If you’ve ever been to the Pacific Northwest, you’d know that Oregon is truly special. From its mountains, to valley, to Coastal range, to the city … the one common denominator for those who like to eat and drink is there is no shortage of culinary and wine experiences.
Did you know there’s a month dedicated entirely to Oregon wine? Oh yeah. Oregon Wine Month is well underway and The Daydream Agency has got you covered. As a full-service creative agency supporting Oregon wine year-round, (literally eating and breathing it), this is one of our favorite times of the year to showcase not only our partners, but all that Oregon has to offer this month!
Whether you’re a seasoned wine lover , new to the wine scene, or reside outside of Oregon and want to celebrate with us … this blog is for you! Please consider supporting the boutique wineries and small businesses of our state, and share the knowledge.
You’ll find discounts on wine, public & private tastings, virtual gatherings, and in-person experiences – we hope you enjoy and you’re always welcome to send us a quick message for guidance or extra recommendations based on what you’re looking for. In each section, click on any winery name to be redirected.
McMinnville + Carlton
Chris James Cellars is a boutique winery with two locations, a brand new wine bar in McMinnville on 3rd Street, and their original Estate Property in Carlton with a tasting room and winery. Their portfolio of wines is extensive and full of unique varietals uncommon to Oregon, and highly aromatic elegance. Find them on Instagam as well.
2020 Sparkling Pinot Noir Rosé
2019 Albariño 25% off 3+ bottles (35% for club)
Happy Hour ALL DAY from 12-6pm at the McMinnville location. 3$ off glass pours, 15% off bottles to share on-site, and get your flight fee waived when you mention their social media and when you purchase one bottle+ to go.
May 28, 4-8pm
With options for all whites, all reds, or mixed
East Salem | Cascade Foothills
Pudding River Wine Cellars is a winery, vineyard, tasting room and custom crush wine production business located in the heart of Oregon’s idyllic east Willamette Valley, situated on the Pudding River. Visit our red barn tasting room and patio from Wednesday-Sunday, 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., February-December. Find them on Instagram as well.
Featuring food from Renegade Food Truck and Live Music by The Jon Deshler Trio 2:30-5:30 Patio tables fill up fast so bring your picnic chairs for a spot on the lawn. They're only open for outdoor tasting at this time per Oregon State Covid Regulations.
2:30-4:30pm The Summer Concert Series begins with Dead Lee, a Portland, OR based folk duo comprised of Brian Koch (current and founding member of Blitzen Trapper) and singer-songwriter Kara Harris. The duo represents a mutual love of the darker folk and country traditions. Come enjoy a tasting and some great music. Patio tables fill up fast so bring your picnic chairs and relax on our lawn with a glass or bottle.
Live Music by The Boys Wilson 2:30-4:30 + Small Bites pairing provided by Zest Catering & VinoFemmes Small Bites is 11-5 $10 for Wine Club Members $25 for non Wine Club Reservation recommended. 503-365-0391 This does not guarantee a table as patio space is extremely limited however please bring your camp chairs and set up a place on our patio lawn to enjoy the wine, food and a show!
Receive a coupon for $5 off with purchase of 4+ bottles of your favorite wine.
Wine Crush Podcast is produced and based in the heart of the Oregon Wine Country of McMinnville. On Season 4 of featuring and interviewing local Willamette Valley Winemakers of boutique brands, to share insight about their origin story, the wine, the process, and how to locate them. Find this show on all major listening platforms such as Apple, Spotify, Audible, Amazon, Stitcher, Iheartradio, etc. Find them on Instagram as well.
Torii Mor Winery is an Oregon Winery with Two tasting rooms, one in Dundee, and the other in Woodinville, Washington. Their vision is on a pursuit to produce elegant, Old World style Pinot Noir, with their Eighth generation Burgundian winemaker Jacques Tardy. Their origination is Japanese inspired that permeates through their name, the labels, and their tasting rooms that feature a beautiful japanese garden with one of the best views in Oregon wine country with views of Mt. Hood. They are “LIVE, AND LEED CERTIFIED” dedicated to sustainability.
Wine Tasting Experience - $20 (waived with purchase of 3 bottles) Enjoy a flight of 5 wines on our deck overlooking the Willamette Valley. **May be moved inside due to weather conditions.
$20 (waived with purchase of 3 bottles) Enjoy a flight of 5 wines at the Tasting Room.
Wednesday through Saturday: 11:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Sunday: 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Closed Monday – Tuesday
Apple Farm Village 14525 148th Ave NE Ste 114 Woodinville, WA 98072 Phone: 425-908-7111 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Below is a short and compact version of what we curataed happening in the Willamette Valley. Certainly not an exhaustive list, there’s so much happening, we encourage you to get lost in the rabbit hole starting with one of the experiences on our curated list. Have fun, be safe and respectful! Cheers.
Sunday School Wine | 6:30pm
Domaine Roy & fils | 12-5pm
Lady Hill Winery | 12-5pm
Sunday School Wine | 7:30-9pm
Various wineries, food truck, music |
Sunday School Wine + Dobbes Family Estate, Domaine Roy & Fils, Hyland Estates, and Résonance Wines| 5pm
Yamhill Valley Vineyards | 11am – 3pm, Thursday – Monday
Yamhill Valley Vineyards | 11am-5pm
Left Coast Wine | 1-4pm
3rd Street to Dine OutSide! Launching May 28 thru September
Varnum Vintners | 11am-5pm
Et Fille |
Wines Fly Free with Alaska!
Pretty amazing if you ask me. I recently just experienced this first hand, so I can give you the low-down. All you need is:
So when you’re visiting Oregon and want to take the amazing wine you discovered back home with you, rest assured knowing you can take up to a case on Alaska Airlines. Mix and match bottles or bring a whole case from your favorite Oregon winery.
No need to “add it” on during your flight booking, it won’t count towards your baggage allotment, just roll up to the airport and check it. They even pushed me to the front of the line because I had wine! I’m unsure if it was my lucky day, or if that’s normal protocol – but hey, it could happen to you too. I had a couple of branded tags from the winery ready to go, but the airport clerks said they didn’t need it. Use for a fun photo instead and post it online using #oregonwinemonth.
Oh, don’t seal it up – they’ll want to scope it out at the airport and will tape it for you.
This month and beyond, think of Oregon when you want to support wineries of all size operation, many of which are striving to make wine more approachable for modern times. There are nearly 1,000 wineries in Oregon, and it’s becoming as iconic as Napa Valley, now with COVID, there’s a plethora of opportunities to virtually experience some of these events. Enjoy, and if you post online after discovering a not so run-of-the-mill brand or experience from this article, tag us!! @samisattva @thedaydream.agency on Instagram.