Ankeny Vineyard Winery

2565 Riverside Rd. S., Salem

(503) 378-1498

November 26th-28th, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Wine tasting, complimentary small bites and a huge end-of-season wine sale. The tasting fee is $5.00.

Ankeny recently released four wines: the Ankeny Silver, a blend of Chardonnay and Early Muscat with a fruity aroma, smooth and dry with a hint of sweetness, “Refreshingly crisp tropical fruit and apple on the palate” ($10); the 2008 Chardonnay, describes as having “soft aromas of vanilla, almond and pear complement flavors of apple and lemon-lime” ($16); the 2007 Pinot noir, which has a “silky texture, the aromas of plum, apple butter and citrus, and ripe plum, strawberry and orange flavors” ($18) and the 2008 Pinot noir, “a zesty complement to grilled salmon, roasted vegetables, lamb, pork. Its grape jam and nutmeg aromas, flavors of strawberry and blackberry preserves and blood orange, and medium-light tannins and refreshing acidity make it a good match for many other foods as well” ($24).

Cubanisimo

1754 Best Rd. NW, Salem

(503) 588-1763

Thanksgiving Weekend of Wine

November 26th-28th, Noon-5p.m.

$10 entry & tasting, $5 designated drivers, $5 tapas plates, $8 extra tasting.

Vertical wine tasting of 2003-2008 Pinot noirs. 2003 was the first year Cubanisimo produced the wine under their own label. “We bottled kind of late. We have nothing new ready, so we’re going the other direction and we’ll have some fun exploring the past,” said Christina Collada about the archive tasting. She said the Pinot is on the fruit forward side and she encouraged tasters to come to Cubanisimo this weekend, the last weekend they’ll be open until April (the last salsa class will take place November 20th). The event will also feature Cuban style tapas and live music starting at 1 p.m., by Toshi Onizuka on Friday and David Franzen on Saturday and Sunday, both featuring acoustic guitar with a Latin flare.