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May 4, 2011 10:13 AM

Sweet and dry wines in Willamette Valley?

My parents are visiting me in Portland in June and I plan to take them to some wineries in the area. I am looking for scenic wineries that offer a good selection of both sweet and dry wines. I prefer dry wines (especially dry rose and pinot gris), however, my parents prefer sweet wines. Willamette Valley seems to be the most 'scenic area' close to Portland, however, most seem to only specialize in Pinot Noir. Any suggestions?

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  1. I loved tasting at Eyrie Vineyards, one of the first places to grow Pinot Gris in the area. The pinot blanc is excellent too. They're in McMinnville. I think they had a delicious dessert wine. It's a room in a warehouse, so not scenic, but they more than make up for it with quality, fair prices, and friendly advice.

    I also stopped at Anne Amie, which is very scenic on top of a hill with a beautiful garden. They have a wide variety of wines including Amrita, an inexpensive white (sweetish) blend I wish I'd bought a case of. Lots of pinot noir, but many other wines too.

    1. Both Ankeny Vinyard and Amity Vinyards have really good sweet dessert wines.