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Willamette Valley Wineries Thanksgiving Weekend 2011

Last Modified: 12/01/11
First Published: 11/27/11
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This Thanksgiving Weekend it would have been difficult to find a Winery in the Willamette Valley that was not participating in Thanksgiving weekend Open House Wine tastings. Approximately 300 plus wineries & vineyards from Portland south to Roseburg were open at least one or more days, Friday, Saturday and/or Sunday this Thanksgiving weekend.

It was my decision to head to Philomath, Oregon on Friday the 25th to visit Marys Peak Winery, Pheasant Court Winery and Spindrift Cellars.

Ken Elwer and his wife Nancy Elwer, owners of Marys Peak Winery, were most gracious to me when I stopped by on Friday.  Their wines were excellent and available locally. They can be purchased at The Wine Vault 1301 main Street in Philomath.

Spindrift Cellars, Tabitha Compton Sales Manager/owner & also in Philomath, was equally gracious in giving this reporter the "nickel tour" and the opportunity to taste some very nice Pinot Noir! Spindrift Cellars is located at 810 Applegate in Philomath.

On Saturday November 26th, the weather was great by the way, we headed north to Eola Hills Winery and to Illahe Vineyards. Eola Hills Winery is a long time favorite of mine. I always feel welcome there and have never had a bad experience. Eric Rogers and Rich Washburn are always ready to make your experience at Eola Hills a memorable one.

Saturday was the Civil War game between Oregon & Oregon State. Eola Hills conducted a special bus trip to the game in Eugene (sorry Beaver fans for the result). In addition, Eola Hills had their traditional Thanksgiving Weekend Open House Wine Tasting, always fun, always special!

Eola Hills Winery is easy to find just off Highway 99 in Rickreall, Oregon. Their Pinot Noir & Chardonnay are two of my favorites!

Next on the list was a first time visit to Illahe Vineyards in Dallas, Oregon. Great setting, the view alone is worth the visit! (see photos) Illahe wines are very good, the Riesling, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir are definitely worth the time to taste.

There is never enough time to visit the many terrific wineries in the Willamette Valley. The few that we did have the opportunity to visit this weekend are all worth a place on your calendar! 

Oregon wines are gaining in popularity and by the number of devotees out this weekend it is certain that Oregon wines will continue to grow in prestige and popularity! 

Mon Nov 28, 2011 12:55 pm
Name: Bruce Gentile | Comment: Nice story on the Wineries. I looked at your other stories on Yamhill Winery and Bethel Heights Vineyards. Sounds like a good way to spend a day!

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