What’s the best possible way to celebrate Labor Day weekend? By drinking lots of wine, of course—followed closely by eating delicious food! Clark County’s craft wineries are teaming up to offer a Food & Wine Pairing Weekend from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 2, Sunday, Sept. 3, and Monday, Sept. 4. Nearly every winery in Southwest Washington will be open during those hours, offering chef-prepared small plates, delectable finger foods and appetizers to enjoy with award-winning wines. Notable wineries to visit include the following (click on each for details about hours, directions, and special offerings such as food and live music):
- Burnt Bridge Cellars
- English Estate Winery
- Heathen Estate Winery
- Confluence Vineyards and Winery
- Stavalaura Vineyards
- Heisen House Vineyards
- Olequa Cellars
- Rezabek Vineyards/Daybreak Cellars
- Pomeroy Cellars
You can sip and sample local culinary and enological delights like the ever-popular Chardonnay, as well as lesser-known varietals like Golubok, Marechal-Foch and Zweigelt-Rebe. Supplemented with grapes sourced from warmer climates nearby (predominantly Eastern Washington), local wineries are able to produce wines for nearly every palate. Many locations will offer live music and discounts on wine by the glass and by the bottle—and most Southwest Washington wineries are small enough that, in all likelihood, the winemakers themselves will be pouring for you. To see a map of all participating wineries, visit www.swwawine.com.
The weekend is also the last chance to complete the region’s “Summer Passport Challenge,” where wine-lovers collect stamps at all 10 participating wineries. All who complete the challenge will win a prize and be entered in a drawing to be held after Labor Day. Free passports are available at participating wineries and online at the Southwest Washington Winery Association website, swwawine.com.