PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — When people think of Black Friday, fighting for a flatscreen TV at Walmart may be the first thing that comes to mind. For Oregonians, though, the day can be spent enjoying deals and events courtesy of the state’s best winemakers.
Here are a few of the wine happenings not just on Black Friday, but throughout the weekend.
Eola Hills Wine Cellars
What: Black Friday Yoga & Mimosa Bar
When: Friday, Nov. 25 from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Where: 501 S. Pacific Hwy 99W, Rickreall, OR 97371
Head to the Rickreall Wine Cellars for a relaxing yoga class coupled with an all-day Mimosa Bar. Yoga instructor Kristen Aubert leads this 60-minute class that is fit for all experience levels. The class is free, but Eola suggests a $5 donation per yogi.
What: Winemaker’s Pairing Dinner
When: Friday, Nov. 25 to Sunday, Nov. 27
Where: 1966 NW Pettygrove St., Portland, OR 97209
You can thank chef Kyle Griffith and winemaker Alex Fullerton for the five-course dinners that Fullerton Wine Bar & Tasting Room will be hosting this weekend. The winery is also offering special Black Friday deals on some of their magnum wine bottles.
What: History of Viticulture Vineyard Hike | Wine Tasting & Lunch
When: Friday, Nov. 25 to Sunday, Nov. 27 at 11 a.m.
Where: 9419 NE Worden Hill Rd., Dundee, OR 97115
Combine wine, food, hiking and history at this immersive event. By the end of the two-mile hike led by Hospitality Advisor Lester Sparks, you could be an expert on how soil affects wine, the history of Knudsen Vineyards and how it has made a mark on the Willamette Valley.
What: Thanksgiving Food and Wine Pairing Experience
When: Friday, Nov. 25 to Sunday, Nov. 27 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Where: 19500 SW Mountain Home Rd., Sherwood, OR 97140
Ponzi Vineyards is putting a holiday twist on their usual tastings by pairing a three-course Thanksgiving meal with the variety of wines that they offer. Enjoy gourmet soup, chicken breast and pound cake alongside glasses of chardonnay, pinot noir and Vino Gelato.
What: Indie Wine Mixer
When: Friday, Nov. 25 to Saturday, Nov. 26 from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Where: 1140 NE Alpine Ave., McMinnville, OR 97128
Small-batch wineries Ricochet Wine Company, Jackalope Wine Cellars, Gonzales Wine Company and Mijita Wine Company are collaborating for a tasting and mixer this weekend. Visitors can try new releases from each company that will offer glass pours and bottle sales.