Oregon Wine: Day Trip from Portland

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<p>The Willamette Valley is Oregon&rsquo;s premier wine region. With a milder climate than any growing area in California, cool-climate grapes like Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris thrive here, and are being transformed into world-class wines. We&rsquo;ve picked our favorite wineries, tasting rooms, and restaurants for this wine-fueled itinerary. The Chehalem Mountain and Ribbon Ridge AVAs highlighted here offer more than 150 vineyards. Best of all, the region is less than an hour away from Portland, making for an easy day trip.&nbsp;Start out early, especially on weekends, and don&rsquo;t forget your designated driver.<br><em>By Dave Sandage and John Doerper</em></p>

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RWBentley on September 21, 2011 at 10:10:36 AM EDT

This list lacks some really great winery stops_for one, Willakenzie Estates,which is a show place with a real story of innovation, wine education, including viniculture, pioneering technology and superb educational programs. Others like St. Innocent, Bethel heights, Domaine Drouhin are excellent as well. The smaller but intimate and great wineries like Eyrie, a historic pioneer of both Pinot Noir and the first Pinot Gris in America, and Beau Freres (aka "the pig farm" may appear rustic, but have great reputations and real stories. Extend the Willamette Valley range to include Willamette valley where the tasting room and the magnificent scenic setting are without peer as beautiful settings that also produce great wines. On several visits to the area as a wine educator and writer, I found Bergstrom somewhat less hospitable and chinzy on tastings to put them on this list. Why not Chehalem on the list- a major leader in the Oregon development of both Pinot Noir and Chardonnay standards with one of its very best winemakers, a nice, intimate tasting room, geared to the serious taster, not the "bus stops here" wine tourist crowd in tennis shoes.

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