Eugene-area wineriesring in holiday festivities
Up and down the southern Willamette Valley corridor, wineries will be opening their doors and welcoming in wine enthusiasts, giving thanks to another great harvest year this Thanksgiving Day weekend.
In most cases, music will play, and food will be available for purchase, whether it be roasted chestnuts at Iris Vineyards in the Lorane Valley, or burgers and sides from Chef Billy of Zingaro out at Pfeiffer Winery near Junction City, or simply cheese plates and appetizer fare.
From pinot noir and pinot gris to rosés and rieslings, even sparkling wines, such as at Rainsong Vineyard and Valhalla Winery, it’s time for wines to glimmer and shine. Here’s an overview of upcoming Thanksgiving Day weekend events. Event dates are Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 24-26, unless otherwise noted.
Bennett Vineyards & Wine Co.: 25974 Hwy. 36, Cheshire. Open 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Entertainment includes The Brewketts, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday; Taste, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; and Stephen Arriola with Joanne Broh, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Food for purchase on site includes Buzz Burger on Friday, Vinnie’s Smokin’ BBQ on Saturday, and Taco Intrusion on Sunday. Tasting fee of $6 is refundable with a wine purchase. 541-998-3336; bennettvineyardsor.com
Benton-Lane Winery: 23924 Territorial Hwy., Monroe. Open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. all three days. Tasting fee is $10 and includes a logo glass and tastings of six wines; tasting fees are refundable with a $25 wine purchase. Enjoy holiday music, artisan cheese and meat plates, or a pulled pork sandwich with coleslaw, chili and cornbread in the “Romantic Holiday” barrel rooms. 541-847-5792; benton-lane.com
Bluebird Hill Cellars: 25059 Larson Road, Monroe. Open all three days, noon to 5 p.m. Tasting fee of $10 refunded with a $25 purchase. The 2016 Pinot Gris, 2016 Chardonnay and 2015 Pinot Noir three pack will be available at a 10-percent discount. 541-424-2478; bluebirdhillcellars.wine
Brigadoon Wine Co.: 25166 Ferguson Road, Junction City. Open noon to 5 p.m. all three days. A tasting fee of $5 includes a variety of appetizers and wine pairings. 541-998-2600; brigadoonwineco.com
Broadley Vineyards: 265 S. 5th St., Monroe. Open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. all three days of the holiday weekend. Savory appetizers will be served, and a $15 tasting fee applies to enjoy 2017 barrel samples. 541-847-5934; broadleyvineyards.com
Capitello Wines: 540 Charnelton St., Eugene. Open Friday and Saturday, noon to 8 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. A tasting fee applies. 541-520-3092; capitellowines.com
Chateau Lorane Winery: 27415 Siuslaw River Road, Lorane. Open from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 541-942-8028; chateaulorane.com
Eugene Wine Cellars: 255 Madison St., Eugene. Open noon to 5 p.m. all three days. Features bottle or case specials. 541-342-2600; eugenewinecellars.com
High Pass Winery: 24757 Lavell Road, Junction City. Open noon to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Cheese plates are available for purchase. There will be music, too. Tasting fees are $5 or $9. 541-998-1447; highpasswinery.com
Iris Vineyards: 82110 Territorial Hwy., Eugene. Open noon to 6 p.m. all three days. Enjoy a roasting party of estate-grown chestnuts with wine pairing recommendations for $5. A special limited release of sparkling 2015 Areté Brut Rosé is available for tasting and purchase (see story, Page 40). 541-242-6855; irisvineyards.com
J. Scott Cellars: 520 Commercial St., Unit G, Eugene. Open 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Brendan Curry will play live music Friday from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Food available for purchase from The Dumpling Group; the guest winery is Poco Collina. Cooper Morris plays on Saturday; gourmet pizza is from Pillage Pizza. Also light bites on Sunday. There will be holiday wine specials throughout the weekend. 541-357-5279; jscottcellars.com
King Estate: 80854 Territorial Road, Eugene. The restaurant is open on Thanksgiving Day for reservations only. The rest of the winery will be closed on Thursday. The tasting room is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. 541-942-9874; kingestate.com
LaVelle Vineyards: 89697 Sheffler Road, Elmira. Open noon to 5 p.m. all three days, with music from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., featuring Jeremy Pruitt on Friday, Timothy Patrick on Saturday, Brendan Curran on Sunday. Tasting fee of $6 to $15 applies. Cheese plates will be available. 541-935-9406; lavellevineyards.com
Noble Estate Vineyard & Winery: Three tasting rooms are at 29210 GimplHill Road, Eugene (Noble Estate Vineyards); 560 Commercial St., Eugene (Noble Estate Urban); and 146 S.W. Bay Blvd., Newport (Noble Estate Newport).All three sites will be open Friday through Sunday. Visitors can create custom tasting flights for $5 to $10 at each site. All sites will have wine specials, beer on tap and holiday mixed packs. Specifically, Noble Estate Vineyards is open noon to 5 p.m. all three days and features local stained glass artist from Dragonfly Studios on Sunday. Noble Estate Urban is open 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, featuring live music, locally made chocolate, cheese plates and wine specials. Noble Estate Newport includes wine specials, Thanksgiving games and locally made treats. 541-338-3007; nobleestatewinery.com
Oregon Wine LAB: 488 Lincoln St., Eugene. Open noon to 10 p.m. Friday, noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Live music on Friday from The Now Brothers will be from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. On Saturday, The talk-show style Elliot Martinez Show is from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. And then on Sunday, mimosa brunch is served from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wine flights are $10 for white and $12 for red, but there will be complimentary tastes of limited-edition wines throughout the holiday weekend. 541-852-6233; facebook.com/oregonwinelab
Pfeiffer Winery: 25040 Jaeg Road, Junction City. Open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Enjoy food, winetastings, wine specials and music. On Friday, live music from Darline Jackson’s My Band plays from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Chef Billy from The Zingaro creates a build-your-own-burger bar from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. On Saturday, the Civil War game between the Ducks and the Beavers will be playing on big screens, plus Steve Hale performs music. On Sunday, Riffle plays from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., and Chef Billy from The Zingaro provides food. Food and wine is available for purchase. 541-998-2828; pfeifferwinery.com
RainSong Vineyard: 92989 Templeton Road, Cheshire. Open noon to 5 p.m. all three days. There is a $5 tasting fee refunded with a bottle purchase. There will be a wide variety of wines with suggested and customized flights. New releases include the latest vintage of sparkling wine. Also complimentary appetizers and a roaring fire in the outdoor fireplace. 541-998-1786; rainsongvineyard.com
Saginaw Vineyard: 80247 Delight Valley Road, Cottage Grove. Open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday for free winetasting and hors d’oeuvres; dinner is available for purchase from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., or bring your own dinner basket. Joe Stoddard plays music from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday. Open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday for complimentary winetasting and appetizers. 541-942-1364; saginawvineyard.com
Sarver Winery: 25600 Mayola Lane, Eugene. Open noon to 9 p.m. Friday, noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Wood-fired pizzas and newly released wines available throughout the weekend. 541-935-2979; sarverwinery.com
Silvan Ridge Winery: 27012 Briggs Hill Road, Eugene. Open noon to 5 p.m. all three days, with live music from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Taste new releases; there is no tasting fee. Snacks will be available for purchase. Wines also available for purchase at discount. 541-345-1945; silvanridge.com
Sweet Cheeks Winery: 27007 Briggs Hill Road, Eugene. Open noon to 9 p.m. Friday, noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Howlin’ Dogma performs music from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday; Teresa Cunningham and The Brewkettes perform from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Food will be available for purchase from Navarro’s Latin Kitchen all weekend. Tasting fee is $7 to sample five wines. 541-349-9463; sweetcheekswinery.com
Sweet Earth Vineyards: 24843 Kyle Road, Monroe. Open noon to 5 p.m. all three days. Appetizers will be served and new releases of wine will be available. A $5 tasting fee will be waived with purchase of wine. 541-914-3592
Tebri Vineyards: 24880 Orchard Tract Road, Monroe. Open Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. 541-740-8541; tebri.com
Territorial Vineyards & Wine Co.: 907 W. Third Ave., Eugene. Open 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday; closed Sunday. The Cornstalkers play music from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday. 541-684-9463; territorialvineyards.com
Valhalla Winery: 88324 Vineyard Lane, Veneta. Open Friday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Live music all three days, with the Henry Cooper Duo from noon to 3 p.m. Friday; Jen Sennett and Cooper Morris from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday; The Heavy Chevy Band from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday; and Taste from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. There is no tasting fee for wines. Limited-edition release of Valhalla Gold, a brut made from blended pinot noirs and with 24-karat edible gold flakes, will be available for purchase (learn more on Page 3). Nanays Bahi food truck will have food for purchase on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 541-935-9711; valhallawinery.com
Walnut Ridge Vineyard: 94739 Turnbow Lane, Junction City. Open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. all three days. Highlights include complimentary snacks, winetasting flights and case discounts. The winery will be decorated for the holidays. 541-998-2606; walnutridgevineyard.com
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