A relaxing afternoon at Stoller Family Estate.

Oregon Vineyard Stays: A Weekend Among the Vines

Eight great places to stay on Oregon wine-producing estates, from private cottages nestled in the vineyards to delightful B&Bs. These wineries invite you to kick back and stay awhile.   

 

 

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Abacela founder Earl Jones with wife Hilda. No one else in the Northwest wine industry has done more on behalf of a single grape than Jones has with the Spanish variety Tempranillo.

Top Twelve Northwest Tempranillos

Tempranillo is on the rise here, thanks to a young physician immunologist who moved from Kentucky to the Umpqua Valley in 1994. Meet Earl Jones of Abacela and discover our top Tempranillo picks.

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Stoller Family Estate’s net zero tasting room in Dayton, Oregon.

Top Twelve Northwest Rosés

Not just for summer sipping anymore, Rosé is gaining a foothold in Northwest winemaking. To try one of the region’s best bottles, peruse this list of top picks from Eric Degerman of Great Northwest Wine.

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Valley View Winery Winemaker John Guerrero samples a barrel.  Valley View was originally established in the 1850s by Oregon pioneer Peter Britt in the Applegate Valley near the historic town of Jacksonville.  The Wisnovsky family restored the winery in the early 1970s and continues to operate it today.

Wine Tasting in Southern Oregon

Wine Enthusiast recently named the Rogue Valley a top 10 wine destination. We visit the region’s outstanding wineries, restaurants and hotels to plan the perfect wine-tasting weekend.

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Today’s Northwest distillers are honoring gin s past while pushing the gin genre forward with innovative rifts on classic formulations. They are even helping define an entirely new category of gin: New Western Dry Gin. Buy a bottle and try this cocktail at home. The Pegu Club Cocktail calls for 2 oz. gin, ¾ oz. Grand Marnier, ¾ oz. freshly pressed lime juice and 1 dash Angostura Bitters. Recipe from Aviation Gin.

Northwest Gin: Tasting Notes

Cole Danehower, a James Beard Foundation Journalism Award winner, shares his tasting notes on Northwest gins.

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Started in 1997 by Tad Seestedt, Ransom Spirits has become synonymous with Northwest artisan distilling. Tad crafts three gins styles: Old Tom, genever-style, and an American-accented Dry. Using a hand-hammered, direct-fire French alembic still, and only natural ingredients plus human taste to determine quality, Ransom also produces multiple whiskey styles, vodka, and grappa.

Gin Northwest Style: The People, Distillers and Flavors That Are Shaping NW Gin

A handful of craft distillers from Oregon and Washington are pushing the boundaries of traditional gin recipes and creating an entirely new category.

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Of course you can go to the wine shop, find a few bottles of Dundee Hills wine, and take them home to enjoy. But the very best way to experience the wines of the Dundee Hills is to go visit the wineries themselves: taste the place at the place. The Dundee Hills are only about 25 miles southwest of Portland, so a weekend’s jaunt is easy to do.

Dundee Hills Wines: Tasting Notes

Select a wine from Dundee Hills with help from Cole Danehower, author of Essential Wines and Wineries of the Pacific Northwest. He tastes 50 current releases.

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Some of the best-known Oregon wine names—Domaine Drouhin Oregon, Stoller Family Estate, Erath, Archery Summit, Sokol Blosser, Domaine Serene—are based in the Dundee Hills

The Heart and Soul of Wine Country: Dundee Hills

Oregon’s Dundee Hills wines benefit from ancient soils and sheltered slopes. Join us for a tour of the region’s natural wonders and artisan winemakers.

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Walla Walla Wine Tasting Notes

Wine journalist Cole Danehower tastes nearly 50 wines from the Walla Walla Valley, one of the hottest wine destinations in the New World. Here are his detailed tasting notes and top recommendations. 

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Located in southeastern Washington and straddling the border between Washington and Oregon, the Walla Walla Valley AVA (American Viticultural Area, or wine appellation) was established in 1984.

Walla Walla Valley Appellation

Our 26-page guide to Walla Walla Valley features the region’s founding and rising star wineries, gourmet restaurants and quaint world-class inns you won’t want to miss. 

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