“Our Grand Meander” Columbia Gorge AVA – Domaine Pouillon

Lyle, WA has a group of four interesting wineries.  One we hadn’t yet explored was Domaine Pouillon.  Even though the fall harvest and crush season is busy, Alexis and Juliet Pouillon graciously hosted us for a very nice visit.  The winery consists of a small shed attached to a larger barn.  Juliet explained the small … Continue reading

“Our Grand Meander” McMinnville – Matello Winery Visit

We’re big fans of Matello Wines and Marcus Goodfellow.  We met Marcus this spring when he visited Minneapolis and hosted a wine dinner at Pairings Food & Wine in Minnetonka.  After the dinner, we joined Matello’s wine club, and we were really looking forward to a visit to the winery. When we arrived at the … 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

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

Favorite Wineries – iOTA Cellars visit

Thanks to our friends and old next door neighbors, Perry and Lynne Pelos, for sparking my interest in wine.  They always wanted to own a vineyard and possibly a winery.  While this is a dream for many people,  the team of Pelos & Sandberg made it reality with the Pelos-Sandberg vineyard and iOTA Cellars!  These … Continue reading

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