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Get ready to celebrate Oregon Wine Month

600 wineries to throw a month-long party in May


May is Oregon Wine Month and special tastings, wine dinn ers, open houses and a Wine Country Sweepstakes will highlight the month-long festival of Oregon’s wine diversity. It is not too early to start planning your 2015 Oregon Wine Month activities.

Dozens of promotions, tastings and other activities are planned by wineries, wine retailers and restaurants throughout the state. For the first time, wine enthusiasts can enter to win a dream weekend to one of three Oregon Wine Country destinations: Columbia Gorge, Willamette Valley or Southern Oregon. The sweepstakes include wine tastings, dinner for two and a two-night stay in any of the three designated regions.

“Oregon is a special place and Oregon wines have a special reputation for excellence,” said Ellen Brittan, chairwoman of the Oregon Wine Board, which coordinates the program. “And while there’s a lot to love about Oregon wine at any time of the year, celebrating Oregon Wine Month is a great way to focus attention on the diverse and high quality wines for which Oregon is now globally recognized.”

Many Oregon restaurants will be offering Oregon wine specials throughout May. Travelers to Oregon’s many wine regions will also experience a variety of special tasting opportunities and promotions, such as winery and vineyard tours, themed tasting events and special discounts. In addition, many wine retailers will be offering promotions on Oregon wine and sampling opportunities.

To help you plan your Oregon Wine Month experience, the Oregon Wine Board has prepared a frequently-updated online guide to events and activities happening around the state that feature Oregon-grown and Oregon-crafted wines. Visit oregonwinemonth.org to discover what’s happening — then go out and enjoy Oregon wine.

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