Noble Estate

Inaugural Westside Beer and Wine Loop – Westside Warehouse District

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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 www.Facebook.com/bluebuscreatives 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.

Wine Down Eugene

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–Julia Crowley, EDN

Whether you’re a seasoned wine connoisseur or just now starting to explore the world of wine, there are a plethora of wine related events happening in our beautiful southern Willamette Valley. Eugene knows how to keep us wine enthusiasts enthusiastic about the beverage of our choice.

On Wednesday, I plan to check out the Northwest focused wine list at the new bar inside June at Midtown. Every Wednesday, from 5 pm to close, they offer 25 percent off bottles of wine, and I heard their list includes wines from well -known locals like Sarver, Capitello, 5H and the new label from Mark Nicholl, the winemaker at Sweet Cheeks, Bootlegger. June will be a great place to enjoy a discounted bottle of local wine, especially if I’m able to get a table by the fireplace.

On Thursday, I’ll be heading over to 16 Tons, Supreme Bean location, for a free wine tasting. They also offer artisan cheese plates-the prefect accompaniment to wine. I recently attended the Cheese Wars III at 16 Tons and these guys know how to pick top-of-the-line cheeses, so I know I’m in for a really delicious treat.

On Friday, Territorial Vineyards and Wine Company is open from 5 -11 pm, and not only do they have one of my favorite Pinot Noir’s, the ’08 Stone’s Throw Pinot Noir, but the Fiddlin’ Sue Band is playing, and Fiddlin’ Sue will no doubt be rocking the wine bar.

Over the weekend, I’m going to head out to Noble Estate Vineyard, and taste some of their luscious red wines. I’m in the market for some big, bold red wine to enjoy during these cold, wintry months, and I’ve been hearing rave reviews about Noble Estates Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. A quick fifteen minute drive south of the city to Gimpl Hill Rd, and I’ll be sipping some winter warming reds while taking in a beautiful view from their new tasting room and deck.

If you’re a wine enthusiast, you know life is good in the south Willamette Valley. I hope to see some familiar faces taking advantage of the many wine events in and around Eugene this week, cheers!

 

Wine Bars & Wine Shops,

June Restaurant and Bar: Wed. 5-6 pm, NEW~Wine Wednesdays featuring 25 percent off of all bottles from their Northwest focused wine list. Tue. – Sat. 5-6 pm Happy Hour. 1591 Willamette St., Eugene.

16Tons (Supreme Bean): Thu. 5-7 pm, Free wine tasting. Join Jessica and guests for free tasters of several great wines. Artisan cheese plates and specials; Every Sun. and Mon. 4-10 pm deals on growler and mason jar fills. 2864 Willamette St., Eugene.

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

Café Soriah: Wed. celebrate Wine Wednesdays. All day half off bottles of wine, including local notable names such as BrickHouse, Capitello, King Estate and Broadley. 384 W. 13th Ave., Eugene.

Territorial Vineyards and Wine Co.: Thu. 5-11 pm, music starts around 7 pm with The Whiskey Chasers; Fri. 5-11 pm, music starts around 7 pm with Fiddlin’ Sue Band; January Art: Valisa Higman. 907 West Third Ave., Eugene.

LaVelle Club Room at 5th Street Market: Wed. 5-8 pm, half off glass pours for ladies; Thurs. and Fri. 6-8 pm, live music. 296 E. 5th Ave., Eugene.

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.

The Wine Place (Yachats): Sat. 12-5 pm. Carneros/Highway 12 Wine Tasting, sample Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah from California; J.Scott Cellars tasting room is located in the loft upstairs; 373 N. Hwy. 101, Yachats.

Ambrosia Restaurant and Bar: Mon. – Fri. 4-6 pm Happy Hour, tap beers $2 and house wines $4.50. 174 East Broadway Ave., Eugene.

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

Sundance Wine Cellars: Fri. 5-7 pm, Frugal Friday wine tasting with Mario; Sat. 5-7 pm, wine tasting featuring local and regional wines; 2441 Hilyard St., Eugene.

Steelhead Brewery: Sun. – Sat. 11:30 am – 11 pm, open later on Fri. and Sat., In addition to their own wine, Steelhead Red, you’ll find almost 20 wines by the glass, including 5H, Hinman, Erath and King Estate. 199 East 5th Ave., Eugene.

Le Bar at 5th Street Public Market/Marché: This new bar has an incredible wine list. 296 East 5th Ave., Eugene.

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

Mac’s at the Vets Club: Wed. 6-9 pm, Wine, Jazz & Variety Show with Gus Russell & Paul Biondi. A different Oregon winery is featured each week. $8 Burger and Brew night, too. 1626 Willamette St., Eugene.

Café 440: Wed., all day. Wednesday Wine Flights, taste three whites or reds for $10.50. 440 Coburg Rd., 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.

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

Cork and Bottle Shoppe: Fri. 4 pm, free weekly wine or beer tasting. The Cork & Bottle Shoppe is one of Oregon’s only liquor stores that carries a large selection of local and international wine and craft beer, in addition to liquor. 812 Beltline Rd., Springfield.

Jiffy Market: Fri. 5-7 pm, free wine tasting, house picks and pours; Sat. 6-10 pm, purchase a whole sandwich from the deli and receive a Ninkasi pint for $2. 3443 Hilyard St., Eugene.

Café Zenon: Tues., Fifty percent off bottles of wine; Mon-Fri. 5-6:30 pm, $1 off glasses of wine and pints of beer. Find King Estates’ Domaine Pinot Gris and Capitello’s Sauvignon Blanc here at half off on Tuesdays. 898 Pearl St., Eugene.

Izumi Sushi and Grill: Izumi has great sushi and they offer local wine and beer from Hinman, King Estate, Ninkasi and Oakshire. 2773 Shadow View Dr., Eugene.

Sabai Café and Bar: Wines by the glass, $6 and under; excellent local wines from Territorial, King Estate, Capitello and Benton-Lane. 27 Oakway Center, Eugene.

Agate Alley Laboratory: Sat. 10 pm, Late Night at The Lab with $1 off glass pour wine, $3 well drinks and pints, $9.50 pitchers & appetizer special. Twenty-five varieties of wine for $25 dollars. 2645 Willamette St., Eugene.

Kiva Grocery: Wine department focuses on affordable Northwest wines, small European wines and organic wines. Ten percent off mixed cases, 15 percent off unbroken cases. 125 W. 11th, Eugene.

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

Granary Wine Bar: Wed., all day, $5 glass pours of house white or red. Find Patchwork Cellars’ delicious Pinot Noir here. 259 E. 5th Ave., Eugene.

Cornucopia Maize Lounge: Daily happy hour 3-6 pm – “3/3/3 at 3″ special, three-dollar micros, wells and wine. 73 E. 13th Ave., Eugene.

 

Wineries and Vineyards

Silvan Ridge Winery: Thu. 6 -8 pm. Evenings with the Winemaker- Quarterly educational and fun events with winemaker Jonathan Oberlander. Guided wine tasting will feature their Bordeaux varietals. Advance reservations required 541-345-1945. 27012 Briggs Hill Rd., Eugene.

Spencer Creek Cellars/McBeth Vineyards: January through March, by appointment only,
Wine Tastings in the Barn. 541-521-4381. 85162 McBeth 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 with Alex Hagert; Sun. 12-6 pm, Mimosa Sundays, Fine sparkling wine and live music with Alex Hagert from 2-4 pm. Bring your own brunch. 27007 Briggs Hill Rd., Eugene.

Domaine Meriwether: Daily 11 am – 4 pm, world renowned Meriwether and Capitello wine can be sampled in the tasting room. 88324 Vineyard Lane, Veneta.

Benton-Lane Winery: Mon. – Fri. 11 am – 5 pm, enjoy one of the Top 100 wines of the world: Benton-Lane 2010 Pinot Gris. Available in the tasting room by taste, glass or bottle. 23924 Territorial Hwy., Monroe.

Pfeiffer Vineyards: Open Mon.-Thu. 11 am – 5 pm and Fri./Sat. 11 am – 9 pm, Keep warm while sipping Pfeiffer wine by the fireplace. 25040 Jaeg Rd., Junction City.

King Estate: Open daily 11 am – 8 pm. Sample some of Oregon’s finest wine, dine on gourmet cuisine, and enjoy a valley view that’s unmatched. Their Acrobat Pinot Gris was recently Wine Spectator’s Wine of the Week. 80854 Territorial Hwy., Eugene.

Sarver Winery: Winter hours: Mon.-Thu. by appointment, Fri.-Sun., 12-6 pm. Sample the different styles of Pinot Gris produced from their 25-year old estate vines, along with full-bodied reds like Cabernet, Syrah and Petite Sirah while taking in an unobstructed view of the Cascades. 2600 Mayola Ln., Eugene.

Chateau Lorane: Open daily, 12-5 pm. Stop by and taste some of their multiple award winners: Melon De Bourgogne, Petit Verdot, Viognier, Asian Girl Merlot, Zinfandel, Sauvignon Blanc and their double award-winning Red Bordeaux blend, Entourage. 27415 Siuslaw River Rd., Lorane.

J. Scott Cellars: Tasting room located in The Wine Place in Yachats. Be sure to stop by and taste these excellent small boutique handmade Rhone varietals from the Pacific Northwest. Specializing in Roussanne, Viognier, Petite Sirah, Syrah and Cabernet…and a little Pinot Noir. 373 North Hwy. 101, Yachats.

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

Brigadoon Wine Co.: Winter hours by appointment. Call 541-998-8708. Try Brigadoon’s three excellent wines: a Pinot Blanc and two Pinot Noirs, which can now be enjoyed on their lovely deck with a view, — or if it’s raining, you’ll be invited into their kitchen. 25166 Ferguson Rd., Junction City.

LaVelle Vineyards (winery in Elmira): Friday Night Flights is officially over for the winter season, but it will be back soon. Visit the winery daily, Mon.-Fri., 12-5 pm, and Sat.-Sun., 12-6 pm. 89697 Sheffler Rd., Elmira.

Saginaw Vineyards: Fri. 6-9 pm, Friday Night Live in the Barn featuring WJ McEachern (Dreamdog); 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.

Stanton Vineyards: Another local “winery without walls,” so keep an eye out for events where Charlie Stanton will be pouring his delicious wines. Bottles sold at Sundance, Market of Choice, Wineries without Walls in the Fern Ridge Chamber of Commerce & Authentica, and in restaurants Marché and Eugene Country Club.

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

Briggs Hill Winery: A winery without walls. Check back frequently to see where and when they will be offering samples of their wine.

Iris Vineyards: Mon.- Fri., 11 am – 3 pm. Stop by their state of the art winery and tasting room in Cottage Grove. Three-dollar tasting fee includes free wine glass, cheese and crackers. 195 Palmer Ave., Cottage Grove.

Patchwork Cellars: Christian Fox, owner of Patchwork Cellars, pours his excellent wine at certain events around town. Check back often for his schedule of tastings.

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

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

 

Save the Date or Reserve Now

Sundance Wine Cellars: Jan. 26, 7:30 pm. $15 per ticket. Their quarterly foray into a delicious depiction of Italian wines presented by Small Vineyards. 2441 Hilyard St., Eugene.

16Tons (Supreme Bean): Feb. 1, 7-10 pm. Trivia Night at Supreme Bean every Wed. starting in Feb. Stump Trivia, prizes and drink specials. 2864 Willamette St., Eugene.

Lane Events Center (Exhibit Hall): Feb. 10 & 11, Fri. 5-11 pm & Sat. 1-11 pm. KLCC Microbrew Festival. A microbrew tasting event to benefit KLCC 89.7 FM. 50 plus breweries serving 100 plus craft brews. 796 West thirteenth Ave., Eugene.

Pfeiffer Vineyards: Feb. 14, 6-9 pm. A Villa Valentine Dinner. $300 per couple, includes: romantic Tuscan villa setting, candle-light, firelight, roses and a 5 course feast paired with Pfeiffer wines. Reservations required 541-998-2828. 25040 Jaeg Rd., Junction City.

King Estate Winery: Feb. 14, Valentine’s Prix Fixe Dinner. Reservations required, call 541-9842-9874. 80854 Territorial Rd., Eugene.

Which Winery Will Wine Down Your Memorial Weekend?

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Benton-Lane Winery

Memorial Day Weekend Winery Open Houses
May 28th, 29th, & 30th

Blue skies and warm days are on their way, and local wineries will be swinging their doors open for one of the South Willamette Valley’s highly anticipated and most celebrated 3 day wine events: Memorial Day Weekend Winery Open Houses. It’s the official kick-off to the summer season at the wineries; featuring, special releases, barrel tastings, live music, artisan treats and an endless flow of their locally, hand crafted wine- from Pinot Noir and Petit Syrah to Huxelrebe and Sweet Rosé. Each winery entices us to head their way for a number of reasons, so here’s a list of what they’ll be indulging us with this 2011 Memorial Day Weekend:

Benton-Lane Winery: Open Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 11a-5p. $10 admission includes logo glass and gourmet tapas. Live music with Jerome Monaco Saturday and Sunday- 12:30-4:30p. Gourmet Pizza Tapas on Monday. Also hosting the new Ebony Wines-grown in Oregon’s rockiest vineyards! www.benton-lane.com

Brigadoon Wine Company: Open Saturday, Sunday and Monday 11a-4p. Enjoy a Pinot-Picnic in the Park. Bring a lunch, chairs or a blanket & sample the Shown families 3 delicious Pinot’s while relaxing in a beautiful park-like setting at the Brigadoon Wine Co. property. FREE admission www.brigadoonwineco.com

Chateau Lorane's Lake Louise

Chateau Lorane: Open Saturday, Sunday and Monday 11:30a-5:30p. $10 admission includes logo glass (free under 21). Taste over 20 different wines, live music, art festival, delicious food available for purchase provided by Flavors Catering. All this on the shores of the beautiful Lake Louise! Rain or Shine. www.chateaulorane.com

Domaine Meriwether: Open Saturday, Sunday and Monday 11a-4p. $10 fee for 4 tastes of wine and a plate of food. Live music www.meriwetherwines.com

Capitello Wines will be featured at Domaine Meriwether! www.capitellowines.com

Iris Vineyards: Open Saturday, Sunday, Monday 11a-5p. Free wine tasting all 3 days! 25% discount on case purchases, including mixed cases. www.irisvineyards.com

King Estate: Open Saturday, Sunday and Monday. New releases & restaurant open daily for lunch and dinner. www.kingestate.com

The deck at LaVelle Vineyards

LaVelle Vineyards: Open Saturday, Sunday and Monday, enjoy live performances by the 5 piece band-‘Concrete Loveseat’ on Sunday and Monday. Delectable food will be catered by Field to Table. www.lavellevineyards.com

Noble Estate Vineyard & Winery: Open Saturday, Sunday and Monday 12-5p, live acoustic music Saturday & Sunday. $5 tasting fee which includes 6 wines- fee waived with a bottle purchase. www.nobleestatevineyard.com

Pfeiffer Winery: Open Wednesday – Monday 11a-5p, offering Italian Chocolates & appetizer’s with wine tasting. Private Pinot Clinics will be held in the Grotto every 90 minutes. Owners Robin and Danuta Pfeiffer will be your guides with barrel tasting of their 2010 Pinot Noir Futures and official release of the highly anticipated 2008 Blue Dot Pinot Noir Reserve. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy their water garden falls and streams.  www.pfeiffervineyards.com

RainSong Vineyard: Open Saturday, Sunday and Monday 12-5p. Featuring new releases, 20% case discounts, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, and barrel tasting! Admission is FREE. www.rainsongvineyard.com

The tasting room red barn at Saginaw Vineyard

Saginaw Vineyard: Open Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday 11a-5p, but open late Friday for live music with Timothy Patrick 6p-9p www.saginawvineyard.com

Silvan Ridge Winery: Open Saturday, Sunday and Monday 12-6p wine tasting, live music, sales on wine; Sat. 2-5p “The Valley Boys” Live; Sun. 2-5p “Just Say Yes” Live; Mon. 2-5p “Apropos” Live. FREE admission

Sarver Winery: Open Saturday, Sunday, Monday 12-8p, complimentary tastings paired with cheese and chocolate.  www.sarverwinery.com

Sweet Cheeks Winery: Open Saturday, Sunday, Monday from 12-6p, Live Music by “Taste”, food available for purchase, wine specials, and an art festival. New vintages of Rosy Cheeks and Riesling will be available & admission is free www.sweetcheekswinery.com

Territorial Vineyards & Wine Company: Friday 6-9p live music; Saturday 3-9p live music starts at 6p; Sunday 3-7p; $7 tasting fee for flight of 7 wines. Light snacks. www.territorialvineyards.com

Opine Cellars wines will also be available to sample at Territorial.

We are truly blessed to be in the midst of these unparalleled wineries of the South Willamette Valley. Thanks to the efforts and hard work of all the people involved in meticulously planning these fun-filled Memorial Day Weekend events, there will be loads of fun to be had by all.

But, know this: Before I blow off the dust from my flip flops and sun-glasses, and unpack the boxes that have housed my favorite t-shirts and shorts for the last 8 months, I’ll take a moment to remember those who have fallen in battle fulfilling their obligation to the great country in which I live. The freedoms that I enjoy everyday are protected and ensured by men and women who have put their lives on the line to protect my country and what it stands for.  After a moment of silence and heartfelt gratitude so deserving of our military, I’ll be ready to swirl, sip, and savor all that our stellar local wineries have to offer, and I will raise a glass to our American heroes.

Cheers to my Dad, my hero: Lt. Col. Maurice H. Leiser, 1954 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point. Dedicated to God, his beloved family, and the United States Army–he is forever in my heart. 1931-2009.

Julia – Writing about Eugene’s Wine Scene