Although there are so many places to visit, we recommend allocating 45 mins-2 hours per winery visit-or even longer (especially for larger groups) and no more than 2-4 wineries per day. Quickly tasting a flight of their wines and leaving is not always a memorable experience.
The magic happens when you’re not in a hurry; ask if the winemaker is around, see if there are any animals on the property you can say hello to, ask all of the questions your heart desires. Once in Forest Grove we got to sit on a tractor and play with a little baby goat. That was our favorite visit of the entire day and it happened because we weren’t in a rush. Lambs, goats, sheep’s, horses, chickens, kittens, wine dogs, even turtles and owls make up the animal assortment. The animals add to the health and biodiversity of the land, and also make us happy. Meet the Animals Behind the Scenes
Or schedule 1 or more winery facility tours. The facility tour is hosted in an intimate setting with the owner/winemaker or one of their wine ambassadors. For an hour to an hour and half, you have the undivided attention of a knowledgeable professional to talk about their select wines, general wine education, information about their property and its AVA, and answer any kind of question you may have.
So consider: WINE EXPLORATION is not speed dating. Start by accepting that wine is a food product far more than an alcohol-delivery system, a point made by David Adelsheim. Wine's meant to share, and responses of one's peers can extend ones own take on a wine. Further, wine encourages meal taking--tapping into the collective tradition of the table. Don't miss the essence of the place your're visiting; by the predilection to cram as much into an interval than possible gives the time spent coherent value.
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...a throaty wine with a full range of black cherry notes...riding a long finish to an oak obbligato"
Easy Wine Descriptor (below)
What's the Most Common Mistakes People Make in Wine Country? For personalized tastings, picturesque vineyards, and the chance to meet the folks behind your favorite bottles, nothing beats a trip to Oregon wine country. But whether you’re planning a casual weekend away with friends, or you’re a serious wine drinker looking to hone your blind-tasting skills, getting the most out of your visit requires careful planning. You may utilize the following links:
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'Easy Wine Descriptor'
one taste, two tastes, three tastes
feeling of well being
sensation of warmth
THREE 2 OZ TASTES = ONE GLASS OF WINE