The “Big Sip” McMinnville, Oregon 20th Annual


Chef Cooking Class

Chef Cooking Class

It’s that time of year when it seems there are back-to-back wine events here in Oregon. With my liver in recovery from last weekends “Greatest of the Grape” in Canyonville, Oregon, this next weekend, March 8th – 10th of March features the McMinnville Wine & Food Classic, or the “Big Sip”.

big sip poster

This event is held in one of the major attractions here in Oregon, the Evergreen Space Museum, and features wine tastings, a great cuisine, art & crafts, live music as well as cooking demo’s with excellent local chef’s. And it all takes place in a most awesome space museum. If you have never been there, it is three buildings featuring the history of flight, from Bi-planes, to WW1 & 2  fighter planes, helicopters and even a Stealth Bomber.

This is a wine event where wineries from the entire state attend to” show you what they got”. How sweet is it to be able to walk around inside a giant museum, examining the history of fighter jets and actual space capsules while sipping a fine glass of Pinot Noir? Another fine fact is this is a wine event where you can actually bring your children to, and make it a family day. And wait until you see the World Famous Spruce Goose on display

Spruce Goose

Spruce Goose

There are over forty food vendors attending this year, serving everything from wood fired pizza, crab and shrimp melts, Oysters, Oysters, Oysters, to meats & Cheeses and much more. Pair that with eighty plus wineries and you know this will be a fun adventure for everyone. And if you really want to make it a great weekend event, bring your bathing suits, because the new attraction is open, a fourth building, with olympic indoor pool, and a 747 mounted on the roof, with watersides sending you splashing into the pool below.

Water Park

Water Park

You can buy your tickets online at  or at the door.

If you are from the Pacific Northwest, and haven’t attended this fine event, you must. If you are from anywhere else, a visit to the Willamette Valley Wine Country for any reason is reason enough.

Cheers All,


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