Wednesday, November 22, 2006
The Columbia Gorge Winegrowers have just the thing for you and your loved ones this holiday weekend -- tour the wines of the Gorge.
From Goldendale to The Dalles, Husum Hills to the Hood River Valley, Thanksgiving weekend will show off the personality of wines in the Gorge, guaranteed to be a positive addition to any holiday celebration.
All Gorge wineries will open their doors this Thanksgiving weekend, Friday-Sunday from approximately 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Grand openings, live music, delicious hors d'oeuvres, new releases and barrel tastings will abound. There's no better way to entertain your out-of-town guests and also start your holiday shopping.
One of America's most unique wine regions, the Columbia Gorge features wines and grapes from the most famous regions in the world. Experience Pinot Noir and Chardonnay (Burgundy), Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer (Alsace), Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon (Bordeaux), Syrah and Viognier (Rhone), and Barbera, Zinfandel and Sangiovese (Italian) to name a few.
In the Goldendale Area, Maryhill Winery, Cascade Cliffs, Waving Tree, and a little farther east in Oregon, Wheatridge In The Nook Winery offer expansive views of the Gorge and conversation with the winemakers, along with great tasting and gift specials.
In The Dalles, Erin Glenn Winery entertains with cellar tours and live Celtic music. Head out to the vineyard with Dry Hollow's "Wine in the Barn" as they tempt your palate with olive oil tasting by John Dixon.
On the western end of the Gorge, Hood River Valley wineries feature an "Extravagana" from new wine releases to barrel tastings at Mt. Hood Winery, Phelps Creek Vineyards, Pheasant Valley Winery, and Cathedral Ridge. If shopping downtown, be sure to stop by the new tasting rooms of Quenett and The Pines 1852.
Across the Columbia River from White Salmon to Lyle, you and your family will enjoy more new releases, barrel tasting, and tours as you meet the winemakers of Wind River Cellars in Husum or enjoy cider at Bad Seed Cider in downtown Bingen. Heading east on Old Hwy 8, explore Syncline Cellars new winery. A trip down the old highway is complete with a stop by Cor Cellars and Klickitat Canyon Winery.
For a full listing of wineries' events and their contact information, visit http://www.columbiagorgewine.com/events.htm