Forget flowers—here in Yamhill county, April showers bring on May, which happens to be Oregon Wine Month! During the month-long celebration leading up to Memorial Day Weekend, visitors can experience Oregon wines and explore wineries at numerous local events. Here are five unique ways to taste the best of Oregon Wine all May long.
Wine About Fashion
Sip in style at this event where wine meets the runway. Fashion experts Jessica host the first-ever fashion show and charity event at Stoller Family Estate. The event is designed to showcase select Pacific Northwest designers, with 20 percent of proceeds benefitting the NW chapter of Girls Inc., a nonprofit for girls across the country.
May 4 – Stoller Family Estate, $50 – $220, stollerfamilyestate.com
Toast Your Mom
Treat mom to something special this Mother’s Day, options in Oregon Wine Country abound. In Dundee, taste the annual special brunch menu at Tina’s or try the trunk shoe at the Mother’s Day Benefit Weekend at Lange Estate. Many tasting rooms offer complimentary flights and fun extras such as free massages Anam Cara in Newberg or MOMosas, pastries and Pinot at Remy Wines in McMinnville.
May 13 – Various events and locations, oregonwinepress.com
Get your hygge on with this dinner that doubles as a Danish culinary exchange. Chefs from Denmark’s famed Teknisk Skole Silkeborg culinary program have teamed up with Ponzi Vineyards for two dinners featuring seasonal Oregon ingredients shared through the New Nordic concepts of simplicity and freshness.
May 19 & 20 – Ponzi Vineyards Nordic Dinner, $175 per person, ponziwines.com
Dine in the Vines
Five years ago, Field & Vine Events started hosting its Dinners in the Field, community meals served in a local vineyard setting. This May, these intimate dinners come to Yamhill County at venues including Stoller Family Estate, Eola Hills Wine Cellars, and Gran Moraine Winery. Enjoy six-courses sourced from NW farms paired with Oregon wines while you mingle with the winemakers, farmers and friends.
May 6, 20, 27 – Various locations, $85 – $90, fieldandvineevents.com
Looking for your art fix along the country roads of Yamhill County? This summer, drive the Chehalem Mountains Wine & Art Loop to discover wineries whose owner also happens to be a working artist. At tasting rooms like Potter’s Vineyard and ROCO Winery, you’ll find exquisite wines as well as wonderful works of art for purchase.
May 27 thru November – Chehelam Mountains Wine & Art Loop, oregonwinepress.com