WillaKenzie Estate   0
4.5
7/14/2017

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In the heart of the Yamhill-Carlton district, Willakenzie Estate sits in the middle of the increasingly noteworthy Loughlin Loop. Covering over 400 acres, big and beautiful is an apt description of their operation, which takes its name from the marine sedimentary soil that makes up the Yamhill-Carlton AVA. The tasting room is over the top elegance, the view from the patio is spectacular, and the wine is pretty good, too.


Chris was our well-informed tasting room associate, who started our flight by pouring the 2015 Pinot Gris. There’s plenty of bright, food-friendly acid but ... Read full review



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Solena and Grand Cru Estates Tasting Room   0
4.5
6/29/2017

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Just entering Soléna Estate’s sumptuous tasting room is to be reminded of the old saying, “Wine is made in the vineyard.” The very handles of the big oak doors are made from old, cured, Pinot Noir vines. The other saying might be, “Go big or go home,” because it’s easily one of the most spacious tasting rooms I’ve ever seen.


In keeping with the first old saying, our tasting room maven, Dylan, got his start in the vineyard. That background brought a unique and engaging perspective to the tasting experience that’s usually reserved for running ... Read full review



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Gran Moraine Winery   0
4.5
6/6/2017

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Just outside Yamhill, Oregon, lies the Laughlin Loop, a particularly glorious collection of excellent wineries, any of which would be worth a trip of its own. The Loop offers wine tasters the convenience of one target destination, a lot of variety and quality and minimal driving. Gran Moraine winery lies near one the entrance of the road, making it an excellent start or finish to the tour.


The property exudes a quiet elegance, from the manicured grounds and on into the well- appointed but understated tasting room. Our tasting room maven was Jason, who greeted ... Read full review



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Jan-Marc Wine Cellars   0
4.5
12/2/2016

Although Oregon Pinot Noirs tend to be a bit more expensive than Pinot Noirs from other U.S. wine regions, great deals abound in and around the Willamette Valley. When considering economy, though, it’s interesting to add the element of time in with the stated price. Jan-Marc Winery offers a unique value in this regard: it’s possible to have a flight of excellent wine while enjoying a delicious dinner.

Jan-Marc and Barbara Baker are both high-end chefs, each with twenty-five years’ experience in the San Francisco and Portland markets. It’s from this perspective that Jan-Marc makes his wine. ... Read full review



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Seven Bridges   0
4.0
10/12/2016

The great thing about Oregon in general and Portland in particular is the number of wineries producing really great Pinot Noir. It’s what we do here, at least at the top of the state. The downside is, tasters are easily inundated. But that becomes an upside for a winery like Seven Bridges who produce Bordeaux varietal wines from Southern Washington fruit.

Turns out, we had a history. Years ago, they stopped by Boedecker Cellars and dropped off their first vintage for tasting. The wines were pretty good, and at the time I thought they had potential. ... Read full review



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Barking Frog Winery   0
3.5
7/28/2016

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Barking Frog Winery’s tasting room on Main Street in Carlton, Oregon is easy to find and draws attention from its name. What’s a Barking Frog, you ask? “It’s a Native American symbol of ecology,” explained owner/winemaker Ron Helbig on our visit. “A barking frog was a sign that all was well in the environment.” That belief is reflected in Barking Frog’s wines, which have been made from sustainably-farmed fruit since 2005.

Our tasting began with a 2014 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir that showed a spicy, peppery nose and ... Read full review



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Teutonic Wine Company   0
4.5
7/17/2016

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Although Burgundy might hail as the holy grail of Pinot Noir, there are other places in the Old World that have been producing wine from the grape for almost as long. And while the majority of Oregon wine producers emulate the Burgundian style, Barnaby Tuttle of Teutonic Wine Company swings toward Alsace. As a result, Teutonic’s wine offers a unique and fascinating study of winemaking and all its passion.

Three things ring with amusement when visiting Teutonic’s Southeast Portland tasting room: One is that they answer ... Read full review



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Kramer Vineyards - Carlton   0
4.0
7/1/2016

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Kramer Vineyard’s tiny tasting room lies just off the main drag in downtown Carlton, Oregon, a couple doors down from Troon. It’s also right around the corner from almost a dozen other very good tasting rooms and restaurants, all of which conspire to make it an easy choice to stop. Add to that, Kramer sells sparkling wine, which automatically makes them a good place to start your tasting day. Park the car and wander around—much wine to be had!

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Seven of Hearts Tasting Room   0
4.0
6/22/2016

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Seven of Hearts sits in the middle of Main Street, Carlton, Oregon, among 18 other tasting rooms. Carlton is great for literally door-to-door tasting, but nineteen is a little too much for one trip, so we opted to follow suggestions from other tasting rooms. Seven of Hearts came highly recommended from another tasting room maven, primarily because they share the space with a chocolatier and offer chocolate pairings with the wines. That sounds great, but in practice, the smell of the chocolate production overpowers the nose of the wine. As a ... Read full review



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Stone Griffon Vineyard   0
4.0
4/20/2016

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In what might be the smallest tasting room I’ve seen, Stone Griffon Vineyard greets guests in a hole in the wall located on the strip in downtown Carlton, Oregon. It’s a dark little room, but it’s friendly. Terry McIntyre, owner, vineyard manager and winemaker is quite the storyteller and explained that they produce just over 1000 cases within the city limits of Carlton. The vines are actually within the city limits, which is unusual. Another great story revolved around the name Stone Griffon. The short version is a friend taking a ... Read full review



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Noble Pig Vineyards   0
4.0
4/13/2016

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Noble Pig resides in a comfortable, unpretentious but elegant, dark wood room on Main Street, Carlton, Oregon, surrounded by another dozen and a half pretty good tasting rooms. Other than the sidewalk sign, the place stands out by not standing out. Understated confidence seems to prevail throughout both the room and the wine and carries on to the employees. That’s not to say they ever miss a marketing beat, however. The brand logo of a black pig and gold crown is available on tee shirts, hoodies and even mugs, strategically placed ... Read full review



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Twelve Wine   0
4.5
4/6/2016

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According to the tasting room attendant, Twelve’s name comes from the scene in This is Spinal Tap, where Nigel Tufnel explains that his amplifiers “go up to 11—” and their wine is a little more than that. Well, OK then. It’s a tastefully appointed, long thin room at the end of the block on Main Street, Carlton, Oregon.

The winery is owned and operated by John and Linda Lenyo. John and Linda moved to Oregon from New Jersey in 1996 and produced their first vintage in ... Read full review



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Boedecker Cellars   0
4.5
3/30/2016

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We’d actually put off reviewing Boedecker Cellars’ urban winery for a while because they were remodeling the tasting room—not because we weren’t longtime fans. The result is a quietly elegant space with dark wood, simple square bistro tables in the middle of the room, and longer bistro tables along the windows. There’s plenty of room for guests to relax and taste—and it can all be moved out or around quickly, for a party or for an extra fermenter to work its magic during harvest (only one this year).

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Marshall Davis Wines   0
4.5
3/18/2016

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When in the thick of a wine tasting trip, there comes a time for… lunch. Arguably the best place for that in Carlton is the Horse Radish Restaurant, smack dab in the middle of Main Street, mere steps away from one of the tasting rooms you’re visiting (or at least should be visiting). If there’s a catch, it’s that weekday hours are limited: they’re only open 12-3 Sunday through Thursday. But they’re open Noon to 10 PM on Friday and Saturday, which accommodates the bulk of wine tourism. Food is available ... Read full review



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Scott Paul Wines   0
4.5
2/18/2016

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Scott Paul Winery’s operation lies just off Main Street in Carlton, Oregon, spread out over two historic buildings across the street from one another. The winery proper is a former granary, while the tasting room was once a creamery, then later the office for the granary across the street. Now components from both buildings have been retasked to renovate and decorate the tasting room. Turning the sheet metal roof of the granary into the tasting room ceiling was particularly clever. It’s one of the coolest looking tasting rooms we’ve seen.
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Urban Crush   0
4.0
11/6/2015

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Urban Crush is a remarkably tiny winery tucked away in Southeast Portland. The tasting room isn’t exactly cramped, but a half dozen customers would make it pretty cozy. It’s all they need: a state of the art facility on a very small scale. Quantity, however, does not preclude quality: there’s definitely some good winemaking going on there from four different winemakers (we got to try from three).

Our tasting began with D’Anu’s 2014 Viognier. There was a little residual sugar, which brought out the mango, peach and ... Read full review



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Southeast Wine Collective   0
4.5
10/20/2015

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The entrance to the Southeast Wine Collective tasting bar is next to the big garage door for the winery proper, and it’s easy to expect that that environment would be equally utilitarian and plain. Nothing could be further from the truth. This is a gorgeous bar, with shelves and paneling made from barrel staves, wine racks, high ceilings and big windows. Since it’s a wine bar and not just a tasting room, there’s a kitchen that turns out real food, not just little nibbles. Again, I underestimated. The food’s outstanding, both ... Read full review



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Hip Chicks Do Wine   0
3.0
10/16/2015

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For over thirty years now, tourists and locals have descended on the annual Portland’s Waterfront Park for the annual Bite of Oregon. Restaurants and food carts roll out nibbles and let their chefs show off. Brewers, distillers and winemakers offer their own libations, and the proceeds are given to the Special Olympics. It’s a win-win for everyone, and a good time is had by all. But in some cases, a better time is had by some. This seemed to be the case the first time I attended, about 2002, when I ... Read full review



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Coopers Hall Winery and Taproom   0
4.0
9/25/2015

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Coopers Hall is located "just across the river," a few blocks from the Burnside Bridge, scant minutes from downtown Portland on the bus. The building is sleek but rustic, hip and Spartan, Portland chic. It's a very clean, uncluttered design, with simple lines and functional economy that gives an impression of nothing wasted. Other than a row of banquettes, there's no dividing line between the restaurant/tasting room and the winery itself. Forklifts come and go, and winery workers are happy to answer questions as they motion you back out of the ... Read full review



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Utopia Vineyard and Cellars   0
4.0
8/27/2015

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Instinct plays a big role in wine. Instinct plays into the selection of everything from vineyard site and harvest dates to the selection of what wine to drink with particular friends on a birthday dinner. When we rolled up the driveway of Utopia Vineyards, smack in the middle of the Ribbon Ridge AVA, I had a feeling this would be a hidden gem. A pair—yes, two—bocci courts lay in front of the parking area, and I thought there must be some fabulous parties.

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Colene Clemens   0
4.5
8/18/2015

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One of the problems you can run into while tasting in the Willamette Valley is simply being overwhelmed by good wine. I once had a humanities teacher tell me it was easy to become inured to masterpieces when visiting Florence, and I suspect it's something like that. But there are standouts; some egregious, some astonishingly great, some overpriced, and some, like Colene Clemens Vineyards, are an outstanding value. Despite what some critics might argue, price matters. A decent wine with a great price can make your day or even your ... Read full review



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Bergstrom Winery   0
4.5
7/31/2015

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A quick glance around Bergström’s tasting room is, well, deceptive. The abundant greenery outside yields to dark wood and earth tones inside, and the colors make the tasting room seem smaller than it is. At least that’s how it felt by the door where I planted myself for the tasting, but I was directly opposite the intimate private tasting area, which looked like it would seat eight to ten with ease. Move around the counter and there’s plenty of room for at least a dozen tasters to approach for refills, then ... Read full review



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Anam Cara Cellars   0
4.0
5/13/2015

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Just off Highway 99 on Main Street in downtown Newburg is Anam Cara's unpretentious tasting room, which had been recommended by Jen, Domaine Trouvere's gracious tasting room host. The big windows up front spill light onto a table and chairs where customers can relax as they taste. Further back is another set of table and chairs, and a slide show about the Willamette Valley and Anam Cara's vineyards. It's barely off the beaten path—a literal stone's throw, actually—easy to find and worth a short, value-filled stop.

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Alloro Vineyard   0
4.5
5/6/2015

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When touring through Willamette Valley wine country, there are occasionally—well, often—places that require a little extra planning, either due to their hours of business, location, or occasionally both. Alloro Vineyards has just expanded the hours of their tasting room an extra day, to Friday through Sunday. Many wineries resembling Italian villas have been built, but Alloro’s must surely be the most inviting, surrounded by a herd of sheep and their newborn lambs. The tasting room is comfortable, with a fireplace in the winter, but I was particularly enamored with ... Read full review



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Panther Creek Cellars   0
4.5
4/28/2015

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Step inside Panther Creek’s tasting room and the first glance seems stark, but the second leaves a very strong “less is more” impression. The color scheme cleverly follows their label’s black and red, with some grey thrown in for contrast. The impeccable lighting design gives a sleek, sensual impression. There’s a fun black and white photo on the wall from harvest—punch down, specifically—with a bright red boot. Beautiful, especially to anyone who’s ever worked a damp, cold Oregon harvest. (From the outside, the building looks something like a country diner: ... Read full review



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Hawkins Cellars   0
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2/6/2015

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It's always fun to taste wines from a new, up and coming wine maker, however humble the beginnings might be. Hawkins Cellars' tasting room resides in the middle of Dundee, offering the company's tiny production of a thousand cases. The wine is currently produced at the reputable Methven Vineyards' facility. Winemaker Thane Hawkins is still pretty new on the scene, having enjoyed a successful career in the film industry (his is an interesting story that can be found on the winery's website) and most recently working as Methven's assistant winemaker. ... Read full review



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Vista Hills Vineyard & Winery   0
4.0
1/30/2015

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Just down the street from Domaines Serene and Drouhin is Vista Hills Vineyard. Instead of over-the-top glamour, Vista Hills offers a down to earth, feel. A lower roof, fireplace, and darker wood show a more Pacific Northwest sensibility with the more intimate feel of a cabin, and where most wineries have an iPod dock or other piped in music, Vista Hills has a turntable and a shelf full of records in the corner. While we were there, Mark, the tasting room maven and DJ, spun real, honest to goodness ... Read full review



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Maresh Red Barn / Red Hills Vineyard   0
4.5
1/9/2015

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In the heart of the Dundee Hills sits one of the more charming tasting rooms a wine tourist might run across, in the form of the Maresh Red Barn. Driving up to the building is certainly like visiting a quintessential "roadside attraction" (read "tourist trap") but we were greeted warmly by Ayla, Maresh's tasting room maven. She quickly tossed out that the building was a hundred years old and that the floor is recycled: it's the wood gym floor from Tigard High School. Then she pointed out where a former ... Read full review



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Bella Vida   0
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1/5/2015

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One of the more interesting tasting flights is also one of the hardest to get to: Bella Vida Vineyard sits high atop a hill, overlooking the Dundee Hills. Signs at the bottom of the disconcertingly steep driveway say, "Keep Tires on Concrete," which serves as an ominous start to a hair-raising climb. However hard it may be to get to (and our Corolla seemed to be at its limits), the immediate payoff is the view, and it's awesome. At various times in our tasting room adventures I've noted that my ... Read full review



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Domaine Serene Winery   0
4.5
12/29/2014

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What wine would you produce if you could build a dream facility? What wine would you drink if cost were no object? Do awards, accolades, and magazine rankings make the winery? These are questions Domaine Serene attempts to answer, and with some success.

Sprawling and spectacular, on 140 manicured, over-the-top acres, the winery oozes opulence. There's some go to the show: within the replica "Italian Villa," Ken and Grace Evenstad have arguably the most technically sophisticated gravity flow winery in the world. The prices are steep. The Classic ... Read full review



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Maysara Estate   0
4.5
12/22/2014

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Maysara Winery was founded by Mo and Flora Momtazi when they purchased an abandoned farm in 1997. Their website tells the story in detail, but the short of it is the site was selected because the land had been free from chemicals for years. Since then, the Momtazis have practiced the most stringent organic farming possible, eventually earning Demeter Biodynamic Certification. The results are some of the most respected and distinct fruit in the Willamette Valley, as well as highly distinguished wine of their own.

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Erath Winery   0
4.5
12/18/2014

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One of the grand daddies of Oregon's wine industry, Erath has been around for over 40 years now. From the gravel road to the unpretentious wood structure, everything belies Erath's size, market share and impact. Although spacious, the dark wood tasting room feels intimate, and even though production is upwards of 130,000 cases now, the staff still treats customers like they've walked into a small, mom and pop operation.

My tasting started off with pair of 2013 Pinot Blancs. The first was steel-aged, which I'm predisposed to like ... Read full review



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Matello   0
4.5
12/5/2014

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Marcus Goodfellow is a man who rarely uses ten words when fifty will do, and it’s usually interesting. Standing in the tasting room of Matello Wines, we were enthralled as he explained the interesting background of the historic building that had been “airlifted from the Soviet Union in the early 70s, then reassembled brick by brick…” and then broke out laughing after reeling us in.

Hmmm… Interesting, and sometimes apocryphal.

The real story was still pretty good: cinder block building, first a grain warehouse, then ... Read full review



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Durant Vineyards   0
4.0
11/21/2014

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On the way to just about everywhere in the Red Hills of Dundee AVA (it’s around the corner from Archery Summit, Domaine Drouhin and Sokol Blosser), Durant Vineyards is a little gem to be found by Willamette Valley wine tasters. The tasting room is unassuming, the grounds around it are coiffed, though not spectacular, but there’s a lot just under the surface that makes this place a “must” on the list of places to visit. Behind the tasting room is a fantastic nursery with all manner ... Read full review



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Lange Estate Winery   0
4.5
11/14/2014

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We were busted.

After years of visiting Oregon wineries incognito, it was bound to happen. It was Don Lange who smiled and said, "I notice you've been taking a lot of notes, and you're spitting. Are you a wine writer?" Well, yes, I admitted, and then we all laughed. I assured him his staff had taken good care of us. Such was the tone of our visit to Lange Estate.

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Duck Pond Cellars   0
4.0
11/4/2014

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Walking into Duck Pond Cellars is something of an explosion of cute. Past the pond and the flowers, past the comfortable chairs on the patio and into the bright, big tasting room…at times it seems overdone but it's never oppressive. For instance, the large gift shop is chock full of every imaginable natural Oregon product—from jams to cosmetics—and it would be total kitsch without the wine glass chandelier. Somehow, that turned out cool.

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Lange & Co   0
4.0
10/3/2014

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In broad brush strokes, Domaine Trouvere, located in Oregon's Dundee Hills AVA, is a side project of Lange Estate. But more specifically, it's Wendy Lange's personal project. Not having met her, one might guess that her tastes run a bit more eclectic than just the (brilliant, fantastic) Pinot Noir that's raised and produced at Lange, and the tasting room is a different concept completely, situated above Red Hills Market in the middle of Dundee. The Market is a great place for lunch on an Oregon wine country ... Read full review



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Rex Hill Vineyards   0
4.0
9/26/2014

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Rex Hill Winery is an easy access stop off Highway 99 before Newberg in the Chehalem Mountains AVA. There was some nasty construction going on when we were there (sewer line, we were told), so we were guided around to the back of the building. It was here that we found a delightful and telling snippet of the winery's personality: the employees had garden plots in the back, their names displayed proudly among spices and vegetables. A quick look at who was growing what developed into a quick game of ... Read full review



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August Cellars Tasting Room   0
4.0
9/15/2014

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August Cellars is in a unique position among Willamette Valley wineries: it's the first stop. Situated on Highway 99 just a mile outside Newberg, August Cellars is in a beautiful, newly constructed building that is home to a handful of "tenant winemakers" besides themselves. One stop offers a lot of things to try, with a broad swath of styles and flavors.

The flight began with August Cellars 2008 Chardonnay. Aged in 20% new oak, it was crisp and dry, with nice green apple flavors. It would go ... Read full review



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Sokol Blosser Winery   0
4.5
9/3/2014

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Sokol Blosser's gorgeous tasting room was only a year old when we visited. The tasting room attendants all cocked an eyebrow when I asked about it, looked at each other and said, "We opened exactly a year ago. Happy anniversary!" Bright, spacious, light wood and big windows inside, a large deck with tables outside, full of people, half of whom seemed to be repeat customers (I had the impression it was a wine club release day). These guys were busy, but the staff worked as a team and each customer was ... Read full review



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Dobbes Family Estate   0
4.5
7/9/2014

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They're bigger than you thought, and a lot bigger than they look.

Situated in a plain, reddish-brown building on the edge of Dundee on the way out of town, Dobbes Family Estate's tasting room is actually a powerhouse of production. They're one of the largest producers in the state, but you wouldn't know it on first glance at the understated, deceptively large building. Not that it matters, as long as the wine is good. That turned out to be the case, in unexpected ways.

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Clay Pigeon Winery   0
4.5
7/1/2014

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There’s a well-worn, very old adage in the wine industry: The best way to make a small fortune with a winery is to start with a large one. On the other hand, there must be a way to start small and grow. Clay Pigeon Winery has embraced the “urban winery” concept and taken the tasting room/wine bar concept (see Enso) a step further with a lovely little restaurant in southeast Portland. It’s easy to get to, easy to find (pretty exposed, actually), and worth every penny.

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TeSoAria Portland   0
4.5
5/29/2014

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While it's not unusual for a winery to open their tasting room in town, rather than on premises, that usually means no more than a dozen miles away in the winery's hometown. Troon Vineyard has a lovely tasting room in Carlton, Oregon where Willamette Valley tasters can recover from "Pinot fatigue" with their Southern Oregon wines. But TeSoAria Winery has taken it even further with the daring step of opening a tasting room in Portland, two hundred miles away from their base of operations in Roseburg. ... Read full review



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Penner-Ash Wine Cellars   0
5.0
5.0
5/26/2014

(Photos by Jai Soots)

Driving up to Penner-Ash Cellars is quite simply breathtaking. Without a doubt, the striking structure is one of the most beautiful wineries in Oregon, America, and possibly the world. Clean lines, bright, open spaces and vaulted ceilings are all part of a world class winemaking operation. The gravity flow winery is designed for serious production. Likewise, the tasting room fluidly accommodates tremendous customer traffic. There were four tasting room attendants on duty when we visited. Nobody missed a beat on that very busy Sunday, with the one exception of trying ... Read full review



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Witness Tree Vineyard   0
3.5
2/17/2014

(Photos by Jai Soots)

Witness Tree Vineyards is named after an approximately 250 year old oak that overlooks the property. 150 years ago, surveyors used the tree to mark the corner of a claim. Now the tree overlooks the vineyards of this modest operation and graces the labels of their wines. It’s been designated a historical artifact, of sorts, by the Oregon Heritage Tree program. While the grounds and buildings might seem plain on first glance, the trail that winds its way up the hill from the tasting room to the Witness Tree is ... Read full review



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Cristom Vineyards   0
4.5
2/4/2014

(Photos by Jai Soots)

The Eola-Amity Hills AVA may be a little further south from Portland than most people care to go, at least on their first visit to Oregon Wine Country; well over an hour. But the payoff is tremendous. One of the area's best wineries, Cristom, turns out to be fun to get to: take the ferry. When presented with the word “ferry,” we thought things like “Staten Island” or “Golden Gate,” so it was with amusement that we boarded with five other cars (full load) for the fifty yard dash ... Read full review



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Bryn Mawr Vineyards   0
4.5
1/27/2014

(Photos by Jai Soots)

Sometimes, when exiting the car and getting a first look at a vineyard, there’s a premonition that you’re in for something special. The day we visited Bryn Mawr Vineyards in the Eola Hills and saw the precipitously steep slope next to the winery, I knew that whatever wine came from it would be my favorite. Bryn Mawr is a tiny but beautiful fifteen acre operation about five miles north of Salem. Looking over their vineyards is looking right down the barrel of the Van Duzer Corridor — another clue of ... Read full review



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Stangeland Vineyards & Winery   0
4.5
1/21/2014

(Photos by Jai Soots)

Stangeland probably isn't the smallest winery I've ever seen, but it's got to be close. Parking seems tricky at first but isn't hard after you figure it out (back into a space). We were waved in by the tasting room maven as he unlocked the doors, and he promptly set up our glasses, chatting pleasantly as he did his opening duties. Walking into the tasting room is something like walking into a college student's house, with its requisite clutter and old but comfortable furniture. But attention is quickly, if not instantly, ... Read full review



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Plum Hill Vineyards   0
2.0
11/2/2013

(Photos by Jai Soots)

Enthusiasm goes a long way. In fact, it’s often contagious and carries weight of its own. Such is the case at Plum Hill Vineyards in Gaston, Oregon. Walk up the steps from the parking lot to the tasting room and interested tasters will be amused by the fountain that seems to spout wine into a glass. Enter the tasting room and there’s a barrage of every imaginable wine accessory, from the most practical to the most kitschy and everything—really, everything—in between. Depending on your point of view, it’s either well-stocked ... Read full review



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Montinore Estate   0
4.0
10/23/2013

(Photos by Jai Soots)

“Modern elegance” is a term that not only applies to Montinore Estate’s gorgeous winery, but also to the wine that’s produced there. Natural light spills through big windows into the capacious tasting room. High ceilings and light wood accent the airiness, but it still comes across as relaxed and thoughtfully appointed. With a production of 40,000 cases, Montinore is one of the largest wineries in Oregon. Unusual for the region, the fruit is mechanically harvested. But for all its bigness, Montinore is inviting, thanks to sharp and friendly staff.
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Fox Farm Vineyards   0
4.0
10/15/2013

(Photos by Jai Soots)

Fox Farm Vineyards' tasting room is located in Newburg, Oregon's town center in a historic building. The exposed brick walls, dark wood, and huge common table in the middle of the room make it one of the nicest looking tasting rooms around. The acoustics were an added bonus, so live music is featured often. The genial proprietor, David Fish, offers knowledgeable, personable service to all who enter and serves as a competent and gracious concierge for anyone looking for a good restaurant or other activities on their visit to the ... Read full review



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Artisanal Wine Cellars   0
4.0
10/14/2013

(Photos by Jai Soots)

Downtown Newburg, Oregon is becoming a wine and food lover's dream, with tasting rooms and good restaurants sprouting up all along the street. Artisanal Cellars is next door to Fox Farm's tasting room and around the corner from the Painted Lady restaurant—two “must see” places in town. Winemakers Tom and Patricia Feller make their wine in August Cellars' new facility, just outside of town.

The first pour was a brightly acidic 2011 Pinot Blanc. Like most Pinot Blanc, the higher acidity insists on food ... Read full review



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Troon - Carlton   0
4.0
10/9/2013

(Photos by Jai Soots)

One of the great pleasures of exploring wine country, and in my case Oregon wine country, is the treasure hunt for hidden gems. They’re everywhere. Sometimes they’re tucked in between major wineries (De Ponte is one of these), or just a little off the beaten path (like ArborBrook), and sometimes they’re hiding in plain sight, like Troon Vineyard's Carlton tasting room.

Troon Vineyard is actually situated in the Applegate Valley AVA in Southern Oregon, but they’ve recently opened a tasting room in ... Read full review



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David Hill Vineyards & Winery   0
4.0
10/3/2013

(Photos by Jai Soots)

Named for its location, David Hill Winery plays up one of the best views of the valley by sharing its history. The tasting room resides in a 150 year old house, filled with 100 year old pictures of… grape vines. The next part of the tale is a tragedy: those vines were pulled up during Prohibition and replaced with potatoes. Pinot Noir was again planted in 1965 and a few of those vines are still producing; a happy ending of sorts.

Our tasting started with the entry ... Read full review



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Elk Cove Vineyards   0
4.0
10/1/2013

(Photos by Jai Soots)

First impressions are often deceiving, even misleading. Virtually anyone living in the United States has access to Elk Cove Vineyards’ Willamette Valley Pinot Noir. It’s an accessible wine with a nice, bright cherry nose and equally nice cherry flavor profile. It’s the introduction to Oregon Pinot Noir for many people, and its price puts it on glass pour lists all across the country.

To those fortunate to have greater access to Oregon Pinot Noir, this high-production wine (14,000 cases) is frequently upstaged by its boutique winery competitors: ... Read full review



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Anne Amie Vineyards   0
4.5
9/29/2013

Photos by Jai Soots

It’s a stunning view in reverse, rolling up Anne Amie Vineyards’ lloooonng driveway through the meticulously manicured vines. Looking back down the hill from the parking lot is spectacular. Inside, the tasting room is spacious and well appointed, full of stuff to buy but not full of gadgets, tchotchke and fluff (“gifts”) that other wineries foist on their customers.

Wine is what this is about after all, not accessories, and there’s a confidence that imbues the Anne Amie tasting room that many Oregon wineries can’t show. This ... Read full review



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Ken Wright Cellars / Tyrus Evan   0
4.0
9/24/2013

A longtime staple of the Oregon wine lovers, undisputed authority on terroir and on top of that, pillar of his own community, Ken Wright is one of the most respected wine makers in the industry. The tasting room for Ken Wright Cellars is located across the street from the winery, in Carlton, Oregon. On first glance rustic, it’s full of upscale and elegant wine, with low key but equally elegant accessories. It’s tastefully appointed, despite the fact that virtually everything in the room is for sale; never upstaging the wine of course.

Not that that’s very ... Read full review



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The Dundee Bistro Wine & Bubble Bar   0
4.0
4/20/2013

One of the first wineries in Oregon, Ponzi Vineyards has been in business for over forty years. Although their vineyards are mostly in the Chehalem Mountains AVA, they have a wine bar in the middle of Dundee, across from Argyle and adjacent to the Dundee Bistro, which they own. This works well for the touring wine taster because two of the foremost wineries are close to a good lunch. But that’s another subject.

Sort of—since the tasting room/gift shop is full of bottles from other wineries, available for purchase to drink ... Read full review



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Dark Horse Wine Bar   0
4.0
1/13/2013

If it’s true that modesty is a sign of greatness, the Dark Horse Tasting Room in Newberg, Oregon can serve as the example. The room, although large, is simply appointed with shelves and a couple of tables, all of which are filled with wine. Really good wine. And it’s difficult after tasting some of them not to blast the credit card and clean those shelves out.

The space is shared by Medici, Sineann and Ferrero Cellars wineries. Medici is the oldest and best of the three (not to say the others slouch—they do not). Part of that ... Read full review



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Eyrie Vineyards   0
4.5
1/13/2013

Walking into Eyrie Vineyard’s tasting room is something like walking into a Pinot Noir shrine. This is where it all started in Oregon, over forty years ago. The founder, David Lett, is remembered fondly as “Papa Pinot.” He was the first to plant Pinot Noir in the Willamette Valley and the first in North America to plant Pinot Gris. None of that matters, of course, if the wine is pedestrian but that’s not the case here. Eyrie has, however, been misunderstood in the past. Their style has always been light, delicate, low alcohol and food friendly. The ... Read full review



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Dominio IV   0
4.5
1/13/2013

Just off downtown in McMinnville, Oregon are a few blocks that have taken on the name “The Wine Ghetto.” Here wine lovers find Oregon’s premier wineries a few doors down from up and comers—Eyrie, Westry, Matello, Grochau Cellars and several more. Dominio IV is in the thick of it, making beautiful wines with a hint of mysticism, in an old tin warehouse.

The “mysticism” is biodynamic winemaking, which depending who you talk to is organic winegrowing either on steroids or crack (or just a bunch of mumbo jumbo). Explaining it is outside the mission of this article ... Read full review



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Argyle Winery   0
4.0
1/13/2013

Often underrated, always understated and wonderfully accessible, Argyle is a great starting point for tasters who want to try Oregon wine. With a tasting room right in the middle of Dundee, on Highway 99, it’s also a great starting point for a tour (or a good place to end one, for the same reason, plus later hours).

Pinot Noir and Chardonnay might be what put Argyle on the map, but their sparkling wines are what keep them there. Lovely as their still wines are—and they are lovely—Argyle’s bubbles swing with the big boys—particularly from California. ... Read full review



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White Rose Estate   0
4.0
1/13/2013

After visiting wineries ranging from elegant (De Ponte) to grand (Domaine Drouhin) to ostentatious (Domain Serene), walking into White Rose’s dark log cabin is either disconcerting or refreshing. Chalk boards on the wall announce the day’s tasting flight. Rough wood surrounds the taster and one almost expects a sawdust floor. But that’s intentional and first impressions can be deceiving: This is a modern, energy efficient building, set deep in the ground for insulation, with a gorgeous surrounding view. Depends on your point of view, but either way, don’t miss tasting their lovely wines.

Winemaker Jesus Guillen poured ... Read full review



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Island Mana Wines   0
3.5
7/30/2012

Because vineyards often reside in the hinterlands, it’s not uncommon for a winery to put their tasting room in town. The goal is the same: put the wine in the hands and mouths of as many people as possible. The difference is which people: While a winery tasting room attracts a tourist specifically looking for a wine from the area, an urban tasting room catches random tasters from all walks of life. The advantage to the latter is the wine drinker who finds something unique that they would otherwise not have tried.

Island Mana caters to that ... Read full review



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Left Coast Cellars   0
4.0
7/30/2012

Left Coast Cellars is located fifteen miles south of McMinnville, Oregon—which is further south than most Portland wine tasters and tourists want to drive. But there are some good wineries down that far, and thanks to Left Coast Cellars, tasters have a nice place for lunch. Their tasting room is part of a delightful country café that features herbs and vegetables grown on the property.

Opened in 2010, the rustic pine tables and chairs, and bright, cheery colors suggest country comfort. There is also plenty of outdoor seating during the summer. The grounds are gorgeously landscaped, almost ... Read full review



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Van Duzer Vineyards   0
4.5
7/30/2012

The Van Duzer Corridor is a break in the mountains of Oregon’s Coastal Range on the west side of the Willamette Valley. This provides an open window for Pacific winds to cool crops of Pinot Noir grapes as they grow and ripen toward their higher calling. It’s from this geographic deviation that Van Duzer Vineyards takes its name.

In the tasting room, a knowledgeable, professional staff guides tasters through flights of up to seven different wines, some of which are not Oregon grown. The opener was a 2011 Pinot Gris, a more straightforward wine that ... Read full review



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Archery Summit Winery   0
4.0
7/30/2012

One of Oregon’s most prestigious wineries, Archery Summit was named after the road on which it sits (not the other way around). Driving up to it is impressive, and visitors can get some sense of its size on the approach. After that, Archery tries very hard to conceal its size.

Take, for example, the way copious flowers cover and drape the outside of the building. The grounds are gorgeous, although a little over the top—nothing understated here—but the intention seems to be to hide the building. Add the layout of the building itself, which puts a small ... Read full review



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De Ponte Cellars   0
5.0
5.0
7/30/2012

Perched inconspicuously on a hill in the Dundee Hills—hidden among the opulent operations of Archery Summit, Domaine Drouhin and Domaine Serene—is De Ponte Cellars, who have been quietly producing some of the best wine in the Willamette Valley for over a decade. It’s easy to make the mistake of passing them by on the way to the more flamboyant press darlings, but to do so is to overlook one of Pinot Noir's most elegant and gracious representatives. In fact, in the world of overblown ripoffs or even understated bargains in the Valley, De Ponte is a steal.
... Read full review



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Domaine Drouhin   1
5.0
5.0
7/30/2012

Walking into the tasting room of Domaine Drouhin Oregon is probably as close to entering a chateau you can come, outside of France. Maison Drouhin’s 125 years of winemaking history is almost palpable and although the surroundings are rich, even opulent, there’s nothing ostentatious or even ornate. The tasting room is bright, warm, full of light wood and windows. Domaine Drouhin is simply beautiful.

The same could also be said of their wines. Fourth generation winemaker Veronique Drouhin balances Old World tradition with New World exuberance. While the Oregon fruit might produce a more fruit forward wine ... Read full review



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Stoller Family Estate   0
4.5
6/11/2012

Although the website offers the heads up that Stoller Vineyards “is the largest site in Oregon’s Dundee Hills” at 373 acres, imagining just how large is another matter. Turning onto McDougall Road is deceptive because the property can’t be seen from Highway 99, and the scale is still not evident until rounding another corner and seeing the converted grain silo and beautiful house. The actual winery is a little further on, past sprawling grounds that feature shade trees, tables and chairs, and nine holes of Frisbee golf. Stoller is huge—and spectacular.

At the top of the hill ... Read full review



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ArborBrook Vineyards   0
4.0
6/11/2012

Making great wine takes time, but there’s no reason for an up and coming winery to reinvent the wheel. ArborBrook planted their first vines in 2001 and released their first vintage only three years later. Eight years after that, they’re pouring superb wine from the 2010 vintage. How could this small winery cover so much ground so fast? The answer is, it’s who you know.

From the planting of the first vine, Dave Hansen of ArborBrook worked with some of the best consultants in the Willamette Valley, including Laurent Montelieu, who was hired as consulting winemaker. That ... Read full review



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Adelsheim Vineyard   0
4.0
6/11/2012

One of the oldest wineries in the Willamette Valley and certainly one of the most respected, Adelsheim Vineyard is now celebrating its fortieth year. Founder David Adelsheim is something of a legend and was recently inducted into the Hall of Fame by the Oregon Historical Society. At Adelsheim, a light touch prevails, minimal handling is the motto but neither of these describes to a wine drinker the superb balance of their wines. They’re so understated on their own that their quality almost goes unappreciated until they’re compared to others in a blind tasting. It’s also easy to forget that what ... Read full review



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4.0
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Chehalem - Newberg   0
4.5
5/17/2012

It’s possible that many Willamette Valley tourists end their trips in the Chehalem tasting room, located in downtown Newberg on Highway 99—the return leg toward Portland. It’s great that it’s visible and easy to get to, but if it’s the last place you go after a day of tasting (read that, “drinking”), you might be making a mistake. Chehalem is one of the most respected wineries in the Valley, with the high scores to prove it, so it might a better place to start.

Chehalem’s story is one of collaboration: Harry Peterson-Nedry planted vines in 1980 along ... Read full review



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Enso Winery   0
4.0
3/31/2012

Urban wineries are a relatively new concept that is about to reach its tipping point. While at first glance incongruous--the image of the chateau producing wine taken from surrounding bucolic slopes is the image most people have when they think "wine"--the truth is, the grapes themselves are very picky about where they're grown but not where they're crushed. In fact, all over the world, freshly plucked fruit is transported hundreds of miles at a time to wine-making facilities. So why not take them into the city?

Add to this, the French term "garagiste," of garage wine maker ... Read full review



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Enso Winery   0
4.0

Urban wineries are a relatively new concept that is about to reach its tipping point. While at first glance incongruous--the image of the chateau producing wine taken from surrounding bucolic slopes is the image most people have when they think "wine"--the truth is, the grapes themselves are very picky about where they're grown but not where they're crushed. In fact, all over the world, freshly plucked fruit is transported hundreds of miles at a time to wine-making facilities. So why not take them into the city?

Add to this, the French term "garagiste," of garage wine maker ... Read full review



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3.0
4.0
3.0

Chehalem - Newberg   0
4.5

It’s possible that many Willamette Valley tourists end their trips in the Chehalem tasting room, located in downtown Newberg on Highway 99—the return leg toward Portland. It’s great that it’s visible and easy to get to, but if it’s the last place you go after a day of tasting (read that, “drinking”), you might be making a mistake. Chehalem is one of the most respected wineries in the Valley, with the high scores to prove it, so it might a better place to start.

Chehalem’s story is one of collaboration: Harry Peterson-Nedry planted vines in 1980 along ... Read full review



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4.5
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Adelsheim Vineyard   0
4.0

One of the oldest wineries in the Willamette Valley and certainly one of the most respected, Adelsheim Vineyard is now celebrating its fortieth year. Founder David Adelsheim is something of a legend and was recently inducted into the Hall of Fame by the Oregon Historical Society. At Adelsheim, a light touch prevails, minimal handling is the motto but neither of these describes to a wine drinker the superb balance of their wines. They’re so understated on their own that their quality almost goes unappreciated until they’re compared to others in a blind tasting. It’s also easy to forget that what ... Read full review



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4.0
3.5
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ArborBrook Vineyards   0
4.0

Making great wine takes time, but there’s no reason for an up and coming winery to reinvent the wheel. ArborBrook planted their first vines in 2001 and released their first vintage only three years later. Eight years after that, they’re pouring superb wine from the 2010 vintage. How could this small winery cover so much ground so fast? The answer is, it’s who you know.

From the planting of the first vine, Dave Hansen of ArborBrook worked with some of the best consultants in the Willamette Valley, including Laurent Montelieu, who was hired as consulting winemaker. That ... Read full review



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Stoller Family Estate   0
4.5

Although the website offers the heads up that Stoller Vineyards “is the largest site in Oregon’s Dundee Hills” at 373 acres, imagining just how large is another matter. Turning onto McDougall Road is deceptive because the property can’t be seen from Highway 99, and the scale is still not evident until rounding another corner and seeing the converted grain silo and beautiful house. The actual winery is a little further on, past sprawling grounds that feature shade trees, tables and chairs, and nine holes of Frisbee golf. Stoller is huge—and spectacular.

At the top of the hill ... Read full review



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Domaine Drouhin   1
5.0
5.0

Walking into the tasting room of Domaine Drouhin Oregon is probably as close to entering a chateau you can come, outside of France. Maison Drouhin’s 125 years of winemaking history is almost palpable and although the surroundings are rich, even opulent, there’s nothing ostentatious or even ornate. The tasting room is bright, warm, full of light wood and windows. Domaine Drouhin is simply beautiful.

The same could also be said of their wines. Fourth generation winemaker Veronique Drouhin balances Old World tradition with New World exuberance. While the Oregon fruit might produce a more fruit forward wine ... Read full review



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De Ponte Cellars   0
5.0
5.0

Perched inconspicuously on a hill in the Dundee Hills—hidden among the opulent operations of Archery Summit, Domaine Drouhin and Domaine Serene—is De Ponte Cellars, who have been quietly producing some of the best wine in the Willamette Valley for over a decade. It’s easy to make the mistake of passing them by on the way to the more flamboyant press darlings, but to do so is to overlook one of Pinot Noir's most elegant and gracious representatives. In fact, in the world of overblown ripoffs or even understated bargains in the Valley, De Ponte is a steal.
... Read full review



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Archery Summit Winery   0
4.0

One of Oregon’s most prestigious wineries, Archery Summit was named after the road on which it sits (not the other way around). Driving up to it is impressive, and visitors can get some sense of its size on the approach. After that, Archery tries very hard to conceal its size.

Take, for example, the way copious flowers cover and drape the outside of the building. The grounds are gorgeous, although a little over the top—nothing understated here—but the intention seems to be to hide the building. Add the layout of the building itself, which puts a small ... Read full review



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Van Duzer Vineyards   0
4.5

The Van Duzer Corridor is a break in the mountains of Oregon’s Coastal Range on the west side of the Willamette Valley. This provides an open window for Pacific winds to cool crops of Pinot Noir grapes as they grow and ripen toward their higher calling. It’s from this geographic deviation that Van Duzer Vineyards takes its name.

In the tasting room, a knowledgeable, professional staff guides tasters through flights of up to seven different wines, some of which are not Oregon grown. The opener was a 2011 Pinot Gris, a more straightforward wine that ... Read full review



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Left Coast Cellars   0
4.0

Left Coast Cellars is located fifteen miles south of McMinnville, Oregon—which is further south than most Portland wine tasters and tourists want to drive. But there are some good wineries down that far, and thanks to Left Coast Cellars, tasters have a nice place for lunch. Their tasting room is part of a delightful country café that features herbs and vegetables grown on the property.

Opened in 2010, the rustic pine tables and chairs, and bright, cheery colors suggest country comfort. There is also plenty of outdoor seating during the summer. The grounds are gorgeously landscaped, almost ... Read full review



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Island Mana Wines   0
3.5

Because vineyards often reside in the hinterlands, it’s not uncommon for a winery to put their tasting room in town. The goal is the same: put the wine in the hands and mouths of as many people as possible. The difference is which people: While a winery tasting room attracts a tourist specifically looking for a wine from the area, an urban tasting room catches random tasters from all walks of life. The advantage to the latter is the wine drinker who finds something unique that they would otherwise not have tried.

Island Mana caters to that ... Read full review



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White Rose Estate   0
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After visiting wineries ranging from elegant (De Ponte) to grand (Domaine Drouhin) to ostentatious (Domain Serene), walking into White Rose’s dark log cabin is either disconcerting or refreshing. Chalk boards on the wall announce the day’s tasting flight. Rough wood surrounds the taster and one almost expects a sawdust floor. But that’s intentional and first impressions can be deceiving: This is a modern, energy efficient building, set deep in the ground for insulation, with a gorgeous surrounding view. Depends on your point of view, but either way, don’t miss tasting their lovely wines.

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Argyle Winery   0
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Often underrated, always understated and wonderfully accessible, Argyle is a great starting point for tasters who want to try Oregon wine. With a tasting room right in the middle of Dundee, on Highway 99, it’s also a great starting point for a tour (or a good place to end one, for the same reason, plus later hours).

Pinot Noir and Chardonnay might be what put Argyle on the map, but their sparkling wines are what keep them there. Lovely as their still wines are—and they are lovely—Argyle’s bubbles swing with the big boys—particularly from California. ... Read full review



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Dominio IV   0
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Just off downtown in McMinnville, Oregon are a few blocks that have taken on the name “The Wine Ghetto.” Here wine lovers find Oregon’s premier wineries a few doors down from up and comers—Eyrie, Westry, Matello, Grochau Cellars and several more. Dominio IV is in the thick of it, making beautiful wines with a hint of mysticism, in an old tin warehouse.

The “mysticism” is biodynamic winemaking, which depending who you talk to is organic winegrowing either on steroids or crack (or just a bunch of mumbo jumbo). Explaining it is outside the mission of this article ... Read full review



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Eyrie Vineyards   0
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Walking into Eyrie Vineyard’s tasting room is something like walking into a Pinot Noir shrine. This is where it all started in Oregon, over forty years ago. The founder, David Lett, is remembered fondly as “Papa Pinot.” He was the first to plant Pinot Noir in the Willamette Valley and the first in North America to plant Pinot Gris. None of that matters, of course, if the wine is pedestrian but that’s not the case here. Eyrie has, however, been misunderstood in the past. Their style has always been light, delicate, low alcohol and food friendly. The ... Read full review



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Dark Horse Wine Bar   0
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If it’s true that modesty is a sign of greatness, the Dark Horse Tasting Room in Newberg, Oregon can serve as the example. The room, although large, is simply appointed with shelves and a couple of tables, all of which are filled with wine. Really good wine. And it’s difficult after tasting some of them not to blast the credit card and clean those shelves out.

The space is shared by Medici, Sineann and Ferrero Cellars wineries. Medici is the oldest and best of the three (not to say the others slouch—they do not). Part of that ... Read full review



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The Dundee Bistro Wine & Bubble Bar   0
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One of the first wineries in Oregon, Ponzi Vineyards has been in business for over forty years. Although their vineyards are mostly in the Chehalem Mountains AVA, they have a wine bar in the middle of Dundee, across from Argyle and adjacent to the Dundee Bistro, which they own. This works well for the touring wine taster because two of the foremost wineries are close to a good lunch. But that’s another subject.

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Ken Wright Cellars / Tyrus Evan   0
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A longtime staple of the Oregon wine lovers, undisputed authority on terroir and on top of that, pillar of his own community, Ken Wright is one of the most respected wine makers in the industry. The tasting room for Ken Wright Cellars is located across the street from the winery, in Carlton, Oregon. On first glance rustic, it’s full of upscale and elegant wine, with low key but equally elegant accessories. It’s tastefully appointed, despite the fact that virtually everything in the room is for sale; never upstaging the wine of course.

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Anne Amie Vineyards   0
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Photos by Jai Soots

It’s a stunning view in reverse, rolling up Anne Amie Vineyards’ lloooonng driveway through the meticulously manicured vines. Looking back down the hill from the parking lot is spectacular. Inside, the tasting room is spacious and well appointed, full of stuff to buy but not full of gadgets, tchotchke and fluff (“gifts”) that other wineries foist on their customers.

Wine is what this is about after all, not accessories, and there’s a confidence that imbues the Anne Amie tasting room that many Oregon wineries can’t show. This ... Read full review



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Elk Cove Vineyards   0
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First impressions are often deceiving, even misleading. Virtually anyone living in the United States has access to Elk Cove Vineyards’ Willamette Valley Pinot Noir. It’s an accessible wine with a nice, bright cherry nose and equally nice cherry flavor profile. It’s the introduction to Oregon Pinot Noir for many people, and its price puts it on glass pour lists all across the country.

To those fortunate to have greater access to Oregon Pinot Noir, this high-production wine (14,000 cases) is frequently upstaged by its boutique winery competitors: ... Read full review



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David Hill Vineyards & Winery   0
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Named for its location, David Hill Winery plays up one of the best views of the valley by sharing its history. The tasting room resides in a 150 year old house, filled with 100 year old pictures of… grape vines. The next part of the tale is a tragedy: those vines were pulled up during Prohibition and replaced with potatoes. Pinot Noir was again planted in 1965 and a few of those vines are still producing; a happy ending of sorts.

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Troon - Carlton   0
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One of the great pleasures of exploring wine country, and in my case Oregon wine country, is the treasure hunt for hidden gems. They’re everywhere. Sometimes they’re tucked in between major wineries (De Ponte is one of these), or just a little off the beaten path (like ArborBrook), and sometimes they’re hiding in plain sight, like Troon Vineyard's Carlton tasting room.

Troon Vineyard is actually situated in the Applegate Valley AVA in Southern Oregon, but they’ve recently opened a tasting room in ... Read full review



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Artisanal Wine Cellars Tasting Room   0
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Downtown Newburg, Oregon is becoming a wine and food lover's dream, with tasting rooms and good restaurants sprouting up all along the street. Artisanal Cellars is next door to Fox Farm's tasting room and around the corner from the Painted Lady restaurant—two “must see” places in town. Winemakers Tom and Patricia Feller make their wine in August Cellars' new facility, just outside of town.

The first pour was a brightly acidic 2011 Pinot Blanc. Like most Pinot Blanc, the higher acidity insists on food ... Read full review



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Fox Farm Vineyards   0
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Fox Farm Vineyards' tasting room is located in Newburg, Oregon's town center in a historic building. The exposed brick walls, dark wood, and huge common table in the middle of the room make it one of the nicest looking tasting rooms around. The acoustics were an added bonus, so live music is featured often. The genial proprietor, David Fish, offers knowledgeable, personable service to all who enter and serves as a competent and gracious concierge for anyone looking for a good restaurant or other activities on their visit to the ... Read full review



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Montinore Estate   0
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“Modern elegance” is a term that not only applies to Montinore Estate’s gorgeous winery, but also to the wine that’s produced there. Natural light spills through big windows into the capacious tasting room. High ceilings and light wood accent the airiness, but it still comes across as relaxed and thoughtfully appointed. With a production of 40,000 cases, Montinore is one of the largest wineries in Oregon. Unusual for the region, the fruit is mechanically harvested. But for all its bigness, Montinore is inviting, thanks to sharp and friendly staff.
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Maysara Estate   0
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Maysara Winery was founded by Mo and Flora Momtazi when they purchased an abandoned farm in 1997. Their website tells the story in detail, but the short of it is the site was selected because the land had been free from chemicals for years. Since then, the Momtazis have practiced the most stringent organic farming possible, eventually earning Demeter Biodynamic Certification. The results are some of the most respected and distinct fruit in the Willamette Valley, as well as highly distinguished wine of their own.

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Plum Hill Vineyards   0
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Enthusiasm goes a long way. In fact, it’s often contagious and carries weight of its own. Such is the case at Plum Hill Vineyards in Gaston, Oregon. Walk up the steps from the parking lot to the tasting room and interested tasters will be amused by the fountain that seems to spout wine into a glass. Enter the tasting room and there’s a barrage of every imaginable wine accessory, from the most practical to the most kitschy and everything—really, everything—in between. Depending on your point of view, it’s either well-stocked ... Read full review



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Stangeland Vineyards & Winery   0
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Stangeland probably isn't the smallest winery I've ever seen, but it's got to be close. Parking seems tricky at first but isn't hard after you figure it out (back into a space). We were waved in by the tasting room maven as he unlocked the doors, and he promptly set up our glasses, chatting pleasantly as he did his opening duties. Walking into the tasting room is something like walking into a college student's house, with its requisite clutter and old but comfortable furniture. But attention is quickly, if not instantly, ... Read full review



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Bryn Mawr Vineyards   0
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Sometimes, when exiting the car and getting a first look at a vineyard, there’s a premonition that you’re in for something special. The day we visited Bryn Mawr Vineyards in the Eola Hills and saw the precipitously steep slope next to the winery, I knew that whatever wine came from it would be my favorite. Bryn Mawr is a tiny but beautiful fifteen acre operation about five miles north of Salem. Looking over their vineyards is looking right down the barrel of the Van Duzer Corridor — another clue of ... Read full review



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Cristom Vineyards   0
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The Eola-Amity Hills AVA may be a little further south from Portland than most people care to go, at least on their first visit to Oregon Wine Country; well over an hour. But the payoff is tremendous. One of the area's best wineries, Cristom, turns out to be fun to get to: take the ferry. When presented with the word “ferry,” we thought things like “Staten Island” or “Golden Gate,” so it was with amusement that we boarded with five other cars (full load) for the fifty yard dash ... Read full review



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Witness Tree Vineyard   0
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Witness Tree Vineyards is named after an approximately 250 year old oak that overlooks the property. 150 years ago, surveyors used the tree to mark the corner of a claim. Now the tree overlooks the vineyards of this modest operation and graces the labels of their wines. It’s been designated a historical artifact, of sorts, by the Oregon Heritage Tree program. While the grounds and buildings might seem plain on first glance, the trail that winds its way up the hill from the tasting room to the Witness Tree is ... Read full review



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Penner-Ash Wine Cellars   0
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Driving up to Penner-Ash Cellars is quite simply breathtaking. Without a doubt, the striking structure is one of the most beautiful wineries in Oregon, America, and possibly the world. Clean lines, bright, open spaces and vaulted ceilings are all part of a world class winemaking operation. The gravity flow winery is designed for serious production. Likewise, the tasting room fluidly accommodates tremendous customer traffic. There were four tasting room attendants on duty when we visited. Nobody missed a beat on that very busy Sunday, with the one exception of trying ... Read full review



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TeSoAria Portland   0
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While it's not unusual for a winery to open their tasting room in town, rather than on premises, that usually means no more than a dozen miles away in the winery's hometown. Troon Vineyard has a lovely tasting room in Carlton, Oregon where Willamette Valley tasters can recover from "Pinot fatigue" with their Southern Oregon wines. But TeSoAria Winery has taken it even further with the daring step of opening a tasting room in Portland, two hundred miles away from their base of operations in Roseburg. ... Read full review



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Clay Pigeon Winery   0
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There’s a well-worn, very old adage in the wine industry: The best way to make a small fortune with a winery is to start with a large one. On the other hand, there must be a way to start small and grow. Clay Pigeon Winery has embraced the “urban winery” concept and taken the tasting room/wine bar concept (see Enso) a step further with a lovely little restaurant in southeast Portland. It’s easy to get to, easy to find (pretty exposed, actually), and worth every penny.

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Dobbes Family Estate   0
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They're bigger than you thought, and a lot bigger than they look.

Situated in a plain, reddish-brown building on the edge of Dundee on the way out of town, Dobbes Family Estate's tasting room is actually a powerhouse of production. They're one of the largest producers in the state, but you wouldn't know it on first glance at the understated, deceptively large building. Not that it matters, as long as the wine is good. That turned out to be the case, in unexpected ways.

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Sokol Blosser Winery   0
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Sokol Blosser's gorgeous tasting room was only a year old when we visited. The tasting room attendants all cocked an eyebrow when I asked about it, looked at each other and said, "We opened exactly a year ago. Happy anniversary!" Bright, spacious, light wood and big windows inside, a large deck with tables outside, full of people, half of whom seemed to be repeat customers (I had the impression it was a wine club release day). These guys were busy, but the staff worked as a team and each customer was ... Read full review



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August Cellars Tasting Room   0
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August Cellars is in a unique position among Willamette Valley wineries: it's the first stop. Situated on Highway 99 just a mile outside Newberg, August Cellars is in a beautiful, newly constructed building that is home to a handful of "tenant winemakers" besides themselves. One stop offers a lot of things to try, with a broad swath of styles and flavors.

The flight began with August Cellars 2008 Chardonnay. Aged in 20% new oak, it was crisp and dry, with nice green apple flavors. It would go ... Read full review



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Rex Hill Vineyards   0
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Rex Hill Winery is an easy access stop off Highway 99 before Newberg in the Chehalem Mountains AVA. There was some nasty construction going on when we were there (sewer line, we were told), so we were guided around to the back of the building. It was here that we found a delightful and telling snippet of the winery's personality: the employees had garden plots in the back, their names displayed proudly among spices and vegetables. A quick look at who was growing what developed into a quick game of ... Read full review



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Lange & Co   0
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In broad brush strokes, Domaine Trouvere, located in Oregon's Dundee Hills AVA, is a side project of Lange Estate. But more specifically, it's Wendy Lange's personal project. Not having met her, one might guess that her tastes run a bit more eclectic than just the (brilliant, fantastic) Pinot Noir that's raised and produced at Lange, and the tasting room is a different concept completely, situated above Red Hills Market in the middle of Dundee. The Market is a great place for lunch on an Oregon wine country ... Read full review



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Duck Pond Cellars   0
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Walking into Duck Pond Cellars is something of an explosion of cute. Past the pond and the flowers, past the comfortable chairs on the patio and into the bright, big tasting room…at times it seems overdone but it's never oppressive. For instance, the large gift shop is chock full of every imaginable natural Oregon product—from jams to cosmetics—and it would be total kitsch without the wine glass chandelier. Somehow, that turned out cool.

Mostly it works because the wine is there. However tchotchke-rich the environment may be, Duck ... Read full review



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Lange Estate Winery   0
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We were busted.

After years of visiting Oregon wineries incognito, it was bound to happen. It was Don Lange who smiled and said, "I notice you've been taking a lot of notes, and you're spitting. Are you a wine writer?" Well, yes, I admitted, and then we all laughed. I assured him his staff had taken good care of us. Such was the tone of our visit to Lange Estate.

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Durant Vineyards   0
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On the way to just about everywhere in the Red Hills of Dundee AVA (it’s around the corner from Archery Summit, Domaine Drouhin and Sokol Blosser), Durant Vineyards is a little gem to be found by Willamette Valley wine tasters. The tasting room is unassuming, the grounds around it are coiffed, though not spectacular, but there’s a lot just under the surface that makes this place a “must” on the list of places to visit. Behind the tasting room is a fantastic nursery with all manner ... Read full review



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Matello   0
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Marcus Goodfellow is a man who rarely uses ten words when fifty will do, and it’s usually interesting. Standing in the tasting room of Matello Wines, we were enthralled as he explained the interesting background of the historic building that had been “airlifted from the Soviet Union in the early 70s, then reassembled brick by brick…” and then broke out laughing after reeling us in.

Hmmm… Interesting, and sometimes apocryphal.

The real story was still pretty good: cinder block building, first a grain warehouse, then ... Read full review



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Erath Winery   0
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One of the grand daddies of Oregon's wine industry, Erath has been around for over 40 years now. From the gravel road to the unpretentious wood structure, everything belies Erath's size, market share and impact. Although spacious, the dark wood tasting room feels intimate, and even though production is upwards of 130,000 cases now, the staff still treats customers like they've walked into a small, mom and pop operation.

My tasting started off with pair of 2013 Pinot Blancs. The first was steel-aged, which I'm predisposed to like ... Read full review



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Domaine Serene Winery   0
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What wine would you produce if you could build a dream facility? What wine would you drink if cost were no object? Do awards, accolades, and magazine rankings make the winery? These are questions Domaine Serene attempts to answer, and with some success.

Sprawling and spectacular, on 140 manicured, over-the-top acres, the winery oozes opulence. There's some go to the show: within the replica "Italian Villa," Ken and Grace Evenstad have arguably the most technically sophisticated gravity flow winery in the world. The prices are steep. The Classic ... Read full review



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Bella Vida   0
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One of the more interesting tasting flights is also one of the hardest to get to: Bella Vida Vineyard sits high atop a hill, overlooking the Dundee Hills. Signs at the bottom of the disconcertingly steep driveway say, "Keep Tires on Concrete," which serves as an ominous start to a hair-raising climb. However hard it may be to get to (and our Corolla seemed to be at its limits), the immediate payoff is the view, and it's awesome. At various times in our tasting room adventures I've noted that my ... Read full review



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Maresh Red Barn / Red Hills Vineyard   0
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In the heart of the Dundee Hills sits one of the more charming tasting rooms a wine tourist might run across, in the form of the Maresh Red Barn. Driving up to the building is certainly like visiting a quintessential "roadside attraction" (read "tourist trap") but we were greeted warmly by Ayla, Maresh's tasting room maven. She quickly tossed out that the building was a hundred years old and that the floor is recycled: it's the wood gym floor from Tigard High School. Then she pointed out where a former ... Read full review



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Vista Hills Vineyard & Winery   0
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Just down the street from Domaines Serene and Drouhin is Vista Hills Vineyard. Instead of over-the-top glamour, Vista Hills offers a down to earth, feel. A lower roof, fireplace, and darker wood show a more Pacific Northwest sensibility with the more intimate feel of a cabin, and where most wineries have an iPod dock or other piped in music, Vista Hills has a turntable and a shelf full of records in the corner. While we were there, Mark, the tasting room maven and DJ, spun real, honest to goodness ... Read full review



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Hawkins Cellars   0
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It's always fun to taste wines from a new, up and coming wine maker, however humble the beginnings might be. Hawkins Cellars' tasting room resides in the middle of Dundee, offering the company's tiny production of a thousand cases. The wine is currently produced at the reputable Methven Vineyards' facility. Winemaker Thane Hawkins is still pretty new on the scene, having enjoyed a successful career in the film industry (his is an interesting story that can be found on the winery's website) and most recently working as Methven's assistant winemaker. ... Read full review



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Panther Creek Cellars   0
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Step inside Panther Creek’s tasting room and the first glance seems stark, but the second leaves a very strong “less is more” impression. The color scheme cleverly follows their label’s black and red, with some grey thrown in for contrast. The impeccable lighting design gives a sleek, sensual impression. There’s a fun black and white photo on the wall from harvest—punch down, specifically—with a bright red boot. Beautiful, especially to anyone who’s ever worked a damp, cold Oregon harvest. (From the outside, the building looks something like a country diner: ... Read full review



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Alloro Vineyard   0
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When touring through Willamette Valley wine country, there are occasionally—well, often—places that require a little extra planning, either due to their hours of business, location, or occasionally both. Alloro Vineyards has just expanded the hours of their tasting room an extra day, to Friday through Sunday. Many wineries resembling Italian villas have been built, but Alloro’s must surely be the most inviting, surrounded by a herd of sheep and their newborn lambs. The tasting room is comfortable, with a fireplace in the winter, but I was particularly enamored with ... Read full review



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Anam Cara Cellars   0
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Just off Highway 99 on Main Street in downtown Newburg is Anam Cara's unpretentious tasting room, which had been recommended by Jen, Domaine Trouvere's gracious tasting room host. The big windows up front spill light onto a table and chairs where customers can relax as they taste. Further back is another set of table and chairs, and a slide show about the Willamette Valley and Anam Cara's vineyards. It's barely off the beaten path—a literal stone's throw, actually—easy to find and worth a short, value-filled stop.

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Bergstrom Winery   0
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A quick glance around Bergström’s tasting room is, well, deceptive. The abundant greenery outside yields to dark wood and earth tones inside, and the colors make the tasting room seem smaller than it is. At least that’s how it felt by the door where I planted myself for the tasting, but I was directly opposite the intimate private tasting area, which looked like it would seat eight to ten with ease. Move around the counter and there’s plenty of room for at least a dozen tasters to approach for refills, then ... Read full review



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Colene Clemens   0
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One of the problems you can run into while tasting in the Willamette Valley is simply being overwhelmed by good wine. I once had a humanities teacher tell me it was easy to become inured to masterpieces when visiting Florence, and I suspect it's something like that. But there are standouts; some egregious, some astonishingly great, some overpriced, and some, like Colene Clemens Vineyards, are an outstanding value. Despite what some critics might argue, price matters. A decent wine with a great price can make your day or even your ... Read full review



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Utopia Vineyard and Cellars   0
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Instinct plays a big role in wine. Instinct plays into the selection of everything from vineyard site and harvest dates to the selection of what wine to drink with particular friends on a birthday dinner. When we rolled up the driveway of Utopia Vineyards, smack in the middle of the Ribbon Ridge AVA, I had a feeling this would be a hidden gem. A pair—yes, two—bocci courts lay in front of the parking area, and I thought there must be some fabulous parties.

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Coopers Hall Winery and Taproom   0
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Coopers Hall is located "just across the river," a few blocks from the Burnside Bridge, scant minutes from downtown Portland on the bus. The building is sleek but rustic, hip and Spartan, Portland chic. It's a very clean, uncluttered design, with simple lines and functional economy that gives an impression of nothing wasted. Other than a row of banquettes, there's no dividing line between the restaurant/tasting room and the winery itself. Forklifts come and go, and winery workers are happy to answer questions as they motion you back out of the ... Read full review



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Hip Chicks Do Wine   0
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(Photos by Jai Soots)

For over thirty years now, tourists and locals have descended on the annual Portland’s Waterfront Park for the annual Bite of Oregon. Restaurants and food carts roll out nibbles and let their chefs show off. Brewers, distillers and winemakers offer their own libations, and the proceeds are given to the Special Olympics. It’s a win-win for everyone, and a good time is had by all. But in some cases, a better time is had by some. This seemed to be the case the first time I attended, about 2002, when I ... Read full review



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Southeast Wine Collective   0
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(Photos by Jai Soots)

The entrance to the Southeast Wine Collective tasting bar is next to the big garage door for the winery proper, and it’s easy to expect that that environment would be equally utilitarian and plain. Nothing could be further from the truth. This is a gorgeous bar, with shelves and paneling made from barrel staves, wine racks, high ceilings and big windows. Since it’s a wine bar and not just a tasting room, there’s a kitchen that turns out real food, not just little nibbles. Again, I underestimated. The food’s outstanding, both ... Read full review



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Urban Crush   0
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(Photos by Jai Soots)

Urban Crush is a remarkably tiny winery tucked away in Southeast Portland. The tasting room isn’t exactly cramped, but a half dozen customers would make it pretty cozy. It’s all they need: a state of the art facility on a very small scale. Quantity, however, does not preclude quality: there’s definitely some good winemaking going on there from four different winemakers (we got to try from three).

Our tasting began with D’Anu’s 2014 Viognier. There was a little residual sugar, which brought out the mango, peach and ... Read full review



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