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Wine Down Eugene

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Wine Bars & Wine Shops

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Osteria Sfizio: Sun. Last Sunday Regional Italian Dinner based on cuisine and wine from Campania & Basilicata.

LaVelle Club Room at 5th Street Market: Tues. 5-7p ½ off glass pours for Tasty Tuesday Women’s Networking Group; Wed. 5-8p ½off glass pours for ladies; Thurs. 6-8p Live music with Jerry Zybach ; Fri. 6-8p live music by Gus Russell.

Marché Provisions: Fri. 5-7p Free wine tasting of 4 new wines weekly and 10% off those wines during the tasting.

Sundance Wine Cellars: Fri. 5-7p  themed Frugal Friday wine tasting with Mario; Sat. 5-7p featuring local and regional wineries. Last week was Patchwork Cellars, Opine, & 720 Cellars! Check their facebook page frequently for updates on events and tastings: http://www.facebook.com/winedance

Broadway Wine Merchants: Fri. 5-7p Free wine tasting weekly, check their website for featured wines and which winemakers will be present http://www.oregonwineandmore.com/friday-night-wine-tasting/

Territorial Vineyards & Wine Co.: Thu. 5-11p Live Rock by Dominic Valenti. June Art is “La FamiliaA mother/daughter exhibit featuring Karen and Mica Russo.

Ambrosia: Mon.-Fri. 4-6p Happy Hour $4.50 house wines. Check out their award winning wine list: http://www.ambrosiarestaurant.com/assets/0000/0093/ambrosia-winelist.pdf

Café Zenon: Tues. 50% off bottles of wine; Mon-Fri. 5-6:30p $1 off glasses of wine and pints of beer. Find King Estate’s Domaine Pinot Gris here – ½ off on Tuesdays!! Their fabulous wine list: http://www.zenoncafe.com/wine_list.php

The Washburne Café: Fri. & Sat. All day ~ $1 off all glasses of wine and all microbrews are just $4!

Café 440: Wed. Wine Flights for the month of June: White Flight-Italian Pinot Grigio’s. Red Flight-French Cote du Rhones. 3 pours for $10.50.

Mac’s at the Vet’s Club: Wed. 6-8p free wine tasting featuring a different Oregon winery every week! Wine, Jazz & Variety live with Gus Russell & Paul Biondi 6p-9p.

Agate Alley Laboratory: Now open Tue.-Sun. 5p-midnight~This is Agate Alley Bistro’s sister restaurant that just opened last week. It’s a must try and their wine list is one not to miss http://www.agatealleylaboratory.com/wine.html

Capella Market: Sat. 4-6p Wine Tasting (house pour)

Market of Choice: Featured wine 6/17-6/30 Christian Vergier Macon-Villages Cuvée Eros – d a delicious, refreshing Chardonnay just $12.99 a bottle

Café Soriah: Wed. Celebrate Wine Wednesdays! All day ½ off bottles of wine, including notable names such as: BrickHouse, Capitello, King Estate, Broadley! Outdoor seating

Café Lucky Noodle: Tue. Wine Night – all bottles 35% off Excellent wine list: http://www.luckynoodle.com/lnwines.pdf

Sam’s Place Tavern: great wine list, 21 glass pours, all under $7! Wine list includes some excellent Oregon wines. Check it out at www.samsplacetavern.com/wine-list/

Sundance Wine Cellars: Sat. 5-7p J Scott Wine Cellars wine tasting with winemaker Jonathan Scott Oberlander.

Granary Wine Bar: Wed. all day $5 glass pour of house white or red

Wineries & Vineyards

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2011 Barrel Tour: Sat. 9:30a-5p $60 per person. Travel in a deluxe charter bus touring 4 wineries. Each winery will serve three wine selections paired with an appetizer.  An educational component will be provided by each of the wineries. June 25th tour visits Domaine Meriwether, Pfeiffer Vineyards, LaVelle Vineyards & High Pass Winery. Call 541-221-8592 to check availability and purchase tickets.

Sarver Winery: Open 12-5p Mon.-Thur. & 12-8p Fri.- Sun. Excellent wines, great prices, gracious hosts and an unparalleled view.

Silvan Ridge Winery: Fri. 6:30-8:30p Kathy Marshall & Laura Golden take the stage for an evening of folk and Americana music. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs and friends for music wine & great food! No cover.

Saginaw Vineyards: Fri. 6-9p Friday Night Live 2011 presents “The Annie Rhoades Band”. No cover charge.  80247 Delight Valley School Rd, Cottage Grove.  15 minutes south of Eugene at exit 176 off the I-5.  541-942-1364 visit: www.saginawvineyard.com.

Sweet Cheeks Winery: Fri. 6-9p Twilight Tasting, wine & cheese pairing with Oregon-made artisan cheeses, live music with Jennifer Sennett; Sun. noon-6p Mimosa Sunday, live music on the patio, bring your own brunch

Pfeiffer Vineyards: Open DAILY 11a-5p; Fri. & Sat. 11a-9p! Order a glass (or bottle) of wine and enjoy their new beautiful Water Garden -4 terraced ponds and waterfalls set in the vineyard~gorgeous!

LaVelle Vineyards Winery in Elmira: Fri. 5-9p Friday Night Flights-free flight of wine samplings, live music with Jackie & Jason Cowsill, and food offered by DEVOUR Gourmet Food Cart. Highly suggested Pinot Noir: Matthew’s Reserve!

Noble Estate: Open 7 days a week noon-5p.Tasting room with beautiful new patio and gorgeous view now open!!

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

Chateau Lorane: Now open 7 days a week 12-5p Try some of their rare and distinguished wines: Baco Noir, Huxelrebe, Leon Millot, and Melon de Bourgogne. The new Entourage Red Blend is a winner!

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Saginaw Vineyards: Fri. July 1st 6:30-8:30p “Tony Rae & Common Ground” No cover charge.  80247 Delight Valley School Rd, Cottage Grove.  15 minutes south of Eugene at exit 176 off the I-5.  541-942-1364 visit: www.saginawvineyard.com.

Art & The Vineyard: July 2-4. Wine, Food, Art, Music – all at Alton Baker Park. http://www.artandthevineyard.org/

Ambrosia: July 6th 5:30-7p – First Wednesday Wine Tasting. Try about 10 wines that have something in common along with special appetizer plates to pair with the wine. $15 per person

King Estate: July 29th 6-9p Tower Club Summer BBQ at King Estate’s Vineyard Pavilion. Become a Tower Club Member to experience KE’s ultimate events! http://www.kingestate.com/tower-club/

 

Julia for EDN – Writing about Eugene’s Wine Scene

Wine Down Eugene

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Wine Down Eugene  June 15 – 21.

Wine Bars & Wine Shops

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Willie’s @ The Campbell House Inn: Sat. 6p LaVelle Vineyards Winemaker Dinner. 6 courses, 6 wines! $75. Check out the menu!

  • Wild Mushroom Goat Cheese Brushetta paired with Pinot Gris
  • Stuffed Dover Sole with Oregon Bay Shrimp and Thyme Beurre Blanc sauce paired with Riesling
  • Boneless Quail marinated with Lemon Pepper and extra Virgin Olive Oil paired with Matthew’s Reserve Pinot Noir
  • Wild greens with Walnut Sherry Vinaigrette, Raspberries and Goat Cheese paired with Chardonnay
  • Broiled Filet Mignon over Fresh Vegetables and Balsamic Reduction paired with Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Artisan cheese plate paired with Autumn Nectar Dessert Riesling

Marché Provisions: Thu.  “Wine Not-So Basics: Problem Child & Advanced Pairing” Learn how to address difficult pairings: artichokes, asparagus, smoked foods, super-spicy….let us know if you have a particular challenge to address and we’ll try to get to it in this advanced wine pairing class. Reservations required: 541.743.0660; Fri. 5-7p Free wine tasting of 4 new wines weekly and 10% off those wines during the tasting.

A Taste Gourmet: Sat. 2p Wine Tasting of Sweet Earth Vineyards during Function 4 Junction in Junction City.

Agate Alley Laboratory: Now open Tue.-Sun. 5p-midnight~This is Agate Alley Bistro’s sister restaurant that just opened last week. It’s a must try and their wine list is one not to miss http://www.agatealleylaboratory.com/wine.html

Sundance Wine Cellars: Fri. 5-7p  themed Frugal Friday wine tasting with Mario; Sat. 5-7p featuring local and regional wineries. Also, free samples of many of their featured wines, as well as ‘pay-to-play’ samples of some of the world’s finest wines.

Broadway Wine Merchants: Fri. 5-7p Free wine tasting weekly, check their website for featured wines and wineries: http://www.oregonwineandmore.com/ I happened to be there on a Tuesday and joined in on a tasting of 6 outstanding Ravenswood Zinfandel’s. Check their site often!

Territorial Vineyards & Wine Co.: Thu. 5-11p Live blues by Jerry Zybach

Ambrosia: Mon.-Fri. 4-6p Happy Hour $4.50 house wines. Check out their award winning wine list: http://www.ambrosiarestaurant.com/assets/0000/0093/ambrosia-winelist.pdf

Osteria Sfizio: Sat. Celebrate Sfizio’s 1 year anniversary with live music, discounted wine & cocktails, special anti-pasti plates and more!

Café Zenon: Tues. 50% off bottles of wine; Mon-Fri. 5-6:30p $1 off glasses of wine, house cocktails, and pints of beer. Find King Estate’s Domaine Pinot Gris here – ½ off on Tuesdays!! Their fabulous wine list: http://www.zenoncafe.com/wine_list.php

The Washburne Café: Fri. all day~ Philip’s Phabulous Clam Chowder paired with Sarver Pinot Gris or LaVelle Riesling $9

Café 440: Wed. Wine Flights for the month of June: White Flight-Italian Pinot Grigio’s. Red Flight-French Cote du Rhones. 3 pours for $10.50.

LaVelle Club Room at 5th Street Market: Tues. 5-7p ½ off glass pours for Tasty Tuesday Women’s Networking Group; Wed. 5-8p ½off glass pours for ladies; Thurs. 6-8p Live music with Gus Russell; Fri. 6-8p live music by Jennifer Sennet.

Mac’s at the Vet’s Club: Wed. 6-8p free wine tasting featuring a different Oregon winery every week! Jazz & variety live with Gus Russell & Paul Biondi 6p-9p.

Capella Market: Sat. 4-6p Wine Tasting. Current featured winery is Italian winery Monte Tondo.

Café Soriah: Wed. Celebrate Wine Wednesdays! All day ½ off bottles of wine, including notable names such as: BrickHouse, Capitello, King Estate, Broadley! Outdoor seating

Café Lucky Noodle: Tue. Wine Night – all bottles 35% off Excellent wine list: http://www.luckynoodle.com/lnwines.pdf

Sam’s Place Tavern: great wine list, 21 glass pours, all under $7! Wine list includes some excellent Oregon wines. Check it out at www.samsplacetavern.com/wine-list/

Granary Wine Bar: Wed. all day $5 glass pour of house white or red

Wineries & Vineyards

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2011 Barrel Tour: Sat. 9:30a-5p $60 per person. Travel in a deluxe charter bus touring 4 wineries. Each winery will serve three wine selections paired with an appetizer.  An educational component will be provided by each of the wineries. June 18th tour visits Benton-Lane, Capitello, Sarver & Sweet Cheeks. Call 541-221-8592 to check availability and purchase tickets.

Sweet Earth Vineyards & Winery: Sun. 12-5p Father’s Day complimentary wine tasting and hors d’oeuvres. Dads get free entry to a drawing for a basket of goodies including their logo glasses and hat. Picnic area available, so bring food! All wines $5 per glass this weekend! 24843 Kyle Rd., Monroe.

Silvan Ridge Winery: Fri. 6:30-8:30p Craig Einhorn Trio plays Latin Jazz on the stage. Bring lawn chairs and blankets!

Saginaw Vineyards: Fri. 6-9p Friday Night Live 2011 presents “Cowboy Cadillac ”. No cover charge.  80247 Delight Valley School Rd, Cottage Grove.  15 minutes south of Eugene at exit 176 off the I-5.  541-942-1364 visit: www.saginawvineyard.com.

Sweet Cheeks Winery: Fri. 6-9p Twilight Tasting, wine & cheese pairing with Oregon-made artisan cheeses, live music; Sun. noon-6p Mimosa Sunday, live music on the patio, bring your own brunch;Tue. 7p – Summer Solstice Celebration. Reggae music by Norma Fraser & Fire Dancers! $10 admission / $8 wine club members. To purchase tickets, visit: http://www.sweetcheekswinery.com/Qstore/Qstore.cgi?CMD=011&PROD=1210389339

Pfeiffer Vineyards: Open DAILY 11a-5p; Fri. & Sat. 11a-9p! Order a glass (or bottle) of wine and enjoy their new beautiful Water Garden -4 terraced ponds and waterfalls set in the vineyard~gorgeous!

LaVelle Vineyards Winery in Elmira: Fri. 5-9p Friday Night Flights-free flight of wine samplings, live music with Austin Bowles & Cynthia Valentine, and food offered by DEVOUR Gourmet Food Cart. Highly suggested Pinot Noir: Matthew’s Reserve!

Noble Estate: Fri. & Sat. Noble Estate will be pouring their wines at the Sisters Wine & Brew Festival at the Village Green in Sisters. For more information: http://www.sisterswineandbrew.com/

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

Chateau Lorane: Now open 7 days a week 12-5p Try some of their rare and distinguished wines: Baco Noir, Huxelrebe, Leon Millot, and Melon de Bourgogne. The new Entourage Red Blend is a winner!

 

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2011 Barrel Tour: Sat. June 25th 9:30a-5p $60 per person. Travel in a deluxe charter bus touring 4 wineries. Each winery will serve three wine selections paired with an appetizer.  An educational component will be provided by each of the wineries. June 25th tour visits Domaine Meriwether, Pfeiffer Vineyards, LaVelle Vineyards & High Pass Winery. Call 541-221-8592 to check availability and purchase tickets.

Osteria Sfizio: Stayed for June’s special dinner menu for the last Sunday of the month when Sfizio offers a special dinner menu based on cuisine and wine from a particular Italian region.

Silvan Ridge: Fri. June 24th 6:30-8:30p Kathy Marshall & Laura Golden take the stage for an evening of folk and Americana music. Free

Art & The Vineyard: July 2-4. Wine, Food, Art, Music – all at Alton Baker Park. http://www.artandthevineyard.org/

 

Julia – Writing about Eugene’s Wine Scene

Girl’s Day Out!

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GIRLS DAY OUT
– Julia Crowley

Party Shuttle

As described on their Facebook fan page, “Sam’s Party shuttle is the Premier Destination Fun Bus”. It’s true, and I know first-hand because I joined in on one of these premier destination parties: Girl’s Day Out.

The excursion on the ultimate party shuttle for Girl’s Day Out was a special trip for ladies to visit 3 fabulous South Willamette Wineries: Pfeiffer Winery, LaVelle Vineyards, and Domaine Meriwether. For $45 per person, lunch and wine would be provided at Pfeiffer, there was a free Olive Oil Tasting Bar presented by Olive Grand at LaVelle Vineyards along with samples of LaVelle wines, and Domaine Meriwether specially prepared a dessert to go along with their highly acclaimed sparkling wines.

Sam's Place Tavern in West Eugene

Sam’s Party Shuttle resides at Sam’s Place Tavern, a sports bar located in West Eugene. The group was to meet inside the bar between 11:30am and noon, and the shuttle was scheduled to leave Sam’s at noon. My friend and I had never been to Sam’s Place Tavern before, but we both agreed that it would be one of the best places in town to watch Duck games, they even had booth seating that boasted their own TV sets. Once all of the ladies arrived, we headed outside to load onto the shuttle. Denise, who was our tour guide, gave each one of us a beautiful rose as we loaded onto the bus.

cozy & inviting - Pfeiffer tasting room

The shuttle had large picture windows, and seated 22 people comfortably, and once we started out towards Pfeiffer Winery, Denise was ready to begin a wine trivia game. The lucky winner from each leg of the trip would win a purple feathered tiara lined with rhinestones…to be worn the rest of the day! The wine trivia game was an excellent way to break the ice between strangers and get us all laughing as a group.

LaVelle Winery

Pfeiffer Winery is located in Junction City, and the intimate, boutique tasting room is similar to a candle-lit Tuscan cave. Tastefully decorated with inviting, comfortable furniture and a cozy fireplace, I was ready to taste some wine and indulge in the lunch Danuta Pfeiffer had waiting for us. With our ciabatta sandwiches and pasta salad, we were able to choose from selected Pfeiffer wines, and I chose their Viognier. Crisp and refreshing, the well balanced Pfeiffer Viognier exudes a lime zest on the lasting finish that makes it stand out from other Viognier’s. Great with a variety of foods, its crispness allows it to be consumed all on its own. After lunch, we walked outside to see their newly landscaped outdoor seating amid a gorgeous water garden with ponds and water features all set within the vineyard.

Olive Grand Olive Tasting Bar

Our next destination was LaVelle Vineyards in Elmira. The property at LaVelle Vineyards is beautiful with lush grassy lawns and architecturally pleasing landscaping. But in the spring, it’s especially beautiful because their Cherry Blossom trees are in full bloom. When we entered the tasting room, Olive Grand had a table set up with fresh berries and bite sized pieces of baguette. They were sampling several of their popular olive oils and balsamic vinegars, but the one combination that has stuck with me and is a new favorite, is the Blood Orange Olive Oil and Fig Balsamic Vinegar. Olive Grand’s retail shop is located in downtown Eugene at 1041 Willamette St., and if you haven’t experienced their extensive selection of gourmet goodness yet, I highly suggest you take some time to go. You won’t be disappointed. The wine servers at LaVelle were ready with several samples for us.

Cherry Blossom in full bloom

Their Pinot Gris is unoaked and fermented in stainless steel. It’s crisp and dry with citrus and melon flavors, and perfect for the upcoming summer months. Their Pinot Noir is aged in oak for 9 months, and it’s earthy with hints of vanilla and strawberries. One of my favorite LaVelle wines is the Cabernet Sauvignon, it is fruit forward and has bold flavors of ripe blackberries and plums, and I’ve celebrated many holidays with a bottle of their Cab. I was also lucky enough to get a sneak sip of the newly released Matthew’s Reserve Pinot Noir, and I knew right away it was my new favorite from LaVelle. The fruit forward flavors of cherries and the hints of vanilla come together perfectly to create a silky smooth lasting finish, it’s a stellar Pinot Noir. My friend and I decided to share a bottle of the Matthew’s Reserve, and we grabbed a table outside near the Cherry Blossom tree and thoroughly enjoyed every sip.

Set up and ready for Bubbly 101

On to our next destination with more wine trivia and a whole load of laughter, we headed towards Veneta, to Domaine Meriwether. Domaine Meriwether is known for their world renowned line of sparkling wines, and when we arrived, the tables were covered with linens, each with a fresh tulip centerpiece. We took our seats, and Buzz Kawders, owner of Domaine Meriwether, gave us a surprise “Bubbly 101” class. We learned about method champenoise and the entire process of making sparkling wines, all while sampling some of Buzz’s finest. We were also treated to a delicious chef prepared cheesecake with Buzz’s NV Cuvee Glace drizzled on top. I noticed that no one had a single crumb on their plate when we were finished. It was truly a delectable dessert, and absolutely delicious with Domaine Meriwether sparkling wines.

As we departed Domaine Meriwether and headed back to Sam’s Place Tavern, everyone was raving about what a spectacular day it was. I knew I was going to be writing about ‘Girl’s Day Out’, so I asked some of the ladies to write down what they thought about their day out at the wineries on Sam’s Party Shuttle. Word for word, here is what they gave me, titled “The Wine Wars”:

Wine Wars!

“The day started at Sam’s Place…Everybody had a sober face.

Got on the bus at noon…When we couldn’t answer right, we knew it was doom.

O’ the pressure to answer the question just right….Led us to believe we would never achieve our great knight.

All of a sudden, the bar was set high… Then princess Nystrom began the great fight.

The fight was intense, Rebecca chimed in… Then ultimately stole the primary win.

There were those of us that came up with jack… And then there were those that tried to fight back.

Then Pfeiffer served up sandwiches and Gris… We left behind chocolate in our hurry to flee.

On our way to LaVelle Dutchess Christine… Dazzled us all with her performance pristine.

The Cab was divine and oh, so fine… But the Matthew’s Reserve was incredibly sublime.

Buzz of Domaine Meriwether - serving up some Bubbly 101 education

Olive Grand was there with berries to share… And what a surprise it made a great pair!

Mindy gave in to the alcohol within… And pulled off the last tiara win!

Meriwether was bubbling and sparkling to boot… Buzz was entertaining and such a great hoot.

Chef Garrett created an elicit surprise… And served a dessert that romanced our palates and eyes.

We got on the bus…Sam’s Place bound…Picking our last drink with our new friends found.”

Sign up for one of these premier destination and totally fun tours. Sam’s Party Shuttle offers winery tours, brewery tours, Christmas Light tours, Pub Crawls and is always available for private parties. Become a fan on their Facebook page for contact information and upcoming events and tours: http://www.facebook.com/SamsPartyShuttle

Julia – Writing about Eugene’s Wine Scene

Wine Down Eugene

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Wine Down Eugene for June 8 – 14

Wine Bars & Wine Shops

Agate Alley Laboratory: Now open Tue.-Sun. 5p-midnight~This is Agate Alley Bistro’s sister restaurant that just opened last week. It’s a must try and their wine list is one not to miss http://www.agatealleylaboratory.com/wine.html

Sundance Wine Cellars: Fri. 5-7p  themed Frugal Friday wine tasting with Mario; Sat. 5-7p featuring local and regional wineries. Also, free samples of many of their featured wines, as well as ‘pay-to-play’ samples of some of the world’s finest wines.

Ambrosia: Mon.-Fri. 4-6p Happy Hour $4.50 house wines. Check out their award winning wine list: http://www.ambrosiarestaurant.com/assets/0000/0093/ambrosia-winelist.pdf

Café Zenon: Tues. 50% off bottles of wine; Mon-Fri. 5-6:30p $1 off glasses of wine, house cocktails, and pints of beer. Find King Estate’s Domaine Pinot Gris here – ½ off on Tuesdays!! Their fabulous wine list: http://www.zenoncafe.com/wine_list.php

The Washburne Café: Fri. 5-8p Second Friday Art Walk featuring LaVelle Vineyards Wine Tasting with special art walk pricing, Art show by Paula Goodbar, live music by Slightly Retro Jazz and food specials.

Café 440: Wed. Wine Flights for the month of June: White Flight-Italian Pinot Grigio’s. Red Flight-French Cote du Rhones.

LaVelle Club Room at 5th Street Market: Tues. 5-7p ½ off glass pours for Tasty Tuesday Women’s Networking Group; Wed. 5-8p ½off glass pours for ladies; Thurs. 6-8p Live music with Jesse Meade; Fri. 6-8p live music by Gus Russell.

Mac’s at the Vet’s Club: Wed. 6-8p free wine tasting featuring a different Oregon winery every week! Jazz & variety live with Gus Russell & Paul Biondi 6p-9p.

Café Soriah: Wed. Celebrate Wine Wednesdays! All day ½ off bottles of wine, including notable names such as: BrickHouse, Capitello, King Estate, Broadley and more!

Café Lucky Noodle: Tue. Wine Night – all bottles 35% off Excellent wine list: http://www.luckynoodle.com/lnwines.pdf

Sam’s Place Tavern: great wine list, 21 glass pours, all under $7! Wine list includes some excellent Oregon wines. Check it out at www.samsplacetavern.com/wine-list/

Territorial Vineyards & Wine Co.: Thu. 5-11p Tim McGlaughlin presents great music with a revolving cast of players. Wine tasting and snacks!

Marché Provisions: Fri. 5-7p Free wine tasting of 4 new wines weekly and 10% off those wines during the tasting.  Marché usually posts their featured wines on Fridays via their Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/March%C3%A9-Provisions/357104606536

Granary Wine Bar: Wed. all day $5 glass pour of house white or red

Wineries & Vineyards

Sarver Winery: Sat. 3-6p. 1st Wine Club pick-up & casual potluck in the courtyard. Not a wine club member yet? Call the winery at 541-935-2979

Noble Estate: Daily 12-5p, experience Noble Estate award winning wines in their tasting room and NEW patio with an incredible view – Noble Estate is one the closest wineries to Eugene!

Saginaw Vineyards: Fri. 6-9p~Friday Night Live 2011 presents “Kelly Thibodeaux Duo”. No

cover charge.  80247 Delight Valley School Rd, Cottage Grove.  15 minutes south of Eugene at exit 176 off the I-5.  541-942-1364 visit: www.saginawvineyard.com.

Pfeiffer Vineyards: Wed. – Sun. 11a-5p  Order a glass (or bottle) of wine and enjoy their new Water Garden -4 terraced ponds and waterfalls set in the vineyard~gorgeous!

LaVelle Vineyards Winery in Elmira: Fri. 5-9p Friday Night Flights-free flight of wine samplings, live music with Jerry Zybahc & Barbara Healy, and food offered by DEVOUR Gourmet Food Cart. Highly suggested Pinot Noir: Matthew’s Reserve!

Silvan Ridge Winery: Fri. & Sat. open until 9p & serving up their delicious locally made wood-fired pizzas, salads, cheeseplates and cheesecake!! Try the Viognier-great summer wine!

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

Chateau Lorane: Now open 7 days a week 12-5p Try some of their rare and distinguished wines: Baco Noir, Huxelrebe, Leon Millot, and Melon de Bourgogne. The new Entourage Red Blend is a winner!

Sweet Cheeks Winery: Fri. 6-9p Twilight Tasting, wine & cheese pairing with Oregon-made artisan cheeses, live music; Sun. noon-6p Mimosa Sunday, live music on the patio, bring your own brunch.

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Heidi Tunnell Catering Company – June 11th Barn Dinner: Sat. 6p Join Boedecker Cellars at Heidi’s family farm for an unforgettable experience. Reservations required. http://heiditunnellcatering.com/reccuring-events/barn-dinners/

Marché Provisions: Thu. June 16th ~ “Wine Not-So Basics: Problem Child & Advanced Pairing” Learn how to address difficult pairings: artichokes, asparagus, smoked foods, super-spicy….let us know if you have a particular challenge to address and we’ll try to get to it in this advanced wine pairing class. Reservations required: 541.743.0660

Silvan Ridge Winery: Fri. June 17th 6:30-8:30p Craig Einhorn Trio plays Latin Jazz on the stage. Bring lawn chairs and blankets!

2011 Barrel Tour: Sat. June 18th 9:30a-5p $60 per person. Travel in a deluxe charter bus touring 4 wineries. Each winery will serve three wine selections paired with an appetizer.  An educational component will be provided by each of the wineries. June 18th tour visits Benton-Lane, Capitello, Sarver & Sweet Cheeks. Call 541-221-8592 to check availability and purchase tickets.

Sweet Cheeks Winery: Tue. Jun 21 – Summer Solstice Celebration. Reggae music by Norma Fraser & Fire Dancers! $10 admission / $8 wine club members.

Osteria Sfizio: Stayed for June’s special dinner menu for the last Sunday of the month when Sfizio offers a special dinner menu based on cuisine and wine from a particular Italian region.

Art & The Vineyard: July 2-4. Wine, Food, Art, Music – all at Alton Baker Park. http://www.artandthevineyard.org/

“No Sunshine? Bring on the Wine!”

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“No Sunshine? Bring on the Wine!”
by Julia Crowley for EDN

Looming clouds Memorial Weekend

Well, the blue skies and warm days did not make their debut in the South Willamette Valley for the winery open houses during Memorial Weekend; yes, it was raining. Rain or shine, we knew our local wineries were anticipating the arrival of wine lovers from here and a far, so with high hopes of the sun popping through the clouds at some point during the three day weekend, we were ready to experience all that our local wineries had to offer. I decided to dress in layers-starting with a tank top, I then added a t-shirt, and on went the sweatshirt.  I didn’t forget to also grab my raincoat as we headed out the door towards wine country; after all, this is Oregon.

Patriotic decor at Domaine Meriwether

On the drive from Eugene to Veneta, where Domaine Meriwether is located, we commented on the distinct line of dark clouds rudely hovering over a lighter less ominous looking group of clouds, and we then crossed our fingers in hopes that lightning and thunder would not be in our near future. When we arrived at Domaine Meriwether, we put our hoods up and darted for the winery.

Once inside, we could hear live music amid the chatter and laughter of people imbibing and enjoying their surroundings. Patriotic decorated tables were set up throughout the winery, and wines from both Domaine Meriwether and Capitello lined the back wall. For just $10, we received a commemorative “Domaine Meriwether” wine glass, 3 ‘taste’ tickets, and a ticket for a plate of food.

Frsh organic strawberries and baguettes

We were immediately drawn to the food table where there were baskets of freshly baked baguettes and bowls of just-picked strawberries. Catered by Adam’s Sustainable Table, a local “green restaurant” located in the heart of downtown Eugene, we knew we were in for something delectable.

Adam’s Sustainable Table focuses on cooking with local, seasonal foods. Centered on sustainability, they use heritage and heirloom products and strive to minimize their carbon footprint. Adam’s was serving Cheese Fondue made with Willamette Farm’s Young Gouda and Domaine Meriwether’s Chardonnay, Carved Roast Beef with Crème Fraiche on a French Baguette, Rosé Sorbet made with Domaine Meriwether Rosé of Pinot Noir, and fresh organic strawberries. Before we began to load up our plates, the server from Adam’s suggested we pair a certain wine with each of the dishes: Chardonnay with the fondue, Pinot Noir with the roast beef, and sparkling wine to sip with the rosé sorbet and fresh strawberries.

Adam's Carved Roast Beef with Crème Fraiche on a French Baguette

Without missing a beat, we headed straight for the wine. The creamy fondue poured over home-made croutons with Domaine Meriwether’s lightly oaked Chardonnay was a wonderful combination, and Capitello’s 2008 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir with silky tannins and ripe berry fruit flavors paired perfectly with the tender, juicy, full flavored roast beef. My favorite pairing was Meriwether’s NV Brut Discovery Cuvee Sparkling Wine with the mouthwatering Rosé Sorbet and fresh strawberries.

With the line-up of spectacular wines at both the Meriwether and Capitello tables, I decided to purchase more “taste” tickets so I wouldn’t miss out on tasting some of their other award winning wines.  I tasted several from both wineries, but the one wine that I know I’ll be enjoying all summer long & beyond is Capitello’s Willamette Valley Sauvignon Blanc. Incredibly well balanced and highlighted with apple, stone fruit and lime zest, the lasting finish conjured up images of me lounging in a hammock, barefoot and care-free, glass in hand with the sun beaming down on my face. This Sauvignon Blanc is truly a must-have summer wine.

WWII, Korea and Vietnam Vet Edmund P. Jacobs & wife Mary.

As I was walking back to the table to join my friends and savor my glass of Sauvignon Blanc, I passed by a gentleman with a decorated Veteran’s hat that caught my eye; it read, “VETERAN World War II, Korea, Vietnam ”.  I couldn’t stop myself from shaking his hand and raising a glass in his honor.

Vietnam era Phantom F4

Retired Navy Commander, Edmund P. Jacobs, flew planes in three wars, starting with an open bi-plane searching for Japanese submarines in World War II and ending in an F4 Phantom Fighter Jet in the Vietnam War. Edmund and his wife, Mary, who live on her late grandfather’s 1853 ranch in Junction City, were enjoying their Meriwether Chardonnay’s and the live music all while not forgetting friends lost. Together we raised our glasses in memory of our fallen heroes, and I thanked him for his years of dedicated service to our country.

Concrete Loveseat

Our next destination was LaVelle Vineyards in Elmira. We had heard about the 5 piece ‘smoky jazz’ band, Concrete Loveseat, and we were all looking forward to seeing them perform while sampling LaVelle’s fine wines. Although it was quite busy in the tasting room, we were immediately greeted by the friendly faces behind the bar, and samples of their ’09 Estate Pinot Gris were in our glasses before we could say cheers. This unoaked, stainless steel fermented Pinot Gris is crisp and dry with citrus and melon flavors, a perfect Pinot Gris for the warmer days ahead.

Next up was the ’08 Columbia Valley Trilogy, with Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc grapes purchased from vineyards located in the Wahluke Slope AVA of Columbia Valley, this blend is bolder than a Syrah but lighter than a Cabernet, and has a well balanced, smooth finish. One wine that I insisted my friends try is the Matthew’s Reserve 2008 Pinot Noir.  Aged in French Oak for 12 months, the fruit forward vanilla and ripe cherry flavors come together perfectly for an earthy, yet silky finish. Matt LaVelle was also behind the bar, and he treated us to some barrel samples of Riesling and Malbec, both 2010 vintages that will be released sometime in the future. The Malbec’s flavors were already deliciously complex and I look forward to its release. Each of us ordered a glass of Trilogy and headed into the winery so we could listen to Concrete Loveseat belt out their Billie Holiday era jazz from well-known covers to originals.

Field to Table Catering was set up and selling freshly prepared cuisine, which included:

  • Garlic & herb rubbed grilled chicken, potato salad, drunken beans
  • Charcuterie Plate with pork, salami, local cheeses, pickled veggies & baguette
  • Bruschetta loaded with zucchini, goat feta and herbs
  • Chop Salad with spring vegetables, field greens, hazelnuts, champagne herb vinaigrette
  • Carolina BBQ Sandwich with smoked pulled pork and slaw on a brioche bun

Much like Adam’s Sustainable Table, Field to Table’s motto is, “We believe in using only THE FINEST FROM THE REGION, KEEPING WITH THE SEASON”, and they believe that sourcing ingredients locally is good for our environment and our local economy. We decided to share a plate of the Zucchini Bruschetta and the Carolina BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich. I’m a Eugene transplant from the East Coast, and BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches are offered on just about every menu from Virginia to Key West, but it’s rarely seen on menus in the Pacific Northwest. Field to Table’s Carolina BBQ Sandwich was much like one of the best I’d ever had when visiting the Great Smoky Mountains near Asheville, North Carolina. The slightly hickory flavored sauce was spicy, sweet, and tangy, and the pork was so tender it practically melted in my mouth. Kudos to the chef’s at Field to Table for creating a true Carolina BBQ Sandwich! Although it was a blissful match with the Trilogy I was drinking, I think it would be a perfect pairing with the LaVelle Riesling too.

Before leaving LaVelle for our next winery designate, we took note of the lush property that surrounds the winery. Grassy lawn and evergreens dominate one side of the property, and the vineyard sits on a slope on the other. In between the lush lawn and the sloping vineyard, there’s a unique labyrinth which invites visitors to walk quietly amid its stone-lined pathways. At the top of the vineyard, there’s a wooden deck under a single large Madrone tree. On certain days, weather permitting, the LaVelle’s will get out The Gator, an all terrain vehicle, and take visitors up to ‘The Deck’ where the view extends out to Fern Ridge Lake and sailboats can be observed while enjoying a picnic lunch and a glass of wine.

On a clear day Sarver's view is tough to beat

The next stop on our list was Sarver Winery, which boasts one of Willamette Valley’s greatest unobstructed views of the Cascades and sometimes even snow-capped Three Sisters. Their cozy cottage style tasting room is always inviting and full of happy, friendly people. In fact, we ran into old friends and suddenly everyone was greeting each other with hugs and friendly handshakes… it was as if we had just joined a party at an old friends house.

We made our way through the crowd and up to the bar to sample some of Sarver’s outstanding wines, starting with their Estate Stainless Pinot Gris: light, crisp, and refreshing, with cool citrus notes-one of my favorite Willamette Valley Pinot Gris since their opening, which was not quite a year ago. Sarver has a spectacular line-up of wines, including a ’08 Estate Grown Pinot Noir, ’09 Estate Grown Sur Lie Aged Pinot Gris, ’09 Estate Stainless Pinot Gris, ’05 Rogue Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, ’08 Yakima Valley Syrah, ’07 Napa Valley Petit Sirah, and a ’08 Estate Grown Vin Glacé. There’s not a single Sarver wine that I don’t absolutely love, but on this chilly, grey day, the ’08 Estate Grown Pinot Noir, which recently took gold at the Oregon Wine Awards, was calling my name. Their Pinot Noir is true to its varietal; it’s an un-manipulated, lush, and elegant wine that is extremely food friendly or totally gratifying all on its own. We zipped up our hoodies and joined the other wine enthusiasts on the patio with a view.

The last winery on our schedule for the day was Silvan Ridge Winery in Crow. Up until our arrival at Silvan Ridge, the sun had not broken through the clouds even for a quick peek; but, as we drove up the gravel driveway to the winery, we got a glimpse of blue sky. We noticed an outdoor table right next to the entrance, so we eagerly took residence.  Within minutes, all of the outdoor seating was taken and everyone was talking about the sudden change in weather. We took turns going to the tasting bar for fear of losing our patio seating, and I was pleased to find they were offering six complimentary tastes from their wine menu. They had two whites: a Pinot Gris and a Viognier. There were 9 different reds including their critically acclaimed Elizabeth’s Reserve, which is a bold and jammy blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec. They were also offering samples of two different Pinot Noirs and Merlot’s, a Malbec, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, and a Portage Syrah.

I started with the Viognier, which is one of my favorite summertime varietals. With tropical and floral fragrances, the silky flavors of peaches in Silvan Ridge’s Viognier creates a smooth, well balanced and long lasting finish. I also love their Malbec and the Elizabeth’s Reserve, but that little bit of sun coming through the clouds called for a white wine, and the Viognier is what filled my glass. With our premier patio seating, we could feel the warmth of the sun on our cheeks, and as quickly as the blue sky appeared, our premier seats allowed us an unobstructed view of the dark line of clouds blowing in our direction.

In the blink of an eye, the blue sky was gone and the dark clouds, thunder and lightning had arrived.  As we huddled inside the entrance to Silvan Ridge, everyone watching the storm with intensity, someone behind me broke the silence and said, “No more sunshine? Bring on the wine!” So they did. Rain or shine, everyone was having a great time listening to the music, socializing with friends, and enjoying every bit of Silvan Ridge’s excellent wines.

We realized at the end of the day, well several things – (1) crossing your fingers in hopes of something particular happening does not work, and (2) dressing in layers is very wise; but, most importantly, regardless of the weather, everywhere we went the bands rocked the wineries, the caterers showcased some of their best delectable dishes, and the winemaker’s proudly poured their impressive, delicious, handcrafted wines. Smiles lit up the wineries from both winemakers and wine tasters. It was all good.

A special ‘Cheers’ to Ret. Navy Commander Edmund P. Jacobs. I salute you, sir.

www.capitellowines.com

www.meriwetherwines.com

www.lavellevineyards.com

www.sarverwinery.com

www.silvanridge.com

www.fieldtotablecatering.com

www.thesustainabletable.com

Julia – Writing about Eugene’s Wine Scene


Wine Down Eugene

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Wine Down Eugene : June 1 – June 7.

Wine Bars & Wine Shops

The Broadway Wine & Deli: Fri. 5-7p Free wine tasting featuring Rogue Valley’s Trium wines – sample their Pinot Gris, Grenache Rosé, Cabernet Sauvignon and a wonderful red blend, Grower’s Cuvee. Check out http://www.triumwines.com/

A Taste Gourmet (Junction City): Fri. 5:30-7p Free wine tasting featuring wines from 4 different regions of Oregon. www.atastegourmet.com

Agate Alley Laboratory: Thu. 5p-12a Agate Alley’s brand new sister restaurant opens their doors this Thursday! Their wine list is one not to miss http://www.agatealleylaboratory.com/wine.html

Ambrosia: Wed. 5:30-7p 1st Wednesday Wine Tasting~ “All Italian Tasting” featuring 10 wines from small Italian Vineyards. $15 per person including small plate appetizers.

Café 440: Wed. Wine Flights for the month of June: White Flight-Italian Pinot Grigio’s. Red Flight-French Cote du Rhones.

The Washburne Café: Fri. & Sat. all day~ Philip’s Phabulous Clam Chowder paired with Sarver Winery Pinot Gris or LaVelle Riesling $9; Bottles to go too! Sarver Pinot Gris, LaVelle Riesling, J. Scott Syrah & Avante, and Patchwork Cellars Pinot Noir.

LaVelle Club Room at 5th Street Market: Tues. 5-7p ½ off glass pours for Tasty TuesdaWomen’s Networking Group; Wed. 5-8p ½off glass pours for ladies; Thurs. 6-8p Live music with Gus Russell ; Fri. 6-8p live music by Skip Jones.

Café Soriah: Wed. Celebrate Wine Wednesdays! All day ½ off bottles of wine, including notable names such as: BrickHouse, Capitello, King Estate, Broadley and more!

Sundance Wine Cellars: Featured wine is Remy 2007 Rogue Valley Syrah $25.95; Special buy going on right now: Pappas Wine Co. (Second label for Boedecker Cellars) 2008 Pinot Noir only $15.95! Great Pinot, excellent price.

Mac’s at the Vet’s Club: Wed. 6-8p free wine tasting featuring a different Oregon winery every week! Jazz & variety live with Gus Russell & Paul Biondi 6p-9p.

Café Lucky Noodle: Tue. Wine Night – all bottles 35% off

Sam’s Place Tavern: great wine list, 21 glass pours, all under $7! Wine list includes some excellent Oregon wines. Check it out at www.samsplacetavern.com/wine-list/

Territorial Vineyards & Wine Co.: Thu. 5-11p Live music, wine tasting and snacks!

Café Zenon: Tues. 50% off bottles of wine; Mon-Fri. 5-6:30p $1 off glasses of wine, house cocktails, and pints of beer.

Marché Provisions: Fri. 5-7p Free wine tasting of 4 new wines weekly and 10% off those wines during the tasting.  Marché usually posts their featured wines on Fridays via their Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/March%C3%A9-Provisions/357104606536

Granary Wine Bar: Wed. all day $5 glass pour of house white or red

 

Wineries & Vineyards

2011 Barrel Tour: Sat. 9:30a-5p $60 per person. Travel in a deluxe charter bus touring 4 wineries. Each winery will serve three wine selections paired with an appetizer.  An educational component will be provided by each of the wineries. June 4th tour visits King Estate Winery, Saginaw Vineyard, Chateau Lorane, and Iris Vineyard. Call 541-221-8592 to check availability and purchase tickets.

Sarver Winery: Thur.-Sun. 12-8p. Enjoy an unparalleled view and an extensive glass pour list.  Sarver ‘08 Pinot Noir receives a Gold Medal at the Oregon Wine Awards! Stay tuned for a list of summertime events. Summer hours coming soon: open 7 days a week, 12p-8p.

Saginaw Vineyards: Fri. 6-9p~Friday Night Live 2011 presents “Left Turn Only”. No cover charge.  80247 Delight Valley School Rd, Cottage Grove.  15 minutes south of Eugene at exit 176 off the I-5.  541-942-1364 visit: www.saginawvineyard.com.

Pfeiffer Vineyards: Wed. – Sun. 11a-5p  Order a glass (or bottle) of wine and enjoy their new Water Garden -4 terraced ponds and waterfalls set in the vineyard~gorgeous!

LaVelle Vineyards Winery in Elmira: Fri. 5-9p Friday Night Flights-free flight of wine samplings, live music with Jennifer Sennett, and food offered by DEVOUR Gourmet Food Cart. Highly suggested Pinot Noir: Matthew’s Reserve!

Silvan Ridge Winery: Fri. & Sat. open until 9p & serving up their delicious locally made wood-fired pizzas, salads, cheeseplates and cheesecake!!

Chateau Lorane: Now open 7 days a week 12-5p Try some of their rare and distinguished wines: Baco Noir, Huxelrebe, Leon Millot, and Melon de Bourgogne. The new Entourage Red Blend is a winner!

Noble Estate: Daily 12-5p, experience Noble Estate award winning wines in their tasting room. Noble Estate is one the closest wineries to Eugene!

Sweet Cheeks Winery: Fri. 6-9p Twilight Tasting, wine & cheese pairing with Oregon-made artisan cheeses, live music; Sun. noon-6p Mimosa Sunday, live music on the patio, bring your own brunch.

Save the Date or Reserve Now

Heidi Tunnell Catering Company – June 11th Barn Dinner: 6p Join Boedecker Cellars at Heidi’s family farm for an unforgettable experience. Reservations required. http://heiditunnellcatering.com/reccuring-events/barn-dinners/

Sarver Winery: June 11th 3p-6p. 1st Wine Club pick-up & casual potluck in the courtyard. Not a wine club member yet? Call the winery at 541-935-2979

Marché Provisions: Thu. June 16th ~ “Wine Not-So Basics: Problem Child & Advanced Pairing” Learn how to address difficult pairings: artichokes, asparagus, smoked foods, super-spicy….let us know if you have a particular challenge to address and we’ll try to get to it in this advanced wine pairing class. Reservations required: 541.743.0660

Silvan Ridge Winery: Fri. June 17th 6:30-8:30p Craig Einhorn Trio plays Latin Jazz on the stage. Bring lawn chairs and blankets!

South Willamette Wineries Barrel Tour: June 18th 9:30a-5p. Visit Benton-Lane, Capitello, Sarver Winery and Sweet Cheeks. $60 per person. Almost sold out – reserve now: http://www.southwillamettewineries.com/events/barrel-tour/

Sweet Cheeks Winery: Tue. Jun 21 – Summer Solstice Celebration. Reggae music by Norma Fraser & Fire Dancers! $10 admission / $8 wine club members.

Osteria Sfizio: Stayed for June’s special dinner menu for the last Sunday of the month when the menu is based on cuisine and wine from a particular Italian region.

Julia – Writing about Eugene’s Wine Scene

 


 

Wine Down Eugene

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Eugene’s Wine Scene May 25-31

Wine Bars & Wine Shops

Territorial Vineyards & Wine Co.: Thu. 5-11p Live~The Side of Sugarbeets-soulgrass; Fri. 5-9p Wahoo!; Sat. 5-9p Ally Losik; the Kids are Alright Art show

Osteria Sfizio: Sun. 5:30-9p Regional Italian Dinner, featuring: ‘Lazio & Umbria’. For reservations call 541-302-3000.

The Washburne Café: Fri. & Sat. all day~ Lobster Bisque paired with Sarver Winery Pinot Gris or LaVelle Vineyards Riesling $9; Pepperoni Pizza Panini paired with Ninkasi Total Domination or J.Scott Avanté Red Blend $10

LaVelle Club Room at 5th Street Market: Tues. 5-7p ½ off glass pours for Tasty Tuesday Women’s Networking Group; Wed. 5-8p ½off glass pours for ladies; Thurs. 6-8p Live music with Gus Russell ; Fri. 6-8p live music by Skip Jones.  Dinner specials: Pesto Fettucini w/ Chicken Breast and soup or salad $14.

The Kiva: all month Malbec Madness wine sale. 3 excellent Argentinean Malbecs, and 1 Chilean Malbec, each priced at $10.50 or below.

Market of Choice: 5/20-6/2 Wine Special~Villa Ponciago Fleurie La Reserve $16.99

Café Soriah: Wed. Celebrate Wine Wednesdays! All day ½ off bottles of wine, including notable names such as: BrickHouse, Broadley and more!

The Broadway Wine & Deli: Fri. 5-7p Free wine tasting-House Picks & Pours

Sundance Wine Cellars: Special buy going on right now: Pappas Wine Co. (Second label for Boedecker Cellars) 2008 Pinot Noir only $15.95! Great Pinot, excellent price.

Capella Market: Sat. 4-6p Free wine tasting with Estelle Imports

Mac’s at the Vet’s Club: Wed. 6-8p free wine tasting featuring a different Oregon winery every week! This week it’s Marks Ridge Winery. Jazz & variety live with Gus Russell & Paul Biondi 6p-9p.

Café Lucky Noodle: Tue. Wine Night – all bottles 35% off

Cork & Stein: Fri. 6-8p. John Blackwell of ‘Crush’ will be pouring 4 Melrose Vineyards wines: ’09 Dolcetto, ’07 Pinotage, ’09 Riesling, ’09 Pinot Gris.

Ambrosia: Mon-Fri. 4-6p Happy Hour $4.50 House Wines

16 Tons Beer & Wine: Ninkasi’s Sleighr on tap is back, and it’s aged in Pinot barrels, check it out.

Café Zenon: Tues. 50% off bottles of wine; Mon-Fri. 5-6:30p $1 off glasses of wine, house cocktails, and pints of beer.

Café 440: Wed. all day Wine Flights featuring Chateau Ste Michelle. 3 tastes for $10.50

Marché Provisions:Fri. 5-7p Free wine tasting of 4 new wines weekly and 10% off those wines during the tasting.

Granary Wine Bar: Wed. all day $5 glass pour of house white or red

Red Agave: check out their impressive wine list: http://www.redagave.net/index.php/menus/wine

Wineries & Vineyards

Memorial Weekend Open houses at all the wineries this weekend! Click here to see the schedule of events for each winery: http://eugenedailynews.com/2011/05/11/which-winery-will-wine-down-your-memorial-weekend/

Save the Date!

Marché Provisions: Thu. June 16th ~ “Wine Not-So Basics: Problem Child & Advanced Pairing” Learn how to address difficult pairings: artichokes, asparagus, smoked foods, super-spicy….let us know if you have a particular challenge to address and we’ll try to get to it in this advanced wine pairing class. Reservations required: 541.743.0660

Heidi Tunnell Catering Company – June 11th Barn Dinner: 6p Join Boedecker Cellars at Heidi’s family farm for an unforgettable experience. Reservations required. http://heiditunnellcatering.com/reccuring-events/barn-dinners/

Ambrosia: Wed. June 1st 5:30-7p 1st Wednesday Wine Tasting~ “All Italian Tasting” featuring 10 wines from small Italian Vineyards. $15 per person including small plate appetizers.

Silvan Ridge Winery: Back by popular demand: Open until 9p on Fridays starting June 3rd. Delicious wood fired pizzas starting on June 3rd as well!

Sweet Cheeks Winery: Tue. Jun 21 – Summer Solstice Celebration. Reggae music by Norma Fraser & Fire Dancers! $10 admission / $8 wine club members.

Julia – Writing About Eugene’s Wine Scene

Wine Down Eugene

Discover Brigadoon Wine Co. Memorial Weekend

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Last December, I was lucky enough to be gathering last minute Christmas dinner items from Market of Choice at the same exact time Chris Shown, owner of Brigadoon Vineyards, was in the store offering samples of his ’09 Pinot Blanc and the ’09 Lylee Pinot Noir. I had heard about the new Brigadoon Wine Company, but had not had the chance to try their wines; so I eagerly tried each of the Pinot’s.

Brigadoon Lylee Pinot Noir savored on Christmas day

Both the Pinot Blanc and the Pinot Noir showcased South Willamette Valley’s beautiful fruit with perfection. The Pinot Blanc was complex, yet crisp and refreshing with melon and citrus tones, and their Pinot Noir was earthy and creamy with a hint of dark cherries and spice. I was clearly impressed with both of their outstanding Willamette Valley Pinot’s, and I decided to take home the Lylee Pinot Noir, noting that it would be a perfect match with my dinner party’s main course, a Honey Baked Ham.

Vineyard Welcome Sign

The Ham and Pinot Noir pairing was a big hit with my dinner guests, and everyone wanted to know more about Brigadoon. It was then that I decided I would need to visit the Shown family vineyards to find out more about their operation. After hearing of the Shown’s plan to open their property to wine lovers this Memorial Weekend, I decided it was time to take the quick, scenic drive through the beautiful countryside to the outskirts of Junction City to meet with Chris and learn about Brigadoon Wine Company.

At Brigadoon Wine Company we share a family commitment to fine wine and sustainable agriculture; the journey from field to glass.” –Chris Shown

Chris Shown in the vineyard

Brigadoon Wine Company is a family owned and operated business. Chris, his wife, and two sons all have vital roles in making Brigadoon a success. As Chris and I, along with the two family dogs, started our walk around the lush, gently sloping and serene vineyard property that is neatly tucked within the foothills of the coastal range, I learned that Chris’s love for the land and the wine industry began in 1970 on his father’s Napa Valley vineyard in Rutherford, Shown & Sons Vineyards.  Since childhood, Chris knew he was a farmer at heart and would someday be working in his own vineyards. In 1990, Chris moved his wife and two young boys to Oregon, and he managed Benton-Lane Vineyards.

Farm to Table

Meanwhile, Chris and his wife, Sheree, were searching for their own vineyard property, and in 1991, they purchased the property that is now Brigadoon. Chris and Sheree knew at first sight that it was going to be the perfect place for growing grapes. Their 66 acre farm straddles a creek, and on one side of the creek with eastern exposure, they’ve planted 2 ½ acres of Pinot Noir and a ½ acre of Riesling. The side of the creek that faces west has 3 ½ acres of Pinot Noir, 4 acres of Pinot Blanc, and 4 ½ acres of Rootstock. Chris’s son, Matt, who is the winemaker, joined us for our walk. Matt grew up on the Brigadoon property following his dad through the vines and watching him meticulously tend the land and vines all while practicing hands-on sustainable farming methods.

Pinot Noir vines at Brigadoon

Matt believes that because of his dad’s hard work in the vineyard, he can create beautiful wines with minimal intervention, which he’s proved he can with recent recognition and awards. Matt earned a Horticulture degree from Oregon State University and then followed with enology classes taken at Chemeketa Community College. Matt said his passion with winemaking comes from being involved in all the processes–from spending time in the vineyard to perfecting the result in the bottle, he loves what he does.

Chris & son Matt with family dogs

Chris‘s younger son, Nick, recently graduated from a college in Maine with a degree in Environment Studies along with an emphasis in Forestry, and throughout his years in college, he returned home each summer to help with vineyard development. Currently working on organic farms and dairies in Oregon and Sweden, he hopes to someday fully integrate farm to table fundamentals at Brigadoon.

The creekside dock in winter

Sheree does the sales and marketing; however, she’s known for her exceptional food and wine palate, and truly enjoys pairing Willamette Valley wines with food grown on their farm, so she also believes in the farm to table dynamism. The family’s involvement and commitment to the success of Brigadoon unequivocally shows in their wines; they’ve been LIVE (Low Input Viticulture & Enology) and Salmon Safe certified for seven years, and they recently won a Double Gold Medal for their ’08 Pinot Noir from Oregon Wine Awards-Oregon’s Premier Wine Recognition program. They were also one of only 14 new wineries to be selected to pour their Pinot Blanc and Lylee Pinot Noir at the 2011 Portland Indie Wine Festival. Current releases include the Double Gold winner ’08 Pinot Noir, ’09 Lylee Pinot Noir, ’09 Pinot Blanc (only 90 cases produced!). Not yet released is a ’09 Tap Root Pinot Noir along with a Riesling that will be available sometime in 2012.

View from the future tasting room

As Chris, Matt, and I, along with the dogs, headed down the road from their home towards the creek-side dock and picnic area, I realized this is where they will be pouring their recognized and award winning Pinot’s for their Memorial Weekend Open House, “a Pinot-Picnic in the Park”.

Encouraged to bring a blanket or lawn chairs and a picnic basket, you’ll have the chance to enjoy the great outdoors while sampling the Shown family’s delicious wines: their ‘09 Pinot Blanc, ’08 Pinot Noir, ’09 Lylee Pinot Noir, and their not-yet-released ’09 Tap Root Pinot Noir. They will be open Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 11am-4pm.

Although they’ve marked off a pristine area above the vineyards to be slated for a near future tasting room that will have a stellar view of the layered, rolling hills and Coastal range, Memorial Weekend will be your chance to see their magnificent property and taste their award winning wines prior to the completion of their tasting room. You’ll be sure to find me sitting creek-side, taking in the fresh air, and enjoying a Picnic and a Pinot this Memorial

Weekend at Brigadoon. Cheers!

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The Inspiration

Some of you may be wondering, like I was, “Why Brigadoon and not Shown Vineyards or Shown Family Estate Wines?”  Chris explained that the name was taken from his and Sheree’s favorite Broadway Musical: Brigadoon. The musical tells the story of a mysterious Scottish village that appears for only one day every hundred years, though to the villagers, the passing of each century seems no longer than one night. The enchantment is viewed by them as a blessing rather than a curse, for it saved the village from destruction. According to their covenant with God, no one from Brigadoon may ever leave, or the enchantment will be broken and the site and all its inhabitants will disappear into the mist forever.

 

Brigadoon

Two American tourists, lost in the Scottish Highlands, stumble upon the village just as a wedding is about to be celebrated, and their arrival has serious implications for the village’s inhabitants as one of the tourists falls madly in love with a villager. [i] It’s a heart-warming love story that takes place in a mystical, magical land of preserved, un-touched beauty. It’s easy for me to imagine the landscape in Brigadoon looking relatively similar to the landscape that graces the Shown family home and vineyards:  lush, gently rolling hills of wildflowers and grapevines, with the occasional valley mist drifting through. Brigadoon is quite befitting.

 

Brigadoon Wine Co. Vineyards
25166 Ferguson Road
Junction City, OR 97448
541-998-8708
www.brigadoonwineco.com


Julia – Writing about Eugene’s Wine Scene

[i] Wikipedia

Wine Down Eugene

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Eugene’s Wine Scene May 18-May 24

Wine Bars & Wine Shops

Marché Provisions: Wed. 4-6p. FREE afternoon wine tasting with Willamette Valley’s esteemed Daedalus Cellars. Great opportunity to try their outstanding wines!

Sundance Wine Cellars: Sat. 5-7p Janis Checchia, co-owner/founder of Amity Vineyards in Amity, Oregon, will be presenting several of their fine wines. Free

The Kiva: all month Malbec Madness wine sale. 3 excellent Argentinean Malbecs, and 1 Chilean Malbec, each priced at $10.50 or below.

Café Soriah: Wed. Celebrate Wine Wednesdays! All day ½ off bottles of wine, including notable names such as: BrickHouse, Broadley and more! These deals are a steal & the ambiance at Soriah is perfect for sharing a bottle of wine with a friend.

Territorial Vineyards & Wine Co.: Thu. 5-11p Live killer old time music by The Strange Spoon, starts around 7p.

Capella Market: Sat. 4-6p wine tasting with C&G Wines

LaVelle Club Room at 5th Street Market: Tues. 5-7p ½ off glass pours for Tasty Tuesday Women’s Networking Group; Wed. 5-8p ½off glass pours for ladies; Thurs. 6-8p Live music with Gus Russell ; Fri. 6-8p live music with Jesse Meade.

The Washburne Café: Fri. all day food & wine pairing special: Philip’s Phabulous Clam Chowder + glass of Sarver Pinot Gris = $8. Tillamook Cheddar & Roast Beef Panini + J. Scott Cellar Syrah = $10. Excellent pairied together & a great value!

16 Tons Beer & Wine: Ninkasi’s Sleighr on tap is back, and it’s aged in Pinot barrels, check it out.

The Broadway Wine & Deli: Fri. 5-7p wine tasting-House picks. Featured wine is Pic Saint-Loup’s “Abracadabra”. It’s an equal blend of Syrah & Grenache with 10 percent Carignan from the Languedoc. Purchase 6 bottles of this excellent wine for $60 ($10 a bottle!)

Marché Provisions: Fri. 5-7p Free wine tasting of 4 new wines weekly and 10% off those wines during the tasting.

Sam’s Place Tavern: great wine list, 21 glass pours, all under $7! Wine list includes some excellent Oregon wines. Check it out at http://www.samsplacetavern.com/wine-list/

Jiffy Market: Fri. 5-7p wine tasting

Mac’s at the Vet’s Club: Wed. 6-8p free wine tasting featuring a different Oregon winery every week! This week it’s Julianna Vineyards. Jazz & variety live with Gus Russell & Paul Biondi 6p-9p.

Café Lucky Noodle: Tue. Wine Night – all bottles 35% off

Agate Alley Bistro: Mon.  4p, glass pours when purchased as a bottle instead are ½ off! Enjoy with Fondue for 2.

Ambrosia: Mon-Fri. 4-6p Happy Hour $4.50 House Wines

Cork & Stein Bistro: Wed. 6pm – A new Oregon brewery featured every Wednesday, a new Oregon winery featured every Friday at 6pm.

Café Zenon: Tues. 50% off bottles of wine; Mon-Fri. 5-6:30p $1 off glasses of wine, house cocktails, and pints of beer.

Café 440: Wed. all day Wine Flights featuring Chateau Ste Michelle. 3 tastes for $10.50

Granary Wine Bar: Wed. all day $5 glass pour of house white or red

Red Agave: check out their impressive wine list: http://www.redagave.net/index.php/menus/wine

Wineries & Vineyards

LaVelle Vineyards Winery in Elmira: Fri. 5-9p Friday Night Flights-free flight of wine samplings, live music with Jennifer Sennett, and food offered by DEVOUR Gourmet Food Cart. Highly suggested Pinot Noir: Matthew’s Reserve!

Chateau Lorane: Now open 7 days a week 12-5p Try some of their rare and distinguished wines: Baco Noir, Huxelrebe, Marechal Foch, Leon Millot, and Melon de Bourgogne

Sarver Winery: Join their new Wine Club! Head out to the winery for details or call 541-935-2979

Noble Estate: Daily 12-5p, experience Noble Estate award winning wines in their tasting room. Noble Estate is one the closest wineries to Eugene!

Sweet Cheeks Winery: Fri. 6-9p Twilight Tasting, wine & cheese pairing with Oregon-made artisan cheeses, live music; Sun. noon-6p Mimosa Sunday, live music on the patio, bring your own brunch.

King Estate Winery: Wed., Thu., & Fri. Tower Club Release Tasting RSVP required, call  541-942-9874 ext. 132; Thu. Wine, Women & Shoes event at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Portland For tickets and inquires please call (503)232-1528 x204 .

Silvan Ridge Winery: Fri. 5-8p, ATTN: Wine Club Members – Wine Club release night. Light hors d’oeuvres, full wine bar open for tasting along with their featured wine of the month!

 

Save the Date!

Domaine Meriwether: Memorial Weekend Hot Air Balloon rides at the winery! (weather permitting) To find out about all the South Willamette Valley Memorial Weekend Winery open houses, click here: http://eugenedailynews.com/2011/05/11/which-winery-will-wine-down-your-memorial-weekend/

Osteria Sfizio: Last Sunday of each month– special dinner menu and wine based on a certain region of Italy. May 29th special is ‘Lazio & Umbria’.

Silvan Ridge Winery: Back by popular demand: Open until 9p on Fridays starting June 3rd. Delicious wood fired pizzas starting on June 3rd as well!

Sweet Cheeks Winery: Tue. Jun 21 – Summer Solstice Celebration. Reggae music by Norma Fraser & Fire Dancers! $10 admission / $8 wine club members.

 

Julia – Writing about Eugene’s Wine Scene.


Thursday – Night on the Town

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May 12 – Night on the Town.  How quickly the weeks pass, at least the part of the week that doesn’t include Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.  Like a funnycar waiting for the green light, looking down the strip to the finish line, we all prepare for this evenings start of another high velocity weekend.  Lots of noise, winners, losers, but most of all a great time that will end too quickly.  We’ve heard the secret to making it last is..well, thats a secret, but our picks for tonight aren’t:

Happy Hour: ZENON – A quick happy hour start (going on now) for a deal on some great wine and a snack then its off to a…

One Stand Night: Axe & Fiddle Coty Hogue-7, n/c; Buxter Hoot’n-9; Americana, $5. All night long. Axe & Fiddle may be in Cottage Grove, but the music is worth staying all night for; get your “Justified” on.

The benefits of modern technology. Watching happy hour heat up around you while you work.

photo courtesy - FX