8 Oregon Mulled Wine Tips for November

November is coming. Thoughts will turn to family gatherings, turkeys, raking leaves, cleaning gutters and tripping over Christmas decorations in store. Here are a handful of events and sparkling wines to share with friends and family, no matter what you’re celebrating or enduring.

Our Legacy Harvested Third Annual Block Party

The Our Legacy Harvested (OLH) team once again leaves the street outside Mac Market in McMinnville to celebrate the end of harvesting, diversity and their very first group of sponsored BIPOC Harvesting Interns.

Tickets are available through Eventbrite for $20. The ticket covers admission, shows, a Block Party tote bag, a Govino wine glass and, hopefully, sunglasses. More than two dozen food, wine and craft vendors will be on hand for a day and evening of what OLH founder Tiquette Bramlett called “a day and evening of ‘eating, drinking, shopping and dancing”.

Proceeds from this event will go to OLH, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating, advancing and empowering the BIPOC community in the wine industry. OLH was founded in 2020 by Bramlett, president of Compris Vineyard and the first black woman hired to oversee a winery in the United States.

1-8 p.m. November 5, 1140 NE Alpine Ave., McMinnville, Mac Market, ourlegacyharvested.com Where [email protected].

“X” marks the spot in Soter Estates for sparkling wine greatness.Photo by Anna Woodman

Non-vintage Soter Vineyards Estates Brut X ($65)

This is the debut of Soter’s brand new Brut X, a blend of several vintages of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the estate, 60% of which comes from the 2017 vintage.

Brut X is fresh and crisp, with aromas and flavors of Golden Delicious apples, white peaches, saline, fresh bread, honey, ginger and lemon zest. There’s even a tiny bit of white chocolate floating in the background. This is one of the best Oregon sparkling wines I’ve had in a very long time.

Soter only made 290 cases, so don’t wait too long to make your purchase.

sotervineyards.com Where [email protected]

Yamhill-Carlton Harvest Dinner

The Yamhill-Carlton Winegrowers Association brings over 20 of its top wineries to Abbey Road Farm in Carlton for its first-ever harvest dinner. Share a table and stories with Yamhill-Carlton winemakers and toast the 2022 harvest with special bottles of pinot noir, chardonnay and more.

The evening begins with a wine tasting reception at 5:30 p.m., followed by a family dinner accompanied by wines from the library at 6:30 p.m. Dinner tickets are $200 and will benefit YC Storehouse, the local food pantry in the Yamhill-Carlton community. .

5:30 p.m. November 5, 10280 NE Oak Springs Farm Road, Carlton, Abbey Road Farm, yamhillcarlton.org Where [email protected].

Close up of the labels of two Oregon sparkling wines.

A pair of traditional method sparkling wines to compliment any festive table, turkey or not.Photo by Michael Alberty

Non-vintage Tirraddis sparkling wines Blanc de Blanc barrel-fermented ($35)

Andrew Gerow, Matthew Doutney and Gabriel Crowell make excellent acid-based traditional method sparkling wines in the Yakima Valley. Their wines are so good and so reasonably priced, I tell everyone I know to immediately cross the river to visit the new Tirraddis tasting room in Prosser, Washington.

This sparkling barrel-fermented chardonnay is a fantastic example of what Tirraddis is all about. Its price is modest and its aromas of brioche, peppery willowherb honey and lemon are bewitching. The wine’s creamy mouthfeel features flavors such as red raspberry, tangerine, lime zest and saline.

11am-7pm Thursday-Saturday, 11am-5pm Sunday, 2880 Lee Road, Suite B, Prosser, Washington, Tiriddis Sparkling Wines, tirriddis.com or 509-502-8576.

2017 Raptor Ridge Winery Sparkling Brut Rosé ($50)

Every Thanksgiving table needs a rosé on hand, so how about a great sparkling version of Raptor Ridge? This gem of the Champagne method features lively acidity and a juicy combination of wild strawberries, red raspberries and hints of thyme and chalk dust. So pretty, so pink.

raptorridgewinery.com Where [email protected]

Three Feathers Estate Wine Tasting at Barbur World Foods

Two generations of Stimac women craft powerful fine wines on Finnigan Hill Road in Hillsboro. Haven’t heard of Three Feathers Estate? Then head straight to Barbur World Foods for their free tasting event to see what it’s all about.

3-6 p.m. November 11, 9845 SW Barbur Blvd., Barbur World Foods, threefeathersestate.com Where contact [email protected].

‘Raise the Temp’ Tempranillo Celebration at the Chehalem Cultural Center

Tempranillo fans rejoice: 16 or more Oregon tempranillo producers, from Abacela to Varnum Vintners, will be heading to the Chehalem Cultural Center in Newberg to share their wines.

Tickets for this tango tempranillo are $65. Ticket price includes admission, a drink with the “Raising the Temp” logo, a goodie bag, wine tastings, small bites from food vendors, and locally produced soft drinks from The Barreled Bee and Honeybee Lemonade.

A portion of ticket sales will be donated to Our Legacy Harvested.

12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 12, 415 E. Sheridan St., Newberg, Chehalem Cultural Center, [email protected].

“Cap Fizz” from non-vintage Illahe Vineyards ($5 for 187 ml.)

Looking for something sparkling, fun and affordable for any wine budget? Look no further than this little crown cap bottle containing Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and four other varietals.

Cap Fizz is dry, crunchy, pink and tastes like peaches and lemon granita. You can even drink it like a beer or with a straw if you’re having fun with the family. As Illahe’s website says, “No pontification required.”

In addition to the cellar, you can find Cap Fizz at various New Season Market and Made In Oregon stores for a slightly higher price.

illahevineyards.com or 503-831-1248.

— Michael Alberty writes about wine for The Oregonian/OregonLive. He can be reached at [email protected]. To learn more about its coverage, go to oregonlive.com/wine.

Luz W. German