All partner wineries are participating in A Sip of Cork & Barrel on Friday, July 21 as well as at the Grand Cru gala fundraiser on Saturday, July 22. Winery principals and winemakers will be on hand at each event to personally present their hand-crafted products and educate Cork & Barrel attendees about their personal and wonderful worlds of wine.
With 17 wineries from three, distinct wine regions participating in the 2017 Cork & Barrel, the breadth and depth of wine offerings at this year’s three-day fundraising series is powerful.
For the seasoned connoisseur of Pinot Noir from Oregon, there will be a number of premium producers from the Willamette Valley of Oregon to taste with. A little history about the Willamette Valley’s rise to importance in the wine world: in 1979, little-known Oregon entered the “Wine Olympics” in Paris and an Oregon Pinot Noir (Eyrie) placed third in the competition with hundreds of international Pinot Noir wines. Since then, Oregon quickly gained the reputation for being a world-class producer of this finicky grape variety. We are honored to have partnered with the following Willamette Valley wine producers at Cork & Barrel 2017:
Willamette Valley Wineries Participating in Cork & Barrel 2017
For wine-interested folks with a penchant for hearty reds, the wineries from Walla Walla will have plenty to chose from. The Walla Walla Valley is rich in agricultural history and important cultural underpinnings. From the earliest native peoples and French fur trappers to Oregon Trail pioneers, the Walla Walla Valley represents real people doing what they love – we are delighted to announce the following 8 partner wineries from the Walla Walla wine region:
Walla Walla Wineries Participating in Cork & Barrel 2017
The Columbia Gorge wineries who have partnered with Cork & Barrel offer both whites and red. Because of the Gorge’s geographical location, just to the east of the wetter Willamette Valley, but not fully ensconced in the dry climate of eastern Washington and Oregon, the wine offerings from this region will be dramatically different than the other two. From Albariño to Zinfandel, the Columbia Gorge AVA (American Viticultural Area) offers something for everyone.
Columbia Gorge Wineries Participating in Cork & Barrel 2017