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Wine Down for the Holidays

Oregon wines - particularly its Pinots - are rising stars in the wine world. But locally, these romantic grapes are responsible for some very down-to-earth numbers: Oregon's 300-plus vineyards annually contribute nearly a billion net dollars to the economy and provide close to 10,000 jobs.

At City Club's December 18 Holiday Friday Forum, three local vintners will discuss the Oregon wine industry. Susan Sokol Blosser, Founder of Sokol Blosser Winery, will explore the history and emergence of Oregon wines. Founder Lynn Penner-Ash of Penner-Ash Wine Cellars will identify what makes Oregon wines unique and the Oregon wine industry so successful. Finally, Pat Dudley, President and Marketing Director of Bethel Heights Vineyard, will explain the impact of the wine industry on Oregon's economy, land-use and culture.

Purchase tickets at www.pdxcityclub.org or call 503-228-7231 x110.

Where: The Governor Hotel, 614 SW 11th Ave., Portland OR 97205

When: Doors open at 11:30 AM, Program begins at 12:15 PM and concludes at 1:15 PM

Transportation and parking: The Governor Hotel is accessible by bus, Portland Streetcar and MAX light rail. A SmartPark garage is located one block away from the Governor Hotel at 730 S.W. 10th Ave.

Cost: Luncheon tickets are $16 for City Club members and up to two guests, $20 for nonmembers. Limited coffee/tea table tickets are $5 and are available at the door on a first-come, first-served basis. General seating is free for members and $5 for nonmembers. A limited number of $5 coffee/tea tickets are available at the door on a first-come, first-served basis.

Reservations: Reservations required for lunches only; reservations close at 2 p.m. on the Wednesday prior to the event. Reservations for lunch are strongly encouraged. To reserve a lunch via telephone, individuals (members and non-members) should call our voice mail reservation line, 503-228-7231, ext. 110. A limited number of lunch tickets are generally available at the door. Luncheon tickets reserved after the 2:00 PM Wednesday deadline or purchased at the door will be subject to an additional $4 charge. General seating and coffee/tea tickets will be available at the door.

Sponsors: Friday Forums this quarter are sponsored by The Standard and West Coast Bank