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#1 Post by Stuart BeauneHead Niemtzow » July 29th, 2019, 10:23 am

My wife and I will be visiting in the Portland (OR) area in mid October. I haven't been in that area in over 40 years, and have never visited any wineries there. I have liked their pinot noirs and pinot gris over the years. Hopefully, I can figure out a day in that area visiting maybe 3 wineries. Any suggestions? I would love to visit Eyrie , as it was a pioneer, and value any suggestions and reasons....and, I guess, geography that would make such a day work more efficiently. Given my fondness and familiarity with Burgundy, I am very intrigued about such a day--- on many levels. TIA

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#2 Post by Todd Hamina » July 29th, 2019, 10:51 am

Come see me. I'm in Mcminnville as well. And we are a co op, so you could taste a handful of other wineries too.
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#3 Post by Stuart BeauneHead Niemtzow » July 29th, 2019, 11:04 am

Sounds great. Thanks for the invitation.

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#4 Post by Bill Sweeney » July 30th, 2019, 5:19 am

I would recommend Beaux Freres, Brick House, and Ayoub. You will need to make reservations at all three, I think. They are all in Dundee.

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#5 Post by James Lyon » July 30th, 2019, 5:58 am

Ayoub is in the Dundee Hills. Beaux Freres and Brick House are in the Ribbon Ridge AVA, but not too far from Dundee. Yes, all 3 require reservations, but Beaux Freres and Brick House may allow drop in's depending on the day.

It sounds like the OP wants to visit Eyrie. With Todd H.'s invitation, I would suggest that the OP visit McMinnville. Reach out to Marcus Goodfellow and you will be set for a wonderful day of tastings in McMinnville at Eyrie, Biggio Hamina and Goodfellow. Eyrie recently changed to a seated appointment only format. I haven't been to the new format, but perhaps others can chime in with their thoughts. Lunch at the Valley Commissary and dinner at Thistle would make for a full and enjoyable day in McMinnville.

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#6 Post by Richard T r i m p i » July 30th, 2019, 8:00 am

Sometimes early October is pretty busy. Great suggestions for Eyrie, Goodfellow and Biggio-Hamina. There are so many more.

Appointments required. You should bring some of your Burgs to share as I know Marcus and Todd will appreciate them!

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#7 Post by Jim Anderson » July 30th, 2019, 8:18 am

Be happy to have you come by and we can crack open some 2004 Burgs!

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#8 Post by Stuart BeauneHead Niemtzow » July 30th, 2019, 2:13 pm

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why not!!

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#9 Post by Todd Hamina » July 30th, 2019, 2:32 pm

Anderson for the win.
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#10 Post by Marcus Goodfellow » July 30th, 2019, 3:26 pm

Jim Anderson wrote:
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Be happy to have you come by and we can crack open some 2004 Burgs!

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Ha! Need a hand with the glassware at
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We do waive tasting fees for visitors with white or red Burgundy...
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Stuart BeauneHead Niemtzow wrote:
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why not!!
Stuart,

If you’re coming through, and stopping at Eyrie, and/or Biggio-Hamina, please come by. I’ve always enjoyed your thoughts on Burgundy on the boards, and would love your take on what we’re doing.
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Todd Hamina wrote:
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Come see me. I'm in Mcminnville as well. And we are a co op, so you could taste a handful of other wineries too.
Was nice to finally put a face to the wine at Woodard Wine last week my man.
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#14 Post by Todd Hamina » July 30th, 2019, 6:34 pm

My pleasure. Hope you had a fine time.
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#15 Post by Jim Stewart » July 31st, 2019, 1:13 pm

We did a short stop in McMinnville on our trip last year and visited/tasted at Eyrie, Brittan, and Goodfellow. The wines were pretty good at all three, but for an overall experience I would recommend a visit with Marcus Goodfellow. You may have more "in" than we do, and be able to taste with other winemaker(s) , but tasting wines with the pouring staff, while they are knowledgeable and pleasant, is no way the same as tasting/visiting with the winemaker. Extrapolating from this, I would say go see Jim Anderson and Todd Hamina if they can make time for you.
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#16 Post by jon leifer » July 31st, 2019, 4:07 pm

a big +1 re visits to Biggio Hamina and Goodfellow..Very accomodating and lovely wines..regret that I did not go to Patricia Green and meet Jim Anderson when we were in McMinnville in June.
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#17 Post by Michael Sterling » July 31st, 2019, 4:46 pm

Happy to pour our current Franny Beck lineup (new Bieze Vineyard Chardonnay included) for you if your interested. Send me a pm and we’ll set it up
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#18 Post by Dav1d S@wyer » July 31st, 2019, 7:24 pm

I'd spend a day in Eola Amity visiting Walter Scott, St. Innocent, Evesham Wood, and Bethel Heights.

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Dav1d S@wyer wrote:
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I'd spend a day in Eola Amity visiting Walter Scott, St. Innocent, Evesham Wood, and Bethel Heights.
+1 and would add Cristom to that list
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#20 Post by Cody L » August 1st, 2019, 7:04 am

Another one to throw in the hat, especially if you make the trek from Dundee to Ribbon Ridge, but Pete and Dick Shea (Shea Wine Cellars) are doing some really good stuff out in Yamhill/Carlton. They have some killer Chardonnay in addition to their known Pinots. Even though they sell most of their grapes (to great wineries), they make some great things. They'll host you right in their facility and you can see some of the processes. I think you'd need to call ahead.
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#21 Post by Richard T r i m p i » August 1st, 2019, 7:24 am

Cody, I'm curious what type of wine related business you're involved with in Portland?

Shea is not known for their Burg-oriented Pinot style...certainly not in my experience. Stuart is a longtime avowed Burg-head to the exclusion of pretty much every other kind of red wine. OR Pinot is a commendable stretch for him! I've got to go with Marcus and David Sawyer with their Eola-Amity recommendations if Stuart's able to spend a 2nd day touring.

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#22 Post by Greg Malcolm » August 2nd, 2019, 4:39 am

Marcus Goodfellow wrote:
July 31st, 2019, 8:30 pm
Dav1d S@wyer wrote:
July 31st, 2019, 7:24 pm
I'd spend a day in Eola Amity visiting Walter Scott, St. Innocent, Evesham Wood, and Bethel Heights.
+1 and would add Cristom to that list
+2, except I would replace St. Innocent with Johan. While technically not in the Eola Amity AVA, it’s only 10 minutes from Walter Scott and Bethel Heights.

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#23 Post by markjchambers » August 2nd, 2019, 6:40 am

It's been a few years, but I had a nice visit at Big Table Farm. Back then it was just two people who gambled everything on their venture. No fancy tasting room or
staff. Just a rustic farm where they live and work. Not sure what the AVA is, but it's north of McMinnville. Also enjoyed Patricia Green, Beaux Freres and St. Innocent. Walter Scott is another small operation (or it was) where just two people do almost everything.

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#24 Post by Stuart BeauneHead Niemtzow » August 2nd, 2019, 11:30 am

Thanks for all your nice comments, invites and pm's....

I am hoping to spend a day in the Willamette Valley on Monday October 21. Will be staying in Portland with family for 3 days, so one day visiting and tasting is max. Really looking forward to this, a long time goal. (I've never been to CA wineries and am going to skip them for this). Will focus more on the specifics as time gets closer. Lots of great opportunities.

Wonder what I should bring along as wampum?

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#25 Post by Mattstolz » August 2nd, 2019, 3:24 pm

it hasn't been mentioned yet (although absolutely I would second visits with Jim at Patty Green and Marcus at Goodfellow, along with Walter Scott), but I had an incredibly enjoyable time with Kelley Fox and her wines are beautiful as well. Also, if you stop at Patty Green, you literally drive by Kelley's spot on the way back to Portland.

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#26 Post by Jim Stewart » August 2nd, 2019, 3:38 pm

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it hasn't been mentioned yet (although absolutely I would second visits with Jim at Patty Green and Marcus at Goodfellow, along with Walter Scott), but I had an incredibly enjoyable time with Kelley Fox and her wines are beautiful as well. Also, if you stop at Patty Green, you literally drive by Kelley's spot on the way back to Portland.
. . . I recently met Kelley and I can imagine visiting with her and tasting her wines would be a pleasure. ! So +1 on this suggestion.
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#27 Post by Mattstolz » August 3rd, 2019, 6:05 am

Jim Stewart wrote:
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it hasn't been mentioned yet (although absolutely I would second visits with Jim at Patty Green and Marcus at Goodfellow, along with Walter Scott), but I had an incredibly enjoyable time with Kelley Fox and her wines are beautiful as well. Also, if you stop at Patty Green, you literally drive by Kelley's spot on the way back to Portland.
. . . I recently met Kelley and I can imagine visiting with her and tasting her wines would be a pleasure. ! So +1 on this suggestion.
we picked up lunch from Valley Commissary and spent over 3 hours just snacking and chatting with her and her assistant in the winery. they opened 4 of their wines +grower fizz +great burg while we chatted. she is quite the personality!

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#28 Post by Cody L » August 3rd, 2019, 9:01 am

Richard T r i m p i wrote:
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Cody, I'm curious what type of wine related business you're involved with in Portland?

Shea is not known for their Burg-oriented Pinot style...certainly not in my experience. Stuart is a longtime avowed Burg-head to the exclusion of pretty much every other kind of red wine. OR Pinot is a commendable stretch for him! I've got to go with Marcus and David Sawyer with their Eola-Amity recommendations if Stuart's able to spend a 2nd day touring.

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Richard, you're right. Shea is not Burg-oriented, and I should have read the first post in more detail otherwise I wouldn't have made the Shea rec. I'm a close friend of Dick's son Pete, and always felt their wines have a certain element that draws me in (in the most unbiased way). Not over-extracted, but not Burgundy either. Marcus and David have great recs, and the possibilities are nearly endless for a great time here.

Also, to answer your question, I do marketing work for https://www.winemarketjournal.com/, and did work at Brentwood Wine auctions (based in Portland) for a number of years.
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#29 Post by Jim Anderson » August 3rd, 2019, 12:27 pm

Mattstolz wrote:
August 2nd, 2019, 3:24 pm
it hasn't been mentioned yet (although absolutely I would second visits with Jim at Patty Green and Marcus at Goodfellow, along with Walter Scott), but I had an incredibly enjoyable time with Kelley Fox and her wines are beautiful as well. Also, if you stop at Patty Green, you literally drive by Kelley's spot on the way back to Portland.
Happy that she moved into the neighborhood, relatively speaking but she is the other direction. I mean you could go back to Portland that way but it would be a distinct detour. However, where she is located is just 5 miles down the road.
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#30 Post by Richard T r i m p i » August 3rd, 2019, 2:36 pm

Thanks for the info Cody. Shea is one of the best known vineyards in Oregon. Probably 10+ years ago I pondered some of their vineyard soil samples with Brian of Belle Pente. There are lots of Shea producers, including Shea...but in general, the Pinots are full bodied. Kelley Fox, on the other hand, has been dialing in her elegant and feminine style...much closer to Stuart's wheelhouse. That said, there's only so much time and Stuart's schedule seems painfully limited.

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#31 Post by Mattstolz » August 3rd, 2019, 6:56 pm

Jim Anderson wrote:
August 3rd, 2019, 12:27 pm
Mattstolz wrote:
August 2nd, 2019, 3:24 pm
it hasn't been mentioned yet (although absolutely I would second visits with Jim at Patty Green and Marcus at Goodfellow, along with Walter Scott), but I had an incredibly enjoyable time with Kelley Fox and her wines are beautiful as well. Also, if you stop at Patty Green, you literally drive by Kelley's spot on the way back to Portland.
Happy that she moved into the neighborhood, relatively speaking but she is the other direction. I mean you could go back to Portland that way but it would be a distinct detour. However, where she is located is just 5 miles down the road.
weird. sometimes my google maps does take me ways even around home that don't seem like they make any sense. when we left your place I remember driving right by it because I commented on how I should have planned that bit better. haha!

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#32 Post by Stuart BeauneHead Niemtzow » August 5th, 2019, 8:55 am

Richard T r i m p i wrote:
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Thanks for the info Cody. Shea is one of the best known vineyards in Oregon. Probably 10+ years ago I pondered some of their vineyard soil samples with Brian of Belle Pente. There are lots of Shea producers, including Shea...but in general, the Pinots are full bodied. Kelley Fox, on the other hand, has been dialing in her elegant and feminine style...much closer to Stuart's wheelhouse. That said, there's only so much time and Stuart's schedule seems painfully limited.

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It is "painfully limited", Richard, BUT I am happy to be finally getting there.

Our sons, now 26 and 32, look back on their trips to Burgundy with me and their mom as "abuse", (and their mother does not correct them) so....I am delighted to be going back to wine country, at least with only their mother this time. One day is a hefty chunk of our (2.5 day) stay in Portland...and we have friends and family to visit and sites to see. Very much looking forward to forming a [quick] impression. And, really appreciate all the suggestions and thoughts here.

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#33 Post by Paul price » August 5th, 2019, 8:30 pm

Greg Malcolm wrote:
August 2nd, 2019, 4:39 am
Marcus Goodfellow wrote:
July 31st, 2019, 8:30 pm
Dav1d S@wyer wrote:
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I'd spend a day in Eola Amity visiting Walter Scott, St. Innocent, Evesham Wood, and Bethel Heights.
+1 and would add Cristom to that list
+2, except I would replace St. Innocent with Johan. While technically not in the Eola Amity AVA, it’s only 10 minutes from Walter Scott and Bethel Heights.
+3 on going to cristom if you're already going to bethel heights. They're practically around the block from each other and both make excellent wines.

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#34 Post by John Osburn » August 6th, 2019, 1:22 pm

Good advice so far. Will you be looking to eat out while in PDX?

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#35 Post by stewart lancaster » August 6th, 2019, 3:15 pm

I am also visiting with family the week of October twenty first.My family are more fans of new world style Pinots. we will have two full days.I appreciate any recommendations. What town is best to stay in? Looking for three nights. How about restaurant reds.

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#36 Post by Stuart BeauneHead Niemtzow » August 7th, 2019, 5:48 am

John Osburn wrote:
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Good advice so far. Will you be looking to eat out while in PDX?
Yes, for sure. But, not haute cuisine, I'd think. Fun stuff; local takes/ingredients, hopefully.

Since we're staying with a family of young cousins, need a fun place to take all to one night (7 people, plus us). They live in Happy Valley. Hopefully, they can be happy in other locales, too.

Meeting up with other friends from the past, who reside in Portland, too.

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#37 Post by Richard T r i m p i » August 7th, 2019, 6:25 am

Stuart, Jim Anderson knows a good bit about the Portland dining scene. Just saying.

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#38 Post by James Lyon » August 7th, 2019, 7:00 am

Coquine. And pre order some cookies to take with you for the week.

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#40 Post by Marcus Goodfellow » August 7th, 2019, 11:05 am

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I am also visiting with family the week of October twenty first.My family are more fans of new world style Pinots. we will have two full days.I appreciate any recommendations. What town is best to stay in? Looking for three nights. How about restaurant reds.
McMinnville is central to the wine country and has an excellent set of restaurants to choose from. Best restaurants would be:

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#41 Post by John Osburn » August 7th, 2019, 3:33 pm

Stuart BeauneHead Niemtzow wrote:
August 7th, 2019, 5:48 am
John Osburn wrote:
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Good advice so far. Will you be looking to eat out while in PDX?
Yes, for sure. But, not haute cuisine, I'd think. Fun stuff; local takes/ingredients, hopefully.

Since we're staying with a family of young cousins, need a fun place to take all to one night (7 people, plus us). They live in Happy Valley. Hopefully, they can be happy in other locales, too.

Meeting up with other friends from the past, who reside in Portland, too.

Thanks for asking.
Lots of local takes around Portland, for sure. That's mostly what we have, although they tend to be small places so advance reservations (if accepted) are often essential. Lots of threads on local "semi-haute" cuisine.

On the non-haute cuisine more local-ingredient/take front I have sent larger groups (including kids) to Shalom Y'All SE and have received grateful thanks as feedback. Good, fun place, something for everyone there. Not haute cuisine but very tasty, affordable. https://www.shalomyallpdx.com/ Afuri Ramen is another option. All Japanese, but fairly wide menu, high standards. Bollywood Theater for excellent fresh-ingredient Indian street food. Lovely's Fifty-Fifty has hyper-local creative pizza and ice cream. Tasty n' Alder appeals to a broad range and sometimes takes larger reservations.

More (west coast) Portlandy and chef-driven but casual is Ned Ludd, although smallish. Best wine lists in town if you get to sneak out are Davenport (eclectic) and Pix/Bar Vivant (champagne).

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#42 Post by Marcus Goodfellow » August 7th, 2019, 3:49 pm

As a heads up, Davenport and Bar Vivant are literally next door to each other.

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#44 Post by Mike Grammer » August 8th, 2019, 9:27 am

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Be happy to have you come by and we can crack open some 2004 Burgs!

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Cute, LOL.

Jim is on my priority list myself to visit whenever I do get out there for the first time, Stuart. That said, I've had 3 Patricia Green Pinots (that I can source notes for, anyway) and while I have liked all of them a lot, I'm not sure they fit completely comfortably in your tasting wheelhouse----but go and taste and prove me wrong! :)

I think you would like Bethel Heights and Brick House. And if Eyrie has any aged Pinot Gris to try, you owe it to yourself to try it, I was utterly blown away by a 1988 version a couple years ago. I've also had the chance to try Todd's wines, and those of Kelley Fox and have liked what I've had.

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#45 Post by Stuart BeauneHead Niemtzow » August 8th, 2019, 10:28 am

John Osburn wrote:
August 7th, 2019, 3:33 pm
Stuart BeauneHead Niemtzow wrote:
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John Osburn wrote:
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Good advice so far. Will you be looking to eat out while in PDX?
Yes, for sure. But, not haute cuisine, I'd think. Fun stuff; local takes/ingredients, hopefully.

Since we're staying with a family of young cousins, need a fun place to take all to one night (7 people, plus us). They live in Happy Valley. Hopefully, they can be happy in other locales, too.

Meeting up with other friends from the past, who reside in Portland, too.

Thanks for asking.
Lots of local takes around Portland, for sure. That's mostly what we have, although they tend to be small places so advance reservations (if accepted) are often essential. Lots of threads on local "semi-haute" cuisine.

On the non-haute cuisine more local-ingredient/take front I have sent larger groups (including kids) to Shalom Y'All SE and have received grateful thanks as feedback. Good, fun place, something for everyone there. Not haute cuisine but very tasty, affordable. https://www.shalomyallpdx.com/
Wow, John...couldn't resist looking at the place with a name like that. Sounds like a perfect experience on many levels. The food looks great.

thanks

and, thanks, Mike for your advice....(we're heading to Montreal for a few days at the end of the month and then to family wedding in VT). Busy year.

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Re: Willamette wineries to visit in October???

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Re: Willamette wineries to visit in October???

#47 Post by mmeyers » August 10th, 2019, 5:00 am

Grew up in PDX and make it back with family ~ once a year. Similar needs re: dining out as we usually have parties of 6-10 and a wide range of ages/food interests. Love some of the places mentioned above, but these are a few that I really like for the food + have worked well for us with larger groups. Were last there summer 2018.

- big +1 for Ken's Pizza. Casual place but real food and good wine for a small list. Great for a group. Don't miss the wood roasted vegetables.
- Nostrana- We love this place with a group. Cathy Whims has been a top PDX chef for a while, but it's casual and fun. Pizzas are great for kids. They're take on a Caesar (with radicchio) is one of my favorite salads ever.
- + 1 for Bollywood theater- fun vibe. very casual. good food.
- Pok pok- hasn't been cool (and probably even a bit portland stereotypical) to recommend for a while, but still good food and a broad menu with something for everyone. + $10 corkage! (at least it used to be)

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Re: Willamette wineries to visit in October???

#48 Post by Stuart BeauneHead Niemtzow » November 1st, 2019, 12:10 pm

Thanks to the efforts and enthusiasm of Seth Long, who responded to this thread this summer, my wife and I had a lovely day of tasting and exploring in the Willamette Valley last week. Seth help put together the four appointments. And, he met with us the day before to taste his newest vintage of chardonnays (under "Morgen Long") that were top flight and as good a chardonnay gets. I'd have no hesitation in saying that they were the best lineup of chardonnay I've had outside of Burgundy/Chablis. Wonderful stuff that I had no idea was coming out of Oregon. I plan to age the bottles we bought.

Seth set up appointments for us with Marcus Goodfellow, Walter Scott, Cristom and Bethel Heights.

We spent a wonderful morning tasting at Marcus' and getting a real understanding of where the quality of Oregon stands, especially with its shocklingly good chardonnays and Marcus other-worldly riesling. The pinot noirs are maturing in many senses and have their own decided characteristics. I wish I were younger and still buying wine, as I'd be happy to try to understand this region and its parts. But, that won't happen, and doing it half-assed is not my style. (I will look forward to seeing how the 2017 pinot noirs we bought will age). Tasting with Marcus was as good as it gets as far as education and curiosity. However, the time flew, and our schedule was irretrievably broken. [oops.gif] Marcus, we though, was calling our next two appointments: Walter Scott and Cristom. But, when we arrived at Walter Scott, we were (probably justifiably) greeted by a decidely annoyed winemaker who said we were an hour late and to come back "next time." (There is not likely to be a next time, sadly) I had been particularly interested in tasting their wines, and am still curious, but......

Our visit to Cristom was interesting...more "corporate", organized, beautiful views and wines that had a common signature and were priced among the highest we tasted all day. We finished with Bethel Heights, which is also making some nice white wine, in this case, Pinot Blanc (with oak a la Andre Ostertag from Alsace). Their pinot noirs were very impressive, as were Marcus', and though it was out of my price comfort zone, I could not resist a particular one, the 2015 "Shallows", which I thought was like a Vosne Beaumonts...or even Cros P: shallow soils, making the roots fight to get to nourishment, etc....So, I think I paid as much as I ever had a for single bottle of wine. I plan to have it rest until 2025. For me, it was as good as any Oregon wine I've tasted.

So, thanks to all who responded. A lovely memory and very educational two days in the Portland area, thanks to Seth. We would have been happy to have visited more places had we had the time, but.......are grateful for what we did get to do.

P.S. We did go the the SE "Shalom Y'all" and were suitably impressed, though we ended up eating a lot of hummus that week.

The wines from the region have come a huge distance from the large tasting in NYC (with winemakers) I went to in 1985......and the whites surprisingly so. The Oregon "experiment" was clearly worth all that effort, and will only improve.

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Re: Willamette wineries to visit in October???

#49 Post by Erica Landon » November 2nd, 2019, 8:26 am

Tasting with Marcus was as good as it gets as far as education and curiosity. However, the time flew, and our schedule was irretrievably broken. [oops.gif wrote: Marcus, we though, was calling our next two appointments: Walter Scott and Cristom. But, when we arrived at Walter Scott, we were (probably justifiably) greeted by a decidely annoyed winemaker who said we were an hour late and to come back "next time." (There is not likely to be a next time, sadly) I had been particularly interested in tasting their wines, and am still curious, but......
Stuart, I feel that it is important to share how difficult it is for small wineries to host appointments during harvest, as we have modest crews juggling an incredible amount of work. We feel that it is such a special time of year, so we make it a priority to share the process with our guests. During this time of year, we limit appointments to once each day, 5 days a week, where we combine a few groups together and show them all that is happening in the winery. Had you made the appointment directly with Walter Scott I would have communicated that punctuality is VERY important as you are tasting with others AND due to it being Harvest, our team's schedule is incredibly tight. Our appointments were full in the morning of your visit, and because Seth requested on your behalf we made an exception to host a second group that day which quickly filled up. The appointment was scheduled to begin at 1:30 in the afternoon. Ken and the other guests waited for 15 minutes for your group to arrive. At 1:45 I began texting Seth to try and reach you and determine if you were still coming to the winery that day. At 2:10 Seth responded that he was not sure, as he was out of the state. By that time, the tasting was well underway and we asked Seth to tell you we no longer able to see you, as it would require us to host the 3rd appointment and that wasn't possible. Your group arrived 2:40 just as I was leaving the winery to collect our daughter from school.

As a note to all who visit small producers during harvest, or really any time of year, please keep in mind that they are incredibly busy running their small businesses and they rearrange their entire schedules and open wine to host you. Making sure to stay on schedule and respect everyone who has made it a priority to host you is so important. Communicating with the wineries what your schedule is so they can help keep you on schedule and get you out to your next appointment, as well as not overbooking your trip is important etiquette.
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Re: Willamette wineries to visit in October???

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