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Sixth annual event puts focus on grape all around the state

COURTESY PHOTO - Wine is a 12-month endeavor for some (such as SE Wine Collective patrons above) but the Oregon Wine Board hopes plenty people get out and enjoy the vinos during Oregon Wine Month in May.As far as monthlong celebrations go, it'll soon be May and a month that gets the attention of vino-loving adults in Oregon.

The Oregon Wine Board promotes it as "Oregon Wine Month, 31 days officially dedicated to Oregon wine tasting, wine learning and wine loving."

More than 100 restaurants and scores of wineries are participating in the sixth annual event, with special activities throughout the state.

Many restaurants will have nights featuring unique flights of three Oregon wines of their choosing, in partnership with OpenTable. Sommeliers are creating flights of off-the-beaten-path varieties, vintage verticals, single vineyard comparisons, unexpected food pairings and more.

Retailers will have featured bottles, discounted cases and in-store tastings of Oregon wines. There'll be Oregon Wine Month promotions at New Seasons, Safeway, Fred Meyer, Ray's Food Place and Costco through May.

Five of Oregon's top chefs from award-winning Oregon Wine A-List restaurants have crafted delicious and approachable recipes for pairings: Jason French, Ned Ludd; Aaron Barnett, St. Jack; Damon Jones, formerly of Larks Home Kitchen Cuisine; Stephanie Pearl Kimmel, Marche; Daniel Mondok, Raven & Rose.

Among the nearby events for Oregon Wine Month:

• Yamhill-Carlton AVA (American Viticultural Area) Spring Wine Tasting: The eighth annual event features Anne Amie Vineyards. Details: 11 a.m. Saturday, April 29, Anne Amie Vineyards, 6580 N.E. Mineral Springs Road, Carlton.

• Pour Oregon: A Cellar 503 wine festival, it's a chance to discover small, artisanal wine producers from all over Oregon — from the Rogue, Applegate and Umpqua valleys to Elkton and Milton-Freewater to Willamette Valley. Details: 2 p.m. Sunday, April 30, Castaway Portland, 1900 N.W. 18th Ave., Portland.

• I Love Gamay: It combines wine lovers and Oregon Gamay producers to celebrate the under-the-radar varietal. Details: 4 p.m. Monday, May 1, 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 2, Elder Hall, 3929 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

• McMinnville Foothills Winegrowers Tasting: Hotel Vintage plays host to McMinnville AVA wineries. Details: 5 p.m. Thursday, May 4, Hotel Vintage, 422 S.W. Broadway, Portland.

• 2017 Taste Dundee: There'll be 25 wineries pouring their artisan-crafted wines from the Dundee Hills AVA. Details: noon Saturday, May 6, Billick/Dundee School Park, 320 S.W. Fifth St., Dundee.

• Taste. Learn. Celebrate.: It's the latest wines from the Cascade Foothills Winegrowers. Details: noon Saturday, May 6, Mt. Angel Community Festhalle, 500 Wilco Hwy. N.E., Mount Angel.•n PDX Urban Wine Experience 2017: Fourteen members of the PDX Urban Winery Association offer an afternoon of wine, food and fun. Details: 2 p.m. Sunday, May 7, Seven Bridges Winery, 2303 N. Harding Ave., Portland.

• Ongoing events: There are events going on throughout May, such as Willamette Valley Taste of the Community, featuring Willamette Valley AVA wineries on four easy-to-navigate loops — Tualatin River loop; family wineries/winemakers; downtown Newberg; connecting community and culture.

There are more events scheduled throughout the month. See www.oregonwine.org for complete information.

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