Oregon Coast Picks of the Week: April 14
(Oregon Coast) – There’s wine tasting in Yachats, radio helicopters in Nehalem, eating food off the beach in Lincoln City and much more this week, as spring begins to kick some aspects of the outdoors coast into life.
Some highlights of the coming seven days may surprise you.
Wine Tasting in Yachats, April 17 and April 24. The Wine Place in Yachats features guest wineries this Saturday and next.
April 17 it’s Spindrift Cellars. 1-4 p.m. Meet winery owners Matt and Tabitha Compton in their first tasting at The Wine Place. Parents of a young family and owners of a young winery, their first vintage was in 2003. Wine Enthusiast magazine described Spindrift as “the little winery that could, and makes excellent wines at consumer-friendly prices, from a variety of grapes that showcase all the strengths of Oregon.”
April 24. The Zen of Wine. 1-4 p.m. Shop owner Carrie Yano creates tastes of “Now and Zen,” a white blend from France, and “Zen of Zin,” zinfandel from California. If you’re celebrating Earth Day, this is a good time to bring your own bag, and your wine shipper boxes for re-use. The Wine Place. Highway 101 & W 4th St., Yachats, Oregon. 541-547-5275. www.iloveoregonwine.com
April 17 and 18: Scouring the Beach for Food with Lee Gray, Lincoln City. Lee Gray leads two expeditions this weekend to look for edibles on the beach. April 17 it’s Bay Clamming: meet at 9 a.m. at at Siletz Bay State Park Interpretive Center. The following day he helps you find food in tide pools: meet at the NW 15th Street Beach Access at 9 a.m.
Beach edibles aren’t just for the critters. Humans have been scouring these beaches for grub for thousands of years – only in the last 100 year have there been restaurants here. From kelp and seaweed to bivalves and crustaceans, professional chef Lee Gray will help you identify edible species of ocean plant and intertidal animal life, provide tips on where and when to find them, and teach you how to cook and preserve them while protecting their tide pool homes.
Lee Gray worked as a chef in Beverly Hills in the 70's, and in the 80’s actually moved into a cave on the central coast to hone his survival skills. Since then he has authored cookbooks and food columns and won numerous awards in the culinary arts. 541-992-3798.
Every Sunday in Nehalem. Radio Control Helicopters. If you’ve got the gear, bring it – or just come watch some electric fun. 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. North County Recreation District. 36155 9th Street. Nehalem, Oregon. 503-368-7008.
April 23 – May 3. Haystack Rock Awareness Program, Cannon Beach. Weather and tide permitting, staffers can be found on the beach throughout the year and on most low-tide mornings. There will be bird stations and spotting scopes, display tanks with microscopes, brochures and naturalists/interpreters. On the beach, by Haystack Rock. Cannon Beach, Oregon. (503) 436-8060.
April 23 is also the kickoff to almost two weeks of Earth Day activities in Cannon Beach. See the Cannon Beach calendar for more.
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