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#1 Post by davidlown » February 27th, 2017, 4:13 pm

2 of the 3 days of march 17-19 we want to stay either in McMinnville, Dundee, or newberg. We want to go to the best possible vineyards (which we're talking now about) but what town do you recommend for a combination of beauty and being open late if we want to be at a bar / restaurant? Also if here's any particular event during that time anyone recommends please let us know. Thank you for your help. Btw, if anyone is interested in meeting I may be able to travel with some burgundy gems.

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#2 Post by PeterH » February 27th, 2017, 4:32 pm

David,

You've heard the phrase, "They roll up the streets at 9PM."?
Welcome to Newberg, home of George Fox University. I exaggerate a little. There is now a bar/restaurant that is open later, Ruddick/Wood.

There is a little more going on in McMinville, but it is a quiet town at night.

Dundee is basically a place to slow down traffic, with a few good restaurants and lots of tasting rooms. Red Hills market is a good place to get beer and a casual meal, but they close at 8PM.

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#3 Post by Todd Hamina » February 27th, 2017, 5:15 pm

McMinnville. Stay in 3rd St. Flats.
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#4 Post by Ryan McBrayer » February 27th, 2017, 5:16 pm

I recommend McMinnville. Dundee has little in the way of dinner restaurants (although its Red Hills Market is a great breakfast or lunch stop while going to/from Dundee). Meanwhile. Newberg is farther north than many of the wineries, and gets you tied up in traffic when you are going or coming. That said, the Allison Inn & Spa is a nice property. McMinnville has 5-6 very good dinner restaurant choices and 2-3 options for breakfast. Plus, it's central to heading north to Dundee or south to Eola-Amity.

And +1 to Todd's recommendation re 3rd Street Flats. That's our go-to choice.

Good luck, and enjoy the trip!
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#5 Post by dsGriswold » February 27th, 2017, 5:50 pm

Don't forget Carlton. I do not think they unroll the streets in the morning, but at least one good restaurant and a lot of good wineries in town and the surrounding vicinity.
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#6 Post by Kirk.Grant » February 27th, 2017, 6:27 pm

I actually like Newborn. It's quiet...which i like. I guess it depends on what you want...
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#7 Post by Michael Sterling » February 27th, 2017, 6:52 pm

Stay in Mac. 3rd St Flats are fantastic, really. Multiple breakfast spots within walking distance, nice dinner menus all along 3rd St., a tap house downstairs and a bodega across the street. No brainer
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#8 Post by Beau Carufel » February 27th, 2017, 8:02 pm

I'd also say Mac..or just pony up for The Allison. Mac gets you closer to some great wineries, The Allison is just super nice and relatively close to other great wineries.
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#9 Post by R. Frankel » February 27th, 2017, 8:23 pm

"Open Late" what about just staying in Portland and driving down? Many choices for restaurants and hotels, and decent night life. Yes the drive in/out is dull, but it's not a crazy option. Urban experience vs. small town quiet, choose what tickles your fancy.
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#10 Post by Gary Ahearn » February 27th, 2017, 8:50 pm

Todd Hamina wrote:McMinnville. Stay in 3rd St. Flats.
Have done it, and agree.

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#11 Post by dsGriswold » February 27th, 2017, 9:05 pm

R. Frankel wrote:"Open Late" what about just staying in Portland and driving down? Many choices for restaurants and hotels, and decent night life. Yes the drive in/out is dull, but it's not a crazy option. Urban experience vs. small town quiet, choose what tickles your fancy.
The trip is an hour+ with the best of traffic.
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#12 Post by PrestonS » February 27th, 2017, 9:15 pm

If you decide to stay in McMinville, I agree with Todd Hamina and the 3rd Street flats recommendation. I stayed there for Valentines Day and would go back again.
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#13 Post by Marcus Goodfellow » February 27th, 2017, 11:06 pm

Todd Hamina wrote:McMinnville. Stay in 3rd St. Flats.
+1 on this.

Also:

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Breakfast: Crescent Cafe or Community Plate
Lunch: Valley Commissary or Pura Vida
Dinner: Thistle, Nick's, or Bistro Maison

Bar: Back bar at Nick's or Thistle

...and Peter is right. The valley is not really a "late" place.
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#14 Post by Doug Schulman » February 28th, 2017, 6:49 am

Todd Hamina wrote:McMinnville. Stay in 3rd St. Flats.
This is by far the best advice you'll get.

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#15 Post by Doug Schulman » February 28th, 2017, 6:52 am

dsGriswold wrote:
R. Frankel wrote:"Open Late" what about just staying in Portland and driving down? Many choices for restaurants and hotels, and decent night life. Yes the drive in/out is dull, but it's not a crazy option. Urban experience vs. small town quiet, choose what tickles your fancy.
The trip is an hour+ with the best of traffic.
Yes, and getting back to Portland can take a lot longer than that in the afternoon/evening. I'd say stay in wine country while tasting and try to have at least one night in Portland outside of that.

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#16 Post by Jim Anderson » February 28th, 2017, 9:47 am

Doug Schulman wrote:
dsGriswold wrote:
R. Frankel wrote:"Open Late" what about just staying in Portland and driving down? Many choices for restaurants and hotels, and decent night life. Yes the drive in/out is dull, but it's not a crazy option. Urban experience vs. small town quiet, choose what tickles your fancy.
The trip is an hour+ with the best of traffic.
Yes, and getting back to Portland can take a lot longer than that in the afternoon/evening. I'd say stay in wine country while tasting and try to have at least one night in Portland outside of that.
This might be the best idea. Mac is really the only "big" town out that way and even still by 10 PM it will be done but there are a lot more options in that place than any other. Portland really is not too terrible to drive to and from. I do it most every day. From downtown to, say, Dundee Hills wineries you are looking at about 32 miles. Morning traffic is almost never any sort of issue. Afternoons can be longer but it's not like it is San Francisco or Seattle or LA. If you want to make sure you have a night or two with later options plan for Portland for a bit of the trip.
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#17 Post by Beau Carufel » February 28th, 2017, 9:52 am

R. Frankel wrote:"Open Late" what about just staying in Portland and driving down? Many choices for restaurants and hotels, and decent night life. Yes the drive in/out is dull, but it's not a crazy option. Urban experience vs. small town quiet, choose what tickles your fancy.
It's not always the easiest drive after a day of tasting and eating..Plus the vagaries of traffic.
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#18 Post by S cott Gurtman » February 28th, 2017, 10:19 am

my advise would be to dive DEEP into Pinot Noir's take a notebook to take notes is key, so you'll have record of what you liked and make purchases when you return home

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#19 Post by Denny Marin » February 28th, 2017, 4:52 pm

I'm planning a visit to the area myself in May. Anyone have any good restaurant recs?

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#20 Post by Marcus Goodfellow » February 28th, 2017, 7:54 pm

McMinnville:

Valley Commissary for lunch
Thistle, Nick's, Bistro Maison, Pura Vida for dinner
Crescent Cafe or Community Plate for breakfast

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Newberg:

Recipe, Jory, Ruddick-Wood for dinner

Carlton: Horseradish for lunch or dinner
Also Farmer's Plate

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#21 Post by Denny Marin » February 28th, 2017, 8:06 pm

Very helpful. Thanks, Marcus!

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#22 Post by Nolan E » February 28th, 2017, 9:30 pm

Newberg Bakery (surprisingly in Newberg) has incredible pastries and rivals Model Bakery in Napa for quality baked goods.
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#23 Post by davidlown » March 1st, 2017, 3:26 am

Thank you everyone. We're gonna stay in McMinnville because of the information here. I was wondering by the way I've noticed a lot of the paces to taste are tasting rooms that are not very personal. Does anyone have any places that you can walk the vineyards with someone or at least have a more one on one or small group thing going on?

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#24 Post by Scott Tallman » March 1st, 2017, 7:14 am

davidlown wrote:Thank you everyone. We're gonna stay in McMinnville because of the information here. I was wondering by the way I've noticed a lot of the paces to taste are tasting rooms that are not very personal. Does anyone have any places that you can walk the vineyards with someone or at least have a more one on one or small group thing going on?

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Schedule an apt with Marcus at Matello/Goodfellow in McMinnville. Can't walk the vineyards but it's not a tasting room open to the public. Ditto for Westrey in McMinnville.

If you're interested in Riesling, schedule an apt with Bill at Paetra which is a 12 or so minute drive from McMinnville. He can show you some of his vineyards and his wines are nice.

Otherwise, you'll need to schedule appts at wineries across the valley to get a more personal, non-public tasting rooom experience. Some of my favorites are Walter Scott, Brick House, Crowley, Kelley Fox, Arterberry Maresh, Belle Pente, J Christopher, Patricia Green. Be sure to cluster your appointments or ensure you have enough time to get from one to the other as getting around the different AVAs can be time consuming.
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#25 Post by Todd Hamina » March 1st, 2017, 2:26 pm

I think you can take a vineyard tour at Beaux Freres. Although not much to see besides pruning and cover crops right now.
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#26 Post by Marcus Goodfellow » March 1st, 2017, 3:26 pm

Denny Marin wrote:Very helpful. Thanks, Marcus!
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#27 Post by mmarcellus » March 1st, 2017, 3:29 pm

davidlown wrote:Thank you everyone. We're gonna stay in McMinnville because of the information here. I was wondering by the way I've noticed a lot of the paces to taste are tasting rooms that are not very personal. Does anyone have any places that you can walk the vineyards with someone or at least have a more one on one or small group thing going on?

David
All good information above. I'd add Vincent as being worth trying to hook up with, if you don't mind driving a few minutes out of town. The wines are great, and the Eola Hills are beautiful.

The Eyrie tasting room on the outskirts of McMinnville (across the railroad tracks) is not in the vineyard but is small, serious, low key (at least when I was there) and they include a library wine in the tasting. They get extra points from me because the guy in the tasting room recommended Pura Vida restaurant(mentioned above) which was great. Plus, Heater Allen is a couple doors down from Eyrie.
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#28 Post by Doug Schulman » March 2nd, 2017, 7:11 am

davidlown wrote:Thank you everyone. We're gonna stay in McMinnville because of the information here. I was wondering by the way I've noticed a lot of the paces to taste are tasting rooms that are not very personal. Does anyone have any places that you can walk the vineyards with someone or at least have a more one on one or small group thing going on?

David
This will depend a lot on what styles of wine you're looking for, but most appointment-only places will fit. I'll second the suggestions for Belle Pente and Patricia Green. Make sure you budget a lot of time if you schedule an appointment at Patricia Green. It can take a while there (which is a very good thing).

Also, even though it's not quite what you're describing, don't miss the Eyrie tasting room. It's right in town, so easy for the beginning or end of one of your days, and pay the money to taste whatever library wines they have available. It's the best opportunity to taste a piece of Willamette Valley history.

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#29 Post by James Lyon » March 3rd, 2017, 11:21 am

This thread is filled with great recommendations and information. Although we stay in Newberg near the Allison Inn at a VRBO, McMinnville sounds like the best option for your original request of a central location in wine country with bars and restaurants. I'm just curious if you considered staying at a vineyard. Unfortunately, I don't have a list, but I know a few wineries offer accommodations on their property. I'm thinking about Stoller, Arterberry Maresh and Chehalem (wine industry folks only).

As for visiting and walking the vineyards, from my previous experiences I can recommend Beaux Freres as well, the seated tasting at DDO included a stroll a number of years ago, Anderson Family, Chehalem (perhaps club members only at the winery), the seated tasting at White Rose included a stroll last year.

As Doug recommends, there are several places that can offer a one or small group experience with in most cases the winemaker. Most of the folks have already been mentioned (Scott Tallman's list is great), but I will add Anderson Family and Ayoub. If you can schedule an appointment with any of the contributors on this board, you will have a great time.

Have fun and enjoy your trip to Oregon wine country.

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#30 Post by Sean_S » March 20th, 2018, 11:05 pm

My lovely wife is taking me to Willamette Valley, April 26-29 for a 3 day tasting weekend. Totally stoked,I've never visited the Willamette Valley before!!! Only Portland on business many many times. champagne.gif

I live in the Santa Cruz Mountains, CA but in the last year or so really have fallen in love with WV wines. I've never been the Willamette Valley before so I'm stoked. My Palate is certainly changing and migrating AFWE fairly quickly it seems.
I think I first tried PGC and Vincent and then scored some Cameron and Goodfellow at K&L. flirtysmile

These producers are still favorites. but I've been buying cases of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from all the local Portland retailers and trying many new (to me) producers to sample their warez.

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Flying in Late Thursday night and headed to WV in the morning. Then we're staying at 3rd St flats which seems awesome due the recommendations here. McMinnville seems very of centrally located and has a walkable downtown which my wife will enjoy.

Current Plans:

Friday
Cristom
Walter Scott
Goodfellow Family Cellars

Sat
Vincent Wine Company
Biggio Hamina
Eyrie, Brittan, Westrey (Walkin?) Something in walking distance from 3rd st

Sunday
Patricia Green Cellars
J. Christopher Wines

Trying to prune the list is hard. My wife will be overwhelmed if we taste more than this and hopefully she will like Mcminnville if she decides to sit out a round or two. My left overs list could easily fill another trip. Also wanted to leave room for impromptu walkins.

Arterberry Maresh, Kelley Fox, Crowley, Brick House, White Rose, and bunch more will probably need to wait. Hopefully I can get most appointments confirmed up this week. Most everything else is locked and loaded.

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#31 Post by dsGriswold » March 20th, 2018, 11:33 pm

Sean, Hard to go wrong on this selection. McMinnville is central and getting better all the time. I need to stop by a few of those places and pick up some Berserker wines myself one of these days. Sounds like a very enjoyable time. [cheers.gif]
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#32 Post by Scott Goodwin » March 21st, 2018, 3:42 am

We're doing an almost identical trip at the end of June including a stay at 3rd St Flats! Can't wait! We're tacking on a few days in Portland. But your list of visits pretty well mirrors up with those wineries I'm hoping to hit, although I might add Big Table Farms. Please report back and let us know how it went (highlights, low lights, # of visits, driving time, restaurants, etc). TIA!

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#33 Post by Scott Tallman » March 21st, 2018, 6:50 am

Sean_S wrote:My lovely wife is taking me to Willamette Valley, April 26-29 for a 3 day tasting weekend. Totally stoked,I've never visited the Willamette Valley before!!! Only Portland on business many many times. champagne.gif

I live in the Santa Cruz Mountains, CA but in the last year or so really have fallen in love with WV wines. I've never been the Willamette Valley before so I'm stoked. My Palate is certainly changing and migrating AFWE fairly quickly it seems.
I think I first tried PGC and Vincent and then scored some Cameron and Goodfellow at K&L. flirtysmile

These producers are still favorites. but I've been buying cases of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from all the local Portland retailers and trying many new (to me) producers to sample their warez.

[thankyou.gif] Berserkers

Flying in Late Thursday night and headed to WV in the morning. Then we're staying at 3rd St flats which seems awesome due the recommendations here. McMinnville seems very of centrally located and has a walkable downtown which my wife will enjoy.

Current Plans:

Friday
Cristom
Walter Scott
Goodfellow Family Cellars

Sat
Vincent Wine Company
Biggio Hamina
Eyrie, Brittan, Westrey (Walkin?) Something in walking distance from 3rd st

Sunday
Patricia Green Cellars
J. Christopher Wines

Trying to prune the list is hard. My wife will be overwhelmed if we taste more than this and hopefully she will like Mcminnville if she decides to sit out a round or two. My left overs list could easily fill another trip. Also wanted to leave room for impromptu walkins.

Arterberry Maresh, Kelley Fox, Crowley, Brick House, White Rose, and bunch more will probably need to wait. Hopefully I can get most appointments confirmed up this week. Most everything else is locked and loaded.

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Sean - great list. You’ll have a blast. If you like beer and looking for a change of pace, hit Heater Allen (next door to Eyrie) and Allegory Brewing in McMinnville. Wolves & People in Newberg just off 99 is fun as it is on a family farm in a renovated barn.
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#34 Post by John Simpson » March 21st, 2018, 7:32 am

My wife and I and colleague are just back from 6 days in McMinnville (plus 4 days after in Portland) and add these thoughts/experience to the various threads on Willamette Valley visits. It was our first trip to Oregon. Living in Ohio, we have to buy almost all our wine via the Internet due to very high state-imposed pricing and extremely limited in-store selection. So, such visits serve purposes for us that might differ from your purposes on tasting trips. And I know many of you have interests and tasting/buying preferences that differ from us so I don't mean to suggest that our method be your madness. Anyway, FWIW:

After scouring VRBO, AirBnB, etc. for an upscale 2 bdrm/2 bath place w/a kitchen somewhere in the valley, we stayed in the La Rambla Loft above the restaurant on 3rd St. It was fabulous and highly recommended for a single couple or two couples, especially if you prefer to cook some meals in rather than eating out every meal. And you can contact the owner directly to make arrangements. We found McMinnville to be the most centrally located town for tastings and outings throughout the valley (in comparison to Newberg, Dundee, Carlton, Amity) and it has a more quaint 'strip' and more overall charm than the other (smaller) towns. When we did eat out, the places most frequently listed on this or the other WV threads were fine.

In trying to choose where to go for tastings, we found it easy to identify far more excellent wineries than we could ever visit. Trying to winnow down that long list to THE best places based on our buying/drinking preferences proved futile. So instead of crowding in as many tastings as logistically possible in an effort to not miss anyone (ie 4 - 6 tastings per day), we decided instead to limit ourselves to 2 tastings a day with a lunch break in between so we could better linger and more fully enjoy each experience. For us, visits to wine regions aren't marathons spent running from winery to winery, and our palates 'burn-out' after two tastings of 6 - 12 samples each, especially since I can't get a full sense of a wine when I spit; plus, to me it seems sacrilegious to waste good wine like that. Less is definitely more (enjoyable and meaningful) for us. Therefore we chose producers that we have bought from or intend to buy from so we could put a real face to the Internet acquaintance. Glad we did. We prefer to spend our limited $ on wine grown/produced by friends who we believe do it the right way for the right reasons. All of these producers turned out to be Berserkers and even then we had to skip several people who will be at the top of our visit list next time. I know that our palates and wine knowledge/experience pale in comparison to most of you, but nevertheless it seems to me that the Berserker producers are crafting as good wine as the 'usual suspects' that appear on the 'must visit' lists routinely posted here. For example, when scheduling your tastings don't overlook FrannyBeck or Longplay or Vincent or WeinBau Paetra or others. You know them from Berserker Day or as regular forum contributors: they source fruit from many of the same vineyards as the 'big' names, and/or sell fruit to them, and I suspect they know how to process it just as skillfully.

Lastly, we've learned that our visits to wine regions are enhanced with several 'non-wine' day outings interspersed with days spent tasting. Gotta go walk off the fine food/drink. This trip we packed lunch and had great day outings exploring the coast (in Newport eat at Local Ocean) and hiking the spectacular 10 Falls Trail in Silver Falls State Park. The weather even cooperated.

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#35 Post by Steve Eisenhauer » March 21st, 2018, 8:21 am

I am willing to bet there are a lot more choices than there were on my trip there in 1986. newhere
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#36 Post by Brandon R » March 21st, 2018, 9:29 am

James Lyon wrote:This thread is filled with great recommendations and information. Although we stay in Newberg near the Allison Inn at a VRBO, McMinnville sounds like the best option for your original request of a central location in wine country with bars and restaurants. I'm just curious if you considered staying at a vineyard. Unfortunately, I don't have a list, but I know a few wineries offer accommodations on their property. I'm thinking about Stoller, Arterberry Maresh and Chehalem (wine industry folks only).

As for visiting and walking the vineyards, from my previous experiences I can recommend Beaux Freres as well, the seated tasting at DDO included a stroll a number of years ago, Anderson Family, Chehalem (perhaps club members only at the winery), the seated tasting at White Rose included a stroll last year.

As Doug recommends, there are several places that can offer a one or small group experience with in most cases the winemaker. Most of the folks have already been mentioned (Scott Tallman's list is great), but I will add Anderson Family and Ayoub. If you can schedule an appointment with any of the contributors on this board, you will have a great time.

Have fun and enjoy your trip to Oregon wine country.

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James, to address your question about, "....staying at a vineyard..." my wife and I stayed at Wine Country Farm B&B last year in the late spring (technically in Dayton, but an easy drive to McMinnville). It's surrounded by vineyards on all sides. The view was beautiful. Now, I'm not typically a fan of B&Bs because I like privacy, but the room we got had a private bathroom. Breakfast was very tasty, too, and it's very, very centrally located. The B&B is part of a working winery but, if their wines are all like the complimentary bottle they left in our room, AVOID. Also, you HAVE to make sure you get one of the few rooms with a balcony that faced East. Most of the rooms didn't have balconies, although the view from the shared patio immediately below us essentially has the same view. Here's the view from our room:
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#37 Post by Brandon R » March 21st, 2018, 9:31 am

I forgot to mention with the above: we originally looked into the 3rd Street Flats (based on recommendations here), but they were booked. The above place is directly across the road from the entrance to Domaine Drouhin and (going from memory), just to the right of my photo above is the hilltop tasting room for White Rose. We ate dinner at Thistle in Mac...amazing.
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#38 Post by dsGriswold » March 21st, 2018, 9:34 am

John Simpson wrote:My wife and I and colleague are just back from 6 days in McMinnville (plus 4 days after in Portland) and add these thoughts/experience to the various threads on Willamette Valley visits. It was our first trip to Oregon. Living in Ohio, we have to buy almost all our wine via the Internet due to very high state-imposed pricing and extremely limited in-store selection. So, such visits serve purposes for us that might differ from your purposes on tasting trips. And I know many of you have interests and tasting/buying preferences that differ from us so I don't mean to suggest that our method be your madness. Anyway, FWIW:

After scouring VRBO, AirBnB, etc. for an upscale 2 bdrm/2 bath place w/a kitchen somewhere in the valley, we stayed in the La Rambla Loft above the restaurant on 3rd St. It was fabulous and highly recommended for a single couple or two couples, especially if you prefer to cook some meals in rather than eating out every meal. And you can contact the owner directly to make arrangements. We found McMinnville to be the most centrally located town for tastings and outings throughout the valley (in comparison to Newburg, Dundee, Carlton, Amity) and it has a more quaint 'strip' and more overall charm than the other (smaller) towns. When we did eat out, the places most frequently listed on this or the other WV threads were fine.

In trying to choose where to go for tastings, we found it easy to identify far more excellent wineries than we could ever visit. Trying to winnow down that long list to THE best places based on our buying/drinking preferences proved futile. So instead of crowding in as many tastings as logistically possible in an effort to not miss anyone (ie 4 - 6 tastings per day), we decided instead to limit ourselves to 2 tastings a day with a lunch break in between so we could better linger and more fully enjoy each experience. For us, visits to wine regions aren't marathons spent running from winery to winery, and our palates 'burn-out' after two tastings of 6 - 12 samples each, especially since I can't get a full sense of a wine when I spit; plus, to me it seems sacrilegious to waste good wine like that. Less is definitely more (enjoyable and meaningful) for us. Therefore we chose producers that we have bought from or intend to buy from so we could put a real face to the Internet acquaintance. Glad we did. We prefer to spend our limited $ on wine grown/produced by friends who we believe do it the right way for the right reasons. All of these producers turned out to be Berserkers and even then we had to skip several people who will be at the top of our visit list next time. I know that our palates and wine knowledge/experience pale in comparison to most of you, but nevertheless it seems to me that the Berserker producers are crafting as good wine as the 'usual suspects' that appear on the 'must visit' lists routinely posted here. For example, when scheduling your tastings don't overlook FrannyBeck or Longplay or Vincent or WeinBau Paetra or others. You know them from Berserker Day or as regular forum contributors: they source fruit from many of the same vineyards as the 'big' names, and/or sell fruit to them, and I suspect they know how to process it just as skillfully.

Lastly, we've learned that our visits to wine regions are enhanced with several 'non-wine' day outings interspersed with days spent tasting. Gotta go walk off the fine food/drink. This trip we packed lunch and had great day outings exploring the coast (in Newport eat at Local Seafood) and hiking the spectacular 10 Falls Trail in Silver Falls State Park. The weather even cooperated.

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#39 Post by Todd Hamina » March 21st, 2018, 9:37 am

I will be visiting my daughter at SCAD that weekend, so am out. Sorry. But, if you dine at The 411 they have one of my 2010 Pinot's btg.
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#40 Post by Rick Allen » March 21st, 2018, 9:47 am

Sean,
One thing going on the weekend you will be in McMinnville is the dedication of the newly rebuilt Alpine St. The new Alpine is designed to be walking street that connects Goodfellow, Brittan, Eyrie, Westrey, and Heater Allen. The dedication will be on Friday from 11 to 1. I expect that stuff will be going on all weekend. We (Heater Allen) will be reopening our Tap Room/Bier and Wine Garden (only place in town with a Cameron wine on tap) that weekend as kind of a soft opening. Should be fun!

As far as dining is concerned, there are a bunch of good choices on 3rd Street, from La Rambla (tapas) to Bistro Maison (best fries in Oregon) to Thistle, Nick's, and 411. Community Plate and Valley Commissary are both great breakfast and lunch options.

John, the restaurant in Newport that you are thinking of is Local Ocean.

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#41 Post by John Simpson » March 21st, 2018, 10:05 am

Yep: Local Ocean in Newport. Great place (tho w/limited selection) to also buy fresh catch to take back and prepare yourself...

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#42 Post by James Lyon » March 21st, 2018, 10:18 am

Brandon R, thanks for your posts. I didn't really have a question about vineyard accommodations, but I was trying to respond to the OP, davidlowns, posts and offer a few suggestions. Durant Vineyards is another site with lodging options. I'm sure that there's more options.

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#43 Post by P. Willenberg » March 21st, 2018, 11:37 am

Sean, When you fly in late Thursday, you should head directly to Expatriate for a cocktail and a bite.
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#44 Post by PHuff » March 21st, 2018, 1:46 pm

My wife and I took a trip to the Willamette Valley in the Fall of 2016. It was a fantastic and very memorable trip. We stayed in McMinnville at the 3rd Street Flats, and ate at Thistle and La Rambla. All were recommendations from this board and I would highly recommend all of them. As has been mentioned in this thread, McMinnville is a perfect place to stay in the Valley, very centrally located and a good town for walking, etc....

If you are still planning a trip to the Willamette Valley, I would highly recommend our one-week itinerary. We flew in to Portland and stayed there for two nights. It was our first time visiting Portland and there are lots of great bars and restaurants to try. It's a cool city that should be part of your plan. We then drove out to the Oregon Coast to Cannon Beach for two days. I have not seen many board members comment on this side trip (as most are focused on the wine scene), but you shouldn't miss it. Incredibly spectacular scenery, very wild and pristine coastline, huge rock formations in the surf that you can walk out to at low tide, etc.....and it's only like a 2-hour drive from Portland. We then drove from the coast to McMinnville (another only 2-hour drive), and spent three days there doing the wine thing. We visited Biggio Hamina, Goodfellow, White Rose, and many others along the way. A good time for sure. Then we ended our trip by driving back to Portland via the Columbia Gorge route, which was also beautiful scenery.

We found that the mix of city, coast, and wine country was a perfect scenario for our trip. A little bit of everything kept us fresh and invigorated. If it is your first time in that area, you can't go wrong. I can't wait to go back......
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#45 Post by Ian H » March 21st, 2018, 1:57 pm

PHuff wrote:My wife and I took a trip to the Willamette Valley in the Fall of 2016. It was a fantastic and very memorable trip. We stayed in McMinnville at the 3rd Street Flats, and ate at Thistle and La Rambla. All were recommendations from this board and I would highly recommend all of them. As has been mentioned in this thread, McMinnville is a perfect place to stay in the Valley, very centrally located and a good town for walking, etc....

If you are still planning a trip to the Willamette Valley, I would highly recommend our one-week itinerary. We flew in to Portland and stayed there for two nights. It was our first time visiting Portland and there are lots of great bars and restaurants to try. It's a cool city that should be part of your plan. We then drove out to the Oregon Coast to Cannon Beach for two days. I have not seen many board members comment on this side trip (as most are focused on the wine scene), but you shouldn't miss it. Incredibly spectacular scenery, very wild and pristine coastline, huge rock formations in the surf that you can walk out to at low tide, etc.....and it's only like a 2-hour drive from Portland. We then drove from the coast to McMinnville (another only 2-hour drive), and spent three days there doing the wine thing. We visited Biggio Hamina, Goodfellow, White Rose, and many others along the way. A good time for sure. Then we ended our trip by driving back to Portland via the Columbia Gorge route, which was also beautiful scenery.

We found that the mix of city, coast, and wine country was a perfect scenario for our trip. A little bit of everything kept us fresh and invigorated. If it is your first time in that area, you can't go wrong. I can't wait to go back......

You really nailed it with that itinerary in my opinion. I lived in Oregon for 20 years and those are all great spots with the added advantage of being very close to one another as you point out. When people ask me about a good week in Oregon centered around Portland and wine, I suggest 2 nights in Portland at the Governor (now called Sentinel) or Nines Hotels, a couple nights at the coast at the Stephanie Inn in Cannon Beach and then a few nights in wine country at the Allison Inn. Columbia River gorge is also breathtaking. If you have even more time, spend it in central Oregon in and around Bend - beautiful and you'll feel like you're in a different state than the one you were in but 3.5 hours away in Portland.
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#46 Post by William Kelley » March 21st, 2018, 2:10 pm

I once saw someone walking a sheep (that isn't a typo) on a leash along the side of the freeway in McMinnville, early in the morning.
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#47 Post by PHuff » March 21st, 2018, 2:14 pm

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PHuff wrote:My wife and I took a trip to the Willamette Valley in the Fall of 2016. It was a fantastic and very memorable trip. We stayed in McMinnville at the 3rd Street Flats, and ate at Thistle and La Rambla. All were recommendations from this board and I would highly recommend all of them. As has been mentioned in this thread, McMinnville is a perfect place to stay in the Valley, very centrally located and a good town for walking, etc....

If you are still planning a trip to the Willamette Valley, I would highly recommend our one-week itinerary. We flew in to Portland and stayed there for two nights. It was our first time visiting Portland and there are lots of great bars and restaurants to try. It's a cool city that should be part of your plan. We then drove out to the Oregon Coast to Cannon Beach for two days. I have not seen many board members comment on this side trip (as most are focused on the wine scene), but you shouldn't miss it. Incredibly spectacular scenery, very wild and pristine coastline, huge rock formations in the surf that you can walk out to at low tide, etc.....and it's only like a 2-hour drive from Portland. We then drove from the coast to McMinnville (another only 2-hour drive), and spent three days there doing the wine thing. We visited Biggio Hamina, Goodfellow, White Rose, and many others along the way. A good time for sure. Then we ended our trip by driving back to Portland via the Columbia Gorge route, which was also beautiful scenery.

We found that the mix of city, coast, and wine country was a perfect scenario for our trip. A little bit of everything kept us fresh and invigorated. If it is your first time in that area, you can't go wrong. I can't wait to go back......

You really nailed it with that itinerary in my opinion. I lived in Oregon for 20 years and those are all great spots with the added advantage of being very close to one another as you point out. When people ask me about a good week in Oregon centered around Portland and wine, I suggest 2 nights in Portland at the Governor (now called Sentinel) or Nines Hotels, a couple nights at the coast at the Stephanie Inn in Cannon Beach and then a few nights in wine country at the Allison Inn. Columbia River gorge is also breathtaking. If you have even more time, spend it in central Oregon in and around Bend - beautiful and you'll feel like you're in a different state than the one you were in but 3.5 hours away in Portland.
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We stayed at the Sentinel in Portland and at the Stephanie Inn in Cannon Beach. Both were superb choices......
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#48 Post by Diana E. » March 21st, 2018, 3:04 pm

We were in the area in October, and I would say avoid Dundee etc if 99W is still down to one lane. It's the only way to get around and was pretty miserable to get on/off. We enjoyed Red Hills Market for lunch though!
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#49 Post by Rick Allen » March 21st, 2018, 5:10 pm

For everyone coming to Oregon Wine Country, there is a Newberg/Dundee Bypass that opened a couple of months ago that has pretty much eliminated the bottleneck getting through Dundee. Travel time to McMinnville during afternoon traffic is 10-15 minutes shorter than it was before the Bypass.

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#50 Post by Sean_S » March 21st, 2018, 5:17 pm

Scott Goodwin wrote:We're doing an almost identical trip at the end of June including a stay at 3rd St Flats! Can't wait! We're tacking on a few days in Portland. But your list of visits pretty well mirrors up with those wineries I'm hoping to hit, although I might add Big Table Farms. Please report back and let us know how it went (highlights, low lights, # of visits, driving time, restaurants, etc). TIA!

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Will do.... Got a few confirmations of tasting lined up today. Still trying to figure out something walkin and walking distance to 3rd for a late afternoon tasting after Biggio Hamina.

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