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North Willamette Wine Trail Weekend Coming Soon!

Feb 28, 2014

North Willamette Wine Trail Weekend

How does a weekend exploring Oregon wine country while enjoying complimentary wine tastings, pairings, entertainment, and activities sound to you? Pretty nice, huh?

Members of the North Willamette Vintners (NVW) invite you to spend the weekend of April 12th–13th doing just that! From experienced wine lovers to novice wine tasters, the North Willamette Wine Trail has something for everyone.

The North Willamette Vintners represents independent wineries crafting fine wines in the northern boundary of Willamette Valley’s wine region.

You will find NVW wineries and vineyards easily accessible for either a weekend trip or a day excursion. Most of the wineries are located just outside Portland, in the nearby communities of Beaverton, Cornelius, Forest Grove, Gaston, Helvetia, Hillsboro and Tigard.

Need a place to stay? We can help with that! Make it a completely blissful weekend by booking The Grand Hotel Bridgeport Wine Tour Package. Please call us toll-free at 866-968-5757 for rates and availability.

Don’t Miss the North Willamette Wine Trail Weekend
April 12–13, 2014 11:00am–4:00pm
$45 full-weekend, $30 Sunday only, $10 DD weekend

North Willamette Valley Wine Country

Discover each individual winery through tours, one-of-a-kind demonstrations, and hand-on activities. Guests will also enjoy handcrafted foods, gifts and other products by local artisans at our wineries for this special weekend.

To purchase your tickets, visit shop.northwillamettevintners.org

For more information or a list of member wineries, please call 503-941-0609 or visit www.nwvintners.org. Follow North Willamette Vintners on Facebook and Twitter at @NWVintners.

Photos by Kristi Reed

Wine Tour Package Winery Spotlight of the month: Cooper Mountain Vineyards

Feb 12, 2014
Cooper Mountain Vineyards

Photo @ Cooper Mountain Vineyards

Willamette Valley is recognized as one of the premier Pinot noir producing regions in the world. This is why we have partnered with some of our finest local wineries to bring the ultimate Oregon wine tasting experience to our guests.

In this post, we shine the spotlight one of our Wine Tour Package partner vineyards, Cooper Mountain Vineyards located in Beaverton, Oregon.

Nestled on the western slopes of an extinct volcano, Cooper Mountain Vineyards operates by a simple philosophy: wine is memory of land.

The vineyard was founded in 1978 by Dr. Robert Gross and his wife, Corrine when they planted their first Pinot and Chardonnay vines. Today Cooper Mountain Vineyards farms 123 acres scattered throughout the Northern Willamette Valley and offers certified organic and biodynamic Pinot noir, Pinot gris, and Chardonnay wines.

Their tasting room, located at 20121 SW Leonardo Ln. in Beaverton, is open from noon to 5pm daily. For more information, you can contact them by calling (503) 649-0027 or email them at info@coopermountainwine.com.

Be sure to like them on Facebook for updates and to see more photos like these:

Dr. Robert Gross and his wife, Corrine, founded Cooper Mountain Vineyard in 1978.

Dr. Robert Gross and wife, Corrine, founded Cooper Mountain Vineyard in 1978. Photo @ Cooper Mountain Vineyards

Cooper Mountain offers certified organic and biodynamic Pinot noir, Pinot gris, and Chardonnay wines.

Cooper Mountain offers certified organic and biodynamic Pinot noir, Pinot gris, and Chardonnay wines. Photo @ Cooper Mountain Vineyards

Photo @ Cooper Mountain Vineyards

Photo @ Cooper Mountain Vineyards

 

When you reserve a Wine Tour Package at The Grand Hotel at Bridgeport, not only will you tour some of the valley’s finest vineyards and wineries, you will enjoy a relaxing evening in one of our luxurious guest rooms or suites only steps away from the shopping and dining amenities at Bridgeport Village.

Our Wine Tour Package includes complimentary tastings to the winery of your choice, one bottle of local Oregon wine, Gourmet Moonstruck Chocolates and a late check out of 1pm (so sleep in!).

Our partner vineyards include: Cooper Mountain Vineyards, Oak Knoll Winery, Ponzi Vineyards, A Blooming Hill Vineyard and Ardiri Winery and Vineyards. Packages are self-guided however we also work with Grape Escape, a local Wine Tour operator who provides transportation and guidance for an additional charge. Please contact them for the details. Click here to book our Wine Tour Package or call the Front Desk at 866-968-5757.

Some of the other hotel packages offered at the Grand Hotel Bridgeport include:

“It’s Tee Time” Golf Package
Romance Package
Bridgeport Shopping Package
Washington Square Shopping Package
Dinner and a Movie

Plan a Willamette Valley Wine Country Valentine’s Day Weekend!

Jan 28, 2014
Photo Source: Cooper Mountain Vineyards Valentine's Weekend Wine Loop.

Photo Source: Cooper Mountain Vineyards Valentine’s Weekend Wine Loop.

Valentine’s Day is just a few weeks away, have you made your plans?

Why not surprise your special valentine with a romantic getaway to “wine country” this month? We are located in the heart of Willamette Valley, recognized as one of the premier Pinot noir producing regions in the world!

That is one of the reasons we have created special Wine Tour packages at The Grand Hotel at Bridgeport.  This special package includes eight wine tasting vouchers to 4 of our partner wineries (listed below), one bottle of local Oregon wine, and late check out.  This is the perfect way to make the most of the weekend by touring some of the valley’s finest vineyards and wineries and end your adventure with us for a night of relaxing bliss.

Our partner vineyards include:

Here is a sample of Valentines Day events our partner vineyards are participating in this year:

Valentine’s Weekend Wine Loop 

Join Alloro Vineyard, Ardiri Winery, Cooper Mountain and Raptor Ridge for a weekend of special wine tastings and pairings. If you visit all four between Friday, February 14 and Sunday, February 16, you will be entered to win a “Wine Lovers Basket”, including more than $200 in wine accessories and pairings.

Oak Knoll Winery Valentine’s Day Barrel Tasting Saturday, February 8, 2014, 11am

Tasting wine straight from the barrel while it ages is generally reserved for VIPs at wineries. Taste wines from the barrel then enjoy finished wines to witness the wines evolution from the barrel to the bottle. These delicious wines will be delightfully paired to with a special selection of cheese and chocolate. The chocolate pairing will be by Smitten Truffles.

Ponzi Vineyards Taste Local Event Saturday February  8, 2014,12-2pm

A special tasting series featuring local artisans, once a month. This month we feature delectable fresh goat cheeses from Dundee-based Briar Rose Creamery.

Valentine’s Day at Blooming Hill Vineyard February 14, 12-5pm

Enjoy a chocolate fountain with tastings of wine from Blooming Hill Vineyard and Winery.

With cozy tasting rooms and gorgeous views, the winter months are a great time to visit some of the Willamette Valley’s wineries. Visit www.willamettewines.com/events for a list of upcoming winter events and use the hashtag #bemineoregon to search for Valentine’s Day events and promotions throughout wine country! Here are some more wine events worth adding to your itinerary from the Washington County Visitor Association.

Smitten with Saké at SakéOne February 8-9, 2014 11am-5pm

Enjoy pairings of saké and artisan chocolate truffles in a romantic setting in this pre-Valentine’s weekend event.

The Wines of Love with Bag&Baggage February 9-10, 2014 7-9pm

Spend an intimate evening of wine, food and holiday-themed performances with the Bag&Baggage Theatre Company. Seating is limited; tickets available for purchase online.

Date Night at Plum Hill Vineyards February 14, 2014 5-8pm

Enjoy an evening of live music and wine tasting at this special “Date Night.”

Maialata: The Festival of the Pig at Montinore Estate February 16, 2014 11am to 4pm

Experience a pork extravaganza with Cathy Whims, chef and owner of Portland’s acclaimed Nostrana restaurant, with a meal of handcrafted (by you!) sausage and ravioli paired with Montinore’s wines, at this unique, hands-on celebration of food and wine. Reservations are required.

Bottle Up Your Love at Montinore Estate Februrary 15, 2014 12-4pm

Back again for 2014, this popular event allows visitors to make their own “love potion,” a custom-blended Pinot Noir, complete with a custom bottle and personalized label. Space is limited; reservations required.

For more events in February, including additional Valentine’s weekend happenings, please visit WCVA’s Events & Festivals page.

 

Plan Your Trip for the 30th Annual Wine Country Thanksgiving!

Oct 17, 2013
Photo Source: Ponzi Vineyards

Photo Source: Ponzi Vineyards

We have said it before and we will say it again.  It’s GREAT to be in the heart of Oregon wine country, a destination that grows in popularity every year.

Thanksgiving is always a special time in the Willamette Valley.  Families and friends come together,  and our local wineries open their doors to celebrate the harvest and to kick off the holiday season!

More than 160 Willamette Valley wineries will offer special tastings, food pairings, live music, holiday discounts, and more during the 30th Annual Wine Country Thanksgiving, November 29 to December 1, 2013.

Now is the time to plan your weekend!  Visit  www.oregonswashingtoncounty.com/Discover-Wine-Country to see a list of  participating local wineries.   Travelers can also order The Guide to Wine Country Thanksgiving in early November by clicking here.

Special Wine Tour packages are available here at The Grand Hotel at Bridgeport that include eight wine tasting vouchers to 4 wineries (listed below), one bottle of local Oregon wine, and late check out.  This is the perfect way to make the most of the weekend by touring some of the valley’s finest vineyards and wineries and end your adventure with us for a night of relaxing bliss.

Our partner vineyards include:

Visit www.grandhotelbridgeport.com or contact our front desk at 866-968-5757 to learn more and reserve your package today! Visit www.willamettewines.com  for tips, recommended  routes, and turn-by-turn directions on your mobile phone with the Willamette Valley Mobile Wine Tour.

 

Book Your Trip for the 2013 North Willamette Harvest Trail and Grand Tasting

Sep 12, 2013

Photo @North Willamette Vintners

North Willamette Valley is considered by many to be the gateway to Oregon’s wine country. In fact, this region has earned a strong reputation of producing some of the best Pinot Noir in the country!

The annual North Willamette Harvest Trail and Grand Tasting, hosted by the North Willamette Vintners, is an opportunity for Oregon wine lovers to spend a day tasting and experiencing all that goes into making your favorite wines.

Photo @North Willamette Vintners

Photo @North Willamette Vintners

The 2013 North Willamette Harvest Trail and Grand Tasting is coming up Saturday October 5th. Buses will depart from Tualatin Estate Vineyards at 10am for a tour of three vineyard wineries and return for the Grand Tasting at 4pm – 6pm.

Harvest Trail guests are treated to a comfortable guided bus tour to three NWV wineries for complimentary tastings, nibbles, and hands-on harvest activities at each winery. Tickets include a wine country lunch with four different menu options, courtesy of 1910 Main – An American Bistro! The day will conclude with a Grand Tasting event (4-6pm), including tastings from more than 25 NWV wineries, appetizers, a NWV wine glass, and specials on wine from all NWV wineries!

Ticket prices to the event are $95 full-day tour and Grand Tasting / $45 Grand Tasting only. For more info email info@NWVintners.org or call 503.941.0609. Click here to purchase tickets.

Why not make a weekend of it in one of our luxurious rooms and suites? Please email us at reservations@grandhotelbridgeport.com for rates and availability. You can also reach us by phone locally (503) 968-5757 or toll-free at (866) 968-5757.

The North Willamette Vintners Host 5th Annual Wine Trail Weekend

Mar 07, 2013
Photo: NorthWillametteVintners

Photo: North Willamette Vintners

Love Oregon’s Wine Country?  The North Willamette Vintners invite you to spend a weekend exploring dozens of local wineries

Now in it’s 5th year, the annual wine-touring weekend takes place Saturday, April 13 and Sunday, April 14, 2013 from 11-4 each day.

Guests are treated to complimentary wine tastings, pairings, entertainment and activities at EACH participating winery along with food, local art and live entertainment.  Each winery has partnered with a local artisan food producer, cookbook author, artist or craftsperson to showcase Oregon’s northernmost wine region and its artisan community.

Make it a weekend getaway by booking  The Grand Hotel Bridgeport Wine Tour Package 

To purchase your tickets, visit shop.northwillamettevintners.org

TICKETS: (On Sale Now)

Saturday & Sunday, April 13-14, 2013 – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • $45 per person includes the two-day Wine Trail weekend with activities, wine tastings, light food pairings, North Willamette Vintners wine glass, and canvas tote bag for wine purchases.
  • $30 per person for Sunday only ticket from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ticket includes Willamette Vintners logo glass, activities, wine tastings, light food pairings and canvas tote bag for wine purchases.
  • $10 for Designated Driver ticket includes a wine trail kit with a bottle of water, beverage bottle and snacks in a reusable tote bag.

About North Willamette Vintners
Located near the northern boundary of Oregon’s Willamette Valley wine region, North Willamette Vintners is a cluster of independent wineries crafting finewines from the valley’s most fertile land. Passionate, creative and diverse, this young industry association is made up of 43 members representingwineries, tasting rooms and wine tourism partners throughout the northern reaches of the valley. Most of the wineries are located just outside Portland, in the nearby communities ofBeaverton, Cornelius, Forest Grove, Gaston, Helvetia, Hillsboro and Tigard. On the way to Oregon’s scenic coast and to the heart of the Willamette Valley, the North Willamette Valley wine region is easily accessible for a day trip or weekend excursion. For more information or a list of member wineries, please call 503-941-0609 or visit www.nwvintners.org. Follow North Willamette Vintners on Facebook and Twitter at @NWVintners.

Oregon’s Sparkling Reputation

Jan 16, 2013

Without fail, every New Year’s Eve reminds us of the same thing: sparkling wine is a glorious thing. Each sip delivers a savory effervescence skirting the boundaries of sweet and tart. It’s a fizzing ritual we adore; it’s joy and celebration in a flute glass.

Whether called cava, proseco or “bubbly”, sparkling wine enlivens brunches among friends and enchants evenings for lovers. We see no reason why the bubbly should be kept hidden away until the final gasps of the year!

Since its inception in the 1960s, Oregon’s wine industry has captured accolades from around the world. Oregon wine country has earned a reputation as a go-to destination for oenophiles and casual tasters alike. We are especially proud of the region’s sparkling wines. Oregon’s crisp Willamette Valley climate is ideally situated for the production of the Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier varietals that become fine sparkling wine.

Grand Hotel Bridgeport guests are encouraged to explore the many unique winaries throughout Willamette Valley. Sparkling wine site tours are a popular option among our visitors. There is no shortage in touring companies who are familiar with the hidden gems and famous standouts of the region.

Here are a few resources to get you started:

Special Wine Tour packages are available here at The Grand Hotel at Bridgeport that include eight wine tasting vouchers to 4 wineries (listed below), one bottle of local Oregon wine, and late check out.  This is the perfect way to make the most of the weekend by touring some of the valley’s finest vineyards and wineries and end your adventure with us for a night of relaxing bliss.

Our partner vineyards include:

Visit www.grandhotelbridgeport.com or contact our front desk at 866-968-5757 to learn more and reserve your package today!

photo credit: bernat… via photopin cc
photo credit: eyeliam via photopin cc

Have a Willamette Valley Wine Country Thanksgiving!

Nov 01, 2012

How will YOU spend the long Thanksgiving weekend this year? Hosting your relatives and serving leftovers? Enduring flight delays and searching for lost luggage in the airport?  Fighting the crowds and standing in line at the mall?

Perhaps you would prefer to spend it relaxing and sipping a vintage Pinot in Oregon Wine Country, recently listed #3 in Top 10 Wine Destinations in the United States on Trip Advisor.

During the weekend of November 23-25, more than 150 wineries throughout the Willamette Valley will open their doors to the public, offering samples of favorite labels and special vintages, tours, food, festivities and more.

Special Wine Tour packages are available here at The Grand Hotel at Bridgeport that include eight wine tasting vouchers to 4 wineries (listed below), one bottle of local Oregon wine, and late check out.  This is the perfect way to make the most of the weekend by touring some of the valley’s finest vineyards and wineries and end your adventure with us for a night of relaxing bliss.

Our partner vineyards include:

Visit www.grandhotelbridgeport.com or contact our front desk at 866-968-5757 to learn more and reserve your package today!

Oregon’s acclaimed Willamette Valley is recognized as one of the premier Pinot noir producing regions in the world. Willamette Valley Wineries Association is non-profit dedicated to supporting the quality of wines and connecting visitors to the one-of-a-kind wineries, restaurants and accommodations in the region. We represent over 190 wineries and tasting rooms throughout the region – from Portland to Eugene.

 Visit www.willamettewines.com  for tips, recommended  routes, and turn-by-turn directions on your mobile phone with the Willamette Valley Mobile Wine Tour.

North Willamette Wine Trail Weekend March 31 & April 1, 2012

Feb 21, 2012

The North Willamette Vintners (NWV) invites you to spend a weekend exploring Oregon’s wine country March 31-April 1, 2012!  Journey to 24 neighboring wineries located just minutes from Portland and experience a weekend full of wine, culinary samples, education and fun!

The North Willamette Vintners (NWV) represents the wineries located in, or immediately adjacent to, Washington County, Oregon. Together this diverse group of wineries shapes the northern gateway to Oregon’s wine country.

Guests are treated to complimentary wine tastings, pairings, entertainment and activities at EACH participating winery. Taste a new release, reserve label or a barrel tastings while enjoying specially paired samples. Then, participate in a variety of activities at each location. In addition, Wine Trail guests receive a variety of discounts and offers from restaurants, hotels and other wine tour partners.

After reserving a ticket for the weekend, guests are treated to the following benefits at EACH participating winery:

  • Complementary tastings! New releases, reserve labels, barrel tastings and much more
  • Pairings! Paired samples from a variety of culinary collections carefully selected to enhance each wine.
  • Activities! Tours, one-of-a-kind demonstrations and hands-on activities

To purchase your tickets, visit shop.northwillamettevintners.org and choose from a Wine Trail Full Weekend Ticket or Wine Trail Sunday Only Ticket.

Make it a weekend getaway by booking  The Grand Hotel Bridgeport Wine Tour Package Where wining is encouraged. Spend Friday and Saturday touring some of the valley’s finest vineyards and wineries and end your adventure with us for a night of relaxing bliss.

29th Annual Wine Country Thanksgiving Event Coming to Willamette Valley!

Oct 14, 2011

Spend Thanksgiving in Oregon Wine Country!  Willamette Valley kicks off the winter wine tasting and the holiday season during the 29th Annual Wine Country Thanksgiving Event November 25-27, 2011. More than 150 wineries and tasting rooms in the Willamette Valley will open their doors for special tastings and holiday festivities. For more information about participating wineries, visit willamettewines.com

To receive a mailer that includes a list of activities at each winery and a touring map, email info-at-willamettewines.com. Please include your mailing address when sending an email request.

Celebrate on your getaway with wine tasting and festivities by reserving your “Wining Encouraged” Wine Tour Package here at The Grand Hotel at Bridgeport. Touring some of the valley’s finest vineyards and wineries and end your adventure with us for a night of relaxing bliss. Our partner vineyards include:

Cooper Mountain Vineyards
Elk Cove Vineyards
Helvetia Vineyards
Kramer Vineyards
Montinore Estate
Oak Knoll Winery
Plum Hill Vineyards
Tualatin Estate Vineyards

This package starts at $169.00, plus tax and includes: (8) wine tasting vouchers to the 4 wineries of your choice (1) bottle of local Oregon wine

To make the most of your Oregon wine tasting experience, follow these great Wine Tasting Tips compliments of Willamette Valley Wineries Association!

  • Plan your route ahead. Visit wineries that are in close proximity to limit driving. Call ahead to confirm hours.
  • Get a designated driver! For a carefree day of tasting…it’s the prudent thing to do. Take advantage of local tour services that are fun and affordable.
  • Avoid wearing any perfume, cologne or heavily scented lotions. It will interfere with your tasting experience as well as the experience of those around you.
  • Spit…like the professionals. Or use dump buckets that are often placed on tasting room bars. It’s the cool thing to do. You will be able to taste more fantastic wines.
  • Ask a lot of questions. This is your opportunity to educate your palate and learn more about the wine making process. Tasting Room staff are friendly and love to share their knowledge with guests.
  • Explore a new wine tasting region. Likely you’ll experience less congestion and you’ll have a great time tasting new wines! Check out our wine tasting routes for some ideas.
  • Likewise, try a new type of wine or “varietal” during your wine tasting. You must taste the Valley’s signature Pinot Noirs, but don’t be afraid to try something new. You may like it!
  • Visit small wineries and larger wineries to enjoy a variety of wine tasting experiences. Chat with winemakers in an intimate setting, taste from the barrel or enjoy some live music and specialty food pairings.
  • Don’t miss out on special discounts and offers at wineries during tasting events. And, if you discover a winery you really love, consider joining their wine club. You’ll likely receive discounts, exclusive deals, access to special releases and free tastings.

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