Willamette Valley Oregon Restaurants and Hotel

We love revisiting favorite restaurants and exploring new ones when we travel. On our 2018 trip to Willamette Valley Oregon, we had time to check out several restaurants: Tina’s (Dundee) a popular restaurant with a fun wine list that has one, or possibly two wines apiece from a large number of the valley’s wineries. We [Read more …]

Willamette Valley Wine 2018

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We generally love the wonderful wines that come from Willamette Valley. This Oregon valley is protected from the east by the Cascade Mountains, from the west by the Coast Range mountains and from the north by hills, all of which makes it perfect for cool climate grapes. It is Oregon’s largest grape growing region and [Read more …]

International Pinot Noir Celebration, Willamette Valley

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For Pinot Noir fans, there is no better event then the International Pinot Noir Celebration or IPNC. IPNC is an annual celebration that is probably the premier global pinot-focused event in the city. Although roughly 60 percent of the hundreds of participating vendors in 2018 were from Oregon, it also has a number of representative [Read more …]

Willamette Valley Restaurants

We love exploring restaurants. We were, however, otherwise occupied during our six-day visit to the Willamette Valley. The International Pinot Noir Celebration (IPNC) kept us full occupied for two and a half days (not to speak of another evening for our Pre-IPNC Dinner at Cristom Winery. And even during our time visiting wineries, we seldom [Read more …]

Best of our Willamette Valley Winery Experiences

We enjoyed (and typically bought) one or two wines from the vast majority of Willamette Valley wineries we visited. In other words. We bought a lot of wine! A number of wineries, however, four stood out: Wineries were we enjoyed virtually every wine we tasted. Among this rare breed were: [Read more …]

Carlton/Yamhill and Eola-Amity Hills Area Wineries and Restaurants

Yamhill-Carlton is at the northern end of the Willamette Valley, while Eola-Amity Hills is at the southern end. Given the diversity in the Valley, and among these two AVAs, one might expect the wines from each to differ greatly, as do those from the contiguous Newberg and Dundee Hills AVAs. Surprisingly, while the soil types [Read more …]

Dundee Hills Area Wineries and Restaurants

As a reminder form our previously posted Primer on Willamette Valley AVA and Vintages, the Dundee Hills AVA is generally characterized by red volcanic (Jory) soil which holds heat, resulting in deep, red cherry and plum-based fruit-focused wines with iron-based minerality and spices such as cinnamon, clove and cardamom. Of the three vintages we [Read more …]

Newberg Wineries and Restaurants

As a reminder form our previously posted Primer on Willamette Valley AVA and Vintages, Newberg is generally characterized by brown, loamy, sedimentary (Willakenzie) soil that drains better than volcanic soil, resulting in more intense, earthier, darker fruit flavors, with floral elements and subtle tannins and baking spices. Of the three vintages we tasted: [Read more …]

A Primer on Willamette Valley AVA and Vintages

Although we know that we enjoy relatively earthy, less fruit-forward Willamette Valley wines, we did not know enough about the region, not to mention the roughly dozen different AVAs, to understand why, and which wines we were most likely to enjoy. This trip was an attempt to decipher some of what have been to sum [Read more …]

Cristom Vineyards Pre-IPNC Dinner

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When IPNC (International Pinot Noir Celebration) comes to the Willamette Valley each year (see my blog on IPNC), many of the wineries throw a pre-party dinner the night before the big event. Wineries did not have to be participating in IPNC that year to have a dinner (many wineries alternate years in which they participate [Read more …]