Iris Vineyard Pinot Gris - Best White Wine For Summer © Cori Solomon

Best White Wine For Summer Enjoyment

I find the best white wine for summer are those unique blends and the less common single varietals. Many of these white wines come from Europe, delivering a refreshing outlook instead of the typical varieties we see in our go-to wines. Most are bright in acidity. My white wine options will take the wine drinker … Read more

Panoramic View of Utopia Vineyards © Cori Solomon

Utopia Vineyards: The Best of Ribbon Ridge AVA

The smallest AVA in Oregon is Ribbon Ridge. The AVA. consists of about 5.25 miles with approximately 500 acres of vineyards located on the northeast side of the Chehalem Mountains. It is contained within the Chehalem Mountains AVA. and consists of 34 vineyards and ten wineries. Ribbon Ridge earned its designation in 2005. The most … Read more

Rogue Valley AVA - Oregon Wine Month

Oregon Wine Month: Discover Oregon Wine

Oregon Wine Month 2021 is the May celebration of all the Oregon Wine regions and the 725 wineries dispersed throughout the state. The state is the fourth-largest producer of wine in the United States, with the most popular grape varieties planted being Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. Oregon AVAs The Willamette Valley is the largest … Read more

Lake Oswego Sculpture with Cori Solomon

Mt. Hood Territory: Uncover Its Hidden Secrets

When people imagine the Willamette Valley, they usually think of the area between Salem and Portland. This location covers the mid-portion of Oregon because it encompasses most of the Willamette Valley AVA and its sub-appellations. Mt. Hood Territory is another area offering travelers numerous options of activities to discover. Cities in the Mt. Hood Territory … Read more

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Lenné Estate: The Best of Yamhill-Carlton AVA

On a recent visit to the Willamette Valley, I got to visit a winery, Lenné Estate, that you might call an anomaly because of its terroir. The soils are peavine series, a soil that is moderately deep, well-drained, and forms in clayey colluvium and residuum derived from sandstone, siltstone, basalt, tuffaceous rock, and shale located … Read more

Willamette Valley Winery - Tyee Wines

Willamette Valley Winery: Tyee Wine Cellars

From a dairy farm to growing grapes, Tyee Wine Cellars is a family-owned Willamette Valley winery.  Now in its 5th generation with Merrilee Buchanan Benson and her husband Brian Benson taking the lead on this boutique Oregon winery that produces 2000 cases of wine a year. Off the beaten path about 20 minutes from Corvallis, … Read more

Iris Vineyards

Iris Vineyards: Showcasing the Southern Willamette Valley

On a recent visit to South Willamette Valley, I discovered Iris Vineyards. The winery’s production facility is located in Cottage Grove, but Iris’s tasting room is situated about 20 minutes from both Cottage Grove and Eugene. The drive is well worth the visit because of the spectacular views. Perched atop a knoll, the tasting room … Read more

Willamette Valley Currin Covered Bridge Cottage Grove Oregon

Escape to the South Willamette Valley

The Willamette Valley spans 150-miles from Portland to Cottage Grove, with the Willamette River flowing along its entire length. Most people think of the Willamette Valley as the area between Salem and Portland, but this article will delve into the South Willamette Valley that includes the cities of Corvallis, Eugene, Springfield, and Cottage Grove. Recently … Read more

Bells Up Winery Vineyards

Bells Up Winery: Wine Music Hits All the Notes

Music is an essential part of the wine message at Bells Up Winery in the Willamette Valley. Music comes in many forms for David and Sara Specter, owners of the winery. As you enter the winery you first encounter the wine music with their logo of the French horn. I would say in their own … Read more

Vidon Vineyard

Vidon Vineyard: From NASA Scientist to Winemaker

From space to the vineyard, life has taken many spins around this earth for Don Hagge of Vidon Vineyard. Visiting his hideaway gem of a vineyard with its magnificent views of the Willamette Valley, one would never know that Don had played a specific role in the Apollo space mission. You might call Don an … Read more