November is an ideal time for discovering world-class Oregon wine. Growers have completed their harvest, and wineries are bustling with action, giving visitors a cool window in how fresh grapes are transformed into luscious wine.
Great wines sipped in a great space – these are the elements that combine to make a top-notch tasting room. For the past month, USA TODAY and 10Best readers have been voting daily for their favorite American tasting rooms from a pool of nominees chosen by a panel of wine travel experts.
Stoller Family Estate in the Dundee Hills began harvesting wine grapes Saturday morning. They say this is the earliest start to the season they have ever had. "It is a surprise to all of us," Owner Bill Stoller said. "We didn't think we would be doing it until the end of August."
Fueled both by rosé’s overall trendiness, and enthusiasm for red wines from Washington and Oregon, consumers are beginning to discover pink gems from the Pacific Northwest. At $25 or less, these bottlings are inexpensive introductions to the region’s promising, up-and-coming boutique wineries.
'I think 2015 could be just as good as 2014, if not better'
DAYTON, Ore. (KOIN) — On this late August morning in the Dundee Hills of Oregon field workers at Stoller Vineyards began snipping grapes, hauling buckets down the long row of vines to big collection bins in the earliest harvest ever.
Getting away to wine country takes on a new level of meaning when you can actually bunk in the vineyards. These properties offer guests everything from personal guided tastings and tours to classes and, of course, the chance to snuggle up amongst the vines and really live the winery experience.
The Willamette Valley is big—it’s 150 miles long and 60 miles wide—yet its tasting rooms have an intimate, artisanal feel. And, of course, phenomenal Pinot Noir.
Rosé has become a bit confusing these days - but it may be the most versatile wine of all.