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Ring in 2014 with some of our favorite sparkling wines

1. Soter VineyardsBrut Rosé | sotervineyards.com
2. Domaine MeriwetherBrut | meriwetherwines.com
3. J. Albin WineryBrut Rosé | laurelvineyard.com

4. Rainsong VineyardOregon Sparkling Wine | rainsongvineyard.com
5. Wine by JoeJoe’s Secco | joedobbeswines.com
6. Kramer VineyardsCelebrate! | kramervineyards.com

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Oregon Travel: McMinnville

IN 1950, CREATURES FROM ANOTHER WORLD SELECTED McMinnville, Oregon, planet Earth as a place of curiosity and research. Their vehicle was nearly thirty feet in diameter and shaped like a flying saucer or a garbage can lid. If it weren’t for Mr. and Mrs. Paul Trent out feeding the rabbits on their farm that day, this foray would have gone unobserved by humans, and the saucer pilots would have quietly collected data before reporting back their observations.

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Deep Autumn Green Salad: A Respite from the Starch

Okay, folks, I’m hoping you’ve been following my pre-holiday workout plan that I laid out in last month’s post. If so, you have built-up your poultry roasting muscles. The big day isn’t far away and I trust you will be up to the task of confidently roasting that Big Bird now.

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Defining Stouts + Porters

As the weather turns colder, Pacific Northwesterners look toward winter—hearty stews and melted sandwiches warm our bellies, washed down with complimentary porters and stouts. These flavor-packed beers are perfect companions for everything the chilly months have to offer. The creativity of Oregon brewers shines as traditional styles, born in England and Ireland, are given a Northwest twist. In a state saturated with pioneering spirit, Oregon’s beers reflect the rich historical heritage of our forebears, as well as the skill and innovation of today’s brewmasters.

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The Ultimate Oregon Holiday Gift Guide

Between the gal-who-has-it-all and the ever-changing tween trends, holiday giving is always a challenge. In the past, you’ve braved the mall and gone down the black hole of target-less online shopping. This year we’ve made it easy for you by focusing on local artisans and authors who can fulfill anyone’s wishes, from the epicure, to kids, or outdoorsman. Personal effects and items for the home round out the best of Oregon retail for the 2013 Gift Guide.

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Winter Farmers’ Markets

Sun dresses and open-toed shoes have long gone into the closet, but a Oregon’s farmers’ market-goers are still swooping up produce at the local stands. Year-round markets see more than of sixty percent of their summer patronage, and more are jumping on the wagon.

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Road Reconsidered: Tracing Terroir and Local Culture on Highway 18

Highway 18 may be a utility corridor carrying motorists from the mid-Willamette Valley to the Oregon Coast and back, but there are lots of gems to discover, especially if you divert onto Old 18. If you take this less-traveled road, you’ll find, among other things, that the natural resource industry of the old order is holding its place alongside the next-gen resource based industry. Oregon’s agricultural transformation from timber to grape is nowhere more evident than here.

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Oregon Truffles

Much like the Pinot vines that took root here in the 1970s and beyond, Oregon has become a budding location for the rare truffle. The annual Oregon Truffle Festival, January 24-26 in Eugene, is a weekend of culinary events dedicated to this rare, buried treasure, and draws guests from around the world.