The Cuvée Weekend

The Allison Inn & Spa Debuts The Cuvée Weekend:
Two Exclusive Getaways Designed for Food and Wine Lovers
An exceptional blend of interactive culinary experiences showcasing
Northwest food and drink luminaries

The Allison Inn & Spa, Willamette Valley’s luxury wine country destination, introduces The Cuvée Weekend, two premium all-inclusive weekend packages that allows guests to escape the urban gray for nearby Oregon wine country. Guests at both weekends, set for February 27-28 and March 20-21, will indulge in intimate audiences, delicious tastings, winemaker dinners and hands on demonstrations.

In February, the weekend’s theme encourages guests to extend the romance of Valentine’s Day. February’s featured guests include chef Justin Woodward (Castagna, Portland), owner Tom Mortimer (Le Cadeau) and proprietor Ben Jacobsen (Jacobsen Salt Co.). In celebration of Women’s History Month, the spotlight in March 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), winemaker Rollin Soles (Roco Winery) and owner Clare Carver (Big Table Farm). Celebrity mixologist Angel Teta (Atuala) and author Liz Crain (Food Lover’s Guide to Portland) will participate in both weekends.

Pierre Zreik, managing director of the Allison Inn & Spa explained: “We are offering the Allison Cuvée Weekends during a time of year when people want to escape their housebound routines in search of new experiences. Throughout the weekend, guests have multiple opportunities to interact with celebrated purveyors, winemakers, mixologists, brewers and chefs from Portland and Seattle. This blend of exceptional culinary and interactive programs combined with access to luminaries in a setting like the hills of the Willamette Valley is unparalleled.”

Each weekend begins at 4pm on Friday 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. Limited amounts of Cuvée Stroll-only a la carte tickets are available from the Allison Inn & Spa for $50.

On Friday and Saturday evening, guests will partake in a four-course winemakers’ dinner featuring participating vintners. During each Allison Cuvée Weekend, JORY executive chef Sunny Jin will collaborate with one of our region’s brightest culinary talents. On February 28, chef Justin Woodward will create dinner, and on March 21 dinner will be presented by chef Tamara Murphy. Saturday’s program begins with a guided tour of the Allison’s vineyard and chef’s garden with vintners and the Allison’s head gardener, Anna Ashby. Guests will then interact with the premium hands-on culinary demo from Ben Jacobson (February) and Kristen Murray (MAURICE) followed by an intimate lounge conversation moderated by Liz Crain featuring the weekend’s special guests, chefs and local luminaries. The afternoon includes ample time to unwind at the Allison’s Spa.

Each all-inclusive two-night Allison Cuvée Weekend package ($1,600 per couple) 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 gift bag that includes a bottle of the Allison Inn’s own estate release, a 2012 Austin Knoll Pinot Noir. Tax and gratuity are included. Packages and tickets to the Friday night tasting reception 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 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 is a proud member of Preferred Boutique and 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

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