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Mar 3, 2009 07:35 PM

Willamette Valley wine & food recs?

What advice do you have for this area? We'll probably be staying in McMinnville, but it seems like we'll have to do some driving. Is there anything chow-worthy in McMinnville?

As for restaurants, we are thinking two dinners out, one at Joel Palmer House and one at Tina's. One lunch out, at Dundee Bistro. Are these good choices or would we be really missing out by skipping the Painted Lady? Does anyone know anything about Nick's Italian Cafe?

Any recommendations about wineries? I've tried to do some research on this topic on the wine board but came up short. I know that pinot noirs are big in this area but we are also looking for wineries that have a nice pinot gris.

Any suggestions would be much appreciated!

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  1. Nick's always gets rave review, although the last time I was there was in '98 or so. I was in the middle of trying to buy a home and stressed to the max, so I don't remember the food.

    Le Bistro Maison in Mac is really great, we were there last year, and it was fantastic.

    Lunches at Golden Valley Brew Pub are always nice, I've met friends there many times.

    I'm not a great judge of pinot gris, so I don't have a recommendation amongst all of the many wineries in the area, sorry!

    Golden Valley Brewery and Restaurant
    980 NE 4th St, McMinnville, OR 97128

    Nick's Italian Cafe
    521 NE 3rd St, McMinnville, OR 97128

    Bistro Maison
    729 NE 3rd St, McMinnville, OR 97128

      Here are the results of my 30-second search.
      Local regulars and I have commented extensively on this question.

      Many places have great pinot gris: Montinore, Elk Cove to name a couple.
      Also don't forget pinot blanc at wineries such as Erath. Had some '07 just now!

      Always make sure to call first, especially this time of year. Some wineries are open weekends only and some are closed to the public.

      1. Ive only eaten @ the3 Dundee Bistro in this area but its always been fantastic, as for wineries i'd say dont miss Elk Cove for sure and I believe you can do Drouhin, Archery Summit and Domaine Serene all on the same road.......i think....things were getttin a lil fuzzy when we were last there.....and i'm not sure where Ken Wright's place is but if they have a tasting room its worth ANY drive....cheers

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        1. re: A2fay

          I love Ken Wright but it's not open to the public.

          Have always enjoyed Dundee Bistro, but was there are week ago lunch and the service was not good.

        2. My favorite winery in the area, in terms of wine, is Owen Roe. Call ahead to schedule a visit.

          1. just thought of this today too.....if you are going from Mcminville to the Dundee area i believe you go through Gaston, which if you take a right at the lil post office there will take you right on up to Elk this correct Willamette locals?????seems like thats what we did last time i was there...

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            1. re: A2fay

              Hi from Portland and a frequent wine country visitor. That is not correct. Gaston is not between McMinnville & Dundee. It is north of Yamhill county, on Hwy 47 in Washington County.
              While Elk Cove is a great idea if you are on 47 in western Washington County, there are countless excellent wineries in the immediate Dundee Hills/McMinnville area. No need to spread yourself so thin.