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The Frugal Wine Gal: Prohibition Rosé

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The Southern Willamette Valley has some awesome wine industry growth right now. One of my favorite local producers is William Rose. They produce their wines right in the heart of Eugene, and sell it right off 5th and Lincoln at their location, The Oregon Wine Lab. Winemaker Mark Nicholl isn’t a Eugene native, but has made his home here. He has produced wine for Sweet Cheeks in the past and started his very own label. He is also the director of the Southern Willamette Wineries Association. They put on cool events like the Winter Wine Walk, an annual wine tour that celebrates all of our urban wineries in the area every December.

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The last time I stopped by the Wine lab, I spotted the newly released 2013 Prohibition Rosé. As a huge rosé lover, I was very excited to try it. This wine deserved my excitement – it was fantastic. I’ve had a love affair with rosé wines for many years. I’ve met many different kinds of rosé wines, sweet, dry, and not so good. What I love about them is their versatility. I popped this bottle open on a cold blustery day, and it was perfect. By all definition it might fit better on a warm, July day. I drink them at holidays, with dinner, and in the summertime while I barbecue. All in all, they are great for any occasion.

The Prohibition Rosé has some excellent characteristics to it. Part of the reason is the way the wine is produced. It is left to age with all of its lees (all of the particles left after fermentation) until right before bottling. That means there is lots of time for the wine to get complex flavors during the aging process. The blend on this wine is 90% Sangiovese and 10% Syrah. That little bit of Syrah really added a beautiful color. Some rosé wines can be too light in color for my taste, this one was just beautiful. Similar to a pink hued sunset.

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The first sniff of this wine was fabulous. Tart cherry and a hint of crisp apples filled my senses. In addition to the scent, the initial sip was packed with flavor. I picked up notes of raspberry, and tart cranberry. This wine was aged in steel barrels, and because of that it finished with a freshness that wasn’t too dry, nor too sweet. A thoroughly enjoyable experience overall.

I prefer to taste my wines without any food, mostly so I can really savor all the elements in the wine. This wine was really nice on it’s own. However, I could easily see this pairing well with grilled barbecue chicken or a fresh salmon salad with vegetables from the garden. I picked this bottle up at The Oregon Wine Lab for $18. It’s about as local as you can get, and is one of the best rosé wines I’ve tried in a long time. Stock up, and enjoy. Cheers!

 

Wine Down Eugene

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by Sarah Tunnell – the Frugal Wino

Oregon Pinot Noir can be a very difficult wine to find while maintaining a frugal budget.  I’ve tried many less than $20 dollar Pinots, and until now I’ve had a tough time finding one that truly impresses me. Attending industry tastings gives me the chance to try countless Pinot Noirs from all over Oregon.  Ranging mostly from $30-$75 dollars, each is delicious and offers distinct flavor characteristics which are brought on by the area where the grapes are grown, but under $20 dollar excellent Pinots are a rare find.  There is great diversity in the Willamette Valley alone; If you taste a Pinot Noir from the Eola-Amity Hills AVA or Dundee Hills AVA  (the areas between Salem and Newberg, Oregon), it is more likely to be filled with flavors of big red berries, spices, and floral notes.  Wines from the southern region of the Willamette Valley, near Eugene, are more likely to be earthy and peppery. The diversity makes me want to try wines from every unique terroir in Oregon!

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Carlo & Julian is a winery right outside Carlton, Oregon (in the northern Willamette Valley).  Owner and winemaker Felix Madrid studied at UC Davis, much like many great winemakers.  He planted his first vines – Pinot Noir – in 1991.  In 1996, after his first crush, he started Carlo & Julian – named after his two sons.  His estate wines include Pinot Noir, Grenache, and Tempranillo, but he also produces Malbec, Syrah, and Merlot from the Spofford Station Vineyard just south of the Washington border near Walla Walla.  Madrid produces 1000 cases a year and self distributes throughout Oregon. When I saw the bottle of 2009 Carlo & Julian Estate Pinot Noir, I was immediately intrigued and had to try it.  Boy am I glad I did!

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The first thing I noticed when I poured a glass of the ’09 Pinot was the color – it was beautifully dark, like blackberries or plums.  Aromas of blackberries and pepper flowed on to the palate with flavors of cherry, spices and oak.  A smooth mouthfeel and finish (my favorite part), left residual flavors of roasted nuts and vanilla.  

At $18 dollars a bottle, this wine was worth every penny – it was hearty and fantastic.  The next time I’m in Carlton, my first stop will be Carlo & Julian.  Cheers!

Independence Week: Wine Down Eugene

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With a week of beautiful weather ahead, the 4th of July weekend is bursting at the seams with wine wine events.  This weeks wine down is another refreshing break from the standard with a guest article from Jade Helm of Tasting Pour.  Also, we’ll have Wine and Beer courtesy of BigFoot Distributing and The Steel Pail out at Dexter Lake State Park for this 4th of July (click for details)

Pairing Food and Wine: Cabernet Cliche

Cabernet Sauvignon and grilled steak sounds like a cliche.  Sometimes when a food and wine pairing is a match made in heaven there is no good reason to complicate it. We knew a Texan once who had a quick reply about the reason people call Texas “God’s Country.”  “People say it ’cause it’s based on fact.”  Well people pair it ’cause it’s based on taste.
photo by Jade Helm
photo by Jade Helm
A grass fed, grass finished local cut of beef filet hits the grill and that smell of smoke and initial singe tell your nose you are in for something good.  Your 1998 bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon has a cork that is both wine soaked and intact and you decant your Cabernet Sauvignon to give the air time to dance across the surface. Simple, basic, tried and true but there are lessons to be learned. And why does Tasting Pour think you should learn about pairing food and wine? So you can repeat your triumphs and avoid repeating mistakes. See Drink what you Like.
photo by Jade Helm / Tastingpour.blogspot.com
photo by Jade Helm / Tastingpour.blogspot.com
Lesson One – Consider the Entire Meal
The Cabernet Sauvignon will be served with more than just the steak.  We paired a green salad with blue cheese to match the wine’s richness, dried currants to pick up the fruit flavors, and an acidic dressing for balance. Our roasted potatoes were mixed with peppery smoked bacon to compliment the grilled steak and the savory flavors in the wine. Rosemary in the potatoes highlighted the herbaceous notes often found in Cabernet Sauvignon.  Steamed carrots with butter and brown sugar added a touch of sweetness absent from other parts of the meal.
photo by Jade Helm
photo by Jade Helm
Lesson Two – Pairing an Older Wine
Because this wine had aged 15+ years we expected the tannins to be softened, the fruit flavors to be integrated and transformed to dried fruits, and a dominance of tertiary flavors like leather, meat, and earth. We stored our wine on it’s side to keep the wine in contact with the cork and made sure it was in a cool dark place.  This bottle was purchased from a trusted retailer.  We were rewarded with a wine that can be described as “sitting in a leather chair by the fireplace with the smells of Christmas baking in the kitchen,”  In other words; leather, smoke, baking spices.  Because the tannins had softened it was a perfect pairing with the more delicate filet.  For more information on learning  which wines to store please see our series Pour and Store here and here.
photo by Jade Helm
photo by Jade Helm
Lesson Three – Oregon Produces More than Pinot Noir
Our wine, La Garza Cellars 1998 Cabernet Sauvignon, comes from the Umpqua Valley in Southern Oregon. The area is known as “The Hundred Valleys of Umpqua” because of the diverse climates that allow for a wide range of varietals.  This isn’t typical Pinot Noir country.  While cooler, marine influenced microclimates exist in the northern areas around the town of Elkton, much of the Umpqua Valley is drier and warmer.   Spangler Vineyards, formerly La Garza Cellars, produces Cabernet Sauvignon from ungrafted older vines (planted 1968-1971).
Grilled Meat Food and Wine Pairing

Please share some of your wine and food pairing hurrahs or faux paus. For more wine pairing tips click here.

Wine Pairing Weekend #1 Bloggers: Be sure to check out the great pairings my fellow bloggers have come up with for the first Wine Pairing Weekend! 

Culinary Adventures with Camilla is pairing “Lemon Marmalade-Glazed Duck Legs + Holman Ranch’s Off-Dry Pinot Gris

Vino Travels – An Italian Wine Blog will share “Food and Wine Pairing: BBQ with Montepulciano d’Abruzzo

Grape Experiences is sharing “Wine and Dine: Sinfo Rosado 2012 with Chicken Enchilada Burgers

Pull that Cork posted “Rolled Pork Florentine on the Grill, Which Wine Pairs Best?”

From Cooking Chat, “Grilled Pork Tenderloin Paired with a Bonny Doon Syrah

Meal Diva blogged about “Grilled Sausage Kabobs and White Wine

Curious Cuisiniere paired “Wine Grilled Chicken with Lewis Station Winery’s Oaked Chardonnay

Join the #winePW conversation: Follow the #winePW conversation on Twitter throughout the weekend and beyond. You can also visit our group Pinterest board to pin some great pairing ideas for later! Stay tuned for the July Wine Pairing Weekend, which will focus on “Refreshing summer wine pairings” on Saturday, July 12.

— Jade

This article re-published with permission.

Wine Down Eugene

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We have a very special Wine Down Eugene this week:

Instant Gratification: Fresh Northwest Rosé
re-published with permission from Northwest Wine Anthem

There’s a statistic about how quickly Americans drink their wine, and it’s fairly shocking, in my opinion anyhow.  The average wine purchased in America is consumed within 40 minutes of purchase. So, basically how long it takes to get home from the store. Those of us who’ve had the patience, luxury and budget to purchase wines with the intent to hang onto them for a few years know what that experience can be like. Some wines that are good now can become transcendent over time, given a few years, well made wines can really achieve their full potential.

But the reality is these days most wines are made to be drunk now, or at least 40 minutes from now. And that’s okay too. I’m a huge advocate for holding onto wines, certainly particular vintages but when it comes to Rosé, there is no time like the present. Drink it now.

There is a plethora of pink being produced in the Northwest these days, and it’s funny because you only have to go back five or six years and a dry rosé was fairly rare around these parts. However in a very short time pink wine has become a staple of many if not most of the best wineries in Oregon and Washington. And we’re the beneficiaries.

There are definitely some perennial greats. Maison Bleue, Syncline, Stoller, Bergstrom and the amazing Glass from J.K. Carriere. Last year I was floored by a new discovery coming out of Southern Oregon in the Troon Vineyards Rosé. The great thing about this sort of rosé revival is that there’s enough of it out there that new discoveries are being made all the time.  Today I present you three that are new to me and one stand out Rosé that I recommend you get your hands on.

2013 Winter’s Hill Dry Rosé of Pinot Noir At Winter’s Hill Vineyard in the Dundee Hills AVA they’re dedicating a specific block of their Pinot to rosé production. The block is located such that there’s afternoon shade which might be at the root of the wine’s crisp acidity even with some time in neutral oak. The palate features bright but nuanced fruit flavors of early season strawberry, spring watermelon and apricot apricot and a mouthfeel that’s a tad rounded. $19

2013 J. Wrigley Rosé of Pinot Noir is from the McMinnville AVA, where the folks at J. Wrigley Vineyard planted Pinot Noir, Riesling and Pinot Gris back in 2008. This wine is bright and lively and comes with just a dab of residual sugar. Vibrant pink hued with juicy ripe fruits like sweet strawberries and cherry. The kiss of sweetness is carried off well with great balance and acid. The fact is I find wines with a touch of sweetness often work amazingly with smokey or barbecued meats and so I recommend giving this a whirl on the patio. $20

2013 Bartholomew Winery Rosé of Carmenere Okay, maybe I’m being lazy here, this will mark the third time we’ve talked about Bart’s new Rosé but there’s a reason for it, it’s excellent. Loaded up with complexity and frankly wholly unique the only Rosé of Carmenere we’ve ever heard of, and Bart says the only one in the States. I came across it again at the Belltown shop Champion Wine Cellars, those fellas are discerning. This wine almost takes on the hue of an orange wine, the aromatics are dried flowers and stone, on the palate its got loads of bright citrus fruit and a screaming good acidity. This wine is a silly good deal at $15

2013 Gilbert Cellars Rosé of Mourvedre Mourvedre is the cornerstone of the great rosés of Bandol and this one is a tip of a cap to those wines. I look at the pink wine from Gilbert Cellars to be one of the best bangs for your buck in Washington year in and year out and you can find it around $15. Super lean and crisp, with a zippy acid this wine offers layers of flavor, wet stone, grapefruit, strawberries and rhubarb ending with a kiss of fresh mint. The use of lees also gives the wine a touch of creaminess. $16

Thank you Clive Pursehouse of NorthwestWineAnthem.com for kindly allowing us to share this one!

Wine Down Eugene

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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 July 4 – 10

Parades with gleaming fire trucks, kids waving flags, the mouthwatering smell of BBQ’s, and night skies lit up with glittering fireworks – the Fourth of July is one of my favorite holidays.

Each year, my husband and I, along with our two boys, pack up the cooler and lawn chairs and head fifteen minutes south to Creswell for their Fourth of July Parade. From the dramatic F-15 flyover commencement to the fire trucks wailing on their horns and cooling off the audience with their hoses, the truly patriotic Creswell Parade usually lasts about two hours, and my kids have smiles on their faces from beginning to end.

Once the parade is over, we’re going to walk a couple blocks to Heidi Tunnell Catering Company (HTCC) for lunch and a glass of wine -they have beer too for you beer enthusiasts. HTCC will be open from 9 am to 3 pm on Wednesday, and they’ll be offering their delicious meat pies, fruit pies and wood fired pizzas aside one of the south Willamette Valley’s best wine lists. I’m looking forward to enjoying a tasty wood fired pizza along with a glass of Trust Cellars T.A.T.T. red blend – a wine I wrote about in a recent article, HTCC Barn Dinners Showcase Pacific NW Bounties.

The Creswell Farmers Market will be open from 9 am – 3 pm too, and it’s located inside Heidi Tunnell Catering Company, so we plan on getting some fresh goodies to pack up and take with us to Dexter Lake State Park, where we’ll be spending the rest of the afternoon and evening listening to live music while waiting for the fireworks show. This will be our first time to Dexter Lake, but their Fourth of July Extravaganza, which supports the Dexter Fire Department, has a great line-up of live music featuring 7 different bands including headliners The Procrastinators, a BBQ that is put on by the Dexter Fire Department, and from what I hear, a fantastic fireworks display.

Keeping my fingers crossed for sun and blue skies. Happy Independence Day!

 

Wine Bars, Shops and Restaurants

Heidi Tunnell Catering Company: Tue. Bakery 10 am – 6 pm, lunch from 11 am – 2 pm and wood fired pizza for dinner from 4-7 pm; Wed. 9 am – 3 pm, open for the 4th of July offering meat pies, fruit hand pies and wood fired pizza. Farmer’s Market will be open; Thur. No Thursday night dinner this week.182 South Second St., Creswell.

Territorial Vineyards and Wine Co.: Thu. 5-11 pm, music starts around 7 pm with Sean Peterson/Laura Kemp Duo; Fri. Sat. and Sun. Tasting room closed, look for Territorial Vineyards at Art and the Vineyard. 907 West Third Ave., Eugene.

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

Music and The Vineyard at Alton Baker Park: July 4, 3:30 – fireworks completion. Maude Kerns Art Center teams up with the Active 20-30′s to present live music, wine, food and fireworks. 100 Day Island Rd., Eugene.

Art and The Vineyard at Alton Baker Park: July 6-8. Art, Music, Wine and Food. Venues, times and ticket prices here. 100 Day Island Rd., Eugene.

Broadway Wine Merchants: Special mixed case of XWinery Cabernet & Patio Poundin’ White Blend for $150 (normally $206). Limited quantity available of St. Innocent’s unique white wine made from Pinot Noir, Oeil de Perdrix; Fri. 5-7 pm, Free Friday Wine Tasting; First Tuesday of each month – Cheese & Wine Tasting, $20 per person, call for reservations 541-685-0790. Read about their wine and cheese events here. 17 Oakway Center, Eugene.

The Wine Place (Yachats): Tue. 4-7 pm, wine tasting with Monk’s Gate Winery; Wed. 12:30-4 pm, Wine tasting with August Cellars and live music; Fri. 4-7 pm Beer Tasting with Epic Brewing; Sat.1-4 pm Wine tasting with Sokol Blosser. 373 N. Hwy. 101, Yachats.

Long’s Meat Market: Fri. 4-6 pm, free wine tasting with some cheese from their deli; Sat. 11 am – 3 pm, weekly Saturday parking lot BBQ of hot dogs, hamburgers, 1/2 chickens and brats- craft beers and Oregon wines available in the deli. 81 East 28th Ave., Eugene.

Wineries without Walls (wine shop & tasting room): This wine shop and tasting room showcases local wines and is located inside the Fern Ridge Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center in Veneta. 24949 Hwy. 126, Veneta.

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.

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

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

16Tons (Supreme Bean): Wed. No trivia tonight, *closing at 6 pm for 4th of July; Thu. 5-7 pm free wine tasting and 50 percent off wine by the glass; Every Fri. 6 pm, free live music; Every Sun. and Mon. 4-10 pm deals on growler and mason jar fills. 2864 Willamette St. & 265 E. 13th Ave., Eugene.

16Tons (Taphouse): *Closing at 8 pm for the 4th of July. New hours: Sun.-Wed. 3-10 pm, Thu.-Sat. 3 pm – 12 am. Great selection of beer and wine. 265 East 13th Ave., Eugene.

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

Koho Bistro: Wed. Wine Wednesdays – 25 percent off bottles of wine – excellent wine list with local wines from Territorial, J.Scott, Kandarian, Meriwether and Silvan Ridge to name a few; Happy Hour daily from 5 – 6:30 pm $1 off beers on tap, well drinks and wine. Read the Local Lunch Gals review. 2101 Bailey Hill Rd, Suite L, Eugene.

Marché Provisions: Wine Basics Class: Chardonnay – rescheduled to July 26. Stop by the shop to sign up or call for reservations 541-342-3612 296; Fri. 5-7 pm, Free weekly wine tasting. 296 E. 5th Ave., Eugene.

Le Bar at Marché: Seven days a week from 3-5 pm and 10 pm – 12 am – Happy Hour deals on cocktails, wine, beer and snacks. 296 E. 5th Ave., Eugene.

The Vintage: Great wine list with local and international wines, their house red is Wine By Joe Pinot Noir. Read the Local Lunch Gals review of The Vintage here. 837 Lincoln St., Eugene.

Falling Sky Brewing: *Closed July 4th; Normal hours: Sun.-Wed. 11 am – midnight and Thur. – Sat. 11-1 am. Excellent selection of handcrafted brews and local barrel to tap wines. Check out the Local Lunch Gals review of Falling Sky here. 1334 Oak Alley, Eugene.

Sam Bond’s Garage: Opens at 4 pm. Live music, full bar featuring local wine and beer-in the heart of the Whitaker Neighborhood. 407 Blair Blvd., Eugene.

Papa’s Soul Food: Tue. – Fri. Noon-2 pm and 5-10 pm. Sat. 2-10 pm. Great southern soul food and Blues joint with local wine from Territorial Vineyards & Wine Company and beer from local breweries. Read the Local Lunch Gals review here. 400 Blair Blvd., Eugene.

Sabai Café and Bar: Wines by the glass, $6 and under; excellent local wines from Territorial, King Estate, Capitello and Benton-Lane; check out a review by the Local Lunch Gals by clicking here. 27 Oakway Center, Eugene.

Belly: Select and affordable wine list. 30 E. Broadway., Eugene.

B2 Wine Bar: *Closed 4th of July; Happy hour Mon.-Fri., 4-6 pm, and 9-10 pm. Ask about Eugene Wine Cellars new Red Blend. Loads of Northwest wines offered here. 2794 Shadow Dr., 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. Read the Local Lunch Gals review.754 East Thirteenth Ave., Eugene.

Café 440: *Closed 4th of July; Wed. all day, Wednesday Wine Flights, taste three whites or reds for $10.50; Mon. – Sat. 3-6 pm Happy Hour specials. For the Local Lunch Gals review, click here. 440 Coburg Rd., Eugene.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wineries & Vineyards

Sarver Winery: Fri. 6-9 pm, live music featuring the Ramblin’ Robert Paisley Duo; Open daily 12-6 pm except Fri 12-9 pm; Gourmet pizza and live music on the first three Fridays of each month, Steak and Sarver Caesar Dinners on the last Friday of each month-call for reservations 541-935-2979. 2600 Mayola Ln., Eugene.

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): Fri. 5-9 pm, Friday Night Flights- Free three wine flight, live music and food available for purchase from varying local food carts; Visit the winery daily, Mon.-Thu. 12-5 pm, and Sat./Sun. 12-6 pm. 89697 Sheffler Rd., Elmira.

Pfeiffer Winery: Fri./Sat. Fondue Nights~Cheese and chocolate fondue with fixings; Daisy’s Food Cart offering great menu items on Fri. Sat. and Sun.! Open Mon.-Thu. 11 am – 5 pm and Fri./Sat. 11 am – 9 pm. 25040 Jaeg Rd., Junction City.

Silvan Ridge Winery: Fri. 12-9 pm, live music starting at 6 pm with Homeschool. Wood-fired pizza and wine; Open Sat.- Thur. 12-5 pm, Fri. 12- 9 pm. Complimentary taste of five wines in addition to several limited wines that may be tasted for a fee. 27012 Briggs Hill Rd., Eugene.

Sweet Cheeks: Fri. 6-9 pm, Twilight Tasting, sample pairings of Sweet Cheeks wine with Oregon-made artisan cheeses while listening to live music from 6:30-830 pm. Featured Food Cart: Crepe Cart; Sun. 12-6 pm, Mimosa Sundays, fine sparkling wine and live music from 2-4 pm. 27007 Briggs Hill Rd., Eugene.

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.

Saginaw Vineyards: Fri. 6-9 pm, Friday Night Live with The Huckleberrys, 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.

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

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

Stanton Vineyards: Another local winery without walls, look for Stanton wines at Sundance, Market of Choice, Wineries without Walls in the Fern Ridge Chamber of Commerce & Authentica, and in restaurants Marché and Eugene Country Club.

Kandarian Wine Cellars: 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.

Oakdale Cellars: A local winery without walls. Oakdale Pinot Noir is a glass pour at LeBar at Marche’. Check back often for tasting and event information.

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

Iris Vineyards:  Mn-Fri. 11 am – 4 pm. Starting June 16, the tasting room will be open on Saturdays from 11 am – 4 pm. 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.

Fractal Cellars: A winery without walls that pours samples at certain events around town. Check back often for dates and locations of tastings.

Save the Date or Reserve Now:

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; 2012 series Barn Dinner-reservations are now open, click here to make a reservation on line or call 541-895-5885. 182 South Second St., Creswell.

B2 Wine Bar/Crescent Village: Jul. 27, 9 pm Up; Aug. 10, 8:20 pm Casablanca; Aug 24 8 pm, Hook.

Sweet Cheeks: Aug. 16, Jewels of the Vine – a fundraiser to support Lane Community College’s Women in Trasition Scholarship. Finger foods, chocolates, wine tasting and other indulgences provided by local businesses. $20 admission. 27007 Briggs Hill Rd., Eugene.

Silvan Ridge Winery: Aug. 18, 2nd Annual Twilight 5K. 5K run, outdoor concert, food, wine and beer. 27012 Briggs Hill Rd., Eugene.