Wine country holiday tour: try the week before Thanksgiving 2015

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Thanksgiving weekend in Willamette wine country has become a vinous version of "Black Friday." Well-meaning tourists arrive in droves to visit their favorite Oregon winemakers, some of which aren't usually open to the public. But as anyone who's made the post-Turkey-Day trek can tell you, the special access and festivities come with crowds, both on the road and in the tasting rooms.

Turns out, you should go a week earlier, because that's when the real magic happens. Those wishing to avoid the crowds and enjoy a more intimate setting -- not to mention load up on delicious wine before Thanksgiving -- can attend lovingly curated harvest celebrations, dinners and special releases the weekend before the holiday instead of after. Leave the standing-room-only tasting bars to the masses. Nov. 21 and 22 prove that sometimes it's more fashionable to be early than late.

My Chauffeur Wine Tours has a list of the participating wineries having special events this pre-Thanksgiving day weekend, Nov 21st & 22nd 2015...

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Scott Paul Wines
128 S. Pine St., Carlton, 503-852-7300,  
Besides creating beautiful, Old World-style Oregon pinot noirs, winemaker Scott Wright of Scott Paul Wines also imports Burgundy and grower Champagne via his second venture, Scott Paul Selections. What better way to cleanse the palate after a day of pinot-centricity than with a flight of grower champagnes? For $20, guests will have the opportunity to taste five different bubbles from Wright's portfolio of more than 25 producers, including Marc Chauvet and Francis Cossy. And for those wishing to stay the course with pinot, a Burgundy flight of four is available, including a sneak-peak of Scott Paul 2011 Audrey Pinot Noir, a small production of less than 200 cases, which won't be released to the public until April. Audrey futures will be available for sale that day at a hearty discount. Accompanying all this delicious vino will be small bites curated by co-owner (and Scott's wife) Martha Wright, featuring ingredients from Chop Butchery and Newman's Fish Co.

Styring Pinot Noir 2012 - Release Celebration!

Celebrate the release of our 2012 Estate Pinot Noir! Join us the weekend before the Thanksgiving crowds for an exclusive tasting on our beautiful farm. You’ll be able to enjoy quiet conversations with us about the wine  and take in the peaceful beauty of our little slice of Oregon’s wine country.
Styring is a small, authentic, family owned/operated vineyard and winery using sustainable farming practices. We grow and make small case lots of award-winning wines. We’ll also be pouring our 2012 Whimsy Riesling, 2011 Estate Pinot Noir, 2010 Shameless Cabernet Sauvignon and 2008 Breathless Syrah Port-Style Dessert Wine.
Don’t forget your gift list! Styring wines are perfect for holiday celebrations and giving!
11 am-4 pm
Saturday & Sunday
Nov 22 & 23, 2014


at Lady Hill Winery 8400 Champoeg Rd., St. Paul
503-341-2698 Tasting Fee $NA
Hours: Friday-Sunday, 11am-5pm

& Saturday Nov 21.

Wines from five of the best appellations on Earth! Pinot noir (Willamette Valley); Pinot noir & Pinot gris (Columbia Gorge); Cabs, Merlot, Old Vine Zin (Columbia Valley); Sauvignon blanc (Marlborough) and Pinot noir (Central Otago). Open Saturday before Thanksgiving, too.

Cana's Feast Logo

Pre-Thanksgiving  Event & Release of
Cana's Feast 2012 Nebbiolo

Saturday, November 21st
1 pm to 4 pm

Join us this Pre-Thanksgiving weekend to explore two incredibly unique vineyard sites. We’ll begin by examining the distinct expression of power and intensity that typifies wine from the Red Mountain AVA by tasting a vertical flight of our Nebbiolo, grown exclusively for Cana's Feast at the acclaimed Ciel du Cheval Vineyard.

Taste our first release of the 2012 Nebbiolo
alongside the 2010 and 2011 vintages.

After we've wrapped our minds around the viticultural features that make Ciel du Cheval so special, we'll join a very special guest to delve into a barrel tasting of our most recent vintage wines from an epic site that is relatively new to our portfolio of vineyard partners -
Slide Mountain Vineyard. Planted at 1300' elevation, above the alluvial deposits of the Missoula floods, these vines are rooted in ancient blue-clay soils and ripen their fruit slowly, providing complexity, minerality and exceptional balance.

Taste our 2015 Slide Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah.

$10 per person ~ waived with a $25 purchase
Includes Nebbiolo vertical, barrel tasting of Slide Mountain wines
& light antipasti

Complimentary for Cellar Club members


We'll also have two great specials for you:

Nebbiolo 6-Pack
2 bottles ~ 2012 Nebbiolo
2 bottles ~ 2011 Nebbiolo
1 bottle ~ 2010 Nebbiolo
1 bottle ~ 2008 Nebbiolo

$170 ($150 for Cellar Club)
Retail Value: $191

Nebbiolo Case*
4 bottles ~ 2012 Nebbiolo
3 bottles ~ 2011 Nebbiolo
2 bottles ~ 2010 Nebbiolo
2 bottles ~ 2008 Nebbiolo
1 bottle ~ 2007 Nebbiolo (only available in case special)

$340 ($300 for Cellar Club)
Retail Value: $387

*Limited quantities available.
For those of you who can't join us, contact Amy to reserve yours today or arrange shipping.

2008 Bordeaux


Please join us for our annual pre-Thanksgiving Weekend open house on Saturday and Sunday, November 22 & 23, from noon until 4:00 p.m..  We'll be pouring and selling our new releases as well as many wines from Haden Fig.  A $10.00 tasting fee includes wine sampling, hors d'oeuvres and artisan cheeses. This year, Evesham Wood is partnering with Willamette Cares Food Share to raise funds and awareness for those in need.  Half of your tasting fee will be donated to a local food bank.  For more information, please visit

Cristom Winery
6905 Spring Valley Road N.W., Salem, 503-375-3068,  
Farther down the valley, Cristom Winery will be hosting its second annual Harvest Celebration, a food-centric affair designed to provide inspiration for your holiday table. Harvest chef Peter Szymczak (formerly of Portland's Vindalho and the former editor of Northwest Palate Magazine) will be teaming up with Ivy Manning, Portland food writer, cookbook author and MIX contributor, presenting a series of food stations paired with pours from Cristom's seasonal tasting flight. "We want to offer some nontraditional ideas from outside of the 'turkey-box,' " says Szymczak. Expect to see "alternative birds," including pheasant, alongside samplings of local charcuterie. Included in the $25 charge is a small packet containing copies of the day's recipes. Though the event is open to the public, reservations are strongly suggested.

Color Logo 2012

Redhawk Vineyard & Winery

2995 Michigan City Lane NW, Salem
503-362-1596 Tasting Fee $10
Hours: Friday-Sunday, 11am-5pm
Thanksgiving “Before & After” Festivals. Wine & barrel tasting, delicious food, our incredible view& music! We will have tri-tip sandwiches, Betty’s butternut squash soup, homemade sausages, smoked salmon paté, cheeses & more. Nov 21, 22 & Nov 27, 28 & 29.


Beaux Frères
Pre-Thanksgiving Open House 2015
pinot noir~art~nibbles~special bottlings

 Join Us!

15155 N.E. North Valley Road, Newberg,  
It's a family affair at Beaux Freres, as it eschews its typical appointment-only policy and flings its doors open to the public for the pre-holiday weekend. When?

Saturday, November 21st   

Wine tasting is from 10am-3pm
(no appointment necessary)

$25 tasting fee 

We will be pouring barrel samples of the 2014 wines
 and tasting the bottled 2013 Beaux Frères

Coattails Winery - Jared, Mike & Nathan Etzel
Terry Peasley - Artist 

Potters VineyardSavor the spice of Fall with all five senses! Rich wine, savory bites, lovely views, local art & great music at Potters Vineyard! Taste Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, new release of Dario Estate Pinot plus home-made Pinot Jelly. Featuring ceramic artists Jan Rentenaar and Patrick Noe. Easy access-½ mile off Hwy 99 east of Newberg. Open 11 to 5 pm. 
Potter's Vineyard
14725 NE Quarry Rd, Newberg, OR 97132, USA Google Map
November 21, 2015 11:00 am
November 21, 2015 5:00 pm
$10, waived with 3 bottle purchase.
Potter's Vineyard & Clay Art Gallery

Wineries Participating in this event

Potter’s Vineyard & Clay Art Gallery


Pre-Thanksgiving Weekend at Natalie's Estate Winery

natalie's estate cellar dinner

Saturday and Sunday, November 21st and 22nd, from 11:00am to 5:00pm

Stop by the tasting room and try our newest releases, surrounded by a spectacular view and a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Come and share the holidays with us! No reservations necessary!

There is a $10.00 tasting fee for non-Cellar Club members and a 10% discount on case purchases. Cellar Club members - there are no tasting fees for you and your guests and a 15% discount on any purchases.
We are located at 16825 NE  Chehalem Dr., Newberg, OR 97132. Directions and a map are on our website: Natalie's Estate Winery Information - please call us at 503-807-5008 if you have any questions.

Saturday, November 21, 2015. BE THERE!
Audrey's big on friendly reminders. Here's yours...

We're stringing lights, stirrin' soup and popping corks this Saturday!  We hope you can join us for our one-and-only open house event.

Crowley Wines Pre-Thanksgiving Release Party
Saturday, November 21st at August Cellars
$15 tasting fee (waived for Club Members and refundable with a three bottle purchase)
14000 NE Quarry Road | Newberg, OR

Taste all the new 2013 releases including the single vineyard Pinot Noirs, Entre Nous Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills Pinot Noir and Four Winds Chardonnay.

And don't forget, the Pre-Thanksgiving Release Party is the best place to stock up on your favorite Crowley Wines as we're offering a 15% discount on six bottles and a 20% discount on twelve bottles or more. Magnums will also be available. We hope to see you there!

Tyson & Co.


Pre-Thanksgiving Weekend at the Winery

November 21 - November 22

| $15

Join us at our Winery Tasting Room in the Granary District of McMinnville for our Pre-Thanksgiving open house. Taste current releases and 2015 barrel samples of both Brittan and Winderlea wines paired with savory appetizers from The Bistro Maison while peeking behind the curtain to see where and how the wines are made.
Open House 11am to 4pm
Barrel Tastings by reservation at 11am, 12:30pm & 2pm
Saturday and Sunday, November 21st & 22nd
$15 per person
{complimentary for Winderlea and Brittan wine club members}

RSVP to Cat Kaczynski at

or call 971.241.8228.

*Please note, this event is taking place at our winery in Mcminnville and NOT at our Estate Tasting Room in Dundee.

Taste 1789 Pinot Noir with
Winemaker Isabelle Dutartre

IsaPre-Thanksgiving Weekend!
Saturday, November 21st ~ Noon - 5pm

Lonesome Rock Firehouse -
209 N. Kutch St, Carlton OR 

Come join us in Carlton for a unique opportunity to taste and purchase our winemakers own label, 1789 Pinot Noir!

Very limited production (150 cases!) of these highly sought after wines are made each vintage. Isabelle will be pouring and selling her 2011 and brand new release of 2012.

We will be pouring a lineup of De Ponte favorites alongside her Pinots - take this opportunity to stock up for Thanksgiving and the Holidays!

The Carlton Winemakers Studio

Saturday, November 21st is an event not to miss. Transcendent, joy drenched, grubalicious…just plain souper!

On Saturday, November 21st from 11am-4pm, please join us at the Studio for a special tasting of Trout Lily, Wahle, Lazy River, Mad Violets, and Quintet paired with Vichyssoise and Oregon Wild Mushroom Bisque lovingly made by chef Carrie Wong of Extreme Chocolates. Carrie will also have her delicious truffles available for purchase. Entry is free to those of you who are members of our Wine Club. $15/person for non-members.

Four picks for the big holiday weekend

A sucker for the traditional wine country weekend madness? Here are four post-Thanksgiving options offering a little something extra:


The Four Graces (above) pairs up with chef Carrie Wong of Extreme Chocolates to present a delectable offering of small bites to accompany the release of its 2010 Black Family Estate Pinot Noir,  as well as its seasonal tasting flight. $20.
9605 N.E. Fox Farm Road, Dundee, 800-245-2950,  

Willamette Valley Vineyards will tap into its vast library to offer special pours enjoyed alongside cheeses and chocolates from local Oregon vendors. For an additional $5, guests can join winemakers in the cellar for barrel tasting. $20/$25, includes a souvenir wineglass.
8800 Enchanted Way S.E., Turner, 503-588-9463,  

offers a whopping seven-wine flight paired with local breads and cheeses, highlighting the best pinots from both the 2010 and 2011 vintages. $15.
18215 N.E. Calkins Lane, Newberg, 503-554-0468,  

Montinore Estates seeks to sate your sweet tooth by offering Mimi's French Market toffees alongside its seasonal flight. $5.
3663 S.W. Dilley Road, Forest Grove, 503-359-5012,



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