November and December are great months to visit local Willamette Valley vintners, taste their wines, and stock up on your party and dinner wines.  Willamette Valley vineyards are celebrating 50 years since the first pinto noir vines were planted in 1965. According to,”There are now more than 400 wineries in the Valley producing world-class pinot noir.  This holiday weekend, more than 160 wineries throughout the valley are throwing open their doors for special tastings, live music, food pairings, holiday discounts and more.  Each winery celebrates the weekend with its own flair—join the tradition!”  The wines in our region are award-winning and affordable.  Not a bad combination!

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As part of this weekend’s wine country explorations, make sure you include Evening Land Vineyards in Dundee, Oregon.  Their 2012 Seven Springs Vineyard La Source Pinot Noir earned Wine Spectator’s recognition as No. 3 in their annual list of the world’s top 100 wines!  The 2012 pinot received a 98-point score, the highest rating ever for a wine produced in Oregon.  That’s quite an accomplishment!

Coelho Winery is another one to put at the top of your list.  Saturday, November 28th at 2:00, they’re celebrating their tasting room’s 10th anniversary with a toast of their port-style wine paired with chocolate cake and accompanied by live music, Jerris (rock & pop).   Dancing is encouraged.

If beer is your drink of choice, you’re REALLY in luck!  Gilgamesh Brewing is literally just around the corner from Pringle Creek Community. They brew their own beer, have a wonderful restaurant, and offer activities year-round.  Never a dull moment at Gilgamesh. We are also very close to Santiam Brewing, and Salem Ale Works, all within easy bicycling distance from Pringle Creek Community’s front gate.

Pringle Creek Community is a residential development that is uniquely and conveniently located in the heart of Oregon’s wine country.  We are near so many vineyards that it could take years to visit them all.  Such a hardship! 😉