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Wineries Worried About Warm Weather

Grape budCORVALLIS, Ore. — Local farmers are concerned that our current warm weather will negatively affect this season’s grape crops.

Vintners say due to the warm weather, grape buds are already starting to break, but they shouldn’t be breaking at least for another three weeks.

“The problem is the frost season isn’t over yet. If we get frost on these buds, we’re going to lose at least half of the crop. That’s going to be a huge economic loss,” said David Buchanan, Owner or Tyee Wine Cellars.

Watch KEZI 9 News tonight at 5 and 6 p.m. to find out how grape farmers are dealing with this issue.

October 8 – Morning Headlines

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Morning Headlines

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exclusion zone
Mayor Piercy says she is only willing to keep the ordinance in place for up to another year, and only if the list of crimes that trigger exclusions is shortened.
  • Spate of Dumpster fires hits downtown Eugene
    Late Sunday and early Monday a string fires in Dumpsters were reported in several blocks of the western downtown area.
  • Extension of city’s exclusion zone may hinge on mayor’s vote
    Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy is willing to keep the city’s downtown exclusion zone for another year — but only if the council changes it. The council this evening could deadlock 4-4 on whether to keep the controversial ordinance in place beyond Nov. 3…
  • County eyes property from raid
    Lane County authorities want to keep $60,637 in cash, a sport utility vehicle and an automated teller machine seized from a medical marijuana club owner whose Eugene dispensary was shut down after a police raid on Aug. 30. Attorneys for the county last…
  • Oregon wineries seeing “best ever” grape harvests with 2012 dry spell
    Lasting fall sunshine and a record dry spell is making for a possible banner year for Oregon wineries as many local winemakers get ready to harvest grapes this week. 
  • Handy, county back in court
    It was a replay of the videotape — but through the looking glass — in Lane County Circuit Court on Friday. Once again, attorneys for Lane County and some members of its board of commissioners were in a courtroom, appearing by video camera before a …
  • Council takes up coal issue tonight
    Union Pacific Railroad won’t have a place at the table during this evening’s Eugene City Council panel discussion on coal trains, but the railroad asserts it can safely ship coal through the city. The City Council is considering a resolution opposi…
  • Oregon State men’s soccer earns first road win since 2010
    Emery Welshman’s seventh goal of the season led Oregon State to a 1-0 victory over San Diego State on Sunday afternoon in Pac-12 men’s soccer. Welshman’s goal and the defense’s shutout moves the Beavers to 6-4-1 and 1-2 in league …

Keep Current: – EDN Headline News, Sports and Weather

Tim Chuey Weather:

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Even Columbus himself would find it hard to complain about today’s weather. Our rain season for Western Oregon officially began October first and it looks like we have a chance of seeing some rain by the end of the week.

High: 72
Low: 39
Forecast: sunny and mild

A  high pressure ridge (Shaded “Arch” shape with blue arrows) has moved to the east a bit, but still centered over Oregon, (see blue arrows curving from the northeast) and a thermal trough of low pressure (dashed line along the Oregon coast) our weather pattern will remain stable. We’ll have chilly nights followed by pleasant days with sunshine and average temperatures for today, Columbus Day, and beyond. It’s time to think back and remember the destruction caused by the “Great Columbus Day storm of 1962.” Today is the celebrated day for Columbus Day (now a Monday holiday), but the storm in 1962 actually occurred on October 12th the day historically designated as “Columbus Day.” For more on that storm click here.

Forecast for the Southern and lower Mid Willamette Valley including Eugene-Springfield and Albany-Corvallis: Mostly sunny and mild today (Columbus Day), clear this evening,  partly cloudy tonight, AM clouds, a mix of clouds and sun Tuesday, clear Tuesday night, partly cloudy in the AM, sunny Wednesday, then partly cloudy Wednesday night highs near 72 lows 39-42. Partly cloudy Thursday and Thursday night, mostly cloudy with a slight (20%) chance of rain Friday, a (30%) chance of rain Friday night and Saturday, mostly cloudy with a (40%) chance of rain Saturday night, then cloudy with a (40%) chance of rain Sunday highs 72-65 warming to near 70 Sunday lows 42-46. (seasonal averages high 68 low 42)

Because weather forecasting is a combination of science, intuition, and timing there can be no absolute guarantees that individual forecasts will be 100% accurate. Nature is in a constant state of flux and sudden unexpected weather events can happen.

Keep Current on the Weather: timchueyweather4u.com

December 2 – Morning Headlines

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The USDA cuts funding for the Winery Report. Local vineyards rely on this report.

Headlines

  • Third stabbing suspect turns himself in
    The third of three suspects in a stabbing that occurred Nov. 20 on East 14th Avenue turned himself in to police Thursday night, Eugene police said. Flavio Alberto Villa, 19, was subsequently charged with first-degree assault, third-degree assault and f…
  • Retirement home employee charged with burglary
    A former retirement home employee is in jail, accused of stealing credit card information from residents. Eugene police say the suspect caught the victims off guard by gaining their trust before stealing from them. Cynthia Rose Smith was arrested and l…
  • Lane County and its nurses at odds in contract talks
    Lane County government and its union-represented nurses have reached a stalemate in contract talks, presenting the possibility of a future strike over health insurance or wages, a union official said this week. The two sides will try to come to terms t…
  • Funding Cut for Oregon Winery Report
    Oregon winemakers are wrapping up their harvest season.  The fruits of their labor are usually published in an annual report conducted by the USDA, but the federal government has just cut funding for the report.The Oregon Wine Growers As…
  • Eugene man gets probation in Taser case
    A Eugene man whose drunken-driving conviction was overturned on appeal will serve two years probation on a related charge of resisting arrest, a Lane County Circuit judge ruled on Thursday. Paul Rene Chaney, 37, was also ordered to serve 14 days in jai…
  • Em-X researching additional routes, improving existing stations
    The Lane Transit District is looking to make a few changes in the next couple of weeks and will present the ideas in a meeting next week.
  • Senate Passes Christmas Tree Resolution
    Starting Thursday, the first full week in December will be designated as National Christmas Tree Week. Sponsored by Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley, the Senate unanimously passed the Christmas tree resolution Wednesday, saying it honors the jo…
  • Oregon volleyball falls to Colorado State in tournament
    The No. 13 Oregon volleyball team’s first NCAA Tournament game in two years ended in bitter disappointment Thursday night. The Ducks dropped a five-set heartbreaker to Colorado State in Hawaii, 24-26, 25-21, 25-21, 15-25, 15-10. Duck outside hitter A…

Tim Chuey Weather:

The dry weather will continue through early next week.

High: 49
Low: 30
Rain: Dry

A high pressure ridge (“Arch” shape on the jet stream) is moving over us and the airflow will dry us out and return the sunshine. So, for the better part of the next 5 days we’ll see sunshine after the late night and early AM fog clears out. That also means that our air quality will suffer with the sinking air of high pressure holding on to the pollutants at the surface. Early to mid next week we’ll see the chance of precipitation returning.

Forecast for the Southern and lower Mid Willamette Valley including Eugene-Springfield and Albany-Corvallis: Partly cloudy with patchy fog this AM, a mix of clouds and sun this afternoon, partly cloudy in the evening, mostly cloudy with patchy fog late tonight and Saturday AM, a mix of clouds and sun Saturday afternoon, then partly cloudy with patchy late night and early AM fog Saturday night through Sunday night highs 46-49 lows near 30-32. Partly cloudy with early AM and late night patchy fog Monday and Monday night, partly cloudy Tuesday, mostly cloudy with a slight (20%) chance of rain Tuesday night, a mix of clouds and sun with a slight (20%) chance of showers Wednesday, mostly cloudy with a slight (20%) chance of showers Wednesday night (snow level 1,000 ft.), then a mix of clouds and sun with a slight (20%) chance of rain and snow showers Thursday highs 50-44 lows 32-36. (seasonal averages high 47 low 35)

Because weather forecasting is a combination of science, intuition, and timing there can be no absolute guarantees that individual forecasts will be 100% accurate. Nature is in a constant state of flux and sudden unexpected weather events can happen.

Keep Current on the Weather: timchueyweather4u.com

Wine Down Eugene

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Julia Crowley, EDN

A great weekend to wine down

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

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

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

Crafted local beers are a great match with the holiday trimmings

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

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

Cheers and Happy Thanksgiving! ~Julia

Wine Bars & Wine Shops

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Granary Wine Bar: Wed., all day $5 glass pours of house white or red. Find Patchwork Cellars delicious Pinot Noir here. 259 East 5th Ave., Eugene.

Cornucpia Maize Lounge: Daily happy hour 3-6 pm – “3/3/3  at 3” special. Three-dollar micros, wells and wine. 73 E. 13th Ave., Eugene.

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

Wineries and Vineyards

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wine Down Eugene

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jiffy Market: Fri. 5-7 pm Free wine tasting, house picks and pours; Sat. 6-10 pm. Purchase a whole sandwich from the deli and receive a Ninkasi pint for $2!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Café Lucky Noodle: Tue. 5:30-7:30 pm Wine Night – all bottles 35 percent off. Complimentary wine tasting in the lobby. Excellent wine list.

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

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

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Wineries & Vineyards

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

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

Silvan Ridge Winery: Open daily 12-5 pm, Fri. 12-9 pm. Complimentary taste of five wines in addition to several limited wines that may be tasted for a fee.

Benton-Lane Winery: Open Daily 11 am – 5 pm Enjoy one of the Top 100 wines of the World: Benton-Lane 2010 Pinot Gris! Available in the tasting room by taste, glass or bottle.

King Estate: King Estate is open Daily 11 am-8 pm. Sample some of Oregon’s finest wine, dine on gourmet cuisine, and enjoy a valley view that’s unmatched.

Sarver Winery: Winter hours: Mon – Thu. by appointment, Fri.-Sun. 12-6 pm. Sample their different styles of Pinot Gris produced from their 25-year old estate vines along with full bodied reds like Cabernet, Syrah and Petite Sirah while taking in an unobstructed view of the Cascades.

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

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

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

Brigadoon Wine Co.: Fri.-Sun. 12-5 pm or by appointment. Call 541-998-8708. Try Brigadoon’s three excellent wines: a Pinot Blanc and two Pinot Noirs, which can now be enjoyed on their lovely deck with a view, or if it’s raining, you’ll be invited into their kitchen!

LaVelle Vineyards (winery in Elmira): Friday Night Flights is officially over for the winter season, but it will be back soon! Visit the winery daily, Mon. – Fri. 12-5 pm and Sat. – Sun. 12-6 pm.

Saginaw Vineyards: Open daily 11 am – 5pm. Sample their delicious traditional style wines in their tasting room located in the original building of a 1905 farmstead. They also specialize in farm-fresh fruit wines! 80247 Delight Valley School Rd, Cottage Grove. Just 15 minutes south of Eugene at Exit 176 off the I-5. Call 541-942-1364 for more information.

Stanton Vineyards: Another local “winery without walls”, so keep an eye out for events where Charlie Stanton will be pouring his delicious wines. Bottles sold at Sundance, Market of Choice & Authentica and in restaurants Marché and Eugene Country Club.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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WE HAVE A WINNER FOR THE TWO VIP TICKETS TO THE NORTHWEST FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL!

Congratulations to Eugene Daily News reader Kelsey Ivey! You are the lucky winner of TWO VIP tickets to this premiere event!

The Northwest Food and Wine Festival will take place at the Double Tree Lloyd Center in Portland on Nov. 5 from 4-8 pm ($190 value). Your twoVIP tickets include an early admission to the Preferred and Grand Tasting Event from 4-5 pm. There will be over 600 wines and 50 restaurants offering samples along with Certified Sommelier’s and Chefs available for questions regarding wine and food.

Your two VIP tickets are being held at the WILL CALL booth under your name at the Northwest Food and Wine Festival. This is a 21 and over only event. A valid ID will be necessary to obtain the winning tickets.

Again, congratulations, and I’ll see you at the Northwest Food and Wine Festival. Cheers! – Julia

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Wine Bars & Wine Shops

Eugene Cascades & Coast Adventure Center: Tue. 4-6:30 pm. Vertical Pinot Noir tasting with Noble Estate and 20 percent off wine purchases.

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

Ambrosia: Wed. 5:30-7 pm. First Wednesday Wine Tasting taking place in Ambrosia’s cellar. 10 Big and Bold red wines from Oregon’s Zerba Cellars (fruit from Walla Walla)! $20 per person with a $5 credit towards wine purchase.

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

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

16 Tons (Taphouse on 13th): Thu. 4-6 pm. Sample the line-up from Woodchuck Draft Cider.

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

Territorial Vineyards & Wine Co.: Thu. open 5-11 pm – live music starts around 7 pm with The Porch Band; Fri. Open 5-11 pm – live music starts around 7 pm with Dreamdogs. 907 W. 3rd, Eugene

Bier Stein: Thu. 7-9 pm Calling all Phish phans for the Phish Foam party featuring Sierra Nevada’s Foal Pilsner.

Café 440: Wed. all day – Wednesday Wine Flights. Three pours for $10.50.

Cafe Madeira: Fri. 5-8 pm. Free Wine Tasting and Grand Opening of Cafe Madeira inside Cedar Sage and Roses. Sample an excellent selection of Oregon wines with special Holiday prices on bottles to go. 2108 Main Street, Springfield.

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

Broadway Wine Merchants: Fri. 5-7 pm Free Friday Wine Tasting. Angus recently brought in as much of Evesham’s 2010 WV Pinot Noir ($19 each and Evesham’s 2009 Le Puits Sec Pinot Noir just 500 cases produced, only 8 left ($36 ea) Special case discounts available.

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

Sam’s Place Tavern: Sat. watch Oregon (7:30 pm) and OSU (12:30 pm) games; Every booth has its own flat screen TV in addition to 22 plasma TVs – Sports bar with a great wine list, 21 glass pours, all under $7! Wine list includes some excellent Oregon & northwest wines.

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

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

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

Jiffy Market: Fri. 5-7 pm Free wine tasting, house picks and pours; Sat. 6-10 pm. Purchase a whole sandwich from the deli and receive a Ninkasi pint for $2!

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

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

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

Agate Alley Laboratory: Sat. 10 pm Late Night at The Lab with $1 off glass pour wine, $3 well drinks and pints, $9.50 pitchers & appetizer special. 25 varieties of wine for $25 dollars! New menu was released last Thursday and their wine list is one not to miss.

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

Capella Market: Fri. 4-6 pm Beer/Cider Tasting with Woodchuck (Middlebury, VT).

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

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

Café Lucky Noodle: Tue. 5:30-7:30 pm Wine Night – all bottles 35 percent off. Complimentary wine tasting in the lobby. Excellent wine list.

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

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

 

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Wineries & Vineyards

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

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

Pfeiffer Vineyards: Open Daily 11 am – 5 pm. Watch the Ducks and Beavers on the big screen in the tasting room while sipping Pfeiffer wine by the fireplace!

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

Benton-Lane Winery: Open Daily 11 am – 5 pm Enjoy one of the Top 100 wines of the World: the 2010 Pinot Gris! Rates are available in the tasting room by taste, glass or bottle.

King Estate: King Estate is open Daily 11 am-8 pm. Sample some of Oregon’s finest wine, dine on gourmet cuisine, and enjoy a valley view that’s unmatched. Their Acrobat Pinot Gris was recently Wine Spectator’s Wine of the Week!

Sarver Winery: Open Mon.-Thu. 12-5 pm and Fri.-Sun. 12-8 pm. Sample their different styles of Pinot Gris produced from their 25-year old estate vines along with full bodied reds like Cabernet, Syrah and Petite Sirah while taking in an unobstructed view of the Cascades.

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

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

Brigadoon Wine Co.: Fri.-Sun. 12-5 pm or by appointment. Call 541-998-8708. Try Brigadoon’s three excellent wines: a Pinot Blanc and two Pinot Noirs, which can now be enjoyed on their lovely deck with a view, or if it’s raining, you’ll be invited into their kitchen!

LaVelle Vineyards (winery in Elmira): Friday Night Flights is officially over for the winter season, but they will be back soon! Visit the winery daily, Mon. – Fri. 12-5 pm and Sat. – Sun. 12-6 pm.

Saginaw Vineyards: Open daily 11 am – 5pm. Sample their delicious traditional style wines in their tasting room located in the original building of a 1905 farmstead. They also specialize in farm-fresh fruit wines! 80247 Delight Valley School Rd, Cottage Grove. Just 15 minutes south of Eugene at Exit 176 off the I-5. Call 541-942-1364 for more information.

Stanton Vineyards: Another local “winery without walls”, so keep an eye out for events where Charlie Stanton will be pouring his delicious wines. Bottles sold at Sundance, Market of Choice and Authentica and in restaurants Marché and Eugene Country Club.

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

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

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

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Oakshire Brewing: Nov. 12 Doors open at noon for the Hellshire II release & unveiling of newly remodeled tasting room. Live music and food available for purchase. Hellshire II is an Imperial Stout that was aged for seven months in bourbon barrels and will be sold at a special price during the event.

16 Tons (Supreme Bean/Union Cafe): Nov. 12, 4-10 pm. Coffee Stout Fest! Free Entry. Taster $1-$3 each. Sample over 20 coffee infused Stouts, Porters and Imperial Stouts. Chocolate Stout cake and other baked goods infused with beer; Nov. 19-20, 12-10 pm both days. 2nd Annual Winter and Strong Ale Festival. Featuring over seventy beers, some of which are the strongest on the planet. 2684 Willamette #500, Eugene.

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

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

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

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

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ENTER TO WIN TWO VIP TICKETS to the NW FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL!

This premier event will take place at the Double Tree Lloyd Center in Portland on Nov. 5 from 4-8 pm ($190 value). TWO VIP tickets include an early admission to the Preferred & Grand Tasting Event from 4-5 pm. There will be over 600 wines and 50 restaurants offering samples along with Certified Sommelier’s and Chefs available for questions regarding wine and food.

Two ways to be entered to win:
1. Like or share this weeks Wine Down Eugene on Facebook.
2. Comment on this weeks Wine Down Eugene on eugenedailynews.com.

This is a 21 and over only event. A valid ID will be necessary to obtain the winning tickets. Winner will be announced in the Nov. 2 Wine Down Eugene. Winning tickets will be on Will Call at the event.

Good luck, and I hope to see you at the Northwest Food & Wine Festival, cheers! – Julia

Wine Down for October 26 – November 1

Wine Bars & Wine Shops

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

Mac’s at the Vet’s Club: Wed. 6-9 pm. Wine, Jazz & Variety Show with Gus Russell & Paul Biondi. A different Oregon winery is featured each week; Sat. 7 pm – 2 am Mac’s Halloween Bash- costume contest, prizes and drink specials, live music with Door Number Three at 7 pm and Michael Tracey at 9:30 pm.

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

16 Tons (Union Cafe/Supreme Bean location at 29th and Willamette): Thu. 4 pm Ninkasi Total Tap Takeover! Fresh Hopped, Oak Aged, Cask and other unusually fun brews will be featured. Pint & Growler specials too.

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

Territorial Vineyards & Wine Co.: Thu. Open 5-11 pm – music starts around 7 pm with Jesse Meade (solo acoustic); Fri. 5-11 pm – music starts around 7 pm with Manouche Noir (gypsy jazz). October Art: original oils by Lorraine Bushek-Autumn Tour. 907 W. 3rd,Eugene

Bier Stein: Thu. 5-8 pm Tasting of  Logsdon Organic Farmhouse Ales. Farmhouse-style ales from a real farm just outside of Hood River.

Osteria Sfizio: Sun. 5-9 pm Regional Italian Dinner featuring Arbruzzo. The Arbruzzo region of Italy is known for strong flavors and strong hospitality. For reservations, call 541-302-3000.

Café 440: Wed. all day-October Wednesday Wine Flights. In honor of Breast Health Awareness this month, they’re proudly featuring red and white wines from Cline Cellars in Sonoma County. Cline Cellars has donated over $200,000 to Breast Cancer Foundations. $1 from each bottle of Cashmere sold goes to Breast Cancer Research. Three pours of Cline Cellars for $10.50.

B2 Wine Bar: Happy hour is M-F 4-6 pm and 9-1 0pm; Thu. and Sat. Outdoor BBQ. Loads of northwest wines offered here.

Broadway Wine Merchants: Fri. 5-7 pm Free Friday Wine Tasting. Angus recently brought in as much of Evesham’s 2010 WV Pinot Noir ($19 each and Evesham’s 2009 Le Puits Sec Pinot Noir just 500 cases produced, only 8 left ($36 ea) Special case discounts available.

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

Sam’s Place Tavern: Wed. 6 pm Cigar Night – Cigars on 7th brings in a selection of cigars and knowledge every last Wed. of the month; Fri. 8-11 pm live music with Blind Lemon Pancake; Sat. Oregon vs WSU at noon and OSU vs Utah at 4 pm; Every booth has its own flat screen TV in addition to 22 plasma TV’s – Sports bar with a great wine list, 21 glass pours, all under $7! Wine list includes some excellent Oregon & northwest wines.

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

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

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

Jiffy Market: Fri. 5-7 pm Free wine tasting, house picks and pours; Sat. 6-10 pm. Purchase a whole sandwich from the deli and receive a Ninkasi pint for $2!

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

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

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

Agate Alley Laboratory: Sat. 10 pm Late Night at The Lab with $1 off glass pour wine, $3 well drinks and pints, $9.50 pitchers & appetizer special. 25 varieties of wine for $25 dollars! New menu was released last Thurs. and their wine list is one not to miss.

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

Capella Market: Fri. 4-6 pm Beer Tasting with New Belgium Brewing (Fort Collins, CO); Sat. 4-6 pm Wine tasting with Mitchell Wines.

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

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

Café Lucky Noodle: Tue. 5:30-7:30 pm Wine Night – all bottles 35 percent off. Complimentary wine tasting in the lobby. Excellent wine list.

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

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

Wineries & Vineyards

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Abbelone Vineyards: Wed. all day starting first thing in the morning – Spooky Harvest Party. Help the Ferry family celebrate harvest and bring in their bountiful Pinot Noir! They will supply the clippers and bins along with food starting at noon, wine, music and friends. Kids are invited too, in costumes too! 85505 Christensen Rd. (across from Cascade Raptor Center) off of Fox Hollow.

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

Silvan Ridge Winery: Open daily 12-5 pm, Fri. 12-9 pm. Complimentary taste of five wines in addition to several limited wines that may be tasted for a fee.

Benton-Lane Winery: Open Daily 11 am – 5 pm Enjoy one of the Top 100 wines of the World: the 2010 Pinot Gris! Rates are available in the tasting room by taste, glass or bottle.

King Estate: King Estate is open Daily 11 am-8 pm. Sample some of Oregon’s finest wine, dine on gourmet cuisine, and enjoy a valley view that’s unmatched. Their Acrobat Pinot Gris was recently Wine Spectator’s Wine of the Week!

Sarver Winery: Open Mon.-Thu. 12-5 pm and Fri.-Sun. 12-8 pm. Sample their different styles of Pinot Gris produced from their 25-year old estate vines along with full bodied reds like Cabernet, Syrah and Petite Sirah while taking in an unobstructed view of the Cascades.

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

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

Brigadoon Wine Co.: Fri.-Sun. 12-5 pm or by appointment. Call 541-998-8708. Try Brigadoon’s three excellent wines: a Pinot Blanc and two Pinot Noirs, which can now be enjoyed on their lovely deck with a view, or if it’s raining, you’ll be invited into their kitchen!

LaVelle Vineyards (winery in Elmira): Fri. 5-9 pm Friday Night Flights with free flight tastings, Devour Gourmet Food Cart and live music.

Saginaw Vineyards: Open daily 11 am – 5pm. Sample their delicious traditional style wines in their tasting room located in the original building of a 1905 farmstead. They also specialize in farm-fresh fruit wines! 80247 Delight Valley School Rd, Cottage Grove. Just 15 minutes south of Eugene at Exit 176 off the I-5. Call 541-942-1364 for more information.

Stanton Vineyards: Another local “winery without walls”, so keep an eye out for events where Charlie Stanton will be pouring his delicious wines. Bottles sold at Sundance, Market of Choice & Authentica and in restaurants Marché and Eugene Country Club.

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

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

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

Save the Date or Reserve Now

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Ambrosia: Nov. 2, 5:30-7 pm. First Wednesday Wine Tasting taking place in Ambrosia’s cellar. 10 Big & Bold red wines from Oregon’s Zerba Cellars (fruit from Walla Walla)! $20 per person with a $5 credit towards wine purchase.

Eugene Cascades & Coast Adventure Center: Nov. 8, 4-6:30 pm. Vertical Pinot Noir tasting with Noble Estate and 20 percent off wine purchases.

Oakshire Brewing: Nov. 12 Doors open at noon for the Hellshire II release & unveiling of newly remodeled tasting room. Live music and food available for purchase. Hellshire II is an Imperial Stout that was aged for seven months in bourbon barrels and will be sold at a special price during the event.

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

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

 

Harvesting the Perfect Pinot at Benton-Lane

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Julia Crowley, EDN

Decorative Fall colored vines grace the entrance to Benton-Lane

As I drove out to Oregon’s beautiful wine country just northwest of Junction City to visit Benton-Lane Winery Oct. 21, good timing just happened to be on my side.

Benton-Lane’s first day of the 2011 harvest had started just hours before my arrival, and I was lucky enough to catch up with Steve Girard, owner of Benton-Lane, as he was hauling in a large bin of freshly picked Pinot Noir grapes. After his forklift successfully lifted a large bin of grapes up to the destemmer machine, Steve jumped off the forklift and headed my way with a grin that reflected his excitement and happiness about the harvest finally arriving.

“This is a challenging harvest, and it’s the second challenging harvest we’ve had recently, we had one last year as well,” Girard said. He explained that the challenges are due to the fact that the season began late, so there was late bud break followed with a late bloom. The result of a late season is larger clusters, and the larger clusters are not as easy to ripen up as the smaller clusters are.

“The good news is that the forecast is cooperative,” Girard said. “our fruit is spanking clean (meaning there is no botrytis or fruit rot), and the even better news is that the birds aren’t bothering us as much as they did last year.”

larger than average clusters of Pinot Noir

In 2010, yields were much lower than usual because of an unexplained phenomenon of an infestation of grape-devouring birds. As if it were straight out of Alfred Hitchcock’s legendary horror film “The Birds”, flocks of starlings, jays, and robins swooped down on the clusters that hadn’t ripened enough for picking. The result was devastating to smaller production wineries because their yields were taken down, in some cases, by more than half of what they would usually harvest.

The only explanation that was merely an assumption by vineyard owners was that the indulging birds homed in on their grapes because of the late season; therefore, many vintners this year were wondering if the late season would again bring the feasting flocks back to their vineyards. Thankfully, the birds have, for the most part, left the majority of the grapes alone.

Regardless of the challenges that Benton-Lane has faced, Girard and his crew consistently produce award-winning wines year after year. In fact, Girard said 2010 was a better season for them than the highly regarded 2008 vintage was.

According to Wine Spectator, Oregon’s 2008 vintages were, “The best that Oregon has ever produced.” In 2006, Benton-Lane was recognized by Wine Spectator as having two of the “Top 100 Wines of the World”.

Their 2004 vintage Pinot Noir and 2005 vintage Pinot Gris were both on the list, and Girard had just recently found out that his 2010 Pinot Gris is on the list of the Top 100 Wines of the World for 2011. Wine Spectator won’t be revealing their Top 100 for 2011 until Nov. 14, so I felt pretty lucky to have received this privileged information before the rest of the worlds wine enthusiasts.

One of the reasons why his Pinot Gris has been chosen numerous times for this prestigious award is that they ferment their Gris for six weeks which results in a very floral wine.

“If you make Pinot Gris, you can ferment it in three days, run it through a filter, bottle it and sell it in a month from when the fruit comes down,” Girard said.

Benton-Lane ferments their Gris for six weeks, and they control the temperature of the ferment, so instead of seeing big bubbles like in a cauldron, they get their’s to percolate little tiny bubbles just once in a while.

Steve Girard, owner of Benton-Lane Winery

“The yeast are there, they’re alive, but they’re just barely working, and when that happens, you get this release from the Pinot Gris of these floral notes, and that’s what Pinot Gris is all about, the floral characters,” Girard explained. The longer fermentation process results in outstanding Pinot Gris that doesn’t go unnoticed.

There are two good reasons for the attention that Benton-Lane receives for their stellar wines, and one of them is their unique location that Girard considers to be very special.

In the early 80’s, Girard was a winemaker in California and yearned to make exceptional Pinot Noir. Knowing that California’s warmer weather causes Pinot to build up sugar in the grape faster than it builds up the flavor, Girard looked towards Oregon because of its cooler climate. He knew that the climate and soil in Oregon was ideal for growing Pinot grapes, so he began to do extensive research on premier Pinot locations.

Girard started researching Oregon’s climate data and studying soil maps, weather maps, sun maps and wind maps along with days of sunlight and degree days, which was information he found in the library. This was, of course, before the days and convenience of surfing the World Wide Web. After intense research, he concluded that the ideal location for him would be from about eight miles north of where Benton-Lane now sits and about eight miles south of it, in between Eugene and Corvallis along the western foothills.

Steve shares a sample of ripened Pinot Noir grapes

“The weather data showed that it’s warmer in this area, and more benevolent weather with less wind and less storms,” Girard said. He believes now that the reason for the better weather is because Prairie Mountain, that’s due west of the Benton-Lane property, protects that area and actually drives the storms around the property. There are many times that Girard has stood at the top of the vineyard and seen rain in Eugene and rain in Albany while the sun was beaming down on Benton-Lane.

One hundred years ago, the Benton-Lane property was a sheep ranch appropriately named Sunnymount Ranch, and luckily for Girard, the Sunnymount Ranch was for sale when he was looking for the perfect Pinot property.

Girard noted that the second reason why Benton-Lane wines have been categorized in the Top 100 Wines of the World more than any other winery in Oregon is because of the dedication and diligence of his crew. He’s a firm believer in the 80/20 rule.

“For any endeavor, you’ll get 80 percent of the quality with 20 percent of the effort and that last 20 percent of the quality is 80 percent of the effort,” Girard said.

Girard has managed to achieve that last 20 percent of the quality by hiring people who are fanatic about what they do. Not only does their ideal location allow them to produce fruit that is more complete, but he also has employees that have a true passion for wine while displaying the utmost pride in what they do.

freshly harvested Pinot Noir

Benton-Lane makes all of the Pinot sisters: Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir and Pinot Chardonnay, which used to be the real name of Chardonnay. All four varieties have the same parentage. they all grow beautifully in the Willamette Valley, and Girard believes that Oregon is growing and producing some of the best Chardonnay in the world.

I’ve had the Benton-Lane Chardonnay, and I believe that they’ve set the bar very high for future vintages of this wine. With that said, I admit I never knew Chardonnay was related to Pinot until my conversation with Girard.

I followed Girard out to the vineyard, and we tasted the Pinot Noir right off the vine. Divinely sweet, he explained that the brix (the sugars) had reached their optimal level in just the last week alone. Along with being beautifully ripened and optimally sweetened, today was the perfect day to begin harvesting the grapes for their First Class Pinot Noir and their Pinot Gris.

Steve inspects a cluster of Pinot Gris

The harvested grapes go into large labeled bins that get hauled to Benton-Lane’s state of the art crush pad. I noticed the Pinot Noir grapes were sorted by hand to remove leaves and immature clusters while they rode on a conveyer belt. The belt led them to a machine that diligently removed whole berries from their stems and the stems came out of one chute while the whole berries were dropped out of another chute.

The berries were directly dropped into a large white bin that is called a pot. Then the Pinot Noir grapes ferment in these 1 1/4 ton open top pots while the skins, pulp and seeds float to the top. Those are then “punched down” by hand to acquire optimum extraction of flavor and color of the skins, and once a pot passes the fermentation inspection, the juice goes into barrels.

The First Class Pinot Noir has its own barrel room with a specially designed system that allows the wine in the barrels to be stirred without getting air into the barrel. This system holds each barrel on a set of wheels, so the juice gets stirred by rotating the barrel, it’s pure ingenuity.

Stainless Steel Fermenting Tanks

The freshly harvested Pinot Gris whole grape clusters were loaded into a press, stems and all. The presser forced the juice from the grapes, and the juice dripped down into a large tray which ensured minimal contact with the skins because they have a bitter compound that can effect the quality of the wine. The stems, skins and seeds were released into a different tray.

Girard noted that nothing gets wasted at Benton-Lane.

Everything is put into a compost pile and is worked back into the soil on the property. The juice from the tray then gets gently sucked through a hose into one of their temperature controlled stainless steel fermenting tanks. The temperature is kept at a very cool level so the fresh flavors and aromas of the fruit are maintained.

Pinot Gris cluster - another award winning vintage?

To add complexity and depth to the finished product, a small portion of the fruit is barrel fermented. Only a little is used so it doesn’t overpower the fresh fruit flavors. Their highly regarded 2010 Pinot Gris is a crisp refreshing wine with apple blossom and lime aromas, melon, peach and apple flavors on the palate, and a smooth lingering finish. Well deserving of the award from Wine Spectator as one of the Top 100 wines in 2011, and a 93-point rating from Wine & Spirits.

The Benton-Lane Winery

The 2011 harvest has been challenging for sure, but the excitement in Girard’s voice and the smile on his face translated good news, and I have no doubt that the 2011 vintage from Benton-Lane will be nothing short of spectacular. Girard and his crew work hard at growing, maintaining, harvesting and producing wines from the Pinot varietal, they are what I like to call, “Pinot Perfectionists”.

Benton-Lane’s beautiful tasting room is open daily from March up to Christmas from 11 am to 5 pm. In January and February, they are open Monday through Friday from 11 am to 5 pm.

The winery’s address is:
23924 Territorial Highway
Monroe, OR 97456

Wine Down Eugene

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Julia Crowley’s Wine Down Eugene – October 19-25

Fall is upon us, and it’s one of the most spectacular times of the year to head out to wine country and take-in the colorful foliage while enjoying the superb wines of the South Willamette Valley. One of my favorite wineries to visit this time of year is Sweet Cheeks Winery, where I can sit fireside and enjoy a glass of their luscious, velvety 2008 Vintage Pinot Noir while overlooking the Briggs Hill Valley. Sweet Cheeks is open daily from 12-6p, except for special events like their Friday night Twilight Tastings where you can enjoy wine tasting paired with Oregon-made artisan cheeses and live music from 6-9p. This Saturday, celebrate the end of harvest at their annual Masquerade Ball. Enjoy this famed event in costume which includes light appetizers and dancing for $12 p/p.

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Wine Bars & Wine Shops

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

Marché Provisions: Thu. 7:15p Wine Basics Class: Germany & Austria $35 p/p. “From the dry Gruner-Veltliners of Austria to the range of varieties along the Deutsche Weinstraße, the winemaking tradition in this region is rich.” Light snacks & $15 gift card included; Fri. 5-7p Free Friday Wine Tasting

16 Tons (Union Cafe/Supreme Bean location): Thu. 4-6p Extreme Beer Tasting Event with Stone Brewing:”We’re not Humble” mini tap-takeover. Pint glass giveaway to the first 48 beers sold along with samples of Stone Brewings Hot Sauces.

Authentica Wines: Tue-Fri 11a-6p / Sat. 10a-5p Wine Tasting available every Sat. at the Wine Bar & on the first Fri. of each month during the Art Walk. With a focus on artisan, small production wines for every budget, you’re bound to find something you love at this wine shop. 766 West Park St., Eugene.

Territorial Vineyards & Wine Co.: Thu. Open 5-11p – music starts around 7p- Dan Jones & The Golden Motors (acoustic); Fri. 5-11p – music starts around 7p with Jerry Zybach (blues). October Art: original oils by Lorraine Bushek-Autumn Tour. 907 W. 3rd,Eugene

Café 440: Wed. all day-October Wednesday Wine Flights. In honor of Breast Health Awareness this month, they’re proudly featuring red and white wines from Cline Cellars in Sonoma County. Cline Cellars has donated over $200k to Breast Cancer Foundations. $1 from each bottle of Cashmere sold goes to Breast Cancer Research. 3 pours of Cline Cellars for $10.50.

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

Broadway Wine Merchants: Thu. 6p SPECIAL Sit Down Tasting with Napa’s Duckhorn Wine Co., Sample wines that are currently not available in Oregon. $25 p/p (16 person limit)Call now to reserve your space 541-685-0790; Fri.5-7p free wine tasting weekly. You can find the incredile, local Abbelone Pinot Noir here.

LaVelle Club Room at 5th Street Market: Open during construction! Wed. 5-8p ½off glass pours for ladies; Thurs. & Fri. 6-8p Live music.

Sam’s Place Tavern: Wed. 5p BBq Oysters & Ale Tasting with Oakshire, Ninkasi & Western Beverage along with live music with Skip Jones; Fri. 8-11p live music with Skip Jones; Sat. UofO vs CO & OSU vs WSU; Every booth has its own flat screen TV in addition to 22 plasma TV’s – Sports bar with a great wine list, 21 glass pours, all under $7! Wine list includes some
excellent Oregon & NW wines.

Red Agave: Excellent wine list including Oregon’s finest from King Estate, Territorial, Evesham Wood & Cristom to name just a few, it’s impressive.

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

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

Sundance Wine Cellars: Fri. 5-7p themed Frugal Friday wine tasting with Mario; Sat. 5-7p featuring local and regional wineries – wineries announced the day of on their facebook page. Current wine special: Cameron Vineyards 2009 Reserve $28.95 each or $26.07 by the case.

Jiffy Market: Fri. 5-7p Free wine tasting, house picks and pours; Sat. 6-10p Purchase a whole sandwich from the deli and receive a Ninkasi pint for $2!

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 & Capitello’s Sauvignon Blanc here – ½ off on Tuesdays!!

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

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

Agate Alley Laboratory: Sat. 10p Late Night @ The Lab with $1 off glass pour wine, $3 well drinks and pints, $9.50 pitchers & appetizer special. 25 varieties of wine for $25 dollars! New menu was released last Thurs. and their wine list is one not to miss.

Agate Alley Bistro: Mon. all day – 6 cheese fondue with all the fixings to dip, and their glass pour wines are ½ off for a bottle!

Capella Market: Fri. 4-6p Beer Tasting with Firestone Walker Brewing (Paso Robles, CA); Sat. 4-6p Wine tasting with D’Vine.

Kiva Grocery: Wine Department focuses on affordable NW wines, small European wines and Organic wines. 10% off mixed case, 15% off unbroken cases.

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

Café Lucky Noodle: Tue. 5:30-7:30p Wine Night – all bottles 35% off. Complimentary wine tasting in the lobby. Excellent wine list.

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

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

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Wineries & Vineyards

 
Pfeiffer Vineyards: Open Mon.-Thu. 11a-5p & Fri./Sat. 11a-9p! The Pfeiffer’s are finishing harvest this week… head out and watch the process, or sip some wine in the Water Garden, linger by the fireplace, or watch the Duck and Beaver Games on the Big Screen in the tasting room!

Silvan Ridge Winery: Open daily 12-5p, Fri. 12-9p. Complimentary taste of 5 wines in addition to several limited wines that may be tasted for a fee.

Benton-Lane Winery: Open Daily 11a-5p Enjoy one of the Top 100 wines of the World-the 2010 Pinot Gris rates 93 points is now available in the tasting room by taste, glass or bottle.

King Estate: Fri. 6p Cascades Raptor Center Benefit Dinner – Grand 5 Course Prix Fixe Dinner for $150 p/p ($75 of which is tax deductible) & price includes wine, dinner & gratuity, contact Autumn Brown for more information at 541-942-9874; King Estate is open Daily 11a-8p. Sample some of Oregon’s finest wine, dine on gourmet cuisine, and enjoy a valley view that’s
unmatched.

Sarver Winery: Open Mon.-Thu. 12-5p & Fri.-Sun. 12-8p. Sample their different styles of Pinot Gris produced from their 25 year old estate vines along with full bodied reds like Cabernet, Syrah and Petite Sirah while taking in an unobstructed view of the Cascades.

Chateau Lorane: Open daily 12-5p.  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-to name a few.

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

Brigadoon Wine Co.: Fri.-Sun. 12-5p or by appointment. Call 541-998-8708. Try Brigadoon’s 3 excellent wines-A Pinot Blanc & two Pinot Noirs, which can now be enjoyed on their lovely deck with a view, or if it’s raining, you’ll be invited into their kitchen!

LaVelle Vineyards (winery in Elmira): Fri. 5-9p Friday Night Flights with free flight tastings, Devour Gourmet Food Cart & live music with Jennifer Sennett.

Saginaw Vineyards: Open Daily 11a-5p. Sample their delicious traditional style wines in their tasting room located in the original building of a 1905 farmstead – they also specialize in farm -fresh fruit wines! 80247 Delight Valley School Rd, Cottage Grove.  15 minutes south of Eugene at exit 176 off the I-5.  541-942-1364

Stanton Vineyards: Another local “winery without walls”, so keep an eye out for events where Charlie Stanton will be pouring his delicious wines. Bottles sold at Sundance, Market of Choice & Authentica, and in restaurants Marché and Eugene Country Club.

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

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

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Save the Date/Reserve Now

 
Marché Restaurant: Oct. 26th – French Regional Dinner with specially paired French wines, featuring the Alsace region.

Wineries without Walls (wine shop & tasting room): Oct. 29th 4-6p wine tasting featuring Benton-Lane Winery.

Osteria Sfizio: Oct 30th 5-9p Regional Italian Dinner featuring Arbruzzo. The Arbruzzo region of Italy is known for strong flavors and strong hospitality. For reservations, call 541-302-3000.

Eugene Cascades & Coast Adventure Center: Nov. 8th 4-6:30p Vertical Pinot Noir tasting with Noble Estate and 20% off wine purchases.

Oakshire Brewing: Nov. 12th Doors open at noon for the Hellshire II release & unveiling of newly remodeled tasting room. Live music & food available for purchase. Hellshire II is an Imperial Stout that was aged for 7 months in bourbon barrels and will be sold at a special price during the event.

Wine Down Eugene

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There’s a lot happening in and around Eugene this month, but you’ll be sure to find me spending my Thursday nights in October at 16 Tons Union Cafe, Supreme Bean location for their Extreme Beer Tastingevents.October 13th is “A Night of New Belgium”: Several rare beers from New Belgium Brewing will be on tap including KICK, an Oak-Aged Sour Ale made with Pumpkin and Cranberry Juice. Free samples will be offered from 4-6pm, and $2 pints and $8 growler fills of select New Belgium beers will be offered all night.

October 20th, the “Stone Brewing: We’re Not Humble” mini tap-takeover will begin at 4p with free tastings until 6p and a pint glass giveaway to the first 48 beers sold along with samples of Stone Brewings Hot Sauces. October 27th is the Ninkasi Total Tap Takeover! Ninkasi will dominate 16 Tons by taking over every tap. 12 taps and a cask featuring Fresh Hopped, Oak Aged & other unusually fun brews. $8 Growlers and live music at 8pm-this is a one-of-a-kind event!
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Wine Bars & Wine Shops

Authentica Wines: Tue-Fri 11a-6p / Sat. 10a-5p Wine Tasting available every Sat. at the Wine Bar & on the first Fri. of each month during the Art Walk. With a focus on artisan, small production wines for every budget, you’re bound to find something you love at this wine shop. 766 West Park St., Eugene.

Territorial Vineyards & Wine Co.: Thu. Open 5-11p – music starts around 7p-Tim McLaughlin Presents-Tim and special guests jam; Fri. 5-11p – music starts around 7p with Marty Chilla and friends. October Art: original oils by Lorraine Bushek-Autumn Tour. 907 W. 3rd,Eugene

Café 440: Wed. all day-October Wednesday Wine Flights. In honor of Breast Health Awareness this month, we’re proudly featuring red and white wines from Cline Cellars in Sonoma County. Cline Cellars has donated over $200k to Breast Cancer Foundations. $1 from each bottle of Cashmere sold goes to Breast Cancer Research. 3 pours of Cline Cellars for $10.50.

Marché Provisions: Fri. 5-7p Free Friday Wine Tasting. Check their facebook page often for the wines they will be featuring.

B2 Wine Bar: M-F 4-6p & 9-10p Happy Hour. Thu. & Sat. Outdoor BBQLoads of NW wines offered here

Broadway Wine Merchants:  Fri. 5-7p free wine tasting weekly

LaVelle Club Room at 5th Street Market: Open during construction! Wed. 5-8p ½off glass pours for ladies; Thurs. & Fri. 6-8p Live music.

Sam’s Place Tavern: Fri. 8-11p live music with Jason Cowsill (solo); Sat. UofO vs AZ State & OSU vs BYU; Every booth has its own flat screen TV in addition to 22 plasma TV’s – Sports bar with a great wine list, 21 glass pours, all under $7! Wine list includes some excellent Oregon & NW wines.

Red Agave: Excellent wine list including Oregon’s finest from King Estate, Territorial, Evesham Wood & Cristom to name just a few, it’s impressive.

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

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

Sundance Wine Cellars: Fri. 5-7p themed Frugal Friday wine tasting with Mario; Sat. 5-7p featuring local and regional wineries – wineries announced the day of on their facebook page. Current wine special: Cameron Vineyards 2009 Reserve $28.95 each or $26.07 by the case.

Jiffy Market: Fri. 5-7p Free wine tasting, house picks and pours; Sat. 6-10p Purchase a whole sandwich from the deli and receive a Ninkasi pint for $2!

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 & Capitello’s Sauvignon Blanc here – ½ off on Tuesdays!!

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

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

Agate Alley Laboratory: Sat. 10p Late Night @ The Lab with $1 off glass pour wine, $3 well drinks and pints, $9.50 pitchers & appetizer special. This is Agate Alley Bistro’s sister restaurant. 25 varieties of wine for $25 dollars! New menu was released last Thurs. and their wine list is one not to miss.

Agate Alley Bistro: Mon. all day – 6 cheese fondue with all the fixings to dip, and their glass pour wines are ½ off for a bottle!

Capella Market: Fri. 4-6p Beer Tasting with Logsdon Farmhouse Ales (Hood River, OR); Sat. 12-6p Fall Festival with lots of tastings, activities and entertainment.

Kiva Grocery: Wine Department focuses on affordable NW wines, small European wines and Organic wines. 10% off mixed case, 15% off unbroken cases.

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

Café Lucky Noodle: Tue. 5:30-7:30p Wine Night – all bottles 35% off. Complimentary wine tasting in the lobby. Excellent wine list.

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

Fern Ridge Chamber of Commerce (wine shop & tasting room): Sat. 4-6p Stop by the new “Wineries Without Walls” wine shop & tasting room located inside the Fern Ridge Chamber of Commerce before the big Duck’s game and pickup a bottle of wine to celebrate.  Angela Ferry, owner of Abbelone Vineyard, will be pouring her amazing Pinot Noir!

Cornucopia Maize Lounge:  Every Thur. until October 20th– New Belgium Beer night. Buy a New Belgium beer and receive $1 off & a raffle ticket for the 20 yr anniversary Fat Tire Bike from New Belgium Brewery Giveaway to benefit The Bridgeway House. All other nights raffle tickets cost $1. Winner of the bike will be picked October 20th; every Tue. through summer~ $2 Micros until 9p.
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Wineries & Vineyards

Silvan Ridge Winery: Sun. 8:30a-12p Harvest Run & Brunch –for women of all running levels. Treat yourself to a morning of fun, fitness and food. Coffee, an hour run, brunch with Off The Waffle, and wine tasting with a sports nutritionist. $30 p/p For more information: http://www.runmommarun.com/home/rmr/page_98

Sweet Cheeks Winery:  Open Daily 12-6p, except Fri. 12-9p; Fri. 6-9p Twilight Tasting, wine & cheese pairing with Oregon-made artisan cheeses, live music from 6:30-8:30p; Sun. noon-6p Mimosa Sunday, bring your own brunch, live music 2-4p

Benton-Lane Winery: Open Daily 11a-5p Enjoy one of the Top 100 wines of the World-the 2010 Pinot Gris rates 93 points is now available in the tasting room by taste, glass or bottle.

King Estate: Open Daily 11a-8p. Sample some of Oregon’s finest wine, dine on gourmet cuisine, and enjoy a valley view that’s unmatched.

Chateau Lorane: Open daily 12-5p.  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-to name a few.

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 with water garden night lights~gorgeous!

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

Brigadoon Wine Co.: Fri.-Sun. 12-5p or by appointment. Call 541-998-8708. Try Brigadoon’s 3 excellent wines-A Pinot Blanc & two Pinot Noirs, which can now be enjoyed on their lovely deck with a view!

Capitello Wines: Sat. 12p- Capitello wines will be pouring at the Bend Fall Festival if you’re heading that way& have a need for the fabulous Capitello Willamette Valley Sauvignon Blanc!

Saginaw Vineyards: Open Daily 11a-5p. Sample their delicious traditional style wines in their tasting room located in the original building of a 1905 farmstead – they also specialize in farm -fresh fruit wines! 80247 Delight Valley School Rd, Cottage Grove.  15 minutes south of Eugene at exit 176 off the I-5.  541-942-1364 visit:

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

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
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Save the Date or Reserve Now

Marché Provisions: Oct. 20th 7:15p Wine Basics Class: Germany & Austria $35 p/p. “From the dry Gruner-Veltliners of Austria to the range of varieties along the Deutsche Weinstraße, the winemaking tradition in this region is rich.” Light snacks & $15 gift card included.  

Sweet Cheeks Winery: Oct. 22nd 7-11p Masquerade Ball – Come in costume to celebrate the end of Harvest! Light appetizers, dancing, music. $12 / $9.60 for wine club members.

Marché Restaurant: Oct. 26th   French Regional Dinner with specially paired French wines, featuring the Alsace region.


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