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Wine, Dine & Truffle Time Tour

in Oregon’s beautiful wine country,  January 25-29, 2017 

guided by Daniel Winkler

The Wine & Dine & Truffling Time Tour starts on Wednesday evening. We will meet in the Hilton downtown Portland. During a multic-course mushroom dinner at the famous Imperial in walking distance from our hotel we will get to know each other. Thursday morning we will leave Portland and search out a Douglas fir forest close to the picturesque Oregon wine country, where our first outdoor fungal adventure will take place. We will be hunting for the famous and delicious Oregon white truffle (Tuber gibbosum) and when possible also for Oregon black truffle (Leucangium carthusianumwith a trained truffle dog and an expert truffle hunter.

After the truffle hunt, we will visit local wineries and/or a farm specializing in olive oil production. We will be received with wines and olive oils to taste and appetizers to compliment the experience. The afternoon will conclude with an educational visit to Newberg’s new Wine Center in Dayton. Next destination will be the Best Western in Newberg, in the heart of Oregon's wine country, eight miles from Dayton. We will check in and get ready for dinner.

Thursday evening we plan to delight in a multi-course truffle and mushroom meal at the famous Joel Palmer House located in Dayton. Joel Palmer House is on the National and Oregon Historic register and dates back to 1857; Chef Christopher Czarnecki took over the restaurant in 2008, which was founded by his great-grand father. Already his grand father focused on "fine dining with wine and wild mushrooms". Not surprisingly Joel Palmer House is regarded as one of America's leading restaurants, when it comes to mycophagy, or better the art of preparing culinary wild mushrooms.

After an early breakfast on Friday, we will board our mini-van to drive to a gorgeous waterfall for an easy hike in Oregon's lush green forests.  After the walk we will continue our drive to Eugene (the distance from Dayton to Eugene is 85 mi). We expect to arrive at the Eugene Hilton approximately at 3 pm to check into our rooms. Many of the events of the Truffle Festival will conveniently take place in the Eugene Hilton. 


Banner from the 2014  Oregon Truffle Festival


The program of the
Oregon Truffle Festival will start Friday afternoon, January 27,  and last through Sunday, January 29. You can look up the detailed weekend program at the Oregon Truffle Festival page. All group participants are receiving the "Experience One Epicurious package" as part of the Wine & Dine & Truffling Time tour. Content of the Epicurious Package is listed below. Should you prefer an urban experience in Eugene let us know, you can chose the Urban Forager program, that substitutes Saturday's forest truffle hunt and vinyard visit with an urban adventure visiting a brewery and winery, restaurant luncheon and Market Hall finale in the oldest part of town.

Note: Should you like a different package for the Oregon Truffle Festival please let me know asap and I will purchase a different ticket for you. Since OTF provides transport during the Festival this logistically no problem (price difference to be covered by participant). However, attending events before Friday afternoon would require participant to have his/her own transport to leave the tour earlier)

 Experience One:   The Epicurious:  $650 per person (included in tour price of $1790!) 

 

 
Oregon black truffles shaved on pasta

2017 Program  

  • Friday night at the Museum dining event with renowned Eugene Chef and James Beard award nominee Stephanie Kimmel for a night of dining and libations at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art.
  • Saturday morning breakfast – Hilton Eugene.
  • Saturday truffle hunt and winery luncheon or the all new: Urban Forager Tour in Eugene.
  • Grand Truffle Dinner - Saturday evening
  • Sunday Brunch at the Hilton
  • The Oregon Truffle Marketplace Truffle Marketplace – Sunday


Tour Costs 2017

$1790 per person in double room
(single room extra $250) 

 Pre-registration & Registration

We have only eight places available and need to buy the Truffle Fest tickets asap before they to sell out!

Included: Transportation from Thursday morning between Portland downtown and Eugene, standard level rooms, breakfasts in Eugene and Newberg, dinners & "minimal" wine during the pre-festival tour, The Epicurious ticket to the Oregon truffle festival with all its benefits. Hotel rooms from Wednesday afternoon in Portland to Sunday morning in Eugene.

Not included: travel to Portland and from Eugene, airport shuttles, Any other hotel expenses such as breakfast in Portland, room bar, internet, laundry, dog fees etc., lunch on Friday in Eugene, gratuity to driver & guides.

Nuts and bolts:
Best is to arrive in Portland OR by Wednesday late afternoon. Departure Sunday afternoon from Eugene, OR.
Everyone makes their own travel arrangements before and after the truffle tour.

You are welcome to bring your dog, just be aware there is extra fees in hotels and you would need your own transportation.

For the truffle hunts it is good to bring warm clothing that also keeps you dry, should we encounter some rain. Also bring good footwear, gardening gloves and a headlamp could be helpful in the young dense Douglas fir stands. In addition a sealable glass or plastic container for storing the fresh truffles with butter, which will absorb their aroma. However a gallon ziplock bag might do too..

  

Beautiful Oregon wine country in fall

Fresh Porcini (Boletus edulis) collected in the Cascades Mountains.

Daniel Winkler sniffing truffle 

Sniffing Oregon black truffles (Leucangium carthusianum) and also holding some Oregon White Truffles (Tuber gibbosum) as well.

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My Pacific Northwest Truffle Page

 New Article: Truffles of the Pacific Northwest.  

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Daniel's  Article: Truffles of the Pacific Northwest.  
Fungi vol: 6.4: 16-19.
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The Grand Truffle Dinner is the culinary climax of the Oregon Truffle Fest  

Leucangium carthusianum Oregon Black truffle

Oregon Black truffle (Leucangium carthusianum) has a complex fruity pineapple aroma that lends itself for surprising creations.

The rainbow chanterelle (Cantharellus roseocanus) one of the best culinary mushrooms found in the pacific Northwest. Cascade Mountains, Sept. 11, 2013.

 

Freshly collected Oregon whites!

 

Tuber gibbosum Oregon white truffle

The delicious Oregon white truffle (Tuber gibbosum) adds a rich truffly aroma to simple dishes of pasta or more complex dishes. It has an aroma reminiscent of garlic, cheese and other difficult to describe hints.

 

Attendees enjoying the Oregon Truffle Festival's Grand Truffle Dinner including Pierre Sourzat, a French truffle expert, cultivator & author.

James 'Animal' Novak and his Lagotto Romagnolo truffle dog August at work digging for Oregon Black truffles. Lagottos are a special dog breed from Romagnolo region in Italy that have been used as truffle dogs for centuries. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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