Cristom Vineyards

+1 503 375 3068 Spring Valley Road N.W.
Salem, OR 97304
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Cristom's founder and owner, Paul Gerrie, used his skills as an engineer and avid researcher to pursue his passion for wine. On his travels to France, he was introduced to the traditional growing practices of the Burgundy region. He learned that soil ( terroir ) and site were key in developing the complexity of the fruit. After a 1991 visit to the International Pinot Celebration in Oregon, Paul decided the time was right to leave the East Coast and bring his family and his passion for great Pinot Noir to Oregon's burgeoning wine country. But their journey wasn't complete without a winemaker who shared Paul's vision of "letting the land make the wines." Enter Steve Doerner who, after a quarter century of experience, still believes the winemaker's job is to "optimize what nature — the vineyard — provides." In addition to his reputation as a master winemaker with "keen intuition" (possibly from his French heritage), Steve is a biochemist who had been making wine in California. And so with a passion that Read more »

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  • Isabella

    Reportedly named after a famous southern belle, Isabella was allegedly discovered in North Carolina. This grape is be...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Viognier

    History of the grape: Viognier is thought to be an indigenous grape of Croatia that was brought to the Rhone in Franc...

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  • Cristom Viognier Eola Amity Hills Estate 2011

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    This Willamette Viognier was wonderfully crisp, with layered lemon chiffon, lemon/lime tart and fine acidity. This is just a great summer time quaff. Read More

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  • Just got this from Adam Lee. Meeting up with eMark and Foxall Monday for dinner. Should we change venues and do this? Not at all familiar with what Virginia has to offer. Hey All, Not sure if this is the proper place to post this, but wanted to invite all of you in the Santa Rosa area to a tasting of Virginia wines that we are hosting next Monda... Read More

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  • Cristom Pinot Noir Sommers Reserve Willamette Valley 2010

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    Bright, crisp red and black cherries, a touch of red grapefruit on the nose and palate, bracing acidity and a medium to long finish. This is what Willamette pinot is about - getting you as close to Burgundy as possible without leaving the States. Read More

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  • Hello Jack, we were in Oregon last 4th of July and spent a couple days in ... ... ... for us were:Salem area:Cristom VineyardsSt. Innocent WineryBethel Heights Vineyard Dundee area:Sokol Blosser WineryTorii Mor WineryArborBrook VineyardsPonzi Vineyards I would not hesitate to go back to any of these wineries, not a bad one in the bunch from o... Read More

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  • I am planning a trip in the next 3-4 weeks to travel to Washington and Oregon to explore the wineries .would appreciate any suggestions. I am flying into Seattle  then driving to the tri city area. My thoughts are to spend 3-4 days in this area then go to the Pinot area southeast of Portland for 2-3 days then back to Seattle for 2-3 days. I know... Read More

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  • We're heading back to (my favorite wine region) Russian River the first weekend in October and are looking for advice on what to do and what to expect.  We've been to RRV several times but only during the off season.  Is there anything special we should do at this time of year, and conversely, is there anything we should avoid? Read More

    Forum post in the topic Seeking Advice for Russian... by 357808vin0vin0 357808 vin0vin0


  • We did a Portland/Salem/Eugene trip this past July.  These are the ... ... the Salem and Dundee areas:Cristom VineyardsSt. Innocent WineryBethel Heights VineyardSokol Blosser WineryTorii Mor WineryArborBrook VineyardsPonzi Vineyards All are open daily except Cristom and Bethel Heights which are closed on Mondays. They were all excellent, but W... Read More

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  • Hi! I've been quite busy with travel for work so I've been off the radar a bit. I unexpectedly had a few days free so I took a last minute trip to Portland for a few days - I'm there now. Tomorrow we were planning on driving out of town to do some wine tasting, etc....probably McMinnville. I was too busy and tired to really make any plans for th... Read More

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  • Cristom Pinot Gris Eola Amity Hills Estate 2011

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  • With regards to JTRYKA, looks like we weren't the only ones visiting the ... (Salem)Cristom VineyardsPinot Noir Sommers Reserve - 2010Viognier - 2011 St. Innocent WineryChardonnay Freedom Hill Vineyard - 2011Pinot Noir Zenith Vineyard - 2011 Bethel Heights VineyardGewurztraminer Rogue Valley - 2010Pinot Noir Flat Block - 2009 Saturday (Eugene)E... Read More

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