The 5th “Art Meets Wine in the High Desert” celebrates Oregon Wine Month May 15-20. There is something for everyone at this week-long event. To kick off the week, sign up for a virtual cooking class with Kasia Wilson, the cheesemonger from Market of Choice in Bend, OR. Then choose a virtual wine-tasting with one of three unique winemakers, May 15-18. The grand finale is the “Live!” wine-tasting event at the SHARC in Sunriver, OR on May 20. There are two sessions: 2-4:45 pm and 5:15-8:00 pm. Included will be food pairings, art, music, an auction and raffles. Art Meets Wine in the High Desert benefits the Philanthropy Program of the Sunriver Women’s Club. Taste your impact!
Save the Date: Cork & Barrel 2022
After a turbulent two years, Cork & Barrel is back in full effect for 2022. For the 10th annual food and wine festival, the event features guest wine region, Willamette Valley. Mark your calendars for July 15 and 16 at The Riverhouse Convention Center for A Sip of Cork & Barrel and Grand Cru, presented by Avion Water. All proceeds from Cork & Barrel go directly to the KIDS Center, a Central Oregon non-profit.
Relish in an evening of Willamette Valley wine tastings and chefs’ pairings right here in Bend. The first of Cork & Barrel’s winemaker’s dinners takes place on Thursday, March 17 at Pronghorn Resort. Here, Alexana Vineyard and Winery will be pouring some of their best wines and sharing stories from the vines. Enjoy an early spring evening at one of Central Oregon’s finest destinations.
Then, on Thursday, May 5, Willamette Valley Vineyards joins Bowtie Catering at White Aspen Creative (Widgi Golf Club). In the second winemaker’s dinner series, Bowtie Catering will create some of their finest dishes to pair with the region’s namesake winery best known for its Pinot Noir.
Finally, on the eve of Cork and Barrel’s main events, Stoller Winery hosts its Estate Chef at their Bend wine bar for a truly curated experience of the Willamette Valley. On the same night, Currents at the Riverhouse hosts a winemaker’s dinner, with the winery to be announced. Both dinners take place on Thursday, July 14.
Each winemaker’s dinner runs from 6 to 8:30 pm. Tickets are $150 each and include a prix fixe menu with wine pairings. Afterward, guests have the option to enter the magnum raffle. In addition, guests can make a monetary donation to the KIDS Center. Sign-up to be the first in line to access tickets.
Cork & Barrel 2022
A Sip of Cork & Barrel kicks off on Friday, July 15 from 4:30 to 7:30 pm at The Riverhouse Convention Center. As usual, Sip features wine tasting from all participating wineries, food stations from local Central Oregon chefs and restaurants, the popular “Purse Raffle”, and a YETI raffle.
Silent auctions stations will be set up throughout the event, so come prepared to win! Later, join the wine toss and mystery wine pulls, along with party boards, scratch-to-win, and giving boards. To access early bird pricing of $100, sign-up for Cork & Barrel’s early access list. The regular ticket price of $125 takes effect on May 1.
The main event, Grand Cru, takes place on Saturday, July 16 from 4:30 to 10 pm. To begin, guests can start with small bites and revisit favorite wineries for a few sips before sitting down to a five-course menu with wine pairings.
Sip, savor, and mingle while bidding on the silent auction, before bidding big on vacations, one-of-a-kind items, experiences, and so much more during the live auction. And, don’t miss the return of the golden paddle! Tickets for Grand Cru are $200 per person and include a sit-down dinner. Be the first to access tickets by signing up early.
Willamette Valley Wines
Each year, Cork & Barrel features a guest wine region. This year, we’re thrilled to see wines from across our “backyard” Willamette Valley region. Cork & Barrel’s 2022 participating wineries include:
Alexana Vineyard & Winery
Anam Cara Cellars
Eola Hills Wine Cellars
The Four Graces
Lange Estate Winery & Vineyards
PROJECT M Wines
Purple Hands Winery
Redhawk Vineyard & Winery
Stoller Family Estate
Van Duzer Vineyards
Willamette Valley Vineyards
Each winery will offer tastings from some of their best vintages at Sip and Grand Cru. Select wineries are co-hosting winemaker’s dinners throughout the spring and summer.
KIDS Center and Cork & Barrel
Central Oregon’s KIDS Center might be one of the most important organizations in our community. KIDS Center is dedicated to the prevention, evaluation, and treatment of child abuse. Built by the community over 25 years ago, KIDS Center provides comprehensive medical evaluations and forensic interviews in a child-friendly environment to children who may have experienced abuse.
Along with these services, KIDS Center provides a path to healing through family advocacy and therapeutic services. Because families never receive a bill from KIDS Center, the center relies heavily on the generosity of our community. Therefore, over 20% of the KIDS Center’s budget relies exclusively on Cork & Barrel events.
How You Can Help
There are so many ways to contribute to the KIDS Center, even if not monetarily. If you’re interested in contributing to Cork & Barrel, you can:
- Donate to live and silent auctions
- Items, services, or experiences
- Air miles
- Be a sponsor
- Volunteer for an event
- Make a cash donation
- Attend Grand Cru
- Attend any Cork and Barrel event
Don’t miss out on early bird pricing and ticket announcements! To be the first in line for event ticket sales, you can sign-up here. Follow along on social media at @corkandbarrelevent or send them an email to firstname.lastname@example.org