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Red, White and Blues

For someone who grew up with country music, took a detour into rock ‘n’ roll and settled into sultry, soulful blues, Tess Barr has remained remarkably true to her beverage of choice.

“I’ve been a professional musician for 35 years, but I’ve always made wine off and on,” she says, relaxing on the deck outside the garage that was the first production facility for her Hood Crest Winery.

“My husband told me I could [make wine] for five years and see how it did,” says Tess.

Fairly well, by her estimation, and that of contest judges and people who are increasingly finding their way to the 7.5 acres where she and Patrik make wine, beautiful music and a whole lot more:

They play, record and mix hard-rockin’ blues albums in their home studio; they import and sell gel caps to the nutraceutical industry; they make pizzas in a wood-fired oven they built behind their house, next to a koi pond they created themselves, next to the woodshop that never was because of the wine barrels stacked to the ceiling.

Hood Crest Winery and Tess Barr Blues Band at 5th Annual Beer Festival in Dalles

Dont miss Hood Crest Winery pouring delicious new wines at the 5th Annual Beer Festival in Dalles. The event will take place on Saturday, June 13, 2015, 11am – 10pm at the Dalles Civic Auditorium. Don’t miss this unique chance to sample wine and beer from all over the northwest and dance to lively music. Tickets will be available at the door for 10$. Each ticket includes 4 complimentary tastings and a commemorative mug!

Annual Hood River Valley Harvest Fest 2015

Each fall, Hood River Valley hosts an old-fashioned harvest festival with local produce, food products, arts and crafts, wine- and beer-tastings, and all the best our County has to offer. Visitors seldom leave Harvest Fest without boxes of Anjou pears, heirloom apples, pumpkins, berries, and flowers, and a smorgasbord of prepared foods from pies to jams and smoked salmon to chocolate covered cherries.

August 7-9, 2015: Bite of Oregon – Wine Tastes Better Here!

Did you know that . . .

• Oregon ranks second to California to the number of wineries, with 314.
• Pinot Noir is Oregon’s most noted wine. No other area in the New World has a climate as ideal as the Willamette Valley for producing this elegant and complex red wine.
• Pinot Gris is the most widely planted white wine in Oregon. There are 1,813 acres of the grape planted, with most vines coming from Alsace, France by pioneer winemakers.
• There are more than 718 vineyards in Oregon.
• More than 40 varieties of wines are produced in Oregon, including Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Tempranillo, Zinfandel, Chardonnay, Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon.

Come Taste our Wine at McMinnville Wine & Food Classic

Enjoy the culinary variety and relaxed atmosphere. Watch some of the area’s best Chefs in the Northwest demonstrate their skills. Talk with winemakers and vintners and learn the intricacies of their trade. Purchase by the taste, glass, bottle or case. Visit with the artisans and view their work which is available for purchase. First 1000 Attendees will receive a free wine glass on Friday. See you at the Evergreen Space Museum!

Hood Crest Winery at 21st Annual Spring Beer & Wine Fest – April 3 & 4

Tickets Now On Sale!
21st Annual Spring Beer & Wine Fest
Friday, April 3 & Saturday, April 4, 2015
Oregon Convention Center

All packages purchased in advance include express admission into the festival plus a beer glass/mug, or wine glass, and tokens.
Tokens are priced at $1 each and are needed to enjoy beer or wine
The first 500 get free admission on Friday only.

Hood Crest Winery at the “Taste of Oregon” Wine Exhibit! Feb 28 – April 17

aClink! A Taste of Oregon Wine

This traveling exhibit curated by the Oregon Historical Society tells the story and history of Oregon wine and the people who made it possible. Learn the importance of wine making to Oregon’s past, present, and future.

A Taste of Oregon Wine & History Feb.28th

Eat, drink, and celebrate the agricultural history and Oregon local pride. We present a wonderful evening of local wine tasting from Hood Crest Winery, Viento Wines, Garnier Vineyards from a custom wine glass made specially for this Gala.

April 24, 25 & 26, 2015: Astoria Warrenton Crab, Seafood and Wine Festival

We invite you to join us at the 33rd Annual Astoria Warrenton Crab, Seafood & Wine Festival to enjoy great coastal cuisine, arts and crafts, wine tasting and more!

The Astoria Warrenton Chamber of Commerce Crab, Seafood & Wine Festival is located at the Clatsop County Fairgrounds on Highway 202 about 4 miles from the junction of Highway 101 in Astoria. The physical address is 92937 Walluski Loop in Astoria.

April 2015: Columbia Gorge Wine Passport Month

Our 7th annual Passport Event celebrates Gorge Wine throughout the month of April!
Your purchased Passport is your access pass to exclusive offers, incredible discounts and unique experiences at 24 Gorge wineries all April long, including three very special, wine-focused weekend events at participating wineries.

Passport holders receive amazing deals at our Oregon and Washington wineries with deep discounts, food pairings, barrel tastings, reserve tastings, and more. Enjoy a relaxing day, memorable weekend, or multiple weekends touring around the wild beauty of the Columbia Gorge.