April 9 / 6:30-9pm / The Globe & Mail Centre
Dear Toronto We’ll See You Soon
We’re hitting the trail with 35 Oregon wineries for a grand happening of Oregonian wine, food and personality. No white table cloths. No orange cheese cubes. Instead, a generous pour of Oregon’s fine wine and pioneering spirit.
You see, Oregon is a state, and a damn fine one. But Oregonian is a state of mind. You’ve got to experience it to truly get it. So join winemakers and owners representing Oregon’s broad geographic and varietal diversity for an evening evocative of Oregon wine country in Toronto. From legacy Pinot noir to unexpected whites and surprises in between, we invite you to grab a glass and find your Oregon wine trail.
Wineries representing Oregon’s varied geographic and climatic diversity will be on hand, including producers from the Willamette Valley, Southern Oregon and Columbia Gorge AVAs.A to Z Wineworks / Acrobat / Adelsheim Vineyard / Airlie Winery / Anne Amie Vineyards / Antica Terra / Antiquum Farm /
Archery Summit Winery / Argyle / Boedecker Cellars / Citation / Cristom Vineyards / Del Rio Vineyards / Division Winemaking
Company / Domaine Drouhin Oregon / Dobbes Family Estate / Elk Cove Vineyards / Foley Family Wines /
Foris Vineyards / Jackson Family Wines / Kinsale / La Crema / Lange Estate Winery / Lavinea / Penner-Ash Wine Cellars /
Phelps Creek Vineyards / Revana Family Vineyards / Siduri / Sokol Blosser / Solena Estate / Stoller Wine Group / Trisaetum /
Union Wine Company / Walter Scott Wines / Westmount Wine Co. / Willakenzie / Wine Hooligans / Zena Crowne
Photo by Carolyn Wells-Kramer
Oregon’s modern vineyards were planted in confident defiance of conventional wisdom. We like to do things our way and this grand happening will be no different.
To connect you with the wines that best fit your palate we’ve outlined six wine trails throughout the event. Preview them all below and join us on April 9 to explore your Oregon wine trail.
Tickets are non-refundable.
Driving from the east-end: south on DVP, exit Richmond St (downtown), left on Berkeley St., right on King St.
TTC from the east-end can take the King streetcar (#504) westbound from Broadview Station and exit at Ontario St.
Driving from the west-end: west on Gardiner, exit Jarvis St., turn left (northbound), turn right onto King St.
TTC from the west-end: take the King streetcar (#504/ #503/ #514) eastbound from King subway station Ontario St.
Admission includes wine tasting with 30+ wineries, gourmet meats and treats and light passed hors d’oeuvres.
No, all are welcome. Please come in the attire that makes you feel most comfortable.
Oregon’s bountiful resources and beautiful scenery are worth protecting. Sustainable farming and winemaking aren’t about being trendy, they’ve always just been who we are. From the strictest labeling regulations in the country, to the most certified sustainable vineyard land of any major U.S. winegrowing state, Oregon understands that great wine starts with healthy land.
Pioneers aren’t just history, they’re also our contemporaries. Pioneers are defined by persistence and innovation, bedrock traits of Oregon winemaking. This trail weaves together the personalities that blazed Oregon’s original trail as well as the winemakers they inspired, who today are pioneering new approaches and methods to crafting exceptional wine.
Oregon’s Willamette Valley has become synonymous with Pinot noir. Pinot was among the first vines planted in the valley and today it occupies more than 70% of Willamette vineyard acres. But Pinot noir is revered for its transparent expression of terroir, so more vineyards means more variations of Oregonian Pinot to share. In this case, more is better.
Oregon makes Pinot noir really well. But we also make rich skin contact Pinot gris and Austrian varieties that are hard to pronounce but easy to drink. From the cobble stones of the Walla Walla Valley in Eastern Oregon down to southern vineyards a stone’s throw from California, Oregon farmers grow 72 grape varieties. Find something unexpected.
For a little chill, explore Oregon white wines. French royals like Pinot gris and Chardonnay abound, but old world Spanish varietals such as Albarino and Italian Moscato can also be found on the trail. Oregon’s varied regional climates and nested microclimates allow winemakers the opportunity to grow what grows best.
Elegant and powerful are not incongruent, and the reds on this trail are for those looking for both. While Pinot noir is grown throughout Oregon, the state’s varied regional climates support bold reds such as Cabernet, Tannat, Tempranillo and many more. Explore Oregon’s bold side.
All attendees at this event will have the chance to enter to win a trip for two to Oregon courtesy of Travel Oregon
and Air Canada
. Prize includes a four-night stay in the Willamette Valley, wine tasting vouchers, and two round-trip tickets on Air Canada from Toronto to Portland. Air Canada will also be providing 15% off coupon codes (for direct flights from Toronto to Portland) to everyone in attendance to reflect their expanded Toronto to Portland direct flights this summer (more details at the event).