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Get your calendar ready because August is packed with Oregon wine events all over the Willamette Valley. In the wake of the epic International Pinot Noir Celebration that took place last weekend in McMinnville, those who attended have had a week-long break and should be ready to dust off their Sunday-best for another month full of wine & food. The rest of us who didn’t attend are admittedly jealous, and will finally quench our thirst at these upcoming gatherings. Plus, let’s face it, summertime in Oregon doesn’t last much longer so we better get outside and enjoy it! Here’s just a few of the celebrations and festivals happening this August to get your wine fix:

  • The Bite of Oregon
    When: August 6th – 8th
    Where: Waterfront Park – Downtown Portland
    Ticket Price: $10 weekend pass, $8 one-day pass, $3 early bird special (no food or beverage included)
    Participating Wineries: Acrobat by King Estate, Airlie Winery, Arcane Cellars, Bridgeview Vineyards & Winery, Capitello Wines, Chateau Bianca, Cliff Creek, David Hill Winery, Duck Pond Cellars, Erath Winery, Foris Vineyards, Girardet Wine Cellars and Vineyard, Helvetia Winery, Henry Estate Winery, Hillcrest Vineyard, Hinman Vinyeards, Hip Chicks Do Wine, Kings Ridge Wines, Maysara Winery, Namaste Vineyards, Palotai Wines, Rizzo Winery, Sake One, Seufert Winery, Spangler Vineyards, Viridian Wines, Willamette Valley Vineyards, Wines By Joe, Zebra Cellars
    Food & Other Vendors: There are over 120 menu items to choose from provided by several (too many to list) restaurants, food carts, and chefs, as well as beer from 14 different local breweries. Live entertainment will also be provided on 5 different stages throughout the festival.
  • Discover McMinnville AVA
    When: Saturday, August 14th, 10am – 2pm
    Maysara Winery – McMinnville, OR
    Ticket Price:
    $25 pre-purchase online or $35 at the door (includes AVA Tasting, Appetizers & Etched Tasting Glass) 
    Participating Wineries:
    Amity Vineyards, Brittan Vineyards, Coeur de Terre Vineyard, Coleman Vineyard, Dobbes Family Estate, EIEIO, Kelley Fox Wines, Maysara Winery, Noble Pig, Seufert Winery, Yamhill Valley Vineyards and Youngberg Hill Vineyards 
    Food & Other Vendors:
    SubTerra Restaurant, Willamette Valley Cheese Company, Honest Chocolates, Red Fox Bakery, Red Ridge Farms and Joel Palmer House Oregon Truffle Oil
  • Best of Oregon Food & Wine Festival
    When: Saturday, August 14th, 5pm – 9pm
    Where: The Reserve Vineyards and Golf Club – Aloha, OR
    Ticket Price: $30 pre-sale or $35 at the door (includes wine and food tasting). A portion of the proceeds will benefit Doernbecher Children’s Hospital Foundation
    Participating Wineries: Adea, Anam Cara Cellars, Angel Vine Winery, ArborBrook Vineyards, Archery Summit, Ardiri Winery, Artisanal Wine Cellars, Bergstrom Winery, Brooks Winery, Dobbes Family Estate/Wine By Joe, Duck Pond Cellars, Dukes Family Vineyards, EdenVale Winery, Grochau Cellars, Hawkins Cellars, Johan Vineyards, K&M Wines, Matello, Rizzo Winery, Seufert Winery, Solena & Grand Cru Estates, Trisaetum Winery Twelve Winery, VX Vineyards, WillaKenzie Estate, Willamette Valley Vineyards, Woodridge Creek Vineyards, Youngberg Hill, Z’IVO Wines

    Food & Other Vendors: 50 Plates Restaurant, Aquariva Restaurant, Bamboo Sushi, Bethany’s Table, Chonga’s Salsa, Elements Tapas Bar & Lounge, Fanucchi Oils, Koi Fusion, Maialino Bacon, Phresh Organic Catering, Portland Truffle, Red Star Tavern, Silk Restaurant, Sweet Masterpiece Chocolates, Thirst Wine Bar & Bistro, Trébol, Vintage Room at the Reserve, Volcanic Minerals
  • Cubanisimo Vineyards Salsa Lessons
    When: Saturday, August 21st, 5pm
    Cubanisimo Vineyards Tasting Room – Salem, OR
    Ticket Price: $15 per person (includes lesson and tasting or glass of wine)
    Notes: I went to this last year and it was a lot of fun! The wine tasting before the lesson helps to loosen up your dancing legs. This is a monthly event with dates throughout the year.
  • Shakespeare at Stoller Vineyards
    When: August 20th – 22nd, 7pm Fri, 7pm Sat, 6pm Sun.
    Where: Stoller Vineyards – Dayton, OR
    Ticket Price: Free, food & wine available for sale, feel free to bring your own food but no outside alcohol
    Notes: Pre-show activities one hour prior, other August performance dates at Reed College in Portland and The Allison Inn & Spa in Newberg, OR
  • Yamhill-Carlton AVA Brings the Valley to Portland
    Monday, August 30th, 5pm – 8pm
    Where: Gerding Theater – Pearl District, Downtown Portland
    Price: $25 pre-sale or $35 at the door
    Participating Wineries:
    Adea, Alexana Estate Vineyard & Winery, Anne Amie, Atticus Wine, Belle Pente, Biggio Hamina Cellars, Carlton Cellars, Carlton Hill Vineyard, EIEIO & Company, Elk Cove Vineyards, Ghost Hill Cellars, Ken Wright Cellars, Kramer Vineyards, Lemelson Vineyards, Lenne’ Estate, Lunimous Hills/Seven of Hearts, Merriman Wines, Panther Creek Cellars, Penner-Ash Wine Cellars, Roots, Solena & Gran Cru Estates, Soter Vineyards, Stag Hollow, Twelve, Wahle Vineyards & Cellars, WillaKenzie Estate Winery
    Food: La Rambla, Joel Palmer House, Nick’s, more TBA

I’m sure there are many more wine & food events throughout Oregon this August so please feel free to add a comment below to include any I have missed!


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We’ve already featured some Fog Linen’s wire baskets in our post below, but this time I thought I’d share more of their linen products. The warm yet rough nature of linen fabric, however its use, inherently has a casual appearance that welcomes the user to feel its softness on their skin. The perfect blend of country and modern style, Fog Linen embraces and enhances the natural beauty of this fabric with its solid, plaid, and checkered prints.

Fog Linen’s line of products include not only the obvious napkins, kitchen towels, and tablecloths, they also produce bath towels, serving trays, bedding, and even house slippers.

Tell us what styles, prints, and colors you like most so we can make sure to have it in stock when the online store launches!

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Stoller Vineyard in Dayton, OR just outside of Dundee has been one of my favorite places to visit for a while now. Not only are their wines delicious and the views spectacular, the people who work at Stoller are friendly, inviting, and always remember my name. Maybe that’s because I go there too much 🙂

Their steel barrel JV Chardonnay is bright and fruity without being too sweet or dry, the oak barrel SV Chardonnay is just the right amount of buttery smoothness without being overwhelming, the Rose of Pinot Noir is perfect for summer with sweet strawberry undertones and a hint of dryness to balance it out, and of course their JV and SV Pinot Noirs are spectacular.

These are some pictures from my last visit to Stoller on a beautiful Sunday. We hit the farmers market beforehand and had a picnic! Couldn’t think of a better way to spend a sunny day than with good friends, good food, good wine, and amazing scenery. I can’t wait to go back!

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Even country folk these days need technology. Some farmers now tweet and blog about their harvest to connect with markets and customers in their town and beyond. But that doesn’t mean that their iPhones and laptops need to be kept by the same mundane black zippered and velcro-ed cases.

The iWooly case, made with environmentally conscious processes from Oregon native Pendelton wool, are an alternative to the mundane corporate-looking cases found at a computer store. Protecting your precious equipment from day-to-day scratches and dirt, the iWooly is available for iPad, iPhone, MacBook, and Blackberry, as well as sizes for passport and pencil cases. Not only do these woolen envelopes come in dapper colors and plaids, they’re also hand crafted with wholesome and sustainably harvested materials.

You can find iWooly products at The Good Flock online.

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When the Dundee General Store launches its online shop this fall, we will carry both Fog Linen… linens… and also their line of wire baskets in different sizes and shapes. Perfect for all types of household organization, picking fresh produce in the garden, serving bread at the dinner table, and an endless list of other uses. Fog Linen’s baskets match their versatility and utility with style. From curvy and seductive to boxy and clean, we’ll have a wide variety for you to chose from!

Which one is your favorite?

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I’m very excited that many of you have inquired about purchasing Cornishware through the Dundee General Store. Although our online store is not yet ready, I spoke with the US distributor for Cornishware today and am proud to announce that the Dundee General Store online will be one of the first to carry their kitchen and table ware in North America! First shipment will be into the store as early as October and will be available online as soon as we receive them. Just in time to impress your holiday dinner party guests or for a special Christmas gift!

Follow us on Twitter @dundeegeneral to stay up to date on Cornishware and other products that will soon be available through the Dundee General Store.

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Summertime Lawn Games

Our impromptu game of bocce ball last night got me thinking of other outdoor summertime games. I remember the old wooden croquet set my grandparents had with one mallet that always had to have the end screwed back on. As kids, we never learned the true rules of croquet, but as an adult, I find myself interested in learning the traditions of these classic games. Here’s a roundup of sets for bocce, croquet, and a few other games you can enjoy while the weather is warm and the cocktails are flowing!

Petanque set from Jaques of London. Petanque is the French version of Bocce played with slightly smaller metal “boules” but similar rules

Professional Bocce set from Perfetta in Italy, also sold at Design Within Reach

Badminton set from Jaques of London, a company that has been producing badminton sets for over 100 years!

A true American past-time, this horse shoe set is available at Restoration Hardware

Finally, one of the most well crafted (and most expensive) croquet sets by Jaques of London whose founder John Jaques the II invented the game in 1851

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