March Weekend Features Women Chefs, Winemakers and Brewers
NEWBERG, Ore. (March 9, 2015) – The Allison Inn & Spa, Willamette Valley’s luxury wine country destination, places the spotlight on women in food, wine and drink at their Cuvée Weekend on March 20-21. The Cuvée Weekend is a premium all-inclusive package that invites guests to indulge in intimate audiences, delicious tastings, winemaker dinners and hands on demonstrations in Oregon’s wine country.
In celebration of Women’s History Month, the focus of the March weekend is on women who shine in their respective food and drink fields. Special guests include chef/author Tamara Murphy (Terra Plata, Seattle), chef Kristen Murray (MAURICE), brewmaster Veronica Vega (Deschutes Brewery), winemakers Pat Dudley (Bethal Heights), Maggie Harrison (Antica Terra), Luisa Ponzi (Ponzi), and Lynn Penner-Ash (Penner-Ash). Celebrity mixologist Angel Teta (Ataula) and author Liz Crain (Food Lover’s Guide to Portland) will also participate in the weekend’s events.
Pierre Zreik, managing director of the Allison Inn & Spa shares: “The Allison Cuvée Weekend by design celebrates the best local artisans and winemakers of our valley and beyond. What better destination to celebrate our shining female culinary and drink artisans than in the Allison’s unique setting in the lovely hills of the Willamette Valley.”
The weekend begins at 4pm on Friday, March 20 with an exclusive tasting event, the Cuvée Stroll, where guests will enjoy delicious artisan food and beverages while interacting with purveyors, winemakers and chefs in an uncrowded and unhurried atmosphere. After the Stroll, guests will partake in a four-course winemakers’ dinner at JORY with Doug Tunnell (Brick House), Harry Peterson-Nedry (Chehalem), Rollin Soles (ROCO) and Bruno Corneaux (Soléna).
On Saturday, after a guided tour of the Allison’s vineyard and chef’s garden, guests will convene for a premium hands-on culinary demo with Kristen Murray (MAURICE) followed by an intimate lounge conversation moderated by Liz Crain featuring Veronica Vega, Tamara Murphy and Kristen Murray. Saturday’s dinner, prepared by chef Murphy and JORY executive chef Sunny Jin, will feature winemakers Pat Dudley (Bethal Heights), Maggie Harrison (Antica Terra), Luisa Ponzi (Ponzi), and Lynn Penner-Ash (Penner-Ash).
Each all-inclusive two-night Allison Cuvée Weekend package ($1,600 per couple, tax and gratuity included) offers accommodations in a deluxe king room with fireplace, entry to the Friday night Cuvée Stroll tasting, two dinners (wine included), two breakfasts at JORY, and Saturday’s program. Guests will depart from their escape with a bottle of the Allison Inn’s own estate release, a 2012 Austin Knoll Pinot Noir. Packages may be purchased on the Allison Inn’s website.
In continuing support of Oregon’s agricultural community, the Allison Inn & Spa is donating a portion of each package to Friends of Family Farmers.
About the Allison Inn & Spa
The Allison Inn & Spa, in Oregon Wine Country’s Willamette Valley, situated on 35 hillside acres, features 77 luxury guest rooms (all with fireplaces, terrace or balcony, window seat and spa-like bathrooms), and eight spacious suites. Awarded the prestigious LEED Gold Certification less than a year after opening in the fall of 2009, the Allison Inn blends naturally into the lush beauty of the area with minimal impact.
The luxurious Allison Spa, named the #1 Hotel in Oregon and #4 in the USA by U.S. News Travel in 2015, and #1 Hotel Spa in the U.S. by Travel + Leisure magazine in 2012, features 12 treatment rooms, a fitness studio, indoor swimming pool, hair and nail salon and retail boutique with signature items. The spa uses organic and local products and is uniquely known for its “pinotherapy” treatment, a pinot-inspired botanical and biological therapy produced by wine and grape seed extracts derived from the resort’s vineyard.
The signature restaurant, JORY, features Oregon Wine Country Cuisine coupled with an extensive Wine Spectator “Best of Award of Excellence” 800-label wine list and over 40 wines available by the glass. The creative, locavore menu reflects The Allison’s garden-to-table philosophy, accentuating native flavors of the Willamette Valley and its bountiful local agriculture. Meeting, social and wedding settings are unmatched and thoughtfully designed with terraces and panoramic country views.
Located 60 minutes from Portland International Airport, approximately 45 minutes from downtown and 1 l/2 hours drive to the Oregon Coast, The Allison Inn has received the AAA Four Diamond Award as well as Forbes Four Star Rating and was Travel + Leisure’s #1 Wine Country Hotel in the U.S. in 2012. The Allison is located at 2525 Allison Lane, Newberg, Oregon 97132, (503) 554-2525 or toll free 877 294- 2525. www.theallison.com