No one leaves a winery without a new factoid, a fuller understanding of winemaking or a more developed palate. In short, a tasting room is the best kind of classroom. Become a Pinot pupil with wine events near Portland that have a scholarly skew.
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Fullerton Wine: Seated Tasting
The Willamette Valley is nearing the end of its tenure as Wine Enthusiast’s Wine Region of the Year. Our reign has been an admirable one and our wines are worthy of more than a fly-by tasting. Instead, sit and stay awhile with a 90-minute seated tasting. Fullerton Wine’s winemaker, Alex Fullerton, will lead you through the nuances of his process. It’s hard to find a more intimate and comprehensive wine tasting experience, especially with the winemaker right by your side.
Details: November 18-19, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.; $50 per person (call 503-544-1378 for reservations)
If your glass cupboard gives you a mini panic attack, then it’s time for not only a wine education, but a glass education. David Hill Vineyard will equip tasters with the knowledge of what type of glass goes with each type of wine—and why! Elevate your wine tasting experience with this useful tutorial.
Details: December 7, 5:30 p.m.; $20 per person (email for reservations)
The learning doesn’t have to be all about wine. Hamacher Wine will have all the materials and guidance needed to handcraft your own holiday wreath. Use vines, boughs, herbs and botanicals from the Historic Estate to make a wine-lovers wreath. If you don’t count yourself as the creative type, then a glass of Hamacher’s own vino will get the creative juices flowing.
Details: December 9, 5:30 p.m.; $40 per person (call 503-628-1910 for reservations)
Pivoting from education to gratitude, there is the Thanksgiving Wine Weekend in the northern Willamette Valley. Here, you can also expand your wine knowledge. Amidst the festive wine tastings, A Blooming Hill Vineyard & Winery will host a five-year vertical tasting of its estate Pinot Noir.
Happy wine tasting—and wine learning!