Much like the wines they produce, Jim and Holly Witte gave their romance ample time to develop—40 years time. Though they met in New York City when Holly was Jim's secretary, it wasn't until a mutual friend reintroduced them decades later that they fell in love. They exchanged vows in Willamette Valley, an area flush with wine grapes, and then began A Blooming Hill Vineyard in nearby Washington County. Their vineyard sits in the hills of the Chehalem Mountains on a basalt range strewn with windblown volcanic soil, protected on three sides by still taller hills and taller yet older brothers. Jim personally walks the vineyards, tending to each vine by hand to create enough breathing room for full clusters to grow.
Visitors can sample the award-winning blends in the onsite tasting room, which plays host to different events each month. To sate people's curiosity, the Wittes share their fermentation process online, and to sate people's appetites, they also share the recipe for the wine-infused cake they served at the vineyard for their wedding-anniversary party.
Stoller Vineyards, located in Oregon's Willamette Valley, uniquely offers world class wines and genuine hospitality in a stunning setting. Enjoy panoramic views, ample outdoor space for relaxation and three guest homes available for rent while visiting North America's first Gold LEED certified winery.
A sun-filled space for breakfast, lunch, and deli selections, Uptown Market serves up an array of casual eats made from fresh ingredients. Guests can pop in for breakfast to devour huevos con jamón, a medley of two poached eggs with toasted country bread, hollandaise, and jamón serrano ($8.95), along with savory gulps of South American coffee ($1.95). Easily transportable, sandwiches are the ideal lunchtime meal. You get a variety of food groups in every bite without annoying utensil requirements, prep work, or cleanup. The smoked-ham-and-brie panini with caramelized onions and sliced apple fits the bill ($7.95), served alongside a kosher dill pickle and coleslaw. An arugula-and-roast-beef salad showcases medium-rare beef on a lovely bed of arugula, garlic crostini, and asiago. topped with a truffle vinaigrette ($8.95), and a veggie burger sates visiting brontosaurs ($7.50).
For more than four decades, the Ponzi family has used the rich soil of the Willamette Valley to produce lush, sustainable wines. Winemaker Luisa Ponzi worked alongside her father for many years, gaining hands-on experience with viticulture and foots-on experience with grape stomping. She deepened this education in Beaune, France, where she studied Burgundian practices. In 1993, Luisa earned her Brevet Professionnel D’Oenologie et Viticulture certificate, a first for an American woman.
Luisa and her sister Maria carry on the dynasty started by their parents, creating wine varietals suited to the climate with sustainable practices that respect the tradition of winemaking. In addition to stocking the cellar with an award-winning collection of pinot noir, pinot gris, pinot blanc, chardonnay, and white riesling, the Ponzis fill bottles with arneis and dolcetto, two rare Italian varietals.
Located within the Cinetopia theater at Vancouver Mall, Brewtopia adds a gourmet twist to traditional comfort food and American cuisine. With the skill of cattle ranchers weaving new lassos from stalks of wheat, cooks mold half-pound burgers from Snake River Farms beef, craft sandwiches and wraps such as buffalo-chicken wraps and oyster po' boys, and design gourmet entrees such as cider-glazed Carlton Farms pork chops. Beyond Brewtopia proper, the adjoining cinema boasts four enormous GXL screens up to 80 feet with 4096p projection—4 times the resolution of Blu-ray—and an exclusive immersive 64.2 channel Dolby ATMOS sound system, five luxury-themed movie parlors, nine living rooms, and five grand auditoriums with steep stadium-style seating to help guests enjoy a clear view of the screen.