Pink is one of Oregon’s favorite colors. There are cotton candy sunsets followed by actual cotton candy at the county fair. Then, there are the ripening berries in shades of fuchsia pink, as well as the deep magenta wildflowers found while walking the trails at Cooper Mountain Nature Park. Overall, the Tualatin Valley is blushing. You will be, too, with the Drink Pink event, a Rosé Festival in the Willamette Valley.
Drink Pink Rosé Festival
Date: Saturday, July 15
Time: noon to 4 p.m.
Ticket: $75 all inclusive (purchase tickets here)
Starting Location: Patton Valley Vineyard at 9449 SW Old Hwy 47, Gaston
Please note: This event is only for attendees that are 21 and older.
Rosé is not some trendy, passing fad in the wine scene. Rosé wines have earned their spot at the tasting room through year after year of amazing releases. Among our wineries, you will see Rosé that is made through different methodologies, including the following:
The Saignée method is named after the French word for “bleed” as the Rosé is made from the juices that bleed off during the pressing of red wine. This method is popular in the Bordeaux and Burgundy wine regions, as well as in the Willamette Valley.
The Vin Gris method does not allow the grapes to have any maceration time. Instead, the grapes are picked—and then immediately pressed—at the ripeness that is best for Rosé. Vin Gris Rosés tend to be light and very drinkable.
While at the Drink Pink wine festival, be sure to chat up your pourers about each winery’s Rosé-making process. They’ll be impressed by your knowledge, but the education has only just begun! Being able to taste so many outstanding Rosé offerings in one day is truly the best way to train your palate in the art of Rosé.
Here is a snapshot of our favorite participating wineries, as well as some wine notes about their Rosé offerings:
David Hill Vineyard & Winery
This is your chance to try the sought-after Pinot Noir Rosé. The wine has bright flavors with aromas of raspberries and even a little watermelon.
The 2016 Pinot Rosé smells heavenly with hints of waffle cones and cream—we’ll take this over actual ice cream any day.
Patton Valley Vineyard
The Patton Valley Vineyard Rosé of Pinot Noir glows with a salmon hue, however its notes are decidedly less fishy flavors of summer’s sweetest treats: pear, jasmine, lemon bar and marzipan.
The summer heat can be cooled down with chilled Rosé from some of Oregon’s best wineries. Book one of the Tualatin Valley’s wine getaway hotel deals for even more Rosé tastings during your stay. May all your summer adventures be seen through Rosé-tinted glasses (and we do mean wine glasses).