Wine, Food, & Philanthropy | A Closer Look at Cork & Barrel

Cork & Barrel is generously respected as THE wine & food event of the year in Central Oregon. Which begs the question…how has Cork & Barrel gained such an awesome status?

To be considered THE event of anything (wine, beer, food…all the good stuff), the event has to deliver top-quality products in a well-organized, top-quality environment. Boom! We’ve got that covered. The 2017 Cork & Barrel wine and food event and gala fundraiser, benefiting KIDS Center of Bend, dots every “i” and crosses every “t” to make it happen in a big way.

“A Taste of the PNW”

In order to pique the interest, and palates, of attendees, Cork & Barrel features a different wine region every year. In 2016, we featured the authentic wines of Santa Barbara County. This year, up to 18 wineries top wineries from the Willamette Valley, Columbia Gorge, and Walla Walla will be present at the wine & food extravaganza this July at Broken Top Club. These wineries, hand-selected by the Cork & Barrel organizing team, represent a large breadth and depth of styles and tasting profiles and all with one thing in common: blue-chip quality.

Some of the wineries participating in 2017 are well-known whereas a handful are newer producers that impressed us with their exquisite wines, right off the bat. We look forward to announcing our winery partners in the next couple of weeks.

So, there’s wine at Cork & Barrel. Therefore, there has to be food! Fernande Garvin in “The Art of French Cooking” said:

“Wine makes a symphony of a good meal.”

Cork & Barrel works hard to make all parts of the three-day event a symphony of wine and food. We work with local and regional restaurants and guest chefs to create wine and food pairings for our winemaker dinners that pop; small bites at A Sip of Cork & Barrel that sizzle; and a 5-course meal at the Grand Cru gala fundraising event that is as memorable as the thrill out of raising a fundraising paddle during the Live Auction. We take wine and food seriously and look forward to having as much “serious” fun as humanly possible at this year’s Cork & Barrel.

More about the three days of food & wine events at this year’s Cork & Barrel:

Thursday, July 20 – Winemaker Dinners

Our winery partners make a considerable effort to travel to Central Oregon for Cork & Barrel and are an integral part of the whole event concept. The Winemaker Dinners allow them to showcase their wines in an intimate environment surrounded by attentive, wine-loving friends.

We have four winemaker dinners in the works…watch for details in the next few weeks! Each winemaker dinner can seat approximately 40 people and will feature 3-4 courses and all paired with a different wine (of course!).

Tickets for each dinner are $100/pp and we will open up sales on the Cork & Barrel website as soon as we announce which wineries will be featured, and where the dinners will be hosted.

July 21 – A Sip of Cork & Barrel

Sip. Savor. Explore. This is the theme for the 2017 A Sip of Cork & Barrel, held on Friday, July 21 at Broken Top Club from 5–7 PM.

Guests will embark on a mission of discovery with a glass in hand and small bites around every corner at A Sip of Cork & Barrel. With the inclusion of the new Sip Passport this year, we aim to create an interactive environment that is fun for everyone–the winemakers, the guests, and all the restaurants involved. Participants in the Sip Passport have a chance to answer questions and be entered to win a 2-night stay in wine country!

And the Sip Passport  is just half the fun…the other half is sampling all the wines being showcased from throughout the Pacific NW and the small bits that have been lovingly prepared by up to 9 guest chefs and restaurants. Bonus: bid on a number of Silent Auction items and including the Mystery Wine Pull in which the wines of varying values are revealed after they are purchased for just $20!

Early bird tickets for A Sip of Cork & Barrel are on sale for $75 through the end of March – visit http: to purchase at the early bird price before they go up to $100 on April 1.

Saturday, July 22 – Grand Cru

The Grand Cru fundraising event on Saturday, July 22 is the crown jewel of Cork & Barrel. Adorned with all the action, Grand Cru represents the opportunity to really open the heart and bid on truly exciting Live Auction items, with all proceeds directly benefiting KIDS Center, a child abuse intervention center. The Grand Cru fundraiser starts off with appetizers and tastings with all the wineries present at 4:30. The five-course, sit-down dinner begins at 5:30 along with the exciting Live Auction and an opportunity for every guest to make a difference through the Fund-A-Need Paddle Raise.

All Grand Cru fundraiser guests have a paddle therefore, the opportunity to bid on rare verticals of wine; wine-specific travels through wine country in the U.S. and abroad; professional sporting events; travel and more! Our 2017 Auctioneer, Kathy Kingston, is nationally recognized as one of the best auctioneers in the country and will keep the crowd engaged and entertained during the Live Auction.

Winery partners will be seated throughout the tent and we look forward to the conversation, food, wine, and Live Auction participation at this year’s Grand Cru fundraising event at Cork & Barrel 2017!