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I'm in search of fine Pinot's in your lovely state. I'm from Vancouver, Canada and have done the Napa, Sonoma, and our Okanogan wineries. I'll be there next Monday and haven’t a clue where to stay, somewhere close to the hub of wineries if there is such a spot. I'm thinking Eugene. I'll be there for 3 nights playing tourist so if there's anything you could recommend in way of food, lodging and wineries it would be very appreciated. I've gone through some posts but some go way back. I'm also looking for a good map of the wineries in Oregon and if anyone has one or link please send me it.

Thank you

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  1. I have heard good things about the farm-to-table restaurant by the name of Belly located in downtown Eugene. I too will be heading up that way soon, so I will be keeping an eye on this exchange for sure. I have heard of an inn in Dundee, OR, which is over an hour north from Eugene - The Inn at Red Hills, Dundee, OR (503-538-7970), but this is probably too far from Eugene for you.

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    1. re: Chowista

      Chowista, I just read the menu and reviews at the Belly website. This place does sound worth visiting. Just to let you know I'm not stuck in Eugene, I'll travel anywhere to experience good wine and eats and I'm not to concerend about lodging, Just going to wing it. So my question to start is what wine region (s) do you all recommend for a 3 day visit, I want to try the best.

      thanks again

      1. re: dcrockett

        If you do decide on Eugene, don't miss King Estate Winery, they have an excellent restaurant there overlooking the vineyards. King Estate makes some amazing Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. :)

        1. re: dcrockett

          This will be my first time, so I am researching like you. I have read the related exchanges elsewhere on this website, and although some of the reviews/suggestions are from previous years (I am keeping in mind that the reviews do not reflect the wineries current releases), my current list comes mostly from the Dundee Hills area of WV. They are:

          Adelsheim
          Torii Mor
          Archery Summit
          Domaine Drouhin
          Penner Ash
          Winter's Hill

          Cheers. Signing off to cook a gorgeous piece of Copper River salmon for dinner with a side of Judion beans. This site always makes me hungry.

          1. re: Chowista

            FYI, of those, Adelsheim, Torii Mor and Domaine Drouhin have the nicest spots to have a picnic bite (with a bottle), with DD being the most beautiful in terms of view and land.

      2. The Dundee area is as good as any to stay for touring the valley. And The Painted Lady in Dundee is tops for a Chowhound: http://www.thepaintedladyrestaurant.com/

        For the wineries: http://www.willamettewines.com/

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        Painted Lady
        201 S College St, Newberg, OR 97132

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        1. re: Steve K

          The painted Lady looks fantastic. Thanks for the recs, I will definately be looking in the Dundee area. Any suggestions on where to stay?

          thanks

          Chowista, sounds like a nice dinner. Can you purchase copper river salmon from the local fish monger or is it hard to find?

          I

          1. re: dcrockett

            I live in Santa Monica, CA - my fishmonger (Santa Monica Seafood) happens to carry Copper River salmon. It is hard to find. When you find it, assuming it has been handled correctly, it is worth every penny. IMHO, it is the best salmon in the world.(Apologies to the board administrator for the digression.)

        2. I love Domaine Drouhin...

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          1. re: Tripper

            There is a restaurant called Jory @ the Allison Inn & Spa that we hope to try soon, I'll let you know how we like it if we go there! Dundee Bistro in Dundee and Joel Palmer House in Dayton are both very good. :)

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            Joel Palmer House
            600 Ferry St, Dayton, OR 97114

            Dundee Bistro
            100A SW 7th St, Dundee, OR 97115

            1. re: syrahgirl

              syrahgirl doesn't live in Oregon and might not know that the Jory lost it's chef, pastry chef, and who knows who else in their kitchen.

              Reports have not been good. It's an expensive meal, too, even by high end standards in wine country.

              But, hey, some folks never have a bad meal out. :)