River of wine set to flow through downtown streets

River of wine set to flow through downtown streets

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TeBri Vineyards
These grapes are responsible for the wine produced at Monroe’s TeBri Vineyards, one of many featured wineries at Rhapsody in the Vineyard. (Contributed photo)

CORVALLIS — Rhapsody in the Vineyard is a wine connoisseur’s heaven, located at more than 30 downtown Corvallis businesses, and it features the wines from just as many Oregon wineries.

It starts at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 12, and will be a one-day showcase of the Willamette Valley’s wine-making glory.

The only negative is that vintners from the featured wineries cannot enjoy the fun like the rest of us.

“That’s probably the biggest (drawback), that we can’t walk around and taste everything,” joked Jay Westly, co-owner with his wife, Janet, of Sweet Home’s Marks Ridge Winery.

Dozens of winemakers are paired with downtown retailers for Rhapsody in the Vineyard, a project headed by the Downtown Corvallis Association. Many of the businesses will also provide appetizers, music and artwork, and wine can be purchased by the bottle or case.

Marks Ridge Winery, fresh off winning a silver medal at last month’s Newport Wine and Seafood Festival for its 2008 pinot noir, will offer its varietals at the Second Glance Annex, 214 S.W. Jefferson Ave.

“These events are great to allow people to easily experience a wide variety of Oregon wines and have fun doing it,” Westly said.

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