Tuesday, November 24, 2009
The Winegrowers of the Columbia Gorge announce the upcoming "Thanksgiving Weekend Open House," November 27-29.
Nearly 30 wineries on both sides of the Columbia River in the Gorge will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily to thank customers and celebrate the holidays with new releases, barrel tastings and festive food, drink and entertainment.
Many wineries will also have special gift items and wine discounts, as a convenient way to check off those gift lists while tasting the best that the Gorge has to offer.
This year, many of the wineries are planning special food and wine pairings for their guests; providing inspiring ideas for entertaining during the holidays. Tasting rooms will be featuring locally made cheeses, imported cheeses, hors d'oeuvres, chocolates and even seasonal pies.
The tradition of Thanksgiving Open Houses has been in existence as long as the wineries of the Northwest -- more than 30 years.
In addition to thanking local supporters and celebrating the end of harvest, The Columbia Gorge Winegrowers view the event weekend as a great opportunity to draw visitors to the Columbia Gorge to discover the variety of grapes grown here and expertly made into fine wines.