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Wine tasting in the Dundee Hills over Memorial Day weekend

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Memorial Day weekend is considered by many to be the open house of the Willamette Valley wineries.

The spring cleaning has been done and all the wineries are officially open for the summer! It’s a great opportunity to try new releases while enjoying special touches like food, music, wine library pours and so much more.

Dundee, in the heart of the Willamette Valley wine country, offers both downtown tasting rooms and vineyard estates perched on the low hilltops just outside of town. A recommended wine tour of the Dundee area includes these wineries in order to experience the charm of this quaint little town. The first two wineries are an easy drive just out of town and offer gorgeous vistas overlooking estate vineyards. Once you’re in Dundee, park your car and walk between the last four spots. Dinner is highly suggested after a day of wine tasting and the Red Hills Provincial Dining is an easy stroll to the north end of town.

So Portlanders, pull out your summer clothes, dust off your hats and toss the umbrella in the car just in case a spring shower hits while you cruise the Dundee Hills and taste some world-class wines from your own backyard.

Thistle Wines

Open 11am-5pm

Saturday, Sunday & Monday May 26-28

10555 NE Red Hills Rd, Dundee

(503) 200-4509

Map to Thistle Wines

$5 tasting fee waived with purchase

Thistle Wines is debuting their first 2011 release, Pinot gris, alongside several other wines in their new tasting room at the vineyard. Tasty treats and special pricing on both 6-packs and cases make this one weekend not to be missed.

Lange Estate Winery & Vineyard

Open 11am-5pm

Saturday & Sunday May 26-27

18380 NE Buena Vista Drive, Dundee

(503) 538-6476

Map to Lange Estate

$15 admission fee, includes a Riedel logo glass

Lange Estate Winery is offering light appetizers paired with their wines, all while overlooking the estate vineyards and views of the Dundee Hills.

Hawkins Cellars

Open 11-5pm

Saturday, Sunday & Monday May 26-28

1226 Hwy 99W, Dundee

(503) 201-8302

Map to Hawkins Cellars

$10 Tasting fee waived with any wine purchase

Hawkins Cellars is releasing their 2011 Viognier and waiving tasting fees for all who buy a bottle of wine. They are hosting a food cart over the weekend, rounding out their Trifecta event.

Ponzi Wine Bar

Open 11am-5pm

Saturday & Sunday May 26-27

100 SW 7th Street, Dundee

(503) 554-1500

Map to Ponzi Wine Bar

$20 Saturday (includes guest winery Ayoub Wines)

$10 Sunday

Ponzi Wine Bar is offering new wine releases including 2011 Pinot gris and signature Pinot noir. Their highly sought after 2011 Arneis will also be available for purchase. Ayoub Wines will be pouring their small production Pinot noir wines on Saturday only.

Argyle Winery

Open 11am-5pm

Saturday & Sunday May 26-27

691 Highway 99W, Dundee

(503) 538-8520

Map to Argyle

$15 tasting fee, includes a logo glass

Join Argyle Winery as they kick off their 25 anniversary making wine in Dundee. Special cellars wines paired with gourmet cheeses, barrel samples and a live band make this a party not to be missed. Be among the first to taste Argyle’s Silver Series Pinot noirs, created to honor three of their vineyards.

Red Hills Provincial Dining

Open Saturday 5-9pm, May 26 & Sunday 5-8pm, May 27

276 N Hwy 99W, Dundee, OR

(503) 538-8224

Map to Red Hills

All their dishes are made on premise from scratch; stocks, soups, sauces, desserts, ice creams, sorbets, breads and charcuterie, using fresh local ingredients and traditional European techniques. The menu changes frequently to keep things interesting for their customers and to rely always upon seasonal offerings of fresh meats, seafoods and produce.

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Michele Francisco
Michele Francisco, a founder and regular contributor to Winerabble, a blog primarily about Pacific Northwest wines, is living the dream in Portland, Oregon. Her passion leads some to believe she's got wine running through her veins. Contact Michele at michele@winerabble.com & be sure to visit her online portfolio at www.michelefrancisco.com.

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