The Gourmet Man enlivens meals and snacks with signature MSG- and preservative-free gourmet seasonings and dips. With flavors such as Holy Jalapeno, Spunky Spinach, Lobster Lobster, Kickin’ Cajun Shrimp, PartyDipz add zest to dippable edibles from chips and crackers to veggies. The G-Gourmet line of all-natural gourmet dried spices blends natural sea salt with dozens of flavor-packed ingredients, giving pastas, meats, and vegetables a new life without legally changing their names.
Eleven family-owned wineries situated throughout the East Willamette Valley band together to form the East Valley Winery Tour, which acquaints guests with the picturesque scenery and unique wines of their historic growing region. The tour regularly hosts events that let attendees loose to sample newly released varietals and talk with artisan vintners amid the sounds of the best live music not performed by saxophone-playing raisins. Home to more than 1,500 acres of vineyard, the region has supplied grapes for many of Oregon's largest wineries.:
The family-helmed Wheeler Tree Farm furnishes families with their choice of a grand fir tree and doles out complimentary beverages and holiday snacks within a cozy barn. Lumberjacks pro tem choose their desired tree from a selection of natural 6- to 10-foot trees ($6/ft.), sizing up each evergreen for its shape and ability to whistle "O Tannenbaum" through its shiny, aromatic needles. Opt to cut your own tree, or hand over the provided saw to one of Wheeler's expert staff for a precise severance and tree bailing. The nearby pole barn entices visitors with complimentary hot chocolate, coffee, Christmas cookies, and candy canes. Visitors can warm up beside the potbelly cast-iron stove, take in the life-size Nativity scene, or peruse the antique collection for Santa Claus's aged tax documents.
Wine Xing houses a wide range of distinctly bold and brilliant wines from all over the globe. As co-tasters take flight across their 10 individual samples—usually five reds and five whites—tongues will traverse bud-tingling beverages from as nearby as Oregon, Washington, and California and as far away as South Africa and New Zealand, also known as Old Zealand 2.0. Regardless of their wafted wisdom level, guests will have no trouble imbibing comprehensive insight from founder Eric Bean, a proud purveyor of accessible vinformation and a possessor of a PhD in biochemistry. Tap into Bean's bean to gain knowledge on ideal food pairings and how to best serve, swig, sniff, sample, and stare down a wine.
Cited by the New York Times as one of the best sources for fresh blackberries in the nation in 2007, Boones Ferry Berry Farms rears a bounty of myriad berries. Amateur Old MacDonalds can strike out in search of several breeds of strawberries, including Albion, Totem, and the northwest's coveted hood ($1 / lb.). An assortment of other berries, such as blue-, boysen-, rasp-, and the confused Chuck, grow large and ripe under the Oregon sun ($1 / lb.).