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Events for May 26
Durant Vineyards Tasting Room Sneak Preview
DURANT VINEYARDS AT RED RIDGE FARMS OFFERS SNEAK PEEK OF NEW TASTING ROOM MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND
Guests will be able to taste wines from Durant Vineyards and Oregon Olive Mill Extra Virgin Olive Oils while enjoying sweeping views of the vineyards and Mount Hood
DAYTON, Ore. (Mar. 29, 2012) – Durant Vineyards at Red Ridge Farms, nestled in the heart of Oregon wine country, is opening a new tasting room this August and offering visitors a sneak peek of it Memorial Day Weekend, Saturday, May 26th and Sunday, May 27th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Guests will have the chance to taste their way through 100 percent estate wines consisting of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris and Oregon Olive Mill 2011 extra virgin olive oils, learn about each from experienced staff, all while taking in the picturesque views of Dundee’s Red Hills from the wraparound porch. Red Hills Market executive chef Jody Kropf will be on site with his wood fire oven preparing delicious appetizers for guests to enjoy. The tasting fee is $10, which includes a Durant Vineyards wine glass. There will also be a chance for one lucky attendee to win a private tour of the vineyard replete with a picnic lunch for eight at a future date.
Memorial Day Tasting – wine, olive oil, appetizers and Durant Vineyards wine glass, $10
2011 Pinot Gris
2011 Pinot Noir Rose
2009 La Paloma West Pinot Noir
2009 Heron Pinot Noir
2011 Oregon Olive Mill Extra Virgin Olive Oil Tasting:
Arbequina Olive Oil
Koroneiki Olive Oil
Tuscan Olive Oil
House Marinated Olives – garlic, orange zest, fresh herbs, Oregon Olive Mill Olive Oil
Wood fired Crostinis – drizzled with Oregon Olive Mill Olive Oil and fresh herbs – served with truffle and white Italian bean spread
Boerenkaas Cheese – Served off of big wheels with wood fired crostinis and Oregon Olive Mill Olive Oil
Roasted pork crostatas from the Red Hills Market wood fired oven, served with a fresh arugula, balsamic reduction and strawberry salad and a glass of Durant Vineyards Rose or Pinot Gris for $15 or with a glass of Durant Vineyards Chardonnay or Pinot Noir for $18
In addition to the main tasting room, the new structure also features two group rooms, which will be available for private groups and parties and a library. Once opened in August, educational seminars and tastings will be offered throughout the year. After the sneak peek the tasting room will be open on weekends only, Thursday through Sunday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. until the grand opening in August.
About Red Ridge Farms
Red Ridge Farms, as featured in Food & Wine Magazine and EveryDay with Rachael Ray magazine, is a family-owned, unique destination in Oregon’s Willamette Valley with a nursery and garden shop, the Oregon Olive Mill, Durant Vineyards and a country cottage. Two lodging accommodations are available for guests, a one bedroom guest suite overlooking the valley and the two bedroom Stoneycrest cottage, which overlooks Durant Vineyards. Both properties are available to rent by the night, weekend or week and feature full kitchens and breathtaking views. The Durant family planted their first vineyard in the Dundee Hills of Oregon in 1973 and are pioneers in Oregon’s wine industry. Many of the original vineyards continue to flourish and produce grapes today. Leading the way in agricultural ventures, the Durants opened Red Ridge Farms in 2001, a herb and specialty plant nursery, and have planted one of the largest olive groves in Oregon. At the Oregon Olive Mill, they process their olives into oil using olive varietals grown on site including: Arbequina and Picual from Spain, Leccino, Pendolino, and Coratina from Italy and Koroneiki from Greece. The bottled olive oil is augmented by additional olives from California as the trees reach their full maturity. The Oregon Olive Mill also houses an event space with a patio overlooking the Willamette Valley used for corporate and private events. Durant Vineyards provides wine grapes to the premier wineries in Oregon and also produces over 1,600 cases of Pinot noir, Pinot gris and Chardonnay. For more information about upcoming events and lodging availability, please call 503-864-8502. Red Ridge is located at 5510 NE Breyman Orchard Road, Dayton, Oregon. Find more information at www.redridgefarms.com, on Facebook or Twitter @OregonOliveMill.
Memorial Day Weekend in Wine Country
Willamette Valley Wineries Celebrate Late Spring In Style
The Most Memorable Memorial Day Weekend in Oregon
Portland, Ore. (May 3, 2012) — Putting the long Pacific Northwest winter to bed for good, Memorial Weekend in the Wine Country offers a stunning bouquet of local wine culture. The holiday weekend features exclusive wines, greening vineyard views and an array of activities fit to please the wine enthusiast and foodie alike. Household names like Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris mingle with hard-to-find varietals such as Arneis and Gewürztraminer for three days devoted to treasured Willamette Valley wine.
Over 150 wineries invite tasters to their cozy tasting rooms and stunning vineyards Memorial Day Weekend. A handful of small producers are open to the public this weekend only, offering a rare glimpse – and taste – of the hand-crafted approach and award-winning flavors people associate with Oregon wines from the Willamette Valley. Sample wines of varying vintages, vineyards and varietal blends and meet the producers behind them.
“Memorial Weekend traditionally marks the start of the summer wine tasting season,” said Sue Horstmann, Executive Director of the Willamette Valley Wineries Association (WVWA). “Visitors to wine country this weekend will have the opportunity to sample new releases as well as older vintages. It is a great time to find new favorites to add to your cellar.”
Participating wineries accent their wines with culinary pairings, tours, and performers. Take in a live jazz band or sip an older vintage wine from inside an old grain silo. Play bocce ball beside an endless vineyard or munch on some barbecue while you play fetch with the vineyard dog. Learn what it means to be biodynamic or pack a picnic and enjoy it on a family farm.
Also, for the third consecutive year, the WVWA has teamed up with Ecotrust’s Farm to School program, which works to bring regionally grown food into school lunchrooms, educate students about agriculture and support regional farmers. Fifty participating wineries will donate a portion of their weekend’s proceeds to Ecotrust.
“Targeting the next generation of Oregonians, the Farm to School program took root in 2007 and promotes healthy, regionally grown food in school cafeterias statewide. We’re thrilled the Willamette Valley Wineries Association shares our deep commitment to keeping Oregon’s agriculture sustainable and our children healthy,” said Ericka Carlson, of Ecotrust’s Food and Farms program.
From its modest beginning 22 years ago, Memorial Weekend in the Wine Country has blossomed into a regionally recognized wine lover’s holiday, the preface to a sunny Oregon growing season. For a complete listing of wineries open during Memorial Day Weekend and those donating proceeds to Ecotrust, along with details about special events and individual tasting fees, visit www.willamettewines.com and request a touring map and guide.
About Ecotrust and its Food and Farms Program
Ecotrust’s mission is to inspire fresh thinking that creates social equity, economic opportunity, and environmental well-being. The Food and Farms program at Ecotrust strives to make sustainability the underlying value of the mainstream food system; the norm, not the exception. Its approach is multifaceted and includes: combating obesity, hunger, and global climate change; supporting Pacific Northwest farmers and food processors, both big and small; and enhancing regional economic development and community food security. For more information, please visit http://www.ecotrust.org/foodfarms/.
About the Willamette Valley Wineries Association
The WVWA is a non-profit industry association dedicated to achieving recognition for Oregon’s acclaimed Willamette Valley as a premier Pinot Noir producing region. Currently, the WVWA has 194 members representing wineries and tasting rooms throughout the Valley – from Portland to Eugene. Memorial Weekend in the Wine Country and Wine Country Thanksgiving are the two oldest WVWA sponsored touring events in Oregon. The Association also publishes an annual wineries guide with a touring map. For more information of to request a map, please visit www.willamettewines.com, call 503-646-2985, or follow on Facebook or Twitter: @wvwines.
Bazi Bierbrasserie’s 1-Yr Block Party
Portland, OR – Join Bazi Saturday, May 26th from 3 pm till close as they convert SE 32nd Avenue into a Block Party to celebrate their first year with a special all Saturday Happy Hour to include new summer food items. Activities include:
3-5 pm – Complimentary hot dogs while supplies last with beverage purchase
4-5 pm – Music by the Sunrise Review
5 pm – 2012 La Folie Sour Brown Ale beer release followed by a cake cutting ceremony
7 pm – Timbers take on Vancouver. We have 60 game tickets to give away to Sunday’s Timbers Reserve match during half time.
Proceeds to benefit the Hawthorne Area Civic Ecology program created by the Hawthorne Boulevard Business Association (HBBA). The HBBA is working to create a greener and cleaner Boulevard through the creation of an eco-district. More information about this program can be found at www.thinkhawthorne.com
Participating friends: Dollar Scholar, JaCivas Bakery, Murder by the Book, New Belgium Brewery, Sunrise Review, Veloce Bicycles and Zippity News
The event is both family and pet friendly. For more information about the event contact 503-234-8888 or visit www.bazipdx.com
Bazi Bierbrasserie is located in the heart of Hawthorne, just south on SE 32nd Ave. A full service restaurant and bar, Bazi brings centuries of brewing expertise under one roof by pouring domestic and imported Belgian craft beers. Wine and a premium liquor selection compliment many along with signature cocktails. The food menu blends a heritage influenced by the French, Dutch and German. Just like the European tradition, Bazi embraces all local sport teams and encourages enthusiasts to gather together to cheer for your local team on a 114” HDTV!