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Portland Trip soon- OR recommendations to stop in to?

Posted by VegasOenophile, Jul 31, 2010.

I am going to Portland Aug 14-18 and plan to hit some Willamette wineries at least one day, likely Monday.  A friend is possibly hooking me up at Bergstrom and Penner Ash.  Any other must-sees/tastes while there?


Reply by dmcker, Jul 31, 2010.

If I were in the Portland area right now, I'd be chasing down the pinots and chards from, and trying to visit the wineries at:   

  • Archery Summit
  • Auteur Shea Vineyard
  • Beaux Frères
  • Domaine Drouhin
  • Domaine Serene
  • Evesham Wood
  • Owen Roe
  • Penner-Ash Shea Vineyard
  • Soter

Good beer up there, too. A visit to the rooftop bar at McMenamins HOTEL OREGON can be fun... ;-)

Finally, another way of doing some research ahead of time would be to visit AvalonWine and OregonPinotNoirClub.



Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Aug 2, 2010.

I just got back. Great place to visit.

I would suggest

Make an appointment with Andrew Rich at the Carlton Winemaker's studio.

Belle pente

Lange Winery hit Torii Mor next door while you're at it.

Domaine Drouhin

De Ponte



But that's more than a day's worth.

You have plans already for time in the city?







Reply by Carly Wray, Aug 2, 2010.

I second Domaine Drouhin and Owen Roe ... and as for Portland, before you set out for wine tasting, I recommend Mother's for breakfast (their pancakes and coffee cake are out of this world) and Moonstruck for chocolate shakes.

Reply by drcoco, Aug 2, 2010.

As a very happy Portland transplant, there is too much to list!

Spend some time downtown and certainly some time in the Wilamette Valley.  And... if you don't mind hanging with some chics with unshaven legs and an occasional whiff of BO, go to the Hawthorne District.  There is a market on Hawthorne and 37th-ish called Pastaworks.  Great wine, great cheese, great produce, great butcher- they have it all.  Attached is a restaurant EVOE, fantastic. (Limited hours though 12-7 I think)  Intimate atmosphere, watch a chef prep your meal at arms length.  Try nibbles of what other people are eating while the staff is preparing.  It is fantastic!

Also in SE Portland is a cool place I've made my neighborhood sanctuary on SE Clinton and 26th called Press Club.  Great wine selection with a great atmosphere.  Authentic Portland.  Dine on meals named after Kerouac while perusing Gastromomica magazine.  Superb.

Enjoy your stay!

Reply by dmcker, Aug 2, 2010.

So Greg, are we going to be hearing in detail about the wines from each of those producers?

Eyrie was the first pinot noir from Oregon I ever had, more than 20 years ago, and they pretty much were the catalysit for the buzz about pinot from Oregon. At the time I felt Chalone in California was doing a recognizably better job, and all-in-all I was happy to continue delving into the nooks and crannies of Burgundy. I've been caught up in the search for others in Oregon and California over the past decade or two, as the New World's gotten a lot more adept with the grape, and seem to forget to check back with them....

Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Aug 3, 2010.

I do believe I will have something written up at some point about

Anam Cara


Domaine Serene

Andrew Rich

Panther Creek



Scott Paul


Belle Pente

Domaine Drouhin

Torii Mor



Reply by dmcker, Aug 3, 2010.

Any overview for us now?  ;-)

Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Aug 3, 2010.

The wines were good!

I want to revisit Andrew Rich, Domaine Drouhin, Lange, Cameron, De Ponte, and Belle Pente.

I haven't typed up my notes yet so specific wine reccos aren't available. I would add that Domaine Serene's Chardonnay was memorable


Reply by Bjoern Lanwer, Aug 6, 2010.

Johan Vineyards - very nice wines!!!

Reply by abeth, Aug 7, 2010.

We went to and

both of which we enjoyed.

Reply by JamesR, Aug 8, 2010.

One of our favorites has been Adelsheim. I would also recommend Patricia Green Cellars. Both are close enough together for a day trip.

Reply by VegasOenophile, Aug 30, 2010.

Well thanks everyone for the suggestions!  I made it to 5 wineries.  You were all right too, the breweries were good.  I checked out Bridgeport and McMenemins.  Here's my recap of the trip with links to the wines tasted, and photos.  Enjoy!

Willamette Valley Trip Recap 8/17/10

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