If at all possible dine out this month in Portland because it is Dine Downtown Month and over 60 of the city’s best restaurants are offering prix fixe meals at $25 for three courses. This is taking place all month and after viewing some of the sample menus I do not think I will be cooking many dinners this month. Contact Travel Portland for more information. Below are a list of other events happening around the Willamette Valley and beyond.
If great music and fantastic wine piques your interest, one of the Willamette Valley’s most famous winemakers is holding a one of a kind music and wine event this weekend at her eponymous Newberg winery. On Friday June 8, Lynn Penner-Ash will have Allen Stone, whose music is notable for his ﬁnely crafted evocative songs. Allen will be performing in an unplugged concert at the beautiful Penner-Ash winery in Newberg. If you are not familiar with this phenomenal musician listen to a song and you will be amazed. In addition to Allen’s performance, there will be tours of the winery, Penner-Ash wines, Widmer beers and a tasting menu prepared by Feastworks. Living Social is offering this deal so pull the trigger quick and decide to attend because these tickets are going fast. There will be some awesome wines, great food and a concert by one of the most talented up and coming troubadours to explode onto the music scene in a long time. The quality of the Penner-Ash wines are benchmarks for Willamette Valley Pinot noir and the other varietals produced there will not disappoint.
If serene luxurious surroundings in an idyllic setting accompanied by great wine and gourmet cuisine served in an upscale setting are something you could see yourself enjoying head for the Gorge and check into the Skamania Lodge. On June 16, 2012 Skamania Lodge will host a day of delectable wine and food celebrating the Pacific Northwest’s outstanding wine varietals. With a view of the beautiful Columbia River Gorge from the Lodge’s Cascade Lawn, this year’s Celebration of Wine will feature wines from 15 regional vineyards. The Celebration of Wine will bring together the best of what our region has to offer.
The following is the full schedule of the activities happening Saturday, June 16:
1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Wine Tasting: Tickets to the event are available in advance or the day-of the event.
10 tickets – $25
20 tickets – $50
*Additional tickets may be purchased for $2 each.
5 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Wine Dinner: Following an afternoon of wine tasting, the Lodge will be serving up a special tapas-style prix fixe menu featuring delicious regional ingredients. Also included in the wine dinner is a flight of four wine pairings from Youngberg Hill Vineyards.
Amuse-bouche: Heirloom tomato with fresh mozzarella, basil chiffonade, strawberry vinaigrette, and white balsamic reduction paired with ’11 Aspen Pinot Gris
First: Pan-seared sea scallop with spiced apple and tomato chutney, paired with ’11 Pinot Blanc
Salad: Radish and cucumber salad with butter lettuce, manchego, pickled radishes, curled carrots, red onion, toasted sunflower seeds, and creamy cucumber dressing, paired with ’08 Jordan Pinot Noir
Entrée: Grilled 12oz St. Helens beef NY Strip topped with Dungeness crab, grilled asparagus, Hermiston onion whipped potatoes, and finished with roasted red pepper béarnaise, paired with Grenache
Dessert: Seasonal berry cheesecake with berry compote
Price: $75 per person, plus tax and gratuity
For guests looking to create a fun-filled weekend of wine tasting and Gorge adventures, Skamania Lodge is offering a special Celebration of Wine Weekend overnight package. Included in the package includes an overnight stay for two, 20 tickets to the Celebration of Wine event (10 per person), and a special wine dinner for two in the Cascade Dining Room. Rates for the package start at $329 (does not include lodge fee, taxes or gratuities). For more information about Skamania Lodge or to book reservations, call (866) 399-7980 or visit www.skamania.com.
Neighbors Night at Cooper Hill Vineyards is a series of live music and tastings taking place at this Beaverton winery known for their great biodynamic wines and easy to get to location. Nothing pairs with Oregon Pinot Noir like their stunning sunsets unless they are accompanied by some cool Jazz. Every Friday this summer they will host local musicians on their lawn. Cooper Hill Vineyard wines will be available by the taste, glass or bottle. Bring a picnic and enjoy a fabulous start to your weekend!
During the summer, every Friday from 5PM – 8PM they will offer live music. Here is the schedule for June 2012:
June 15: Van Meyers Jazz. A three-piece combo playing experimental, groovy, contemporary jazz music.
June 22: Singer-songwriter Tim Uecker
June 29: Nos Tres. Brazilian music featuring two guitarists
Cooper Hill Vineyards is just a short drive from Portland and very close to anyone residing on the Westside.
Events for every budget and every taste so get up, get out and most of all enjoy!
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