Valentine’s Wine Tasting
Cupid is going wild in the Tualatin Valley, shooting his arrows at every winery he sees. Whether you’re single or happily attached, there are many ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day with Oregon wines.
Sample the wines at 13 Tualatin Valley wineries along the annual Valentine’s Wine Tasting Loop (February 9-11). This event will have you loopy with love for Oregon Pinot. Pair your wine with romantically-inclined activities at each of the 13 participating wineries, ranging from chocolate tastings to DIY crafts. (Regular tasting room fees apply)
Between tastings, nourish your soul at Cruise In Country Diner for a hearty meal made with local, sustainable and organic ingredients, served with a side of Oregon hospitality. Or explore the diverse tastes at Midway Firehouse Pizza, where pizza varieties range from sweet and savory to hot and spicy.
Overnight in Tualatin Valley, with these romance hotel packages that are sure to create the perfect atmosphere for a Valentine’s getaway. Special Valentine’s packages are available at Century Hotel or Hilton Garden Inn.
Craft your very own Pinot Noir blend at Montinore Estate at its annual Bottle Up Your Love event (February 11, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; $75 per couple). Customize your blend with wines made from the vineyard’s best blocks and take a bottle home, complete with a personalized label. (Advanced ticket purchase is required to reserve your spot.)
Enjoy a pleasurable lunch in downtown Forest Grove. Select tapas and entrees from the eclectic Asian-inspired menu at Bites Restaurant.
After lunch, resume the Valentine’s Wine Tasting Loop.
Cap off a day of exploration Saturday evening with an exquisite “Wine Pairing 101” dinner at Ponzi Vineyards (February 10, 7 p.m.; $125 per person). Taste your way to the perfect pairings, learn the tricks of the trade from an expert, and explore the splendid wines from wine pioneer, Ponzi Vineyards. Reserve your space by February 3rd.
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