The 15 wineries of Washington County and the Convention and Visitors Bureau of
Washington County have teamed up on a new marketing initiative to expand
offerings for visitors during the busy Thanksgiving tasting weekend.
Debuting Nov. 26-28 over Thanksgiving weekend, the inaugural "Wineology Weekend"
features a series of educational classes for all levels of wine enthusiasts that
focus on wine knowledge and fun. While Washington County wineries have offered
individual programs during Thanksgiving weekend for more than 20 years, the
group was looking for a new approach for the popular holiday tasting weekend.
"We're finding growing interest from visitors in an 'experiential approach' that
offers hands-on, educational experiences that are also fun," said Brian Harney,
director of marketing of the Convention and Visitors Bureau of Washington
County. "As one of Washington County's busiest weekends for wine visitors, the
Thanksgiving holiday seemed like a great opportunity to launch our new
Featured classes include the impact of organic vineyard practices at Cooper
Mountain Vineyards and Oregon wine industry history at Ponzi Vineyards. The
wineries also will be participating in the "Oregon Bounty" program offering
tastings of local cheeses, pears and hazelnuts.
For $20, "Wineology Weekend" participants receive a course syllabus, tastes at
each participating winery, a free Riedel "O" glass, and access to eight
half-hour classes throughout the weekend. Classes, begin on the hour starting at
noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. For a list of participating wineries and directions,
www.gatewaytooregonwines.com or call 800-537-3149.