Lafayette, OR (2)
Sep 9, 2011
|September 9: Continuing on with our wine tasting in the beautiful Willamette Valley, we first visited De Ponte Cellars which was a great tasting experience.
Gail and I spent over an hour alone with the hostess. We tasted 5 (the usual number of different wines tasted). Of course we left there with several bottles of real good wine.
The second Vineyard we visited that day was Domain Serene, also located in the Dundee Hills.
It's hard to believe, this was the most expensive wine ($42 - $58 per bottle) and also the only one where we didn't like any of the wines. Thank goodness.
. So we didn't buy anything.
Our third visit was to Winter's Hill Vineyard. This was a smaller vineyard, but the wines were excellent. We again spent an hour or so with the owner who was the hostess. We learned quite a bit of the wine making process from the point of view of a small producer.
September 10: We took Saturday off and let the tourists have the run of the wineries and vineyards.
September 11: We spent the morning watching 9/11 memorials on TV. In the afternoon we visited the Yamhill Valley Vineyard located in the hills near McMinnville. The wines here were average at best.
After about 30 minutes, we travelled to the Youngberg Hill Winery.
This was an outstanding place, set high atop a 50 acre hill surrounded by vineyards. This has also been recognized by Wine Spectator Magazine as Oregon's premier wine country inn.
Our final tasting of the day was at Coeur de Terre Vineyard. This location was about a mile up a dirt road. We arrived about 40 minutes before closing and were the only people there. The host was a young man who was in charge of most everything except making the decisions in the fruit growing and wine making processes. We spent a delightful time with him as he explained the operation of the vineyard. The wines were very tasty (we bought several bottles). It was a great way to end the day.