Over the weekend I attended Willamette Valley Vineyards‘ Wine, Pear & Cheese Jubilee and as the name reveals it was a delicious affair!
Located just off of Interstate 5 south of Salem, Oregon, Willamette Valley Vineyards specializes in high quality, hand-crafted wines. Founded in 1983 by Jim Bernau, the winery has grown from a few rows of Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay to one of the largest Oregon wineries. Today Willamette Valley Vineyards is publicly traded on NASDAQ, so you can even own your own little patch of grapes!
Hosting regular events throughout the year, Willamette Valley Vineyards showcases beautiful sweeping vineyard views from its hill cresting tasting room.
For this tasty event, the winery featured local pear and cheese producers paired with their world-class wines. From aged goat cheese to creamy Gouda and Swiss blends, the event offered a beautiful variety of artisan cheeses.
Two of my favorite cheeses were from:
- Oak Leaf Creamery – Artisan Goat Cheese from Grants Pass, Oregon
- Cada Dia – Jalapeno, Cheddar Cheese from Prinville, Oregon
For Pears, the winery brought in Harry Davids’ from Medford, Oregon. With a crisp yet juicy bit, the delicious fresh fruit is harvested and grown with care on their over over 3,200 acres. Paired with the pears, Willamette Valley Vineyards poured both their dry and semi-sweet Riesling, which complimented the light fruity flavors of the pear.