Much like the wines they produce, Jim and Holly Witte gave their romance ample time to develop—40 years time. Though they met in New York City when Holly was Jim's secretary, it wasn't until a mutual friend reintroduced them decades later that they fell in love. They exchanged vows in the teahouse overlooking their vineyard in the Willamette Valley, an area flush with wine grapes. They opened their tasting room at A Blooming Hill Vineyard two years later. Their vineyard sits in the hills of the Chehalem Mountains on a basalt range strewn with windblown volcanic soil, protected on three sides by still taller hills and taller yet older brothers. Jim personally walks the vineyards, tending to each vine by hand to create the best conditions for full clusters to grow.
Visitors can sample the award-winning blends in the onsite tasting room, which plays host to different events each month. To sate people's curiosity, the Wittes share their fermentation process online, and to sate people's appetites, they also share the recipe for the wine-infused cake they served at the vineyard for their wedding-anniversary party.
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.
Come hungry and leave happy! Sweet Basil's Cafe in Cannon Beach aims to please even the pickiest eater.
Vegans and health nuts unite and find your way to Sweet Basil's Cafe.
Drinks all around! Pair your dinner with a beverage from this restaurant's full bar.
Stay connected at no cost thanks to Sweet Basil's Cafe's wifi.
Take your meal to the next level on the patio at Sweet Basil's Cafe.
Patrons have the pleasure of listening to live music while they dine.
Bring your furry friend along for a delicious meal at Sweet Basil's Cafe.
Weeknights are popular for dining and crowds often form at the restaurant.
Comfort is prioritized at Sweet Basil's Cafe, where business casual is the name of the (dress code) game.
Meeting the gang for a movie? Pick up some food from this restaurant.
Whether you are looking for street or lot parking, Sweet Basil's Cafe is close to both.
Cyclists will also appreciate the plentiful space to lock up their bikes outside the restaurant.
A typical meal at Sweet Basil's Cafe will set you back less than $30.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all available at Sweet Basil's Cafe — swing by for your favorite meal.
Cuisine Type: Wine
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Number of Tables: 11–25
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: White wines
Alcohol: Wine only
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Pro Tip: Please plan on spending some time enjoying the view, perhaps with a picnic.
Q&A with Juanita Lint, Owner
What is one of your most popular offerings? How is it prepared?
Guests seem to love the fact we have several white wines to choose from.
In your own words, how would you describe your menu?
We have a flight of around 10 wines, half reds and half whites.
We also have snack food available.
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