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Willamette/McMinnville

#1 Post by Dave Gottschalk » June 15th, 2019, 7:26 pm

Super last minute trip to McMinnville. Both of our twins are in BSA summer camp, and we get a chance to have a little vacation (long long overdue). We will only have Sunday afternoon, Monday, and Tuesday morning in Willamette/McMinnville then to White Salmon river/Columbia river area for three days. While I look forward to tasting Pinot’s, I really want to experience some of the area’s Chardonnays. We are not a big fan of California Chardonnay with a few exceptions - Liquid Farm, Smith Madrone, ect. I know several Berserkers are in the area. I would love some guidance as this was last second planning and our first time in the area. Thank you in advance. I will check WB on the plane!

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#2 Post by Mattstolz » June 15th, 2019, 8:47 pm

my favorite chard I've had from the area is made by Walter Scott. also have enjoyed the chard from Goodfellow, Kelley Fox, and Lingua Franca.

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#3 Post by PeterH » June 15th, 2019, 9:00 pm

Right within walking distance in McMinnville, you can visit Goodfellow, Winderlea/Brittan, Eyrie, and Westry. All make excellent Chardonnay and PN. You will have to make appointments. Eyrie recently changed to appointment only tastings.
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#4 Post by Jim Vandegriff » June 15th, 2019, 9:05 pm

On the second portion of your trip, you should be close to one of my favorite Rhone varietal small wineries, Syncline, in Lyle, Washington. Beautiful spot, and nice wines. I'm a club member there, and don't do that lightly. Enjoy the Columbia.

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#5 Post by Rick Allen » June 15th, 2019, 9:08 pm

Lots of great Chardonnay here.
Walter Scott (appt only -south of town)
Goodfellow (appt only - in town)
Brittan/Winderlea (open - in town)
Flanauer (?? - in Carlton)
Fairsing (open - E from Yamhill)
Martin Woods (appt only - SW of town)
Eyrie (in town) is closed for the next few weeks to remodel their tasting room, then appt only.
Brick House (appt only - 25 minutes NE of town)

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#6 Post by James Lyon » June 15th, 2019, 10:29 pm

So, today Sunday, June 16 through Tuesday, June 18. Might be difficult for appointments on short notice, but most tasting rooms should be open. I would suggest contacting wineberserkers Marcus G., Todd H., Vincent F., Jim A., etc. as soon as possible.

In addition to Rick's list for Chardonnay, I would add the following:

Arterberry Maresh - the Red Barn should be open today in Dundee, but will be closed on Monday and Tuesday
Crowley - appointment only in Newberg
Evesham Wood/Haden Fig - Eola Amity Hills AVA, the tasting cabin maybe open today, but will be closed on Monday and Tuesday
Vincent - check with Vincent
Big Table Farm - appointment only in Gaston, but closed on Mondays
Twill - tasting room in West Linn is open today if you are traveling from Portland to McMinnville
Lingua Franca - Eola Amity Hills
Anderson Family - Dundee Hills appointment only available via their website
Ayoub - Dundee Hills appointment only, but Mo's current Chardonnay's are usually sold out by this time of the year
Bergstrom - the tasting room should be open in Newberg

Good luck and enjoy your visit.

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#7 Post by Todd Hamina » June 16th, 2019, 1:15 am

I don't make Chard, but can meet with you Monday afternoon.
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#8 Post by Dave Gottschalk » June 16th, 2019, 7:13 am

Thanks - brief layover in Atlanta. You guys are great. Any cool lunch or dinner spots?

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#9 Post by jon leifer » June 16th, 2019, 10:38 am

just came back from McMinnville and Woodinville..Goodfellow and Biggio Hamina are musts, regret that I did not get together with Jim Anderson..PN's quite nice at Yeungberg Hill, Elizabeth Chambers has a nice one from Temperance Hill..There is a tasting room/store in the middle of town that offers at least 30 different PN's..Don't remember the name but shd be easy to find.
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#10 Post by Rick Allen » June 16th, 2019, 7:13 pm

Dave Gottschalk wrote:
June 16th, 2019, 7:13 am
Thanks - brief layover in Atlanta. You guys are great. Any cool lunch or dinner spots?
Valley Commisary or Community Plate for lunch. Nick's, Thistle, Bistro Maison, or La Rambla are my favorites for dinner, but there's 411, Red Hills Kitchen, and the Barberry as well. Pizza Capo is the new cool spot in town. Haven't been there yet...

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#11 Post by Vincent Fritzsche » June 16th, 2019, 7:29 pm

Pizza Capo in Mac is fantastic.

I’ll be at the winery Tuesday afternoon. I’m in the Eola Hills above Brooks.
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#12 Post by MitchTallan » June 16th, 2019, 7:31 pm

I guess your BSA summer camp does not have scary ghost stories told in grave yards late at night. Ours did. My parents had to make a three hour drive in the middle of the night to rescue my younger brother who was unconsolable with dread that zombies would enter his tent and that his throat would be cut in the middle of the night. Please note that it was my younger brother and not me.

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#13 Post by Todd Hamina » June 16th, 2019, 8:43 pm

Sure Mitch.
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#14 Post by Marcus Goodfellow » June 17th, 2019, 7:58 pm

Todd Hamina wrote:
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Sure Mitch.
You get the Hemingway award for that post...
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#15 Post by Todd Hamina » June 17th, 2019, 8:31 pm

Right.
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#16 Post by Brandon R » June 18th, 2019, 9:14 am

Dinner? Thistle.
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#17 Post by Levi Dalton » June 18th, 2019, 10:48 am

I also recommend Thistle.

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#18 Post by lleichtman » June 18th, 2019, 2:58 pm

jon leifer wrote:
June 16th, 2019, 10:38 am
just came back from McMinnville and Woodinville..Goodfellow and Biggio Hamina are musts, regret that I did not get together with Jim Anderson..PN's quite nice at Yeungberg Hill, Elizabeth Chambers has a nice one from Temperance Hill..There is a tasting room/store in the middle of town that offers at least 30 different PN's..Don't remember the name but shd be easy to find.
I would second Youngberg Hill PN. Doesn't get much recognition but quite good. Nice place to stay also.
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#19 Post by jon leifer » June 18th, 2019, 3:53 pm

We stayed at Yeungberg Hill as well, agree that it is a nice place to stay at..3 very solid single vyd PN's as well as a blended cuvee PN
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#20 Post by Todd Hamina » June 28th, 2019, 1:15 pm

If you dine at the Red Hills Kitchen in the Hotel Atticus they are running my 14 Youngberg Hill PN btg.


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#21 Post by Jim Anderson » June 28th, 2019, 5:57 pm

Todd Hamina wrote:
June 28th, 2019, 1:15 pm
If you dine at the Red Hills Kitchen in the Hotel Atticus they are running my 14 Youngberg Hill PN btg.


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About 20 years ago and likely several owners ago of YHB&B the owner at the time approached us about the vineyard. We thought he was talking about us buying some fruit. Turns out he wanted us to make the wine for him. I told him, “That’s going to be like 500 cases of wine. That’s a lot of wine.” He said that he wouldn’t have any problem selling it because everyone at the inn would buy it. Told him good luck and wished him well. Interesting site though for sure.
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#22 Post by Andrew Ing » June 28th, 2019, 7:54 pm

I love the Granville Chard. My wife and I always wonder why we don't have it more often when we open a bottle.
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