After the turkey and pumpkin pie, you have some big decisions to make. Notably, there is the question of which wineries in the northern Willamette Valley to visit over the rest of the holiday weekend. That said, you really can’t go wrong with the Thanksgiving wine weekend in Tualatin Valley. A cornucopia of wineries will be opening their doors with longer hours, special releases and scenic tasting rooms—it’s yet another joy of the area for which to be thankful. Whether you’re visiting family or hosting them, we’re detailing one way to take advantage of this special time via an afternoon Thanksgiving wine weekend itinerary.
Afternoon Thanksgiving Wine Weekend Itinerary
Opening its doors at 11 a.m., start your excursion at Ruby Vineyard. The cozy tasting room will pour its impressive ’18 Pinot Noir Nouveau alongside bites of meatballs in a Pinot Noir cranberry sauce. As you might expect, the pairing is heavenly.
Lunch at Midway Firehouse Pizza
After your meatball appetizer, sit down for something a bit heartier at Midway Firehouse Pizza. Housed in a historic Hillsboro property, the pizza joint is a welcome break from Thanksgiving day’s elevated fare. Although, it is hard to resist the inventive culinary delight of the Hook & ladder pizza, which includes candied walnuts, sliced apples and feta.
Raptor Ridge Winery
With pizza sustenance, you and your crew will be ready for the next round of wine tasting at Raptor Ridge Winery. The tasting room is ready to prove that rosé is not just a summer sipper. With one swirl and sip of its extra special 2014 Brut Rosé, you’ll be convinced.
Coffee and a Pastry at South Store Café
Just a short drive from Raptor Ridge Winery, stop for a caffeine pick-me-up at South Store Café. The café is a local favorite with its cozy farmhouse décor and house-made pastries. Sit down at one of the large antique dining tables and discuss your favorite wines.
Holiday shopping at Smith Berry Barn
Across the street from South Store Café, Smith Berry Barn is waiting. The beyond charming farm store is the place to pick up gifts for gourmand friends. We’re especially partial to the local wildflower honey, which can be stirred into tea all throughout the winter.
Hawks View Cellars
End your afternoon Thanksgiving wine weekend itinerary with a visit to Hawks View Cellars. If we’re graced with a clear day, your tasting will be paired with a view of Mt. Hood. In the more likely event of a cloudy day, the modern fireplace beckons you to sit and stay for a while. The Hawks View team can’t wait to guide you through a tasting of Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris.
First, there is Thanksgiving. Second, there is Black Friday. After that comes a Pinot-red Saturday at Tualatin Valley’s ever-lovely wineries.