An experienced sommelier can suggest the perfect wine pairing for chocolates or couples too scared to try kissing. Couple up with this Groupon.
$25 for the Aurora Wine and Chocolate Walk for Two on Saturday, December 1 ($52 Value)
From noon to 5 p.m., guests lead themselves on a tasting tour of local wines throughout Aurora's historic district. With complementary souvenir wine glasses, tour goers sip different local wines paired with artisan chocolates at each stop. They also receive six $2 coupons and a shopping bag to purchase items during their stops. Some proceeds from the tour go to benefit local charities, including Habitat for Humanity.
Pheasant Run Winery
A refurbished relic of the Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition, Portland's first and only "World's Fair," the Aurora State Bank building has gone on a hundred year journey to become the landmark it is today. Transported from Portland to Aurora in 1905, its vaults have played host to robberies, Hollywood productions, and dental cleanings. Though the bank's two original vaults remain, they now house racks that Pheasant Run Winery fills with their small-batch, locally sourced wines. Winemakers harvest their grapes from local and sustainable vineyard estates in Willamette Valley, Walla Walla, and Horse Heaven Hills and ferment them into New World-style wines. They cold-soak grapes in small bins to extract more color and flavor for their signature pinot noir and blend merlot, syrah, and cabernet grapes to create a rich red with notes of blackcurrant and plum and the power to unite feuding grape vines.
This grey brick building is also home to their tasting lounge. Guests walk through the original doors and across the original lobby tiles to savor glasses at tasting tables surrounded by dark wood-trimmed windows. Visitors can also find a rotating collection of prints, paintings, ceramics, and jewelry from local artists. The winery owners also connect to the community through their donations to local charities and non-profits.