The foursome behind Ye Ol' Grog Distillery doesn't just make specialty liquors—they make the tools that make specialty liquors. Comprised of three engineers, the team built the microdistillery’s two stills, including a completely redesigned version of a traditional pot still. This machinery not only helps churn out an extremely smooth vodka, but two variations of Ye Ol’ Grog’s namesake, an alcohol beloved by sailors throughout history. Sweetened with blue agave, the distillery’s grog includes the butterscotch-flavored Good Morning Glory and the 100-proof Dutch Harbor Breeze, which is aged in charred oak. To add an extra touch of sweetness, Ye Ol’ Grog’s proprietors complement samples of their liquors with adult shaved ice's made in house.
When Jeremy Brown's wife was expecting her second child, the couple realized their small house wasn't going to fit a family of four. Upon moving to a 5-acre fixer upper outside Battle Ground, the pair raised their kids as Jeremy nurtured another project: using those acres to create his own winery.
Since starting with his quaint, Tuscan-inspired tasting room, Jeremy has expanded his grounds to include several large patios and a wood-fired oven in the kitchen, where chefs prepare pizzas and small plates. Live musicians grace Rusty Grape Vineyard's stage Wednesday–Saturday, adding soothing tunes that complement the tasting room's draft beers and rotating selection of wine by the glass and bottle. Available pours might include a 2011 riesling or a complex red wine whose hints of cranberry give way to an oatmeal-cookie finish.
In proud support of Oregon's wine culture, Wines of Oregon stocks an exclusive collection of drinkable gems from local producers and boutique wineries. Family-owned and small-scale operations, including Chateau Bianca, Silver Falls Vineyards, and Heydon Road, fill the shop's shelves, luring casual and seasoned sippers alike to experience a varied spectrum of handcrafted flavors. To create those flavors, the featured wineries employ numerous production styles, ranging from gentle, Old World techniques to more modern methods that require every barrel to wear 3D glasses. In the future, Wines of Oregon hopes to make organically certified and biodynamic wines available.
When pharmacist Gary Gougér first started making wine, he was an amateur who was simply translating his love of vino into a pleasurable hobby. Soon, his passion took over, and he began racking up numerous International Gold awards for his red blends. His science background, coupled with training at one of the world’s finest winemaking schools in Australia, helped Gougér take his wines to the next level. Gougér now oversees his own winery, built in 2013 inside a renovated firehouse, where his bottles take center stage at tasting-room events ranging from holiday events to varietal samplers.
Stina's Cellars is family owned and operated along with a lot of help from friends and volunteers. We received our license in 2005 and in 2006 we released 700 cases. Our focus is producing small lots of high quality wine at affordable prices. Many of our wines have received awards in competition.
Dinner and a movie is a classic date-night combination, but Vinotopia at Mill Plain takes it a step further. The independent, locally owned movie theater and restaurant adds upscale food and an award-winning wine list to an already luxurious movie-going experience.
In all auditoriums, patrons can stretch out in extra-wide Ultra Leather seats with extra leg room, and stadium seating ensure excellent views. In luxuriously appointed Grand Auditoriums, films project in Digital Super High Definition for additional visual and auditory intensity. Skybox-like Living Room Theaters pamper viewers with pre-show dining delivered from the restaurant and VIP seating with ottoman footrests. Chefs can also prepare to-go trays to take into the auditorium should diners run the risk of missing even a single executive producer’s name in the opening credits.
The dining room is an elegant space; its clean white tablecloths, floor-to-ceiling windows, and a grand fireplace that create a perfect atmosphere for a romantic date. Works by local artists dot the walls, and colored glass in the ceiling fills the room with ambient light during the day. An outdoor garden hosts comfortable outdoor dining, granting enough privacy for intimate conversations with the plants.
In either location, guests can sample the full range of Vinotopia's Wine Spectator Best Award of Excellence–winning wine list. The restaurant's enomatic wine-dispensing system produces one-ounce pours from the more than 85 different bottles for only a small fraction of the bottle price. Patrons take their pick of sips from producers such as Leonetti, Betz, Quilceda Creek, Beaux Freres, Caymus, Shafer, K Vitners, and Ken Wright. A staff of trained sommeliers can suggest which vintages to pair with a chef's tasting plate or entrees from local favorites salmon and seabass, to heartier pot roast and pork chops. They might suggest a Pinot Noir to suit the herbs in the Creamy Penne Pesto, an everyday Syrah with a half-pound Double R Ranch burger, or a Riesling to bring out the bright flavors of Yellow Fin Tuna with sesame seeds and yakisoba noodles. Sean Levy of The Oregonian found the restaurant “as posh and professional as anything in downtown Portland,” and “worth visiting just for the wines.”
The unmistakable aromas of Yakima cherries, Greenbluff peaches, and Olympia strawberries perform a delicate parade across palates at Mill Lane Winery. The winery harvests and ferments berries and orchard fruit grown in Washington State, crafting wines that evoke the flavors of freshly picked fruit straight from the fields.
After moving to Tenino from Eastern Washington, Dan and Deana Ferris decided to transform their hobby of home winemaking and their passion for Pacific Northwestern fruit into a business by opening a winery. The entire family pitches in: the children help harvest the fruit each year and Dan and Deana continue to experiment with new winemaking techniques as they hope to capture the pure flavors of everything from locally grown fruits to imported Hawaiian pineapples. These fruits even appear in the winery's traditional, grape-based red and white table wines, each of which honors Dan's 40 years of experience as a basketball referee with names such as Point Guard, In Your Face, and Strawberry Wine, named after Darryl Strawberry Jr.'s Croatian League basketball career.
Although winemaking consumes most of the couple's time and energy, they also operate a smokehouse that allows Dan to continue processing and flavoring wild game.