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    Streetcar Coffee Tour

    Third Wave Coffee Tours
    Find out why Portland is the capital of "weird" during this streetcar tour that will take you across the city. Hint: it's all the caffeine! You'll be tasting espresso and fresh brewed coffee samples at five of the best roasters in the city, while learning about the differences behind their arts. Along the way, you'll get to know Downtown Portland, the Pearl District, and the Eastside, mostly traveling by this urban paradise's favorite mode of transportation, the streetcar. After your journey is done, you'll partake in a cupping, tasting and evaluating coffee in a guided session that will show you how to spot subtle variations behind your favorite roasts.
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    Brewery Bike Tour

    Experience Portland's world-famous beer culture on this fun bike tour - the perfect way to explore this gorgeous city. Following your local guide on easy bike ride, visit several top-notch microbreweries such as Bridgeport and Deschutes to sample several beers, with all tastings included. After meeting your friendly local guide in downtown Portland in the afternoon, hop on your bike for a leisurely, mostly flat 5-mile (8-km) ride through this beautiful city. Visit several of the 40 microbreweries and brewpubs that give Portland its national reputation for beer. Most of these beloved breweries brew their beers on site, and some you'll visit may include Bridgeport, Deschutes, the McMenamin's Crystal Ballroom, Lucky Labrador, New Old Lompoc, Rogue and Tugboat Brewing. In addition to sampling refreshing, fresh-brewed beer, you'll also take behind-the-scenes tours to see where the magic happens!In between breweries, your guide will point out the city's best bars, restaurants and local hotspots in the downtown area, the Pearl District and northwest Portland. Pass famous Powell's Books, one of the world's largest independent bookstores, and cycle past coffee drinkers outside Stumptown Coffee. If time permits, you'll finish your tour with a pint at a cozy local tap room before heading back to the starting point.
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    Willamette Valley Wine-Tasting Tour from Portland

    Thirsty? The Willamette Valley wine region, once known for its orchards and nurseries, has become one of the United States' premier producers of cool-climate varietals like pinot noir. Start your wine country tour with hotel pickup from downtown Portland and make your way, by minivan, to three wineries carefully chosen by your in-the-know guide. Portland is the perfect hub for exploring quiet roads through Oregon's wine country, with more than half of the state's five-hundred or so wineries located about forty-five minutes away in the nearby Willamette Valley. Take in beautiful vistas and gently rolling hills that give way to the expansive Cascade Mountains as you drive. You'll visit three of the area's top wineries and learn about the unique relationship between the valley's volcanic soils, elevation and protective microclimates -- ideal for producing pinot noir. Taste a select group of varietals that will please even the most discerning palate, from reds like syrah, cabernet Franc and cabernet sauvignon to award-winning chardonnay, barbera and riesling. After your wine-tasting experience, your tour ends with a hotel drop-off. Sip... Aaahhhhhhh
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    Pearl District's Specialty Coffee

    Third Wave Coffee Tours
    Enjoy a walking tour that puts a little extra bounce in your step! This trek will take you to 5 of the best roasters in Portland's Pearl District. At each stop, you'll enjoy tastings and introductions into the brewing methods that differentiate them from the competition, so you can judge the city's top coffee for yourself! You'll also enjoy one of the best espressos the city has to offer, and at the end of the tour, participate in a cupping at a Pearl District roasting facility. At the cupping, a coffee taste master will point out the nuances that differentiate some of the most well known roasts, thereby initiating you into the ranks of Portland's elite coffee-drinking community. You were always meant for big things!
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    Home Coffee Brewing Methods

    Nossa Familia Coffee
    Something fun is brewing at Nossa Familia... and is this is your chance to get in on the action! This brewing class is designed to teach participants to brew coffee just like they do in Portland's hip coffee-house scene. You'll also enjoy tastings of various types of coffees as you go, developing an appreciation for how brewing methods can alter flavor. Nossa Familia is one of the city's top brewers, with an avid following and a delicious range of roasts. Imagine that. Coffee that doesn't taste like burnt socks.
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    Gorge Waterfalls & Wine Tour

    Evergreen Escapes
    Waterfalls and wine. Wine and waterfalls. One way or another, this fluid experience is sure to pour on the fun! You'll begin your day setting out towards the famed Columbia Gorge, driving along the Columbia River to reach your destination. Along the way, you'll drive beneath towering cliffs and rock formations, with nearby volcanic peaks visible on a clear day. You'll also spot many of the 70-plus waterfalls the gorge hosts, making stops at several for walks, photo ops, and even some splashy fun! Highlighting this portion of the day is a visit to Multnomah Falls, the second tallest perennial waterfall in the United States. Arriving at Hood River, you'll visit some of the boutique wineries that call the region home, where you'll enjoy samples while learning about local viticulture. All we can say is, it's worth the buzz!
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    Maryhill Winery Tasting Tour

    Maryhill Winery
    Feeling spontaneous on a weekend? Join this quick tour hosted between 12-2pm for anyone who is interested in seeing a quick tour of the facility of the Maryhill Winery. Maryhill Winery is located in an exceptional climate for growing the highest quality wine grapes. With the luxury of warm summer days, cool nights, moderate winters and a gentle breeze, the area has been referred to as the "Mediterranean of the Northwest." Maryhill produces more than 50 award-winning wines, showcasing the flavor that Washington state has to offer. On this behind the scene tour, you'll learn more about the facilities and wine producing. But don't linger around too long - it is limited to 20 people and is first come, first served!
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    Wine Pairings Basics

    Pairings Portland Wine Shop
    Did you know that foods and flavors can alter your experience of wine? During this class, you'll learn how to enhance a single wine with proper pairings of food and ingredients! First, you will get to know a single wine and form a strong like/dislike opinion about it. Once that opinion is solidified, you're going to mix things up by exposing that wine to a series of six ingredients individually, tasting how each ingredient affects the wine. Expand your knowledge of wine-tasting, and learn to see wine as an integral part of a meal!
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    Winery Tour

    Rex Hill Vineyards - Winery
    "Beer is made by men, wine by God." - Martin Luther Come unlock the secrets of God (or, you know, the winery staff) on this informative tour of Rex Hill Winery! On this tour you'll get a comprehensive look at the winemaking process, from grape to glass. You'll learn about the unique agricultural methods used to grow, handle, and process the vineyard's grapes, and discover the winery's own wine library. Complete your tour with a flight of current offerings in the historic Rex Hill Tasting Room, in order to see for yourself how all of the hard work pays off. Raise a glass to the drink of the gods!
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    Distillery Row Tour

    PDX Pedicab
    Over the past several years, with the establishment of several original, small-scale distilleries along a stretch now known as Distillery Row, Portland has experienced a craft distillery revolution- and you can taste the results! Come along on a tour where you'll taste spirits of an unmatched quality, and learn all about their creation as your personal pedicab driver chauffeurs you from location to location. Along with your tour and tasting, you'll also receive a $10 gift certificate towards taking your favorite liquor home to enjoy. Whether visiting for the weekend or looking to learn more about the distilleries in your hometown, this tour has a little something for everyone.
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