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Oregon's Wine Country Comes Alive with Annual
|Sokol Blosser Winery
(McMinnville, Oregon) - It's "Memorial Weekend in
the Wine Country" tour time again, May 26 – 28, marking the
17th year of the twice-yearly event. No longer is it just limited to Yamhill
County and the Oregon coast range - as if that wasn't large enough already.
Now, the massive Wine Country tour encompasses the whole of the Willamette
Valley, featuring wineries in the Portland, Salem, Polk County and Corvallis
areas, as well as rural Yamhill County. More than 120 member wineries
are open between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. - some closed the rest of the year
but only opening their doors for these events.
Although recognized as one of the premier Pinot Noir producing
areas in the world, Oregon’s Willamette Valley also produces varietals
from Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc to Chardonnay, Riesling, Syrah and Merlot.
This event draws wine lovers from around the country to explore the hamlets
and towns of the Willamette Valley and taste the fruits of their labors.
Visitors can see firsthand some of the region’s small, family-owned
wineries often closed to visitors, as well as larger wineries and tasting
rooms offering new releases, barrel tasting, gourmet food and limited
feature food, music and other interesting events. But all host wine tasting,
with many charging a tasting fee.
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You'll find them all over Yamhill County/Coast Range towns
and rural areas, like Dundee, Newberg, Carlton, Dayton or Gaston. They're
also in Hillsboro, various parts of Portland, the hills of West Salem,
Philomath, Monmouth and dozens of other areas with names you've probably
never heard of.
Big and small wineries abound. There's Beran Vineyards
in Hillsboro, Hip Chicks do Wine in SE Portland, Lachini Vineyards in
Newberg, Antica Terra from Gaston, Pheasant Court Winery in Philomath,
Dundee's Domaine Serene and Duck Pond Cellars, and Youngberg Hill Vineyards
& Inn in McMinnville, to name a few.
events sometimes come with the wine tasting. Aside from the ecstasy-inducing
wine, Sokol Blosser Winery, in the Dundee area, goes completely bonkers
and not only features new releases but music by the Bobby Torres Ensemble,
along with catered lunch provided by another stunning culinary coups.
(Highway 99 W, 503-864-2282).
For a literary twist, local writer Christina Melander and
photographer Janis Miglavs will sign copies of their newly released illustrated
guide to northwest wine-producing regions at various wineries in the valley.
Their book, “Pacific Northwest: The UItimate Winery Guide”
is published by Chronicle Books ($22.95) and features detailed profiles
of 30 wineries and over 100 color photographs. It’s quite a guide
to wine areas of Oregon, Washington and British Columbia. This region
is known not only for its popularity as a tourist destination, but for
its maverick winemakers and award-winning wines. Christina and Janis will
sign at the following Willamette Valley wineries during Memorial Day in
Wine Country: Adelsheim, Argyle, Bethel Heights and Carlton Winemakers
Beach Rentals, Lincoln City. Perfect for large family
vacations all the way down to a getaway lodging for two - with
over 25 vacation rental homes to choose from. A breathtaking collection
of craftsman or traditional beachfront homes, or oceanview houses
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At Spanish Head, Lincoln City. Lincoln City’s only
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Another special treat includes the debut of a wine glass
made for Oregon wines. Visitors to some of the Willamette Valley tasting
rooms during Memorial Day in Wine Country will be able to sip and swirl
in Riedel’s new wine glass designed specifically for Oregon Pinot
noir. A group of winemakers, wine writers, and sommeliers played a key
role in the development of the new glass. After extensive research, the
prototype for the glass was delivered with a large-bowled, tulip-shaped
glass that flares out gently at the top to focus the aromas. “Willamette
Valley Pinot noirs have their own distinctive style, and Riedel’s
new glass was designed to showcase that style,” said Cole Danehower,
wine editor, Northwest Palate Magazine.
Other celebrations happen at various wineries, including
live music and food. At St. Innocent Winery in Salem, their food menu
expands with wine friendly treats: grilled salmon, herbed Oregon leg of
lamb, French white beans, Oregon and imported cheeses, breads from Cascade
Baking Co., and strawberries with chocolate ganache. 1360 Tandem Street
NE. Salem, Oregon. 503-378-1526.
For a wine touring map with winery listings, lodging
and dining, call the Willamette Valley Wineries Association at 503-646-2985,
send an email to email@example.com or visit www.willamettewines.com.
Sands Condominium Motel, Lincoln City. Free, fresh baked
cookie upon check-in is just the start. All rooms beachfront and
up against Lincoln City's most famous stretch of beach: the D River.
Each room comes as a suite or mini-suite, and has a kitchen and
balcony or patio. Some w/ gas fireplaces, while all have a DVD Players;
movies to rent come with free popcorn. Heated indoor pool, a spa,
and this fabulous beach is lit at night. Rooms sleep from two, four
to six - including a deluxe fireplace suite. Gift certificates orspecial
occasion packages. www.dsandsmotel.com.
171 S.W. Highway 101. 800-527-3925.
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Suites are designed for two adults; vacation rental units for families.
All units have kitchen and many have fireplace, deck and jetted
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City Vacation Homes
Something for everyone: smaller homes
with a view to a large house that sleeps 15. All are either oceanfront
or just a few steps away – all with a low bank access and
fantastic views. Most are in the Nelscott area; one is close to
the casino. You’ll find a variety of goodies: fireplaces,
multiple bedrooms, dishwashers, Jacuzzis, washer/dryers, hot tubs,
cable TV, VCR, barbecues; there’s a loft in one, and another
sprawling home has two apartments. Pets allowed in some homes
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seventh night free. Prices range from winter $85 to summer $230
per night. www.getaway2thecoast.com.
Rockaway Beach. All rooms are immaculate and have TV’s, VCR’s
and in-room phones w/ data ports. Oceanfronts have queen bed, a
double hide-a-bed, kitchen, cozy firelog fireplace and private deck.
Both types sleep up to four people. Others are appointed for a two-person
romantic getaway, yet still perfect for those on a budget. Elaborate
oceanfront Jacuzzi suite has two bedrooms, kitchen, double hide-a-bed,
fireplace and private deck, sleeping as many as six. For family
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to create two-room and three-room suites. Some rooms pet friendly.
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end of Cannon Beach. Great during winter storms with a new book by
the fireplace – or when the sun is out for family fun and beach
strolling. Handsome beach cottage-style architecture. Lush flowering
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Continental buffet breakfast. Warm Cookies. Family and Pet Friendly.
Welcome gifts. Smoke-free. Complimentary Wireless Connectivity. Wine
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Dozens of homes in that dreamy,
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All homes are immaculate and smoke free; some pet friendly (with
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