Reprinted with permission of the Eugene Daily News
written by Julia Crowley
Whether you’re a seasoned wine connoisseur or just now starting to explore the world of wine, there are a plethora of wine related events happening in our beautiful southern Willamette Valley. Eugene knows how to keep us wine enthusiasts enthusiastic about the beverage of our choice. Read the rest of this entry »
Re-posted with permission of Eugene Daily News
Written by Julia Crowley
Look at ALL the fun things for us to start the New Year with!! Cheers!!
June Restaurant and Bar: Wed. 5-6 pm, NEW~Wine Wednesdays featuring 25 percent off of all bottles from their Northwest focused wine list. Tue. – Sat. 5-6 pm Happy Hour. 1591 Willamette St., Eugene.
16Tons (Taphouse): Thu. 4-6 pm. Flat Tail Mustache Rye’d Release and Free Tasting. They will tap their last keg of Local’s Only Plum Wit and at least 3 other unique Flat Tail Beers. 265 East Thirteenth Ave., Eugene.
16Tons (Supreme Bean): Thu. 6-9 pm, Eugene Pinot Club, free wine tasting. Join Jessica and guests for free tasters of several great wines. Artisan cheese plates and specials. 2864 Willamette St., Eugene. Read the rest of this entry »
Fantastic info from our own Julia – Reprinted with permission of Eugene Daily News
In between Christmas shopping, Christmas decorating, Christmas tree hunting and Christmas movies, I’ve actually managed to attend some of the many stellar beer and wine related events going on this December here in Eugene. It’s never too hard to juggle the mom-writer-chauffer-shopper-foodie-wino-beer loving lifestyle! Well, never is a pretty strong word; however, even in the busiest of times, I somehow always manage to squeeze in a little me time.
This past week, I visited two establishments that I’ve heard many great things about: Authentica Wine Shop and The Bier Stein.
On Saturday, I visited Authentica Wine Shop for a wine tasting of the highly rated wines produced by Evening Land Vineyards, out of Amity-Eola Hills. Not only was I blown away by Evening Lands incredible wines, but the shelves that lined Authentica’s exposed brick walls and stacked wooden crates were filled with remarkable selections. From affordable to expensive, the wines were hand selected by owner, Steve Baker, and I was clearly impressed with his expertise. I’ll share the details about the excellent Evening Land Vineyard wines with you in an upcoming article about my visit to Authentica. Read the rest of this entry »
By Kelsey Ivey at the NorthWest Wine Anthem
What’s in the mix for a great wine tasting event this summer? The perfect pairing: awe-inspiring wines and not having to drive; and that’s what the South Willamette Wineries are serving with three all day Barrel Tours this June.
Attendees will board a deluxe charter bus and venture into the wine country near Eugene for tantalizing tastes, food pairings and wine education. After a day in the vineyards, you will return to town a-buzz with love for the Pinot Noirs, transfixed with the Gris and craving more of the region’s ever-flowing wine hospitality. Read More
A Sam’s Party Shuttle Extravaganza
As described on their Facebook fan page, “Sam’s Party shuttle is the Premier Destination Fun Bus!” It’s true, and I know first-hand because I joined in on one of these premier destination parties: Girl’s Day Out. Read the rest of this entry »
Were you one of the over 600 guests who attended the wonderful Greenhill fundraiser “Pours for Paws” at Domaine Meriwether on September 19th? Tabitha Eck wrote a nice piece about it on her blog FoodWineAndKids (we think her order there is one off, but that’s just us). For more information about how you can help please click here
Sunday, September 19th 2010, guests were greeted at Domaine Meriwether by the familiar sign of Oregon fall – rain. Despite the intermittent showers, Greenhill Humane Society welcomed all comers to their first annual Pours for Paws. An easy cause to support, participants were offered the opportunity to buy commemorative wine glasses and raffle tickets to aid the plight of cats and dogs awaiting adoption at this local animal shelter. An intimate and fun event under the big top provided by Essig Entertainment on the beautiful grounds of Veneta’s Domaine Meriwether.The most unique aspect of this event from a food and wine perspective was the focus on local artisan wineries. Artisan wineries are small, often family owned and run endeavors typically without wine making facilities or tasting rooms of their own. Most market directly to retail shops and restaurants, host tastings at these various locations and attend festivals such as Pours for Paws to introduce the public to their wines. Our restaurant favorite Shadow Mountain Vineyard and Eugene’s noted J.Scott Cellars have extensive vineyards but no permanent tasting rooms though both hope to in the near future. Brigadoon Vineyards and Kandarian Wine Cellars are each on their first vintage having just started making wine under their own label.This small family of vineyards often shares wine sources, barreling facilities and wine makers. Under a large tent on a rainy afternoon in Veneta, Oregon, you had the owner/wine maker of Capitello Wines, Ray Walsh, who consults for Patchwork Cellars, Shadow Mountain Vineyards and others. He along with Kandarian Wine Cellars’ owner/winemaker, Jeff Kandarian, have ties to South Willamette Valley giant, King Estate while Brigadoon Wine Company grows and sells root stock to everyone. It’s a small world after all!