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The weekend will feature tastings, concerts and other events at the Newberg resort

GRAPHIC FILE PHOTO - To commemorate a decade since it started, the Allison Inn & Spa will host a celebration at the end of the month to mark the occasion.

To commemorate a decade since it started, the Allison Inn & Spa will host a celebration at the end of the month to mark the occasion.

Managing Director Pierre Zriek said it's a "huge" moment to mark a decade in existence.

"We came a long way since the opening," he said. "We wanted to celebrate that special moment."

The Allison was recently in the running for two USA Today's "Top 10" award designations, including for best wine country hotel and best eco-friendly hotel.

Zriek said the full weekend of celebration Aug. 30-31 will allow participants to stay at the hotel and pick and choose which events to go to. For more information, visit

Zriek said the events begin 6 p.m. Aug. 30 with a sparkling wine kick-off celebration, which features Brittan and Soter, producers of sparkling wines in the Willamette Valley. From there will be a four-course dinner at 7 p.m., hosted by Karen MacNeil, a wine expert and author of "The Wine Bible." The dinner will be paired with chardonnays and pinot noirs from Bergström Wines, Brittan Vineyards, Domaine Drouhin, and Soter Vineyards, and their winemakers will be on hand.

On Aug. 31, MacNeil will host an in-depth exploration of local pinot noirs, beginning at 10:30 a.m. The panel will include wines and winemakers from Alexana Winery, Antica Terra, Cristom Vineyards, Ponzi Vineyards, ROCO Winery and Winderlea. 

At 3:30 p.m. in the garden, there will be a gathering with food, artisanal wines, craft beers – including from Wolves & People in Newberg – and spirits such as Ewing Young. Live music will be provided by Aaron Meyer and the Dancehall Days Band. 

Zriek also said there will be some acrobats, jugglers and other performers, as well as food carts on site.

Food will be featured from Carlton Bakery, Community Plate, Cream Northwest, Ibérico Carver, Jory at The Allison, Lela's Bistro, Provvista, Red Hills Market, So Cheesy, Tamale Boy, and Tournant.

Wine will be featured from Anne Amie Vineyards, Archery Summit, Cramoisi Vineyard, Natalie's Estate Winery, Native Flora, Rain Dance Vineyards, Rex Hill, Tresori Vineyards, Utopia Vineyard, and Valley Wine Merchants.

Breweries and distilleries will include Paul Long Brewing and Wolves & People, along with craft scotches and bourbons from Branch Point Distillery and Ewing Young Distillery.

During the event, there will also be several artists creating art and selling their finished projects.

Tickets range from $75 to $200 per event and $2,200 for two people to stay over. Zriek said to participate in all events, guests must stay at the hotel. He added that there will be gifts provided to those who stay the whole weekend, but said he wanted those gifts to remain a surprise.

"We're very excited about it," Zriek said. "It's a vision from 10 years ago. "What we've done, what we've created, there was nothing like this 10 years ago. And it's something to celebrate this success."

Business briefs

CCC to host preview of Art Harvest Studio Tour

The Chehalem Cultural Center will host an exhibit of works from the upcoming Art Harvest Studio Tour of Yamhill County beginning at 9 a.m. Sept. 4 in the Parrish Gallery.

The exhibit features work of several presenting artists and gives patrons a jump start on the tour.

An artist reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 13 as well. The actual tour begins Oct. 4.

Cover band to perform in final Tunes on Tuesday date on Aug. 27

A 1980s tribute band will soon make its debut performance at Newberg's Tunes on Tuesday stage.

Beginning at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 27, the six-piece Radical Revolution band will run through a number of hits from the `80s, including Whitney Houston, Madonna, Def Leppard and more.

The event takes place on the plaza before the Chehalem Cultural Center on East Sheridan Street.

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