June is almost here. Apparently, temperatures will rise and the sun will make more than an appearance. Whether you’re gardening, windsurfing or relaxing on the porch, these tips will help you find wines to fully enjoy your favorite recreational activities.
“Crush on Oregon”
After a two-year hiatus, the Oregon Winegrowers Association (OWA) is back with its “Crush on Oregon” winery showcase. More than 30 Oregon wineries representing each of the state’s wine regions will be in Castaway Portland to taste more than 80 wines. Wine and food from participating producers will be available for purchase at the event.
The OWA will also be offering four-bottle “Secret Crush” mystery packs filled with wines donated by participating wineries. The OWA will sell the “Secret Crush” boxes for $100 each, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Oregon Food Bank.
Single tickets are available for $75. VIP tickets for early entry are $85. Groups of four or more save $10 each by registering together. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. for VIP guests, with two general sessions at 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. or 2:30 p.m.-5 p.m.
10:30 a.m.-5 p.m., June 5, Castaway Portland, 1900 NW 18th Ave., Portland, crushonoregon.com.
2021 Lange Estate Rosé from Pinot Noir
Of all the Willamette Valley roses recently released, you’d be hard pressed to find a better one than this. Aromas of white nectarines, raspberries, lemon zest and pine needles give way to flavors such as Asian pear and strawberry. It’s supple and lean on the palate, with enough acidity to revive you after an afternoon of garden work.
Suggested retail price: $28
langewinery.com or 503-538-6476.
Summer Cider Saturdays at Son of Man
Son of Man in Cascade Locks is the place to be this summer if you love award-winning Basque ciders and smoky treats. Drop by the cider house on the second Saturday of each summer month to enjoy long pours of cider with chistorra sausages and Catalan scallions fresh from the grill.
The first Saturday cider event will begin on June 11. A pre-purchased $10 ticket includes admission to the event and your first glass of cider. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door for $15.
Noon-4 p.m., June 11, Son of Man, 160 NE Herman Creek Lane, #102, Cascade Locks, sonofman.co or [email protected].
2021 Landmass Wines ‘All Eyes’ Aeolus Vineyard Sparkling Rosé from Tempranillo
This wine is a rare treat. First of all, there can’t be so many wines named after a Britney Spears song. Second, Tempranillo is not a widely grown grape in the Willamette Valley. Finding a bubbly version is as rare as spotting the sasquatch.
Flavors featuring Trident Watermelon Twist gum and wet, sun-baked concrete surrounding a swimming pool are perfect for Britney. “All Eyes” is lightly effervescent with flavors of tart red fruits, citrus, almonds, saline and lip wax. For a brief second, I thought I was eating strawberry taffy. Take a straw and go to the beach; it’s a fun little bottle of wine.
Landmass Wines is located next to Son of Man in Cascade Locks. If you’re visiting the cider house for a second Saturday event, consider making an appointment to sample Landmass wines while you’re there. I can’t think of a better summer twofer.
Suggested retail price: $16 for 500ml.
landmasswines.com or [email protected].
Queer Wine Fest at Remy Wines
Remy Wines is gearing up to host the world’s first-ever Queer Wine Fest on June 24. The outdoor tasting and celebration of queer, queer-made and queer-grown wines will feature 18 wineries from Oregon, Washington and California.
Individual tickets are $125 if purchased from Eventbrite before June 1 and $145 after. Ticket prices cover wine, food, entertainment and a donation to Wine Country Pride. This non-profit organization organizes Pride celebrations in rural Oregon and raises funds for scholarships and other learning opportunities in the local community.
“All identities and genders are welcome and encouraged to attend,” said Remy Drabkin, Winemaker/Owner of Remy Wines.
6-9 p.m., June 24, Remy Wines, 17495 NE McDougall Road, Dayton, remywines.com or [email protected].
2021 Le Marigny Carbonic Maceration Pinot Gris
I declare winemaker Andy Young’s tangerine-colored Pinot Gris to be the official picnic cover wine of summer 2022. It’s crisp and fun, with aromas and flavors of white peaches, apricots, orange zest, ginger and a tiny bit of saltiness. of a freshly shucked oyster.
This wine will not last long on the market. Grab some bottles and find a nice place to lay that blanket.
Suggested retail price: $24
— 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.