Whenever I visit Seattle, one of my favorite activities is to get out of the city and take the ferry over to Bainbridge Island. Not only does this give you amazing views of Seattle’s skyline (without having to pay for a dinner cruise or boat tour), Bainbridge Island is home to some amazing wines.
If you’re like me and embark on a day of wine tasting without the forethought to pack a picnic lunch, I highly recommend paying a visit to Durant Vineyards. In addition to being one of the only vineyards in Dundee Hills that serves food (priorities), Durant Vineyards offers guests spectacular views of the Willamette Valley from the large patio, as well as a friendly staff and a spacious tasting room. READ MORE
Located in McMinnville AVA, Coeur de Terre is a fairly new vineyard with a lot of passion behind it. French for “Heart of the Earth,” the name Coeur de Terre was inspired by a large heart-shaped rock found while excavating the grounds for the vineyard. The owners, Scott and Lisa Neal, planted the vineyard themselves and have lived on the property, farmed the land (using organic farming techniques), and made the wine since its inception. READ MORE
Located about an hour and fifteen minutes west of Portland, Youngberg Hill is definitely a gem worth exploring. I discovered the beautiful estate while driving from Portland to Lincoln City, and am so glad I decided to make the stop. The beautiful tasting room is located in a picturesque bed and breakfast nestled on a 50-acre hillside boasting spectacular views of the surrounding organic vineyard. The winery has practiced organic methods sine 2003, and is certified both LIVE sustainable and Salmon Safe. READ MORE
Perched atop the picturesque Dundee hills, Domaine Drouhin’s 225-acre estate boasts some of the best views in the area. The tasting room is large with high ceilings and offers guests the quintessential “big-winery tasting experience.” The fine wines, architecture and French style may initially come off as a bit intimidating or ostentatious to first-timers – however the friendly and knowledgeable staff are quick to make you feel at home. READ MORE
When I first entered the White Rose tasting room, it took my eyes a few minutes to adjust to the small (very) dimly lit interior. The cozy rustic wood and leather décor present the feeling of stepping into an attic or log cabin. While the grounds are beautiful, the tasting room offers no windows for guests to enjoy the view. Despite this, the intimate experience and A+ hospitality make the tasting room worth a visit. I was somewhat surprised to discover they only serve Pinot Noir READ MORE