Memorial Weekend in Wine Country, a popular annual event in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, returns with many wineries throughout the Washington County participating in this treasured tradition.
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 25, 26 and 27 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Check individual wineries for extended hours at select spots.
Here’s our rundown of events and offerings, by city, during this lively weekend:
Cooper Mountain Vineyards celebrates Memorial Weekend with live music, new releases, tasty appetizers and fantastic views. (Tasting fees: $10-20, includes logo glass)
Ponzi Vineyards will release its 2011 Chardonnay at the Ponzi Historic Estate, and will pull two vintages–produced from Dijon clones–from the library. (Tasting fees: $10/$15)
At Ardiri Winery and Vineyards, one of “10 wineries where the view is as good as the Pinot,” sample wares from local food artisans, as well as its “Vino di Tavola,” back by popular demand. (Tasting fees: $10)
A Blooming Hill Vineyard is offering wedding anniversary chocolate cake, plus tastings of its 2012 new releases. (Tasting fee: $7)
Apolloni Vineyards is offering tours of its newly opened underground wine cave, complete with barrel tastings! Plus, enjoy handcrafted charcuterie and sandwiches from Olympic Provisions of Portland–available for sampling and purchasing–to enjoy on the patio. (Tasting fee: $5)
At David Hill Vineyard and Winery’s historic farmhouse tasting room, taste a variety of estate-grown wines served in a logo glass to keep and light hors d’oeuvres, paired with live music. (Tasting fee: $10, includes logo glass)
Popcorn from Masala Pop paired with wine marks the Saturday festivities at Montinore Estate. New releases and wine specials will be available all weekend long. (Tasting fee: $10)
Elk Cove Vineyards is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the planting of its highly acclaimed Roosevelt Vineyard with a pouring of the vineyard’s first vintage, a 1996 Pinot Noir. Elk Cove is opening the vault to additional library tastings, and will have limited bottles available for purchase. (Tasting fees vary)
New wine releases and two generations of Oregon winemaking and hospitality will be celebrated at Kramer Vineyards. (Tasting fee: $10)
Patton Valley Vineyard is featuring a six-wine flight, which includes four newly-released 2011 Pinot Noirs and the anticipated 2012 rosé, paired with stunning views, tasty nibbles and lively conversation. (Tasting fee: $10)
Freja Cellars is breaking out its 2008 Reserve Pinot Noir, as well as releasing the new 2010 Estate Pinot Noir, paired with breads, cheeses and chocolates. (Tasting fee: $10, including logo glass; tastings are free if you bring your own Freja logo glass)
Don’t miss the opportunity to visit J. Albin Winery, which opens to the public only during special events. Sample the winery’s Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, sparkling wines and small-lot production of Cabernet (a rare find in the north Willamette Valley), paired with delicious cheese from Quail Run Creamery. (Tasting fee: $10)
Anam Cara Cellars is unveiling its first unoaked Chardonnay, along with spring releases of rosé, Riesling and its ever-popular Gewürztraminer. (Tasting fee: $10)
Enjoy releases of 2012 whites, 2011 Tempranillo and new releases of Pinot Noir paired with fine meats and cheeses at Raptor Ridge Winery. (Tasting fee: $15; open Friday-Monday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
Sample a three-vintage vertical tasting of Alloro Vineyard’s Estate Pinot Noir, along with newly released rosé, Riesling and Chardonnay, paired with charcuterie. Additional tastings of limited-production Pinot Noir will be available in the barrel room. (Tasting fee: $10; $25 for the library tastings)
Tour the vineyard, taste limited production wines and current releases, including a preview of Sophia’s 2011 Pinot Noir, paired with hors d’oeuvres at Beckham Estate Vineyard’s tasting room and ceramic galley. (Tasting fee: $5; open weekend long, with reduced hours on Monday, 12-4 p.m.)
Blakeslee Vineyard Estate celebrates the opening of its new tasting room! Sample Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling and rosé in a souvenir glass and paired with nibbles. (Tasting fee: $15)
Hawks View Cellars is opening its doors to the public this Memorial Weekend and is releasing its White Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir, paired with a “Grapevine Barbecue.” (Tasting fee: $15; $25 for wine and food; open Saturday and Sunday only, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
Quailhurst Vineyard celebrates Memorial Weekend with a Saturday-only event featuring its acclaimed wines paired with hors d’oeuvres, as well as self-guided tours of the historic estate Japanese gardens and dressage demonstrations (weather permitting). (Tasting/Event fee: $20; Saturday only, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
NOTE: This is not a complete list of Memorial Weekend happenings in Oregon’s Washington County. Be sure to consult our website for a complete list of all area wineries and wine shops in Oregon’s Washington County, and visit our Event Calendar for up-to-the-minute events throughout the weekend.
Source: Willamette Valley Wineries Association
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