October Wine Updates
It’s mid-October and another great harvest has just finished up. A big thanks to Chris and our hard working crew for their dedication to making our amazing wines each year!
While the fruit is gone, the beauty of the vineyard remains. The leaves are turning such vibrant shades of golds, copper, and burgundy. It’s truly stunning! Now is a wonderful time to come out and visit us at the Estate.
The Estate is open Friday-Sunday 12pm-5pm through November. Make a reservation before it is too late!
The McMinnville tasting room is open 7 days a week. Drop by for a flight or glass of wine on your next visit to 3rd Street. The shopping and dining are amazing!
We’re starting to plan some new and fun events for the coming Holiday season, so keep an eye out for information about these in the following months.
Nov 1st, 2023, 6:30-8:30pm | McMinnville
Gather your team and come join us for a fun evening. Test your knowledge and enjoy a glass of wine.
Trivia night is free, but we do require a $10 minimum purchase of wine or food.
Message us with any questions! Register your team today!
Murder by Midnight!
A 1920s New Years Eve Murder Mystery Party
Limited Tickets available! | Dec 31st, 2023 | McMinnville
Sunday, December 31, 2023, 6:00-9:30pm
Games starts at 6:30pm
Chris James Cellars McMinnville Tasting Room
(645 NE 3rd St., McMinnville)
$75/person, club member discounts apply
Tickets are now available! Space is limited, highly encouraged to get your ticket before we sell out.
BIG BOLD RED | Wine Tour
Sept 30 – Oct 31 | Club Only
One of the many perks of Chris James Cellars wine club membership is the annual BIG BOLD Red Wine Tour. This Tour (September 30 – October 31) features 18 wineries!
Charitable Giving Wine
Thank you to everyone who has helped us support our local charities through wine buying along the way!
Each month Chris James Cellars chooses a local non-profit organization to support by spreading awareness all month long. We donate 20% of Bottle Sales & $1 from each glass pour of our featured wine.
October Charity: With Courage
“With Courage exists to support families in Yamhill County impacted by breast cancer. Whatever the stage of treatment or survivorship, we’re here to help support and walk through this together.”
Featured Wine: 2019 Pinot Gris (Orange Style)
- Profile notes: Aromas of rose petals, watermelon and citrus, with soft tropical fruits on the palate
- Available: At both tasting rooms and online
- Cost: $28.00 / per bottle
* This wine will be on our weekly wine flights at the tasting rooms all month long, stop in to try before you buy!
In the News
Best of Mac & Yamhill County
Best Winery 🥂🍷🍾
News Register has published their 2023 Best of Mac & Yamhill County issue! We are so grateful to have made the list for Best Winery. Thank you to everyone who has supported our wine, events, visiting our tasting rooms, and Chris’s creative winemaking efforts!
We have plenty of copies at the tasting room should you want to pickup a copy! Find them in the Hummingbird Room on the Games and Publications shelf.
View the entire community list here: https://bit.ly/bestofmac2023
WINE WEDNESDAY: Join us every Wednesday for a midweek treat at our McMinnville location! Enjoy a new wine flight as our menu switches over on Wednesdays, as well as drink specials (see below).
B.Y.O.G (Bring your own games): Every Friday! Round up your friends, or just stop by to enjoy the environment. Every Friday at our McMinnville location, from 5 – 8 pm we offer our space for an evening of games, wine, and light fare!
No reservation needed, our tables will be first come first served
Drink specials: $3 off Glass Pours, and 15% off bottles
Rhine Castles & Swiss Alps
July 14-21, 2025 | 7-night river cruise | AmaSerena
Join us as we once again set sail with AmaWaterways. In July 2025 Chris will be wine host for “Rhine Castles & Swiss Alps”. The cruise includes 7 nights on the river with an optional 2-night stay in Amsterdam beforehand, and optional 3-night stay in Lake Como, Italy afterward.
Please reach out to Nicole Zima (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information or to book your room.
CITIES & SIGHTS
Amsterdam -> Cologne -> Rhine Gorge -> Rüdesheim -> Ludwigshafen -> Heidelberg -> Speyer -> Strasbourg -> Lucerne -> Basel
YOUR JOURNEY ALONG THE RHINE RIVER
Discover fairytale castles and historic vineyards as part of this Rhine River cruise showcasing the wines of the Rheingau and beyond. Start by exploring the canal-laden city of Amsterdam. Then it’s off to Germany, where you’ll discover the grand city of Cologne and the winemaking hamlet of Rüdesheim. Enjoy cruising through the UNESCO designated Rhine Gorge, where 40 castles are strung like pearls along the river banks. Cross the border into France’s Alsace region in enchanting Strasbourg and take in spectacular panoramas of the Swiss Alps. This itinerary is truly a dream come true.
EXTRA INCLUDED FEATURES ONLY ON WINE CRUISES
• Special tours and tastings at local wineries and private cellars
• Learn about winemaking in renowned vineyards
• Onboard wine pairings with award-winning cuisine
• A wine host will lead tastings and discussions
- Big Bold Red Wine Tour (Club Only): Sep – October
- Trivia Night (Mac): November 1st
- Cupcake Decorating Workshop, December 21st (More info coming soon!)
- Murder by Midnight, a 1920s Murder Mystery Party, December 31st. (Mac)