Oregon Wine Board

2014 Oregon Wine Symposium Feb. 25-26

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Oregon wine industry’s largest gathering will be taking place February 25-26, 2014, at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. Not only is this the biggest wine industry event of the year, it’s a gathering place for Oregon’s wine community to come together to learn, share and become acquainted.

The Oregon Wine Symposium offers two days of learning about operations from the vineyard to the wine list. With a focus on all aspects of Oregon’s highly successful wine industry, highlights include numerous educational sessions and workshops, a keynote delivered by Steve McCarthy (founder of Clear Creek Distillery), and the Symposium awards dinner featuring Chef Pascal Chureau of Allium, West Linn and wines certified by Low Input Viticulture and Enology (LIVE). The Symposium will wrap up with a Chardonnay technical tasting panel moderated by Robert Brittan of Brittan Vineyards.

Attendance at the event is expected to surpass last year’s record of more than 1,400 attendees, exhibitors and media.

“This is the third year the event has been held in Portland and every year our attendance has grown,” said Leigh Bartholomew, chairwoman of the Oregon Wine Board, sponsor of the event. “The Symposium is one of the highlights of our year, providing a gathering place for our industry to come together as a community, learn and celebrate its achievements.”

Purchase tickets at symposium.oregonwine.org.

Wine Down Eugene

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Wine Down Eugene September 11-17

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Ledger David Cellars | photo credit: Marc Salvatore

Harvest has officially begun in Oregon, and the wine industry folks in our gorgeous state are highly optimistic.  As one of the earliest and most promising harvests in years, many of the state’s 849 vineyards and 463 wineries have started picking their grapes. Temperatures are tracking well above recent years and among the highest in some locations in more than a decade.  The forecast through the week will maintain warm to hot day temperatures and cool nights for most of the key growing regions in the state – excellent news for all.

Owner of Yamhill-Carlton’s Brickhouse Vineyards, Doug Tunnel said, “This year’s crush pad fashion statements may well tend to shorts, tank tops and aloha shirts.  With the long, slow accumulation of heat units [warm days], 2013 looks like a truly outstanding year, somewhat more abundant than 2012, but with every promise of the stellar quality of that (2012) vintage.”

Even the 30 day forecast is keeping hopes high.  According to Gregory Jones, Southern Oregon University professor and Wine Climatologist, “The 30-day forecast is currently showing a good chance for warmer than normal conditions across most of the West.”

From the northern Willamette Valley to Southern Oregon, the 2013 harvest is an exciting one. “The Southern Oregon harvest is turning into a spectacular event,” said Ruth Garvin of Cliff Creek Cellars and president of the Southern Oregon Wineries Association. “The fruit load is full of large clusters and the flavors are showing well, due to our cool nights.”

Aside from being excited about this years harvest and the potential deliciousness of the 2013 Oregon wines, I’m also excited about some potential deliciousness that will be happening at Eugene’s first-ever Battledish event.

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Not familiar with Battledish?  Battledish is the world’s biggest chef competition taking place in cities around the world.  Local chefs compete by presenting their creations and having the public cast their vote on who will be crowned King.  Check out the latest battlegrounds and competitions at battledish.com.

What is the Battledish event like?  Think of it as a walking adventure through Court District restaurants where chefs are waiting with their creations.  At check-in, you will receive a map and a menu of the Battledish.  It is then up to you to decide who to vote for. Battlegrounds are open for four hours. Everything is within walking distance.

On Saturday, October 5, from 2 -6 pm, the competition grounds of Eugene are open to the public.  Foodies are invited to vote with their taste buds and try all six chef creations.  Chefs will be creating smaller versions of their dishes priced at $5 dollarseach.  Drink pairings are also available at $5 dollars.  General admission is $15 dollars and there are other excellent packages available here. Culinary titles up for grabs are Most Delicious, Most Creative, Best Modern, Best Cocktail, Most Authentic.

Selected to be one of the judges for the Battledish event, alongside other locally known food writers and self proclaimed foodies, I’ll be tasting food and drinks from six different restaurants throughout the Court District of Eugene.  Only one chef and two restaurants have been revealed so far.  Chef Franklin Jeffers of The Davis Restaurant will be cooking up Seared lamb in a rub of juniper berries, black pepper and coriander atop a root vegetable puree, with a ligon berry demi; the chef at Tokyo Tonkatsu will be offering the Crispy fried Katsu with a Spicy Salmon Roll – a Japanese specialty; and, Rye on 3rd is involved, as well.  It’s going to be great fun and an adventure to boot.  I hope to see some familiar faces while eating and drinking my way through six of Eugene’s finest restaurants!

 

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Wine Down Eugene July 10-16

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Horse Heaven Hills | photo: Horse Heaven Hills Wine Growers Facebook page

I’m feeling like a very happy wine gal these days; blue skies, warm air, and a summer full of stellar wine events and media trips throughout Oregon and Washington – life couldn’t be better. There is much to look forward to, much to be excited about, and a whole lot to write about.

Next week, I’m off to Washington State for a media tour of the Horse Heaven Hills AVA – an American Viticulture Area (located within the larger Columbia Valley AVA) that is world renowned for having some pretty incredible wines. We’ll not only be attending a media tour, where we’ll visit wineries like Columbia Crest, Alexandria Nicole Cellars, McKinley Springs and Mercer Estates (to name a few), but we’ll be attending the 8th Annual Horse Heaven Hills Trail Drive, Wine Tasting and BBQ event, taking place on July 20.  Horse Heaven Hills is about a five hour drive from Eugene, but with a recent sampling of some seriously stellar wines from this area, the drive is going to be well worth it.

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Wine writer Jamie Goode of Jamie Goode’s Wine Blog was lucky enough to attend the famous IPNC | photo: wineanorak.com

Right after I return from Washington, I’ll be packing up once again.  This time I’ll be taking a short drive north to the beautiful town of McMinnville.  I won’t be staying in the place I fell in love with last time I visited McMinnville, (3rd Street Flats), but I’ll be staying in the dorms at Linfield College.  Not without good reason:  the Oregon Wine Board is hosting me for the world-famous IPNC (International Pinot Noir Celebration), which takes place on the Linfield campus.  To be able to grasp how awesome the IPNC is going to be, and because this will be my first time attending, the IPNC website describes this annual event best:

The IPNC is a three-day event, famous around the globe, as a mecca for lovers of Pinot noir and northwest cuisine. During the weekend, world-renowned winemakers, northwest chefs, esteemed media, epicures and wine lovers will gather in McMinnville, Oregon, for three days of exploring Pinot noir, savoring unforgettable meals, and learning and celebrating with luminaries of the food and wine world. Along with the speakers and chefs, it is the relaxing and festive atmosphere that sets the IPNC apart from all other wine events. Whether tasting Grand Cru Burgundy or walking through Oregon vineyards with the grower who planted them, guests find themselves unwinding in picturesque Oregon wine country for what wine legend Jancis Robinson described as “one of the most enjoyable wine weekends in the world”.

Origin 13Another event that’s happening this summer that I’m all charged up about is Origin 13: Feasting with the Wines of Chehalem Mountains and Ribbon Ridge.  With a history that resembles a disaster movie; simultaneous cataclysmic floods, tumultuous winds, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, this movie ends with the creation of soils and qualities that are perfect for growing grapes needed to produce world-class wines. This event will celebrate the accomplishments of all the characters (farmers, doctors, teachers, scientists, artisans) who have made the Chehalem Mountains AVA and Ribbon Ridge AVA the amazing wine regions they are today. Taking place on Saturday, August 10, at ArborBrook Vineyards in Newberg, Oregon, with over 30 wineries showcasing their wines and featured chefs from EaT: An Oyster Bar with The Parrish, Bollywood Theater with Coquine, Wildwood Restaurant, Subterra and Olympic Provisions, this is an event that should not be missed. Just check out the cool poster for this event – the captured theme in the artwork is truly remarkable.

There are a number of exciting wine events going on this summer, and I could continue with few thousand more words in just this single Wine Down! Because I need to sleep at some point, be sure to check the featured event listings on the right side of Wine Down Eugene at least once a week – wine events are emailed to me on a daily basis.

Cheers!

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Wine Down Eugene May 1-7

photo (15)It’s officially the very first day of Oregon Wine Month!  And, what a way to begin this month long celebration with a forecast that is absolutely awesome!  In the nine years that I’ve lived in Eugene, Oregon (seven consecutively and two back in the late ’80s), I cannot recall an April or May ever being quite as sunshiny and warm as this one.

There is something about the sunny skies and warm air that urges me to pop the cork on a bottle of Oregon Rosé, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris or Pinot Blanc.  There’s nothing quite like sipping chilled wine while basking in the sun that evokes such sense of relaxation.

With a six day forecast like the one we currently have in the South Willamette Valley, there’s no better place to be than at the wineries, soaking in the warmth and rays while supporting our local winemakers during Oregon wine Month.  If you need me, I’ll be at one of the following wineries, glass in hand.

Sweet Cheeks Winery has a super crisp and refreshing Pinot Gris – perfect for a sunshiny afternoon on their patio with a view.  They are open daily from 12-6pm, and 9 pm on Fridays for their Twilight Tasting.

Sarver Winery is open Friday and Saturday 12-9 pm and Sunday 12-6 pm. The last time I was out at Sarver (which was just last week), I could clearly see snow-capped Three Sisters.  Sarver has an unmatched view from their tasting room patio, and they have their juicy, refreshing Rosé on tap for just $5 a glass!

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The view from Sarver Winery tasting room patio on a sunny late April afternoon

Sparkling Nights at Domaine Meriwether, Friday 6-9 pm, is – without a doubt – where you’ll find me on Friday evening.  Picnic tables next to the rows of vines with a view of the Coastal Range foothills, a treeline far enough away to not block the sunshine from beaming on my face and a glass of bubbly in hand – my ideal location for a 79 degree Friday afternoon.  Besides, there’s no way I’m missing a live performance by Shelley and Cal.

King Estate Winery, which is open daily from 11 am – 8 pm, has the Pinot Gris that put Oregon on the map for being producers of stellar white wine.  Top-of-the-line in all accounts, from the view to the food to the wine, King Estate is an incredible place to spend a sunny afternoon sipping outstanding wine.

LaVelle Tasting Room at the 5th, with it’s big patio and view of the bustling street below, is in the center of town, so you don’t have to drive to wine country for a glass of their delicious off-dry 2011 Willamette Valley Riesling – the perfect refreshment on a warm day in the sun.

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an inviting picnic table at Domaine Meriwether on a sunny day in mid April

Pfeiffer Winery has recently started offering really delicious small plates that can be enjoyed in their four-tiered water garden –  a garden of waterfalls and ponds that are surrounded by beautiful landscaping, rows of vines and rolling hill countryside.  Open from 11 am – 5 pm, except for lovely spring days, when they’ll stay open until 7 pm, try their Grey Cat (Muscat and Pinot Gris) or Anna Skye (Muscat and Pinot Blanc). Each are equally refreshing while enjoying the outdoors.

These are just a few of the local wineries that have great wine; as well as, views and outdoor seating. There’s also Saginaw, Silvan Ridge, Brigadoon, Benton-Lane, Chateau Lorane and Noble Estate.  I don’t know about you, but I’ll be most certainly soaking in every last bit of sunshine that is headed our way. It is just the very beginning of May after all, and we have a long way to get to summer – I’ll take what I can get, this rare Spring weather is definitely a very special treat.

Happy Oregon Wine Month!  Follow the link to find out how you can win a backpack full of goodies from the Oregon Wine Board by simply visiting select wineries and saying, “I love Oregon wine!” May is Oregon Wine Month

Wine Down Eugene

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Wine Down Eugene September 26 – October 2
 
October is next week? Really? Wow – I can’t remember a summer ever flying by as fast as this one. I also can’t believe this is issue number 75 of Wine Down Eugene! Time to pop the cork on a bottle of Oregon Pinot Noir and celebrate!Speaking of popping corks on bottles of wine, there sure were a whole bunch of corks popped last week while I explored Oregon’s amazing wine country from one end of the state to the other. Five California-based wine writers and I joined the Oregon Wine Board on an Oregon Wine Harvest Media Tour from Southern Oregon’s Rogue Valley to the Northern Willamette Valley near Portland. We sampled hundreds of Oregon’s finest wines from Cabernet Sauvignons and Viogniers in the south to Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs in the north. We met with winery owners, vineyard managers, the worlds only wine climatologist and several legends of the Oregon wine industry in our four days of travel, and I am incredibly impressed with my home state of Oregon.

Erath 2010 WHITE Pinot Noir

In addition to meeting extraordinary people and experiencing luscious and palatable wines, we were able to see Oregon’s gorgeous and diverse countryside along with dining in some of the best restaurants in the state. Ashaland’s Amuse Restaurant served incredible dishes that were delicious with wines from Southern Oregon’s Cowhorn Winery, Quady North, Troon Vineyard and RoxyAnn Winery.

We had lunch with a view at the Southern Oregon Wine Institute with wine-making and growing extraordinaires Earl Jones of Abacela, Steve Reustle of Reustle Prayer Rock Vineyards and Terry Brandborg of Brandborg Winery. We enjoyed a delectable dinner at King Estate Winery with some of Oregon’s top Pinot Gris producers and had lunch at the beautiful Willamette Valley Vineyards with four of Oregon’s well-known Chardonnay gurus. We stayed at the incredible Allison Inn and Spa in Newberg after sharing a dinner table at The Painted Lady with Oregon’s pioneers of the wine industry: Dick Erath, Jason Lett (son of the late David Lett), Susan Sokol Blosser and Adam Campbell.

Indeed, it was a journey to remember, and I now know more than ever why my heart belongs to Oregon wine country. The details of the trip, including where we visited, what we dined on, who we met and the fabulous wines we experienced (including a 1983 Eyrie Vineyards Pinot Noir), will be shared on my award-winning wine blog, WineJulia.com.

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. Wood fired pizza is available for Tuesday dinner & this is the last week – the oven goes back to the farm for winter; Thur. 6 pm, Thursday Night Dinner – Beef Tacos, refried beans, rice house made tortillas. 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; Sat. 6 pm Barn Dinner – Roasted pig and J. Scott Cellars. A few openings left, so call for reservations call 541-895-5885. 182 South Second St., Creswell.

Tom & Johnny’s: Thu. 7-10 pm, Wine & Jive. 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 Dreamdog; Fri. 5-11 pm, 3rd Friday BBQ and live music starts around 7 pm with The Foundry. 907 West Third Ave., Eugene.

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

LaVelle Tasting Room at 5th Street Market: Mon. – Sat. 11 am -9 pm, Sun. 11 am – 6 pm; Thurs. live music with Gus Russell, Paul Biondi and friends; Fri. 6-8 pm, live music with Concrete Loveseat; Sat. 6-8 pm, live music with Gus Russell, Skip Jones and Friends. 296 E. 5th Ave., Eugene.

Wineries without Walls (wine shop & tasting room): Sat. 12-4 pm, Wineries without Walls will be at the Harvest Festival located on Broadwway Street in Veneta. Featured wineries are Five H Wines with Dowle Hinman and Stanton Vineyard with Charlie Stanton. Wine by the glass and bottles will be available for purchase; 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: Wineries without Walls in the Fern Ridge Chamber of Commerce now offers wine by the glass available for purchase 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.

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.

Marché Provisions: Free weekly 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): Fri. 6-9 pm, Friday Night Flights- Free three wine flight, live music with Jerry Zybach and a local food cart. 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 Jennifer Sennett-Franklin. Featured Food Cart: TBA; Sun. 12-6 pm, Mimosa Sunday with live music from 2-4 pm with Alex Hagerty. 27007 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:  Fri. 6 pm, 3rd Annual Lowland Boil featuring Heavy Chevy, VooDoo Mountain Zydeco Band and Brian Chevalier 5 piece band. A real Louisiana feast and all you can eat. $20 per person call for reservations 541-935-2979. Open daily 12-6 pm except Fri 12-9. 2600 Mayola Ln., Eugene.

King Estate: Sat. 6 pm, Cascades Raptor Center Benefit Dinner. RSVP to Cascades Raptor Center at 541-485-1320. 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 Cascade Rye. 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; 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.

Silvan Ridge Winery: Fri. 12-9 pm, live music with the Fiddlin’ Sue Band 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.

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: Oct. 6, 3rd Annual Oktoberfest! Bratwurst, Sauerkraut, Beer, Live music. No reservations required, children are welcome; 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.

16Tons (Supreme Bean): Oct. 5, 6 pm. New Belgium Cruiser Giveaway. 2864 Willamette St., Eugene.

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Wine Down Eugene September 19-25

Photo credit delriovineyards.com

By the time this is being read by fans of the Wine Down, I will be on the road with the Oregon Wine Board traveling from Ashland in the south to Newberg in the north. Five California based wine writers and I have been invited to visit Oregon’s beautiful, bountiful and diverse wine country from one end of the state to the other.

Starting the tour at one of the largest vineyards in Southern Oregon, Del Rio Vineyards will host our group to a vineyard tour before we head out to dinner and a portfolio tasting of Southern Oregon wines with some of the region’s well-known winemakers and vineyard owners.

Souther Oregon Wine Institute | photo SouthernOregonMagazine.com

After a nights stay in Ashland, we’ll be heading up to Roseburg to visit the Southern Oregon Wine Institute for a tour and lunch with some of the leaders of the Umpqua Valley wine industry. Later we will make our way up to Eugene for dinner at King Estate Winery, where we’ll stay the night in King Estate’s Ranch House.

From Eugene, we will head to Willamette Valley Vineyards in Salem to focus on Oregon Chardonnays, and then on to Newberg for an Oregon Wine Founders Dinner with several pioneers of the Oregon wine industry. In Newberg, we’ll be staying the night in the beautiful Allison Inn and Spa, which was very recently voted the number 1 Spa in the Continental US by Travel + Leisure Magazine.

Allison Inn & Spa | photo allisoninn.com

Having been invited on this media tour is particularly exciting to me. As many of my readers already know, I’ve been in the Oregon wine industry since I moved to Oregon in 2006, starting with owning my own wine shop and wine bar. For years, I’ve dedicated numerous hours to marketing, tasting and selling the great wines of my home state, but haven’t had the luxury of time to visit all of our celebrated wine regions. This is a spectacular opportunity for me to become familiar with the wine regions of Oregon that I have, and have had for years, a tremendous passion for. I couldn’t be more honored or delighted, and I can’t wait to share my state-wide adventures on my award-winning wine blog, WineJulia.com.

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. Wood fired pizza is available for Tuesday dinner; No Thursday dinner this week – closed for a private event. 182 South Second St., Creswell.

Tom & Johnny’s: Thu. 7-10 pm, Wine & Jive. 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 Dreamdog; Fri. 5-11 pm, 3rd Friday BBQ and live music starts around 7 pm with The Foundry. 907 West Third Ave., Eugene.

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

LaVelle Tasting Room at 5th Street Market: Mon. – Sat. 11 am -9 pm, Sun. 11 am – 6 pm; Thurs. live music with Gus Russell, Paul Biondi and friends; Fri. 6-8 pm, live music with Concrete Loveseat; Sat. 6-8 pm, live music with Gus Russell, Skip Jones and Friends. 296 E. 5th Ave., Eugene.

Wineries without Walls (wine shop & tasting room): 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.

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.

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.

Marché Provisions: Free weekly 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; Fri. 6-9 pm, Elysian Brewing and Ninkasi Brewing Pumpkin IPA Release and Pumpkin Tap Takeover. 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, Harvester Brewing Gluten Free Beer tasting; 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): Fri. 6-9 pm, Friday Night Flights- Free three wine flight, live music with Jesse Meade and a local food cart; Sun. 12-6 pm, Harvest Club Party. Visit the winery daily, Mon.-Thu. 12-5 pm, and Sat./Sun. 12-6 pm. 89697 Sheffler Rd., Elmira.

Sweet Cheeks: Thu. 6 pm. Pinknic on the Patio – 94.5 & KMTR benefit for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. $16 admission includes glass of wine in a commemorative glass and live music. Tickets available on 94.5MixFM and at the MixFM Studios; 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 Matt Krein Duo. Featured Food Cart: TBA; Sun. 12-6 pm, Mimosa Sunday with live music from 2-4 pm with Scott Pousche. 27007 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: 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; Sat. 9 am – 12 pm, Indian Bhangra and Bollywood Dance Workshop-call for reservations 541-935-2979. 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 Cowboy Cadillac. 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; 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.

Silvan Ridge Winery: Fri. 12-9 pm, live music with The Liasons 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.

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: Oct. 6, 3rd Annual Oktoberfest! Bratwurst, Sauerkraut, Beer, Live music. No reservations required, children are welcome; 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.

Sarver Winery: Sep. 28, 6 pm, 3rd Annual Lowland Boil featuring Heavy Chevy, VooDoo Mountain Zydeco Band and Brian Chevalier 5 piece band. A real Louisiana feast and all you can eat. $20 per person call for reservations 541-935-2979. 2600 Mayola Ln., Eugene.

King Estate: Sep. 29, 6 pm. Cascades Raptor Center Benefit Dinner. RSVP to Cascades Raptor Center at 541-485-1320.  80854 Territorial Hwy., Eugene.

16Tons (Supreme Bean): Oct. 5, 6 pm. New Belgium Cruiser Giveaway. 2864 Willamette St., Eugene.