Upcoming Oregon/Washington Winery Trip
We’re headed out for a week-long trip to wineries in Willamette Valley, Lyle Washington, and Walla Walla Washington. OK, there’s also Parent’s weekend at Whitman College in Walla Walla where our son is a student. We’ll be visiting some of our favorites and a few new ones. The wineries are right in the middle of crush, so its’ going to be a bit crazy. Any suggestions on small wineries focused on a food-friendly approach to wine? We’re open to suggestions! We love small wineries and winemakers/winegrowers with a good story. During/after the trip, I’ll try to highlight our findings.
On our list:
Iota Cellars – our friends and a favorite. True winegrowers.
Matello – haven’t visited the winery before, met Marcus Goodfellow at a Matello wine dinner at Pairings Food & Wine this spring.
Cooper Mountain Vineyards – new for us. Sustainable/Biodynamic approach, looks interesting.
The Eyrie Vineyards – new for us. Pioneers of Willamette Valley.
Memaloose – Lyle wineries are generally under the radar, but we’re big Memaloose fans.
Domaine Pouillon – new for us. Another small Lyle, WA winegrower
Gramercy Cellars – Really fun group of people making amazing wines. They bent over backwards to get us in for a tasting during crush last year.
Rotie Cellars – Met Sean Boyd and Nicole at the tasting room last year, wonderful Rhone varietal wines.
Rulo Winery – Enjoyed meeting the Schlickers last year, got my Rulo hat and have sent photos from far-off places!
Fjellene Cellars – met Matt Erlandson last year, have enjoyed our Fjellene wines.
Mannina Cellars – new for us. Friend recommended giving them a try.