written by Jen Stevenson
Anne Amie Vinyard’s ninth annual Counter Culture on July 26 is a truly memorable summer soirée in Oregon wine country. It has the stunning Willamette Valley views, fun-loving company, goofy props-stocked photo booth, hammocks built for two, sunset bonfire (fire dancers included), street food-inspired dishes from more than a dozen of the region’s best restaurants, and perhaps paramount, generous tastings from a bevy of wineries both local and international. Designed to kick o July’s International Pinot Noir Celebration weekend in style, the festival draws serious culinary talent, and this year’s restaurant partners include Pok Pok, Bollywood eater, Biwa, Ned Ludd, Wares, The Country Cat, Pizza Jerk and Bamboo Sushi. Participating wineries to watch for include Hiyu, James Rahn and Marshall Davis, while Newberg-based craft brewery Wolves & People will pour its acclaimed farmhouse ales and barrel-aged beers. For the designated driver and other no-proof partiers, sponsors Smith Teamaker and Flag & Wire Coffee Co. will provide the non-boozy beverages. Tickets are $85, and don’t dally—this ever-popular party sells out every year.