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Sep 1, 2009 09:50 PM

Favorite willamette valley vineyards

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

      1. 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.

        1. 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.

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