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My Glorious Vino con Vista Weekend in Portland Oregon

English: Union Station in Portland, Oregon, US...

English: Union Station in Portland, Oregon, USA. Français : Union station, la gare desservie par Amtrak à Portland dans l’Oregon (États Unis). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Fremont Bridge in Portland, Oregon from th...

The Fremont Bridge in Portland, Oregon from the east end. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Seal of the City of Portland, Oregon

Seal of the City of Portland, Oregon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I had a Glorious Vino con Vista Weekend in Portland Oregon. “The Rose City” has are so many charming and distinctive residential neighborhoods with beautiful parks, gardens and bridges.Skidmore Fountain and, behind, the New Market ...

I loved the historic architecture, magnificent bridges and beautiful fountains. The culinary scene has world-famous food carts and plenty of outstanding farm-to-table and sea-to-fork chefs.

King Estate Winery Wine Dinner at the Wine Blog Awards 2012

King Estate Winery Wine Dinner at the Wine Blog Awards 2012

King Estate Wine DInner

King Estate Wine DInner

The area is brimming with wineries and breweries. There are spectacular annual festivals and events like FEAST Portland (www.feastportland.com) with 100 chefs and 40 events in September.

FEAST Portland September 20-23, 2012 http://www.feastportland.com

The preserved main brewhouse of the Weinhard B...

The preserved main brewhouse of the Weinhard Brewery Complex in Portland, Oregon. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Portland Farmers Market celebrates the bounty of Oregon with fresh produce, specialty cheeses, prepared food and plenty of gorgeous flowers. www.portlandfarmersmarket.org

Portland's skyline from the South.

Portland’s skyline from the South. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Wine

Wine

Foodies will swoon over Happy Hour in Portland with Food and Drink Specials all over own! If you want the best Vino con Vista in town, go to the Portland City Grill on the 30th floor of the US Bank Tower at 111 S. Fifth Street where you can see the entire city of Portland. www.portlandcitygrill.com 

 

City Hall of Portland, Oregon

City Hall of Portland, Oregon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

US Bancorp Tower in Portland, Oregon.

US Bancorp Tower in Portland, Oregon. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Willamette Week voters ranked Portland City Grill first place in the following categories: “Best New Hometown Restaurant” (2002), “Best Restaurant to Bring Friends from Out of Town” (2004), “Best Meat Market” (2005), and “Best Happy Hour” (2004–2007). I’d say it’s a WINNER!!!

Happy Hour in Portland Oregon offers Plenty of Food and Drink Specials

Happy Hour in Portland Oregon offers Plenty of Food and Drink Specials

Anne Amie Pinot Noir Wine from the Oregon's Willamette Valley

Anne Amie Pinot Noir Wine from the Oregon’s Willamette Valley

The Portland area is blessed with cupcake artisans, micro-brewers and passionate wine-makers. Who can resist the daily flavors at Cupcake Jones? Don’t cupcakes and Pinot Noir make a great couple?

Foodies love Portland Oregon

Foodies love Portland Oregon

Foodies love Portland Oregon

Foodies love Portland Oregon

Portland is wedged between a Pinot Noir Wine Tourism mecca and an incredible pristine coastline with scenic beaches. Furthermore, there is no sales tax in this culinary and shopping Wonderland!

The Fremont Bridge across the Willamette River...

The Fremont Bridge across the Willamette River in Portland in the U.S. state of Oregon. View is upstream (generally south). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Portland is cloaked with charming monuments like the Shang Dynasty  bronze elephants in North Park. I wish I more time in Portland; I would have loved to get a panoramic vista on that Aerial Tram.

Downtown Portland Oregon

Downtown Portland Oregon (Photo credit: Mr.Thomas)

The Portland Aerial Tram in Portland, Oregon. ...

The Portland Aerial Tram in Portland, Oregon. View of the OHSU (upper) station. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I loved the “Hop-on Hop-Off Big Pink Trolley.” I was able to visit the magnificent places and landmarks that characterize the Rose City. I took the free MAX (Metropolitan Area Express) from my hotel in Lloyd center to Pioneer Square. I paid $32 for a narrated Two-Day Pass at the Trolley Booth on Broadway and Yamhill and embarked on my exploratory journey of Portland Oregon. www.bigpinksightseeing.com. By the way, the Big Pink Trolley donates $1 for every ticket sold to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (www.bcrfcure.org).

The original Stumptown Coffee Roasters located...

The original Stumptown Coffee Roasters located at 45th and Division in Portland, Oregon. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

You may want to consider these options in Portland:

1. The Portland Attractions Pass where you can save up to 30% of admission to destinations in Portland is available online at www.travelportland.com

2. The Big Pass provides entry to many of the museums and gardens and includes the Pittock Mansion.

3. The Downtown Pass, Garden Pass and Washington Park Pass are also available.

4. The Distillery Row Passport waves tasting fees at 5 eastside distilleries at www.distilleryrowtours.com

5. Forktown Tours alows you to T0ur and Taste in delicious Districts on Thursdays and Saturdays at www.forktown.com

Seal of the City of Portland, Oregon

The Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in Portland,...

The Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in Portland, Oregon. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here’s a list of my favorite Vino con Vista stops on the Big Pink Trolley.

English: The White Stag Sign, in Portland, Ore...

English: The White Stag Sign, in Portland, Oregon, at night, showing the wording it began displaying in late November 2010. The 1940-built sign was designated a Portland landmark by the city’s Historic Landmarks Commission in 1977. During the Christmas and holiday season, a simulated “red nose” (of neon) is turned on, in imitation of the character, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Portland has many interesting neighborhoods like: Nob Hill, The Pearl District, Old Town Chinatown, North Mississippi, North Portland, Vista Hills and Council Crest. Art galleries are concentrated downtown and in the Pearl District, as well as in the Alberta Arts District.

Portland Oregon's Neighborhoods

Portland Oregon’s Neighborhoods

Water tower, Old Town historic district of Por...

Water tower, Old Town historic district of Portland, Oregon. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There are plenty of historic buildings in downtown Portland that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Northwest Portland includes the Pearl District and most of Old Town Chinatown.

The entrance to Chinatown in downtown Portland...

The entrance to Chinatown in downtown Portland, Oregon. The second oldest Chinatown in the United States. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Trip to Portland, Oregon 01

Trip to Portland, Oregon 01 (Photo credit: DennisSylvesterHurd)

In Old Town/Chinatown at 4th and Burnside, look for the “Chinatown Gateway” structure. This 1986 masterpiece was created by architect Yu Tang Wang and artist Sun Chau. It is made of bronze, marble, granite, wood, tile ans steel. If you are interested in a list of Public Art in Portland, visit www.racc.org

Ther are many historic structures in Portland. Check out the list of historic places here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Register_of_Historic_Places_listings_in_Southwest_Portland,_Oregon.

 

Explore the Peal DIstrict of Portland Oregon

Here’s a List of My Favorite Vino con Vista Places in Portland:

1. I couldn’t wait to arrive in the Pearl District and visit the iconic flagship Powell Bookstore.  College professors love bookstores! This is the largest independent new and used bookstore in the world and it is owned by Walter Powell from Chicago.

Powell's Books in Portland Oregon

Powell’s Books in Portland Oregon

Powell’s City of Books covers 68,000 square feet on an entire city block in Portland. This store has “more than 1.5 million books in 3,500 different sections.” Here’s a map that will help you navigate the nine color-coded rooms at 1005 W. Burnside Street. Powell’s Bookstore has 7 different locations around the metro area. www.powells.com

Powell's City of Books in Portland Oregon

Powell’s City of Books in Portland Oregon

Strolling through the Pearl District is one of life’s simple pleasures. I wish I could stay in Portland for Labor Day Weekend. I would stay at the Historic Benson Hotel at 309 S.W. Broadway Ave. (www.bensonhotel.com) so I could attend the Art in the Pearl Festival. At this Labor Day weeknd art festival, there will be more than 100 artists showcasing their unique talent with paintings and photography, as well as jewelry and hand-crafted furniture. If you follow my posts, you know how much I love art festivals and live music.  On the First Thursday of each month, The Pearl District Galleries have parties and events.

Table made out of a Beer Keg in Portland Oregon

I want one of those tables made out of a Beer Keg

When I was in Portland, I went to a number of festivals. I loved the Street Festival in front of the Deschutes Brewery and Public House at 210 N.W. 11th Avenue.(www.deschutesbrewery.com) I was impressed by the small tables that were made out of the end of a beer key. I loved how they drilled the holes for the umbrella. If you know where I can get one of these tables, please let me know.Do not leave this area until you have had a garlic burger at Deschutes Brewery!!

I also want a giant beer keg serving station like the one they lovinglly call Woody. Woody would be great for the Taste of Chicago and Chicago Gourmet! It would even look cute in my yard. Do you think they sell them on eBay? One last thing, do not leave Portland without having a Garlic Burger at Deschutes Brewery. They are absolutely delicious!

Deschutes Brewery Street Festival.in Portland Oregon

Deschutes Brewery Street Festival.in Portland Oregon

Brewery Street Festival in Portland Oregon

We need these in Chicago!

Brewery Street Festival in Portland Oregon

Deschutes Brewery Street Festivalin Portland Oregon

In the Pearl District, visit the historic Portland Center Theater and see a performance at the Gerding Theater at the Armory. Have a snack at the Cafe or arrange for a “Backstage Tour” of this magnificent state-of-the-art renovated barrel-roof Armory at 128 N.W. Eleventh Avenue.

On the first and third Saturdays of each month, The Gerding Theater at the Armory hosts FREE  public tours where you can learn about the evolution of the Armory Annex from an 1891 military drilling site, to a public meeting space, to beer storage facility, and ultimately to one of the “world’s most sustainable performing arts centers.” Tours are from noon to 1 p.m. and meet at the concierge desk inside the lobby of the building. For more information or to buy tickets for Portland’s Center Stage performances visit: www.pcs.org

Portland Center in Oregon

Portland Center in Oregon

Portland Center in Oregon

Portland Center in Oregon

Portland Center in Oregon

Portland Center in Oregon

Historic Theater Building in Portland Oregon

Portland Center in Oregon

I love the black foundation blocks and Romanesque stone windows of the Portland Center in Oregon

Portland Center in Oregon

Portland Center in Oregon

The Armory Building was converted into a Theater in Portland Oregon

The Armory Building was converted into a Theater in Portland Oregon

I had lunch at Oven and Baker in the Pearl Distirct where Chef Cathy Whim works her magic on those “Puccia Pork Meatball Sandwiches.” That was the best meatball sandwich that I have ever had in my life!! www.ovenandshaker.com. For dinner you can visit Nostrana for more of Cathy’s Italian cuisine.

Puucia Meatball Sandwich at Oven and Shaker in Portland Oregon

Puucia Meatball Sandwich at Oven and Shaker in Portland Oregon

We met some new friends from Yamhill at the Cupcake shop and when I told them I wrote books about wine tourism in Italy,  they dragged us over to Coppia at 417 N.W. 19th  Street. This restaurant prepares cuisine from the Piedmont reion of Italy. They said that they come here from Yanhill because they love the Sformato Souffle and the Risotto Butternut Squash. We all shared a bottle of Codazzo Terracruda. It was wonderful!

We shared a bottle of wine at Coppia in Portland Oregon

Codazzo Terracruda at Coppia in Portland

It was fun browsing through the charming eclectic shops and boutiques in the Pearl District. Remember there isn’t any sales tax!

No Shopping tax in Portland

No Shopping tax in Portland

No Shopping tax in Portland

No Shopping tax in Portland

Vintage Marihuana Poster in Portland

Vintage Marihuana Poster in Portland

Shopping in the Pearl District

Shopping in the Pearl District. I loved these candles.

Shopping in the Pearl District

Shopping in the Pearl District

2. Visit the Lan Su Chinese Garden in Portland.

This extraordinary garden is the most authentically built walled Ming Dynasty-style garden outside of China. Visit the covered walkways, bridges, pavilions, tea house and lush landscape that frame picturesque Lake Zither (a small artificial lake). This Classical Chinese Garden is a verdant urban oasis built by Chinese artisans from Portland’s sister city of Suzhou.

This is the perfect Vino con Vista destination for a sophisticated sojourner who wants to experience a 2000-year-old Chinese tradition. “There are more than 100 trees, orchids, water plants, perennials, bamboos and unusual shrubs located throughout the beautiful garden.” Hopefully, someday I can attend the two-week Chinese New Year celebration at Lan Su Chinese Garden located around N.W. 3rd and Everette Streets.

 

3. Stroll through the Portland Saturday Market where you can enjoy 350 artisans selling their wares. There’s live music and plenty of exotic food at the international food pavillion at Waterfont Park in Portland’s historic Old Town. www.portlandsaturdaymarket.com

Old Town / Chinatown (MAX station)

Old Town / Chinatown (MAX station) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

You can take the free train to the Skidmore Fountain MAX station. Get off at Southwest Ankeny Street and Naito Parkway. This is the nation’s largest weekly open-air arts and crafts market with unique arts and crafts sold exclusively by the folks that make them. Everything in the “Local Section” must be from Oregon or Washington and made by hand.

Walk over to the Skidmore Fountain on 1sr Avenue between Burnside and Ankeny and admire Portland’s oldest commissioned public work of art. “Druggist Stephen Skidmore left $5000 in his will so that Horses, Men and Dogs could have a cold drink.”

Skidmore Fountain

Skidmore Fountain (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Portland Saturday Market sign.

English: Portland Saturday Market sign. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

There are many beautiful fountains in

4. Get some coffee at Stumptown Coffee Roasters; a haven for latte junkies like me. I loved the latte art!

Stumptown Coffee Roasters sign in downtown Por...

Stumptown Coffee Roasters sign in downtown Portland, Oregon. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Stumptown Coffee  is a roaster and retailer. The chain’s flagship cafe and roastery at 4525 S.E. Division Street opened in 1999. They have expaned since then with 3 more cafes, a roastery and a tasting annex have opened in Portland. They also have 2 locations in Seattle and one in New York.

The downtown Stumptown Coffee cafe in Portland...

The downtown Stumptown Coffee cafe in Portland, Oregon. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

5. If you have time, go to the the east bank of the Willamette River and explore the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI). You can experience an earthquake or tour the U.S Navy’s last non-nuclear submarine. This is the home of the USS Blueback submarine that was  used in the film The Hunt for Red October. Have a VIno con Vista at the River-View Cafe.

OMSI has 5 enormous halls with hundreds of interactive exhibits and displays. OMSI also has an OMNIMAX Theater. It is located at 1945 S.E. Water Avenue.

If you want to take a Willamette Jetboat Excursion, the ticket office in near the museum on the River.

 

The Turbine Hall at Oregon Museum of Science a...

The Turbine Hall at Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, as ...

The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, as seen from the west bank of the Willamette River. The USS Blueback (SS-581) is in the foreground. Taken by User:Cacophony on February 21, 2005. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Outside the OMNIMAX theater at the Oregon Muse...

Outside the OMNIMAX theater at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry in Portland, Oregon. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

6. The Portland Art Museum owns the city’s largest art collection. It was founded in 1892 and with the recent addition of the “Modern and Contemporary Art wing it became one of the United States’ 25 largest museums.” It is the oldest museum in the Pacific Northwest. It has a lovely outdoor sculpture court.

There is a magnificent permanent collection that reflects the history of art. There is special exhibition of California’s Impressionism until September 16th, 2012.

It is located in the heart of the downtown Cultural District at 1219 S.W. Park Avenue. Admission is free on the fourth Friday of every month from 5-8 p.m.

The Governor Hotel in Portland Oregon

English: Facade of the Governor Hotel in Portl...

English: Facade of the Governor Hotel in Portland, Oregon. Taken by myself. NRHP reference # 85000370 (under name Seward Hotel) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

7. Stay at the historic Governor Hotel.It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Governor is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Portland, so if you stay here, you can walk to Portland’s sights and enjoy the exciting night life.

Governor Hotel

Governor Hotel

Governor Hotel in Portland Oregon

The Governor Hotel is a member of the Historic Hotels of America. Enjoy a Vino con Vista Happy Hour at Jakes’s Grill in the Governor Hotel!

Happy Hour at Jakes Grill in the Governors Hotel in Portland Oregon

Happy Hour at Jakes Grill in the Governors Hotel in Portland Oregon

Governor Hotel

The hotel was placed in the US National Register of Historic Places in 1985. The building was extensively remodeled in 1992 when it was joined the neighboring Princeton Building.

Governor Hotel in Portland Oregon

The Arts and Crafts–inspired glazed terracotta exterior blends art nouveau and Native American designs. I love the majestic antlers on the animals that are mounted on the wall of the bar in the hotel.

Governor Hotel in Portland Oregon

Governor Hotel in Portland Oregon

Governor Hotel in Portland Oregon

Governor Hotel in Portland Oregon

The hotel’s architect, William C. Knighton, went on to become the first Oregon State Architect in 1912, and later designed the Oregon State Supreme Court Building. The rustic interior furnishings are quite impressive.

Murals in the Governor Hotel

Murals in the Governor Hotel

There are amazing floor-to-ceiling murals that were painted by San Francisco-based artist Melinda Morey. I love the vintage Lewis and Clark map “Trade along the Columbia” on the wall in the lobby.

Murals in the Governor Hotel

Murals in the Governor Hotel

Some movies were filmed at The Governor Hotel: Portlander Gus Van Sant filmed a scene of My Own Private Idaho and Madonna filmed several scenes of Body of Evidence.

Hotel Governor building in Downtown Portland.

Hotel Governor building in Downtown Portland. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Map in the Lobby of the Governor Hotel

The Heathman Hotel http://portland.heathmanhotel.com/ is another outstanding hotel in Portland. The Heathman Hotel doormen will greet you in their red Beefeater costumes.

8. Tour the famous Pittock Mansion and enjoy the spectacular panoramic views of downtown Portland from the grounds. The mansion is nestled in the West Hills of Portland and soars 1,000 feet above sea level with an impressive view of the city’s skyline. This high elevation makes the mansion one of the best places for birdwatching in Portland.

This could my perfect Vino con Vista residence with perfect views of rivers, forests, bridges and mountaintops. There are 23 rooms filled with treasures from a by-gone era. Maybe the city will sell this property to me? Of course, I would have to wine the lottery to pay for it. The century-old Pittock Mansion  symbolizes “Portland’s dramatic transformation from a small lumber town to a bustling city” at 3229 N.W. Pittock Drive.

The French Renaissance Chateau was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. The Pittock Mansion was once the private home of Henry Louis Pittock founder of the Oregonian Newpaper. At 1000 feet above sea level, the mansion has commanding view of five mountains in the Cascade range: Mounts St. Helens, Adams, Rainier, Hood and Jefferson. For more information visit www.pitockmansion.com.

English: Pittock Mansion in Portland, Oregon, ...

English: Pittock Mansion in Portland, Oregon, USA. Français : La demeure Pittock à Portland, en Oregon (États-Unis). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The mansion was originally built as a private home for The Oregonian newspaper publisher Henry Pittock  (1836–1919) and his wife, Georgiana. Georgiana was one of the founders of the Portland Rose Festival. She died in 1918 at the age of 72 and Henry died in 1919 at the age of 84.

The City of Portland purchased the estate in 1964 for $225,000. The estate is made of Tenino Sandstone situated on 46 acres. Roughly 80,000 people visit the Pittock Mansion every year.

The rear of the Pittock Mansion

The rear of the Pittock Mansion (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Pittock Masion, Portland, Oregon

Pittock Masion, Portland, Oregon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Portland Oregon's Food Carts

Portland Oregon’s Food Carts

9. Enjoy the culinary treats offered by the Portland Food Carts. The 431 registered food carts in Multnomah County serve a delightful spectrum of ethnic flavors: Mexican, Greek gyros, Vietnamese Pho, Indian curries, Polish sausage and Moroccan specialties.

Portland Oregon

Food Cart in Portland Oregon

Portland Oregon's Food Carts

Portland Oregon’s Food Carts

Try some Korean-Oregon fusion at Big-Ass Sandwiches or check out Khao Man Gai or Nipa Hut. Entreprenuership is alive and kickin’ inside Portland’s Food Cart Culture!

Portland Oregon Food Carts

10. I loved Pioneer Courthouse Square because it reminded me of a Historic Piazza in Italy. The Courthouse was built in 1869 and is the oldest federal building in the Pacific Northwest. There’s plenty of action in Courthouse Square; it’s the home of the annual Italian Festival in August. As a former groupie for my son’s California Band, I loved the “Noon Tunes” offered on Mondays.   Check out the "Noon Tunes" in Portland

Weather Machine in Pioneer Courthouse Square, ...

Check out the “Weather Vane Weather Machine” in Pioneer Courthouse Square. This 33-foot tall metal structure is surmounted by a large silver orb. Everyday at noon, the weather is announced with trumpets, flashing lights and a spray of mist. Light bulbs on the side light up brighter as the temperature increases. The orb opens to reveal the next day’s forecast: a golden leaf sun for a clear day; a Blue Heron to forecast a misty day; and a Dragon when storms are anticipated.
Pioneer Couthouse in Portland Oregon

Pioneer Couthouse in Portland Oregon

English: Pioneer Courthouse in Portland, Oregon
English: Pioneer Courthouse in Portland, Oregon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland

Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The flag of the city of Portland, Oregon flyin...
The flag of the city of Portland, Oregon flying in Pioneer Courthouse Square (upside-down) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: 'Allow Me' Sculpture in Pioneer Court...

English: ‘Allow Me’ Sculpture in Pioneer Courthouse Square, Portland, Oregon, United States. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In December, Pioneer Courthouse Square has an annual Holiday Ale Fest under the holiday tree. This five–day celebration features more than 40 of the Pacific Northwest’s premier seasonal brews.

Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland

Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Pioneer Courthouse Square in Portland, Oregon....

Pioneer Courthouse Square in Portland, Oregon. At center is Jackson Tower, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the Journal Building. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Plaque at Pioneer Courthouse Square i...

English: Plaque at Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland, Oregon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

11. Pay hommage to “Portlandia”. She is made of hammered copper and is 36 feet tall. She is based upon a figure in Portland’s City Seal and depicts a woman dressed in classical attire. She welcomes traders into the port of the city. The sculpture is on the third floor of the Portland Building.

Portlandia is the second largest hammered copper statue in America (the largest is the Statue of Liberty). It was sculpted in 1985 by Raymond Kaskey for the Portland Building. You can visit Portlandia at 1120 S.W. 5th Avenue.

English: at the

English: at the (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

12. I am from Chicago and we have plenty of interesting bridges. I love Portland’s bridges! Portland is lovingly called “Bridge Town.”
Portland Oregon Willamette River at night

Portland Oregon Willamette River at night (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

John Alexander Low Waddell invented the vertical lift bridge. You can explore some of the glorious bridges that cross the Willamette River near Portland’s downtown area at  Bridge Pedal in August. This annual bike ride across Portland’s bridges offers 14-36 mile ride options. There’s also a PDX Bridge Festival that celebrates Hawthorne Bridge. This festival combines multimedia art and events to celebrate the ten bridges that connect Portland’s central city.
Here’s a list of some of Portland’s bridges:
Portland's Bridges

Portland’s Bridges

The  Marquam Bridge, was built is 1966 for $14 million. It is the busiest bridge in Oregon and is the 3rd longest tress bridge in North America. It links the I-5 corridor between Oregon and Washington.  The bridge is named after a judge who was later elected to the Oregon legislature, Phillip A. Marquam.

Hawthorne Bridge is the city’s oldest vertical highway lift-bridge and it was designed by Waddell. It is Oregon’s most heavily used bridge for bicycles. It opened on December 19, 1990 and cost $500,000. It leads leading directly into the central business district (CBD) from the east side. Hawthorne Bridge is named after Dr J.C. Hawthorne (founder of the Oregon Hospital for the Insane).   The street was originally called Asylum Street but changed when the hospital moved to Salem, Oregon.

Morrison Bridge is a drawbridge that leads directly into the CBD from the east side. It opened in 1958 and cost $12.9 million. It is named after John L. Morrison, a Scottish Immigrant who served as a lieutenant in the Oregon Rangers.

Burnside Bridge connects the east side to downtown and the Old Town Chinatown neighborhood. It was built in 1926 for $3 million. The Rose Parade crosses the Burnside drawbridge.  It was named after Dan Wyman Burnside from from Vermont. He helped raise funds to have the Willamette dredged in 1866.

Steel Bridge is one of the only dual-lift bridges in the world with independent lifts. The lower deck accommodates Amtrak and freight trains and carries MAX light Rail into Old Town/Chinatown. Lift operators are on duty 24 hours a day. In the summer, Portland bridges open nearly 300 times a month. The Steele Bridge opened to trains in July of 1912 and August of 1912 to cars. It cost $1.7 million to build. The Union Pacific Railway owns the lower section and the State of Oregon owns the upper section.

The Broadway Bridge connects the Lloyd District to Old Town Chinatown. It opened in April 1913 and cost $1.6 million. It is the longest drawbridge in Portland. It is named after the street that it connects.

The Fremont Bridge  carryies I-405 past the Pearl and Northwest districts and into downtown. It was built in November of 1973 and cost $82 million. It is the newest bridge to span the river. It is America’s longest tied arch bridge.  It was named after John Charles Freemont, an explorer and army officer.

The Hawthorne Bridge in Portland, seen from th...

Portland Oregon from the east. By User:Fcb981

Portland Oregon from the east. By User:Fcb981 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Portland Oregon Red Bull Flutag 2008

Portland Oregon Red Bull Flutag 2008 (Photo credit: dklimke)

Portland's Bridges

Portland’s Bridges

Voodoo Doughnuts

13.  I loved VooDooDonuts.

VooDoo Donuts

VooDoo Donuts

Their donuts are amazing! They are covered with interesting tidbits like M & M’s and bits of cereal. Some are covered with bacon, Captain Crunch and Oreos. They don’t just have a pretty face, they taste incredible!

VooDooDonuts

VooDooDonuts

They have iconic pink boxes that feature the company’s logo and drawings of Voodoo priests with the tagline, “The magic is in the Hole.”. Of course I ate too many-how could I resist them?

VooDoo Donuts

VooDoo Donuts

Located in Old Town’s popular nightlife district, Voodoo Doughnut is one of the city’s favorite culinary destinations. Locals and visitors line up 24 hours a day for what may be the most innovative doughnuts in the world.

In addition to the original Old Town shop, there’s a second location at 1501 N.E. Davis St. 22 S.W. Third Ave.

14. Spend some time in Washington Park.

Washington Park

Washington Park

Washington Park

Washington Park

Visit the International Rose Test Garden

Portland’s International Rose Gardens are the largest and oldest test gardens in the country with more than 8000 rose bushes. There are 550 different varieties of roses. The lush Washington Park features some of the most amazing Cascade Mountain views. The Test garden is inside Washington Park at 4oo S.W. Kingston Avenue. The best rose-viewing months are May-September.

Beautiful Roses in Oregon

Beautiful Roses in Oregon

Wide angle image of the International Rose Tes...

Wide angle image of the International Rose Test Gardens in Portland, Oregon. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Rose Garden

Washington Park, in the West Hills of Portland. It is the home of ome of Portland’s most popular recreational sites including the:  Oregon Zoo, the Portland Japanese Garden, the World Forestry Center and the Hoyt Arboretum. There is also a Veteran’s Memorial and Children’s Museum.

Washington Park

Washington Park

Washington Park Children's Museum in Portland Oregon

Washington Park Children’s Museum in Portland Oregon

Washington Park

Washington Park

“Lions and tiger and bears, Oh My!” At the Oregon Zoo, you can observe more than 2,000 animals from around the world. Go to the African Rain Forest Exhibit to see an intersting rainforest rodent. This conservation zoo is renowned for its Asian elephant breeding program.

15. Visit the beautiful fountains in Portland: Salmon Street Springs Fountain at Governor in Tom McCall Waterfront Park; Elk Fountain on Main between 3rd and 4th Avenures; Animals in Pools Fountains with bears, sea lions, river otters , ducks and deer at Morisson and Yamill Streets between 5th and 6th avenues and Shemanski Fountain with Rebecca at the Well at Southwest Salmon and Main Streets. For more information about Portlands Fountains visit www.portlandoregon.gov/water/fountains

16. Portland is a City of Festvals. Here’s a list of Festivals you can attend:

Feast Portland – September

This international culinary festival taps into the wealth of renowned Portland chefs and welcomes noted culinary stars from around the world.

Portland Jazz Festival – February

Timed to coincide with Black History Month, the Portland Jazz  Festival features performances around the city, including ticketed  headline concerts, free shows and a range of educational opportunities.

Oregon Seafood and Wine Festival – February

Scheduled in the middle of the Dungeness crab season, this upscale festival celebrates both the bounty harvested from the Pacific  Ocean and the state’s vineyards at the Oregon Convention Center.

Taste of the Nation Portland – May

Treat your taste buds to the very best at the “Taste of the Nation” in Portland. This  annual gourmet extravaganza features more than 70 Oregon chefs and restaurants, with 40 wineries and microbreweries.

Spring Beer & Wine Fest – March/April

This beverage exposition celebrates handcrafted microbrews, regional wines and distilled spirits.

Portland Rose Festival –June

The Portland Rose Festival celebrated its centennial in 2007. with three weeks of family events. Highlights include the Rose Festival Grand Floral Parade, the Starlight Parade, a waterfront carnival for families, dragon boat races, concerts and fireworks.

Waterfront Blues Festival –July

The largest blues festival west of the Mississippi River takes place each year during Independence Day week. Portland’s Governor Tom McCall Waterfront Park sets the stage with top national acts performing over five days. there’s a fireworks display on July 4th.

Oregon Brewers Festival – July

Craft breweries from around the United States bring their beers to Portland for this four-day festival, the largest gathering of independent brewers in North America. More than 60,000 beer fans enjoy the atmosphere with over 70 beers during the last full weekend of July.

Portland International Beer Festival – July

The Portland International Beer Festival draws more than 150 brews from at least 15 countries to a beer garden setting in the Pearl District’s North Park blocks.

Cathedral Park Jazz Festival – July

Founded in 1981, this three-day event is the now the West’s largest and oldest free celebration of jazz and blues. It is held beneath the historic St. Johns Bridge.

The Bite of Oregon – August

Benefitting Special Olympics Oregon, The Bite is one of the “Rose City’s” most popular festivals. Sample food created by local chefs and taste regional wines at the Oregon Wine Garden.

Musicfest NW – September

This annual festival was established in 2001 to showcase local musicians, bring in national acts and benefit children’s music education in Portland. Downtown becomes a massive block party as wrist-banded attendees check out more than 100 bands at nearly 20 venues over the course of four days.

Some of the well known shopping areas are Downtown Portland
Nob Hill (NW 21st & 23rd Avenues)
The major malls in the metropolitan area are:

Now you are ready to visit other Glorious Vino con Vista Destinations in Oregon. Explore Canon Beach http://www.cannon-beach.net/ and Hood River!

Language Distribution of Oregon Natives

Language Distribution of Oregon Natives (Photo credit: Travis S.)

Read this post if you want some historical information about the Portland Waterfront http://portlandwaterfront.blogspot.com/

Now it’s time for touring beyond the city. EcoTours of Oregon can take you Whale Watching on the coast, or th scenic waterfalls in the Columbia Gorge @ www.ecotours-of-oregon.com

The flags of the United States of America and ...

The flags of the United States of America and the State of Oregon, flying side-by-side in Portland, Oregon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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My Glorious Vino con Vista Weekend in Hood River Oregon

Windsurfing and kitesurfing on a fine summer d...

Windsurfing and kitesurfing on a fine summer day on the Columbia River at Hood River, Oregon. The Hood River bridge and Washington state across from the city are visible in the background. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There are 16 American Viticultural Areas (AVA) that celebrate Oregon’s unique climate and terroir. If you follow my blog, you know that I love “Touring and Tasting” in wine regions around the world. I even write books about Wine Tourism in Italy.

Columbia-River-Gorge-1

Columbia-River-Gorge-1 (Photo credit: WSK_2005)

English: Looking east up the Columbia River Go...

English: Looking east up the Columbia River Gorge, from Crown Point in Oregon, USA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I found a little slice of heaven in the Pacific Northwest with towering basalt cliffs and magical waterfalls. I spent my Glorious Vino con Vista Weekend in Hood River Oregon. It is located less than 60 miles east of Portland, Oregon in the Columbia Gorge area.

I found a “World of Wine in 40 miles.” The terroir replicates the characteristics and altitude of some of the finest wine regions of Europe. Melt from the glaciers enriched the soil making the Columbia Gorge one of the most “unique and prolific wine-growing regions on Earth.”

Hiking near Starvation Creek in the Columbia R...

Hiking near Starvation Creek in the Columbia River gorge in Oregon. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Gorge is known for it’s wind; which benefits windsurfers and kiteboarders. The wind also helps the grapes stay healthy. This is considered the world’s best windsurfing destination.

Fun in Hood River

A man kitesurfing on the Columbia River Gorge ...

A man kitesurfing on the Columbia River Gorge in Hood River, Oregon. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Hood River Bridge seen from Hood River, Or...

The Hood River Bridge seen from Hood River, Oregon. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Within 20 miles, the terroir changes from a rainforest to a desert. This spectrum, coupled with excellent volcanic soil creates micro-climates for growing many varietals. They even grow Morel, Chanterelle and Matsutakes mushrooms in this area. This is an ideal four-season, recreational, Vino con Vista wonderland for outdoor enthusiasts, wine enthusiasts and Foodies!

Phelps Creek Vineyards in the Columbia Gorge

Phelps Creek Vineyards in the Columbia Gorge

Multnomah Waterfall in Oregon

Multnomah Waterfall in Oregon

My latest adventure brought me to Oregon’s Wine Country where Mount Hood and Mount Adams dominate the scenic landscape in the Columbia Gorge. This glorious destination the largest concentration of high waterfalls in North America. Mount Hood has 6 ski areas and Timberline offers the only year round lift for skiing in North America.

ASPEN, CO - JANUARY 28: Sammy Carlson of Hood...

ASPEN, CO – JANUARY 28: Sammy Carlson of Hood River, Oregon launches over a gap during practice for Men’s Skiing Slopestyle during Winter X Games 15 at Buttermilk Mountain on January 28, 2011 in Aspen, Colorado. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)

Mount Hood in Oregon

Mount Hood in Oregon

Mount Hood glaciers

Mount Hood glaciers (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Mount Hood from Hood River by William Keith

Mount Hood from Hood River by William Keith (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The region is brimming with outdoor activities and events like:  “White Salmon Backyard Half-Run-Hike”; “Kiteboarding for Cancer”; “Mt. Hood Cycling Classic”; The Hood River “Echelon Gran-Fono” bike race and festival (www.echelongranfondo.org) and the “Fort Dalles Days Pro Rodeo”. The U.S. Windsurfing National Championships were held in this windsurfing mecca. The local Wet Planet Whitewater Rafting Company recently earned “eco-certification”. The Gorge is a premier venue for Paddleboarding. The Hood River Yacht Club hosts Wednesday night sailboat races. You can even gaze at Mount Hood as you play a round of golf at Indian Creek Golf Course (www.indiancreekgolf.com). If you like food, wine, waterfalls, fun and adventure; head to Hood River Oregon.

Triple Falls, Columbia Gorge

Triple Falls, Columbia Gorge (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Mount Adams 3'742m, Washington, USA - with Ech...

Mount Adams 3’742m, Washington, USA – with Echinacea fields of Trout Lake Farm (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Fruit grown in this fertile valley is of such exceptional quality that this region is the world leader in Anjou pear production. The Hood River Valley’s 15,000 acres of orchards “Produce 50% of the nation’s winter pear crop.”

This area is called the Hood River County Fruit Loop and has incredible stone-fruit orchards and wineries. Lavender fields, heirloom apple orchards and alpaca farms are abundant. You can even pick your own cherries and Gravenstein apples! There are many festivals that celebrate the bounty of this spectacular agricultural region including: “The Hood River Fruit Loop Cherry Celebration”; “The Oregon Lavender Festival”; and “The Gravenstein Apple Celebration.”

Wines in the Gorge

Tasting Rooms in Hood River

Make plans to attend the Hood River Valley Harvest Fest in October or the Hood River Fruit Loop Wine Celebration in June. There are plenty of wineries on the “Fruit Loop” circuit west of the Hood River around Country Club Road including: Phelps Creek Veineyards, Marchesi Vineyards, Cathedral Ridge Winery, Hood River Vineyards, Pleasant Valley Winery and Viento.  www.foodriverfruitloop.com

Mount Hood

Mount Hood in Oregon

Pick Your Own Cherries in Hood River Oregon

Map of Oregon highlighting Hood River County

Map of Oregon highlighting Hood River County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hood River County was established in 1908. The Hood River is a tributary of the Columbia River. Visit the History Museum of Hood River County on 33 E. Port Marina Drive in Hood River to learn more about this spectacular area ( www.co.hood-river.or.us/museum). Go to the Cascade Locks, a temperate rain forest that gets nearly 130 inches of rain per year. Check out the WIND Youth Regatta or the December Festival of Lights ( www.cascadelocks.com).

Mount Hood Highway, Oregon, USA

Mount Hood Highway, Oregon, USA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Mount Hood Winery

Mount Hood Winery (Photo credit: mickou)

OK, I admit it, I like food and wine. I love visiting wineries and sometimes participate in harvest activities. I am fascinated by exploring local terroir. I love learning about the places where wine is grown and why people are passionate about their vineyards. I enjoy meeting the winemakers and learning their stories.Wine Map of WIneries in the Columbia River Gorge

I love Touring and Tasting in Oregon

English: Sun set at hood river, Columbia river

English: Mount Adams, Washington, United State...

English: Mount Adams, Washington, United States, as seen from Hood River, Oregon. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Oregon and Washington share the Columbia Valley AVA that was founded in 1984. The state border runs down the middle of the Columbia River. When you stay in Hood River, Oregon, you can cross the Hood River Bridge and visit some of the highest-elevation vineyards in the state of Washington. The Hood River Bridge is a truss bridge that has a vertical lift. The bridge connects the communities of  Hood River, Oregon and White Salmon, Washington. Check out the Celilo Vineyard or Syncline Winery on the Washington side of the bridge. www.synclinewine.com

Syncline Wine from Washington

Syncline Wine from Washington

Columbia Gorge WIne

The Columbia Gorge AVA consists of four counties; Hood River and Wasco in Oregon; and Skamania and Klickitat counties in Washington. It also includes the river valleys of Hood River and Deschutes River in Oregon and the Klickitat River in Washington. This area is located between Mount Hood in Oregon and Mount Adams in Washington. Mount Adams is a stratovolcano in in the Cascade range.

“The Cascade foothills get enough annual rainfall to make irrigation optional for some growers. The principal grapes are cool-climate varieties such as chardonnay, gewürztraminer, pinot gris, riesling, albarino and grüner veltliner.”

English: Modified map used to show the Columbi...

English: Modified map used to show the Columbia Gorge AVA within Washington State. Original public domain image locate at Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection provided by U.S. Geological Survey 2001, printed 2002 Modified copied similarly released to public domain. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Twister Falls, a waterfall in Hood Ri...

English: Twister Falls, a waterfall in Hood River County, Oregon, in the Columbia River Gorge. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Mount Adams and Mount Hood from plane

Mount Adams and Mount Hood from plane (Photo credit: dherrera_96)

There are so many interesting Vino con Vista Places and actvities in the Gorge.

Here’s a list of interesting place to stay and explore Hood River:

English: Columbia Gorge Hotel near Hood River,...

English: Columbia Gorge Hotel near Hood River, Oregon in 2011 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: reflected in Mirror Lake, , USA. Espa...

English: reflected in Mirror Lake, , USA. Español: Reflejo del Monte Hood en el lago Mirror, Oregón, Estados Unidos. Français : Reflet du Mont Hood dans le lac Mirror, Oregon, Etats-Unis. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

1. The Historic Columbia Gorge Hotel and Spa is just west of the Hood River. It is perched on a scenic bluff above the Columbia River with sweeping views and vintage opoulence. It was built in 1921 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was a favorite destination for Rudolf Valentino and Shirley Temple. A couple of our U.S. presidents even stayed here.

English: The Columbia Gorge Hotel at 4000 West...

English: The Columbia Gorge Hotel at 4000 Westcliff Drive in Hood River, Oregon, United States, is listed on the US National Register of Historic Places (NRHP). NRHP reference number 79003736 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Columbia Gorge Hotel near Hood River,...

It is located at 4000 Westcliff Drive near Hood River (800-341-1921) www.columbiagorgehotel.com

2. Columbia Cliff  Villas  offers breathtaking views with in room spa services, wine and cooking classes.

It is located at 4000 Westcliff Drive www.columbiacliffvillas.com

English: View from Columbia Gorge Hotel, Hood ...

English: View from Columbia Gorge Hotel, Hood River, Oregon (2011) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Waterfall at Columbia Gorge Hotel, Ho...

English: Waterfall at Columbia Gorge Hotel, Hood River, Oregon (2011) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

3. The Historic Hood River Hotel was built in 1911 and is walking distance from all the downtown attractions. This is Hood River’s oldest hotel; it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. They are celebrating their our 100th anniversary. Watch their  historic photo tour.

The European boutique-style hotel  is located at 102 Oak Street in Hood River. If you stay here, you will not need a designated driver when you leave the Hood River Tasting Rooms. www.hoodriverhotel.com

Step back in time as you enter this fully restored vintage hotel. Offering 41 rooms and suites, each different and individually appointed with antique reproductions. Enjoy the ambiance of a small European Inn as you soak in our Jacuzzi and spa facility. Our lobby, with a wood-burning fireplace and adjoining Cornerstone Cuisine Restaurant is the perfect place to relax after a day of adventure in the gorge.

The gallery provides a close look at the   origins and evolution of the hotel itself. It also takes a sideways glance at Hood River and the Columbia River Gorge as the human footprint has changed over the century

4. Enjoy a unique experience at the farm at the Draper Girls Country Cottage where you can pick your own cherries when they’re in season. This charming venue is located on a 40 acre orchard nestled at the foot of Mount Hood www.drapergirlscountryfarm.com(541-490-8113).

Draper Girls Country Cottage on HIghway 35 in Oregon

Draper Girls Country Cottage on Highway 35 in Oregon

Draper Girls Country Cottage Farmstand in Oregon

Draper Girls Country Cottage Farmstand in Oregon

Standing at the Draper Girls Country Farm looking at Mount Hood

Touring and Wine Tasting Adventures:

Grape Vine

Grape Vine

1. Cathedral Ridge Winery is at 4200 Post Canyon Drive in Hood River, Oregon. They have “over 20 different wines made from 10 different varietals.” All the grapes are grown within 30 miles of the winery and all the wine is made on site. I liked the 2009 Cathedral Ridge Syrah. www.cathedralridgewinery.com

Cathedral Ridge Winery

Cathedral Ridge Winery from the Columbia Valley in Oegon

Cathedral Ridge Winery

Cathedral Ridge Winery

2. Marchesi Vineyards and Winery

3955 Country Club Road in Hood River www.marchesivineyards.com

This winery specializes in Italian varietals and is located on the Heights of Hood River. I love the Barbera!!

Watch this video to learn about the winemaker; here’s Franco Marchesi talking about his wine http://www.vinestories.com/video.php?video=77354838001:

Marchesi Barbera from Hood River Oregon

Marchesi Barbera from Hood River Oregon

3. The The Pines 1852 Vineyard and Winery tasting room has an art gallery that features the work of regional artists. I met Lonnie Wright and his lovely daughter Sierra at a Wine Dinner at Phelps Creek Vineyards.

The Pines Vineyard’s Old Vine Zinfandel was first planted by an Italian stone mason named Louis Comini in the late 1800s. He brought his grape vines from his homeland in Genoa, Italy. These original plants are still producing; thanks to winemaker Peter Rossback and owner Lonni Wright. “The century Old Vine Zinfandel make The Pines one of the oldest vineyards in the Northwest.”

Try some of Lonni’s 2010 award-winning Old Vine Zinfandel from The Pines Vineyards at 5450 Mill Creek Road in The Dalles, Oregon or at the Tasting Room in Downtown Hood River. www.thepinesvineyard.com

The Pines Tasing Room in Hood River Oregon

The Pines Tasing Room in Hood River Oregon

The Pines Tasting Room in Hood River Oregon

The Pines Tasting Room in Hood River Oregon

Lonnie and Sierra Wright from The Pines Vineyard in Oregon

Lonnie and Sierra Wright from The Pines Vineyard in Oregon

The Pines Tasting Room in Hood River Oregon

The Pines Tasting Room in Hood River Oregon

Sierra Wright from the Pines Vineyard and Winery in Oregon

Sierra Wright from the Pines Vineyard and Winery in Oregon

The Pines Tasing Room in Hood River Oregon

The Pines Tasing Room in Hood River Oregon

4. Quenette Winery Tasting Hall; home of Copa di Vino is housed at the historic Sunsine Mill in The Dalles. Visit their 100 year old industrial space that they have converted into a tasting room at 901 East 2nd Street in The Dalles, Oregon.

The Sunshine Mill  interior incorporates the original machinery of the flour mill that occupied this building since the turn of the century. They have a satellite tasting room in Hood River at 111 Oak Street. Try their Sangiovese and/or the black cherry and chocolatey Zinfandel. www.copadivino.com

Quenette Winery Tasting Room in Hood River

Quenette Winery Tasting Room in Hood River

Quenette Winery Tasting Room in Hood River

5. Viento at 301 Country Club Road in Hood River. Meet winemaker Rich Cushman and check out his 30-year-old Riesling vineyard. Viento is open for tasting ath the Gorge White House Annes at 2265 Highway 35 in Hood River www.vientowines.com

Viento Winery

Viento Winery

Oregon Wine

Oregon Wine

6. Phelps Creek Vineyards

Located at 1850 Country Club Road in Hood River where the Tasting Room is a “stone’s Throw” from the estate vineyards. (541-386-2607 www.phelpscreekvineyards.com

Phelps Creek Vineyards in the Columbia Gorge

Phelps Creek Vineyards in the Columbia Gorge

Watch this video to learn about Bob Morus and the Phelps Creek Winery: http://www.vinestories.com/video.php?video=1537447585001

The Happy Faces of Naked Winery in Oregon

The Happy Faces of Naked Winery in Oregon

Phelps Creek Winery

Phelps Creek Winery

7. Naked Winery is located at the corner of 2nd and Cascade in Downtown Hood River. www.nakedwinery.com

Naked Winery Tasting Room in Hood River Oregon

8. Cascade Cliffs at 211 Oak Street in Hood River. I loved the intense estate grown Barbera.

Cascade Cliffs Wine

Cascade Cliffs Wine

Cascade Cliffs Wine

Cascade Cliffs Wine

Hood River Wine Selection

Hood River Wine Selection

Watch Bob Lorkowski talk about his winery http://www.vinestories.com/video.php?video=625388299001

www.cascadecliffs.com

9. Visit the Gorge White House where you can enjoy wine from the Gorge wineries under one roof.By the taste, the glass, or the bottle!  One stop!http://www.thegorgewhitehouse.com/links.html.

Check out their calendar of events: http://www.thegorgewhitehouse.com/calendar.html

Naked Winery Tasting Room in Hood River Oregon

Naked Winery Tasting Room in Hood River Oregon

Penetration Wine and Matching Tee Shirt

Penetration Wine and Matching Tee Shirt

The bounty of Hood River County

The bounty of Hood River County (Photo credit: SP8254 – On a Break!)

An exciting sightseeing adventure awaits you at “Cruise the Gorge” sightseeing tour www.sternwheeler.com. The Sternwheeler paddle-powered riverboat provides narrated day cruises on the river. It departs daily from the Cascade Locks (during the season) with special brunch and dinner cruises.

You can rent water sports equipment at the Hood River Waterfron Park or swim and picnic at Marina Park.

Wine Tours

Explore the George

www.explorethegorge.com

Martin’s Gorge Tours

www.martinsgorgetours.com

Wine Dirt

www.winedirt.com

Washington’s Columbia Gorge AVA (viticultural area) was officially approved in 2004.

Dine at these Restaurants:

The Celilo Restaurant and Bar at 16 Oak Street in Hood River has a seasonal menu with an extensive regional wine list. Their wine dinners were featured in Wine Spectator. www.celilorestaurant.com

Cornerstone Cuisine at the Hood River Hotel at 102 Oak Street www.hoodriverhotel.com

Nora’s Table 110 fifth Street in Hood River www.norastable.com

The Sixth Street Bistro and Loft at 509 Cascade Avenue has exceptional organic cuisine.

Three Rivers Grill at 601 Oak Street has spectacular views of the Columbia River with a deck and patio. www.threeriversgrill.com

Golf

18 hole championship Indian Creek Golf Course (541-386-7770)

For more visit www.ColumbiaGorgewine.com, www.Oregonwine.org and www.oregonwinecountry.org.

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides and Apps @ www.vino-con-vista.com.

There is an excellent guide published by the Columbia River Gorge Visitors Association at www.GorgeVisitor.com.

Here are some of the varietals that are grown in this amazing heavenly region:

     

English: Cropped image of Cabernet Sauvignon g...

English: Cropped image of Cabernet Sauvignon grapes from Hedges Vineyards in Red Mountain, Washington. Photo taken August 28th, 2007 with a Kodak z650 camera. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Pinot noir grapes have a much darker hue than ...

Pinot noir grapes have a much darker hue than the bluish-gray coloring of Pinot gris (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Sauvignon blanc wine grape. Location:...

English: Sauvignon blanc wine grape. Location: Vlasotince vineyards, southeast Serbia. Français : Grappe de raisin du cépage Sauvignon Blanc. Photo prise dans le vignoble de Vlasotince, dans le sud-est de la Serbie. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Albarino • Aglianico • Barbera • Cabernet Franc • Cabernet Sauvignon • Chardonnay         Dolcetto  •  Gamay  •  Gewurtztraminer  •  Grenache  •  Gruner Vertliner  •  Lemberger         Malbec  •  Marsanne  •  Merlot  •  Mourvedre  •  Muscat   •  Nebbiolo  •  Pinot Blanc         Pinot Gris  •  Pinot Noir   •  Primitivo  •  Riesling  •  Roussanne  •  Sangiovese       Sauvignon Blanc  •  Syrah  •  Tempranillo  •  Viognier  •  White Riesling  •  Zinfandel

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I Love the Oenology Wine Room in the Intercontinental Hotel in Chicago

From the California wine producer in the Centr...

From the California wine producer in the Central Coast (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Display your wine on a Barrel if you can find one

Display your wine on a Barrel if you can find one

Flavor Napa Valley Winemaker Dinner

Flavor Napa Valley Winemaker Dinner

Cathedral Ridge Winery

Cathedral Ridge Winery

If you feel like a wine-tasting event but you can’t find one, here’s a solution. I suggest that you check out the Oenology Wine Bar at the Intercontinental Hotel on Michigan Avenue in Chicago. This incredible Hotel was the former home of the Medinah Athletic Club in Chicago. Like the Medinah Temple in Chicago, it was commissioned by the Shrine Organization. The building was designed by the architect Walter W. Ahlschlager. The cornerstone of the Medinah Athletic Club was laid on November 5, 1928. After your wine flight, take a tour of this gorgeous building.

Eno Wine Room in Chicago

One of the professionally-trained sommeliers at the Wine Spectator, award-winning Eno Wine Room at 505 N. Michigan Avenue will pamper you. They will offer a wine flight paired with the appropriate cheese and chocolate combination.

Eno Wine Room in Chicago

Since I like Pinot Noir, I opted for the “Pinot Envy” flight with a nice Oregon Pinot Noir. My flight included a 2008 Brandborg Bench Lands Pinot Noir from the Umpqua Valley in Oregon. I also had an opportunity to taste the 2009 Yamhill Valley Vineyard Pinot Blanc from Oregon and the 2008 Kenneth Volk Pinot St. George from the Calleri Vineyard in San Benito California.

Eno Wine Room in Chicago Wine Flight

Once you have selected a wine flight, you can select your cheese selection to accompany your wine. My sommelier suggested the Challerhocker from Switzerland with an edible rind, a dense Ocooch Mountain sheep cheese from Wisconsin and the Barely Buzzed Cheddar from Utah rubbed with coffee grounds and lavender.

Eno Wine Room in Chicago Cheese Flight

Now, it’s time to select your decadent chocolate desserts. Once again, just go with the recommendation of your professionally trained server and you won’t be disappointed. Have a Black Truffle Sea Salt, Macadamia Praline and Salted Chocolate Caramel. Now this is living!

Eno Wine Room in Chicago Chocolates

Of course, you can just select wine or cheese from the menu without opting for a personal “Pinot Envy” tasting party. Have a selection of cheese for $12 or just order a glass of wine.

Try a glass of red Amarone or Barbera D’Alba  from Italy. Those are 2 of my personal favorites from Italy.

If you want to learn more about wine pairing, here’s an informative video: http://www.restonsunocosubway.com/Reston-Sunoco-Wine-and-Beer-cellar.htm.

Wine tasting and wine pairing are interesting topics. Some of my favorite events in Chicago are wine dinners held at my favorite restaurants. I loved the Gibson’s on Rush Street Duckhorn Vineyards Wine Dinner!

Gibson’s on Rush Street Duckhorn Wine Dinner

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com

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Chicago “Pinot Days” 2015: A Pinot Noir Festival at Navy Pier

Russian River Valley Winegrowers Association s...

Russian River Valley Winegrowers Association sign @ Shiloh Hill Vineyard (Photo credit: northbaywanderer)

Assortment of wines from Oregon producer Domai...

Assortment of wines from Oregon producer Domaine Drouhin (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A bottle and glass of California Pinot noir wi...

A bottle and glass of California Pinot noir wine made in Mendocino county (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From the Esterlina Tasting Room in Mendocino C...

From the Esterlina Tasting Room in Mendocino County California, an assortment of Pinot noir wines. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Russian River

Russian River (Photo credit: SSShupe)

Do you love Pinot Noir? Get tickets for the 8th annual Pinot Days Festival at Navy Pier.

“The Grand Tasting will showcase 65 acclaimed pinot producers across the country (from the Russian River Valley to Oregon, Carneros to the Santa Lucia Highlands and beyond), with more than 100 pinots to taste.”

Each wine is poured by its winemaker!

When & Where:

Saturday, March 21st, 2015.
From 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Chicago Navy Pier
Lakeview Terrace Room,
600 E Grand Ave # 115

Chicago, IL 60611

Pinot Days is the largest gathering of Pinot Noir producers in the world. Pinot Noir winemakers will be pouring hundreds of exceptional pinots that are stylistically diverse regions like California’s Russian River Valley and Oregon’s Willamette Valley.

Pinot Days  Principle

“Pinot Days is the largest gathering of Pinot Noir producers in the world. It has to be; pinot noir is exceptionally stylistically diverse, and our aim is to give every pinot lover a place to “go deep” within the style you love. And, if you’re open to venturing outside of your comfort zone, you can learn about, and quite possibly love, other styles as well. To this end we gather hundreds of pinot noir winemakers to pour hundreds of pinots that range from the picture of elegance to forward and “wow.” You can’t try them all – don’t try – it’s not the point! The point is to follow your palate like a North Star, and experience this beautiful little grape in as many forms and styles as compel you. It is an endless pursuit of knowledge. So, ignore the critics; ask folks in the crowd, “Who have you tried? What do you like?” Pinot noir is way more than a grape variety – it’s an art form. It is an endlessly fascinating intellectual and aesthetic pursuit for people who want to savor the good things in life. So we invite the world to Pinot Days, because pinot noir can change the world, one pretty, little, thin-skinned grape at a time.” www.pinotdays

California Pinot noir from the Sonoma producer...

California Pinot noir from the Sonoma producer Hanzell winery (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Participating Exhibitors-

Aberrant Cellars, Ancient Oak Cellars, August
West, Benziger Family Winery, Buena Vista Winery, Cartograph,
Cornerstone Cellars Oregon, Davis Bynum Wines, Davis Family Vineyards,
DeLoach Vineyards, Dutton-Goldfield Winery, EIEIO & Company, Fess Parker
Winery & Vineyard, Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards, Hahn Estate,
Hilliard Bruce Winery, Inman Family Wines, J Vineyards & Winery,
Katherine Anne Confections, Keller Estate, Kendric Vineyards,
Kessler-Haak Wines, Landmark Vineyards, MacPhail Family Wines,
Mansfield-Dunne Wines, Martinelli Winery, McEvoy Ranch Olive Oil, Mystic
Shire, New Zealand Winegrowers, Omero Cellars, On the Avenue Marketing,
Pali Wine Company, Ritual, RTV, Saintsbury, Sojourn Cellars, Stoller
Vineyards, Thomas Fogarty Winery, Trombetta Family Wines, Van Duzer
Vineyards, Willakenzie Estate Winery, Wren Hop Vineyards, Yelp

Oregon winery Willamette Valley Vineyards

Oregon winery Willamette Valley Vineyards (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Tickets:  www.pinotdays.com

Try some Pinot Noir from the Oregon ure 10 Oregon pinot producers in a specially designated area. This will be the largest presence of Oregon pinot producers ever gathered at a California wine festival.

The alluring aroma and seductive color and texture of Pinot Noir makes it one of my favorite wines. This elegant and complex wine is made from Pinot Noir grapes that thrive in a very specific micro-climate with sunny, warm days and cool foggy nights.

These California vines prosper in the well-drained slope of Goldridge loam soil and  enjoy a long Indian summer in the Russian River Valley. The grapes are harvested in the cool pre-dawn darkness to conserve grape flavor and acidity.

Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are the predominant varietals grown in about a 200 square-mile prestigious American Viticultural Area (AVA) of Sonoma County, California called the Russian River Valley. The area is shaded by majestic redwood trees. For more information visit www.pinotdays.com.

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Vineyards in the California wine region of the Russian River Valley in Sonoma (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Sample over 100 pinot noir wines from every important region, from the Russian River Valley to the Santa Rita Hills, Oregon to the Anderson Valley to the Sonoma Coast. Come to Navy Pier to taste these highly acclaimed wines, meet the gifted and charming winemakers who create them, and experience the passion and romance that the pinot noir industry continues to embody. We call it Serious Fun. Come see for yourself.”

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com

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Wine Tasting in Oregon’s Willamette Valley

Lenne Estate in Yamhill Oregon

Raptor Ridge Pinot Noir

Raptor Ridge Pinot Noir

In the Oregon Willamette Valley wine region of...

In the Oregon Willamette Valley wine region of the Dundee Hills (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Oregon is the third largest wine producing state in the US. There are 16 AVAs in Oregon with 450 wineries and 850 vineyards. Oregon and Idaho share an AVA in the Snake River Valley. Oregon and Washington share two AVAs; the Walla Walla Valley and the Columbia Valley. The wine industry contributes $2.7 billion to the state’s economy and Wine Tourism contributed $158 million to Oregon’s economy in 2012.

Foris Pinot Noir

Winemaker Tony Rynders, former winemaker of Do...

Winemaker Tony Rynders, former winemaker of Domaine Serene, samples pinot noir during the 2008 Willamette Valley harvest. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The first AVA’s in Oregon were: Columbia Valley, Umpqua Valley, Walla Walla Valley and the Willamette Valley. The Willamette Valley American Viticultural Area (AVA) was founded in 1984. This AVA has two-thirds of the state’s wineries and vineyards. It is home to more than 200 wineries; with initial plantings in 1966.

Pinot cluster in the Oregon Willamette Valley ...

Pinot cluster in the Oregon Willamette Valley wine region of the Eola-Amity Hills going through early color change. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This designated grape growing region can be distinguished by specific geographic features. The region covers 5372 square miles of land from Portland to Eugene. Smaller AVAs have been created within the northern portion of Willamette Valley’s 3,438,000 acres.

Pinot noir grapes growing in the Willamette Va...

Pinot noir grapes growing in the Willamette Valley of Oregon. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There are six sub-regions (AVAs) within the northern portion of the Willamette Valley AVA with distinctive elevation, soil and climart. The sub-regions are:Chehalem Mountains AVADundee Hills AVA

Eola-Amity Hills AVA

McMinnville AVA

Ribbon Ridge AVA

Yamhill-Carlton District AVA

An interesting chain of events catapulted Oregon’s fledgling Willamette Valley wine region into the stratosphere. At the 1979 “Olympics of Wine” that was held in Paris, a Yamhill County Pinot Noir from The Eyrie Vineyards placed 3rd in a blind tasting of some of the world’s finest Pinots.

“Burgundian wine producer Robert Drouhin could not believe the results, and in early 1980 staged his own tasting in Beaune. The Eyrie’s 1975 South Block Reserve Pinot Noir placed second against a Drouhin 1959 Chambolle-Musigny. It was not to be believed!” Today, Domaine Drouhin Oregon produces Pinot Noir in the Dundee Hills.

In 1983,  another sensational vintage propelled Oregon’s Pinot Noir wines into the international spotlight. Vineyards continued to be planted in the valley. I am a Pinot Noir snob so I couldn’t wait to explore the Willamette Valley. Then, in 1987, Robert Parker (the famous wine critic) and his brother-in-law Michael Etzel, purchased a run down pig farm on Ribbon Ridge and began developing a small vineyard. Their Beaux Frères Winery, produced its first wines in 1991. The Winery is located at 15155 N.E. North Valley Road in Newburg. www.beauxfreres.com

English: Fog hovering over Eugene and other pa...

English: Fog hovering over Eugene and other parts of the Willamette Valley in Oregon. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Willamette Valley contains most of Oregon'...

The Willamette Valley AVA is the largest in the state and has most of the state’s wineries (about 200). Geographically, it stretches from the Columbia River in the North on the Oregon/Washington border; to Eugene in the South. It covers the Oregon Coast Range in the west to the Cascade mountains in the east.

The Oregon Coast Mountain Range creates a rain shadow effect east of the mountains in the Willamette Valley. There is less rain in the Willamette Valley than in the coastal region of the state. This area is recognized around the world for its luscious Pinot Noir. This grape is a cool-climate varietal and the Willamette Valley is well suited to cool climate grape growing because it is protected by the mountains and a series of lower hill chains. These grapes are grown on lower hillsides, not on the hilltops.

Winemaker Patty Green of Patricia Green Cellar...

Winemaker Patty Green of Patricia Green Cellars in Newburg, Oregon of the Willamette Valley speaking at the 2008 International Pinot Noir Celebration (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Small distances in the Willamette Valley yield wines of distinctly different characteristics. To acknowledge the unique characteristics of the smaller growing hillsides inside the valley, an AVA designation was requested for six areas in the northern valley. This area  “contains 66% of the currently planted acreage of the Willamette Valley. These new AVAs have minimum elevations around 200 feet; some also have a maximum of 1000 feet.”

In the Oregon wine region of Dundee AVA in the...

In the Oregon wine region of Dundee AVA in the Willamette Valley (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir (Photo credit: naotakem)

International Pinot Noir Celebration Seminar a...

International Pinot Noir Celebration Seminar at Soter Vineyards in the Willamette Valley, Oregon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Let’s explore the 6 sub-regions of the Willamette Valley Pinot Noir Wine Tourism Wonderland.

I have included some of Pinot Noirs that I enjoyed in the Willamette Valley:

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The entrance to Willamette Valley Vineyards

The entrance to Willamette Valley Vineyards (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Blakeslee Vineyard

Blakeslee Vineyard from the Chehalem Mountains of Oregon

1. CHEHALEM MOUNTAINS were granted AVA status in 2006.
I liked the 2010 Blakesless Pinot Noir and I also liked the owner of Blakeslee Vineyard Estate because he looked so much like my father.
Blakeslee Estate

Blakeslee Estate

Chehalem Mountains Landscape

Chehalem Mountains Landscape (Photo credit: p medved)

The Chehalem Mountains are southwest of Portland in the northern Willamette Valley. The Chehalems are the highest mountains in the Willamette Valley. The highest peak in the Chehalem Mountain Range is Bald Peak, rising to 1,633 feet. The mountains extend 20 miles in length and 5 miles in breadth, stretching from southeast to northwest.

This is the home of many interesting Pinot Noir wines. “Within the almost 70,000 acres of this AVA are over 1600  acres of grapes, grown in over 100 vineyards, and 31 wineries.”  www.chehalemmountains.org

2. DUNDEE HILLS were granted status as an AVA in 2005.

Try the Domaine Drouhin Laurene www.domainedrouhin.com. Maison Joseph Drouhin is a French wine producer based in Burgundy France, founded in 1880. Today both Maison Joseph Drouhin and Domaine Drouhin Oregon are owned and operated by the great grandchildren of Joseph Drouhin.

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Owned by Burgundy producer. Hand crafted wines by 4th generation winemaker Veronique Drouhin-Boss

Pinot Noir grapes at Domaine Drouhin in the Wi...

Pinot Noir grapes at Domaine Drouhin in the Willamette Valley wine region of the Dundee Hills (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Pinot Noir grapes at Archery Summit in the Wil...

Pinot Noir grapes at Archery Summit in the Willamette Valley wine region of Dundee Hills (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The first grapes in the Willamette Valley were planted in the Dundee Hills. It remains the most densely planted area in the state. There are more than 1700 acres of grapes planted in approximately 50 vineyards.

Erath Pinot Noir from Dundee Oregon

.erath.com Erath Pinot Noir from Dundee Oregon

Erath is one of Oregon’s pioneering wineries. The tasting room is located in the Dundee Hills with an exceptional Vino con Vista!.www.erath.comThis area is approximately 30 miles southwest of Portland and 40 miles east of the Pacific Ocean.   www.dundeehills.org

In the Oregon Willamette Valley wine region of...

In the Oregon Willamette Valley wine region of the Dundee Hills AVA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

3. EOLA-AMITY HILLS were granted AVA status in 2006.

The Oregon Willamette Valley winery, Cristom, ...

The Oregon Willamette Valley winery, Cristom, in the Eola-Amity Hills region. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

These hills are close to Salem Oregon adjacent to the Willamette River. The Eola Hills are on the southern end of the 45th parallel and the Amity Hills are on the northern spur. This region is about 40,000 acres with more than 1300 acres of grapes.  www.eolaamityhills.com

A view of the vineyard in the Oregon Willamett...

A view of the vineyard in the Oregon Willamette Valley wine region of Eola-Amity Hills. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Chardonnay vines in late October in the Oregon...

Chardonnay vines in late October in the Oregon Willamette Valley wine region of the Eola-Amity Hills (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

4. MCMINNVILLE was granted AVA status in 2005 and hosts the annual International Pinot Noir Celebration.

The McMinnville AVA is closer to Salem than Portland. There are nearly 40,500 acres due west of Yamhill County’s seat in McMinnville. The soils are uniquely shallow for winegrowing.  Approximately 600 acres are currently planted here.   www.mcminnvilleava.org

5. RIBBON RIDGE was granted AVA status in 2005.
English: Trisaetum winery in the Ribbon Ridge ...

English: Trisaetum winery in the Ribbon Ridge AVA of Oregon’s Willamette Valley (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ribbon Ridge is at the northwest end of the Chehalem Mountains. Ribbon Ridge is contained within the larger Chehalem Mountains AVA. There are approximately 500 acres planted on the ridge, within 20 vineyards.

www.ribbonridge.org

6. YAMHILL-CARLTON DISTRICT was granted status as an AVA in 2005.

Try the Lenne Estate Pinot Noir www.lenneestate.com. Lenne was started in 2000 by Steve and Karen Lutz. They have a 20.9-acre vineyard at 18760 N.E. Laughlin Road in Yamhill. The Karen’s Pommard Pinot Noir is from the vineyard’s Pommard blocks and is named after the owner, Karen.

Lenne Estate in Yamhill Oregon

Lenne Estate in Yamhill Oregon

North of McMinnville and south of Gaston, the foothills of the Coast Range create an AVA of nearly 60,000 acres between Carlton and Yamhill. The Coast Range to the west creates a rain shadow over the entire district with additional protection from the Chehalem Mountains to the north and the Dundee Hills to the east.
Try the 2009 Cape Lookout Pinot Noir from Carlton Cellars at 130 West Monroe Street www.carltoncellars.com
Cape Lookout Wine from Carlton Cellars in Carlton Oregon

Cape Lookout Wine from Carlton Cellars in Carlton Oregon

Anne Amie Vineyard in Carlton Washington

Anne Amie Vineyard in Carlton Washington

 
I also enjoyed the Pinot Noir and the Pinot Noir Blanc at Anne Amie Vineyard in Carlton at 6580 N.E. Mineral Springs Road. The charming labels represent the faces of the estate owners daughters. www.anneamie.com
Prisme Pinor Noir Blanc from Anne and Amie in Yamhill

Prisme Pinor Noir Blanc from Anne and Amie in Yamhill

 

Try the Elk Cove Pinot Noir. The winery was founded in 1974 and winemaker Adam Campbell gets my vote of confidence. I loved the La Boheme and the Elk Cove 2009 Shea Pinot Noir! www.elkcove.com

Elk Cove Vineyards Pinot Noir

Elk Cove Vineyards Pinot Noir

Elk Cove Vineyards in the Northwest Willamette Valley

Elk Cove Vineyards in the Northwest Willamette Valley

I also loved the David Hill 2009 Estate BlackJack Pinot Noir that was released on August 12, 2012 and the 2008 Estate Reserve Pinot Noir. The David Hill Vineyards and Winery is a designated historical landmark . The farm is 140 acres with Pinot Noir grapes planted on 50% of the 45 acres of vines in Forest Grove Oregon. This estate dates back to 1965 and has the oldest Pinot Noir vines in the Valley. You will love the 1883 farmhouse. www.davidhillwinery.com

David Hill Pinot Noir in Forest Grove Oregon

David Hill Pinot Noir in Forest Grove Oregon

David Hill Pinot Noir in Forest Grove Oregon

David Hill has the oldest Pinot Noir Vines in the WIllamette Valley

David Hill has the oldest Pinot Noir Vines in the WIllamette Valley

Columbia Valley AVA

Columbia Valley AVA

more information visit: www.yamhillcarltondistrict.com

Make plans to attend the North Willamette Harvest Trail on Saturday October 6, 2012. There will be a full-day harvest tour with wine tastings andharvest activiteis at 3 wineries. Attend the Grand Tasting with pairings from dozens of wineries. TIckets are $79 and include a wine country lunch. www.NWVitners.org

There’s also a North Willamette Thanksgiving Celebration. This is an annual weekend Open House.

When you finish touring and tasting in the Willamette Valley, head over to the scenic Columbia Valley AVA.

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides and Apps @ www.vino-con-vista.com

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International Pinot Noir Celebration 2014 in McMinnville Oregon

Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir (Photo credit: naotakem)

Assortment of wines from Oregon producer Domai...

Assortment of wines from Oregon producer Domaine Drouhin (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In the Oregon Willamette Valley wine region of...

In the Oregon Willamette Valley wine region of the Dundee Hills (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Oregon Pinot noir wine from Bergstrom in the W...

Oregon Pinot noir wine from Bergstrom in the Willamette Valley (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Attend the  28th Annual International Pinot Noir Celebration in McMinnville Oregon!

WHEN: July 25 – 27, 2014
This spectacular three-day event is for Pinot Noir and northwest cuisine enthusiasts. “During the weekend, world-renowned winemakers, northwest chefs, esteemed media, epicures and wine lovers will gather in McMinnville, Oregon.”

Taste Grand Cru Burgundy in Oregon’s lush vineyards.

Register Online or by phone at 800-775-4762.

English: Melrose Hall at Linfield College in M...

English: Melrose Hall at Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

WHERE: Linfield College

Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir (Photo credit: naotakem)

Taste selections from 70 international producers with more than 250 wines.This event features Pinot noirs from around the globe including Burgundy and the Willamette Valley. Take a guided stroll through the lovely vineyards.

Français : Bouteille de Pinot noir à la Cave v...

Français : Bouteille de Pinot noir à la Cave vinicole de Cleebourg (Bas-Rhin) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The salmon bake

The salmon bake (Photo credit: Thad Westhusing)

Visit www.ipnc.org for more information.

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides and Travel Apps @ www.vino-con-vista.com

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Check Out the Spruce Goose at the McMinnville Wine and Food Classic 2014

English: Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum in ...

English: Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum in McMinnville, Oregon, USA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The four port engines on the Spruce Goose - Ho...

Check Out the Spruce Goose at the McMinnville Food and Wine Classic 2012. The Hercules is the largest flying boat ever built. It has the largest wingspan of any aircraft in history. It resides at the Evergreen Aviation Museum in McMinnville, Oregon.

The Hughes H-4 Hercules with Howard Hughes at ...

The Hughes H-4 Hercules with Howard Hughes at the controls (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: The inside of the Spruce Goose, Everg...

English: The inside of the Spruce Goose, Evergreen Aviation Museum, McMinnville OR (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Nose, cockpit, and four starboard engines of t...

Nose, cockpit, and four starboard engines of the Spruce Goose (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The McMinnville Wine & Food Classic is a benefit for the students of St. James Catholic School!

2014 Event Times
  • Friday, March 7th    3pm – 9pm
  • Saturday, March 8th   12pm – 9pm
  • Sunday, March 9th   12pm – 5pm
Ticket Types and Quantities
(1) General Admission $17.00 USD(2) General Admission $34.00 USD(3) General Admission $51.00 USD(1) Senior or Designated Driver Admission $15.00 USD(2) Senior or Designated Driver Admission $30.00 USD(3) Senior or Designated Driver Admission $45.00 USD(1) 3 Day Pass $32.00 USD(2) 3 Day Pass $64.00 USD(3) 3 Day Pass $96.00 USD
Print Receipt As Event Ticket

Enjoy the culinary variety and relaxed atmosphere. Watch some of the area’s best Chefs in the Northwest demonstrate their skills. Talk with winemakers and vintners. Purchase by the taste, glass, bottle or case.

First 1000 Attendees will receive a free wine glass on Friday. See you at the Evergreen Space Museum!

PayPal Users print your EMAIL CONFIRMATION for your proof of purchase, as this will be your ticket into the event.  Admission into the event does not include tasting fees.  If you choose to park at the museum you will need $7 in cash.  No strollers are allowed at the event.  Event coordinators reserve the right to refuse service or refunds to anyone.

This three-day Food and Wine Classic will be held in the heart of Oregon’s wine country. The event features 160 of the state’s best wineries, restaurants and plenty of arts & crafts.

WHERE:  Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum  in McMinnville Oregon

English: Hughes H-4 Hercules 'Spruce Goose'.

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This year’s event will be held at thewhere the famous “Spruce Goose” lives. The Hughes H-4 Hercules  a.k.a. “Spruce Goose” is a prototype of a heavy transport aircraft designed and built by the Hughes Aircraft company.  The aircraft made its only flight on November 2, 1947. It was made out of wood since there was a wartime raw material restriction on the use of aluminum. It was nicknamed the “Spruce Goose” by critics, even though it was made almost entirely of birch.

English: Howard Hughes piloting Spruce Goose.

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As you gaze at the “Spuce Goose”, you can enjoy wines by the glass. There will be live music and chef demonstrations.

English: Hotel Oregon in Downtown in McMinnvil...

English: Hotel Oregon in Downtown in McMinnville, Oregon, USA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Shuttle bus service will be provided from participating hotels including the McMenamins Hotel Oregon.  

For more information, call the Wine Line at 503-472-4033 or visit www.sipclassic.org

An SR-71 Blackbird under the wing of the Spruc...

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You may also want to mark your calendars for the Annual International Pinot Festival 2014 that will take place in McMinnville Oregon in July at Linfield College.

Pinot Noir devotees will have the opportunity to taste the best selections from 70 international producers with and more than 250 wines. During the weekend, attendees can enjoy a guided stroll through vineyards with two grand tastingsand a traditional Northwest Salmon Bake.

English: Riley Center at Linfield College in M...

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Admission to the full weekend’s events, except The Passport to Pinot tasting, is $975 per person. Individual events range from $100-$150 per person.

For tickets and information, call 800-755-4762 or visit www.ipnc.org

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com

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Wine Spectator’s Wine Map of Oregon

In the Oregon Willamette Valley wine region of...

In the Oregon Willamette Valley wine region of the Dundee Hills AVA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Winemaker Tony Rynders, former winemaker of Do...

Winemaker Tony Rynders, former winemaker of Domaine Serene, samples pinot noir during the 2008 Willamette Valley harvest. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Pinot noir vineyard in the Willamette Valley w...

Pinot noir vineyard in the Willamette Valley wine region of Eola-Amity Hills. Also shows an example of clear (or bare soil) cultivation between the vines and rows with no cover crops. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

International Pinot Noir Celebration Seminar a...

International Pinot Noir Celebration Seminar at Soter Vineyards in the Willamette Valley, Oregon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Pinot cluster in the Oregon Willamette Valley ...

Pinot cluster in the Oregon Willamette Valley wine region of the Eola-Amity Hills going through early color change. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Pinot Noir grapes at Archery Summit in the Wil...

Pinot Noir grapes at Archery Summit in the Willamette Valley wine region of the Dundee Hills (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I found thees maps in Wine Spectator. This is an overview of all of the state’s American Viticultural Areas, including those in Willamette Valley, in southern Oregon and along the border of Washington.

Oregon Pinot noir wine from Bergstrom in the W...

Oregon Pinot noir wine from Bergstrom in the Willamette Valley (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

http://assets.winespectator.com/wso/Maps/OregonMapII.pdf

Pinot Noir Country Detail A closer look at the Willamette Valley’s subappellations and key towns View or download map PDF

http://assets.winespectator.com/wso/Maps/Oregonmap.pdf

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Columbia Gorge Labor Day Weekend Winegrowers Open House 2013 in Oregon

Sign for Multnomah Falls, Columbia River Gorge...

Sign for Multnomah Falls, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area in Oregon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Travel to the fascinating The Columbia River Gorge region for Labor Day. The gorge is a  canyon that stretches for over 80 miles. The gorge is the only navigable route through the Cascades and links to the Pacific Ocean. This area forms the boundary between the states of Washington and Oregon and has some of the most spectacular scenery in Oregon.

Columbia Gorge Winegrowers Labor Day Weekend Winery Open House

Wineries in the Columbia Gorge will be offering open houses for Labor Day Weekend Aug 31 – Sept 2, 2013 with food pairings and new releases.

Visit www.GorgeWine.com for a list of participating wineries and specials including maps and hours.

The Columbia Gorge Winegrowing Region (AVA) is located just one hour east of the Portland/Vancouver area through some of the most spectacular scenery in the Pacific Northwest. Straddling the mighty Columbia River, the region supports conditions for a wide variety of grapes from Albariño to Zinfandel. They call this area: “a World of Wine in 40 Miles!”

Singing Cowboys

Singing Cowboys

English: Oneonta Creek, Columbia Gorge, Trail #424

English: Oneonta Creek, Columbia Gorge, Trail #424 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Columbia Gorge Wine Growers Association hosts an annual Labor Day Weekend Open House. The Columbia Gorge AVA is a winegrowing Region (AVA) that is located an hour east of the Portland. There will be special events at many wineries in the area. So spend Labor Day Weekend in the incredible Columbia Gorge region where you can visit quaint waterfront towns located at the foothills of Mount Hood, Oregon‘s tallest peak. There are plenty of spectacular wineries and Tasting Rooms.

Cascade Cliffs Wine

Cascade Cliffs Wine

Penetration Wine and Matching Tee Shirt

Penetration Wine and Matching Tee Shirt

Quenette Wine

Quenette Wine

Wines in the Gorge

Tasting Rooms in Hood River

More than 30 Columbia Gorge Wineries are hosting Open Houses with incredible views of Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams to celebrate Labor Day Weekend.

They will be featuring special releases and offering discounts.

WHEN: August 31st-September 2nd 2013

WHERE: Columbia Gorge Wineries in Washington and Oregon

Columbia River Gorge

Columbia River Gorge (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Metlako Falls, Columbia River Gorge National S...

Metlako Falls, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Oregon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The wineries span the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. There is “a world of wine in 40 miles” in this tranquil heavenly paradise.

You can visit wineries in Oregon and Washington in this area. Use the Hood Bridge to travel between the two states.

Hood River Bridge

Kelvin Kay, user:kkmd Category:Columbia River ...

Kelvin Kay, user:kkmd Category:Columbia River Gorge (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

They are only separated by a bridge.

English: Mount Adams, Washington, United State...

English: Mount Adams, Washington, United States, as seen from Hood River, Oregon. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Washington State

Washington State (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Oregon wineries are located from Hood River to The Dalles; the Washington Wineries span Underwood to Goldendale. Click here for more information: downloadable map

English: Looking east up the Columbia River Go...

English: Looking east up the Columbia River Gorge, from Crown Point in Oregon, USA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here’s the OPEN HOUSE Line-Up: 

1. AlmaTerra Wines               Labor Day Weekend Hours: Friday 4-9:30 with live music from 7-9 pm; Sat, Sun, Mon noon – 6 pm
208 West Steuben Street (State Highway 14) Bingen WA 98605 • Phone:              (509) 637-2633
Labor Day Specials: Pouring our flight of four 2008 new-release single-vineyard Syrahs (a rare event!) along with new Artist-series Museum Red and Museum White blends. Free appetizers Sat-Mon. This weekend only (Sat-Mon): two Reidel crystal wineglasses free with new wine club sign ups ($20 value and 20% off wine purchases).

2. COR Cellars  Thursday -Monday 11am-6pm
3. Domaine Pouillon 11am – 6pm
They will hold a Blind Tasting Contest during the Labor Day weekend holiday. The lucky winner gets to experience a day of “crush” with their winemaker, Alexis.

4. Garnier Vineyards in Mosier Oregon is having a Labor Day Weekend Garden Party and Cellar Sale on Sunday, September 2nd from 2-6 pm. There will be live music from Andiamo and food from Boda’s Kitchen. Enjoy music on the lawn, good food, and great wines!

5. Maryhill Winery

Hazy Hood and Maryhill Wineries

Hazy Hood and Maryhill Wineries (Photo credit: surfonaut)

Labor Day Weekend Wine Tasting and New Releases with live music by: The Signatures www.signaturesmusic.com, Wayman Chapman  www.waymanchapman.com and Bluestone  www.bluestonejazz.net6. Springhouse Cellar noon to 6pm with a special  2009 Merlot release.

7. SUNSHINE MILL WINERY noon-10 Friday and Saturday; noon-6 Sunday and Monday. Play bocce ball and enjoy brats and appetizers paired with Quenett and Copa Di Vino wine. Watch a free summer movie on the Silos. Spokane based band “Coal Bird” will be playing in the amphitheater

Quenette Winery Tasting Room in Hood River

Quenette Winery Tasting Room in Hood River

JUST AFTER SUNRISE FROM A 7,000 FOOT ELEVATION...

JUST AFTER SUNRISE FROM A 7,000 FOOT ELEVATION OVER THE COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE, BETWEEN THE DALLES AND THE HOOD RIVER – NARA – 548178 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

8. The Pines Tasting Room and Gallery is celebrating their Tasting Room’s 6th anniversary with “a weekend of wine tasting, hors d’oeuvres, art, and a special 20% discount on 6+ bottle purchases” all weekend. They will have live music and dancing Friday from 6-9 and from Lolo Motion.

The Pines Tasing Room in Hood River Oregon

The Pines Tasing Room in Hood River Oregon

9. Waving Tree    September 1-3, 10 am-5 pm with entertainment by “The Sugar Daddies” Saturday & Sunday 1-4pm.

Visit www.ColumbiaGorgeWine.com for more information.

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Art in the Pearl Festival 2013 on Labor Day Weekend in Portland Oregon

Jamison Square, Pearl District, Portland, Oreg...

Jamison Square, Pearl District, Portland, Oregon in October 2007 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Stellar line-up of artists at Art in the Pearl Festival in Portland Oregon over Labor Day Weekend .

Attend Portland Oregon’s 17th annual Fine Arts & Crafts Festival that is held every year on Labor Day weekend.

“Art In The Pearl has been named one of the top 10 Arts and Crafts Festivals in the country. Our festival fills the Northwest Portland Park blocks with art, theater, music, and hands-on activities for people of all ages. ”

Click Here to View Work by our 2013

Jamison Square, Pearl District, Portland, Oreg...

Jamison Square, Pearl District, Portland, Oregon in 2009 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

WHEN: August 31, 2013-Sept. 1-2, 2013

WHERE: The Pearl District’s North Park Blocks.

Here’s a list of the 2012 Artists. Click on the links to learn more about each artist.

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