Mention Thanksgiving to wine lovers in Oregon and likely the plan for the days after the big turkey dinner is to visit the many winery open houses throughout the Willamette Valley. Now in its 31st year, this holiday weekend is when Pinot noir fans from near and far hit the wine trail, in search of riches in the form of liquid gold. Tasters will find wine spaces that run the gamut; from rustic barns converted into makeshift tasting rooms to modern, eco-friendly buildings designed to accentuate the vineyard views.

Just about every winery is open to the public, many with special wine flights and light bites, celebrating the end of another harvest. Don’t forget to buy gifts and large format bottles for festive parties and your holiday table. Because nothing says party like a big bottle of wine!

Whether you’re a seasoned or novice wine taster, follow these tips to ensure a fun and safe holiday weekend.

  1. Get an early start
  2. Stay hydrated (drink plenty of water between winery stops)
  3. Take it slow and pace yourself (give your body time to process the wine)
  4. Be sure to eat (many wineries will have food but it’s never a bad idea to have snacks in the car)
  5. Book a wine tour and let someone else do the driving
  6. Professionals spit (and dump) so don’t be afraid to do either

Visit this link to plan your wine weekend in the Willamette Valley

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About the Author: 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.