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Favorite willamette valley vineyards

alexa52 Sep 1, 2009 09:50 PM

want to do a bit of wine tasting this weekend with my mum, who will be in town. Only done limited exploration of the area wineries. Wondering what you favorite wineries are for a day of wine tasting. Enjoy bigger reds in general.

I'm in Portland-- so thinking Newberg area since it is an easy day trip, unless you have other closeby ideas.

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    firecracker RE: alexa52 Sep 1, 2009 10:49 PM

    Torii Mor for Pinot Noir. The Tasting Room is very Zen and peaceful. Try the Olsen Vineyard or Temperance Hill Pinot Noir's - they're absolutely terrific. Other Pinots are okay, but not as good. Torii Mor's whites are mediocre as far as I'm concerned. The Pinot Noirs are worth the short drive up the gravel road to the Tasting Room!!

    1. maybelle RE: alexa52 Sep 2, 2009 09:12 AM

      Was just in Willamette Valley 2 weekends ago! We really enjoyed Sokol Blosser.

      1. Vetter RE: alexa52 Sep 4, 2009 10:53 PM

        I've never cottoned to Torii Mor. My must stops are always Winter's Hill and Domaine Drouhin. But it's all fun and mostly delish. Lange does some great chard, as does Helvetia, if you want to mix it up.

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          Booklegger451 RE: alexa52 Sep 5, 2009 12:26 AM

          I'm fond of the Owen Roe folks and their wines, in St. Paul, Oregon. I think they're a bit outside the Willamette valley, but worth a little detour.

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            nkeane RE: alexa52 Sep 5, 2009 12:49 AM

            Domain Drouhin, Domain Serene, Archery Summit. In that order.

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              alexa52 RE: alexa52 Sep 5, 2009 08:55 AM

              Anyone visited Lange Estate or Winderlea?

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                Leonardo RE: alexa52 Sep 5, 2009 10:33 AM

                Amity, Erath, Patton Valley, Elk Cove, and Beran by appt only (worth it!).

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                  adanzig RE: alexa52 Sep 5, 2009 02:27 PM

                  The folks at Lange are wonderfully friendly and I loved the wine when I visited about a year ago.

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                    maybelle RE: alexa52 Sep 5, 2009 02:35 PM

                    Winderlea has gorgeous views from their tasting room, but I wasn't excited by their wines.

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                      Vetter RE: alexa52 Sep 7, 2009 04:49 PM

                      Lange is very nice, especially for the chard.

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                      duck833 RE: alexa52 Sep 7, 2009 04:58 PM

                      With out of towners we usually hit Domain Serene, DD and Archery Summit, all three are close together. Then we head to Dundee Bistro for lunch.

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                        ricodanles RE: alexa52 Sep 14, 2009 06:42 PM

                        we just got back from a couple days in the valley. Best wines we tasted were at Archery Summit and Penner-Ash. We also quite liked Brickhouse (by appt only) and also Patton Valley (wines + setting).

                        Torii Mor wines were disappointing. Ditto Solena. Mixed reviews from the group on Rex Hill (which I quite liked). Wanted to try Beaux Freres and Ken Wright, but weren't able to.

                        Wines at Bergstrom were impressive, but . . . 20 bucks for a tasting (waived only with $200 purchase). Come on!

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                          JillO RE: ricodanles Sep 15, 2009 07:38 AM

                          $20 for a tasting fee is a bit steep indeed... Was this over Labor Day weekend? Some places increase their fees over Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Memorial Day weekends.

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                            ricodanles RE: JillO Sep 15, 2009 07:48 AM

                            No, this was just last Friday. I can only imagine what holiday rates would be!!

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