Candy canes, hot chocolate and gingerbread are just a just a small taste of the holiday excess this time of year. The final hurrah of holiday treats is a not a bite, but a sip. Before embarking on a 2018 health kick, end 2017 with Oregon’s sparkling wine.
Tualatin Valley’s tasting rooms have their own holiday magic to them with crackling fires, chocolate pairings and the perfect excuse to pick up a bottle or two for New Year’s Eve celebrations.
Plan your tastings with our guide to Oregon wineries. Each spot offers great sparkling wine releases in the Forest Grove and Gaston area.
Just 25 miles west of Portland, Apolloni Vineyards presents its Sparkling Rosé and Sparkling Blanc de Noir. Both wines are light and dry with floral aromas and a citrus finish. Apolloni’s owner and winemaker, Alfredo Apolloni, stays true to his roots by producing sparkling wines in the traditional Italian style. The tasting room infuses Italian style with Oregon charm.
While saké is certainly not sparkling wine and, for the most part, not even sparkling, we’re going to tell you a great tip: saké and sparkling wine make a killer cocktail when mixed together. We learned that little secret from the folks at SakéOne. In addition to making saké, SakéOne also imports this fascinating beverage. The Hakutsuru Awayukisak is nicknamed the “sparkling snow” of saké with bubbly notes of marshmallows and fizzy sweetness. It’s perfect for a twist on traditions during New Year’s Eve toasts.
Kramer Vineyards ups the ante with its wide selection of sparkling wines. Choose from Kramer’s seven—yes, seven!—sparkling options. Many of the bottles are made with the méthode traditionnelle. So, it’s safe to say that Kramer Vineyards is an expert at all things sparkling. The “Celebrate!” Müller-Thurgau and Pinot Gris varieties are perfect for—you guessed it—celebrating. The Celebrate Rosé of Pinot Noir provides delightful bubbles with an essence of strawberries and rose hips.
While the holiday season gives us much to cheers about, sparkling wine truly is a year-round affair. To make wine even more of your end-of-year celebrations, book a Tualatin Valley hotel deal and safe transportation.