Wine country holiday tour: try the week before
Some sections by RAECHEL SIMS (Oregonlive.com)
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...
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
at Lady Hill Winery 8400 Champoeg Rd., St. Paul
503-341-2698 Tasting Fee
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.
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
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
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:
2 bottles ~ 2012 Nebbiolo
2 bottles ~ 2011 Nebbiolo
1 bottle ~ 2010 Nebbiolo
1 bottle ~ 2008 Nebbiolo
$170 ($150 for Cellar Club)
Retail Value: $191
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
Retail Value: $387
*Limited quantities available.
For those of you who can't join us, contact Amy to reserve yours today or
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
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.
2995 Michigan City Lane NW, Salem
503-362-1596 Tasting Fee
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.
Pre-Thanksgiving Open House 2015
pinot noir~art~nibbles~special bottlings
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.
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
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.
Wineries Participating in this event
Potter’s Vineyard & Clay Art Gallery
Pre-Thanksgiving Weekend at Natalie's
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
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.
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,
Bergstroem 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,