey and herbs are used to create astoundingly flavorful and balanced brews.

Local Lunch Gals: My Party Bus, Koho Bistro, Excelsior and More

L-R: Maria, Julia, Julie, Jennifer and Sean

The Local Lunch Gals hit the town in style this past Friday: we were picked up in a totally awesome, completely renovated shuttle bus called My Party Bus. Painted entirely black on the outside, aside from the words My Party Bus, the inside has all the luxuries of a limousine with the added bonus of having a lot more room. Wood laminate floors run down the center of the bus, and black and grey seating with accent pillows create a chic and stately ambiance. Ice and water was available along with wine glasses for the bottles of wine we brought with us. Although this bus can hold up to 22 passengers, it was just the three Lunch Gals, Maria Jennifer and I, along with one of our best friends from high school who is in town visiting from Illinois, Julie Neal. We were feeling a lot like the Lucky Local Lunch Gals having a sleek one-of-a-kind party bus all to ourselves.

Koho Bistro’s outstanding Cheese Plate

My Party Bus is a family business, owner Sean Lee was our host for the day while his father was responsible for driving the bus. As soon as we sat down, the music was on and we were popping the cork on a bottle of King Estate 2010 Pfeiffer Vineyard Pinot Gris. We were on our way to Koho Bistro for appetizers, in style.

Koho Bistro is located in a strip mall in southwest Eugene off of Bailey Hill across from Churchill High School. The atmosphere is sleek and modern, yet comfortable and inviting. We opted to sit in the lounge where a large u-shaped booth was the perfect spot for us. Happy to see an excellent selection of wines, including local offerings, we ordered two glasses of the Kandarian Cellars Willamette Valley 2010 Blue Eye Sauvignon Blanc and two glasses of the Benton-Lane 2011 Pinot Gris. The small bites menu had intriguing selections, and we singled out the Cheese Plate, Pomme Frites, and Asparagus Flan. The Pomme Frites arrived first, and these house-cut thin fries were tossed with garlic, truffle oil and salt and served with house made ketchup. We all thought the fries were delicious, and we especially liked the house made ketchup. When the Cheese Plate and the Asparagus Flan arrived, we all oohed and ahhed over the presentation – specifically over the Cheese Plate. Three types of cheese, a French Morbier (a layer of evening milk and a layer of morning milk separated by ash), an Italian mild Gorgonzola and a smoked Gouda from Holland, were neatly placed on a wooden slab and surrounded by a variety of goodies. The goodies included sour cherry chutney, brownie dirt (tasty little brownie crumbs), a red wine reduction drizzle, locally dehydrated strawberries, chutney with dates, spiced baked pear slices, locally roasted and candied walnuts and grilled slices of brioche. Absolutely outstanding, every single morsel of delicious goodness was truly and entirely savored. The Asparagus Flan was a palatable custard with asparagus tips and sea beans in a white wine butter sauce. Packed full of flavor, the light and airy textured custard was delicious with the flavors of the asparagus tips, sea beans and butter sauce. The four of us loved Koho Bistro, and we’ll be returning in the very near future for another fabulous Cheese Plate.

We left Koho on our “feels like we’re celebrities” bus, My Party Bus, and headed for our lunch destination, Excelsior Inn & Ristorante Italiano. The Excelsior is housed inside a gorgeous home that was built in 1912 as a sorority house for the University of Oregon. In 1972, it was opened as the Excelsior Cafe, and in 1993 chef Maurizio Paparo purchased the property and transformed it into the Excelsior Inn and Ristorante Italiano. It’s beautiful wood floors, high ceilings and stained glass windows make this restaurant one of the most gorgeous places in town to wine and dine. We were seated in the front courtyard at a beautifully shaded table, and the weather outside was perfect for outdoor dining. Looking first at their wine list, as I always do, I was elated to see a great number of excellent local and international selections, and although I almost always order something local, we decided that a bottle of Prosecco would be the ideal accompaniment to a sunny, gorgeous day at a fine Italian eatery.

Couscous Bay Shrimp Salad

An excellent and diverse lunch menu made the decision making process difficult for a couple of us, but for me, the first and only item I saw on the menu was the Fritelle di Granchio, also known as, Dungeness Crab Cakes. When the others did make up their minds, two of the lunches ordered were specials, Baked Salmon over Wheat Berries and Couscous Bay Shrimp Salad, and the other two were Insalata Mista with added prawns (farm fresh greens and balsamic dressing) and Pollo alla Churasco (grilled chicken, pepper jack and avocado sandwich).  Of the five entrees, Sean Lee had joined us for lunch, two of them were our absolute favorites – the Dungeness Crab Cakes and the Couscous Bay Shrimp Salad. The Duneness Crab Cakes were heavenly. Cooked to golden brown and topped with a flavorful remoulade, these ambrosial fresh, lump crab meat cakes were some of the best I’ve ever had. Alongside the crab cakes were fresh spring greens and julienned carrots drizzled with a light balsamic dressing – the entire entree was a perfect pairing with the Italian Prosecco, and I couldn’t have been happier with my choices. The Couscous Bay Shrimp Salad was utterly refreshing in flavors and temperature. The ultimate meal on a hot summer afternoon, this rejuvenating blend of couscous, tomatoes, red onion and fresh herbs-including mint-was topped with loads of tasty bay shrimp.

Just when we thought we couldn’t eat another bite, manager Sasha Elliott, surprised us with a plate of mouthwatering desserts. 5 slices of heavenly goodness for each one of us to delight in: a Flourless Chocolate Torte, 2 slices of Italian Almond Lemon Torte, Hazelnut Liquor Cake, Strawberry Chardonnay Cake, and a side of home made raspberry sauce. As much as we loved each piece of worthy sweetness, we all unconditionally loved the Strawberry Chardonnay Cake…wow, that was good, and all of these tasty desserts were made by their 76 years young Serbian pastry chef, who has been baking at Excelsior for 27 years.

flight of Ninkasi micro brews…and Jennifer being, well, Jennifer

Although our superstar time on My Party Bus was over, we decided we would continue the day with a beer or two at Ninkasi Brewery, located in Eugene’s funkiest neighborhood, the Whitaker. We tried a sampler of five Ninkasi brews, and hands down, our favorite was the Oatis Oatmeal Stout. From Ninkasi, we walked over to Sam Bond’s Garage and enjoyed a bottle of Territorial’s 2009 Pinot Gris, and once Territorial Vineyards and Wine Company opened, we walked from Sam Bond’s Garage to Territorial, where we enjoyed more of their bright and refreshing Pinot Gris. We were finally exhausted from our long day of good times and great food and wine, so we walked back to Ninkasi where a friend picked us up and took us home. And it just so happened, on our walk from Territorial to Ninkasi, we passed in front of an eclectic Whitaker style bungalow with a yard full of eye catching garden decor – typical Whitaker sighting – but, what wasn’t typical about this home was the person sitting on the front porch. Recognizing him immediately, I pointed out to him that I knew him from High Street Brewery, where he bartends and makes a mean Lemon Drop Martini; however, I also recognized him from the nationally known Ska-Swing band, Cherry Poppin’ Daddies.

Cherry Poppin’ Daddies

Established in 1989, just a year after we all graduated from high school, Eugene’s Cherry Poppin’ Daddies hit the music scene pretty fast in our hometown and across the West Coasts Ska-Swing music scene, but in 1997, their Billboard hit, Zoot Suit Riot, got them national attention, and out of Billboards top 200, Zoot Suit Riot was number seventeen. Although I’ve met and chatted with the Daddies bass guitarist, Dan Shmid, at High Street Brewery, Julie and Jennifer had never met him before, and they were just a tad bit excited to be talking to a member of the famous, and still performing, Cherry Poppin’ Daddies. Sorry folks, Jennifer and Julie were too giddy to think of snapping a photo, and they missed their opportunity. But, we may just need to go get a Lemon Drop Martini at High Street Brewery before Julie heads back to Illinois…this time, we’ll be camera ready.

-To find out more about My Party Bus, including information on their stellar wine, restaurant and brewery tours, to name a few, check out their facebook page by clicking here.

-For a full photo essay of our super fun day on the town, click here.

-If you would like to chauffeur the Gals on one of their lunch outings, please contact Julia at [email protected]


Wine Down Eugene

Wine Down Eugene June 13-19

This weeks Wine Down Eugene comes to you all a little late. I’ve been swamped with baseball games and practices along with numerous make-up games from numerous rain-outs last week. It’s been quite the task trying to keep up with my schedule, and I’ll admit it, I’m a little relieved as the week is now beginning to wind down and Friday is just a a day away.

As I look out the window at the blue sky dotted with white puffy clouds, I’m thinking about all the fun things I have planned for the next several days. With the unpredictable weather pattern here in the Willamette Valley, I’ll keep my fingers crossed that the weather will continue down the road it is currently traveling.

If you enjoy reading the Wine Down on a regular basis, then you’ll know several weeks ago the Local Lunch Gals put a shout-out to the community for any chauffeur or limo company to offer their driving services during one of our lunch outings. We had crazy visions of our faces on car-door magnets being plastered on the side of some fancy limo while being dropped off at one of Eugene’s restaurants. Our visions definitely warranted some gut busting laughter.

Although we never ordered the Lunch Gal car door magnets, we did end up getting our very first chauffeur offer. Lunch Gal Maria’s husband gave us a ride to Cornucopia in his awesome re-built 1968 Ford Bronco Roadster convertible – and we had a blast.

This week, the owner of My Party Bus offered to take us on our Friday lunch outing, and the timing of this offer couldn’t have been more perfect: one of our best friends from high school, who moved to Illinois six years ago, is in town visiting, and she’ll be joining the Lunch Gals on Friday as our special guest. Our first stop on My Party Bus will be Koho Bistro for appetizers. For lunch and dessert, we’re heading to the Excelsior Inn & Ristorante Italiano down on campus, and I’ll be sharing our food, wine and My Party Bus experience in the next Local Lunch Gals article.

Fridays fun will continue for the next several days. On Saturday, we’ll be heading out to LaVelle Vineyards for a Winemaker Tasting and Vineyard Tour. Sunday is Father’s Day, and Monday I’m taking my boys to an Emerald’s game. On Tuesday, I’ll be at LaVelle’s Tasting Room at 5th Street for a Wine Tasting 101 class with Lorrie Normann, and on Wednesday, I’m the guide on a wine tour to King Estate, Sweet Cheeks and Noble Estate.

With so much to look forward to, I can only hope the weatherman’s prediction of sunny, warm days ahead is right on. Since I’ve been working on this, those white puffy clouds have swallowed up any blue sky I saw earlier. But, that doesn’t mean it won’t be sunny and warm in an hour from now.


Wine Bars, Shops and Restaurants

Heidi Tunnell Catering Company: Tue. Bakery 10 am- 6 pm, lunch from 11 am – 2 pm and dinner from 4-7 pm. The wood fired oven is back and wood fired pizza is available for Tuesday dinner; Thur. 6 pm, Thursday Night Dinners – this week is Grilled Chicken with Risotto. Doors open at 6pm with appetizers, excellent selection of beer and wine available for purchase. Read about these great family-style dinners on For reservations call 541-895-5885.182 South Second St., Creswell.

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

Wineries without Walls (wine shop & tasting room): Sat. 4-6 pm, wine tasting featuring Stanton Vineyards. 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.

16Tons (Supreme Bean): Wed. 7-10 pm, Trivia Night; Thu. 5-7 pm free wine tasting and 50 percent off wine by the glass; Every Fri. 6 pm, free live music; Every Sun. and Mon. 4-10 pm deals on growler and mason jar fills. 2864 Willamette St. & 265 E. 13th Ave., Eugene.

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

LaVelle Tasting Room at 5th Street Market: Mon. – Sat. 11 am -9 pm, Sun. 11 am – 6 pm; Wed. 5-8 pm, half off glass pours for ladies; Thurs. and Fri. 6-8 pm, live music; Tue. 5:30-7 pm Wine Tasting 101 with Lorrie Normann. Learn to take the intimidation factor out of wine tasting excursions. Limited seating, call Denise Vendley for reservations 541-221-8592. 296 E. 5th Ave., Eugene.

Territorial Vineyards and Wine Co.: Thu. 5-11 pm, music starts around 7 pm with The Porch Band; Fri. 5-11 pm music starts around 7 pm with Jerry Zybach. 907 West Third 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. 2101 Bailey Hill Rd, Suite L, Eugene.

Marché Provisions: Fri. 5-7 pm, Free weekly wine tasting. 296 E. 5th Ave., 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: Mon.11 am – 10 pm, free glass of Champagne for U of O graduates; 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.

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.

Falling Sky Brewing: Open 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.

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

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.

The Wine Place (Yachats): Fri. 4-7 pm Beer Tasting with Maui Brewing and Calapooia Brweing; Sat.1-4 pm Zerba Cellars wine tasting. 373 N. Hwy. 101, Yachats.

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.

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.

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

B2 Wine Bar: Happy hour Mon.-Fri., 4-6 pm, and 9-10 pm. Ask about Eugene Wine Cellars new Red Blend. Loads of Northwest wines offered here. 2794 Shadow Dr., Eugene.

Excelsior Inn & Ristorante Italiano: Fri. and Sat. 7-9:30 pm, live music, no cover; Mon.-Thu. 3-6 pm, Happy Hour. Extensive local wine list. 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.

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.

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 wines between $4 and $7 a glass – Henry Estate, 5H, Eola Hills and King Estate. 825 Wilson St., 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.

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

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

LaVelle Vineyards (winery in Elmira): Fri. 5-9 pm, Friday Night Flights is back! Free three wine flight, live music and food available for purchase from varying local food carts; Visit the winery daily, Mon.-Thu. 12-5 pm, and Sat./Sun. 12-6 pm. 89697 Sheffler Rd., Elmira.

Pfeiffer Winery: Fri./Sat. Fondue Nights~Cheese and chocolate fondue with fixings; Daisy’s Food Cart offering great menu items on Fri. Sat. and Sun.! Open Mon.-Thu. 11 am – 5 pm and Fri./Sat. 11 am – 9 pm. 25040 Jaeg Rd., Junction City.

Sarver Winery: Fri. 6-9 pm live music with The Brewketts; Open daily 12-6 pm except Fri 12-9 pm; Gourmet pizza and live music on the first three Fridays of each month, Steak and Sarver Caesar Dinners on the last Friday of each month-call for reservations 541-935-2979. 2600 Mayola Ln., Eugene.

Silvan Ridge Winery: Fri. 12-9 pm, new Friday hours & live music starting at 6 pm with Dreamdog. 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.

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 Norman Mesman. Featured Food Cart: Boss Hawgs BBQ; Sun. 12-6 pm, Mimosa Sundays, fine sparkling wine and live music from 2-4 pm with Elizabeth Yandel. 27007 Briggs Hill Rd., Eugene.

Brigadoon Wine Co.: Fri. – Sun. 12-5 pm, newly constructed tasting room where you can sample Brigadoon’s three excellent wines now open. 25166 Ferguson Rd., Junction City.

Saginaw Vineyards: Fri. 6-9 pm, Friday Night Live with Cowboy Cadillac, 21 and over only; 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.

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.

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

Spencer Creek Cellars/McBeth Vineyards: Wine Tastings in the Barn by appointment only. 541-521-4381. 85162 McBeth 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. 80854 Territorial Hwy., 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.

Stanton Vineyards: Another local winery without walls, 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: Excellent local winery without walls, check back often for wine tasting information.

Noble Estate: Open 7 days/week, 12-5 pm. Tasting room with beautiful patio and gorgeous view,. 29210 Gimpl Hill Rd., Eugene.

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:  Mn-Fri. 11 am – 4 pm. Starting June 16, the tasting room will be open on Saturdays from 11 am – 4 pm. 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.

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

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:

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; 2012 series Barn Dinner-reservations are now open, click here to make a reservation on line or call 541-895-5885. 182 South Second St., Creswell.

Marché Provisions: Jun. 21, 7:15 pm. Wine Basics Class: Chardonnay. Stop by the shop to sign up or call for reservations 541-342-3612 296 E. 5th Ave., Eugene.

Marché: Jun. 27, French REgional Dinner: Languedoc/Rousillon. Call 541-342-3612 for reservations. 296 E. 5th Ave., Eugene.

B2 Wine Bar/Crescent Village: Jun. 29, 9 pm Movies Under The Stars with a free showing of Willie Wonka & The Chocolate Factory; Jul. 27, 9 pm Up; Aug. 10, 8:20 pm Casablanca; Aug 24 8 pm, Hook.