Wine festival will showcase Oregon's more eccentric varieties
More than 30 winemakers from around the state will come together for a first of its kind event in early August, showcasing the diversity of vintages the Beaver State has to offer.
Presented by Sunday School Wine, the first ever Alt Wine Fest is set for 1 to 5 p.m. Aug. 11 at the Old School House, 23945 N.E. North Valley Road. The Old School House is an event space that previously served as a community center and school.
The Alt Wine Fest will feature more than 100 kinds of eclectic wines from 30 or more local producers. The event will be a walk-around tasting, where event-goers can taste wine from familiar grapes and new ones alike.
Tickets for the event are $40 and are available at www.altwinefest.com. Admission includes wine tastings, a commemorative glass and will-call service for wine purchases. Designated drivers get in free, but cannot sample any wine.
Participating wineries include Abacela, Adelsheim Vineyard, Aerea Vintners, Anne Amie Vineyards, Apolloni Vineyards, Beckham Estate Vineyard, Bells Up Winery, Brooks Wines, Chehalem Winery, Chris James Cellars, Craft Wine Co., Day Wines, Division Winemaking Company, The Eyrie Vineyards, Franchere Wine Co., Golden Cluster, Grochau Cellars, Hanson Vineyards, Hazelfern Cellars, Helioterra Wines, Hooray For You, Illahe Vineyards, James Rahn Wine Co., Johan Vineyards, Loop de Loop, Ovum Wines, Raptor Ridge Winery, Sis and Mae Wine Co., Statera Cellars, Stoller Family Estate, and Upper Five Vineyard.
The event is put on by Sunday School, a wine education and events company based in Portland. According to its website, the group partners with wine bars, restaurants and festivals to provide classes, dinners, parties, happy hours and social events for fans of wine.
The event also features a raffle which will benefit p:ear, a Portland organization that mentors homeless and transitional youth.
Food from Ricky's Taco Truck will also be on-hand throughout the day. Sunday School Wine will provide pairing recommendations for the tacos as well.
According to a release from the event, while pinot noir gets the most attention among the state's vintages, it's only one of 72 grown here.
"Though Oregon is known as the pinot noir state, a diverse range of other grapes accounts for 42 percent of wine production," the release stated. "A number of these are historical plantings that date back to the 1960s, while others are the result of recent experiments testing what varieties can best thrive in the Northwest. Alt Wine Fest 2019 is an exclusive opportunity to sample some of the state's "other" grape varieties, helping to deepen consumers' love and appreciation for Oregon wine."
Martin Skegg said he and a business partner run Sunday School Wine, which has been teaching alternative wine classes for some time and giving balance to other types of wines.
"There are so many other great grapes that do well here (some would argue better), and much of the early history of Oregon wine has little to do with pinot," he said via email.
He said the Old School House asked them to do an event there and what started off as just a class morphed into a full festival.
"Really, we just want to show off the diversity of grapes, wine styles and talented winemakers in Oregon," he said. "We're pleased we have such a range of wineries, from bigger entities such as Abacela, Brooks and Stoller, to one-man bands like Jeff Vejr with Golden Cluster, who is doing crazy stuff with some of the first plantings in the valley made by Charles Coury. I think people will be surprised at the depth and quality of what Oregon has to offer outside the pinot box. My hope is that visitors will find a new wine to love – and hopefully take a bottle or two home with them."
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Each week from 5 to 8 p.m. until Labor Day at the Historic Butteville Store, folks of all ages can buy $1 bingo cards and raffle tickets, with all funds benefiting the store. Food and drinks will be served.
Doors open at 5 p.m., games start at 6 p.m. and the raffle is at 7 p.m.
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McMinnville to host car, motorcycle event
The Cruising McMinnville car, truck and motorcycle show is set for noon to 5 p.m. Aug. 24 on Third Street in the downtown area.
Tickets are $20 and preregistration is slated to end Aug. 1.
Following that, there will be a cruising event from 5 to 10 p.m.
For more information, visit www.cruisingmcminnville.com.
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