wine tasting

Willamette Wineries Wow Wine Lovers

Views and vines make for luxurious wine tasting day trips for Portland Metro wine lovers. A short half hour drive puts oenophiles in their element.

Pairing Food with Wine at Agate Ridge

Grab a skewer and start stacking these refreshing summer appetizers using seasonal fruits and everyday Greek cheese. Don’t forget the wine for washing it down.

Medford’s Downtown Market Resets The House

Owners Nora LaBracca and Brian Witter have elevated the front of house with a high design and comfy feel for pre-seating lounging.

The Grapes of the 42nd Parallel

One of my favorite excursions on a sunny, warm Sunday afternoon is to drive out Oregon Highway 238 winding through the peaked hills of what locals affectionately refer to as “The Applegate.” Unbeknown to most, nestled throughout this vibrant green valley and much of the greater Rogue Valley region of southern Oregon are some of the world’s finest vineyards. Known for its mild climate and warm summers, the Rogue and Applegate valleys have all the beauty and charm of Sonoma and Napa valleys without the population density from a nearby metropolis. Situated 42 degrees north of the equator and just two degrees… See More

Winter Wine Tasting in Umpqua Valley

It only takes a few persistently-grey, foggy days in the Rogue Valley to make me go in search of sun and fun somewhere in Oregon. Umpqua Valley has long been on my list of must-see places to visit, so I immediately thought of heading out mid-day on the weekend in search of some Oregon-grown wine, and perhaps a story or two! Knowing we only had an afternoon and a good drive ahead of us, I embraced the role of co-pilot and set our sights on Brandborg Winery and Vineyards tasting room in the little town of Elkton, at the northern… See More

Willamette Wineries Closer than France, Better than Napa

While Napa Valley is still viewed as the Holy Grail of wine destinations for the majority of American wine lovers, the Willamette wineries have been growing in both popularity and prominence in the last decade or so. However, given the state of today’s less-than-ideal economy, married with the typically astronomical price tags dangling from Napa bottles, tastings and hotels, visiting the Northwest to get your vineyard (and vino) fix is an economical and convenient way to do a wine tasting vacation.Don’t get me wrong: I’ve been wine tasting in Napa many times, and there’s no denying that some of the… See More

Top Wine Bars in Portland ‘Burbs

We all know that downtown Portland is loaded with swanky wine bars, but what about the suburbs? If you’re looking to expand your wine horizons or meet up with friends for an earthy glass of Pinot without making the trek downtown, here are a few places to try: Located in the bustling community of Multnomah Village, Sip D’Vine features wines exclusively from the Pacific Northwest. Check out the ever-popular $15 and Under shelf for a great selection of taste-tested, budget-friendly wines, or try one of the 15 or so wines by the glass. Owner Jill Crecraft has done a great job of… See More