Title says it all. Will be visiting WV on a short trip with a friend on June 16 and 17, and due to being extremely busy and extremely lazy, I only have one of the two days covered for tastings. On the 16th, we are tasting with Goodfellow in the late morning, and then Willamette Valley Wineries (who I know nothing about, but it was very easy to book a tasting online so I took it!) in the afternoon. I was hoping to schedule with Vincent on Friday the 17th, but unfortunately he isn’t available due to a prior obligation.
Any ideas for wineries I can try to schedule with on short notice roughly in the area of McMinnville? My favorites are Goodfellow and Vincent. My buddy is going to kill me if I don’t get a couple of tastings scheduled for Friday!
I would schedule a Martin Woods tasting on his website. The tasting will be held at his downtown wine bar, HiFi, which is also worth visiting. Check to see if you can get an appointment time at Eyrie, then swing by Heater Allen taproom on Friday. Winderlea is next to Marcus and IIRC they have open tasting hours. Their Chards are nice.
Not McMinnville, but see if Saul at Championship Bottle can host you at Grochau (where Vincent also makes wine). If out that way, try Evesham Wood. If Bill at Paetra is available, his facility is not too far from McMinnville.
As the tallman suggests, Westrey is in McMinnville, but it would be a private appointment. You can try contacting David.
Brittan, Eyrie, Martin Woods, Matzinger Davies, Hundred Suns, etc. would be other great McMinnville options. Although I’m not sure if Eyrie has reopened, Brittan was closed on Thursdays and I think Matzinger Davies and Hundred Suns would be appointment only.
For Eola Amity, I think that Walter Scott is doing some limited appointments. Check out Will Hamilton at Violin in DT Amity. Cristom, Bethel Heights, Evesham Wood are classics.
Unless something has changed recently, Bill with Paetra is in Gaston with Kelley Fox at the Adea Wine Company facility. That would be a great tasting lineup at the same space.
Really enjoyed visiting Domaine Drouhin which is nearby McMinnville. With one of their tastings, you get to try both their domestic and burgundy wines and they have library Burgundy wines for sale. Interesting place.
If time permits, there are some others nearby Brick House . As you turn on the road for Brick House (Lewis Rodgers Ln), the first winery on your left Domaine Divio is worth a drop in. We did not have reservations there when we went in September. Trisaetum is across the street from Brick House, and you are a stone’s throw as the bird flies to Patricia Green and Beaux Freres as well.
If you’re still looking for places, I recommend a visit to Tendril Wines in Carlton. The winemaker/owner, Tony Rynders, used to be the winemaker for for Domaine Serene before opening his own place (which is next-door to Ken Wright Cellars). Carlton is also home to Flaneur Wines, Carlton Winemakers Studio (housing many wineries), and has tasting rooms for many other excellent wineries like Big Table Farm and Lavinea.