It's a wonderful way to spend the weekend and discover the variety of wines from the Columbia Gorge and Columbia Valley AVAs.
Hood River, Oregon (Vocus/PRWEB) March 17, 2011
The Columbia Gorge Winegrowers announce the return of the successful Passport Weekend program – with the date set for March 28th - April 3rd, 2011. “The program was a great success in 2010, and we are excited to provide an opportunity to showcase our winegrowing region and help boost visitors to our area,” says Kim DenAdel, Marketing Manager for the Columbia Gorge Winegrowers Association. “Our wineries span the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area through 40 miles of peaceful, open-roads running through double mountain views of Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams. Visitors can stay the full Passport weekend; one day can be spent in our Washington wineries (spanning from Underwood to Goldendale), next in our Oregon wineries (spanning from Hood River thru The Dalles) and complete the weekend in our Hood River Tasting Rooms. It's a wonderful way to spend the weekend and discover the variety of wines from the Columbia Gorge and Columbia Valley AVAs.”
The Passport Weekend started in 2009, made possible by a grant from the Oregon Tourism Commission, also known as Travel Oregon. Last year, the event began with a tasting in Portland and brought more than 500 guests to the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area for a fun weekend of wine touring. This year the week-long event kicks-off on Monday, March 28th with the Columbia Gorge Grand Tasting in Portland at Urban Studio in the Pearl District, 935 NW Davis Street, Portland, OR. Over 22 wineries will be pouring where one can meet the winemakers and discover the variety of wines from the Columbia Gorge and Columbia Valley AVAs. Tickets are $25 each and include a commemorative wine glass, wine tasting, hors d’oeuvres and a Passport for Passport Weekend (a $15 value). The trade tasting is from 1-4pm with the public tasting from 5-8pm.
The main event is Passport Weekend, April 1-3, with over 26 wineries to explore. From incredible discounts to private barrel tastings to special gifts to live music and breathtaking views, offerings are as varied as the wines found in the Gorge. Passports are $15 each (a $5 to $800 value in potential savings) and available online or at Gorge-area tasting rooms. Columbia Gorge lodging partners are also offering discounts on accommodations for Passport holders for the weekend. Details can be found on http://www.columbiagorgewine.com.
Grand Tasting tickets and Passports can be purchased now at http://www.columbiagorgewine.com/passport_week_2011.htm.
The Columbia Gorge Winegrowers Association is a not for profit association of local wineries, grape growers, and wine-related businesses from the Columbia Gorge and Columbia Valley Appellations in both Oregon and Washington. Together, the 150 members of the association promote the award - winning wines and grapes of the Columbia River Gorge region. For more information please visit the website at http://www.columbiagorgewine.com or call 1-866-413-WINE.
Participating Wineries at Portland Grand Tasting Include:
AniChe, Cathedral Ridge Winery, Cerulean Wine, COR Cellars, Domaine Pouillon, Dry Hollow Vineyards, Garnier Vineyards, Jacob Williams Winery, Jan-Marc Cellars, Marchesi Vineyards, Maryhill Winery, Memaloose Wines, Mt. Hood Winery, Pheasant Valley Winery, Phelps Creek Vineyards, Springhouse Cellar, Syncline, The Pines 1852, Viento, Waving Tree Winery, White Salmon Vineyard and Wy’East Vineyards
Participating Wineries during Passport Weekend include:
AniChe, Cathedral Ridge Winery, Cerulean Wine, COR Cellars, Domaine Pouillon, Dry Hollow Vineyards, Garnier Vineyards, Jacob Williams Winery, Jan-Marc Cellars, Major Creek Cellars, Marchesi Vineyards, Maryhill Winery, Memaloose Wines, Mt. Hood Winery, Naked Winery, Outdoor Wino, Pheasant Valley Winery, Phelps Creek Vineyards, Springhouse Cellar, Sunshine Mill/Quenett Winery, Syncline, The Gorge White House, The Pines 1852, Viento, Waving Tree Winery, and Wy’East Vineyards
Columbia Cliff Villas will also be offering an accommodations giveaway. Also showcasing are our lodging and restaurant partners: Columbia Gorge Hotel and Spa, Columbia Cliff Villas, Nora's Table, Hood River Bagel Shop, Full Sail Brewing, Solstice Café, Martin's Gorge Tours, Lone Pine Vllage, Celilo Inn Hotel, Hood River BnB, and Timber Lake Campground and RV Park.