Author: James Howe

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Everyone is Welcome at Gluten-Free Bierly Brewing

Bierly Brewing is a super-friendly spot on Third Street to enjoy crispy onion rings, craveable donuts, expertly brewed beers, and other tasty bites—all of which are gluten-free (GF). Ames and JP Bierly, the brains and taste buds behind the brewery, both have celiac and have created a dedicated gluten-free space where everyone can safely eat and drink together. 

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Great Bartenders, Great Bars

With its walkable downtown tasting rooms it will surprise no one that McMinnville is a destination for wine lovers, but there’s a thriving scene of bars that focus on other libations as well. Classic cocktails and innovative ones, local beers and Belgian imports, internationally-sourced wines and those made down the street, and even creative non-alcoholic options, McMinnville has it. Here are a few favorite spots to put on your own personal pub crawl. 

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A diptych with one image of a bottle of R. Stuart's Bubbly and the other of Pizza Capo's burrata served over a rhubarb sauce.

Celebrate Oregon Wine Month with R.Stuart Wine and Local Restaurants

May is Oregon Wine Month, and to celebrate many wineries across the Willamette Valley are sharing how they pair their favorite wines with fun flavors in the Pair it Forward social media campaign (#pairitforward). This inspired us to ask one of McMinnville’s most beloved wineries, R. Stuart & Co., what wines they would pair with local restaurants or dishes. 

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A Wine Country Wellness Weekend

While McMinnville may be known for our numerous wine tasting experiences, sometimes a relaxing wellness weekend is needed. If you’re in the mood for nourishing food, a soothing spa experience, and a mellow, meditative weekend, check out these local offerings of health and wellness. 

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Save the Date: 6 Willamette Valley Wine Festivals Not to Miss

Summer in Oregon is for outdoor concerts, wildflower hikes, and wine festivals. A wine fest is a gathering of wineries, often with some music and food, where attendees can ask questions and taste through a selection of different bottlings from each winery. Attending one is a great way to learn what you like, meet winemakers behind your favorites, and try new things. Put these local wine festivals (listed chronologically) on your calendar now. 

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Eat at Humble Spirit; It’s Good for the Planet

Who knew a cookie could have so much meaning? Not only are Humble Spirit’s TRFOs (Tabula Rasa Farms Oreo) delightfully nostalgic and addictive, but these sweet treats encapsulate how this Third Street restaurant works with its farm to make the world a better place. 

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Sweet treats from a new family business on Baker Street

“You are exactly where you need to be” reads a colorful photo wall in McMinnville’s newest cafe, and if you’re tempted by things like fresh fruit-filled danishes; tall pastel cups of bubble tea; and Thai summer rolls with peanut sauce, you’ll want to be there, too. 

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