September 30, 2009

Archery Summit

Archery Summit is a higher-end winery in the valley, and is one of a few wineries that have caves. Perched in the Hills of Dundee, the drive to this destination is memorable. You are first greeted by oversized iron gates that lead to a long, paved driveway to the tasting room. When Archery Summit first opened, Kristen's family hosted a party in the caves.  As we entered through beautiful wooden crafted doors and walked into the cave past rows of barrelled wines, we finally came upon a 40 foot long table set for 35 guests to dine and share wine. The caves were dimly lit with classical music playing in the background.  If you can imagine it all, it was the most amazing event I have ever attended. So back to the winery--doors open every day from 11-4 pm, and for $15 you can taste four of their highly rated Pinot noirs. They offer tours of the winery/caves by appointment only at 10:30 am and 2:00 pm daily. However, we have received mixed reviews from guests who have since visited, with some who have raved about it while others commented staff not always customer service-oriented. I guess everyone can have a bad day  :)  Kristen

September 29, 2009

Adelsheim Vineyard

Mr. & Mrs. Adelsheim are well known among Oregon wineries and winemakers. One of the founding families of vineyards in Oregon's Willamette Valley, the Adelsheim's have well established roots and wonderful reputations in the region. Mr. Adelsheim visited our B&B last year, and we found him to be a very unassuming and heart-warming gentleman. He told us about his new tasting room (pictured), which we have since visited, and delighted in all the wines poured for us. The tasting room is beautiful, tasting fees about $15 and open every day from 11-4 pm. You can also schedule between three different private tours/tastings for a fee. Check out their website for additional information about their winery tours. Kristen & Linda

September 23, 2009

Winderlea Vineyard & Winery

"WOW!" will be your first response as you enter one of the newest wineries in Dundee, Oregon.  The tasting room and views are spectacular.  Modern and chic, this winery is sure to be a hit.  Even the bathrooms are elegant with cloth hand towels for guests' use.Winderlea Vineyard & Winery opened in 2008, and owners, Bill Sweat & Donna Morris, are originally from Boston.  With a love for Pinot noir, Oregon and chance at a "second career," they purchased vineyards in the Dundee Hills (formerly owned by Oregon's one-time governor, Neil Goldschmidt).  Bill & Donna were our gracious hosts and pourers, and we had a delightful time speaking with them between the many entering to taste wine.  Our favorite wines are their 2006 Winderlea ANA Pinot noir & 2007 Winderlea Estate Pinot noir.  These two Pinots will only get better with time.  They also showcase a Chardonnay.  We'll send many guests their way as the whole experience is just wonderful, and we know they will be treated well with good wine!  They are open Friday thru Sundays only from 11-4 pm.  Kristen & Dan

September 21, 2009

J.K Carriere Wines

Just over one mile from the Inn, this new and beautiful tasting room  is open to  the public   on weekends    (Friday / Saturday 11-3 pm   or   by appointment).  Pinot noir is the passion at J. K Carriere.  Jim, owner and winemaker, has travelled the world and worked with master winemakers.  From his website:  Jim has "learned the trade by working for eight great producers in four countries including: Erath, Domaine Drouhin, Brick House and Chehalem in Oregon; Villa Maria in New Zealand; Tarra Warra and T'Gallant in Australia; and Domaine Georges Roumier in Burgundy. These are his friends and they have provided his foundation...Ours is focused winemaking of classically structured, ageable, high-acid, smooth-tannin Pinot noir (and a little bit of Chardonnay). High acidic wine can reside on a shelf longer, making a robust pinot fabulous as it ages with time.  We got to know Jim a bit at an opening event at this new facility, and was impressed with his knowledge and passion for pinot.  We hope to send many guests his way.  Kristen & Dan

September 20, 2009

Vidon Vineyards

Vidon Vineyards was a winery we recently learned about, and Dan and I visited them over Labor Day weekend--a very busy weekend in wine country! Don and Vicki Hagge (the VI in Vicki and DON in Don make up the winery name) were friendly and wonderful owners and hosts. We sampled practically all their wines and enjoyed each one. Seconds please! I think the 2007 Miraballe Clone 115 was our favorite ($48/bottle) but honestly you wouldn't find a bad wine here. Price points for pinots are little higher than you might find elsewhere in the valley, but worth visiting them and sampling. Take a bottle or two home with you as well! You won't be disappointed. Kristen

September 19, 2009

Terra Vina Wines

A new tasting room for Terra Vina Wines has just opened, and is located just one mile from the Inn. They have an established tasting room in Carlton, Oregon, but this new tasting venue overlooks their vineyards and is open thru fall harvest. Karl & Carole Dinger have something special going on here. Karl is a self-taught and fabulous winemaker, and believes in making a "fruit forward" wine. You can tell how wonderfully fabulous they are as you won't find a bad wine in the bunch!

Since opening this tasting room late this summer we have sent several guests there, and two guests and personal friends have joined to become wine club members! That tells you something about the wines. It's hard to a find a winery where you like all of the wines. I am a Pinot noir fan, and they have Pinots, but their Chardonnay is unbelievable! We'll keep sending guests their way as customer service and friendliness compliment the wines. They'll even do private tastings with cheese plates. Let us know and we can schedule a private tasting! Kristen & Dan