Bend, Ore., – Feb. 12, 2019 – Cork & Barrel, the largest wine and food event in Central Oregon, is different than other wine events in Oregon – the event series brings principals and winemakers from a different wine region in the United States every year to Bend. From July 18-20, this annual, three-day fundraising event benefiting KIDS Center will feature 20+ wineries from throughout Southern Oregon wine country.

Robin Antonson, Director of Development & Marketing for KIDS Center, explains, “As the premier wine and food event in Central Oregon, we keep Cork & Barrel fresh and fun for our guests by, quite literally, bringing a different wine region to Bend every year. This differentiation allows the opportunity for a breadth and depth of wines–and auction lots–to be showcased every year and keeps our wine-loving community happy.”

The Southern Oregon wine region spans from south of Eugene to the Oregon/California border at Ashland, and is much warmer than the Willamette Valley. 70 different varieties of grapes can be grown in the warmer climate of Southern Oregon versus the cool-climate production of primarily Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, and Chardonnay in the Willamette Valley. 85+ wineries are in production in Southern Oregon and 150+ different microclimates exist.

Southern Oregon has been listed as a “Top 10 Global Wine Destination” by Wine Enthusiast. The New York Times has also lauded Southern Oregon wine country: “In the last few years, that diversity — as well as a laid-back scene and, winemakers say, an opportunity to put southern Oregon on the oenophile’s map — has attracted talent from the Loire and Napa Valleys, as well as prominent critics, who have begun handing out high scores and accolades.” KIDS Center is excited to showcase the quality and diversity that this exciting new region offers.

Guest wineries who will be featured at Cork & Barrel 2019 are:

  • Abacela
  • Apricity Vineyard
  • Augustino Estate
  • Belle Fiore
  • Brandborg Vineyard & Winery
  • Del Rio
  • Diamondback
  • FENCES Winery
  • Griffin Creek
  • Irvine & Roberts Vineyards
  • Kriselle Cellars
  • Melrose Vineyards
  • Naumes Family Vineyards
  • Plaisance Ranch
  • Quady North
  • RoxyAnn Winery
  • Reustle Prayer Rock Vineyards
  • Schmidt Family Vineyards
  • South Stage Cellars
  • Troon Vineyard
  • Upper Five Vineyard
  • 2Hawk Vineyard & Winery

At Cork & Barrel, guests have many opportunities to get up close and personal with winemakers and principals from the visiting region as KIDS Center places an emphasis on enhancing guest experience by requiring winemaker or principal attendance. KIDS Center works year-round with future wine regions to help procure the best wineries and auction lots for Cork & Barrel each year. While Southern Oregon might be the new kid on the block, they are pulling out all the stops and producing high-quality wine that will delight the palate of wine-o’s near and far.

Master of Wine (MW) Bree Boskov, one of just 379 people in the world with the MW certification, relays, “To me Southern Oregon is currently one of the most exciting regions in the US. In no other wine region do you find such diversity among varieties and styles, from Italian and Spanish to French varieties. There is so much variety to be found in one of the most dramatically stunning regions to visit to explore the rivers and valleys or hike and bike the multitude of trails in the mountains that surround the vineyards – there really is something for everyone!”

Don’t miss this chance to wine, dine, and make a difference for KIDS Center. Get your tickets to any or all of the three Cork & Barrel events at corkandbarrel.org.

About KIDS Center:

Built by the community and for the community, KIDS Center is dedicated to the prevention, evaluation, and treatment of all forms of child abuse. In a child-friendly environment, KIDS Center provides comprehensive child abuse evaluations to children who may have been abused, seeking to find out what has happened and to provide a path to healing through family support and therapeutic services. In 2018, KIDS Center served nearly 3,000 children and families in Deschutes, Crook, and Jefferson counties, at zero cost to them. Information about KIDS Center, including services provided and annual reports, can be found at www.kidscenter.org.

About Cork & Barrel:

A three-day fundraising series of events focusing on food, wine, and philanthropy, Cork & Barrel has grown to be the largest food and wine event in Central Oregon since its inception in 2013. Cork & Barrel 2018 is presented by Avion Water Company. Additional support from First Interstate BankCentral Oregon Radiology AssociatesLes SchwabCentral Oregon DailyBend Radio GroupHorizon Broadcasting Group,Combined CommunicationsUS Bank, Law Offices of Warren John West, PCBigfoot Beverages, and Hasson Company Realtors. A Sip of Cork & Barrel is presented by NW Self Storage. All revenue generated at Cork & Barrel directly benefits KIDS Center. Information about Cork & Barrel can be found at http:http://corkandbarrelbackup.com/.