@jrbw3 sounds like you can go anywhere on the west coast, then.
If you got to Oregon you’ll get mostly Pinot, some Syrah, Gamay, maybe a few others for reds. CA has everything, depending on the region, while WA had warmer growing regions so you get Rhone and Bordeaux varieties.
@jrbw3 Only in California. I’ve never gone tasting in OR or WA. But you need to pick a region or two first because there are far too many options.
As for hotels, to me it’s just a bed, so I don’t care much.
Well on our 25th anniversary I don’t think I would just go tasting somewhere just to swish and spit then go to sleep in motel 6. I’m staying somewhere damn nice and taste some great wines IMHO.
@jrbw3 If you’re thinking of OR, I recommend staying at Chahalem Ridge, a B&B with great views in Newberg. Owner Kristen makes a mean breakfast and an easy drive to several AVAs and dynamite restaurants. Not a terrible distance from PDX.
@jrbw3@ScottW58 We just got back from McMinnville and had a great experience, despite some non-wine related craziness. Good tasting options right in town, and a great launching point for other wineries in the area.
@jrbw3 I live on the Oregon Coast, but go to McMinnville all the time. Carlton is a very cute town. It depends on what you like. There are private, beautiful places, and places that are in the thick of it. Most wineries require advanced reservations. Please let me know if I can help. I love this part of the world.
My daughter lives in Eugene, OR. We’ve gone out there several times and tasted. I’ve NEVER been satisfied with the Wilamette Valley experience. Pinot Noir is not my thing, and that’s what their focus is.
@FritzCat Agree! Went last year for 50th birthday. Stayed at the Inn @ 161 in Sutter Creek which was charming. Scott Harvey tasting room as well as others right around the corner on Main St. Another winery Avio close by. Short drive to Shenandoah Valley for so many wineries. Vino Noceto & Scott Harvey close to each other must stop in!
Flew in & out of Sacramento & day tripped Lodi hitting 3 great wineries Jessie’s grove, Jeremy’s Wine co. & Oak Farm but so many others to explore.