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2004 Wine Festivals Are Springing Up!

The hustle and bustle of the holidays is over. The calendar now has some empty dates on it. You now find yourself asking, “Now what can we do?”

It seems to cold to go wine tasting. So now what?

We are now entering Wine Festival season.

Oregon Wine and Food Festival
February 20, 21 and 22, 2004

Held at the Salem Fairgrounds, this festival is celebrating its coming of age this year, it hits 21. The festival is smaller than in the past. They anticipate 20 wine booths as well as food and craft booths. Entertainment will also be a part of the festival as well as celebrity chef demonstrations. It’s a great way to break into the festival season. The event is open to all ages. Tickets at $5.00 in advance, $7.00 at the door. Call (503) 391-2639 for information.

Newport Seafood and Wine Festival
February 27, 28 and 29, 2004

This festival is not for the faint of heart. It is big, it is busy and it is crowded! This year marks the 27th Anniversary of this festival sponsored by the Newport Chamber of Commerce. Fifty-nine wine booths will dot the landscape at the Newport Marina. The wineries represent Oregon, Washington and a few California entries as well. You will also find food booths as well as those with gifts and art for sale. The event is limited to guests over the age of 21. Admission fees are $6.00 on Friday and Sunday, $9.00 on Saturday.
(541) 265-8801.

McMinnville Wine and Food Classic
March 26, 27 and 28, 2004

For the past couple of years, this festival has been held at the campus of Linfield College in McMinnville. The venue is perfect for this event. There is one large room housing many wine, food and art/gift booths. Beyond that is a tented area with addition booths. Admission is $10 each day and is open to all ages. You will find not only wine, food and gift booths, but demonstrations as well. Many local, well-known chefs will put on demonstrations and local bands will entertain. 503-472-4033.


The Astoria-Warrenton
Crab & Seafood Festival
April 23, 24 and 25, 2004

Held at the Clatsop County Fairgrounds, this is one of the top festivals in Oregon. It is open to all ages with entertainment for all including a petting zoo and crab races. Admission is $5.00 on Friday and Sunday, $7.00 on Saturday. $3.00 for those over 62 and $1.00 for children under the age of 12. Parking at the site is very limited and the organizers will have shuttles from many local points in Astoria, including the Port of Astoria. The shuttle service is free.

I don’t know if they will have the crab dinner this year, but in the past, it has been my favorite thing to do. The local Chamber of Commerce put on a dinner consisting of a whole crab (halibut one year when crab was not available), cole slaw, bread and corn. It was a messy meal and worth the sacrifice of each and every napkin needed to soak up the crab juice.

So there you have it, the festival season highlights for early 2004. I encourage you to get out there, taste the wines and then, of course, visit Avalon Wine to purchase your favorites!

Until next time, Cheers!

Come to a
Pacific Northwest
Riedel Glass Tasting

Adventures In Wine is teaming up
with Avalon Wine to bring you a fun and educational evening.

Monday, February 2, 2004

Doors open at 6:30 PM
Formal tasting begins
promptly at 7:00 PM

921 SW Morrison Street
Portland, OR

We will taste a selection of Northwest wines in the Riedel Vinum Tasting set.
This set includes one each of the
Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Burgundy and Bordeaux glasses.
This set carries a suggested retail price of $97.20!

Paul Manchester, from Riedel Crystal, will conduct the tasting
You will also hear from
the winemakers as well.

At the end of the evening, a selection of light appetizers and dessert items
will be served along with a few additional wines.

The four piece Riedel Vinum Tasting set goes home with you!

Featured Wines:

Patricia Green Cellars
Sauvignon Blanc

St. Innocent Chardonnay

Andrew Rich Pinot Noir

Cuneo Cana's Feast

Additional wines from

Cooper Mountain
Fielding Hills

Ticket Prices
$99.00 per person,
if post marked by December 15, 2003

$109.00 if postmarked between December 16, 2003 and January 10, 2004.

No refunds after January 10, 2004.

Seating is limited, so get your reservations in early!

How to order tickets
We accept payment by check,
money order or credit cards.

Order tickets
online here

You can mail your payment to us at:

Adventures In Wine
PO Box 30806
Portland, OR 97294

or email your information to us at:


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