Founded in 1992, SakéOne has staked its claim on the Highway 47 wine route as the only American-owned-and-operated sakéry in the United States. Using Sacramento Valley rice and powers of alchemy gleaned from the saké-master's Japanese training, SakéOne plies Northwest Oregonians and national markets alike with its wide range of traditional and modern-style drinkables. In the tasting room, the brewery's knowledgeable staff will guide rice-wine rookies through stylish sips, explaining subtleties of flavor and proper serving techniques, such as "do not serve in a paper cup." The Ultimate Saké Shock takes tasting twosomes on a tour of five unusual food and saké pairings that are sure to dispel the myth that saké is only appropriate with sushi and corn dogs. Post-flight, samplers will be given two additional samplings of SakéOne's unpasteurized, fresh-pressed nama saké, and an optional complimentary brewery tour (available at 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m.).
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.
Árdíri Winery & Vineyards' winemakers John Compagno and Gail Lizak personally tend to each vine on their five-acre vineyard in California's Napa Valley and 15-acre vineyard in Willamette Valley, Oregon. They age each harvest's fruit in French oak, creating complexly flavored whites and reds, such as the 2009 Willamette Valley pinot noir that was named one of Oregon's 50 Best Wines in 2011 and 2012 by Portland Monthly.
John and Gail share their award-winning varietals year round at their open-air tasting facility, where staffers pour samples from behind a black concrete bar and roll-up windowed doors afford stunning views of Mount Hood and the Chehalem Mountains. The boutique winery's dog- and bike-friendly grounds also include a covered flagstone patio, a fire pit, trails through the vineyards, and picnic areas perfect for sighting the rare behatted brown bear.
Torii Mor Winery employs sustainable farming and winemaking practices under the guidance of veteran winemaker Jacques Tardy to produce high-quality, complex wines. With this deal, fermentation fans will taste at least six wines in a Japanese-influenced tasting room set beside a 39-year-old vineyard. While Torii Mor specializes in richly aromatic pinot noirs, it also bottles berry-rich syrah, apple-infused pinot blanc and floral-tinged viognier ($22–$50 per bottle). Hailing from France's Burgundy region, where natives drink, bottle, and bathe in wine, Jacques Tardy has a degree in viticulture and enology and has been making palate-pleasing vino since 1976. In addition, Torii Mor has earned both 2010 LEED-GOLD certification and LIVE certification for its green practices, which include the use of low-emitting paints and gravity-flow winemaking.
At The Four Graces Winery, we wanted to make consistently outstanding Pinot Noirs representative of this unique terroir. We are committed to making rich, complex wines where the fruit may be elegantly expressed. The wines are hand-crafted in small lots using traditional techniques coupled with the most modern technology.
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.
Wayne Oppenheimer, the man behind WineUpTV.com—a website dedicated to educating others about wine—has made the transition from the web to the world with WineUp on Williams. His wine bar and shop has taken over the building that once housed the famed Cleo-Lillian Social Club, a staple in the black community for decades.
Inside the cozy 30-seat space, visitors sip wines and beers from across the globe, including many that change weekly, while noshing on paninis, cheeses, and other small bites. WineUp even has a chilled cellar with 80 wine lockers where customers can store and age their own wines, instead of simply burying bottles in the backyard.