Like speed dating, wine tasting allows people to peruse the different options and sample new aromas before dismissing those too cloying, flinty, or pruney for their palates. Sip on some divine wine with today’s Groupon to Ardiri Winery and Vineyards in Cornelius. A 45-minute drive from downtown, Ardiri is nestled within the Chahelam Mountains with amazing views of Mount Hood and the valley. The tasting room is open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and by appointment on Wednesday and Thursday.
Hunker down in the new tasting room, a relaxing oasis that effortlessly blends into the surrounding landscape, supplying a picturesque backdrop for sophisticated grapey gulps. The tasting event will feature five different wines, such as the 2006 Carneros Napa Valley Pinot Noir, a Chehalem Gold blend of Pinot gris and Pinot blanc, or another grown-up grape juice perfect for toasting in a commemorative take-home glass or quaffing by Ardiri's autumnal fire pit.
Rusty Gaffney of PrinceofPinot.com recommends Ardiri Winery and Vineyards.
- My highest scoring wine of the tasting competition. Beautiful and complex aromatics featuring ripe red cherry, red berry, floral notes, oak, char and a hint of allspice. Spiced cherries carry the attack with a hint of oak and herbs. The mouth feel is creamy, there is a healthy tannin structure, and the finishing spicy kick is lingering and memorable. – Rusty Gaffney, PrinceofPinot.com
Árdíri Winery & Vineyards
Árdíri Winery & Vineyards' winemakers John Compagno and Gail Lizak personally tend to each vine on their 15-acre vineyard in Willamette Valley, Oregon, and their five-acre vineyard in California's Napa Valley. They age each harvest's fruit in French oak, creating complexly flavored whites and reds.
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.
35040 SW Unger Rd.
Cornelius, Oregon 97113Get Directions