Author: James Howe

A rainbow frames the grape vines at Yamhill Valley Vineyards in the spring.

The New Generation of Women in Wine

Thanks to female industry leaders who stepped up as mentors and supporting organizations like Our Legacy Harvested, Women in Wine, Assemblage, and others who work tirelessly to support women and diverse communities in the wine industry, women make up a much larger percentage of the Oregon wine industry workforce than 20 years ago.

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Retro McMinnville: Get a dose of nostalgia at these small businesses

There’s just a special something about McMinnville that reminds people of bygone eras. Whether it’s the 90’s or the 80’s, or even further back than that, there is a retro spirit that pervades the town. But that’s not by accident. Here are some local businesses that through careful collection, thoughtful displays, and community building, help keep retro alive and well in McMinnville.

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Discover the Magic of Cinema at the 13th Annual McMinnville Short Film Festival

February in the Willamette Valley often marks a quiet and slow time of year after the bustling harvest season and before the onset of spring tourism.  With the weather still fickle, it’s an opportune time to cozy up with buttered popcorn and immerse yourself in the captivating and creative world of independent film.  From February 23rd to 25th, 2024, the 13th Annual McMinnville Short Film Festival returns, promising a captivating lineup of emerging film talent, including award winning and Academy nominated short films.

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DIY Writing Retreat: McMinnville’s Best Options for a Creative Weekend

McMinnville is the perfect place to hunker down and get some creative work done. The most fun retreats involve unique lodging, local food, and inspirational walks in whatever city you find yourself in. If you’re building an itinerary for a McMinnville writing retreat–or simply want a lovely weekend in wine country–here are some great options to consider.

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A tasting room that looks like a house, rows of grape vines, and a leafless oak tree sits atop a hill, creating a silhouette against a cloudy gray sky.

Uncorking Cellar Season in McMinnville

It’s time to ditch the Netflix marathon and get away to something truly special this winter. Nestled in the heart of Oregon’s Willamette Valley, McMinnville transforms during winter into a wonderland for the senses: think crackling fireplaces, steaming mugs of locally roasted coffee, and, of course, swirling glasses of world-renowned Pinot Noir.

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What’s on the Menu at Hayward

A converted shoe grease factory isn’t the first place you might think of when considering one of the best restaurants in the Willamette Valley, but then you haven’t met Hayward. Stylishly designed to fit within a corner of the redesigned Mac Market space, this sophisticated yet playful restaurant opened in 2023 and provides a welcoming spot to enjoy the culinary prowess of Chef Kari Kahari. Her ability to transform local and humble ingredients with unexpected flavors and unique techniques is an art form not to be missed.

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A spread of food including tandoori chicken, naan bread, rice, and an array of sauces.

A Taste of India Comes to McMinnville

On almost any given night on Third Street, hungry patrons can be found waiting outside of the recently-opened Taste of India on Third Street. McMinnville finally has an Indian restaurant and our town is here for it. If you have yet to go, here is a little introduction to the restaurant, cuisine, and people that make it worth a visit.

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