Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Thank Goodness for Fridays in Eugene; South Willamette Valley

From Kelsey Ivey:

No need to whine on Friday night after work because the wine options are pouring around Eugene in the South Willamette Valley. As the evening settles in around the region, six wineries roll out the night stars and Pinot Noir to savor the real beginning of the weekend.

Sparkling Nights at Domaine Meriwether

Illuminating the sky every Friday evening, Domaine Meriwether welcomes visitors for live music, delicious aged wine and a potluck meal. You’ll come as friends but leave as family – and not because you had too much to drink. The warm, open space makes mingling easy and the winery’s specialty sparkling wines bring the party out as the sun sets.

Friday Night Flights at LaVelle Vineyards

Bringing the rustic country charm to the high-end wine scene, LaVelle Vineyards keeps it classy on Friday nights. Sit out on the valley view deck and take in 360-degree views of the vineyards. Taste the honey of the vines, smell the soil and enjoy the crisp evening as darkness takes over the grounds. Really escape the busyness of the week with a quiet walk through their garden labyrinth to round out the night.

Twilight Tastings at Sweet Cheeks

With TGIF on your lips, pucker up for a late night at Sweet Cheeks Winery. As night rolls into their sunken vineyard valley and fog creeps in between the hills, enjoy their round, red cherry Pinot fusion or fun Rosy Cheeks with Oregon-made Artisan cheeses on their large, scenic patio.

Friday Night LIVE at Saginaw Winery

In a big red barn, turn up the tunes to bluegrass and throw back wines with a sweeter style on those Fridays when you really need to get out of the city - mind, body and palate. Hang out under their large, shady tree to sip their blueberry wine or curl up with someone special inside and savor their rich Marechal Foch.

Live Music at Territorial Vineyards

Catering to the townies, car-less, and night wine wanderers, Territorial Vineyards and Company pours for patrons looking for a groovy glass. Located in the Whiteaker Neighborhood, this urban winery stands apart from its wine country counterparts like the dread-locked, side-walk hippie to the sneaker clad hipsters, who both roam this whimsical block. With melodies flowing freely, unwind with their crisp Pinot Gris or luxurious Stone’s Throw Pinot Noir.

Sarver Winery’s Friday Night Fetes

On Friday nights, Sarver Winery not only wants to quench your thirst for the weekend but also feed your desire for delicious food. Serving up gourmet pizza, Sarver makes sure that you get your fill before the night ends. Pair their pizza with live music and a glass of their creamy, barrel-aged Pinot Gris or terroir-driven Estate Pinot noir for an all around food-wine coma take-over.


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