It just so happens I’m in the travel detective business. It’s bad business to have an American Viticulture Area (AVA) right in your backyard that you don’t know. It’s like a clue hiding in plain sight. From what I’m hearing on the … [Read more]
If you’re looking for a romantic setting for a wedding, then one in wine country makes perfect sense. I’m planning my wedding abroad in the fall but being so far away from where all your wedding vendors are can sometimes lead to missing out on learning about the little details. I spent the day with … [Read more]
“Even serious enophiles describe Oregon wines with one word: Willamette. And one grape: Pinot Noir. It’s understandable. The Pinots produced in places like McMinnville and Dundee are among the very best in the world. The beauty of the Willamette Valley is that you can get lost on the backcountry roads but always find a good … [Read more]
Special tasting experiences where the fees are donated 100% to a local charity
Willamette Valley, Oregon: Who are we and what is this tasting loop? We are a small group of wineries where the family are both the owners and the winemakers, who have joined together to offer special ‘in the loop’ tasting experiences to benefit charity. … [Read more]
This recipe has been in my family since my kids started going to school. I tend to whip it out a few days before the fortuitous calamity of Spring Break takes hold: one week of no-school, with its free-form days, lingering cabin fever and dreary, unpredictable Oregon … [Read more]
Art is often thought of as stationary – paintings, sculptures, statues. But of course, it is often much more experiential (think literary readings, dance, or live theater), and can be more of a direct interaction between the artist and the individual experiencing the art.
Travel and art share a lot in common. Traveling to a new … [Read more]
Locally-Owned, Oregon-Inspired Luxury Hotel to be Built in Downtown McMinnville
36-Room, full-service hotel set to open in Spring 2018
It’s January. It’s cold pretty much everywhere north of Arizona, and the only thing your future holds for you for months to come is binge watching Netflix shows and cooking casseroles. Well, friends, you’re in luck – McMinnville awaits!
If you’re planning a secret Valentine’s … [Read more]
Strolling solves everything
Walking through McMinnville at this time of year is like strolling a tunnel of love and light. Everything’s all sparkly, dark and sweet, and there is this feeling in the air that everyone around you has made it their task to give it the … [Read more]
“There is no shortage of beautiful places to stay in Oregon wine country. Dozens of B&Bs dot the hills of Willamette Valley, classy hotels rule the cities, … [Read more]
The Oregon Wine Press features McMinnville as the heart of Oregon Wine Country in this piece by Ryan Stevens:
“Wine aficionados, beer lovers and foodies alike have discovered a farm-to-table pilgrimage destination in McMinnville. Home to a bounty of tasting rooms and wine bars, serious breweries — yes, there are three — gourmet restaurants and … [Read more]
“We just launched the McMinnville wine walk, where you get a passport from a participating vineyard or VisitMcMinnville.com, and it gives you a map and the opportunity to walk and try various wineries … [Read more]
Portland, Ore. (November 10, 2016) – Today, Wine Enthusiast Magazine, an esteemed, internationally-recognized wine publication for oenophiles, announced Oregon’s Willamette Valley as its 2016 Wine Region of the Year for its annual Wine Star Awards.
The Wine Star Awards are viewed as some of the most influential in the wine industry. Each year since 2000, the … [Read more]
Thanksgiving Weekend is a special time in McMinnville. Wineries open their doors with special wines and offerings, restaurants offer seasonal dishes, retail shops celebrate the season, and did we mention the day-after-Thanksgiving parade with Santa?
Below are McMinnville area winery events during Thanksgiving Weekend (for more details on events and special offerings, click on the … [Read more]
SAVE-THE-DATE FOR THE 12TH ANNUAL OREGON TRUFFLE FESTIVAL, BRINGING CULINARY THOUGHT LEADERS TO THE WILLAMETTE VALLEY THIS WINTER
The premiere celebration of native truffles in the U.S. will host Harold McGee and … [Read more]
Thanks to Erin from BakeryBingo.com for checking out the McMinnville Wine Walk:
“I was blown away by how many tasting rooms there are. They’ve got more than 20 all within walking distance of the downtown area. Turns out my preconceived notion that tasting rooms are boring and not that pretty is very wrong…” … [Read more]
Lush Life: Mixing with Wine – Wine Cocktails that Go Beyond the Spritzer
“…wine cocktails can taste as complex as those made with hard liquor—even the derided spritzer has its place (it’s widespread in hot European countries). Wine purists who cry that such concoctions degrade the integrity of the … [Read more]
Summertime and the livin’ is easy – or at least, a little more lax than normal, especially in McMinnville, the heart of Oregon wine country. Skip out of that Friday staff meeting, make your lodging reservations, and hit the road. McMinnville’s fine dining, award winning wineries, and fantastic shopping along … [Read more]
10 Small Cities with World-Class Food Scenes
“The cities on this list — all with populations of fewer than 100,000 — prove that you don’t need silly things like “public transit” and “the need to lock your door at night” … [Read more]
Things to do in McMinnville this Summer. You won’t want to miss these top McMinnville Events!
Summer in the Heart of Oregon Wine Country means just one thing: it’s time to hop in the car and get down to McMinnville, Oregon (less than an hour SW of Portland)! You’ll find plenty of things to do including delectable … [Read more]
Bounty of Yamhill County (BOYC) is more than just a three-day food and wine show — it’s a culinary celebration of our vibrant community of famous wineries, celebrated chefs, and sustainable family farms in the McMinnville, Oregon area happening every August. In 2015, Bounty of Yamhill County placed #2 in USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ … [Read more]
Brunching in the Pacific NW is basically a new sporting event, if you’ve ever had to face the throngs of crowds that gather early on weekend mornings at restaurants in cities like Portland and Seattle. But we all know that a game of patience is not easily played on an uncaffeinated brain or empty stomach. … [Read more]
Explore The Recently-Launched Willamette Valley to Walla Walla Wine Trail
Rachel Signer of Food & Wine Magazine recommends her top spots and events in McMinnville, Oregon:
Standout Restaurants in Willamette Valley Wine Country
Mattie John Bamman recommends his top picks for outstanding places to eat in McMinnville and the surrounding area. Congrats to the restaurants in McMinnville who made this list!
“With one of the greatest fine wine regions in the world less than an hour away, it’d be kinda lame to ignore it, … [Read more]
There’s no question that McMinnville Oregon is a destination for wine lovers looking to situate themselves in the middle of Pinot noir paradise, but can one live on wine alone? (Answer: of course!) But, for those in need of a change of pace, McMinnville has some other top drinks that aren’t of the wine kind:
Craft Cocktails & … [Read more]
Sip! McMinnville Food & Wine Classic Now over twenty years running, Sip! Wine and Food Classic draws over 100 wineries, breweries, distilleries, food vendors, artists, craftspeople and makers from all over Oregon under one grand roof at the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum. We all know McMinnville, Oregon is in the … [Read more]
One thing every Oregonian (and visitor to Oregon) should know – we never let a little liquid sunshine get us down! Spring is a lovely time of year to visit McMinnville, Oregon and with so many things to do in McMinnville like events, shopping, wine tasting, and other activities you certainly won’t find yourself twiddling your … [Read more]
McMinnville Restaurants, A Delicious Dining Destination
Most people think of McMinnville as an incredible destination for wine tasting in Oregon – and it certainly is! But the city is also an outstanding hub for some of Oregon’s best restaurants. It’s no secret that people visit McMinnville just to eat (and drink our famous pinot!) No matter what you’re hungry … [Read more]