During Prohibition, wine lovers had to express their passion in secret by hiding bottles in hollowed-out almanacs and sharing vintage reviews coded in newspaper classifieds. Savor oenophilic freedom with today’s Groupon: for $12, you get one general-admission ticket (up to a $15 value) and two beverages (up to a $10 value) from the Sip!/Barefoot Wine–sponsored booth at the Sip! McMinnville Wine & Food Classic, held at the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum in the heart of Oregon wine country (up to a $25 total value). This Groupon can be redeemed on any one of the festival days, starting March 11 and ending March 13.
With Sip!, chefs from across the Northwest collide with local grape growers, marrying their culinary cache with the fermented fruits of the wine maker's labor. Reward toiling tongue buds with two glasses of champagne, beer, soda, or water from the Sip!/Barefoot Wine–sponsored booth, or continue quaffing with selections from more than 40 wineries, whose tasting fees are not included and vary by booth. The day's sippables are accompanied by food vendors of varying cuisines and demonstrations by professional chefs in how to pair foods and talk water into boiling. Those seeking nonedible entertainment can take in Sip!'s selection of live music and artisan crafts or reap the aeronautical advantages of their $10 reduced admission to the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum. On-site parking for the event is an additional $5.
- Charming little McMinnville is now a big bright star on the international food and wine map and growing brighter all the time. –Charles, The Taste of Oregon
- [Sip! McMinnville Wine & Food Classic] has earned its place among the premier events of its kind in Oregon - ergo, a classic. – Karl Klooster, Yamhill Valley News-Register
Sip! McMinnville Wine & Food Classic
Originally established and overseen by a committee of parents, Sip! McMinnville Wine & Food Classic began in 1994 as a small community fundraiser for St. James Catholic School. Today, the annual festival draws nearly 10,000 people to the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, requiring more than 300 volunteers to assemble regional winemakers, culinary masters, and artists. Vintners disclose trade tips as they peddle their ambrosial libations, all of which are ultimately ranked by a panel of professional judges into bronze, silver, gold, and best-of-show tiers. Guests can take wine-tasting classes, which teach sippers how distinguish fruity undertones from a banana hiding in their glass, or glean cooking tips from kitchen demonstrations and food booths. Throughout the weekend-long gathering, artists display their opuses in the form of tangible wares or live music.