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Unique Happenings on Memorial Wine Weekend

Posted on: May 17th, 2012 by Guest Blogger No Comments

Barrels like this one at Ardiri Winery & Vineyards are being opened at wineries this weekend--along with special events.

As plans are being made for the upcoming extended weekend, we’ve been asked: What sort of unique events are planned for Memorial Wine Weekend?
The short answer: Plenty!

Regardless of what the weather may be like here in late May, this winery weekend is sure to be inviting and fun–and no tickets or advance sign-up is needed. Participating wineries are generally open May 26, 27 and 28 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.–check individual websites listed below for extended hours at select spots.
Here’s our rundown of events and offerings that certainly don’t happen every year in Washington County during this lively weekend!

Specialty Food

Helvetia Vineyards & Winery is featuring a salmon bake/dinner cooked in the traditional manner by tribal members. This smoked goodness will be offered Sunday and Monday from noon to 5 p.m., and the $15 per person contribution will fund summer field trips for Warm Springs youth. Live bluegrass and country music is also on the agenda. All this and wine, too!

At Ardiri Winery and Vineyards in Cornelius, the current releases will be paired with cheeses from Quail Run Creamery in Gaston plus a variety of local artisan food purveyors offering samples of their craft. Experience live landscape painting by nationally recognized Oregon artist Jen Vranes, whose work appears on several Ardiri labels.

Apolloni Vineyards in Forest Grove is offering handcrafted charcuterie from Olympic Provisions of Portland. Meats and sandwiches will be available for purchase, along with other picnic treats to enjoy on the patio–and pair with barrel tastings.

During this holiday weekend SakeOne hosts three local wineries (Abbey Creek Vineyard, Dion Vineyard & Gresser Vineyard), who will be pouring diverse offerings from their 2006-2011 vintages alongside select sake. Boxed lunches will also be available for purchase from Sundial Baking.

Enjoy charcuterie alongside Estate Riesling at Alloro Vineyard in Sherwood.

Your Own Glass…and More

At David Hill Vineyard and Winery in Forest Grove, the $10 tasting fee goes toward seven wines, light hors d’oeuvres and a logo glass.

For a $15 fee at Elk Cove Vineyards, enjoy an Oregon Pinot Noir glass, 2009 high-rated Pinot as well as bread and cheese.

At Freja Cellars in Hillsboro, the $10 tasting fee includes: a logo glass, fruits, cheeses, bread and chocolate–as well as estate wine samples poured by the winemaker.

A $10 fee at Patton Valley Vineyards includes a monogrammed Pinot glass, 5-wine flight and “tasty nibbles.”


Cooper Mountain Vineyards in Beaverton is offering live music each day, new releases and “nibbles.”

Provinical Vineyards is offering its first-ever vineyard event, with live music on both Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 3:30 p.m.–along with small bites and newly released signature wines.

A Blooming Hill Vineyard is offering music all three days: acoustic guitar music Saturday from 1:30 p.m. on, Sunday music nearly all day, and Monday music from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Plum Hill Vineyards is offering live music from 1 to 4 p.m., and pairing this with new release tastings.

Garden Vineyards is offering live music in the gardens on Saturday, May 26, and picnic and a la carte grill and salad items for purchase. Snacks are complimentary on Sunday.

At Montinore Estate on Monday, there will be live music by Eric John Kaiser, who performs modern pop-rock in both English and French.

Enjoy live music and samplings of food and wine–with special discounts all weekend at Oak Knoll Winery.


Alpacas of Oregon in Sherwood welcomes visitors Saturday and Sunday to watch shearing and meet some of the crias (baby alpacas). While this is not a wine event, it is a chance to learn about alpacas, and the barn store will be open as well.

Be sure to consult our list of all area wineries and things to do in Oregon’s Washington County.

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