This may be a food blog, but I'm starting out this post with a non-food picture...so you can truly appreciate the beauty of the place I'm going to tell you about today: Oregon's wine region in the Willamette Valley, located just south of Portland.
|A beautiful view as seen from the tasting pavilion at White Rose Estate. Everywhere we looked, there were|
farmhouses, barns, and even some grazing animals!
|A map of the Willamette Valley wine region. We were mainly|
in the area between Dundee and Carlton for our wine
Right off the bat, you need to know this: I’m not a wine expert...I grew up in a southern Baptist family, so we never had any alcohol in the house. I first learned to appreciate white wine as an adult, but I’ve developed an appreciation for full-bodied red wines over time. Our trip to Napa Valley in 2009 (pre-blogging days), was so much fun. We tasted several different wines, learned a lot, ate some amazing food, and enjoyed fresh air and lush landscapes! Since then, we’ve continued to educate ourselves about wine tasting and food pairings. In all honesty, I tend to go by what appeals to me...if I taste it and like it? I’ll buy a bottle. Is it bad to admit that sometimes I buy a bottle of wine just because I like the pretty label? But I digress...
|Wine aging in oak barrels at Duck Pond Cellars.|
|Of all the wines we sampled during our winery day, this Duck Pond 2009|
pinot noir was our favorite. It was a nice balance: not too sweet, not too dry.
Notice the duck stopper on top? When wine is poured, it comes out of the
duck's bill. Too cute!
|The yummy spread of gourmet treats that we munched on while we had our wine tasting: three kinds of cheese, Oregon|
hazelnuts, fig jam, and sourdough baguette slices. The perfect accompaniment to the wine we sampled!
|A gorgeous landscaped pond on the grounds of Duck Pond...no ducks, but there were LOTS of fish!|
|The vineyards at White Rose Estate...can you imagine going to work every single day with views like THIS?!?!?|
|Rolling hills, lush foliage, and pretty flowers...just part of what we saw on our Willamette Valley winery adventure!|
|A shaded picnic area on the outdoor patio at Anne Amie...perfect for enjoying a glass of wine or a snack as you enjoy the beautiful views of the valley below.|
|The dining room at The Dundee Bistro: colorful and|
full of natural light.