Black Walnut Inn & Vineyard
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Off today with Jeff to find four more small wineries.
Each winery was really unique.
We started with Harper Voight with a passionate but very different winemaker (assistant). We learned in California years ago, swirl, sniff and chew. I'm not clear what he was doing, maybe slurp, and then spit, basically on the ground. There were drains, but it was kind of an odd experience. This location makes wine for ...
Headed this morning to Rex Hill Vineyards. We started outside with a small tour with Jonathan. He was really informative and really funny. We have heard a lot this week about making the vines struggle and work hard for the nutrients. Today we heard about the lazy vines when they have a lot of water and warm weather. The description was really funny and Jonathan described them stretching and ...
Our guide for the day, Chris, picked us up and off we went to explore some lesser known wineries. We started at Vidon Vineyards, owned by Don Hagge. Don had a very long career (including NASA) and then came here to make wine as his second career. We tasted C******nay, Pinot Noir and a Temprenillo (sp). His passion for wine making is really wonderful and he does most of the work himself. The operation is small and this ...
Started the day with a run. I was early enough that the hot air balloons were up and floating - pretty. Ran through Newburg, found some amazing gardens and then found a lake not far from where we are staying.
Our first stop was Domaine Drouhin. This winery is run by a French family who owns many wineries in France. Their motto is "French Soul - Oregon Soil". They gave us a lovely Rose' on arrival (guess ...
Started the day with a great breakfast at the Clarion near the Portland airport.
Since we were all up and ready, we headed out in the "Armada". There was a little feel of the Provence experience with the luggage, but we fit better this time and I did not have to share the front seat with Faye.
Gary was reading something about wine tastings. It said "interact with the wine and ask a lot of questions", but it makes it sound like you are asking the ...