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Wine Down Eugene: Sparkling Wine Special

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— Julia Crowley, EDN

Whether you’re going to ring in 2012 with a French Champagne, a Spanish Cava, an Austrian Sekt, an Italian Prosecco or an American Sparkling Wine, it’s all bubbly, and the sound of a popping cork from a sparkling wine bottle is like none other.The unique sound of a popping cork from a champagne bottle is caused by the release of the CO2 that’s been held under pressure inside the bottle. This release of CO2 forms the beloved bubbles found in sparkling wines from around the world. The average bottle of Champagne or Sparkling Wine contains enough carbon dioxide to produce a whopping 49 million bubbles, and some wine experts put that number closer to 250 million bubbles. It’s these bubbles that, at one time, were considered a defect in wine. Laurel Hiestand, an avid wine connoisseur and French teacher in California, tells the story of the Champagne:

The legend of Dom Perignon will forever be tied to the legend of the bubbles in champagne. Close to Reims cathedral in the Hautvilliers Abbey, a near-blind Benedictine monk named Dom Pierre Perignon was given the job of being its chief treasurer and cellar master. When he first took over in 1688, the wine being produced by the abbey was adequate but pale. Perignon feared that the deep red wine from the neighboring region of “Bourgogne” (Burgundy), was gaining favor with the King . The lighter red of the wine produced in Champagne was becoming a problem but was unavoidable due to the cooler climate of the region.

In this northern region of France the grapes had to be harvested early and the wine barrels became too cold during winter months. Unfortunately, even though it had not reached peak fermentation, the pinkish juice had to be bottled. After all, there was a royal demand for the product, and it was up to the monks at the abbey to deliver. But while the chilly winter had temporarily halted the fermentation process, the warmer spring climate “reawakened” the fermentation after the wine had been bottled. The result, of course, were bubbles!

Because Perignon and his abbey brothers were frustrated by the presence of the “bulles” (French for “bubbles”), they began altering the wine’s chemistry by blending several types of grapes and removing the skins. What resulted was the art of blending, and the first white wine ever produced! Yet, unfortunately, this new elegant pale wine persisted in fermenting after it was bottled!

The bubbles were considered by the monks to be a serious defect in the wine, and the cause of production disasters: bottles were exploding all over the cellars! Nevertheless, Dom Perignon did not give up; and legend says that when he tasted the new lighter bubbly wine he was pleasantly surprised, and exclaimed “Come quickly, brothers! I’m tasting stars!” If the elegant bubbly could just be bottled without exploding, the monks could introduce a truly exciting new wine. Dom Perignon began by changing the shape of the bottle and using heavier glass. The stronger bottle eliminated the explosion problem, but now the effervescence of the bubbly wine persisted in blowing out the hemp and oil stoppers. Perignon turned to Spain for stoppers made of cork, and Voilà . . . the cork did it! The king’s court was delighted with this new effervescent pale colored wine. The abbey’s reputation was saved!

Those glorious tiny beads of rising air that were once considered a defect gives champagne its sparkle and finesse, and whether it’s from the Champagne region of France, the Veneto region of Italy, or Oregon’s Willamette Valley, sparkling wine with its millions of bubbles will no doubt ring in a world-wide New Year with the sound of popping corks and clinking glasses.

Wondering what the clinking glasses at my New Years Eve party will be filled with? The fabulous Domaine Meriwether Celebration Cuvee Brut. This delicious bubbly is a blend of the Meriwether Discovery and Vintage Cuvees with added reserved wines that depict an incredible depth of character. Made using the classic French Champagne method along with the excellence of Willamette Valley fruit, this sparkling wine is “old world meets new” perfection.

To a healthy and prosperous 2012, Happy New Year! Cheers!

Wine Bars & Wine Shops

Authentica Wines: Sat. 2-4 pm, Taste sparkling wines and other celebratory selections. 766 W. Park St., Eugene.

Osteria Sfizio: Sat. 5:30 – 8:30 pm, New Years Eve special menu with wine pairings including a pairing with Italy’s sparkling Trvioso Prosecco, fresh crab and beef tenderloin and much more. Reservations required 541-302-3000. 105 Oakway Center, Eugene.

B2 Wine Bar: Sat. 8 pm, Sparkling wine specials and a midnight toast with live music by Taste. 2794 Shadow Dr., Eugene.

The Wine Place: Sat. 12 – 5 pm, Bubbly and more. Get ready to drink a toast to the New Year with a tasting that includes champagne, sparkling and prosecco choices along with red and white wine.; The loft above The Wine Cellar is the tasting room for J. Scott Cellars. 373 North Hwy. 101, Yachats.

Red Agave: Sat. starting at 5 pm, New Year’s Eve Celebration, 4 course meal served with a glass of sparkling Cava from Spain. Call for reservations. 541-683-2206. 454 Willamette St., Eugene.

Café Soriah: Sat. Special New Years Eve 5 course meal with complimentary glass of sparkling wine. Call for reservations 541-342-4410. 384 W. 13th Ave., Eugene.

Ambrosia Restaurant and Bar: Sat. $4 Sparkling Wine Special, special menu and banquet room open. Reservations are suggested 541-342-4141. 174 East Broadway Ave., Eugene.

Cork and Bottle Shoppe: Fri. 4- 6 pm, free tasting of sparkling wines including the delicious Veuve Clicquot Yellow. 812 Beltline Rd., Springfield.

Sundance Wine Cellars:  Fri. and Sat. 5-7 pm, Sparkling Wine and Champagne tasting and special pricing; 2441 Hilyard St., Eugene.

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

Mac’s at the Vets Club: Sat. at Mac’s and in the ballroom, champagne toast at midnight along with live Reggae by Norma Fraser in the ballroom and Michael Tracey and the Hi-Tones in Mac’s. 1626 Willamette St., Eugene.

Agate Alley Bistro: Sat. Midnight champagne toast. 1561 East Nineteenth 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

LaVelle Vineyards in Elmira: Sat. New Year’s Eve Murder Mystery Dinner and Dance. $99 per person includes three-course meal prepared by Field to Table Catering, a three-act play and round-trip transportation from Valley River Center if you choose to use it. Seating is limited and advance ticket purchase is required 541-935-9406. 89697 Sheffler Rd., Elmira.

Domaine Meriwether: Daily 11 am – 4 pm, world renowned Meriwether and Capitello sparkling wine can be sampled in the tasting room. Pick up the Meriwether Celebration Cuvee Brut here. 88324 Vineyard Lane, Veneta.

Wine Down Eugene

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–Julia Crowley, EDN

T’was the night before Christmas, in the famed Willamette Valley,
The corks were a popping, from Pfeiffer Villa to King Estate Galley.
The Oregon Pinot’s were lined up with care,
With aromas and flavors that friends would soon share.

The fires were stoked and the chimneys blew smoke,
When all of a sudden the winemaker spoke.
“Look here,” he said, with a glimmer in his eye,
“This bottle of red will be perfect with Turkey Pot Pie.”

But before he could tap what was under that cap,
He realized it would be better after a long winters nap.
So he headed to the cellar to find his best sellers,
and thought an older vintage would for sure be stellar.

On his way to the cellar he heard some commotion,
And ran into the vineyard to see what was in motion.
There he was, it was Santa,
He had just come from Atlanta.
He was tired and stressed, his white beard was a mess.

“Come in from the cold,” said the winemaker, “Sit by the fire and unfold,
The reindeer can rest, while you get back your zest.”
So the winemaker and Santa escaped from the snow,
And come to find out, Santa loves Pinot Noir don’t you know!

So the two sat and talked while enjoying some wine
It was surreal, incredible, and simply divine.
Santa was at ease and suddenly had back his shine
Just before the guests would arrive to wine and dine.

He picked up his hat and with his glass did a clink,
Santa thanked him profusely and gave him a wink.
The winemaker didn’t have much time to think,
Santa turned on his heel before he could blink.

“This wine was so good, it’s simply delicious,
I feel pretty good and rather quite ambitious.”
“I’d like to take with me some bottles to share,
But hurry up, it’s getting late, I must get back out there!”

The winemaker grabbed several bottles for Santa,
He even threw one in for Santa’s elf, Anna Banta.
He followed him out and then heard Santa say,

“Now, Dasher! Now, Dancer! Now Prancer and Vixen!”
“On Comet! On Cupid! On Donner and Blitzen!”
“Let’s hurry, let’s go, we’ve got goodies to deliver,
Including this here Pinot that needs to go up the McKenzie River!”

And just before he disappeared and was out of sight,
he looked down at the vineyard with great delight,
“Merry Christmas to you, here’s a joyous good cheer,
I’ll see you again the same time next year!”
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Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas! ~ Julia
 

Wine Bars & Wine Shops

Wineries without Walls (wine shop & tasting room): Fri. 3-6 pm, Last wine tasting of 2011, Cotton Wood Winery returns with their fantastic selection of wines. 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.The last tasting event and the last day the shop will be open for 2011.

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; Thu. and Fri. 9:30 pm, a staged reading of Dylan Thomas’ “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” by renowned local actor David Stuart Bull with Celtic Music by Chico Schwall on guitar & vocals and Linda Danielson on violin & vocals. Admission $10. Bartenders have put together a special drink list for the holidays. 384 W. 13th Ave., Eugene.

Territorial Vineyards and Wine Co.:
Thu. 5-11 pm, special holiday show with Timothy Patrick; Fri. 5-11 pm, music starts around 7 pm with Upstate Trio (Upstate New Yorkers jam ); December Art: original oils by Richard Quigley. 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 with Gus Russell. 296 E. 5th Ave., Eugene.

16 Tons (Taphouse): Dec. 21, 5-6:30 pm. Tieton Cider Works Tasting and several Ciders on tap 265 East Thirteenth Ave., Eugene.

The Wine Place: Sat. 12 – 5 pm, Stop in to do last minute shopping and sample wines, have a glass, visit with friends, and enjoy the art gallery next door.; The loft above The Wine Cellar is the tasting room for J. Scott Cellars. 373 North Hwy. 101, Yachats.

Authentica Wines: Thu. 5-7 pm, Special Holiday Tasting and Seasonal Celebration of some very special wines and discounted prices; 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.

Marche Restaurant: Dec. 24, 5-8 pm. Christmas Eve Feast. $40 per person. Call for reservations 541-342-3612. 296 East Fifth Ave., Eugene.

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 holiday whites or holiday 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.

Capella Market: Fri. 4-6 pm, Hard Cider Tasting with 2 Towns Cider (Corvallis); Sat. 4-6 pm, Wine Tasting with Foris Winery. 2489 Willamette St., Eugene

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.

June Restaurant and Bar: Tue. – Sat. 5-6 pm Happy Hour. Their wine list has some great local wines. 1591 Willamette 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. 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

Sweet Cheeks: Fri. 6-9 pm, Twilight Tasting, sample pairings of Sweet Cheeks wine with Oregon-made artisan cheeses while listening to live music; Sun. 12-6 pm, Mimosa Sundays, Fine sparkling wine and live music from 2-4 pm. Bring your own brunch. 27007 Briggs Hill Rd., Eugene.

Benton-Lane Winery: Open Daily 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, Watch the games on the big screen in the tasting room while sipping Pfeiffer wine by the fireplace. 25040 Jaeg Rd., Junction City.

Silvan Ridge Winery: Open daily 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.

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: Open daily, 11 am – 5pm. Sample their delicious 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

LaVelle Vineyards in Elmira: Dec. 31, New Year’s Eve Murder Mystery Dinner and Dance. $99 per person includes three-course meal prepared by Field to Table Catering, a three-act play and round-trip transportation from Valley River Center if you choose to use it. Seating is limited and advance ticket purchase is required. 89697 Sheffler Rd., Elmira.

Red Agave: Dec. 31, New Year’s Eve Celebration, 4 course meal served with a glass of bubbly. Call for reservations. 541-683-2206. 454 Willamette St., Eugene.

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

King Estate Winery: Jan 2, 12:30 pm, Rose Bowl Viewing Party. Fifty Dollars Tower Club Members, Fifty-Five Dollars Non Members. Call for reservations. 541-942-9874. 80854 Territorial Rd., Eugene.

16Tons (Union Cafe/Supreme Bean): Jan. 5, 5:30 or 8 pm, 2 sessions available for Cheese Wars III.  2864 Willamette St. #500, Eugene.

Wine Down Eugene

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–Julia Crowley, EDN

In between Christmas shopping, Christmas decorating, Christmas tree hunting and Christmas movies, I’ve actually managed to attend some of the many stellar beer and wine related events going on this December here in Eugene. It’s never too hard to juggle the mom-writer-chauffer-shopper-foodie-wino-beer loving lifestyle! Well, never is a pretty strong word; however, even in the busiest of times, I somehow always manage to squeeze in a little me time.

This past week, I visited two establishments that I’ve heard many great things about: Authentica Wine Shop and The Bier Stein.

On Saturday, I visited Authentica Wine Shop for a wine tasting of the highly rated wines produced by Evening Land Vineyards, out of Amity-Eola Hills. Not only was I blown away by Evening Lands incredible wines, but the shelves that lined Authentica’s exposed brick walls and stacked wooden crates were filled with remarkable selections. From affordable to expensive, the wines were hand selected by owner, Steve Baker, and I was clearly impressed with his expertise. I’ll share the details about the excellent Evening Land Vineyard wines with you in an upcoming article about my visit to Authentica.

On Tuesday night, my friends and I attended Firestone Walker’s 15th Anniversary party and partial tap takeover at Bier Stein. Firestone Walker is a unique brewing company out of Paso Robles, California, and their highly talked about 15th Anniversary beer is a blended beer that is barrel aged. If you’ve been reading my barrel aged brew series, then you already know why I wasn’t about to miss this event. If you haven’t, click here for Part I and here for Part II of the Barrel Aged Brew series.

Surprised by the crowd of people that packed the Bier Stein from wall to wall, we moved towards an open space in hopes that someone would soon vacate one of the tables. As luck would have it, David Walker, owner of Firestone Walker, invited us to sit at his table, and we were able to learn a great deal about the unique brewing process of the barrel aged Firestone Walker 15. Much like my experience at Authentica, my time spent with David Walker deserves its own article, so keep an eye out for Barrel Aged Brews Part III.

There’s more fun events this week too, so in between the shopping, wrapping and baking, I’ll be making time for the Autism Rocks Benefit at Goodfellas on Friday night with headliners Big Monti and The Precious Darlings along The Gaye Lee Russell Band.

On Saturday, I’ll be heading out to Sweet Cheeks Winery to celebrate the release of Sweet Cheeks winemakers own label, William Rose Wines. Winemaker Mark Nicholl will be tasting his 2008 Barbera-Syrah and red blend Demon Bird: DB1. Hope to see some of you out and enjoying the many fun events, cheers!

Wine Bars & Wine Shops

The Wine Place: Sat. 1 – 4 pm, Meet winemaker Rich Lorelli who has been growing grapes in the Applegate Valley for 20+ years. As a viticulturist, he uses his talents to produce unique, award winning wines; The loft above The Wine Cellar is the tasting room for J. Scott Cellars. 373 North Hwy. 101, Yachats.

Bier Stein: Thu. 6-9 pm, Stone, Elysian, and The Bruery collaborated on a beer called La Citrueille Celeste de Citracado, a concoction which contains pumpkin, yams, fenugreek, lemon verbena, and birch bark on draft(there was only 2 kegs for the state), along with a specialty brew from each brewery(Bruery Autumn Maple, Elysian Barleywine, Ruination IPA). We will also be pouring samples of Stone’s Vertical Epic 11-11-11 and Elysian Bifrost Winter Ale. 345 East Eleventh Ave., Eugene.

June Restaurant and Bar: Tue. – Sat. 5-6 pm Happy Hour. Their wine list has some great local wines. 1591 Willamette St., 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.

Ambrosia Restaurant and Bar: Thu. 5:30-7 pm, Exclusive Wine Tasting, only available for 26 people total, featuring highly rated wines from Veneto, Tuscany and Piedmant. Thirty-five dollars per person includes a taste of seven wines and light appetizers. Call to reserve your spot.  541-342-4141. Mon. – Fri. 4-6 pm Happy Hour, tap beers $2 and house wines $4.50. 174 East Broadway Ave., Eugene.

16 Tons (Taphouse and Union Cafe): Thu. 5-8 pm, Eugene Based Blue Dog Mead tasting. 265 East Thirteenth Ave. and 2864 Willamette St. #500, 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.

Territorial Vineyards and Wine Co.: Thu. 5-11 pm, music starts around 7 with Dreamdog (Folk,Americana); Fri. 5-11 pm, third Friday BBQ, music starts around 7 pm with Jerry Zybach (Blues); December Art: original oils by Richard Quigley. 907 West Third 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.

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 reds or three whites for $10.50. 440 Coburg Rd., Eugene.

B2 Wine Bar: Happy hour Mon.-Fri., 4-6 pm, and 9-10 pm; Thu. and Sat., outdoor barbecue. Loads of Northwest wines offered here. 2794 Shadow Dr., 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.

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.

Capella Market: Fri. 4-6 pm, Beer tasting with Deschutes Brewing; Sat. 4-6 pm, Hard Cider tasting with 2 Towns Cider. 2489 Willamette St., Eugene

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 Soriah: Wed., celebrate Wine Wednesdays. All day, half off bottles of wine, including local notable names such as BrickHouse, Capitello, King Estate and Broadley. Bartenders have put together a special drink list for the holidays. 384 W. 13th Ave., 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

Sweet Cheeks: Fri. 6-9 pm, Twilight Tasting, sample pairings of Sweet Cheeks wine with Oregon-made artisan cheeses while listening to live music; Sat. 12-6 pm Celebrate the release of Sweet Cheeks Winemakers own label, William Rose Wines. Winemaker Mark Nicholl will be tasting his 2008 Barbera-Syrah and red blend “Demon Bird: DB1″ in celebration of the release. Be sure to stop by, grab a taste, and learn a story or two about fabled bootlegger William Rose; Sun. 12-6 pm, Mimosa Sundays, Fine sparkling wine and live music from 2-4 pm. Bring your own brunch. 27007 Briggs Hill Rd., Eugene.

Benton-Lane Winery: Open Daily 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 Watch the games on the big screen in the tasting room while sipping Pfeiffer wine by the fireplace. 25040 Jaeg Rd., Junction City.

Silvan Ridge Winery: Open daily 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.

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.: Fri.-Sun. 12-5 pm or 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 live music with 2 Hot 4 Fido. $10 cover charge includes wine tasting and simple hors d’oeuvres; open daily, 11 am – 5pm. Sample their delicious 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 new 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.

Wineries without Walls (wine shop and tasting room): Sat. 4-6 pm, return of Five H Wines! 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.

Save the Date or Reserve Now

Goodfellas: Fri. 9 pm to close. Autism Rocks Benefit with Big Monti and The Precious Darlings, and The Gaye Lee Russell Band. All proceeds go to the Kindtree Autism Rocks Project. 117 South 14th St., Springfield.

16 Tons (Taphouse): Dec. 21, 5-6:30 pm. Tieton Cider Works Tasting and several Ciders on tap 265 East Thirteenth Ave., Eugene; Jan. 5, 5:30 or 8 pm, Cheese Wars III at the Union Cafe 2864 Willamette St. #500, Eugene.

Marche Restaurant: Dec. 24, 5-8 pm. Christmas Eve Feast. $40 per person. Call for reservations 541-342-3612. 296 East Fifth Ave., Eugene.

LaVelle Vineyards in Elmira: Dec. 31, New Year’s Eve Murder Mystery Dinner and Dance. $99 per person includes three-course meal prepared by Field to Table Catering, a three-act play and round-trip transportation from Valley River Center if you choose to use it. Seating is limited and advance ticket purchase is required. 89697 Sheffler Rd., Elmira.

Red Agave: Dec. 31, New Year’s Eve Celebration, 4 course meal served with a glass of bubbly. Call for reservations. 541-683-2206. 454 Willamette St., Eugene.

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

King Estate Winery: Jan 2, 12:30 pm, rose Bowl Viewing Party. Fifty Dollars Tower Club Members, Fifty Five Dollars Non Members. Call for reservations. 541-942-9874. 80854 Territorial Rd., Eugene.

Wine Down Eugene

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— Julia Crowley, EDN

There’s a very special event happening this weekend that deserves to be celebrated and recognized. The first official ‘Wine Trail’ of the South Willamette Valley, the Territorial Wine Trail, will debut this Saturday, December 10, at the Fern Ridge Chamber of Commerce in Veneta. From 3-6 pm, they’ll be serving food, wine and live music, along with a 4 pm ribbon cutting ceremony with Veneta Mayor Sharon Hobart-Hardin.

The Territorial Wine Trail

This is one event I know I won’t be missing — not just because there’s good reason to celebrate the noted wine trail we have winding through our beautiful region, but Stanton Vineyards and Kandarian Wine Cellars will be hosting the wine tasting, along with the Pfeiffers of Pfeiffer Vineyards. Neither Stanton Vineyards nor Kandarian Wine Cellars have brick and mortar tasting rooms, so this is your chance to try Charlie Stanton’s outstanding and affordable Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris, along with Kandarian Wine Cellars’ Blue Eye Sauvignon Blanc — my absolute favorite, locally produced Sauvignon Blanc, in addition to the other stellar Kandarian wines. The Pfeiffers will also be serving their homemade Hot Mulled Wine.

The Territorial Wine Trail is a 40-mile route with Monroe on the north end and Cottage Grove on the south, and including more than 18 wineries, with and without walls, spurring off Territorial Road. The brochure maps, funded in part by a grant from a Lane County Special Project Tourism, are available at all chambers, visitor centers, and wineries throughout Lane County, and can be downloaded at www.oregonwinecountrytrails.com.

Danuta Pfeiffer and her husband Robin of Pfeiffer Vineyards conceived the idea of the Territorial Wine Trail.

“It was a long time coming,” Pfeiffer says. “With the north Willamette Valley filled with wine trails, it was just natural that the south Willamette Valley have the full recognition it deserves for destination wineries along uncrowded roads in beautiful settings. Here, you can meet the owners and winemakers of boutique wineries and also enjoy the palatial beauties of some of our most renowned wineries in the nation. This is truly something to celebrate, because no one on the planet can compete with the world-class pinot noirs of our cool climate growing regions of the Willamette Valley.”

I can’t agree with Danuta more. So I hope you can join me for a toast to the Territorial Wine Trail. Cheers!

The Fern Ridge Chamber of Commerce is located in Veneta on Highway 126 and Territorial Rd, inside the West Lane Shopping Center. 24949 Hwy 126, Veneta.

Wine Bars & Wine Shops

June Restaurant and Bar: Mon. 7-10 pm, Ninkasi Beer Makers Dinner; Jamie Floyd, owner of Ninkasi Brewery, will lead a guided tour of select Ninkasi beers, paired with a five course menu of seasonal goodness. Seating is limited. Call 541-968-2077; Tue. – Sat., 5 pm, new bar, “Kate’s in June” recently held their grand opening. Happy hour is Tue.- Fri., 5-6 pm. Their wine list has some great local wines. 1591 Willamette St., Eugene.

Authentica Wines: Sat. 2-4 pm. Evening Land Vineyards wine tasting; 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.

Ambrosia Restaurant and Bar: Wed. 5:30-7 pm, First Wednesday Wine Tasting, featuring all Italian wines. Twenty dollars per person includes a taste of ten wines and light appetizers. 174 East Broadway Ave., Eugene.

16 Tons (Taphouse): Thu. 5-8 pm, Eugene Based Blue Dog Mead tasting. 265 East Thirteenth Ave., Eugene.

Broadway Wine Merchants: Fri. 5-7 pm, Free Friday Wine Tasting; Sat. 5 pm to closing, 2011 Bubble Bash. Taste a wealth of delicious Champagne. Pricing will be at its best for holiday enjoyment and gifting.17 Oakway Center, Eugene.

The Wine Place: Sat. 1 – 4 pm, Variety is the Spice of Life, join special guest Sarah Mader of Awesome Wines, pouring an eclectic mix of Oregon wines; The loft above The Wine Cellar is the tasting room for J. Scott Cellars. 373 North Hwy. 101, Yachats.

Sundance Wine Cellars:  Fri. 5-7 pm, Frugal Friday wine tasting with Mario; Sat. 5-7 pm, wine tasting with Benton-Lane Winery; 2441 Hilyard St., Eugene.

Bier Stein: Thu. 6-9 pm, Beer Trivia and sampling event with Cascade Lakes Brewing; Fri. 4:20 pm, Hop Valley brewed their 420th batch of beer, took some of it and added hemp seeds and cask conditioned it for your only opportunity to try it at Bier Stein during this event; Tue. 6-9 pm, Partial Tap Takeover and 15th  Anniversary Release Party with David Walker, founder of Firestone Walker Brewing. 345 East Eleventh Ave., Eugene.

Territorial Vineyards and Wine Co.: Thu. 5-11 pm, music starts around 7-Tim McLaughlin hosts; Fri. 5-11 pm, music starts around 7 pm with Dan Jones; December Art: original oils by Richard Quigley. 907 West Third Ave., Eugene.

Steelhead Brewery: 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: Sat. 1-4 pm, Bubbly Party. Pouring both old world and new world Champagnes; 8:15 pm, Wine Basics class: Champagne. Bubbles of all sorts, in-depth tasting notes and light appetizers. $35 per person. Call 541-743-0660 for reservations. 296 E. 5th Ave., Eugene.

Wineries without Walls (wine shop & tasting room): Sat. 3-6 pm, wine tasting hosted by Stanton Vineyards, Kandarian Wine Cellars, and Hot Mulled Wine by the Pfeiffers for the Territorial Wine Trail Ribbon cutting and celebration; 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.

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 reds or three whites for $10.50. 440 Coburg Rd., Eugene.

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

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

Capella Market: Fri. 4-6 pm, Beer tasting with Ninkasi; Sat. 4-6 pm, Wine tasting with Villa Italia.

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 Soriah: Wed., celebrate Wine Wednesdays. All day, half off bottles of wine, including local notable names such as BrickHouse, Capitello, King Estate and Broadley. Bartenders have put together a special drink list for the holidays. 384 W. 13th Ave., 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

Benton-Lane Winery: Open Daily 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 Watch the games on the big screen in the tasting room while sipping Pfeiffer wine by the fireplace. 25040 Jaeg Rd., Junction City.

Silvan Ridge Winery: Open daily 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.

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.

Sweet Cheeks: Fri. 6-9 pm, Twilight Tasting, sample pairings of Sweet Cheeks wine with Oregon-made artisan cheeses while listening to live music; Sun. 12-6 pm, Mimosa Sundays, Fine sparkling wine and live music from 2-4 pm. Bring your own brunch. 27007 Briggs Hill Rd., Eugene.

Brigadoon Wine Co.: Fri.-Sun. 12-5 pm or 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 live Americana/Celtic with Farmer Jimmy. $10 cover charge includes wine tasting and simple hors d’oeuvres; open daily, 11 am – 5pm. Sample their delicious 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 new 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

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

Ambrosia Restaurant and Bar: Dec. 15 5:30-7 pm, Exclusive Wine Tasting, only available for 26 people total, featuring highly rated wines from Veneto, Tuscany and Piedmant. Thirty-five dollars per person includes a taste of seven wines and light appetizers. Call to reserve your spot.  541-342-4141. 174 East Broadway Ave., Eugene.

Goodfellas: Dec. 16, Show starts at 9 pm with Big Monti and The Precious Darlings, and The Gaye Lee Russell Band. All proceeds go to the Kindtree Autism Rocks Project. 117 South 14th St., Springfield.

LaVelle Vineyards in Elmira: Dec. 31, New Year’s Eve Murder Mystery Dinner and Dance. $99 per person includes three-course meal prepared by Field to Table Catering, a three-act play and round-trip transportation from Valley River Center if you choose to use it. Seating is limited and advance ticket purchase is required. 89697 Sheffler Rd., Elmira.

Wine Down Eugene

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— Julia Crowley, EDN

Now that Thanksgiving is over and Christmas is right around the corner, our mail boxes will be stuffed full of national magazines advertising their most popular products.

From Pottery Barn to Toys R US, we’ll be inundated with the must-have products of 2011. While most people will give these magazines a quick scan then toss them into the recycle bin, I will be searching for the latest and greatest wine accessories.

Each year, I look forward to what I call “magazine mayhem.” Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast, True Fabrications, Food and Wine Magazine, Oenophilia and Rhino Wine Gear are just a few of the many wine magazines that I’ve already received. I’ve already discovered some new, ingenious, state-of-the-art products that I know will be on my list to Santa, in addition to being on the list of gifts to give to my wine aficionado friends.

From Williams-Sonoma, I’ve finally found a decanting funnel that makes absolute sense. Made of polished and brushed stainless steel, this sweet little gizmo has dispersing holes that gently aerate the wine. It comes with a mesh filter to trap sediment, and it’s designed to fit easily into most decanters. But what I love best about this product is the $20 dollar price tag and the stand it comes with that prevents wine from dripping onto your bar or table! If you don’t have a glass decanter, simply hold the funnel above your glass while you’re pouring the wine into it, and you’ve got wine that’s instantly decanted and ready to enjoy.

Another product I came across that really caught my attention is the Corkcicle. It may look like your bottle of wine is freezing from the inside out, but this icicle lookalike wine chiller that’s attached to an actual cork, will keep your white or red wine chilled to the perfect temperature, –or so they say. I haven’t used one yet, but believe me, this is one wine product I know will be under my Christmas tree this year. At $22.95 apiece, it’s going to be a unique gift for friends, too. To watch a video on how the Corkcicle works, click here.

For those of you who are eco-conscious, the Recycled Wine Bottle Tea Lights and Recycled Wine Bottle Tumblers from AWI Inc. are rustic yet elegant. It’s easy to imagine myself on a candlelit patio in September, enjoying a chilled white wine with friends, — using the Corkcicle, of course, to keep our wine at the perfect temperature.

These are just a few of the many unique wine-related gift ideas that I’ve seen already, and I’m looking forward to seeing what other innovative companies have come up with. So before you toss those magazines out, make sure you give them a good once-over. You never know what creative product you may find for yourself or someone else. Cheers!

Wine Bars & Wine Shops

Oakshire Brewing Co.: Wed. 6:30 pm doors open for the 7:30 pm showing of “The Love of Beer,” a documentary celebrating women in the craft beer industry, followed by a Q/A with film maker Alison Grayson. Tickets available at Oakshire Brewing and 16 Tons. 1055 Madera St., Eugene.

Ambrosia Restaurant and Bar: Mon. – Fri. 4-6 pm, happy hour wine and drink specials. Wed. Dec. 7, 5:30 – 7 pm, First Wednesday Wine Tasting. 174 East Broadway Ave., Eugene.

16 Tons (Union Cafe/Supreme Bean location): Sat. 8-10 pm, live music with The Whiskey Chasers, $2 Cheaters start at 7 pm. 2864 Willamette St. #500, Eugene.

The Wine Place: Sat. 1 – 4 pm, Blends for Friends tasting ; sample white blends and red blends with special guest Stephen Cutler. The loft above The Wine Cellar is the tasting room for J. Scott Cellars. 373 North Hwy. 101, Yachats.

Territorial Vineyards and Wine Co.:
Thu. 5-11 pm, music starts around 7 pm with Wild Hog in the Woods; Fri. 5-11 pm, music starts around 7 pm with The Porch Band. December Art: original oils by Richard Quigley. 907 West Third Ave., Eugene.

Steelhead Brewery: 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.

Jazz Station: Fri. 5:30 – 7:30 pm, First Friday Art Walk, free concert with Lotus Jazz. Wine and beer available in the lobby. 124 West Broadway, Eugene.

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

Marché Provisions: Fri. 5-7 pm, Free Friday Wine Tasting. Each week a selection of wines will be available for tasting. 296 E. 5th Ave., Eugene.

Wineries without Walls (wine shop & tasting room): Sat. 4-6 pm, wine tasting hosted by Five H Wines’ Doyle Hinman.  Enjoy White Riesling, Heritage and Syrah with an Oregon wine-making legend. This wine shop and tasting room showcases local wines and is located inside the Fern Ridge Chamber of Commerce Visitor’s Center in Veneta. 24949 Hwy. 126, Veneta.

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.

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.

Café 440: Wed., all day. Wednesday Wine Flights for the month of November: California Rodney Strong red wines and Oregon whites from Erath, Montinore and Stone Wolf. Three pours for $10.50. 440 Coburg Rd., Eugene.

B2 Wine Bar: Happy hour Mon.-Fri., 4-6 pm, and 9-10 pm; Thu. and Sat., outdoor barbecue. Loads of northwest wines offered here. 2794 Shadow Dr., Eugene.

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

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

Sam’s Place Tavern: Wed. 4:30-7 pm, Cigar Club; Fri. 5 pm, watch Oregon vs. UCLA game; every booth has its own flat screen TV in addition to 22 plasma TVs throughout; sports bar with a great wine list; 21 glass pours, all under $7. Wine list includes some excellent Oregon & Northwest wines. 825 Wilson St., 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.

Sundance Wine Cellars: Fri. 5-7 pm, Frugal Friday wine tasting with Mario; Sat. 5-7 pm,   featuring local and regional wineries; wineries announced the day of on their Facebook page. 2441 Hilyard St., Eugene.

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 case, 15 percent off unbroken cases. 125 W. 11th, 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. Bartenders have put together a special drink list for the holidays. 384 W. 13th Ave., 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.

Cornucpia 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.

June Restaurant and Bar: Tue. – Sat., 5 pm, new bar, “Kate’s,” located inside; June recently had their  grand opening. Happy hour is Tue.- Fri., 5-6 pm. Their wine list has some great local wines. 1591 Willamette St., Eugene.

Wineries and Vineyards

Benton-Lane Winery: Open Daily 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 Watch the Ducks or Beavers on the big screen in the tasting room while sipping Pfeiffer wine by the fireplace. 25040 Jaeg Rd., Junction City.

Silvan Ridge Winery: Sat. 6:30-9:30 pm, “Dead in the Sled” Murder Mystery Dinner; open daily 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.

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: New tasting room located in The Wine Place in Yachats. Be sure to stop by and taste the 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.

Sweet Cheeks: Fri. 6-9 pm, Twilight Tasting, sample pairings of Sweet Cheeks wine with Oregon-made artisan cheeses while listening to live music; Sun. 12-6 pm, Mimosa Sundays, Fine sparkling wine and live music from 2-4 pm. Bring your own brunch. 27007 Briggs Hill Rd., Eugene.

Brigadoon Wine Co.: Fri.-Sun. 12-5 pm or 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 live music with Petri Dish. $10 cover charge includes wine tasting and simple hors d’oeuvres; open daily, 11 am – 5pm. Sample their delicious 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 & Authentica, and in restaurants Marché and Eugene Country Club.

Noble Estate:  Open 7 days/week, 12-5 pm. Tasting room with beautiful new 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. $3 tasting fee includes free wine glass and 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.

Save the Date or Reserve Now

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

Ambrosia Restaurant and Bar: Dec. 7, 5:30-7 pm, First Wednesday Wine Tasting, featuring all Italian wines. Twenty dollars per person includes a taste of ten wines and light appetizers. Read about these fabulous wine tastings here. 174 East Broadway Ave., Eugene.

Marché Provisions: Dec. 10, 1-4 pm, Bubbly Party. Pouring both old world and new world Champagnes; 8:15 pm, Wine Basics class – Champagne. Bubbles of all sorts, in-depth tasting notes and light appetizers. $35 per person. Call 541-743-0660 for reservations. 296 E. 5th Ave., Eugene.

Broadway Wine Merchants: Dec. 10, 5 pm to closing – 2011 Bubble Bash. Taste a wealth of delicious Champagne. Pricing will be at its best for holiday enjoyment and gifting. 17 Oakway Center, Eugene.

Sundance Wine Cellars: Dec. 10, 5-7 pm, wine tasting with Benton-Lane Winery. 2441 Hilyard St., Eugene.

LaVelle Vineyards in Elmira: Dec. 31 New Year’s Eve Murder Mystery Dinner and Dance. $99 per person includes three-course meal prepared by Field to Table Catering, a three-act play and round-trip transportation from Valley River Center if you choose to use it. Seating is limited and advance ticket purchase is required. 89697 Sheffler Rd., Elmira.

Wine Down Eugene

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Julia Crowley, EDN

A great weekend to wine down

I’ve been spending the last few days shopping for groceries and stocking up on local wine and beer that I’ll be sharing with friends and family over Thanksgiving weekend, and I’m truly looking forward to cherished time with loved ones.

Selecting stellar local wine to serve during Thanksgiving dinner has not been a difficult task for me since moving to the bountiful Willamette Valley wine region. However, this year I’m on a mission to not only serve excellent local wine, but to serve local craft brews as well.

Recently, I’ve delved into the world of barrel-aged brews, which are in high demand because of their unique flavors and aging potential. I attended the release party of Oakshire’s Hellshire II bourbon barrel-aged beer, and I spent several hours at 16 Tons’ ‘Winter and Strong Ale Fest’ tasting beers that were aged in wine, whiskey and even rum barrels. The distinctive flavors that result in these aged beers are incredibly savory and gratifying, and I can’t wait to pair them with some of the foods I’ll be serving on Thanksgiving Day. I’m also excited about an article I’m currently writing that’s all about these fantastic aged brews, which will be published soon, right here on Eugene Daily News.

Crafted local beers are a great match with the holiday trimmings

Aside from preparing for and enjoying the great feast on Thanksgiving Day, I’ll be taking advantage of the many events happening around town and in wine country during the long holiday weekend. On Friday, I won’t be missing the rare chance to take in the breathtaking views that surround the original Iris Vineyards tasting room while enjoying their fabulous Pinot Noir, in addition to visiting some of the other spectacular wineries in the southern Willamette Valley. On Saturday, I’ll be quacking for the Ducks at Autzen Stadium while tailgating with King Estate Winery for the Civil War game against Oregon State University. To finish off the long weekend, on Sunday, I’ll be heading south to explore the many wineries of the Umpqua Valley. This will be a great opportunity to pick up some excellent artisan winter warming red wines, like Reustle Prayer Rock’s Tempranillo and Melrose Vineyard’s Baco Noir.

Although the long weekends festivites may catch up with me next week, I’ll be thankful for every minute spent with friends and family while enjoying the multiple bounties that Oregon brings us year round, and especially during the holidays.

Cheers and Happy Thanksgiving! ~Julia

Wine Bars & Wine Shops

16 Tons (Supreme Bean location): Tue. 6-9 pm, Women’s Only Tasting and pre-show for “The Love of Beer,” a documentary celebrating women in the craft beer industry. 2864 Willamette #500, Eugene.

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

Marché Restaurant: Sun. 6:30 pm, Sunday family style Supper. $25 per person, wine by the carafe and specials. 296 East Fifth Ave., Eugene.

Marché Provisions: Fri. 5-7 pm, Free Friday Wine Tasting. Each week a selection of wines will be available for tasting. 296 East Fifth St., Eugene.

Washburne Cafe: Fri. 5-8 pm, appetizers, local wine and beer, and live music with Jazz du Jour. 326 Main St., Springfield.

Oakshire Brewing: Sat. 12-4 pm, newly remodeled tasting room will be open and food is available for purchase from Delacata Food Cart. 1055 Madera St., Eugene.

Wineries without Walls (wine shop & tasting room): Fri. 2-6 pm, grand opening weekend celebration and wine tasting with Kandarian Wine Cellars, Spencer Creek Vineyard and Abbelone Vineyard; Sat. 2-6 pm, wine tasting with William Rose Wines, Kandarian Wine Cellars and Abbelone Vineyard. Enjoy snack and surprises for the grand opening celebration. This wine shop and tasting room showcases local wines and is located inside the Fern Ridge Chamber of Commerce Visitor’s Center in Veneta. 24949 Hwy. 126, Veneta.

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.

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 West Park St., Eugene.

Territorial Vineyards and Wine Co.: Fri., Sat. and Sun. $7 Tasting Flight, local brews from Ninkasi and Oakshire. Fri. 3-9 pm, live music starting at 6 pm with Brooks Robertson; Sat. 3-9 pm, live music starting at 6 pm with Brook Adams; Sun. 3-7 pm, live music starting at 3 pm with Ally Losik. Unveiling of the expanded tasting room happens this weekend along with special offers of select wines and varietals from other producers. 907 West Third Ave., Eugene.

Café 440: Wed., all day. Wednesday Wine Flights for the month of November: California Rodney Strong red wines and Oregon whites from Erath, Montinore and Stone Wolf. Three pours for $10.50. 440 Coburg Rd., Eugene.

B2 Wine Bar: Happy hour is Mon.-Fri., 4-6 pm, and 9-10 pm; Thu. and Sat., outdoor barbecue. Loads of northwest wines offered here. 2794 Shadow Dr., Eugene.

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

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

Sam’s Place Tavern: Sat. watch Oregon and OSU game; every booth has its own flat screen TV in addition to 22 plasma TVs; sports bar with a great wine list, 21 glass pours, all under $7! Wine list includes some excellent Oregon & northwest wines. 825 Wilson St., 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.

Ambrosia Restaurant and Bar: Mon. – Fri. 4-6 pm, happy hour wine and drink specials. 174 East Broadway Ave., Eugene.

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

Sundance Wine Cellars: Fri. 5-7 pm, Frugal Friday wine tasting with Mario; Sat. 5-7 pm,   featuring local and regional wineries; wineries announced the day of on their Facebook page. 2441 Hilyard St., Eugene.

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

Izumi Sushi and Grill: Like sushi & wine? 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 case, 15 percent off unbroken cases. 125 W. 11th, 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. Bartenders have put together a special drink list for the holidays. 384 W. 13th Ave., 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 East 5th Ave., Eugene.

Cornucpia 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.

June Restaurant and Bar: Tue. – Sat. 5 pm, New bar ‘Kate’s’ located inside June recently had its grand opening. Happy hour is Tue.- Fri., 5-6 pm. Their wine list has some great local wines. 1591 Willamette St., Eugene.

Wineries and Vineyards

Click here for the special Wine Down Eugene Thanksgiving Weekend Winery Open Houses

Save the Date or Reserve Now

Oakshire Brewing Co.: Nov. 30, 6:30 pm doors open for the 7:30 pm showing of “The Love of Beer,” a documentary celebrating women in the craft beer industry, followed by a Q/A with film maker Alison Grayson. Tickets available at Oakshire Brewing and 16 Tons. 1055 Madera St., Eugene.

Bier Stein: Dec. 1, 6-9 pm, Blue Dog Mead tasting. 345 E.11th Ave., Eugene

Saginaw Vineyard:
Dec. 2, 6-9 pm Friday Night Live in the Barn, featuring live music with Petri Dish. $10 cover charge includes wine tasting and simple hors d’oeuvres. 80247 Delight Valley Rd., Cottage Grove.

Silvan Ridge Winery:
Dec. 3, 6:30-9:30 pm, “Dead in the Sled” Murder Mystery Dinner. 27012 Briggs Hill Rd., Eugene.

Ambrosia Restaurant and Bar: Dec. 7, 5:30-7 pm, First Wednesday Wine Tasting, featuring all Italian wines. Twenty dollars per person includes a taste of ten wines and light appetizers. Read about these fabulous wine tastings here. 174 East Broadway Ave., Eugene.

Marché Provisions: Dec. 10, 8:15 pm, Wine Basics class – Champagne. Bubbles of all sorts, in-depth tasting notes and light appetizers. $35 per person. Call 541-743-0660 for reservations. 296 E. 5th Ave., Eugene.

Broadway Wine Merchants: Dec. 10, 5 pm to closing – 2011 Bubble Bash! Taste a wealth of delicious Champagne. Pricing will be at its best for holiday enjoyment and gifting. 17 Oakway Center, Eugene.

Sundance Wine Cellars: Dec. 10, 5-7 pm, wine tasting with Benton-Lane Winery. 2441 Hilyard St., Eugene.

LaVelle Vineyards in Elmira: Dec. 31 New Year’s Eve Murder Mystery Dinner and Dance. $99 includes three-course meal prepared by Field to Table Catering, a three-act play and round trip transportation from Valley River Center if you choose to use it. Seating is limited and advance ticket purchase is required. 89697 Sheffler Rd., Elmira.

Wine Down Special – Umpqua Valley

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— Julia Crowley, EDN
Known as “America’s Last Great Undiscovered Wine Region,” the Umpqua Valley boasts over 20 highly acclaimed, small-production wineries that are known for their diverse range of high quality artisan wines.This spectacular wine region is just south of our famed Willamette Valley wine region, and its climate offers both cool valleys and warm valleys which allow different varieties of grapes to thrive that simply don’t do well in the cooler climate of the Willamette Valley.

The Umpqua Valley

These warm and cool climates of the Umpqua Valley are caused by three surrounding mountain ranges that vary in size, age and structure. These mountain ranges have created numerous sub-valleys known as The Hundred Valleys of Umpqua. These valleys not only have cool areas where Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris grow well, but the warmer valleys are perfect for growing Merlot, Grenache, Tempranillo, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. A few of the big reds from the south that have caught my attention through the years are Reustle Prayer Rock’s Tempranillo, Misty Oaks’ Cabernet Franc and Melrose Vineyards’ Baco Noir.

These valleys not only have cool areas where Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris grow well, but the warmer valleys are perfect for growing Merlot, Grenache, Tempranillo, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon.

With Thanksgiving Weekend just days away, I’m once again reminded of how thankful I am to be living in Eugene, Oregon. Not only am I surrounded by the beautiful and breathtaking Willamette Valley wine region, but with just a short trip south to the diverse and sublime Umpqua Valley, I’m able to be in the midst of a completely different awe-inspiring wine region that is host to many distinct, incredible, award-winning, hand-crafted wines.
 

Thanksgiving Weekend Umpqua Valley Winery Open Houses

Abacela: Fri. Sat. and Sun. 11 am – 5 pm. $15 includes wine tasting, tapas and logo glass. Minors and designated drivers are free. 12500 Lookingglass Rd., Roseburg.

Anindor Vineyards: Fri. Sat. and Sun. 11 am – 5 pm. Sample the newly released 2010 Pinot Gris along with light appetizers. 1171 Vintage Dr., Elkton.

Becker Vineyard: Fri. Sat. and Sun. 11 am – 5 pm. This small family owned winery only produces about 650 cases a year! 360 Klahowya Ln., Roseburg.

Bradley Vineyards: Fri. Sat. and Sun. 11 am – 5 pm. 1000 Azalea Dr., Elkton.

Brandborg Winery: Fri. Sat. and Sun. 11 am – 5 pm. Light appetizers and wine tasting. 345 1st St., Elkton.

Chateau Nonchalant Vineyards: Fri. Sat. and Sun. 11 am – 5 pm. 1329 Larson Rd., Roseburg.

Delfino Vineyards: Fri. Sat. and Sun. 11 am – 5 pm. Thanksgiving Weekend Wine and Music Celebration: wine tasting, appetizers, hayrides in the vineyard, holiday gift baskets, wine discounts, barrel tastings and live music. 3829 Colonial Rd., Roseburg.

Girardet: Fri. Sat. and Sun. 11 am – 5 pm. Free admission and no tasting fees. Experience food and wine pairings, new releases and live music Fri. and Sat. 895 Reston Rd., Roseburg.

Glaser Estate Winery: Wed. Fri. Sat. and Sun. 11 am – 5 pm. wide selection of wine and the deck off the tasting room overlooks the scenic North Umpqua River. 213 Independence Ln., Roseburg.

Henry Estate Winery: Fri. Sat. and Sun. 11 am – 6 pm. Free wine tasting, live music and food favors along with great wine specials. No charge, but requesting a food donation for local food bank. 687 Hubbard Creek Rd., Umpqua.

Hillcrest Vineyard: Fri. Sat. and Sun. 11 am – 5 pm. Oregon’s oldest estate winery! 240 Vineyard Ln., Roseburg.

MarshAnne Landing: Fri. Sat. and Sun. 11 am – 5 pm. Wines, gift ideas and light refreshments.175 Hogan Rd., Oakland.

Melrose Vineyards: Fri. Sat. and Sun. 11 am – 5 pm. $10 admission includes logo wine glass, food and wine pairing and live music. 885 Melqua Rd., Roseburg.

Misty Oaks Vineyard: Fri. Sat. and Sun. 11 am – 5 pm. 1310 Misty Oaks Ln., Oakland.

Pyrenees Vineyard and Cellar – South location: Fri. Sat. and Sun. 11 am – 5 pm. 15322 Old Hwy., Myrtle Creek.

Reustle Prayer Rock Vineyards: Fri. Sat. 10 am – 5 pm. $10 tasting fee includes a sit down wine and cheese pairing inside their unique wine cave tasting room.

River’s Edge Winery: Fri. Sat. and Sun. 11 am – 5 pm. 1395 River Dr., Elkton.

Sienna Ridge Estate: Fri. Sat. and Sun. 12-6 pm. Free tasting with turkey and the trimmings throughout the weekend, with live music on Sat. 1876 Long John Rd., Oakland.

Spangler Vineyards: Fri. Sat. and Sun. 11 am – 5 pm. 491 Winery Ln., Roseburg.

Triple Oak Vineyard: Fri. Sat. and Sun. 11:30 am – 5 pm. Tasting room located in historic downtown Oakland.116 SE Locust St., Oakland.

Wild Rose Vineyard: Fri. Sat. and Sun. 11 am – 5 pm. 375 Porter Creek Rd., Winston.

Wine Down Eugene – Thanksgiving

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— Julia Crowley, EDN

Thanksgiving is just days away, and while I prepare my shopping list of food and, of course, wine, I’m reminded of how thankful I am to be living in the South Willamette Valley. I am surrounded by outstanding vineyards, superb wineries and stellar winemakers that produce the fantastic wines which are consistently being revered by critics around the world. I’m truly thankful to all of our region’s hard working farmers, winemakers, vineyard managers, winery owners, wine servers and everyone involved in making the South Willamette Valley wine region one of the best regions in the world. The result of your hard work will be thoroughly enjoyed this Thanksgiving by many, including me.

When considering the wine you’ll want to share with friends and family on your Thanksgiving table, think Pinot Noir. Pinot Noir’s earthy undertones and tremendously broad range of aromas, flavors and textures make this wine the ultimate wine to pair with all the traditional Thanksgiving foods; including, yam casserole, green bean casserole, Waldorf salad, roasted, fried, or smoked turkey, cranberries, and pumpkin pie. Finding an outstanding Pinot Noir to serve your loved ones on Thanksgiving is no daunting task when you’re lucky enough to reside in our beautiful wine region: all of the South Willamette Wineries produce top quality, notable and exceptional Pinot Noirs!

Not only will I be sharing and enjoying the incredible Pinot Noirs of the South Willamette Valley on Thanksgiving Day, but I’ll also be heading out to wine country to take advantage of the many Thanksgiving weekend open houses. From Benton-Lane Winery to the north in Monroe, to Saginaw Vineyards in the south near Cottage Grove, there’s plenty of breathtaking views to be seen and celebrated wines to be sampled.

One winery is opening the doors of their original tasting room off of Territorial Highway for two days only: Iris Vineyards. If you haven’t been to this gorgeous Tuscan-style tasting room with an impressive valley view, this is your chance to experience the phenomenal wines of Iris Vineyards in a striking setting. On Friday the 25th and Saturday the 26th, you won’t find me in a line at the mall. You will, however, find me enjoying a spectacular view while sipping the 2008 Iris Vineyards Pinot Noir in the beautiful South Willamette Valley.

Thanksgiving Weekend Winery Open Houses

Benton-Lane Winery: Fri. Sat. and Sun. 11 am – 5 pm. $10 admission includes logo glass, gourmet tapas and wine tasting which includes their 2010 Pinot Gris – one of the Top 100 Wines of the World! 23924 Territorial Hwy, Monroe.

Brigadoon Wine Company: Fri. and Sat. 11 am – 5 pm. Sample their Pinot Blanc and two Pinot Noirs. 25166 Ferguson Rd., Junction City.

Capitello Wines: Fri. Sat. and Sun. 11 am – 5 pm. Capitello is the special guest winery being featured at Domaine Meriwether. $10 admission includes 4 tastings, souvenir glass, live music and more. food will be available for purchase and families are welcome. 88324 Vineyard Lane, Veneta.

Chateau Lorane: Fri. Sat. and Sun. 11 am – 5 pm. $10 tasting fee includes a tasting of over 20 wines, appetizers and a logo glass. 27415 Siuslaw River Rd., Lorane.

Domaine Meriwether: Fri. Sat. and Sun. 11 am – 5 pm. $10 admission includes 4 tastings, souvenir glass, live music and more with special guest Capitello Wines. 88324 Vineyard Lane, Veneta.

Iris Vineyards: Fri. and Sat. 11 am – 4:30 pm. Thanksgiving sales along with a two day only opportunity to sample their wines in the original tasting room located at 82110 Territorial Hwy., Eugene.

J. Scott Cellars: Fri. and Sat. pouring both days at their tasting room located in the Crow’s Nest of The Wine Place in Yachats. Corner of Hwy 101 and 4th Street, Yachats.

King Estate Winery: Thu. 1-5 pm open for Thanksgiving Dinner SOLD OUT; Fri. and Sat 11 am – 8 pm. 80854 Territorial Hwy, Eugene.

LaVelle Vineyards in Elmira: Sat. and Sun. 12-6 pm. Live music with Brooks Robertson on Sun. 1-5 pm along with food available for purchase from gourmet food cart, Devour. 89697 Sheffler Rd, Elmira.

Noble Estate: Fri. Sat. and Sun. 12-5 pm. 29210 Gimpl Hill Rd., Eugene.

Pfeiffer Winery: Fri. Sat. and Sun. 11 am – 5 pm. Wine Tasting flights from $10 – $20 including light appetizers and logo glass; Sat. enjoy “A Fall Lunch” with Bambino’s famous pulled pork sliders or Penne Pasta – $10 per person. 25040 Jaeg Rd., Junction City.

RainSong Vineyards: Fri. Sat. and Sun. 12-5 pm. No tasting fee and free finger food, barrel tastings of the wines available for their barrel bottling program along with the featured 2010 Pinot Noir. 92989 Templeton Rd., Cheshire.

Saginaw Vineyards: Fris. Sat. and Sun. 11 am – 5 pm. Complimentary wine tasting and hors d’oeurvres; Fri. 6-9 pm Friday Night Live in the Barn with Timothy Patrick – $10 cover includes wine tasting and hors d’oeuvres, 21 and only. 80247 Delight Valley Rd., Cottage Grove.

Sarver Winery: Fri. Sat. and Sun. 12-6pm Enjoy a complimentary flight of six wines with the $5 purchase of one of their signature Sarver 22 oz. Bordeaux wines glasses. Betty Rocker’s Street Kitchen, one of Eugene’s popular food carts, will be serving up their famous Betty Burgers along with homemade soup. 2600 Mayola Lane, Eugene.

Silvan Ridge Winery: Fri. Sat. and Sun. 12-5 pm. Live music each day from 1:30-4:30 pm. Big sale on wine and unique items in gift shop, new releases, free wine tasting, free admission and more. 27012 Briggs Hill Rd., Eugene.

Sweet Cheeks Winery: Fri. Sat. and Sun. 12-6 pm Celebrate Sweet Cheeks 6th Anniversary during their Thanksgiving Weekend Open House. Free admission, live music, chocolate fountain and wine specials. 27007 Briggs Hill Rd., Eugene.

Territorial Vineyards and Wine Co.: Open Fri. Sat. and Sun. $7 Tasting Flight, local brews from Ninkasi and Oakshire Fri. hours 3-9 pm, live music starting at 6 pm with Brooks Robertson; Sat. hours 3-9 pm, live music starting at 6 pm with Brook Adams; Sun. hours 3-7 pm, live music starting at 3 pm with Ally Losik. Unveiling of the expanded tasting room happens this weekend along with special offers of select wines and varietals from from other producers.907 West Third Ave, Eugene.

Wine Down Eugene

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I love this time of year. The leaves on the trees are brilliant hues of orange, red and yellow, the air is crisp and refreshing, and the smell of burning wood lingers in the starry filled evening skies. It’s also when the South Willamette Valley wineries release their Pinot Noir’s and other decadent red wines that are sure to warm you up from the dipping temperatures.

On Saturdays in the Fall, Pfeiffer Vineyards is the ultimate place to drink premium Pinot Noir while watching Oregon Ducks running back LaMichael James run, say 257 yards or so, for another celebrated touchdown. Not only can you watch the game in their tasting room on a big screen television, but you can sit fireside with a glass of the Pfeiffer’s famed Blue Dot Reserve Pinot Noir. The 2008 Blue Dot Reserve is very well rounded and has a great depth of character. It’s a full-bodied Pinot Noir that is the perfect accompaniment with many of the comfort foods that are commonly enjoyed in the Fall, and it’s definitely a delicious beverage to delight in while watching the number 4 ranked team in the nation!

Another winery that offers comfortable fireside seating is Sweet Cheeks Winery. Here you can enjoy sitting outside at one of their fire-pit tables while looking over the gorgeous Briggs Hill Valley, or you can take advantage of the cozy wood burning fireplace that’s located inside the comfortable and inviting tasting room. Either way, you’re sure to appreciate their fabulous 2009 Vintage Pinot Noir. Silky smooth in the mouth, Sweet Cheeks Pinot Noir is earthy and full bodied with aromas of cherries, vanilla and pie spice.

King Estate Winery also has fireside seating both inside and outside of their exquisite tasting room, and their selection of delicious Pinot Noir’s will keep you coming back for more. I love to sit on the patio next to the large outdoor fireplace while savoring the luscious 2009 King Estate Bradshaw Vineyards Designate Pinot Noir. They also offer the King Estate Signature Pinot Noir, Domaine Pinot Noir, Acrobat Pinot Noir, and Next Pinot Noir. Ranging in price and flavors, it’s a given that at least one of these excellent Pinot’s will fit your budget while tantalizing your taste buds.

If you’re like me, and love the colors, scents and red wines of Fall, head out to one of these three exceptional wineries for some relaxing, fireside downtime while sipping choice locally grown and produced Pinot Noirs that will undoubtedly warm you up. Cheers! ~Julia


Wine Bars & Wine Shops

16 Tons (Union Cafe/Supreme Bean location): Sat. and Sun. 12-10 pm 2nd Annual Winter and Strong Ale Festival. 70+ beers featuring some of the strongest beers on the planet.

Le Bar at 5th Street Public Market/Marché: Thu. 6p Beaujolais Nouveau Celebration. Wine tasting in the bar along with Beaujolais bites. (Beaujolais Nouveau is a red wine made from Gamay grapes grown in the Beaujolais region of France. Nov 17 is a worldwide celebration of this red wine.

Marché Restaurant: Thu. French Regional Dinner featuring Beaujolais & Lyon; Sun. 6:30 pm Family Style Supper with salad, main course and dessert for $25 per person. For reservations, call 541-342-3612

Marché Provisions: Thu. 4-6 pm Beaujolais Party in Provisions with wine tasting, live music and snacks.

Wineries without Walls (wine shop & tasting room): Fri. and Sat. all day Holiday Bazaar at the Fern Ridge Chamber of Commerce with extended wine tasting hours; Fri. 3-6 pm Lone Oak Vineyard; Sat. 2-6 pm J. Scott Cellars & Noble Estate. This wine shop and tasting room showcases local wines and is located inside the Fern Ridge Chamber of Commerce Visitor’s Center in Veneta.

Long’s Meat Market: Fri. 4-6 pm Free Wine Tasting

McMenamin’s Breweries (all locations): Sat. all day Terminator Stout celebrates 26 years. $2 pints all day.

Mac’s at the Vet’s Club:
Wed. 6-9 pm. Wine, Jazz & Variety Show with Gus Russell & Paul Biondi. A different Oregon winery is featured each week.

Authentica Wines: Tue-Fri 11 am – 6 pm and Sat. 10 am – 5 pm Wine Tasting available every Sat. at the Wine Bar and on the first Fri. 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 West Park St., Eugene.

Territorial Vineyards & Wine Co.: Thu. Open 5-11 pm – music starts around 7 pm with John Shipe; Fri. 5-11 pm – Third Friday BBQ and music that starts around 7 pm with Jerry Zybach (Blues). November Art: original oils by Richard Quigley

Oakshire Brewing: Sat. 12-4 pm newly remodeled tasting room will be open and food is available for purchase from Delacata Food Cart.

Café 440: Wed. All day. Wednesday Wine Flights for the month of November: California Rodney Strong red Wines and Oregon whites from Erath, Montinore and Stone Wolf. Three pours for $10.50.

Bier Stein: Wed. 6-9 pm Hats off to Homebrewers – bring your best homebrew to Bier Stein and they will transport it to Bend for a thorough Deschutes Brewery Sensory Panel evaluation. Prizes will be awarded.

B2 Wine Bar: Happy hour is M-F 4-6 pm and 9-10 pm; Thu. and Sat. Outdoor BBQ. Loads of northwest wines offered here; Fri. 8pm live music with The Valentines

Broadway Wine Merchants: Fri. 5-7 pm Free Friday Wine Tasting

LaVelle Club Room
at 5th Street Market: Open during construction! Wed. 5-8 pm half off glass pours for ladies; Thurs. and Fri. 6-8 pm Live music.

Sam’s Place Tavern: Sat. watch Oregon and OSU games; Every booth has its own flat screen TV in addition to 22 plasma TV’s – Sports bar with a great wine list, 21 glass pours, all under $7! Wine list includes some excellent Oregon & northwest wines.

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.

Ambrosia Restaurant and Bar: Mon. – Fri. 4-6 pm Happy Hour wine and drink specials.

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

Sundance Wine Cellars: Fri. 5-7 pm themed Frugal Friday wine tasting with Mario; Sat. 5-7 pm featuring local and regional wineries – wineries announced the day of on their Facebook page.

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!

Café Zenon: Tues. 50 percent off bottles of wine; Mon-Fri. 5-6:30 pm $1 off glasses of wine and pints of beer. Find King Estate’s Domaine Pinot Gris and Capitello’s Sauvignon Blanc here – half off on Tuesdays!!

Izumi Sushi & Grill: Like sushi & wine? Izumi’s got great sushi and they offer local wine and beer from Hinman, King Estate, Ninkasi and Oakshire.

Sabai Café & Bar: Wines by the glass $6 and under. Excellent local wines from Territorial, King Estate, Capitello and Benton-Lane.

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. 25 varieties of wine for $25 dollars.

Capella Market: Fri. 4-6 pm Beer Tasting with Pyramid/Mactarnahan’s (Portland).

Kiva Grocery: Wine Department focuses on affordable northwest wines, small European wines and organic wines. 10 percent off mixed case, 15 percent off unbroken cases.

Café Soriah: Wed. Celebrate Wine Wednesdays! All day half off bottles of wine, including local notable names such as: BrickHouse, Capitello, King Estate, Broadley!

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.

Granary Wine Bar: Wed. all day $5 glass pours of house white or red. Find Patchwork Cellars delicious Pinot Noir here.

Cornucpia Maize Lounge: Daily Happy Hour 3-6 pm – 3 3 3  at 3 special! $3 micros, wells, and wine.

Wineries and Vineyards

Benton-Lane Winery: Sun. 11 am – 5 pm Olive Oil tasting with Olive Grand; Open Daily 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.

Pfeiffer Vineyards:
Open Mon.-Thu. 11 am – 5 pm and Fri./Sat. 11 am – 9 pm Watch the Ducks and Beavers on the big screen in the tasting room while sipping Pfeiffer wine by the fireplace.

Silvan Ridge Winery: Open daily 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.

King Estate: King Estate is 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!

Sarver Winery: Winter hours: Mon – Thu. by appointment, Fri.-Sun. 12-6 pm. Sample their 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.

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, just to name a few.

J. Scott Cellars: Sat. 2-6 pm wine tasting at Wineries without Walls in the Fern Ridge chamber of commerce; New tasting room located in The Wine Place in Yachats! Be sure to stop by and taste his excellent small boutique handmade Rhone varietals from the Pacific Northwest. Specializing in Roussanne, Viognier, Petite Sirah, Syrah and Cabernet…and a little Pinot Noir!

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

Sweet Cheeks: Fri. 6-9 pm Twilight Tasting – sample pairings of Sweet Cheeks wine with Oregon-made artisan cheeses while listening to live music; Sun. 12-6 pm Mimosa Sundays – Fine sparkling wine and live music from 2-4 pm. Bring your own brunch!

Brigadoon Wine Co.: Fri.-Sun. 12-5 pm or 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!

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.

Saginaw Vineyards: Open daily 11 am – 5pm. Sample their delicious 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. Just 15 minutes south of Eugene at Exit 176 off the I-5. Call 541-942-1364 for more information.

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 & Authentica and in restaurants Marché and Eugene Country Club.

Noble Estate: Sat. 2-6 pm wine tasting at Wineries without Walls in the Fern Ridge chamber of Commerce; The winery is open 7 days a week 12-5 pm.Tasting room with beautiful new patio and gorgeous view.

Briggs Hill Winery: Fri. 4-6 pm tasting at the Wineries without Walls wine shop and tasting bar inside the Fern Ridge Chamber of Commerce.

Iris Vineyards: Mon.-Fri. 11 am – 3 pm. Stop by their state of the art winery and tasting room in Cottage Grove. $3 tasting fee includes free wine glass and cheese and crackers. 541-942-5993

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.

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Sam’s Party Shuttle: Nov. 25 11:30 am – 5 pm Black Friday Wineries Tour. Round trip transportation to Domaine Meriwether, LaVelle, Sarver and Sweet Cheeks, tasting flights at each winery, 2 logo wine glasses. $50 per person call Denise at 541-221-8592 to reserve your seat.

Saginaw Vineyard: Dec. 2, 6-9 pm Friday Night Live in the Barn featuring live music with Petri Dish. $10 cover charge includes wine tasting and simple hors d’oeuvres.

Silvan Ridge Winery:Dec. 3, 6:30-9:30 pm “Dead in the Sled” Murder Mystery Dinner.

Broadway Wine Merchants: Dec. 10, 5 pm to closing – 2011 Bubble Bash! Taste a wealth of delicious Champagne. Pricing will be at its best for Holiday enjoyment and gifting.

Sundance Wine Cellars: Dec. 10, 5-7 pm Wine Tasting with Benton-Lane Winery.

Wine Down Eugene

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Eugene is truly home to a variety of venues that can easily appeal to all walks of life. Whether you’re an avid beer drinker, wine enthusiast or lover of all things food, you’re bound to find something this week that will entice you to head out the door and enjoy Eugene to its fullest.

Although I’ve got a busy week lined up, there’s no stopping me from taking advantage of some of the many fun events in the week ahead. On Friday afternoon, I’ll be heading over to the new Wineries without Walls wine shop and tasting room located in the Fern Ridge Chamber of Commerce in Veneta. Briggs Hill Winery will be hosting a wine tasting from 4-6 pm, and I’m looking forward to trying their Pinot Noir, one that I haven’t yet experienced.

On Saturday, I’m super excited to spend the afternoon at Oakshire Brewing for their release party of Hellshire Cat II – an Imperial Stout with coffee that was aged in bourbon barrels. Starting at noon, Oakshire will also be unveiling their newly remodeled tasting room, and celebrating with draft beers, food and live music.

Riding on the heels of the Oakshire event,  16 Tons Coffee Stout Fest begins at 4 pm. This event is taking place at their Union Cafe/Supreme Bean location on Willamette Street, and I can’t wait to sample some of their 20+ coffee infused brews; including, Stouts, Imperial Stouts and Porters. They’ll also be offering baked goods infused with beer and a Chocolate Stout Cake. It’s a good thing the beers will be infused with coffee because my event-packed Saturday won’t be ending at 16 Tons.

At 6:30 pm, Marché Restaurant is having a Wild Foods Dinner that I’m really looking forward to. Hank Shaw, author of “Hunt, Gather, Cook: Finding the Forgotten Feast, an exploration of North America’s edible flora and fauna”, will be hosting this dinner that will include wild foods of the Willamette Valley. Some of the enticing menu items are Roasted Chanterelle’s, Fennel Flower Tempura, Venison Carpaccio and Huckleberry Sorbet.

On Monday, which is my birthday and only two days before my husbands birthday, we’ll be celebrating at the beautiful King Estate Winery located in the breathtaking wine country that surrounds Eugene. With a valley view of the fall-colored vineyard, it’s the perfect place to take in the numerous bounties that we are incredibly blessed with. I’ll be sipping the King Estate 2009 Bradshaw Vineyard Designate Pinot Noir, which is one of my favorite local Pinot Noirs, and it will undoubtedly pair perfectly with King Estate’s Wild Oregon Mushroom Ragout, a savory dish combined with Yukon potato gnocchi, roasted tomatoes, leek vinaigrette, parmesan cheese and crispy artichoke hearts.

It’s a great week to take advantage of some of the many things to do in and around Eugene, so I hope to see you out and enjoying life, cheers!
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Wine Bars & Wine Shops

Wineries without Walls (wine shop & tasting room): Fri. 4-6 pm wine tasting with Briggs Hill; Sat. 4-6 pm wine tasting featuring Patchwork Cellars. This new wine shop & tasting room showcases local wines, and it’s located inside the Fern Ridge Chamber of Commerce Visitor’s Center in Veneta. 24949 Hwy 126, Veneta.

Mac’s at the Vet’s Club: Wed. 6-9 pm. Wine, Jazz & Variety Show with Gus Russell & Paul Biondi. A different Oregon winery is featured each week.

Marché Restaurant: Sat. 6:30 pm. Wild Foods Dinner-a remarkable menu of wild foods of the Willamette Valley along with celebrated foraging expert and author of “Hunt, Gather, Cook: Finding the Forgotten Feast, an exploration of North America’s edible flora and fauna”, Hank Shaw. $65 per person, seating is limited. Call 541-683-2260 x 106.

Marché Provisions: Fri. 5-7 pm Free Friday Wine Tasting

16 Tons (Union Cafe/Supreme Bean location at 29th and Willamette): Sat. 4-10 pm. Coffee Stout Fest. Sample over 20 coffee infused beers. Free entry, tasters $1-$3; Tue. 1-10 pm. Deschutes Base Camp Eugene Kick Off Party, live music with Bulls on Parade, giveaways and 12 Deschutes beers on tap, mostly rare pub releases.

Authentica Wines: Tue-Fri 11 am – 6 pm and Sat. 10 am – 5 pm Wine Tasting available every Sat. at the Wine Bar and on the first Fri. 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 West Park St., Eugene.

‘s Wine (new wine shop in Pleasant Hill): Fri. 6-8 pm live music with woodwind quintet, Asculta. Extensive line of German wines and beer as well as a light menu.

Territorial Vineyards & Wine Co.: Thu. Open 5-11 pm – music starts around 7 pm Tim McLaughlin Presents (Tim and special guests jam); Fri. 5-11 pm – music starts around 7 pm with The Porch Band (Americana). November Art: original oils by Richard Quigley

Oakshire Brewing: Sat. Doors open at noon for the Hellshire II release & unveiling of newly remodeled tasting room. Live music and food available for purchase. Hellshire II is an Imperial Stout with coffee that was aged for seven months in bourbon barrels.

Bier Stein: Wed. 6 pm Ninkasi/21st Amendment Collaberation release of “Allies Win the War” and tap takeover including several other limited and specialty beers.

Café 440: Wed. All day. Wednesday Wine Flights for the month of November: California Rodney Strong red Wines and Oregon whites from Erath, Montinore and Stone Wolf. Three pours for $10.50.

B2 Wine Bar: Happy hour is M-F 4-6 pm and 9-10 pm; Thu. and Sat. Outdoor BBQ. Loads of northwest wines offered here.

Broadway Wine Merchants: Fri. 5-7 pm Free Friday Wine Tasting; Thu. 2010 Shea Vineyard release from Bergström  Wines, limited production due to 2010 late season, but excellent quality and easy to drink when young but can be stored for a decade or more.

LaVelle Club Room at 5th Street Market: Open during construction! Wed. 5-8 pm half off glass pours for ladies; Thurs. and Fri. 6-8 pm Live music.

Sam’s Place Tavern: Sat. watch Oregon and OSU games; Every booth has its own flat screen TV in addition to 22 plasma TV’s – Sports bar with a great wine list, 21 glass pours, all under $7! Wine list includes some excellent Oregon & northwest wines.

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.

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

Sundance Wine Cellars: Fri. 5-7 pm themed Frugal Friday wine tasting with Mario; Sat. 5-7 pm featuring local and regional wineries – wineries announced the day of on their Facebook page.

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!

Café Zenon: Tues. 50 percent off bottles of wine; Mon-Fri. 5-6:30 pm $1 off glasses of wine and pints of beer. Find King Estate’s Domaine Pinot Gris and Capitello’s Sauvignon Blanc here – half off on Tuesdays!!

Izumi Sushi & Grill: Like sushi & wine? Izumi’s got great sushi and they offer local wine and beer from Hinman, King Estate, Ninkasi and Oakshire.

Sabai Café & Bar: Wines by the glass $6 and under. Excellent local wines from Territorial, King Estate, Capitello and Benton-Lane.

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. 25 varieties of wine for $25 dollars.

Agate Alley Bistro: Mon. all day – six cheese fondue with all the fixings to dip, and their glass pour wines are half off for a bottle!

Capella Market: Fri. 4-6 pm Wine Tasting with Ex Cellars; Sat. 12-3 pm Beer Holiday Tasting Fair – samples of Thanksgiving menu items along with beer and wine tasting.

Kiva Grocery: Wine Department focuses on affordable northwest wines, small European wines and organic wines. 10 percent off mixed case, 15 percent off unbroken cases.

Café Soriah: Wed. Celebrate Wine Wednesdays! All day half off bottles of wine, including local notable names such as: BrickHouse, Capitello, King Estate, Broadley!

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.

Granary Wine Bar: Wed. all day $5 glass pours of house white or red. Find Patchwork Cellars delicious Pinot Noir here.

Cornucpia Maize Lounge: Daily Happy Hour 3-6 pm – 3 3 3  at 3 special! $3 micros, wells, and wine.

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Wineries & Vineyards

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

Pfeiffer Vineyards: Open Mon.-Thu. 11 am – 5 pm and Fri./Sat. 11 am – 9 pm Watch the Ducks and Beavers on the big screen in the tasting room while sipping Pfeiffer wine by the fireplace.

Silvan Ridge Winery: Open daily 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.

Benton-Lane Winery: Open Daily 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.

King Estate: King Estate is 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.

Sarver Winery: Winter hours: Mon – Thu. by appointment, Fri.-Sun. 12-6 pm. Sample their 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.

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, just to name a few.

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

Sweet Cheeks: Fri. 6-9 pm Twilight Tasting – sample pairings of Sweet Cheeks wine with Oregon-made artisan cheeses while listening to live music; Sun. 12-6 pm Mimosa Sundays – Fine sparkling wine and live music from 2-4 pm. Bring your own brunch!

Brigadoon Wine Co.: Fri.-Sun. 12-5 pm or 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!

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.

Saginaw Vineyards: Open daily 11 am – 5pm. Sample their delicious 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. Just 15 minutes south of Eugene at Exit 176 off the I-5. Call 541-942-1364 for more information.

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 & Authentica and in restaurants Marché and Eugene Country Club.

Noble Estate: The winery is open 7 days a week 12-5 pm.Tasting room with beautiful new patio and gorgeous view.

Briggs Hill Winery: Fri. 4-6 pm tasting at the Wineries without Walls wine shop and tasting bar inside the Fern Ridge Chamber of Commerce.

Iris Vineyards: Mon.-Fri. 11 am – 3 pm. Stop by their state of the art winery and tasting room in Cottage Grove. $3 tasting fee includes free wine glass and cheese and crackers. 541-942-5993

Patchwork Cellars: Sat. 4-6 pm tasting at the Wineries without Walls wine shop and tasting bar located inside the Fern Ridge Chamber of commerce.

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

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Save the Date or Reserve Now

Marché Restaurant: Nov. 17 French Regional Dinner featuring Beaujolais & Lyon. For reservations, call 541-342-3612 x2

Wineries without Walls (wine shop & tasting room): Nov. 18-19 Holiday Bazaar at the Fern Ridge Chamber of Commerce with extended wine tasting hours; Fri. 3-6 pm Lone Oak Vineyard; Sat. 2-6 pm J. Scott Cellars & Noble Estate. This wine shop and tasting room showcases local wines and is located inside the Fern Ridge Chamber of Commerce Visitor’s Center in Veneta.

Silvan Ridge Winery: Dec. 3, 6:30-9:30 pm “Dead in the Sled” Murder Mystery Dinner.

Broadway Wine Merchants: Dec. 10, 5 pm to closing – 2011 Bubble Bash! Taste a wealth of delicious Champagne. Pricing will be at its best for Holiday enjoyment and gifting.