Adding to the list of all that Portland-area visitors and residents have to be grateful for is the annual Wine Country Thanksgiving, held each year around Thanksgiving.
During Wine Country Thanksgiving, Oregon’s premier tasting and cellar-stocking event, more than 150 wineries open their doors to the public, offering samples of favorite labels and special vintages. With pours from local favorites like Boedecker Cellars, whose exquisite Pinot noirs consistently receive 90+ ratings by Wine Spectator, or Trisaetum Winery, where you can browse their art gallery while sipping an array of award-winning Rieslings, the only problem will be deciding which of the hundreds of wines to choose from.
The holiday weekend festivities include live music, food and wine pairings, and the opportunity to visit with winemakers at some of Oregon’s top wineries — including many not usually open to the public.
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For light fare with your tasting, stop into these Willamette Valley wineries; Brooks Winery in Amity for sparkling wine and caviar and a spectacular in the art of sabering. Ken Wright Cellars in Carlton for a special tasting of 2022 pinot noir barrels and past vintages from the bottle, accompanied by hors d’oeuvres. Or enjoy a wine tasting at Lange Estates in Dundee with a seasonally inspired charcuterie picnic box. Stoller Family Estate hosts a Sunday brunch-giving.
Ponzi Vineyards in Sherwood pairs flights of pinot noir and chardonnay with an autumnal lunch by the winery’s resident chef, Nathan Jones. With a vista from Chehalem Mountain, J. Christopher Wines’ Appassionata Estate offers a weekend of wine tasting, harvest-themed small bites, and live music. Forest Grove’s Apolloni Vineyards’ is known for its Italian-style wines, like Sangiovese and Nebbiolo, but they also craft the Oregon-staple pinot noir and other French-style wines.
Celebrating the holidays closer to the city? No problem! Urban wineries such as Coopers Hall in Southeast Portland and West Hill’s Amaterra Winery also serve up Thanksgiving weekend specials and events.
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