Valentine's Wine Country Events

Oregon and Washington wine country uncork the romance with special events over the next few weekends.

By Jessica Shulsinger January 29, 2013


Image: Kevin Bell

With so many superb wineries in the region opening their doors on Valentine’s weekend, it would be a crime against romance to not revel in the comestible possibilities. Add to that the gorgeous landscaping of these vineyards on wintery display—think roaring fires to keep out the foggy chill drifting over a vine-laden countryside—and you’ve got a number of idyllic settings to choose from for a memorable wine country interlude.

Pinot 365 Winter Wine Tasting
Feb 1, 5–8pm, $15 per person, Olympic Mills Building

Get a jump on the Valentine’s rush and sample from 13 local wineries pouring at this event. Find your favorite, and plan your wine country trip accordingly. 

Domaine Drouhin Valentine’s Celebration
Feb 9, 11am–3pm, $30 per person, Dundee, OR

Foodies and oenophiles rejoice: Domaine Drouhin will proffer a variety of its delicious wines, paired with tasty bites from Olympic Provisions Charcuterie, Briar Rose Creamery, and Red Fox Bakery. Nibble and sip while swaying along to live music on a scenic terrace. Wine tasting and food are included in the price, as is as a souvenir Riedel glass. 

Styring Vineyards Perfect Pair Celebration
Feb 9, 11am, $5 per person, Newberg, OR

Grab your sweetie or perhaps a group of friends and sample some of Styring’s best wines paired with intriguing food accompaniments. Follow your heart and wine-loving soul and bring a bottle or two home to keep the memories flowing.

Chef Wendy Bennett & Domaine Trouvere Valentine Dinner
Feb 14, $55 per person, Dundee, OR

Wendy Bennett runs the Wine Country Cooking Studio in Dundee, has worked for celebrity chef Todd English, and was a vice president at Le Cordon Bleu here in Portland. She’s created a lush and lovely menu this Valentine’s Day, with each course paired with a suitable wine from Domaine Trouvere.

Valentine's Dinners at Eola Hills
Feb 14 & 16, $99 per couple, Rickreall, OR

Eola Hills sets the table for an evening of enchantment by showing off the best of its wines, both as accompaniments throughout the meal—and in the dishes themselves. Prime rib, garlic mashed potatoes and French Brie soup are all on the menu, along with glasses of their reserve wine.

Toast to Passion, Maryhill Winery
Feb 16–17, Goldendale, WA

Maryhill Winery, just across the Columbia River, presents a weekend of fine wines, live music, photography exhibitions, and cheese tastings from Cada Dia Cheese in Central Oregon.

Valentine’s Wine Loop
Feb 16–17, 11am–5pm, prices vary per winery, $10-25

Cooper Mountain Vineyard in Beaverton, Alloro Vineyard in Sherwood, Adriri Winery in Cornelius, and Raptor Ridge in Newberg are each featuring specialty wines for Valentine’s Day, along with treats from Woodblock Chocolate, Ancient Heritage Dairy, Smitten Truffles, and more. Visit all the wineries on the loop and get a chance to wine a “Wine Lover’s Basket” valued at more than $200.

Days of Wine and Roses Valentine’s Passport Event
Feb 14–17, 11am-4pm

Four McMinnville-area wineries bring you an extended weekend of Valentine indulgence. Stop in at Coelho Winery, J. Wrigley Vineyards, Yamhill Valley Vineyards, and Youngberg Hill Vineyards during the four-day event to taste delicious wines, as well as a tempting array of sweet treats. Each stop gets you a stamp on your Valentine wine passport and three roses—show your completed passport at your final stop and receive a vase to display your collected bouquet.





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