In 2001, Thane Hawkins, an avid outdoorsman with an acute case of wanderlust, found himself absconding from a lucrative career in the visual-effects industry to the Willamette Valley, where the area’s signature pinot noir inspired him to start handcrafting his own red wines. Relationships with regional growers soon followed, as did a job backing fellow winemaker Chris Lubberstedt, who encouraged Hawkins to conjure his own robust creations. Born from a passion for Rhone- and Bordeaux-style varietals, Hawkins’ 2009 syrah, pinot gris, and sangiovese wines have won gold and silver medals from the Newport Wine Competition.
An emphasis on honoring each wine’s true character anchors the cellar's philosophy, and Hawkins only uses fresh, plump grapes from northwestern vineyards. This unwavering devotion ensures swirls and sniffs in the winery’s brand-new tasting room yield distinctive aromas informed by each wine's individual terroir.
VX Vineyard's award-winning stable of wines comprise a complex, balanced tasting experience to be enjoyed in the vineyard's scenic setting. After navigating the grounds of the 210-acre farm on a Saturday or Sunday, guests travel to the tasting room to swirl, sip, and fill squirt guns with a seasonal selection of four to five locally grown vinos. Along with their hand-picked sampling from the vineyard's stash, visitors munch on the farm's chocolate-covered hazelnuts and mingle in an authentic, unpretentious atmosphere, carefully cultivated by the family of vineyard owners. After their tasting, each party will leave with a bottle of VX's 2009 pinot noir, whose medium-bodied, smoky flavors of strawberry, cranberry, cherry, and caramel earned it a Bronze Medal at the San Francisco International Wine Competition.
Mustard Seed Farms' summer community-supported agriculture fills veggie-coffers to overflowing with farm-fresh organic produce. With 80 acres of certified-organic farmland and 40 years of farming know-how, Mustard Seed's CSA reaps a literal bumper crop of more than 150 varieties of fruits and vegetables. The bounty includes squash, blackberries, cantaloupes, tomatoes, red and gold raspberries, cucumbers, onions, beets, and more. Each Tuesday between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m., customers can pick up just-picked produce, ensuring ample ammunition for impromptu food fights.
Established in 1987 and still family owned and operated. Sustaining this beautiful environment, without which we could not make wine, is very important to us. By purchasing Lange Estate wines, you are helping to support a philosophy of sustainability and our continued pursuit of what is best for your palate and our planet.
A favorite of Wine Spectator, press, and awards, Argyle Winery handpicks its grapes in small batches and crushes them the next day to ensure award-winning flavor in all of its vino varietals. A Groupon user and a fermentation-loving friend will experience a seven-course sipping session starting with the peachy Nuthouse chardonnay and its pear-kissed older brother the Spirithouse chardonnay.
The Gourmet Man enlivens meals and snacks with signature MSG- and preservative-free gourmet seasonings and dips. With flavors such as Holy Jalapeno, Spunky Spinach, Lobster Lobster, Kickin’ Cajun Shrimp, PartyDipz add zest to dippable edibles from chips and crackers to veggies. The G-Gourmet line of all-natural gourmet dried spices blends natural sea salt with dozens of flavor-packed ingredients, giving pastas, meats, and vegetables a new life without legally changing their names.