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Several wineries in the region will host special tastings in an annual celebration

GRAPHIC FILE PHOTO - Natalie's Estate Winery and ROCO Winery will open thier doors to tasters during the annual Memorial Day events in the area.

As Memorial Day approaches this weekend, sevveral organizations are poised to host different events.

There will of course be the annual boat races on the Willamette River on Saturday through Sunday, as well as the veteran's ceremony at Memorial Park on Monday.

In terms of other activities, Memorial Day Weekend will also feature the 35th annual event by the Willamette Valley Wineries Association, where wineries will open their doors to host unique tastings.

"The long holiday weekend in the Willamette Valley sums up this exciting time of year and gives summer a proper welcome," said Morgen McLaughlin, executive director of the WVWA. "And because it's Oregon, the weekend still manages to pair tasters directly with producers, allowing for great entertainment and tremendous insights on the newest releases of wines."

Natalie's Estate Winery on Northeast Chehalem Drive near Newberg will participate on from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday through Monday, with a $15 tastings available, but free for members.

ROCO Winery will also participate on Saturday and Sunday, with tastings from $15 to $20. The winery will feature a new RMS Brut Rose. Likewise, the annual Tate the Estate at Bell's Up Winery will host a tasting with the 2018 Estate Rose. Tastings are $20 per person, which is refunded with a $75 purchase of wine per person.

The annual boat race, now in its 71st year, is the second oldest American Powerboat Association race in the nation. The event at Rogers landing is hosted by the Newberg Boat Club.

Rogers Landing will be closed to the public for the event beginning Friday at 5 p.m.

As per usual, the race will begin in the morning between 10 and 11 a.m., and will last until around 6 p.m. when the last races are complete.


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