Adding to the list of all that Portland-area visitors and residents have to be grateful for is the annual Wine Country Thanksgiving (Nov. 23-25). During Oregon’s premier tasting and cellar-stocking event, more than 160 wineries open their doors to the public, offering samples of favorite labels and special vintages. From Dundee-based White Rose Estate’s 2010 Pinot Noir, which was just named the year’s best wine by Portland Monthly, to Dayton-based Sokol Blosser’s Evolution White, a fruity splash that pairs great with a variety of dishes, there are literally 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.
The easiest way to wind your way is with the Willamette Valley Mobile Wine Tour. This smartphone-optimized website uncorks all the info you need to organize a Wine Country Thanksgiving road trip, including vineyard hours, wine details, contact information and GPS-assisted maps. It’s amazing when you think about it: Thirty years ago, when the event was first launched, such an innovation was unimaginable. But today, the wine is still a timeless treasure.