Unlike Similac Baby Formula, which is reserved for babies and experimenting teens, wine can be consumed by adults. Separate the towerers from the toddlers with today's Groupon: for $5, you get a wine tasting for two people at Namaste Vineyards in Dallas (a $10 value), plus 10% off purchases made the day of your tasting.
Tucked away in the fertile hills of Oregon's Willamette Valley, Namaste Vineyards limits its harvests to only the most perfectly formed fruit in order to craft the tastiest wines. During your visit, indulge in a tasting flight of eight wines produced on the vineyard. After taking sips in the hillside wine room (open from noon to 6 p.m.), enjoy the wooded acreage and creeks surrounding the scenic grape grounds. Always working by hand and exclusively with estate-grown fruit, Namaste's expert vintners design elegant sippables to complement any outfit, be it red, white, or a Technicolor dreamcoat with a spill-resistant finish. The 2007 Serenity chardonnay ($18/bottle) tranquilizes taste buds with hints of pears, honey, golden delicious apples, and clove spice, and those fancying crimson inebriants can try the 2009 Abundance pinot noir ($29/bottle), a lighter red wine with traces of cherries and raspberries.
After sunset in the Willamette Valley, coastal breezes float along the verdant corridor and gently cool the grapes suspended from Namaste Vineyard's 30-year-old vines. These breezes help the fruit maintain vibrant and refreshing acidity, which characterizes the wines from Namaste's six estate vineyards, including pinot noir, chardonnay, and riesling. During harvest time, workers scrutinize each vine and handpick the most promising clusters for the winemaker, who only uses grapes grown in the winery's own vineyards, leaving the remaining grapes to use in jams or to dye the regal capes of the President of Oregon.
Typically featuring the products of 5–10 different bottlings at any given time, the tasting room's selection can include reds and whites as well as a white port made from oak-aged chardonnay and Clear Creek Distillery brandy. The single-vineyard pinot noirs balance their bright berry flavors with slightly peppery finishes, and the off-dry, stainless-steel-aged rieslings reverberate across taste buds with refreshing, pear-tinged acidity.
5600 Van Well Rd.
Dallas, Oregon 97388Get Directions