Saturday is National Drink Wine Day and luckily here in Lake Oswego, we have lots to wine about. If you’re in the mood to celebrate this national holiday, check one of these places out.
World Class Wines. Susan and Rick Baldwin have been catering to the oenophiles among us since 2009 by offering a wide range of services from Friday night wine tastings, a wine club, wine and food education classes, and pre-sale wine offerings based on your individual preferences. The Friday night wine tastings are a popular option for regulars as well as newbies who want to learn their way around a Tendril Chardonnay or a Capezzana Ghiaie Della Furba Rosso. Things start up at 4:30 p.m. and include six wines for $15 with an optional bonus pour of two more wines for $5. Resident wine geek, Rick Baldwin, is usually pouring, sometimes with the help of local winemakers or distributors. He provides tasting notes along with answers to any questions you may have about how the wine is made, what to pair it with or how it compares to the vintages you tried the week before. 149 A Avenue, 503.974.9841.
Wizer’s Wine Cellar. Although Wizer’s Oswego Foods closed its grocery operation in 2013, the fine wine collection that put it on serious oenophiles’ maps lives on at its downtown Lake Oswego location, 269 A Avenue. Besides an extensive offering of wines from all the major wine producing regions of the world, Wizer’s also offers free wine tastings every Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 503.636.1414.
Riccardo’s Vin Italy Wine Shop. If your inclination is to say, “Beviamo!” when you raise your glass, then you might enjoy wine tasting at Riccardo’s Vin Italy Wine Shop where Italian wines are featured every second Saturday of the month from noon until 3:00 p.m. Tasting fee is $5. Riccardo’s Ristorante next door has a special event planned on February 23 – Umani Ronchi Winemaker Dinner with selected wines to accompany each of the five courses.
The Harvest Wine Bar.14559 Westlake Drive, 503.747.7263. For a mid-week pick-me-up, head over to The Harvest Wine Bar for their Wednesday and Thursday night wine tastings from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Recent tastings featured big bold reds from California as well as Northern California wines from four different wineries. Subscribe to their email and be notified of each week’s focus. Call to reserve your spot. Tasting fee runs $15-$20. You can also order appetizers and entrées from their menu to make it a night.
Oswego Hills Winery. Located just past Luscher Farms on Rosemont Road sits this family run vineyard that was planted in 1997 with Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Marechal Foch. Tastings are offered every Sunday from 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m. showcasing their latest vintage. 450 S. Rosemont Road, 503.655.2599.
Oregon Wine Reserve. This 6,700 square foot facility offers ideal storage conditions for your prized wine collection. Services include customized lockers, wine club receiving, inventory services, a conference room and member tasting room. Social events are offered that let members mingle among other like-minded oenophiles. 600 N. State Street, 503.342.3269.
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