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#1 Post by JDavisRoby » August 5th, 2019, 7:02 pm

Have about 24 hours to explore Oregon wine in late September. Land at PDX at 11 AM and have to be back at PDX in time to catch a 2:45 PM flight next day.

Would love to see Goodfellow, Biggio-Hamina and PGC in but I’m worried that would be too much windshield time.

Better to stay in Portland and explore the tasting rooms there? I’ve done the brewery and coffee thing in Portland before so that’s of no interest.

Or, rush to McMinnville, taste, stay overnight and head back to Portland the next morning?

Not sure I want to do a couple tastings and then drive back to Portland that night. If so, recommend a car service over a rental?

I’ve read multiple OR/WV threads on WB but none as whirlwind as this! And, I’m not sure I saw any car service recommendations although it appears many exist from an online search.
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#2 Post by Scott Tallman » August 5th, 2019, 7:25 pm

I’d drive to McM. I could be forgetting someone, but other than Division, you’ll Have way better tasting experience in the valley.

You should arrive by 1, unless you stop along the way. If you can coordinate with the wineries’ availability, no reason you couldn’t hit PGC on the way to McM, then Todd and Marcus (or Vice versa). If you need food en route, stop at Red Hills Market in Dundee or stop at Valley Commissary in McM before visiting Todd & Marcus.

Then enjoy a nice evening in McM - if you like beer, hit Heater Allen if they are open, Allegory Brewing or Bitter Monk beer bar (usually pretty awesome tap list + bottles). Lots of nice restaurants - Thistle, Bistro Maison, La Rambla, etc.

You could probably schedule a tasting for the next morning on your return to PDX. Community has good breakfast, but I prefer the coffee at Flag & Wire.
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#3 Post by Mike Kuller » August 5th, 2019, 7:37 pm

A local friend who did consulting in Portland for a couple of years raves about Wine on Broadway. Very knowledgeable women who run it who suggest some excellent Oregon pinot noirs to try.
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#5 Post by Sean_S » August 5th, 2019, 7:45 pm

Scott Tallman wrote:
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I’d drive to McM. I could be forgetting someone, but other than Division, you’ll Have way better tasting experience in the valley.

You should arrive by 1, unless you stop along the way. If you can coordinate with the wineries’ availability, no reason you couldn’t hit PGC on the way to McM, then Todd and Marcus (or Vice versa). If you need food en route, stop at Red Hills Market in Dundee or stop at Valley Commissary in McM before visiting Todd & Marcus.

Then enjoy a nice evening in McM - if you like beer, hit Heater Allen if they are open, Allegory Brewing or Bitter Monk beer bar (usually pretty awesome tap list + bottles). Lots of nice restaurants - Thistle, Bistro Maison, La Rambla, etc.

You could probably schedule a tasting for the next morning on your return to PDX. Community has good breakfast, but I prefer the coffee at Flag & Wire.
The pulled pork breakfast burrito at Community is awesome and they were serving 1-2 Flag and Wire coffees when I was in there.

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#6 Post by Yao C » August 5th, 2019, 7:58 pm

Do stop by Pix Patisserie/Bar Vivant in Portland for the best champagne list on the West Coast, if champagne is your jam. I'd love to join you :)
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#7 Post by Todd Hamina » August 5th, 2019, 8:23 pm

Tough call. But if you can get out of PDX quickly and head straight to Mac (but plan on 90-120 minute drive). See me first?, then park in McMinnville proper so you could walk to Goodfellow, Heater Allen, dining etc and it will all work out fine.
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#8 Post by Rick Allen » August 5th, 2019, 8:28 pm

If you want to check out Heater Allen, give me a call and I'll pour you a few tastes if I'm around (which is usually the case). There is a new restaurant in town - Pizza Capo. It's good.

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#9 Post by JDavisRoby » August 5th, 2019, 9:06 pm

Thank you for the feedback. Leaning heavily towards spending the night in McMinnville. Once I get it all ironed out will reach out for a few appointments.

I saw a few negative comments on the Hotel Oregon. Stayed at their property in Bend last year. It was not luxurious by any stretch but adequately quirky. Similar sentiment about Hotel Oregon?

I’m a big VRBO guy when I travel. Have to say this Yurt is quite appealing in a likely overwhelmingly quirky way.

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#10 Post by PeterH » August 5th, 2019, 9:13 pm

I've stayed at the Hotel Oregon many times. Avoid it on weekends, especially holiday weekends. Otherwise, you will enjoy the stay unless you
need lots of space and total silence.

For families I recommend Third Street Flats. If you need luxury, Atticus Hotel fills the bill (in more ways than one).
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#11 Post by JDavisRoby » August 5th, 2019, 9:18 pm

Peter, I looked at Atticus after reading other threads. It looks very nice but for a quick one night trip it’s hard for me to get excited about paying $400/night.

It’ll just be two of us so a large flat would be overkill.
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#12 Post by Sean_S » August 5th, 2019, 9:29 pm

PeterH wrote:
August 5th, 2019, 9:13 pm
I've stayed at the Hotel Oregon many times. Avoid it on weekends, especially holiday weekends. Otherwise, you will enjoy the stay unless you
need lots of space and total silence.

For families I recommend Third Street Flats. If you need luxury, Atticus Hotel fills the bill (in more ways than one).
Love Hotel Oregon but beware you don't get a private bathroom. My wife loves the quirkiness but won't stay there because of the bathroom situation.

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#13 Post by Dav1d S@wyer » August 5th, 2019, 11:19 pm

Todd Hamina wrote:
August 5th, 2019, 8:23 pm
Tough call. But if you can get out of PDX quickly and head straight to Mac (but plan on 90-120 minute drive). See me first?, then park in McMinnville proper so you could walk to Goodfellow, Heater Allen, dining etc and it will all work out fine.
I'd do this. You could then hit Eyrie and/or Westrey which are both within walking distance to Goodfellow. Rick Allen's beers are not to be underestimated either. They are fantastic and right in the same area.

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#14 Post by Marcus Goodfellow » August 5th, 2019, 11:20 pm

JDavisRoby wrote:
August 5th, 2019, 9:06 pm
Thank you for the feedback. Leaning heavily towards spending the night in McMinnville. Once I get it all ironed out will reach out for a few appointments.

I saw a few negative comments on the Hotel Oregon. Stayed at their property in Bend last year. It was luxurious by any stretch but adequately quirky. Similar sentiment about Hotel Oregon?

I’m a big VRBO guy when I travel. Have to say this Yurt is quite appealing in a likely overwhelmingly quirky way.

https://t.vrbo.io/YfEBvIK3UY
Sounds like a great day trip!

VRBO is a good choice, and Mac has quite a few options.

I would guess the drive out would be less than 120 minutes, and would suggest you head straight to Mac and hit PGC in the morning on the way back to town.

Scott and Sean are on point. Don’t miss Heater-Allen. And I would add Valley Commissary to your breakfast thoughts.
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#15 Post by JDavisRoby » August 6th, 2019, 12:31 pm

Thanks Marcus. I will reach out to schedule an appointment once I have details finalized. Thanks!
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#16 Post by James Lyon » August 6th, 2019, 12:50 pm

Yeah, I would recommend staying overnight in McMinnville. Lots of VRBO options and you should have plenty of time for your preferred visits. That's a great lineup for 24 hours with Biggio Hamina, Goodfellow on Day 1 and PGC on Day 2.

And as others have mentioned, go see Rick at Heater Allen. Wonderful beers and I look forward to seeing Lisa in Charlotte at next weekend's Lager Fest.

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#17 Post by JDavisRoby » August 6th, 2019, 1:59 pm

Sean_S wrote:
August 5th, 2019, 9:29 pm
PeterH wrote:
August 5th, 2019, 9:13 pm
I've stayed at the Hotel Oregon many times. Avoid it on weekends, especially holiday weekends. Otherwise, you will enjoy the stay unless you
need lots of space and total silence.

For families I recommend Third Street Flats. If you need luxury, Atticus Hotel fills the bill (in more ways than one).
Love Hotel Oregon but beware you don't get a private bathroom. My wife loves the quirkiness but won't stay there because of the bathroom situation.

Sean
Not sure how many but they do have queen and king rooms available with a private bathroom.
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#18 Post by Ian H » August 6th, 2019, 6:09 pm

Yeah definitely get out of Portland right away and down into the Valley. It's a pretty easy/quick drive. Nothing against Portland, good city, but might as well do it right and you have enough time.
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#19 Post by Todd Hamina » August 6th, 2019, 6:45 pm

You could stay here... https://pastryranch.wordpress.com/
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#20 Post by JDavisRoby » August 6th, 2019, 7:36 pm

Todd, are you saying the yurt should be out? https://t.vrbo.io/YfEBvIK3UY
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#21 Post by Todd Hamina » August 6th, 2019, 7:46 pm

I would never dissuade you from getting your yurt on.
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#22 Post by Sean_S » August 6th, 2019, 8:02 pm

JDavisRoby wrote:
August 6th, 2019, 1:59 pm
Sean_S wrote:
August 5th, 2019, 9:29 pm
PeterH wrote:
August 5th, 2019, 9:13 pm
I've stayed at the Hotel Oregon many times. Avoid it on weekends, especially holiday weekends. Otherwise, you will enjoy the stay unless you
need lots of space and total silence.

For families I recommend Third Street Flats. If you need luxury, Atticus Hotel fills the bill (in more ways than one).
Love Hotel Oregon but beware you don't get a private bathroom. My wife loves the quirkiness but won't stay there because of the bathroom situation.

Sean
Not sure how many but they do have queen and king rooms available with a private bathroom.
That's good to know for our next visit. Thanks!
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#23 Post by JDavisRoby » August 12th, 2019, 8:43 pm

Any opinions on renting a car versus using Uber or a private car service?
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#24 Post by Jason T » August 12th, 2019, 9:11 pm

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You could stay here... https://pastryranch.wordpress.com/
+1 for Pastry Ranch. Stayed here last fall and the hosts are top-notch.
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#25 Post by Todd Hamina » August 12th, 2019, 10:04 pm

If you stay at the pastry ranch, Jim could drive you around perhaps. He makes airport runs too.
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#26 Post by JDavisRoby » August 14th, 2019, 7:25 am

Unfortunately the Pastry Ranch has a two night minimum stay.

PM’s and emails on their way to set up appointments. Thanks!
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#27 Post by JDavisRoby » September 22nd, 2019, 7:31 pm

Headed out this week. Going to see Biggio-Hamina followed by Goodfellow. Haven’t made a third appointment for that afternoon. Unless someone has a great suggestion I’m going to keep it to two visits. We will see Patricia Green the next day before heading to Bend for golf.
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#28 Post by Rick Allen » September 22nd, 2019, 10:14 pm

Stop by for a beer. I'm three blocks from Goodfellow.

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#29 Post by Rick Allen » September 22nd, 2019, 10:15 pm

Marcus can point you in the right direction.

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#30 Post by JDavisRoby » September 23rd, 2019, 5:25 am

Thanks Rick! That’s a great idea.
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#31 Post by Richard T r i m p i » September 23rd, 2019, 1:35 pm

Mike Kuller wrote:
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A local friend who did consulting in Portland for a couple of years raves about Wine on Broadway. Very knowledgeable women who run it who suggest some excellent Oregon pinot noirs to try.
It's a great downtown spot for a crash course in Oregon Pinots. Always a couple dozen wines ready to go in their cruvinet-like system....unless Jim's influence has faded and the owner converted it all to a Bubbles Bar. champagne.gif

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#32 Post by Marcus Goodfellow » September 23rd, 2019, 8:16 pm

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Stop by for a beer. I'm three blocks from Goodfellow.
I’ll walk him over myself.
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#33 Post by JDavisRoby » September 23rd, 2019, 8:24 pm

Marcus Goodfellow wrote:
September 23rd, 2019, 8:16 pm
Rick Allen wrote:
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Stop by for a beer. I'm three blocks from Goodfellow.
I’ll walk him over myself.
Now I feel like a VIP. champagne.gif
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#34 Post by Jim Anderson » September 23rd, 2019, 8:58 pm

I see you on our calendar for
Thursday morning. We will be at it hard that day but I will come up and say hi. Sorry, hard to make promises beyond that. Literally the largest (potential) harvest day ever at PGC with a combination of white and Pinot adding up to over 30 tons.
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#35 Post by Todd Hamina » September 23rd, 2019, 9:19 pm

Well, I can show you what a winery that has picked nothing looks like...
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#36 Post by JDavisRoby » September 24th, 2019, 9:36 am

Jim Anderson wrote:
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I see you on our calendar for
Thursday morning. We will be at it hard that day but I will come up and say hi. Sorry, hard to make promises beyond that. Literally the largest (potential) harvest day ever at PGC with a combination of white and Pinot adding up to over 30 tons.
Jim, that would be great but I certainly understand if you’re knee deep in grapes and can’t make it up.
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#37 Post by JDavisRoby » September 24th, 2019, 9:37 am

Todd Hamina wrote:
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Well, I can show you what a winery that has picked nothing looks like...
...as long as it’s nothing this year and prior year’s grapes are ready to drink!
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#38 Post by JDavisRoby » November 30th, 2019, 12:20 pm

Way, way late in posting a brief trip capsule and thanks. Life has been hectic since this trip!

Drive from PDX to see Todd at Biggio-Hamina was pretty easy. Although, not the picturesque drive that I expected. This was my third time to Oregon, but first venture into the Willamette Valley. I had no idea the amount of filbert aka hazelnuts farms we’d pass!

We arrived in McMinnville at lunch time and went to Valley Commissary for a quick bite. It was great.

Todd was great to spend an hour plus with us which included a quick tour of his space and history of his winemaking. Wine was great as expected and Todd’s straightforward hosting style was fun. If you want an opinion on wine, the valley, etc don’t hesitate to ask him! It was fun to learn more about the history of the valley. We enjoyed all of his wine and were thrilled to pick a couple bottles (among others) of 2010 Duex Vert Pinot Noir. I love being able to buy wines with some age on them direct from the winery.

Next we went over to see Megan and Marcus at Goodfellow Family Cellars. Like Todd they were great and knowledgeable hosts. Their first picks of the season were fermenting and it was fun to see (and smell) the future wine. We tasted thru a large selection of the 2017 releases. I have a list of what we tasted and a few notes in storage (due to cellar construction) and would happily share if people want to know more specifics. As we were winding down, David Westry came by to retrieve some picking bins that he lent Marcus. He decided to stick around and taste wines with us which was a real treat. Upon learning I love Syrah, Marcus opened one of his which was an appreciated gesture. Unfortunately, I didn’t write down what it was but I enjoyed it!

We intended to walk over to Heater Allen for a beer with Marcus after our tasting but by the time we wrapped up they were closed. Sorry Rick!! I don’t remember exactly when we left but it was at least a two plus hour tasting.

We had hoped to eat dinner at Thistle (several attempts to make a reservation didn’t yield an answered phone call) and David was kind enough to call the owner for us when he learned we had an issue with making a reservation. Unfortunately they were booked for the night. We stayed at Hotel Oregon so after checking in, we walked over to the restaurant in the Atticus Hotel. It was great! We chose a steak to split and it was cooked perfectly. The Atticus is obviously the more luxurious of the two hotels in town, but the price certainly reflects that. The Hotel Oregon was comfortable for the short time we were in town. A longer stay might yield a stay at Atticus.

We loved Commissary so much that we decided to go back there for breakfast before heading to Patricia Green. It was another great meal that included a visit with the owner/chef. Really great story and I recommend checking it out if you’re in town.

The drive from McMinnville to Patricia Green winery definitely fulfilled the picturesque quota the wife and I were hoping to see. This tasting was a more structured tasting than the previous two but it was great. Harvest was in full swing and the sorting table was busy. I love the Patricia Green wines so this was a fun treat to see their space, even though harvest activities limited our ability to see anything up close. The view onto the surrounding vineyards was beautiful. Our host was great and we obviously enjoyed the wines. I was driving back to PDX and then to to Bend after the tasting so I did less tasting and more spitting than I normally do, but everything was wonderful.

We chose to take the scenic route back to PDX and drove thru Tualatin on the way which made for the scenic drive in we wanted.

All in all a great 24 hours and I look forward to going and spending more time in Willamette Valley.

Thank you to Todd, Marcus and the Patricia Green team for the great hospitality. All the wine we bought is packed away while our cellar is being built out. I can’t wait to get into it and enjoy what we bought!
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#39 Post by Todd Hamina » November 30th, 2019, 7:44 pm

Thank you! Glad you had a good time.
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#40 Post by S teve R edenbaugh » December 1st, 2019, 2:19 pm

We were lucky enough to spend four days over the Thanksgiving Holiday visiting McMinnville and the Willamette Valley. Kudos to Todd at Biggio Hamina, Megan at Goodfellow, and Dustin Swenson at Kelley Fox. Visits were informative, wines impressive. Unfortunately we found dining options a bit more variable...mediocre meal at Nicks Italian was followed by absolutely inedible and painful visit to Bistro Maison. Best meal in wine country was Thanksgiving turkey and trimmings at Jory at the Atticus. Final day in Portland capped by our best meal of the year so far at Coquine...creative, great wine list, and a bargain at seven course prix fix for $100. I think next time we stay in Portland and arrange short tasting trips. Willamette not quite at par with Napa, Sonoma, Santa Barbera, Paso Robles for wine touring, IMO.

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#41 Post by Lee Short » December 7th, 2019, 1:51 pm

S teve R edenbaugh wrote:
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Willamette not quite at par with Napa, Sonoma, Santa Barbera, Paso Robles for wine touring, IMO.
Maybe so, but I've never been fond of "wine touring" and miss the old days of the post-thanksgiving open houses here in Oregon. I won't touch the current zoo with a ten foot pole.

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#42 Post by PeterH » December 7th, 2019, 2:17 pm

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