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Martha Wright at Scott Paul Wines’ tasting room in Carlton.

For almost three decades, Willamette Valley wineries have come together for an annual Wine Country Thanksgiving weekend event. This year, kick off the winter wine tasting season November 25 through 27 with special events at more than 160 wineries, including many small, family-operated wineries only open to the public for one weekend in November.

Bring your holiday guests and sample just-released 2010 vintages and library wines, chat with the winemakers themselves, nosh on holiday treats, and get in the spirit of giving with discounts on wine club memberships and bottles for everyone on your list.

The full listing of participating wineries can be found here, but I’ve culled a must-do list of my favorite spots for your holiday sipping pleasure.

Adelsheim Vineyard
Where: 16800 NE Calkins Lane, Newberg; 503-538-3652
When: Friday and Saturday, seatings at 11:30 and 2:30
How much: $20, includes collector’s wineglass, tastings of five single-vineyard wines hosted by owner David Adeslheim, and food pairings from Hunt & Gather. Reservations required, call 503-538-3652.

Argyle Winery
When: Friday and Saturday, 11 am to 5 pm.
Where: 691 Highway 99W Dundee, 888-4ARGYLE
How Much: $15, includes collector’s wineglass, barrel wine tastings, cheese pairings, and live music from Rio Con Brio. This would be a great place to pick up some excellent local sparkling wine for your holiday parties.

Brooks Wines
When: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 11 am to 5pm.
Where: 9360 SE Eola Hills Road, Amity; 503-435-1278
How Much: $10, includes collectors wineglass, tastings of more than ten wines, live music, and plenty of food. Also: Pick up wine-infused candles, Pinot Noir truffles and chocolate sauce, and gifts from Republic of Jam.

Carlton WIinemakers Studio
When: Friday and Saturday, 11 am to 4 pm.
Where: 801 N Scott Street, Carlton; 503-852-6100
How Much: $30 for a one-stop shop tasting from eleven wineries pouring 35 wines under one roof (Andrew Rich, Ayoub, Blakeslee, Brittan, Dukes, Hamacher, Lazy River, Montebruno, Retour, Trout Lily and Wahle)

Durant Vineyards at Red Ridge Farms
When: Friday and Saturday, 11 am to 4 pm.
Where: 5700 NE Breyman Orchards Road Dayton; 503-864-8502
How Much: $10 gets you samples of Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, and freshly-pressed Oregon Olive Mill’s new oil.

Evening Land Vineyards
When: Saturday and Sunday, 11 am to 3 pm.
Where: 572 Patterson Street NW, Suite 101, Salem; 503-395-2520
How Much: $10 for tastings of estate wines from Seven Springs Vineyard and plenty of food.

J.K. Carriere
When: Friday & Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm, Sunday, 12 noon to 4 pm.
Where: 9995 NE Parrett Mountain Road, Newberg; 503-554-0721
How Much: $10

Lange Estate Winery & Vineyards
When: Friday and Saturday, 12 noon to 4.
Where: 18380 NE Buena Vista Drive, Dundee; 503-538-6476
How Much: $15 for collector’s wineglass, samples of Pinot Noir and refreshing whites with the winemaker, and food from KOi Fusion!

Montinore Estate
When: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 11 am to 5 pm.
Where: 3663 SW Dilley Road, Forest Grove; 503-359-5012
How Much: $5, $10 with logo glass. Case discounts and holiday specials all weekend.

Raptor Ridge Winery
When: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 11 am to 4 pm.
Where: 18700 SW Hillsboro Highway, Newberg; 503-628-VINE
How Much: $15 for tastings of new 2009 releases and library Pinots, appetizers, great views of the Chehalem Mountains, and live music ($10 refunded with purchase of two bottles).

Scott Paul Wines
When: Friday and Saturday, 11 am to 5 pm.
Where: 128 S Pine Street, Carlton; 503-852-7300
How Much: $10 for tastings of 2010 Audrey Pinot Noir, Burgundies, and Champagne (tasting fee refunded with 3 bottle purchase). Great chance to stop up on Champagne for the holidays.

Seven of Hearts and Luminous Hills
When: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 12 noon to 5 pm.
Where: 217 W Main Street, Carlton; 971-241-6548
How Much: $10 for tastings of Pinot noir, Chardonnay, Pinot gris, Viognier, Roussanne, Grenache, Syrah, Mouvedre and Dessert wines, custom chocolates, and hors d’oeuvres.

Utopia Vineyard
When: Saturday and Sunday, 11 am to 6 pm.
Where: 17445 NE Ribbon Ridge Road, Newberg; 503-687-1671
How Much: $10, features barrel samples of 2010 Utopia Vineyard Pinot, 5 estate wines at the vineyard, and cheeses for a picnic in the vineyard.

WillaKenzie Estate Harvest Market
When: Friday and Saturday, 11 am to 4 pm.
Where: 19143 NE Laughlin Road, Yamhill; 503-662-3280
How Much: $20, includes collector’s wineglass, wine tastings, and samples from local vendors (Maialino Bacon, Willamette Valley Cheese Co., Aquariva, Fanucchi Oils, the Spice & Tea Exchange, and Bel Ange Chocolates).

New this year: You can get turn-by-turn directions on your phone with the Willamette Valley Mobile Wine Tour app! Happy sipping!