Terra Vina Tasting Room in downtown McMinnville. They also have a great story. Their winemaker was making wine at home and winning awards for it until he just decided it was time to upscale. Somehow he still holds down a full-time job elsewhere. Worth a stop!
Pinot Vista Tasting Lounge, in downtown McMinnville is a nice place to visit. Half the fun is just being in McMinnville which has many tasty choices.
Pinot Vista isn’t attached to one particular winery, they have several available, and beer as well. One of the wineries offered is Eola Hills Wine Cellars, which go back to the 80’s. They have a great story!
Cathedral Ridge tasting room in Dundee was another pleasant visit. It’s right next to Hawkins Cellars and they share that fine patio. It’s a comfy place, our tasting room associate was cheerful and knowledgeable and we liked their wines. “Big bold reds from the Columba Gorge.”
Hey kids! Right next to Hawkins Cellars in Dundee, this place is going to shower you with an impressive and/or incomprehensible number of choices. No. You aren’t going to sample 48 wines, but perhaps you could if you had good spitting practice and could sleep over.
So pick five.
Notice the fine tapas plate they had available anyone needing a snack
What a lovely patio for a picnic. Let me tells yas, Dundee is not much to look at during (what HST would call) this our Foul Year of our Lord 2018. It looks like a bunch of accidents and abandoned half-born dreams between convenience stores and scruffy parking lots.
Sure, you may object to that and there are clear exceptions like Argyle and of course, Lumpy’s, and I think we can be certain that the town will be very different in 10 – 20 years, but for now Dundee presents itself as a place that feels like it’s run by a city council with a mutual death-grip around the necks of elderly land-owners and they’re all going down together rather than let change happen.
So, what a pleasant surprise to find this lovely oasis right on the main drag. Heck, you might even be convinced to enjoy a lovely afternoon hour or two right here instead of bopping over the speedbump of Dundee on your way to somewhere else.
Why look, they even have a sense of humor – the koi pond is inhabited by a fine plastic lizard.
August Cellars as you can see, has a lovely building. They rent out the facility for eight other wine makers, so they have a wide variety of grape juice to try. We took home a bottle of Port.
What’s a Troon? Beats the heck out of me. I was figuring it’s some kind of Yeti, but we forgot to ask while we were at Troon’s Carlton Wine Bar.
We had a nice time there, I bet you will too. A little more on Carlton for you: http://www.visitcarlton.com/
Here’s Remy herself, winemaker and hostess-with-the-mostness!
Remy treated us and other members of her wine club to a pleasant tour of the vineyard. (Yes, she’s wearing all black in 98 degree sun. Some people, I tell ya…)
The farmhouse / tasting room.
Relaxing in the back yard.
The warm, personable hospitality of Remy and her team keep us coming back. Recommended!
Well the photo on their web site is so much better than our attempts you’ll just have to go look at it here: http://www.shafervineyards.com/
Just west of Forest Grove Shafer Vineyards is worth the trip just for the view itself. Something we noticed right away is they’ve been doing the do since 1978 and you can see it in the size of the vines they’ve got growing out of the ground there.
…and they are friendly. Here’s myself and Ryan, our man behind the bottles:
Shafer puts an unusual twist on the winery tasting room experience by also having an extensive collection of Christmas decorations available for sale … nearly every possible item the mind can conceive is available as a Christmas tree ornament, including St. Louis. You might as, “why, god, why?” And I would have to agree with you. However, there it is. Once you’ve figured out how to stay away from the Christmas stuff, you’ll find they have some very nice picnic tables just begging you to stay awhile and enjoy yourself, and I think you should!
The big winner in today’s wine lineup is clear, and it’s a white! (Frequent readers will know we’re more tickled by phat reds generally) Their 2014 Müller-Thurgau has an unusual and very pleasant flavor. Well, we like it at least, and maybe you will too.
Our last Truffle Shuffle stop for the day was Walnut City Wineworks.
…and we made some friends. That’s John, Ninette and Brooke (the tasting room manager).
The interior is a bit ultramodern for our tastes, but was full of happy people having a good time. They probably wouldn’t want to hear this, but the most memorable part of this stop was the truffle cheese and truffle salami they were serving. The staff was too busy for us to find out where they found these fine items, but I can assure you, these truffle-y wonder nuggets were salty taste nuggets of joy!