“Our Grand Meander” – Willamette Valley: Dundee & Newberg

Willamette Valley has a large number of little towns, and they each have unique places to stay and eat.  This trip, we discovered two new (to us) restaurants: Paulee and Recipe. Paulee is a beautiful restaurant in Dundee, not far from Anne Amie Vineyard (our afternoon stop). Paulee is part of a new building that … Continue reading

“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 – 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

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

Robert Craig Wine Dinner at Pairings Food & Wine

There are lots of places in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area that offer wine dinners.  A favorite of ours is Pairings Food & Wine in Minnetonka.  The restaurant offers a nice, casual bistro atmosphere; but Chef Michael pulls out all the stops for the wine events.  This week we had a dinner with Adam Glatt from … Continue reading

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