Society of Wine Educators 41st Annual Conference

Society of Wine Educators 41st Annual Conference

SWE is pleased to offer evening events during our 41st Annual Conference. Please join us each evening to network with fellow wine and spirits enthusiasts, taste the region’s spirits, and experience local Portland dining. 

Waterfront Walk-Around with Oregon Distilleries & Dinner

Shift Drinks 

Before dinner, join your fellow conference attendees on the scenic dock of the Red Lion Hotel on the River to kick-off the conference and taste samples from Oregonian craft distilleries. There is no better way to enjoy the lovely Pacific Northwest summer evening than by tasting local spirits while overlooking the water. After the tasting, attendees will be invited inside for a sit-down dinner in the Grand Ballroom. 

This event will be held on Thursday, August 10th.

The Waterfront Walk-Around will last from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM.

Dinner will last from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM.

A Night Out in Portland (Evening Free)

 Pic of Food

Tonight, attendees will be given the opportunity to break away from the hotel to experience and taste Portland on their own. SWE will provide shuttle busing between the Red Lion Hotel on the River and Portland’s eclectic downtown. Attendees will be free to dine at their choice of restaurants and bars in the area, and dining discounts will be available.

Please note: Shuttle buses will pick up attendees from the Banquet Entrance of the Red Lion Hotel on the River. Buses will rotate between the hotel and Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland starting at 6:30 PM. The last bus will depart from the downtown pickup point at 10:15 PM sharp. Attendees will be responsible for their own transportation back to the hotel after 10:15 PM. 

This event will be held on Friday, August 11th from 6:30 PM to 10:30 PM.  

41st Annual Conference Board of Directors' Gala

cherry blossom bash lantern

Portland is known as the “City of Roses,” so join us for a flowery farewell in the Grand Ballroom! The gala will feature dinner and wines, live entertainment, and the annual raffle. Wines will be provided by the SWE Board of Directors. Come dressed in your floral finery. 

Prior to dinner, a reception sponsored by Finger Lakes Wine Alliance will be held outside the Grand Ballroom at 6:30 PM. 

Note: While evening attire is encouraged in the spirit of the event, there is not a required dress code for this event.

This event will be held on Saturday August 12th from 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM.

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