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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.

 

Oregon Beverage Tasting for Under $10 per person

Feb 28, 2013

It is a little known secret that you don’t have to spend a large sum of money to enjoy the many attractions when you travel to Oregon’s Washington County. In fact, many of our favorite attractions are either free or under $10 per person. In a series of posts, we will share some smart recommendations provided by Washington County Visitors Association for the budget conscious travelers.

This month, we will share tips to explore Oregon’s Washington County wine country for less than $10 per person! Wine, saké and beer enthusiasts on a budget may venture to specialty beverage makers in Washington County for a day of sampling.

Wine Tasting

Here are a few suggestions to get you started (Prices subject to change):

Helvetia Vineyards  (23269 NW Yungen Road, Hillsboro, Ore.)
Helvetia Vineyards was started by former U.S. Congresswoman Elizabeth Furse (1993-1999) and husband John Platt, located in the rural, unincorporated area of Helvetia. The winery, which has been producing wine since 1996, follows sustainable practices—it is a “salmon safe” farm—and produces Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris.
Tasting fee: $3 per person 
Open Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

SakéOne (820 Elm St., Forest Grove, Ore.)
The American owned-and-operated saké brewery, SakéOne, produces traditional, premium-grade Japanese saké, plus organic and flavor-infused blends. At the brewery, visitors can tour the kura where each step of the saké-making process is explained, and sip a selection of saké in the tasting room.
$3 per person (Kura flight of four saké tastes); Kura tours are complimentary
Open daily, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Kura tours 1, 2 and 3 p.m.

Two Kilts Brewing Company (14841 SW Tualatin-Sherwood Road, Sherwood, Ore.)
The latest introduction to Oregon’s “beervana” culture is Two Kilts Brewing Company. The company was founded in 2009 and the tasting room opened its doors in 2011. In its short time, Two Kilts has amassed a following and praise from local beer enthusiasts with their India Pale Ale, Scotch Ale and other brews made with local ingredients.
$4 per pint, tastes from $1
Open Monday-Saturday, 3-10 p.m.

For more ideas with a broader price range, download this Wine Tour Itinerary 

Oregon’s Washington County is scenically situated between Portland and the Oregon Coast. The destination covers 727 square miles and includes the growing communities of Banks, Beaverton, Cornelius, Forest Grove, Gaston, Hillsboro, King City, North Plains, Sherwood, Tigard, Tualatin and Wilsonville. Washington County is home to world-class golf courses, award-winning wineries, an array of outdoor recreation opportunities, lush, natural and scenic wetlands and wildlife preserves, superb dining, and myriad shopping. For more information, visit the Washington County Visitors Association’s official destination website or visit the online pressroom.

photo credit: Vincent Ma via photopin cc

Memorial Day Weekend in North Willamette Wine Country

May 18, 2011

Dozens of local wineries offer tastings, pairings and activities during Memorial Day Weekend.

Want to plan a memorable getaway for Memorial Day? Come to Wine Country!   The Grand Hotel Bridgeport is proud to offer wine lovers luxurious accommodations, free parking, free WiFi(helpful as you are planning your afternoon of wine tasting!), and a free chef prepared breakfast the following morning! What more do you need?  Book a Grand Hotel at Bridgeport Wine Package and you will see what we mean!

The North Willamette Vintners roll open their cellar doors this Memorial Day weekend and invite wine lovers to experience the bounty of the North Willamette Valley. During the three-day holiday weekend, dozens of wineries located just minutes from Portland will welcome spring and kick off wine tasting season with extraordinary tastings, special events and entertainment.

“With our close proximity to Portland, we offer guests a truly authentic wine country experience easily accessible for a day excursion or a full weekend trip” explains Laurine Apolloni, President of North Willamette Vintners. “Guests can drive less and taste more in the North Willamette Valley this Memorial Day weekend”

Get the most of your holiday weekend:

  • Drive less, taste more. Avoid the long drive and congested roadways by visiting the wineries located in Portland’s backyard, shaping the northern gateway to Oregon’s wine country.
  • Discover new wineries. Experience a new label or visit a boutique winery not typically open for tastings.
  • Taste exceptional wines. Be among the first to enjoy new releases, barrel samples and paired flights.
  • Learn from the pros. Meet the winemakers and learn about the style, characteristics and unique attributes of their wine.
  • Experience wine country. Participate in a traditional tribal salmon bake, watch a live landscape painting, stroll along a garden walk, tour the vineyards, relax to live music and soak in the spectacular vineyard views while enjoying a picnic lunch.

For more information and to plan your weekend visit www.NWVintners.com.

20 Years of Memorial Day Weekend Oregon Wine Tasting

May 21, 2010

Memorial Day Weekend is always an exciting time in Oregon wine country.  This Memorial Day Weekend is particularly exciting because it marks the 20th annual “Memorial Day Weekend in Wine Country”
Oregon wineries have a long standing tradition of hosting Memorial Day weekend events by inviting visitors to stop by, experience their tasting rooms, new wines, food and more!
We recommend taking on the “Vineyard and Valley Scenic Tour Route”  (See Video Above).   This route is part of the “Discover Oregon Scenic Byways” program.  Or- map out your own adventure by going to the Visit Washington County List of Local Oregon Wineries & Breweries. All of the places listed are in driving distance to The Grand Hotel at Bridgeport Village!
Share your Memorial Day Wine Tasting Experiences and Recommendations on our Facebook Page!

Where to Go? Try Split Dine and Drink in Bridgeport Village To Unwind at The End of the Day

Jan 20, 2010
Enomatic Wine System

Enomatic Wine System

Hotel guests are often asking our staff about some of the unique places in the Tigard / Tualatin area to try and there has been quite a bit of buzz about Split Dine in Drink in our neighboring Bridgeport Village.  In fact, taking in a movie and enjoying a couple of glasses of great wines seem to be a favorite way to unwind at the end of the day.

What we like the most about Split is their selection of Enomatic Wines . Enomatic is a wine distribution system that creates a closed environment that prevents wines from oxidizing. Once a bottle is opened, the system instantaneously replaces any wine poured with an equal volume of nitrogen gas. It ensures that each glass will taste as if the bottle was just opened and it allows guests to taste premium wines without blindly committing to an entire bottle. This is a fantastic way to enjoy special wines without having to splurge for an expensive bottle.      The pours are computer controlled…you can order a Taste (1 oz), 1/2 Glass (3oz) or Glass (6 oz).

They also feature a warm and relaxing atmosphere and a menu with a great mix of small plates and dinners.

Recurring Events
Split has launched all new dinner, lunch, and happy hour menu’s with the vision and creation of new Executive Chef Russell Schillereff. Menu’s can be found in the Dine section of our site.

Sunday “Champagne Brunch” is served from 10am-2pm, with champagne $18: without $13 and children under 12 only $8.
Menu: Lunch and Dinner

Happy Hours everyday from 3pm-6pm, and again from 9pm- close, Specials include $5 wine, and $3 beers. The food menu can be found in the dine section of our site.

Not sure what to get?  Here are some customer suggestions we found from reviews we found on YELP:

I had the calamari appetizer and it was the best I’ve ever had. I followed that with a chicken and cheese penne pasta which was incredibly rich, but I took most of it home as leftovers, which I always nice. I had a cocktail and my date had a couple glasses of wine, which were actually quite good.

The small plates are yummy here with the chicken skewers and chicken salad topping my list. Purposely order light, so you can indulge and have some chocolate gelato for dessert.

Photo Credit: From Wine Glossary: Enomatic

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