With the countdown to Thanksgiving upon us, are you salivating for turkey, cranberry and pumpkin pie yet? For some, the mention of all these delicious foods instantly conjures up thoughts of the perfect wine pairings. After Black Friday, Comes Pinot Saturday and Sunday in the Northern Willamette Valley with the Thanksgiving Wine Weekend. For low-key family bonding, hit the wine trail and you’ll find even more views, tastes and experiences to be thankful for in this season of gratitude.
For over 30 years of joyous Thanksgiving weekends, local wineries have opened their doors for special holiday weekend wine tastings—often debuting new releases or breaking out some special vintages.
This November 24-26, the majority of local wineries will be open Friday-Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
We could, quite legitimately, give you endless options for how to spend your weekend of gallivanting through Oregon’s wine country.
Sample Thanksgiving Weekend Wine Itinerary:
A Blooming Hill Vineyard & Winery (Tasting fee: $10): A vertical wine tasting of estate Pinot Noir will deepen your appreciation for the winemaking process. Live music and gifts for purchase add to the festive mood.
Alloro Vineyard (Tasting fee: $20-30): Current release wine tasting with a charcuterie pairing. The winemakers will share a pre-release tasting of its 2016 Reserve Pinot Noir in its wine cave.
Apolloni Vineyards (Tasting fee: $15): Barrel taste Estate Pinot, Italian-style stainless whites, warm reds and bubbles in the wine cave while shopping the holiday marketplace, showcasing local artisans.
Cooper Mountain Vineyards (Tasting fee: $15-$25; includes logo glass) Taste new releases of organic and biodynamic wines, including its popular Gamay Noir. Light appetizers will provide sustenance for your wine tasting experience.
View the whole list of the Tualatin Valley’s participating wineries.
Flying Alaska Air during your trip? Remember!—Wines Fly Free on Alaska Airlines! Ship a case of Oregon wine back home with you without any added baggage fees.