This weekend is all about Taste Washington, but next week the spotlight turns to the Columbia Gorge Wine Region. Straddling the Columbia River, the Columbia Gorge Wine region is spread over Washington and Oregon. Some of the wineries create wines from fruit from “their” side of the river while other will cross the river to source their fruit. Regardless of which side of the river you drink your wine, you are in for a treat! Here are opportunities to taste wine varietals that you can’t find in many parts of Washington like Barbera and Nebbiolio.
Columbia Gorge Grand Tasting
During the Columbia Gorge Wine Growers’ Grand Tasting on March 28, 2011, over 20 wineries will be pouring their Oregon and Washington wines at the Urban Studio in the Pearl District, in Portland. Trade tasting is between 1-4pm while the public Grand Tasting is between 5-8pm. Tickets for the Columbia Gorge Grand Tasting are an exceptional deal. For only $25, participants will receive:
- Commemorative Wine Glass
- Wine Tastings
- Hors d’oeuvres
- Passport for Columbia Gorge Passport Weekend April 1-3, 2011 ($15 value!)
Columbia Gorge Passport Weekend
April 1-3, 2011 is the annual Columbia Gorge Passport Weekend. A “World of wine in 40 miles” , over 25 Columbia Gorge wineries are participating in Passport Weekend offering special deals to passport holders. Specials include barrel tasting, reserve tasting, special wine prices, appetizers and chocolate. Explore the different wineries on both sides of the river and the differences in fruit grown in the Columbia Gorge AVA vs the Columbia Valley AVA.
We had a wonderful time exploring the Columbia Gorge during last year’s passport weekend and are looking forward to Columbia Gorge Passport Weekend 2011!
You can also download the iPhone Gorge Wine app to help you plan your trip.