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Oregon's Wine Country Comes Alive with Annual Tour Event


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Oregon's Wine Country Comes Alive with Annual Tour Event

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 quantity wines.

Some 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.

Other 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 Studio.

A1 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 – from one to seven bedrooms. In various areas of Lincoln City and overlooking the beach, with some in Depoe Bay. All kinds of amenities are available, like hot tubs, decks, BBQ, rock fireplaces, beamed ceilings and more. Some are new, some are historic charmers. Lincoln City, Oregon. 1-(503)-232-5984. www.a1beachrentals.com.

Inn At Spanish Head, Lincoln City. Lincoln City’s only resort hotel built right on the beach with all oceanfront rooms - nestled against a rugged cliffside overlooking a soft, sandy beach. Dine in penthouse restaurant and bar, for casual meal or candlelight dinner. An array of seafood specialties, juicy steaks and other Northwest favorites, including decadent Sunday buffet. Rooms range from bedrooms to studios to 1-bedroom suites with microwaves and refrigerators to full kitchens. Also, wi-fi, spa, saunas, exercise room and year-round heated swimming pool. Kids will love the game room and easy beach access. Full-service conference/meeting rooms for that inspirational retreat; extensive wedding possibilities. 4009 SW Highway 101, Lincoln City. 1-800-452-8127 or 541-996-2161. www.spanishhead.com

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 info@willamettewines.com or visit www.willamettewines.com.

D 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 tub. Comfy robes, slippers, luxury bath amenities, quality linens and more. 741 S. Downing St., Seaside. 800-738-6691. www.SeasideSuites.com

Lincoln 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 – ask first. Each comes with complete kitchens. Most have seventh night free. Prices range from winter $85 to summer $230 per night. www.getaway2thecoast.com. 541-994-8778.

Tradewinds Motel, 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 reunions or large gatherings such as weddings, some rooms can connect to create two-room and three-room suites. Some rooms pet friendly. 523 N. Pacific St., Rockaway Beach. (503) 355-2112 - 1-800-824-0938. www.tradewinds-motel.com

Inn at Cannon Beach. Beautifully wooded natural setting at quiet south 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 gardens and naturalized courtyard pond. Warm, inviting guest rooms. Continental buffet breakfast. Warm Cookies. Family and Pet Friendly. Welcome gifts. Smoke-free. Complimentary Wireless Connectivity. Wine and book signing events. 800-321-6304 or 503-436-9085. Hemlock At Surfcrest, Cannon Beach, Oregon. www.atcannonbeach.com.

Arch Cape Property Services. Dozens of homes in that dreamy, rugged stretch between Cannon Beach and Manzanita known as Arch Cape. Oceanfront and ocean view , or just a short walk from the sea.
All homes are immaculate and smoke free; some pet friendly (with a fee). Some with broadband, indoor or outdoor hot tubs, fireplaces, decks, and fire pits or barbecues. Call about tempting winter specials that go until March (not valid holidays, however). www.archcaperentals.com 866-436-1607.


THE TIDES BY THE SEA, Seaside. For over 80 years a favorite of Seaside visitors. 51 oceanfront condos, individually owned and decorated. Suites for couples, small apartments with fireplaces and kitchenettes, one or two bed family units with fireplaces, kitchens and dining rooms. Oceanview cottages sleep anywhere from two to eight, w/ two bedrooms, some with lofts, fireplaces and kitchens. Heated outdoor pool, enormous grounds w/ picnic tables - all at quiet southern end of Seaside. 2316 Beach Drive. 800-548-2846. www.thetidesbythesea.com.

The Ocean Lodge. There will not be another property built like this in Cannon Beach in our lifetimes. Rare, premiere ocean front location; handsome, dramatic architecture and tasteful, fun (nostalgic) beach interiors. Overlooks Haystack Rock. 100 percent smoke free. Imaginative special occasion packages. Massive wood burning lobby fireplace. Library w/ fireplace, stocked with impressive book collection. Pet and family friendly. Lavish continental buffet breakfast. In-room fireplaces, mini-kitchens. Jacuzzi tubs in select rooms. DVD players, complimentary movies. Morning paper. Warm cookies. 888-777-4047. 503-436-2241. 2864 Pacific Street. Cannon Beach, Oregon. www.theoceanlodge.com


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