Iris, Truffles, and the Oregon Truffle Festival January 19 2016

Iris Vineyard's Truffle HunterIt’s been an exciting year in Oregon’s truffle world, and the year is only just beginning!  An Oregon grown, black French truffle was served in a Eugene restaurant, Grit; a true first for the state, and an important step for Oregon’s burgeoning truffle cultivators.  This weekend marks another first: the debut of the Joriad North American Truffle Dog Championship as the opening event of the Oregon Truffle Festival.  Our general manager, Don Wackerly’s, own pup Roscoe (pictured left) will be competing in this exciting event, and we’re excited to cheer this fixture at the winery and tasting room on this weekend.  There are still tickets available if you’d like to join us!  The Oregon Truffle Festival continues in Eugene starting January 29th, with events all weekend.  Iris is pleased to once again be a sponsor of this unique to Oregon event!  We will be tasting several wines at the Eugene Fresh Truffle Marketplace at the Eugene Hilton on Sunday, January 31st.

Truffle Hunting at Iris VineyardsIris’ support of this one of a kind event is a result of our commitment to the best: spectacular food, outstanding wine, and our beautiful home state of Oregon.  The estate surrounding our vineyard is an ideal location for hunting Oregon truffles given the numerous stands of Douglas fir found in various locations around the property.  In addition to Roscoe’s training, Richard, one of our owners, has hunted truffles on the estate in years past with varying degrees of success (pictured at right).  We’re fortunate to have such a distinctive event in our backyard, and we are pleased to be able to support the Oregon Truffle Festival in its eleventh year.

We will keep the truffle momentum going into February with our own Truffle Demonstration Dinner at our estate tasting room.  A guest chef will join us for this exclusive event, with seating limited to 20 participants.  The chef will demonstrate proper cooking methods for truffles, and the event will conclude with dinner paired with Iris wine.  If you are interested in this event, please contact Amanda Littmann, our tasting room manager, via e-mail or phone: amandal@irisvineyards.com; (541) 242-6588.  We hope you’ll join us in celebrating all things truffle at one or all of these events!