The glorious glut of amazing craft breweries in Bend is well known.
But our fast-growing beer town is also one heck of a place to experience a great glass of wine.
As we celebrate the month of love, consider an Old Mill District gift card for the people in your life who enjoy a fantastic bottle of vino.
First off, the Old Mill District is home to not one, but two stellar tasting rooms. Va Piano Vineyards brings the the rich, complex red wines of Walla Walla, Washington, to a riverside tasting room right on the Deschutes. It’s the the intense flavors and aromas of Eastern Washington right here in Central Oregon.
Va Piano does atmosphere as well as it does wine. You can catch live music every Thursday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. through March, and the tasting room does special events on its outdoor patio during concert days at the Les Schwab Amphitheater. Va Piano is also hosting a special wine and chocolate truffle pairing this Valentine’s Day from noon to 8 p.m.
Also pouring the goodness of the gods in the Old Mill District is Naked Winery out of Hood River. There might not be a more fun place in all of Bend to split a bottle or two with friends and loved ones than Naked’s tasting room in the Old Mill District. Love vibrant tastes in an environment that refuses to take itself too serious? Yeah, us too.
On Feb. 9, they’re hosting a DIY Valentine’s Day card-making event and through this spectacular month of love there’s Thirsty Thursday Trivia every Thursday.
Of course, your wine lover can always spend their gift card on items that’ll upgrade their in-home wine experience. REI carries several brands of outdoor wine vessels and Ginger’s Kitchen is home to some of the finest drinkware in Bend, including wine glasses. Owners Jaime and Ginger Aguirre also are great resources for wine recommendations and pairings and have an outstanding selection of wines available for purchase in their store. Finally, Savory Spice has some great recipes and spices that’ll help you perfect your next warm mulled wine creation.
Buy your Old Mill District gift cards online or in person at the Ticket Mill, Confluence Fly Shop and Hello Sunshine in the Old Mill District or at Visit Bend’s offices in downtown Bend.