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Thursday, February 11, 2010
Valentine's Day Winery Visits
Looking for something different to do on Valentine's Day? Several Oregon wineries are offering some imaginative substitutes for the typical chocolate and red wine tasting experience.
At Montinore Vineyards in Washington County you can try the dancing grape. Their Two to Tango event on Sunday, Feb. 14 includes latin tango music and an instructor offering tango lessons on the hour from noon to four. If you have never visited Montinore, you really must. The winery is located off Highway 47 south of Forest Grove in Washington County. At the end of the oak-lined lane is a southern-style mansion where it would not be at all strange to see Miss Scarlet in her hoop skirt standing on the columned porch sipping a chilled glass of Riesling.
Built in 1905 by John Forbis, a former attorney for Anaconda Copper in Montana, the ranch was named Montinore, a contraction of Montana in Oregon. With over 585 acres producing 40,000 cases, Montinore is one of the largest Oregon wineries. Owner Rudy Marchesi combines traditional wine making with biodynamic vineyard management to produce highly regarded Pinot Noirs, Gewurtztraminer, Pinot Gris, Riesling and Muller Thurgau. The tasting room’s large picture windows offer an expansive view of the vineyards.
If dancing is not your thing, perhaps answering that burning question of "what wine to serve with a BLT sandwich" might be your Valentine choice. Chehalem wine tasting room in Newburg is having a We Love Bacon event pairing Pinot Gris, Chardonay and three different Pinot Noirs with bacon. The event takes place on Saturday and Sunday from 1-5 pm and includes live music beginning at 3 pm. Cost is $5.
Still undecided about the pig and wine? Continue on to Dundee to Sokol Blosser Winery where they are sponsoring a Pork and Pinot event pairing local pork mole sliders and a flight of Pinot Noir for $15.
For the past twelve years, I have written a monthly travel column for a local northwest newspaper. In doing so, I have traveled over 50,000 miles in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and British Columbia and taken far too many photos. Please join me in my travels throughout the Upper Left Hand Corner of the United States. We'll visit wineries, small towns, major attractions, museums, retaurants, gardens, historic sites, take a few hikes, and explore backroads and byways.
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