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Wine Tasting Adventure: Montinore Estate

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One might say that I have a slight obsession with wine tasting. I go as often as I can! Just recently I discovered the 2014 Montinore Estate Pinot Gris, and I made it one of my goals to check out what other varietals they have to offer. On a slightly overcast Tuesday I made my way up North to check out their tasting room in Forest Grove. Not only was this tasting room very easy to find (just of highway 47!), it was absolutely gorgeous. It was more than worth the drive just to see the rolling vineyards and stunning views.

I love it when I find a winery that makes some phenomenal wines, and also keeps them in my frugal price point. All of the varietals I tried at Montinore Estate were really good, and they had a quite a few right around the $20 range. They also practice biodynamics and organics in their vineyard, which I find fascinating. While they make many varietals, they really had something for everyone.

It might’ve been rainy, but it was truly a beautiful view!

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The Borealis is a white blend made with 39% Gewurtztraminer, 37% Muller-Thurgau, 19% Riesling, and 5% Pinot Gris. It was a little on the sweet side, but had really nice balance. I got notes of nectarine and honey suckle throughout. This one is a great bargain at only $16. I can really see myself sipping this on a beautiful sunny day while grilling and soaking up some rays.

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Another stand out was the 2014 Pinot Noir Rosé. It is no secret I love a good rosé, so I was excited to try this one. It was a bit on the dry side but had delicious flavors of grapefruit and red cherry. The color of this wine reminded me of ripe strawberries. The acid balance was perfect on this wine so it was fruit forward, but also refreshing. Another frugal find, this wine retails for $20. A fantastic deal!

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When I find an Oregon Pinot Noir around $20 that’s as delicious as the 2013 Willamette Valley Pinot from Montinore Estate, I have to share it. This Pinot was light bodied with quiet tannins, and nice touches of oak. There were flavors of black cherry and it was very earthy. There was a hint of spice on the end as well. I loved every sip of this wine! This is an exceptional find that is a great value for how delicious it is.

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I loved this Pinot Noir chocolate sauce! It was an excellent pairing with their Port

Oregon wines are so diverse. Montinore Estate produces a dynamic array of wines, and does it all with organically grown grapes! Check out their beautiful tasting room, or at least pick up a bottle of one of their fantastic wines to sip on. They truly have a wine for every occasion. Cheers!

(Special Thanks to Jim Fischer for the gorgeous cover photo!)

Wine Down Eugene

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Wine Down Eugene April 9-15

I can’t sit down to write this week’s Wine Down Eugene without mentioning the weather we’ve been having the past few days.  Words cannot describe my excitement for the rosy, sun-kissed cheeks I’m sporting – I look, and feel, totally alive! Indeed, I am a sunshine lovin’, wine drinkin’ gal, that is a fact.

This particular rack displays two bottles of wine that lie down, keeping the cork moist, along with a stemware holder.  Check out that hardware | photo: Julia Crowley
This particular rack displays two bottles of wine that lie down, keeping the cork moist. Check out that hardware | photo: Julia Crowley

There’s something else that has me all excited: local artisans’ creativity.  First off, my friend and co-worker here at Eugene Daily News, Sandy Harris – talented writer, photographer and glove designer – came to visit me from Brownsville, bringing in tow with her two of the most fabulous locally made, hand-crafted wine racks I have ever seen.

A couple days prior to Sandy coming to my house, she had sent me some photos of these fabulous wine racks, but until I saw them in person, I had no idea how totally awesome they actually were.

Designed and built wholly by Sandy’s landlord, Gary Compton (who happens to live across the street from her in Brownsville), these wine racks are like nothing I’ve ever seen.  Solidly engineered with precision from reclaimed barn wood, there’s no chemical treatment whatsoever and every crevice and grain of the wood, undoubtedly, has a story to tell.  The galvanized piping used to display bottles of wine, stemware and bar ware are all reclaimed materials, and the finished product is most certainly “rustic meets refined.”

This rack displays bottles in the upright position. It has stemware holders like the other one, but also knobs for hanging barware: towels, corkscrews, etc... | Julia Crowley
This rack displays bottles in the upright position. It has stemware holders like the other one, but also knobs for hanging barware: towels, corkscrews, etc… | Julia Crowley

Gary designs and constructs other rustically refined stuff; such as, benches, tables and kitchen islands, but these wine rack displays are over-the-top awesome.  Every detail had to be meticulously thought out and measured.  From where the neck of the bottle lies down behind the curve of a pipe, to where the bottom of the bottle hits a connection from one pipe to another – the bottle is held, perfectly, in place.  And I was super happy to discover that the piping used for the wine glass rack held my beloved Zalto Burgundy and Riedel Oregon Pinot Noir glasses entirely flawlessly – each larger than the average wine glass.

Gary sells his products through etsy.com, under the name HammerHeadCreations, and looking through his timeless pieces of ingenuity is well worth a visit to his etsy page.

Once Sandy and I photographed the wine racks so I could write about their awesomeness here on Wine Down Eugene, we pulled the cork on the bottle of Winter’s Hill 2012 Pinot Noir we had used for the photos – what a stellar wine to enjoy on the patio during a sunny and gorgeous spring afternoon.  Dark cherries and blackberries highlighted by subtle earth and fall spices flowed along the palate with seamless precision, reminding me of the engineering of the wine racks I had just fallen head over heels for.  Beautiful acidity rounded out the fruit creating a really nicely balanced wine with a long, palate pleasing finish ending with notes of toasty vanilla – perfect to sit back, relax and enjoy.

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Just one of the many different styles of fingerless gloves handmade by Sandy. Many are multi-functional, some have bling and lots offer two different looks in one pair. Her etsy shop is a must see! | photo: Sandy Harris

Meanwhile, Sandy pulled out her creative fingerless gloves she herself designs and sews.  Last fall, Sandy gave me a pair of her unique elbow’s length fingerless gloves, and as a wine writer, I have used them numerous times while barrel tasting in winery cellars around the globe.  Wine writer’s take note: these gloves are perfect when on media tours.  Because they’re fingerless, I’m able to take notes on my iPhone, shoot photos of the wines being tasted, and hold onto my glass without fear of it slipping out of my hand – all while keeping my hands nice and toasty while down in the temperature controlled, often chilly cellars that we, as wine wrtiers, visit so very often.  A fashion accessory that’s certainly not just stylish, but incredibly useful in so many ways.

Like Gary, Sandy also uses etsy to sell her handcrafted gloves.  Because she designs and creates a whole lot more than just gloves, her etsy shop is a must see, check out Xtremities

 

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Wine Down Eugene July 24-30

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Beautiful Cabernet Sauvignon at Martinez and Martinez

Having just returned from the gorgeous Horse Heaven Hills AVA in southeastern Washington, I’ve barely had time to unpack while I’m already thinking about what to pack for the upcoming 27th Annual International Pinot Noir Celebration (IPNC). But, before I dive into what the IPNC is all about, I need to take a moment to write about the incredible Horse Heaven Hills.

Located in an area that boasts a very arid and often windy climate, Horse Heaven Hills is home to both large (Chateau Ste. Michelle) and small (Martinez and Martinez) wineries that have staked a claim to stellar Cabernet Sauvignons.  Spending a few days at the Mercer Estates Ranch House (along with some other wine writers), gave me the opportunity to explore this region and some of its well-known, and lesser-known, wineries that are truly producing some outstanding, high-quality wines. From Viogniers and Chardonnays to Syrahs and Malbecs, there’s a diverse selection that can’t be overlooked, in spite of their big, bold, juicy Cabernets that tend to get much-deserved attention from esteemed wine critics.

It’s not just the wine that made me fall head over heels for Horse Heaven Hills, but it was the people, as well. The folks behind the mouthwatering wines are truly passionate about the land they farm and the wines they create – they love what they do and it shows. They work together to strive for a unified region that reflects their camaraderie and togetherness, it was simply fun just being around them.  Add the beauty of the region to the wine and people, and it’s a little slice of heaven, right here on earth.

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View of the Columbia River from my room at the Mercer Winery Ranch House

Although there is much more to write about my visit to Horse Heaven Hills, which I’ll be doing over the next few weeks on my award-winning website WineJulia.com, I’m taking the rest of today to prepare for the upcoming IPNC.

Even though the IPNC doesn’t officially begin until this Friday, I’ll be kick-starting this Pinot-centric celebration Wednesday evening during a live wine tasting and discussion called #WineChat.  #WineChat is a scheduled weekly wine conversation that takes place on Twitter, and this weeks #WineChat will focus on Pinot Noir from the Willamatte Valley. Being hosted by William Allen of Simple Hedonisms, I’ll be joining several other wine writers and popping the corks on Willamette Valley Pinot Noirs from five different wineries: Eyrie Vineyards, R. Stuart & Co., Elk Cove, Montinore Estate and Sokol Blosser.  Wine enthusiasts around the world are encouraged to purchase a bottle of Willamette Valley Pinot Noir and join in on this special #IPNC #WineChat.  After popping the cork on a Pinot Noir, simply go to Twitter.com, and type #WineChat into the Twitter search bar to follow all the tweets from everyone who is participating globally.  Adding the hashtags #WineChat and #IPNC to the end of each Tweet ensures that everyone who is participating will see all of the conversations about this special Pinot Noir-centric event.

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The new tasting room at Stoller Vineyards | photo: Stoller Family Estate facebook page. Snapped by their Farm Manager, Mike Haverkate

Come Thursday, I’ll meet up with featured guest winemakers from Oregon, California and Burgundy on the patio of the Stoller Vineyards new tasting room for a pre-IPNC dinner.  The executive chef from JORY at Allison Inn and Spa, Sunny Jin, will prepare an upscale family-style dinner that will be paired with wines from the featured winemakers.  Having had food prepared by Chef Sunny Jin before; as well as, excellent Pinot Noir from Stoller, I know I’m in for a very special treat.

The IPNC begins the next day, and this three day, world-famous, wine and food event is all about celebrating the Pinot Noirs of the world.  Featuring 70 of the world’s top Pinot Noir wineries and 50 of the Pacific Northwest’s top chefs, this wine and food extravaganza also has seminars, visits to surrounding wineries, walk-around Grand outdoor tastings, a much-talked-about Saturday Night Salmon Bake and a University of Pinot course, to name just a few. Words cannot describe my excitement as I wonder about the incredible Pinot Noirs and Northwest foods I’ll be delving into in just a few days – I am on fire with anticipation and excitement.

 

Wine Down Special: Memorial Weekend Events in South Willamette and Umpqua Valleys

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Wine Down Eugene – Special Memorial Weekend Issue May 22-28

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Delfino Vineyards tasting room | photo: wineries.findthebest.com

As I write this, wineries throughout the South Willamette Valley and Umpqua Valley are preparing for the biggest weekend of the year.  Memorial Weekend open houses at the wineries signifies the official kick-off to summer.  While some wineries re-open after being closed for the winter, others simply extend their hours and days of operation.  Many will be featuring tastings of their newly released wines, library wines; as well as, offering special pricing, food, live entertainment and even children’s activities.

This year, since we are so close in proximity to our neighboring Umpqua Valley wineries, I’ve decided to highlight their Memorial Weekend events in addition to highlighting the events happening at the South Willamette wineries.

Down in the Umpqua Valley, Delfino Vineyards will be featuring a wine tasting social hour just before Portland’s New Iberian Blues and Zydeco Band will take the stage for a live concert on the Delfino’s beautiful estate property.  North of Delfino, at stunningly gorgeous Reustle Prayer Rock Vineyards, another concert will be taking place with a ’50s – ’60s rock and roll band named Flashback. ’50s style sliders will be paired with the newly released limited edition 2011 Grenache. The amphitheater at Reustle Prayer Rock is one-of-a-kind with views that are truly unmatched.  Not too far from Reustle Prayer Rock is Henry Estate Winery, where the entire family is welcome to join in on the festivities. In addition to wine tasting and live music, they will have a bouncy house, miniature golf and a petting zoo.  At umpqua’s Melrose Vineyards, a converted 100 year old barn with rustic yet refined beauty houses the tasting room and shop with loads of wine related products.  Along with live music and a BBQ, Melrose is celebrating their 11th anniversary. The view of the vineyards and rolling hills beyond is absolutely breathtaking from the porch off the back of the tasting room.

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The amphitheater at Reustle Prayer Rock Vineyards | photo: reustlevineyards.com

In the south willamette Valley, Winemaker Jonathan Oberlander of J.Scott Cellars will be opening the door to his tasting room located in west Eugene inside an urban-warehouse-style tasting room. Jonathan will be offering samples of his entire line-up of wines.  Special guest winemaker Mark Nicholl of William Rose Wines will be joining Jonathan on Saturday and pouring his current releases, as well.  Gourmet food truck Gastro Nomad will be parked outside of the winery preparing tasty treats that will be available for purchase for wine-goers.  Head a little west of the J. Scott tasting room, to Veneta’s Domaine Meriwether, and all weekend long the Meriwether wines will be available for tasting; in addition to, wines from a featured guest winemaker each day: Ray Walsh of Capitello on Saturday, Mark Nicholl of William Rose Wines on Sunday and Jeff Kandarian of Kandarian Wine Cellars on Monday.  There will be live music and BBQ foods available for purchase, and the best part about Saturday is that Ray Walsh will be releasing his unique Straw Wine, the first of its kind in the Pacific Northwest.  I’ve been following Ray’s making of this wine since I first spotted the drying grapes on straw mats inside Domaine Meriwether last October, and I’m looking forward to trying my first-ever straw wine.

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Melrose Vineyards converted barn tasting room | photo: Melrose Facebook page

If you never made it to the Eugene Wine Cellars tasting room located in the Whiteaker Neighborhood (across the street from Wandering Goat), this is your chance to check it out after they closed their tasting room to the public six years ago.  This location has mainly been used for distributing their wines from the winery that’s connected to the tasting room.  This weekend, Eugene Wine Cellars will welcome wine enthusiasts back inside their Whitekaer tasting room to sample the line-up of their B2 wines, and they will continue to welcome guests Wednesday through Saturday from 4 pm to 8 pm and by appointment through the summer.  Another urban winery that’s not too far from Eugene Wine Cellars is Territorial Vineyards and Wine Company, and they’ll be offering case discounts along with live music Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Memorial Weekend events at the wineries abound, so check the side bar listing of featured events for everything that is happening in both the South Willamette and Umpqua Valleys.

Remember to take a moment and raise a glass to those who have fallen in battle fulfilling their obligation to this great country in which we live. The freedoms that we enjoy everyday are protected and ensured by men and women who have put their lives on the line to protect our country and what it stands for.  Once I’m out swirling, sipping, and savoring all that our stellar local wineries have to offer, I’ll be sure to raise a glass to our American heroes.

 

 

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Wine Down Eugene May 1-7

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wine Down Eugene

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Wine Down Eugene March 27-April 2

IMG_5596I’m back from the vibrant city of New York – a city that never sleeps, for sure.  As I strolled (or should I say, speed walked) along the busy streets lined by restaurants, bars and shops packed full of patrons, I was amazed by the never ending dynamism.

I was visiting New York City to attend a weekend filled with stellar wine tastings coordinated by Snooth.com.  Celebrating the First Annual Snooth’s People’s Voice Wine Awards, several top wine and food bloggers were invited by Snooth to attend the Grand Tasting and a plethora of Masters of Wine classes: Wines of Scarpa, White Wines of Italy, Wines of Brasil and Wines of Austria were just a few on the list of events we bloggers were lucky enough to attend.

IMG_5417Arriving a day before the wine events began, I was able to spend some time sightseeing around the Big Apple.  As soon as I checked into my hotel room at the Hampton Inn Manhattan-Chelsea, which was a super clean and comfortable hotel in a great location, I asked the concierge the best way to get to the 9/11 Memorial.  Assuming I’d be taking a cab or walking, the concierge’s suggestion of taking the subway made me realize she had a lot more confidence in my directional skills than I did.  But, per her suggestion, I took a left out of the hotel, walked several blocks, and located the stairs that took me underground to the subway that would eventually drop me off at the World Trade Center – well, close to it anyway.

Once I got off the subway, I had no idea which way to go from there, so I decided to follow a group of Scandinavian’s, correctly assuming they were tourists and heading to the same place as me.  Suddenly, there I was, looking up at the new One World Trade Center, the Freedom Tower, being erected where the original Tower had once stood – my mind immediately conjured up painful images of September 11, 2001. The last time I had been in New York City, I went to the top of Tower One -the absence of both Tower One and Tower Two was a sting and an absolutely surreal sight.

IMG_5428Located in what is called Memorial Plaza, the North and South pools, also known as the Memorial Pools, were built in the foot prints of the original towers – all the names of the people  who lost their lives are carved into granite along the sides of the pools. The museum, memorial benches and trees, including the Survivor Tree that was pulled from the rubble, are all significant to this unbelievably moving and emotional Memorial Plaza.

Most of my first day was spent at the 9/11 Memorial, but the rest of my time in New York was spent tasting incredible wines from around the world and enjoying stellar food. I experienced wines from wine regions that were completely unfamiliar to me, like wines from Brazil and Scarpa. Snooth did an excellent job coordinating events and exposing us writers to delicious wine and food – giving us fabulous content for our blogs and media outlets. Follow me over to my award-winning website, WineJulia.com, where I’ll be sharing each of Snooth’s New York City events in detail.

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Wine Down Eugene March 20-26

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

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

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

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photo credit: paleospirit.com

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

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

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

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

Wine Down Eugene: 100th Edition!

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Wine Down Eugene March 6-12

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100 weeks seems so long ago… (Julia in 1974: my parents must have had a premonition)

Wow, this is the 100th issue of Wine Down Eugene! For a total of 100 weeks, I’ve been bringing the readers of Eugene Daily News a weekly listing of wine related happenings and events at local shops, restaurants, bars and wineries. From Eugene to Cottage Grove and Oakridge to Yachats, Wine Down Eugene is the ultimate go-to list of events for wine enthusiasts seeking fun in the South Willamette Valley.

Looking back at the very first Wine Down Eugene , I only listed places that were having special events. For the week of April 11-19, 2011, just seven bars and three wineries appeared on the list. It was a very simple beginning to what is now a list of of over 60 wine related listings topped by a story of what I’ve been doing and where I’ve been going in the world of wine.

From issue number 1 all the way to 100, so many great things have happened. WineJulia.com was launched in February 2012, and just six months later was awarded Best New Wine Blog of 2012 from the prestigious Wine Blog Awards, I became a Mentor on the world’s largest and longest running wine related social network, Snooth.com, where I represent the Willamette Valley and Southern Oregon, and I’ve written wine articles in a few magazines and publications. One of the greatest perks about all of this wine writing is that I receive hundreds of samples of wine – not just from Oregon, but from all over the world, so I always have fresh content and my palate continues to be educated by new flavors, aromas and varietals.

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The Snowcat that took us up Mt. Hood to a winemakers dinner at the historic Silcox Hut – one of many great events. | photo: Iwalani Carr

The best perk of all is being invited to join in on incredible wine events in Oregon and around the world. I’ve attended many outstanding wine events and dinners, and I’m heading to New York City in just two weeks to attend the first Snooth People’s Voice Wine Awards. I’ll also be attending my first IPNC (International Pinot Noir Celebration) this summer, and planning a Fall trip to Virginia wine country. It’s been a wonderful journey filled with incredible adventures, outstanding wine and ambrosial food.

And It all started with Wine Down Eugene.

With the success of Wine Down Eugene, we are in the process of working on implementing a similar listing come June 1, for our neighboring wine region to the south: Umpqua Valley. Umpqua Valley is home to stellar wines that range in varietals from cool climate Pinot Noirs and Rieslings to warm climate Tempranillos and Cabernet Sauvignons. There are many excellent wineries and award-winning wines coming out of Umpqua Valley, and for the many wine lovers in Lane County, a visit to the Umpqua Valley is most certainly inevitable.

I’m looking forward to bringing you 100 more weeks of Wine Down Eugene; in addition to, the summer launch of Wine Down Umpqua. Cheers, and thanks for reading!

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Wine Down Eugene February 6-12

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Bigfoot enjoying some Pinot Noir in an Oregon Vineyard…true!

In just 5 more editions of the Wine Down, I will have written about wine and wine events in and around Eugene for a total of 100 weeks – without missing a beat. I guess that means I’ll need to pop the cork on a bottle of wine; better yet, a bottle of Oregon Sparkling Wine! Indeed, there’s certainly no need to twist my arm to make that happen.

Last weekend, two of my girlfriends and I headed north to the little wine town you all know I love: Carlton. There was an excellent Winter Wine Tasting & Carlton Bite event happening that was diligently put together by Valley Emporium owners, Val and Jeff Lorton. Not only do Val and Jeff own and operate the unique Valley Emporium, a vintage and collectibles shop in downtown Carlton, but they have a tasting room near the front of the shop, an ad agency in the back of the shop, and they know how to put on a well organized and fun event. Added to that impressive list of talents, is purveyor of fine local wines (and beer), including their own rarely seen (just like Sasquatch) label, Bigfoot Wines.

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White capped mountain views from the deck at Country View Cottages

Since we spent the day trying, oh about 60 or so, wines at some of the many tasting rooms in downtown Carlton, we stayed in a really neat little cottage just a few blocks from where all the action took place. Country View Cottages, which can be found on VRBO.com (Vacation Rentals By Owner), offers beautiful and tasteful decor, heavenly beds with down comforters, a full kitchen with a complimentary bottle of local wine, and a view from the deck that looks out over the valley towards the Coastal Range – all the comforts of home, and located just a block from Carlton Winemakers Studio, and directly across the street from Cana’s Feast Winery.

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Vineyard view from Anne Amie tasting room – gorgeous

Us wine loving gals couldn’t make our way back to Eugene without stopping at vineyards and wineries along the way: in one swoop, we visited Anne Amie, Bethel Heights, St. Innocent, Bryn Mawr and Cristom. I have a whole load of reviews to write on my award-winning website, WineJulia.com, so visit frequently to see lists and reviews of our favorites. For now, check out my most recent post, and try to guess which wineries are which in our photo gallery of the trip: Photos

 

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Wine Bars, Shops and Restaurants

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The Barn Light: Everyday 4-7 pm, Happy Hour specials on beer, wine and cocktails. 924 Willamette St., Eugene.

Wineries without Walls (wine shop & tasting room): Sat. 6-8 pm, A Night of Passion with Noble Estate Vineyard and their Passion wine, music with Jennifer Sennett-Franklin, Valentine trivia contest and photo booth.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.

Heidi Tunnell Catering Company: Tue. bakery 10 am- 6 pm, lunch from 11 am – 2 pm and dinner from 4-7 pm; Thur. 6 pm, Family Style Dinner featuring Roasted Chicken (raised on Heidi’s own farm), Potato-Sunchoke Puree and Winter Vegetables. Doors open at 6 pm with appetizers, excellent selection of beer and wine available for purchase.  Read about the Thurs. family-style dinners on WineJulia.com. 182 South Second St., Creswell.

Territorial Vineyards and Wine Co.: Thu. 5-11 pm, live music starts around 7 pm with The Foundry; Fri. 5-11 pm, live music starts around 7 pm with GEO4. 907 West Third Ave., Eugene.

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

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

Broadway Wine Merchants: Thu. 6 pm, Cheese and Wine Tasting; Fri. 5-7 pm, Free Friday Wine Tasting with Raptor Ridge; Read about their wine and cheese events here. 17 Oakway Center, Eugene.

The Bier Stein: Thu. 6-9 pm, Ninkasi Vintage Flight Night. Huge selection of local and International beer. 345 E. 11 Ave., Eugene.

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

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

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

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

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

B2 Wine Bar: Happy Hour Mon.-Fri., 4-6 pm, and 9-10 pm. 2794 Shadow Dr., Eugene.

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

Authentica Wines: Hours are Tue. – Fri. 11 am – 6 pm, and Sat. 10 am – 5 pm. Wine tasting available every Saturday at the Wine Bar, and on the first Friday of each month during the Art Walk.  766 W. Park St., Eugene.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wineries & Vineyards

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Sarver Winery: Fri. 4pm, Delicious Homemade Soups and vintage concert series on the big screen; Last Sat. of each month, 6 pm, Steak Night – Hors D’oeuvres, Black pepper and sea salt New York Strip or Rib Eyes topped with gorgonzola compound butter, and served with garlic and sour cream mashed red skins and homemade Caesar salad. Reservations required. Open daily 12-6 pm except Fri 12-9. 2600 Mayola Ln., Eugene.

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

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

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

Domaine Meriwether: Fri. 6-9 pm. Sparkling Nights – wine tasting and live music; Sat.  Feb. 10, 6-9 pm. Sweethearts Dinner – Fine Dining in the Wine Cellar, music with harpest Pamela Roberts, and cuisine prepared by executive chef Garrett Kirsch. $75 dollars per person / $125 dollars per couple. UPDATE: SOLD OUT. Open Daily 11 am – 4 pm, except Fri. for Sparkling Nights. 88324 Vineyard Lane, Veneta.

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

Saginaw Vineyard: Fri. 6-9 pm, Friday Night LIVE featuring Bruce and Bryan / classic country & old time rock n roll. Friday Night LIVE is held indoors for the winter months and minors are not permitted. For more information, please click here; Open daily, 11 am – 5pm. Sample their traditional style wines in their tasting room located in the original building of a 1905 farmstead. They also specialize in farm fresh fruit wines. 80247 Delight Valley School Rd., Cottage Grove.

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

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

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

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

Benton-Lane: Sun. Heart of Willamette Wineries Association 3rd Annual Barrel Tour. Call the winery for details 541-847-5792; Open Mon.-Fri. 12-5 pm in January and February. For a relaxed one hour wine tasting with the owner in a special wine room overlooking the vineyards, call the winery for details 541-847-5792. 23924 Territorial Hwy., Monroe.

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

J. Scott Cellars: Tasting room located in The Wine Place in Yachats. Be sure to stop by and taste these excellent small boutique handmade Rhone varietals from the Pacific Northwest. 373 North Hwy. 101, Yachats.

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

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

Upcoming Events

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

Sweet Cheeks: February 14, 12-6 pm. Romancing the Vineyard live music and food featuring Crepe Cyclette. 27007 Briggs Hill Rd., Eugene.

16Tons (Cafe): Feb. 14, 6-10 pm, Party Cart Valentine’s Day Dessert and Beer Pairing. 2864 Willamette St., Eugene.

Broadway Wine Merchants: Feb. 15, 5 pm. Wine Tasting with Foundry Vineyards; Feb. 19, 6 pm. Corte Alla Wine Dinner. Call 541-685-0790. 17 Oakway Center, Eugene.

LaVelle Vineyards (winery in Elmira): Feb. 16, Annual Mardi Gras Party. 89697 Sheffler Rd., Elmira.

16Tons (Cafe): Feb. 22, 5-8 pm. Claim 52 Tap Takeover and Tasting. Meet the brewers and taste the beer. 2864 Willamette St., Eugene.

Wine Down Eugene

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–Julia Crowley, EDN
Wine Down Eugene March 21-27

Ahhhh, Spring is in the air…or so we all thought. Two days ago I was admiring the daffodils and blossoming trees. Today, the second day of Spring, those same flowers and trees are blanketed in about 6 inches of snow.

At 6 am, I was awakened by two elated screamers jumping for joy about having a snow day. Even before I had a chance to get the coffee pot going, I was digging through the closet for gloves, slipping little feet into snow boots and dodging icy cold snowballs.

We Willamette Valleyans are not used to having this much snow fall on the valley floor, so for many of us, our daily grind came to a halt so we could enjoy the wintry wonderland.

Just as I was about to cancel the wine tasting I had scheduled with a wine distributor friend, I received a message from him saying that his four wheel drive was in motion and he’d be in town as planned. Knowing that I’m not one to drive in the snow, he showed up on my front door step with wine in hand.

From a Grenache Rosé from Folin Cellars to a Sangiovese from Barking Frog Winery, we sampled nine outstanding varietals from as far north as the Columbia Valley to as far south as the Applegate Valley. A home delivered wine tasting at its finest.

While the kids reveled in their world of snow, making snow angels and snow men, I reveled in sampling a variety of excellent Oregon and Washington wine. To find out more about the wines I tasted and which were my favorites, check out my website, WineJulia.com.

 

Wine Bars & Wine Shops

Marché Provisions: Thu. 7:15 pm, Sparkling Wine Class – Tasting and talking about sparkling wines from all over the world. For more details and reservations: 541-743-0660; Fri. 5-7 pm, Free weekly wine tasting.  296 E. 5th Ave., Eugene.

Heidi Tunnell Catering Company: Tue. 10 am- 6 pm, Tuesday Bakery and lunch from 11 am – 2 pm; Thur.6 pm Thursday Night Dinners-doors open at 6pm with appetizers, beer and wine available for purchase. Dinners are served family style, with one seating at 6:30 pm. Boedecker, Domaine Meriwether, J.Scott and Capitello are just a few of the many excellent wines that are currently on the wine list. For reservations call 541-895-5885. 182 South Second St., Creswell.

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

Broadway Wine Merchants: Fri. 5-7 pm, Free Friday Wine Tasting; Tue. 6-8 pm, wine & cheese pairing event, call for details 541-685-0790. 17 Oakway Center, Eugene.

Excelsior Inn & Ristorante Italiano: Fri. and Sat. 7-9:30 pm, live music, no cover; Mon.-Thu. 3-6 pm, Happy Hour. Extensive local wine list. 754 East Thirteenth Ave., Eugene.

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.

Territorial Vineyards and Wine Co.: Thu. 5-11 pm, music starts around 7 pm with Upstate Trio; Fri. 5-11 pm, music starts around 7 pm with Gus Russell and Laurie Hammond; March art by Mari Livie – Cloth and Clay. 907 West Third Ave., Eugene.

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

16Tons (Supreme Bean): Wed. 7-10 pm, Trivia Night; Thu. 5-7 pm wine tasting; Every Sun. and Mon. 4-10 pm deals on growler and mason jar fills. 2864 Willamette St., Eugene.

Capella Market: Fri. 4-6 pm. Beer tasting with Logsdon Farmhouse Ales; Sat. 4-6 pm, wine tasting with Benton-Lane Winery. 2489 Willamette St., Eugene.

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

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

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

Authentica Wines: Tue. – Fri. 11 am – 6 pm, and Sat. 10 am – 5 pm. Wine tasting available every Saturday at the Wine Bar, and on the first Friday of each month during the Art Walk. With a focus on artisan, small production wines for every budget, you’re bound to find something you love at this wine shop. 766 W. Park St., Eugene.

The Wine Place (Yachats): Fri. 4-7 pm Beer Tasting with Terminal Gravity; Sat. noon-5 pm, wine tasting with amity Vineyards. 373 N. Hwy. 101, Yachats.

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 extensive wine list. 296 East 5th Ave., Eugene.

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

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

Red Agave: Excellent wine list, including Oregon’s finest from King Estate, Territorial, Evesham Wood and Cristom, to name just a few. ’06 Territorial Capital T Reserve can be found here. 454 Willamette St., Eugene.

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

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

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

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

Sam’s Place Tavern: Sports bar with a wine list featuring excellent Oregon wines between $4 and $7 a glass – Henry Estate, 5H, Eola Hills and King Estate. 825 Wilson St., Eugene.

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

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

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

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

Granary Wine Bar: Wed. 5 pm, $5 glass pours of house white or red. Nice selection of Oregon wine 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 & Vineyards

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

LaVelle Vineyards (winery in Elmira): 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 with WJ McEachern of Dreamdog Fame, 21 and over only; Open daily, 11 am – 5pm. Sample their traditional style wines in their tasting room located in the original building of a 1905 farmstead. They also specialize in farm fresh fruit wines. 80247 Delight Valley School Rd., Cottage Grove.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

Sweet Cheeks: Fri. 6-9 pm, Twilight Tasting, sample pairings of Sweet Cheeks wine with Oregon-made artisan cheeses while listening to live music with Justin Han & Scott Pousche; Sun. 12-6 pm, Mimosa Sundays, Fine sparkling wine and live music with Alex Hagerty from 2-4 pm. 27007 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. 80854 Territorial Hwy., Eugene.

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

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

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

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

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.

Kandarian Wine Cellars: Excellent local winery without walls, check back often for wine tasting information.

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

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: Tasting room scheduled to re-open in April, exact date TBA.195 Palmer Ave., Cottage Grove.

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

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

 Save the Date or Reserve Now:

16Tons (Supreme Bean): Mar. 30, 6 pm. Hopworks will be at the cafe with special giveaways and HUB beers will be on tap. 2864 Willamette St., Eugene.

Heidi Tunnell Catering Company: Apr. 8, 10 am – 1 pm. Easter Breakfast. Seating in one hour incrememnts starting at 10 am. Reservations required, call 541-895-5885. 182 South Second St., Creswell.

Excelsior Inn & Ristorante Italiano: April 8 Easter Sunday Brunch. Three seatings, reservations required call 541-342-6963. 754 East Thirteenth Ave., Eugene.

Broadway Wine Merchants: Apr. 12, 6 pm. Archery Summit wine tasting with food by Chef Glen. Call 541-685-0790 for pricing and reservations. 17 Oakway Center, Eugene.