While bears and other lucky souls get to hibernate for the winter, tasting-room owners are busy shlepping their cases to wine festivals. Former Alaskans Steve and Christy Simmons, who own Misty Oaks Vineyard in Oakland, Ore., know the land of the midnight sun and working 24/7 if necessary.
In their winter "down" season, they will be taking their wine on the road, showing off 2009 Jones Road Cabernet Franc ($28) and 2009 Viper Train Malbec ($30) at such public tasting events as:
- Portland Seafood & Wine Festival (Feb. 1-2)
- Newport Seafood & Wine Festival (Feb. 21-24)
- Greatest of the Grape gala March 2 in Roseburg
- McMinnville Wine & Food Classic ("Sip") March 8, where wine lovers can sample whites and reds under the mammoth wings of the Spruce Goose at Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum.
For more information: Misty Oaks Vineyard, 1310 Misty Oaks Lane Oakland, OR 97462
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