Oregon Wine Country Travel Guide
Places to Eat in Oregon
Named for the place where Jesus first turned water into wine, Cana's Feast winery (formerly Cuneo Cellars) has a cult following for its bold Italian wines, including Sangiovese and Barbera. Its special wine dinners had such a big audience that the tasting room was turned into a café, and chef Lisa Lanxon now serves lunch and dinner every Friday and Saturday and brunch on Sunday. Her Italian menu might include farro-and-beet salad made with ingredients from her garden; her $25, three-course supper with a glass of wine is one of the best deals in wine country.
canasfeastwinery.com —Ivy Manning
Courtesy of The Inn at Red Hills
« Farm to Fork & Press
The Inn at Red Hills has two great places to sample local, small-lot wine: Press wine bar and Farm to Fork restaurant, where chef Shiloh Ficek sources almost everything from within a 200-mile radius for dishes like Puget Sound Manila clams with house–made chorizo.
A renovated classic with authentic, old-school Italian dishes made with local ingredients and a stellar local wine list.
nicksitaliancafe.com —Chang-rae Lee
Chef Eric Bechard's is so dedicated to the locavore cause, he got into a scuffle with another chef over the provenance of a pig. At his tiny Thistle, decorated with an oddball mix of chandeliers and deer antlers, he offers a dozen or so choices on the menu. Dishes like über-rich rabbit rillettes with fennel pickles are all less than $20. Emily Howard's intriguing wine list features Oregon bottles like 2008 Love and Squalor Riesling.
Places to Stay in Oregon
Courtesy of The Allison Inn & Spa
Willamette's first luxury resort, located in Newberg.
A 20-room Dundee hotel with a bakery, market, wine bar and excellent restaurant, Farm to Fork.
Wineries to Visit in Oregon
A wildly successful Oregon outpost from the famous Burgundy wine family.
Courtesy of Eyrie Vineyards
Oregon winemaking pioneers.
Burgundy-inspired reds from a two-person winemaking operation.
This new LEED-certified winery also rents out on-property cottages.
The best seat in Oregon's Willamette Valley is on the deck at WillaKenzie's new tasting room, which has a 180-degree view of the Pinot Noir vineyards. The modern space also has a full kitchen for chef dinners, as well as a sensory garden planted with herbs, fruit trees and berries that echo the flavors in the different wines.
willakenzie.com —Megan Krigbaum
Five Great Oregon Bottles
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