Wine was once such an expensive commodity that the rich conspicuously spilled it on their golden capes instead of wasting it invisibly in their stomachs. Afford enough wine to braggadociously spill it with today's Groupon: for $20, you get a wine tasting for two at Argyle Winery in Dundee (a $45 value).
A favorite of Wine Spectator, the 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.
As demonstrated by half of the Star Wars franchise, the best things come in threes, which is reason enough to try three distinct pinot noir varieties: the Reserve, Nuthouse, and Spirithouse, a tempting trio that spans the chromatic scale of taste buds from rich raspberry and cherry to earthy spiciness to a subtle yet rich floral bouquet that inspires nostalgic memories of the time you kissed your prom date and then devoured her corsage. Finish your tasteful excursion by popping the cork on sparkling extended tirage brut and Knudsen Vineyard brut to toast a tasting well done and inspire bubbly after-after-dinner conversation.
The scenic vineyard and comfortable tasting room are staffed by knowledgeable wine whisperers, who will guide you as you sniff, swill, and sip every locally cured mouthful. Take in the view alongside the scent of fermented fruits before returning to the real world, where sipping out of multiple glasses usually ends in rescinded Christmas dinner invitations.
- [Owner Rollin Soles'] Argyle Winery in Dundee, in Oregon's lovely Willamette Valley, has delivered more Wine Spectator Top 100 wines than any other producer in the state since its founding 23 years ago. – Dale Robertson, Houston Chronicle
- the staff was warm and friendly and didn't rush us out, nor pressure us to buy, though i did, because the 06 brut was that good. – april c., Yelp, 10/01/09
691 N Hwy. 99 W
Dundee, Oregon 97115