“Our Grand Meander” – McMinnville

We like staying in McMinnville when we visit Willamette Valley, as there are lots of shops, restaurants, and tasting rooms. Crescent Cafe is a favorite breakfast spot for many.  Often, there’s a line outside the door. Everything they serve is fresh and homemade.  The owner seems to always be there (the gentleman in the tie) … Continue reading

“Our Grand Meander” – Willamette Valley: iOTA Cellars

We were really looking forward to visiting our friends at iOTA Cellars.  We just missed the actual grape harvest this past Tuesday, but we always love getting a chance to walk in the vineyard.  The rain let up today, whew!  In the vineyard you immediately notice how quickly the vines shut down after the grapes … Continue reading

“Our Grand Meander” Willamette Valley – Cooper Mountain Vineyards & Nick’s Italian Cafe

We’re off on our circuitous route out to Whitman College’s parent’s weekend October 19-21.  We may be the only parents who take ten days to get to parents weekend!  Of course, we want to meander through wine country, stopping in the Willamette Valley and Hood River on our way out to Walla Walla.  We’ll be … Continue reading

Domaine Rouge-Bleu CdR & Lamb Chops

After discovering Sunshine Harvest Farms at the farmers markets this year, I now keep locally raised lamb chops in the freezer, ready at any time!  I really wanted to make some lamb chops this week, so I was looking forward to trying this wine with lamb. Cotes du Rhone wines are some of the most … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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