Last weekend I had the opportunity to attend The Big Night as part of the Bounty of Yamhill County at Sokol Blosser Winery in Dundee, Oregon, It was a night celebrating the chefs, vintners and farmers of Yamhill County which is located in the heart of Oregon’s wine country.
I brought along my friend Lena from Lena’s Kitchen Blog and we had the most fantastic night filled with yummy bites and amazing Oregon Pinot Noir, Rosé, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris. I was especially happy because I got to try samplings from a bunch of restaurants in the area that I’ve been meaning to try, but hadn’t yet visited. Those restaurants that particularly stood out were Thistle, Ruddick/Wood and Pura Vida. I can’t wait to head back to their restaurants to give their full menus a try.
Everyone at the event is having a great time. From the people pouring wine, to those cooking and serving up their yummy bites, it’s a great way to connect with people from the community and discover local hidden gems that you may have not visited yet.
Bounty of Yamhill County
We enjoyed the vineyards and the beautiful sunset and it all benefited a great cause. Bounty of Yamhill County is a project of the Yamhill Enrichment Society (YES) – a local non-profit that supports important projects in education & the arts and food & agriculture.
I also had the chance to try out some local wines that I’ve been meaning to sample. The Pinot Noir from Domaine Roy and Gran Moraine’s Rosé were a couple of my newly discovered favorites.
I love experiencing new wines in this way because you’ll likely have the chance to speak with the people who either produce the wine or work at the tasting room – giving you some insider information about the wines that you’re experiencing that night.
Bounty of Yamhill County lasts the entire weekend and has other great culinary adventures like horseback riding through the vineyards, hiking in an olive grove or kayaking on the Willamette River. Last year I attend a special Wine Country Cooking Class at Dobbes Family Estate as part of Bounty of Yamhill County.
When is Bounty of Yamhill County?
- Bounty of Yamhill County is generally held the last weekend of August.
Next year’s celebration will be held August 24-26, 2019. Be sure to check out their website to learn more about upcoming events.
How Much are Tickets to The Big Night?
- Tickets for Bounty of Yamhill County Big Night are $175 per person. It includes entry and all food and wine.
Why Attend Bounty of Yamhill County?
- Lots of amazing wineries are pouring their best bottles.
- Amazing bites prepared by local chefs that complement those wines perfectly.
- Did I mention the wine?
- It benefits a great cause – the Yamhill Enrichment Society (YES).
- It’s held at the beautiful Sokol Blosser winery. You’ll be treated to a view of the vines and a beautiful sunset.
Thank you to Bounty of Yamhill County for providing me with a media guest pass. As always, all opinions are my own.