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Newberg Downtown Wineries will host Picnic in the Garden at Hoover-Minthorn House Museum

GRAPHIC FILE PHOTO - The Hoover-Minthorn House Museum will host Picnic in the Garden, an event sponsored by the Newberg Downtown Wineries association, on Aug. 11.

Newberg's local wine and rich history are coming together in a new way this summer. For the first time, the gardens of the Hoover-Minthorn House Museum will host Picnic in the Garden, an event complete with local specialty wines provided by Newberg Downtown Wineries, food and entertainment. In the heart of town, this event will include a tour of the museum and tasting pours from each winery represented.

While the local wineries represented will share a wide breadth of the wines they have crafted within a mile of Newberg, they are also excited to do so in a space that represents a historical keynote of Newberg's past.

"As President of the United States, Mr. Hoover was respected for his innovation and entrepreneurship. Partnering with our Newberg winery neighbors captures these sentiments and we look forward to opening our doors to the wine community," Sarah Munro, director of the Hoover-Minthorn House Museum, said.

As the only presidential home located in the Pacific Northwest, the museum offers itself as a unique venue for the wine tasting event. To honor the historical aspects of the setting, The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America, owners of the museum, will have members on site to lead event guests through a tour of the facility.

The house, built in 1881, was the boyhood home of Hoover. After losing his parents, Hoover moved into the house to live with his aunt and uncle. Leaving Oregon to join the inaugural class at Stanford University, he moved on to become not only America's 31st President, but also an engineer and humanitarian. Hoover himself dedicated the house to Newberg in 1955.

"It's an honor to share wines at this historic location in the center of the city we call home," Newberg Downtown Wineries president Dave Rassmuson said.

Of the nine wineries represented, he said, "Between us, we produce a world of wines within a mile, running the gamut of big, bold reds to elegant pinot noirs, with chardonnays, rieslings and more. I'm not sure that it gets any better than sipping these wines with their winemakers in a beautiful garden on a summer's evening."

During the event bottles will be available for purchase and off site consumption; wine by the glass will be available throughout the evening. Each guest will be given a $10 food credit for the featured food carts present, including Bert's Chuck Wagon and Newberg Luckee Dutch. Along with tasting pours from each winery, guests will receive a keepsake glass.

Picnic in the Garden tickets are $55 for general public, $45 for winery club members and $65 after Aug. 6 or at the door and are available at www.NewbergDowntownWineries.com under "Tickets and Such." The event will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. Aug. 11 at 115 South River Street. For more information, visit www.hooverminthorn.org.

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