It’s officially red wine season, and that means one thing: time to put on your shorts and sweatshirt, pack up your Pendleton blanket, and head down to the Willamette wineries before the rain comes! Autumnal winedown!!! Plus, if you ask nicely, the owners might even let you handle the grapes like this guy:
Haven’t been down there yet and only have time to hit up one vineyard? Need a suggestion?!? CHEHALEM WINES in Newberg, OR. Founded in 1990, and dedicated to sustainable practice and the production of exceptional flavors, it’s not to be missed…especially if you like resting your wine glass on an empty wine cask. Chehalem offers so many great varietal options that you can pretend to be John Falstaff from Merry Wives of Windsor and drink ’em all! Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Gamay Noir, Riesling (dry AND off dry), Pinot Blanc and Gruner Veltliner…the list goes on!
Owners Harry Peterson-Nedry and Bill Stoller have a top-notch event space, and recently opened “The Back Room,” with wines by the glass or bottle, along with small plates, charcuterie, and live music on the weekends! Live music? YES, LIVE MUSIC!!!
The tasting room opens at 11:00, so if you feel guilty drinking before noon, just pretend you’re in Idaho and let the guilt melt away 🙂
106 South Center Street
Newberg, OR 97132
Tasting Room (503) 538-4700
Winery (503) 537-5553
(photos via Chehalem Wines website & Yelp)