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Wineries to visit in Newberg, OR

Posted by vin0vin0, Jun 18, 2015.

We're heading to Portland for our annual visit with our son in July. We already have a VRBO in Newberg rented for our weekend. On the list of downtown wineries/wine bars within walking distance are:

Anam Cara Cellars
Chehalem Tasting Room
Artisanal Wine Cellars
Fox Farm Vineyards (wine bar)
Longplay Wine
Dark Horse Wine Bar
Cliff Creek Tasting Room
Purple Cow Vineyards’ Tasting Room
 
Does anyone have any other must do wineries in or around Newberg?

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Reply by dmcker, Jun 18, 2015.

How far are you intending/willing to travel?

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Reply by Claudia Angelillo, Jun 19, 2015.

I just returned from the Willamette Valley earlier this week! While it is a 30 minute drive from Newberg, I implore you to make an appointment with Walter Scott. Ken, the winemaker, is producing some of the finest Chardonnays I've ever tasted out of Oregon. The drive from Newberg is quite scenic. You'll really get up into the hills. 

Vista Hills is another terrific choice for both its Pinot and its views. You can actually go horseback riding through the vineyards here, if that's something with which you'd like to...saddle yourself. Sorry, couldn't help it.

Best dining in Newberg goes to Subterra restaurant. They've got a terrific Oregon wine list and a rather mystical ambiance which I thoroughly enjoyed. Lots of vegetarian options, too. (That's relevant to my interests.)

Looking forward to hearing about your trip!

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Reply by vin0vin0, Jun 19, 2015.

DM, we've been to a good number of wineries that last couple visits but mainly the bigger names and mostly in McMinnville and Dundee.There'll be six of us this time and probably two vehicles, so I am thinking of trying to minimize drive time. We're staying in Newberg this time, so I'm most interested in smaller wineries in close proximity.

Claudia, thank you for the rec's! Walter Scott is down in Salem which is a little further than I was planning on travelling. Vista Hills is fairly close, I'll give them a look.

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Reply by dmcker, Jun 19, 2015.

If you've not been to these before (or even if you have), they'd make the top of my list (but not be its entirety):

Have been to all three, had very rewarding visits, and they all make excellent wines. Understand about the lack of desire to drive much, but even though wine bars and tasting aggregators in town are great fun from time to time they tend to get old after awhile and are not the same as talking directly to the people making the wine. We're not exactly talking Sonoma County geographical scale here, either.  ;-)

My visits were a few years ago, and I'm not up on each winery's visits practices now.  Also understand about the desire to chase down smaller, less established wineries. Will be most interested to hear of any other/newer/smaller operations that are making wine at the level of these three. In my view, they very much help set the standard.

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Reply by napagirl68, Jun 20, 2015.

Haven't tasted them since the virtual 4 or 5 yrs ago, but I really, really liked Stoller Vineyards. Not too far away from you...  I need to get back up there soon to see what is good.  But I would def hit Stoller based on the Virtual 4-5 yrs ago. Look it up on this site. 

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Reply by vin0vin0, Jul 14, 2015.
Got in (very) late last night, flying from the west to the east coast isn't a lot of fun especially when there's a big thunder storm that shuts down the Charlotte airport and you get re-directed to Atlanta to refuel and wait it out.
 
Anyway, the CFO and I had a great time in Oregon. Us, both of our (grown) kids, F-I-L, son's girlfriend and her mother converged on Newberg for the weekend.
 
Drove in on Friday and visited the Dark Horse Wine bar, where they were pouring some Medici, Ferraro Cellars and Sineann. One of the more interesting tastes was this 2004 Medici Pinot. We also bought a bottle of the Sineann Gewürztraminer.
Saturday we strolled around downtown Newberg where there are eight different wine tasting rooms. As much as I would have liked to have visited all, this was not a big wine crowd so we stopped in at Purple Cow (interesting selection of big reds, bought an aglianico) and Anam Cara (picked up an '11 and '12 pinot and a dessert gewurtz).
 
Taking NG's advice, on Sunday we visited the Stoller winery and had a great tasting. Beautiful grounds, fantastic wines and a wonderful person behind the counter. Ended up purchasing half an assorted case. I would highly recommend Stoller and want to extend my thanks to NG for the great recommendation.
 
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Reply by napagirl68, Jul 14, 2015.

Well, I am glad my recommendation worked out!   It's always a bit sketchy when one hasn't tasted in awhile.   Now you make me wanna plan a trip!  

Great pictures and notes, Vin0Vin0!

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Reply by JonDerry, Jul 15, 2015.

Good to see 10+ yr. old new world Pinot.

Stoller was the best of the VT's I sampled...glad to hear you had a good experience there. Any of the wines stand out?

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Reply by Snooth Editorial, Jul 15, 2015.

Thanks for the update! I'm curious about the Aglianico. Do you know where are they growing it?

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Reply by dmcker, Jul 15, 2015.

BTW, who is 'Snooth Editorial'?

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Reply by vin0vin0, Jul 15, 2015.

JD, have to say that the '04 Medici pinot was pretty stellar, next up would be the '11 and the '12 Stoller reserve pinots (in that order). The 2012 Oregon vintage has been raved about in all the publications and what we tasted was fantastic. The 2011 Stoller pinot was more subtle, less fruit forward and more lean, with a finer cut of acid. Our tasting host described it as being more "elegant".

Snooth Ed, Purple Cow Vineyards had a significant number of different grapes they use to bottle either blended or single varietal lots. We didn't get the lowdown on where they source their aglianico but the label say "California", so the grapes could be from just about anywhere in CA. The next best thing we tasted there was the durif, aka petite sirah.

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Reply by vin0vin0, Jul 4, 2016.
Bumping this thread instead of starting a new one since we are only planning on two days of tasting this time around.
 
First stop this morning was an 11 am appointment with Todd Hamina of Biggio Hamina. Todd is a frequent poster on WineBerserkers and gets a lot of just deserved praise. Interesting wine making facility in that he shares the front of the house with a bakery.  Todd poured us almost half a dozen of his pinots, an '07 syrah and his Riesling. We were impressed with each of the pinots, all of which, (just like Todd) were full of personality. We started by tasting a couple of 14's, which was a bigger than normal harvest for Oregon. Plenty of aromatics, still young and a bit lean with loads of bright red fruit. We then moved on to a '12, a couple from '13 and an '11. It was nteresting to compare and contrast the difference between the vintages and what a year or two extra of bottle time does to well made wine. His '07 syrah was probably on the down slope but was still pretty good and the riesling was tasty but quite different from the Alsace wines we'd been drinking a month ago.
 
After a fantastic lunch at the Valley Commissary, we ventured next door to Matello (thanks for the lunch rec. and setting us up with the Matello tasting Todd!).
 
Marcus has two labels he pours, the Matello and the Goodfellow Family Cellars. He started us off with a couple of his whites. The CFO proclaimed the Goodfellow Clover Reserve Pinot Gris the best Pinot Gris she had ever tasted. Not the tongue scraping, enamel stripping PG we had in Alsace. This was more creamy from neutral barrel fermentation and ageing for over a year on the lees but still bright and crisp. We also tried his Caprice which is a blend of Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc and the Durant vineyard chardonnay both of which were quite nice. We then moved on to an excellent assortment of his pinots the best of which (to me) was the Heritage. Fantastic wines at very reasonable prices.
 
If you're in the McMinnville area I would highly recommend setting up a visit to both of these wineries, there wasn't a weak wine in either house. If we lived here, it would be really cool to hang out with both of these guys.
 
We finished the afternoon at Kramer Vineyards where they were putting on a party with a band and a barrel tasting of their 2015 pinots. There was a tasting of their current offerings as well, a sparkler of pinot gris, a rose of pinot noir and a white made from Müller-Thurgau. This was a great way to end a fantastic day.
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Reply by Really Big Al, Jul 4, 2016.

So V V, are you still in the McMinnville area today?  I recommend Soter Winery - check our days 9-10 pictures here.  

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Reply by vin0vin0, Jul 4, 2016.

RBA, asked Soter for an appt for this Thursday, waiting to hear back.

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Reply by Really Big Al, Jul 4, 2016.

Nice.  I remember it's tricky finding the place, as the sign out by the road is the name of the farm, with no mention of the winery.  It's very much worth it - our favorite winery from our last visit in March 2016.  We did join Domain Drouhin though - another gem and class winery.  I can't wait for our first shipment this fall.

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Reply by dmcker, Jul 4, 2016.

Thanks for the reports on Biggio Hamina and Matello, Vino. Well under my radar, but I haven't been to the area for awhile, now, and it's highly unlikely they export.

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Reply by vin0vin0, Jul 8, 2016.

(Updated to add a couple pics)

Another great day in the Willamette Valley!

Nothing like starting the day (10 am) with a tasting appointment at Patricia Green.  Started off with a really good '15 Estate Sauv Blanc, more of the dried pineapple, lemon and lime profile, none of the grapefruit. We then moved on to five different pinots spanning three different vineyards, all of which were 2014. All of these were excellent but the one that stood out for me was the Notorious. Of course it's the 2nd most expensive bottle they make.  Got to meet Jim Anderson for just a minute since he was in the middle of unloading a truck full of empty bottles, getting ready to start filling them up with the '15s.

We had time before lunch so based on a rec by Caroline at PG we dropped in at Alexana. These were nice wines but nothing stood out except for a bordeaux blend they make with grapes from the Columbia Valley.

After a fantastic burger in a little restaurant inside a gas station in Carlton (believe me, this was good) we still had some time before our 3pm appt. so we headed over to Lemelson.  

A decent dry Riesling, a very good rose of Pinot and several good '13 pinots were on the tasting menu. We purchased a bottle of the rose and one Thea's Selection pinot.

Now on to Soter where we were greeted at the door with a taste of their pinot rose. We were joined by four others and escorted to one of their cabins by Evita where we very much enjoyed our semi-private tasting.

First up was a really tasty '13 North Valley Chardonnay, then a '12 and a '13 pinot, both of which were excellent. About half the group preferred the '12 White Label and the other half the '13 Mineral Springs Ranch. We finished the tasting with a taste of their '11 Brut Rose. Tony Soter showed up and greeted all the guests. Seems like a really nice guy.

You need to know where you're going if you visit Soter, this is the only clue they give you.

A thoroughly enjoyable day in the Valley, thanks again for the Soter rec.

I'll post some pics later, they are currently on the CFOs camera.

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Reply by JonDerry, Jul 8, 2016.

Nice VV

Sounds like Soter was the more enjoyable experience? Nice to have a tasting where the wines have a little bottle age on them...also good to hear about that Soter Chard, sounds interesting.

Also interesting about the bottling of 2015...just noticed Kelly Fox just bottled a bunch of her 2015's a few days ago. Seems like about 9 months of elevage give or take...bottle em' fresh!

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Reply by dmcker, Jul 8, 2016.

Have always like Soter, whether still or even his rose sparkler. Have posted on him here since last decade.

Thanks for the ongoing reports, Vino.

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Reply by Really Big Al, Jul 9, 2016.

Glad to hear you made it to Soter Vino.  We were very close to making a decision to join their wine club, but since we were already at eight wine clubs, we didn't.  Maybe in a few years....

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