Tag: oregon

Maybe making wine is rocket science after all

Maybe making wine is rocket science after all

We recently ran across a book whose title asserts "wine is not rocket science."  After our recent trip to Oregon's Willamette Valley, we are not so sure.  One of the wineries we visited as we were scouting wines for our Topochines Vino Wine Store is Vidon Vineyard, located just outside of the town of Newburg in the … Continue reading Maybe making wine is rocket science after all

A pretty nice hill in Oregon’s Willamette Valley

A pretty nice hill in Oregon’s Willamette Valley

Just before Thanksgiving we made a trip to Oregon's Willamette Valley wine region to scout out unique wines for our Topochines Vino wine store.  As our "home base" for our five-day trip, we stayed at Youngberg Hill Inn, easily our favorite place to stay in all of Willamette Valley.  This was not our first time staying … Continue reading A pretty nice hill in Oregon’s Willamette Valley

A B&B That Serves Wine for Breakfast

We traveled to Oregon in late September to drop off a kid at the University of Oregon in Eugene.  Wrapped around that momentous event, we planned a series of adult activities for ourselves:  wine tasting, visiting some nice restaurants, attending an Oregon football game, and staying at some wine country bed and breakfasts.  This post is the … Continue reading A B&B That Serves Wine for Breakfast

Pinot Noir? Pinot Nowhere.

As we rolled up to our final winery of our Oregon visit, we might be forgiven for expecting to enjoy one more glass of Pinot Noir before returning to California.  Certainly, the Willamette Valley, where we spent the beginning of our Oregon wine sojourn, is best known for Pinot Noir:  over 70% of vines are … Continue reading Pinot Noir? Pinot Nowhere.

Rioja, Oregon

The mother (and mother-in-law) of this blog-writing duo was born and raised in Spain and did not come to the United States until she was thirty years old.  She brought with her a fierce pride of her homeland; nowhere was this fierceness more evident than in her preferred beverage: red wine from Rioja.  She refused to … Continue reading Rioja, Oregon