Hosted by McMenamin's Edgefield Winery in gorgeous Troutdale, Oregon, the 9th Annual Celebration of Syrah will be held next weekend, April 9 - 10, 2010, and is sure to please the palate with delicious food and wine. The weekend schedule is packed with 3 awesome events:
- Gourmet Viognier Reception and Syrah Dinner: Friday night kicks off right with a reception and dinner celebrating viognier and syrah from 6 local wineries, featuring the culinary delights from Edgefield's Black Rabbit Restaurant. Cost is $75 and if you check out the menu, it's bound to be worth every penny. Be sure to bring a designated driver, or even better, book a room at Edgefield for the night!
- Syrah Barrel Sampling and BBQ Lunch:For $20, it's a steal. Barrel tasting with 13 syrah producers and a BBQ lunch featuring beef brisket among delights, can you think of a better thing to be doing at Noon on Saturday?
- Grand Syrah Tasting and Benefit Silent Auction: The weekend wraps up with the grand tasting and silent acution, starting at 4:00 PM on Saturday, with all proceeds benefiting Salud!, a non-profit organization that aids Oregon's seasonal vineyard workers in securing proper medical care. With over 40 wineries pouring and a bounty of appetizers, this is a sure hit at $35.
I'd be negligent if I didn't spend just a minute letting you all know about the wonders of Edgefield. One of McMenamin's historical properties, Edgefield combines a brewery, restaurant, hotel, distillery, and winery all in one. You can go to Edgefield, not leave the property all weekend, and have a fantastic weekend get away with your boyfriend, girlfriend, friend, partner, arch-nemisis, or yourself for that matter. With extremely reasonably priced lodging, it's perfect for those of us who don't want to break the bank.
Convinced yet? In case you need even another reason to attend the Celebration of Syrah, we'll give it to you. The Oregon Wine Blog will be there on Saturday, and with the recent scuttlebutt on the intertubes of a pending "Most Handsome Wine Blogger" award, who wouldn't want to hang out with us for an afternoon?
April 9 - 10, see you there!