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2013 Glass Willamette Valley White Pinot Noir, J.K. Carriere, Sherwood, Oregon SRP: $24

Vintner Jim Prosser may be too modest to claim credit for the recent uptick in popularity of rosé wines, but no one doubts that his white pinot noirs are among the finest on the market.

The 2013 is similar in style to its predecessors: intensely citrusy, acid-driven, and very French in style. This wine is made from 100 percent pinot noir grapes, and Prosser barrel-ages it in older French oak barrels. The first hint that this wine will outshine more insipid rosés is the color: it is a beautiful pale coppery salmon. The nose is faint when chilled, but elements of lemon and lime waft through, and the wine explodes with citrus in the mouth, intense lemon-lime with a grapefruit finish. There is the very faintest hint of refreshing fizz on the tongue.

At $24 a bottle and with a modest 12% alcohol, this is the wine I will select on a hot and sticky day when I sneak off to the hammock with a battered copy of The Three Musketeers, to be magically transported to the French countryside.

2012 Provocateur Willamette Valley Pinot Noir J.K., Carriere Sherwood, Oregon, SRP: $26

If I were a California pinot noir vintner, I might become a bit nervous after tasting J.K. Carriere’s 2012 Provocateur. The winery’s entry-level pinot noir, modestly priced at a mere $26, really delivers: it is a beautiful Bombay ruby in the glass, and the aroma of ripe fruit — cherry, blackberry, blueberry and a touch of floral fairly explodes in the nose and drench the palate. As you continue to drink, the fruit opens up further and delivers a soft, smooth finish.

Vintner Prosser blended this wine from six vineyards, graced by some of the finest growing conditions Willamette Valley had enjoyed in decades, and then aged it for 17 months in French oak.

The 2012 Provocateur is a fitting tribute to Prosser’s grandfather, for whom it was named — a man who, like his vintner grandson, clearly enjoyed pushing the envelope. A very good value.

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Willamette Valley Salad

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This delicious Willamette Valley Salad, named after the area where I live, is full of all of the delicious flavors of the region.

I am lucky enough to live in the Willamette Valley. The Willamette Valley stretches from Portland in the North to Eugene in the South. The fertile valley is also the home to Oregon’s state nut. The hazelnut. Today’s salad gets its name, Willamette Valley Salad , because of those delicious hazelnuts. The hazelnut is the star of this salad so don’t leave it out!

I love hazelnuts and if you haven’t tried them I highly recommend them. Of course, you could substitute another nut in this salad. But then it wouldn’t be Willamette Valley Salad. In addition to hazelnuts the salad contains avocados and blue cheese.

I found hazelnuts in the bulk section of my local Winco grocery store. I like them toasted in the salad so I popped them into my oven for about 5-10 minutes until they turned golden brown.

The dressing for the salad is nice and light and is sugar free! Just a combo of red wine vinegar, olive oil, dijon mustard and salt and pepper.

Totally love this salad. I used romaine lettuce but it would be great with spinach too. I love the fresh taste of it and the different textures in the salad.

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Willamette Valley Vineyards

The 2008 Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir is an elegantly aged wine that truly expresses the terroir of the three unique vineyard sites within the Willamette Valley that contribute to this bottling. Aromas of cherry, pie spice, nuts and plum, are complemented by just a hint of brown sugar sweetness on the nose.

​ The 2008 vintage was marked by a cooler ​ ​ than average growing season producing ​ ​ exceptional Oregon Pinot Noir with very ​ ​ well developed tannic structure balanced ​ ​ with lively acids and bright, black and red ​ ​ fruit flavors.

​ 91 points - Wine Spectator

Sourced from Quail Run Vineyards in Southern Oregon, owned by dedicated growers Don and Traute Moore who are known for being Southern Oregon’s most celebrated producer of premium wine grapes.

The 2011 vintage was dominated by a cool and late growing season, but the wines it produced have been superb. Concentrated fruit flavors are balanced with bold aromas while the acidity and lower alcohol levels insured ageability in the wine cellar.

Founded in 1983 by Oregon native Jim Bernau with the dream of creating world-class Pinot Noir,
Willamette Valley Vineyards has grown from a bold idea into one of the region&rsquos leading wineries, earning the title &ldquoOne of America&rsquos Great Pinot Noir Producers&rdquo from Wine Enthusiast Magazine.

The Best Willamette Valley Restaurants

You’re going to need to eat between all that wine tasting. Here are what I consider some of the best restaurants in Willamette Valley.

Pura Vida

Town: McMinnville, OR | Hours: 11am – 9pm daily | Vibe: Casual Latin American food served in a mini art gallery

Pura Vida is a Willamette Valley restaurant right in the heart of McMinnville. It’s fairly casual, with white walls and simple furnishings. But all along the walls are bright paintings and art from local artists. Matched with the constant hum conversations pulsing from the crowded tables, it’s a lively place to be for lunch near wineries or dinner after a day of tasting.

You’ll find really yummy Latin American food influenced by Costa Rican, El Salvadorian, and Cuban cuisine. They make everything from scratch in house and source ingredients from local producers. I ordered the arepas with pork belly and was obsessed. Every bite was packed with flavor. And it wasn’t difficult to look at with it’s bright colors.

If you want to know where to eat near wineries in Willamette Valley, this place should be on your list.

White Rabbit Bakery

Town: Aurora, OR | Hours: 8am – 4 pm daily (opens 6:30 am weekdays) | Vibe: Rustic bakery

The White Rabbit Bakery is an unassuming building on the main road into downtown Aurora, Oregon. Inside it’s rather sparse, with a few tables, vintage couch, and board games. But what it lacks in grandeur it makes up for in tastiness.

We ordered the turkey chipotle sandwich and were really impressed with how yummy such a humble sandwich with chips could taste. This is a great place to stop before heading into Aurora for a day of antique shopping. It’s also one of the best restaurants in Willamette Valley to stop between wine tastings because it’s quick (which, you know, means more wine).

George + Violet’s Steakhouse

Town: Springfield, OR | Hours: 5pm – 10 pm daily (open for brunch on Sundays) | Vibe: A dimly-lit space that could have been your cool great aunt’s digs

George + Violet’s had opened only a bit before I visit, and I feel so lucky to have been among the first to go to this Willamette Valley restaurant. It’s in an area being revitalized in Springfield, the town just over from Eugene. If you’re visiting any of the Southern Willamette Valley wineries, you definitely need to stop here for dinner.

The decor in this place is unlike most steakhouses I’ve been to. They’re usually dark with heavy decor the looks quite opulent and dated. But this place was like that cooler older lady’s home you would love to ravage in an estate sale. It’s dimly lit, but there is sweet floral wallpaper behind the bar, white walls, and furniture that mixes the vintage with the new.

The menu is like other steakhouses, in that sides are sold separately and the focus is on the steaks. I got the rib eye and will tell you it’s one of the best steaks I’ve ever had. It was so juicy and flavorful it didn’t even need to trio of flavored butters it was served with. Because of this dish alone, George + Violets is one what I consider one of the best restaurants in Eugene and the Willamette Valley.

Horse Radish Cafe

Town: Carlton, OR | Hours: 12pm – 3pm Mon – Thurs, 12pm – 10pm on Fri & Sat | Best for: Sandwiches & salads

Be warned, a lot of wineries in the Willamette Valley don’t serve food. But the good thing is that they allow guests to bring outside food from area Willamette Valley restaurants. I highly recommend the Horse Radish Cafe as a place to stop before you begin your Oregon wine tasting adventure. Or get a sandwich to go to bring to a picnic at a winery.

The Horse Radish Cafe has substantial sandwiches made with high quality ingredients. I was obsessed with the Carlton sandwich, which includes house-roasted turkey breast, peppered bacon, ham, horseradish honey mustard, swiss, lettuce and tomato. Definitely put this on your list of Willamette Valley restaurants to visit!


Town: Springfield, OR | Hours: 10am – 10pm daily | Vibe: A renovated church turned into a beer-lovers playground

PublicHouse had just opened on my last visit to Willamette Valley. Let me tell you, I am obsessed with this place. It’s an old church that was transformed into the ultimate adult playground. There is a beer hall, food court, whiskey lab, and outdoor area for concerts.

In the food court, there are four options to choose from. La Granada serves Latin food, Pig & Turnip serves German food, 100 Mile Bakery has baked good made with ingredients source within 100 miles, and Cascade BBQ has…well, barbecue. Make sure to get the edible cookie dough from 100 Mile Bakery if it’s available!

Red Hills Market

Town: Dundee, OR | Hours: 7am – 8pm daily | Best for: Picnic fare and foodie souvenirs

Red Hills Market is what would happen if a food hall and bakery had a baby. You can order pastries, breakfast, and coffee at the counter and dine in as if you were at a bakery. But you can also peruse food goods from Pacific Northwest makers and pick up wine or souvenirs.

We came here for breakfast and were obsessed with their coffee. It’s breakfast sandwich was also a great way to start the day (we couldn’t stop talking about the damn bread!). But what really makes this place shine is the ability to curate your own picnic to bring to any of the wineries. There’s meats, cheeses, baked goods, packaged goods, spreads, nuts, and more which you can mix and match to your liking. This is definitely a Willamette Valley restaurant you’ll want to stop at before visiting wineries.

Oregon pinot country

The Willamette Valley, the heart of Oregon Wine Country, is home to over 500 wineries
and is recognized as one of the leading producers of Pinot Noir in the world.

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The past, present & future of willamette valley wine

It has been a tremendous thing to witness the continued growth and popularity of Oregon’s Wine Country and to have played a role in the expansion of the tourism industry to this area for the past 10 years.

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Beaux Frères is open to the public, but by appointment only. Make sure you schedule them into your Willamette Valley wine tasting tour. It’s certainly worth it to taste through some of the best Pinots coming out of Oregon.

The winery offers two tasting options. You can go for the classic tasting for $25 per person. For this, you taste for wines and get a nice overview of their farming and winemaking practices. For $75 you can join them on a tour and tasting that includes a hike through the vineyards! This wine tasting and education experience lasts about an hour and a half.

Can't make it to the winery? Order their award-winning Pinot Noir and enjoy it at home.

Beaux Frères owns a contiguous vineyard of 30 acres that were planted in 1988.

Willamette Hops

I wanted to pass along this anecdote. I was out to dinner with the family last night and my father in law ordered wine. It was from the Willamette Valley in Oregon.
My father in law, who lived in Oregon for a few years, was pronouncing the name of the valley and it took me by surprise. I told him there’s a hop variety with the name “Willamette” and I always pronounced it:

He told me there’s a saying in Oregon for people who mispronounced the name:

(By the way, it’s Or-ruh-gin. Not Or-ruh-GONE. I learned that too from him.)

Now for the hop profile:

Willamette hops are a hybrid of the English Fuggle hop that were released by the USDA in 1976 and are named for the Willamette Valley where the majority of Oregon hops are grown. The valley is on the 45th parallel which is closer to that 48th parallel that is noted as the place where hops grow the best because of the distinct seasons and the length of the day in the summer season. They are a popular American flavor hop variety known for their earthy aroma and pleasant taste in a finished beer.

Origin: America (Specifically Oregon)

Aroma: Described by sources as mild having an herbal, woody, and earthy aroma. Some fruit notes are also detected in some beers.

Alpha Acid: 4 – 6%

Typical Usage: For the most part, an aroma hop. Flavoring was also a primary use. Willamette hops can be used in ESBs, Pale Ale, Porters, Stouts. If there is a recipe that calls for Fuggles, try using Willamette instead for a more fruity aroma and flavor. Other possible hop substitutes include US Fuggle and Styrian Golding.

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We are committed to building a strong, sustainable and vibrant regional grain economy, and are proud to supply home and commercial kitchens with grains and mill products from the heart of the valley.

36 Of The Best Pinot Noirs Willamette Valley Has To Offer

Some of the founding members of Willamette Valley - Jason Lett (son of David and Diane Lett) of . [+] Eyrie Vineyard, Dick and Nancy Ponzi of Ponzi Vineyard, David Adelsheim of Adelsheim Vineyard, Harry Peterson-Nedry currently of RR Wines, and Susan Sokol-Blosser of Sokol Blosser Winery

“Pinot Noir is a particularly philosophical grape,” muses Jason Lett of Eyrie Vineyards, in Willamette Valley. Arguably the most charismatic grape, devotees recognize its illumination of site as supreme.

Speaking of his Burgundian discovery as “love at first sight,” David Lett, founder of Eyrie Vineyards, credits Pinot Noir as his “raison d’etre” for coming to Oregon in 1965. As his son Jason explains, after falling in love with this finicky grape, his father sought the region best suited to its particularities—finding it in western Oregon.

In 1966, David and Diana Lett removed a derelict orchard, prepared the ground, and planted the first modern grape vines in the region, calling the south end of the Dundee Hills home. The Letts were soon joined by nine like-minded families with the same focus—produce world-class Pinot Noir. Today, the region is home to over 600 wineries, all upholding the original vision.

This past year I took a deep dive into the fruit of their labor, studying and tasting dozens of Pinot Noir wines throughout the valley—resulting in this extensive list of what I consider some of the region’s top bottles. Selecting one bottle from each of these producers was excruciating. I recommend getting to know each of these wineries and journey through their entire portfolios.

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Chehalem Mountains AVA contains all three important hillside soil types of the region—basaltic, ocean sedimentary, and loess. The highest point in Willamette Valley is located in this AVA, Bald Peak at 1,633 feet, resulting in a geography and climate that differentiates it from the other viticultural areas. Pinot Noir grown here tends to be richer and bigger across the board, more textural and voluptuous.

2017 Ponzi Aurora Vineyard Pinot Noir ($105) dazzles with wild bramble berries, black licorice, cherry cola, dusty cocoa, brown-sugar peppered bacon, rich, bold, layers of tension, structure, silky mouth-feel, long acid-driven finish *In the future, this will be included in the newly established Laurelwood AVA

2017 Alloro Vineyard Riservata Pinot Noir ($50) offers fresh black and blue fruit, exotic spice, cured meat, violets, cherry cola, ample and weighty, rich, refined, elegant, structure *In the future, this will be included in the newly established Laurelwood AVA

2017 Flâneur ‘La Belle Promenade’ Pinot Noir ($55) delivers bright, intense fruit, spice, cherry cola, smooth tannins, elegantly long finish

2015 Adelsheim ‘Elizabeth’s Reserve’ Pinot Noir ($50) the history and breadth of Willamette Valley in a bottle, blue fruit, warm spice, fresh lavender, Herbs de Provence, elegant, refined, feminine, layered, long, silky, collect this last vintage

2017 Le Cadeau Merci Reserve Pinot Noir ($80) opens with leaping aromatics, red berries, herbal notes, spice, fresh violets, rich, elegant, silky tannins, lean

2017 Bells Up Winery ‘Candide’ Nemarniki Vineyard Reserve Pinot Noir ($54) delivers notes of dark and red berries, Herbs de Provence, fresh lavender, cherry cola, exotic spice, youthful, vibrant

A few of Willamette Valley's Dundee Hills AVA Winemakers

Dundee Hills AVA is comprised of mostly basaltic soil, with some marine sediment. Known as a gentle place to grow Pinot Noir because it is insulated from daytime heat by the Willamette Valley River and its distance from the winds of the Van Duzer Corridor allows the AVA to cool slowly. Pinot Noirs here tend to be red-fruit driven and softer.

2016 Eyrie Pinot Noir Sisters ($45), named for the three Pinot Noir varieties on the site, offers red fruit, floral notes, spice and tea, elegant with a freshness that lifts off the palate

2015 Domaine Drouhin ‘Laurene’ Pinot Noir ($60) offers dark fruit, loads of dried flowers, fresh herbs, roasted hazelnut, spice, a captivating wine, like liquid cashmere, long and sultry, balanced *sold out, 2016 vintage available

2016 Sokol Blosser ‘Orchard’ Pinot Noir ($75) opens with red and blue fruit, spice, dried herbs, violets, chewy tannins, dusty, concentrated, long finish

2016 Stoller Family Estate Reserve Pinot Noir ($40) delivers stewed black berries, rose petals, spice, cured meat, tea, damp underbrush, juicy, vibrant, grippy tannins, fresh, long mineral-driven finish *sold out, 2017 available

2016 Torii Mor ‘Olson Estate Vineyard’ Pinot Noir ($60) offers fresh berries, herbal notes, warm baking spice, licorice, lean, fresh acidity, focused, *sold out, 2017 available

2014 Native Flora ‘The Heretic North Slope’ Pinot Noir ($100) well-aged notes of dusty earth, minerality, smoke, spice, complex yet integrated, elevated, structured with long finish, wild yet sophisticated like its winemaker

A View of Willamette Valley's Eola-Amity Hills AVA from Bethel Heights Vineyard

Eola-Amity Hills AVA is mostly volcanic basalt from ancient lava flows, combined with marine sedimentary rocks and alluvial deposits. Vineyards are typically planted in shallower soils strongly influenced by the afternoon winds of the Van Duzer Corridor, resulting in smaller, highly concentrated fruit with a bright, elevated character and high acidity.

2014 Antica Terra ‘Antikythera’ Pinot Noir ($150) defies description. Layers of dark fruit, spice, slate driven minerality, forest floor, black tea, concentrated tension, high toned structure, long, dazzling.

2017 Bethel Heights Vineyard ‘Flat Block’ Pinot Noir ($60) opens with fresh red fruit, white tea, fresh herbs, spice, damp underbrush, elegant, complex, silky, long mineral finish

2016 Lingua Franca Estate Pinot Noir ($60) delivers red and black fruit, spice, dried roses, slate-driven minerality, smooth, focused, complex, long finish

2016 Big Table Farm Pelos-Sandberg Pinot Noir ($62) dazzles with bright red fruit, warm baking spice, preserved orange peel, dried roses, elegant, focused tension, chewy tannins, *sold out, I encourage you to buy any of their beautifully crafted wines

2015 Zena Crown ‘Slope’ Pinot Noir ($75) bold notes of dark fruit, spice, black tea, dusty earth, dried tobacco, slate, worn leather, a cab-lovers pinot, powerful tannins, yet elegant, stunning *sold out, 2016 vintage available

2017 Lavinea Temperance Hill Pinot Noir ($75) dazzles with dark ripe berries, warm baking spice, dried herbs, crushed roses, black tea, worn leather, bold with ample body and grippy tannins yet elegant, long acid-driven finish, gorgeous with long age-ability

2018 Brooks Winery Runaway Red Pinot Noir ($28) while an entry-level for Brooks, it’s got a great story, was dear to Jimi, and way over-delivers on price, juicy red fruit, fresh floral notes, spice, kiss of cola, light, approachable, well-structured, super enjoyable

A view of Willamette Valley's McMinnville AVA from Youngberg Hills Winery

McMinnville AVA is primarily marine sediment, with some basalt and alluvium. It is strongly affected by the late-afternoon winds blowing through the Van Duzer Corridor. Although it is one of the warmest areas during the day, it cools quickly at night. This AVA produces Pinot Noirs that are warmer, bolder, with more spice notes. The fruit is more concentrated with lower yields, higher acidity and tannin traction, not necessarily big wines, just rounder.

2016 Youngberg Hill ‘J Block’ Pinot Noir ($60) delivers plump black fruit, warm baking spice, cherry cola, forest floor, energetic with depth, firm acidity, long tannins

2015 Yamhill Valley Vineyards ‘Tall Poppy’ Pinot Noir ($75) offers tart red and black fruit, baking spice, black tea, crushed roses, smooth, fruit-forward, long finish

2016 Day Wines Momtazi Vineyard Pinot Noir ($54) opens with dark fruit, spice, herbal, forest floor, complex, moody, integrated tannins, driven and balanced

2014 Mayasara Asha Pinot Noir ($45) dazzles with beautifully integrated cherry, smoke, damp underbrush, black tea, and crushed roses, smooth, elegant, drinking at its peak, highly refined

Ribbon Ridge AVA is contained within the larger Chehalem Mountains AVA. The soil is comprised entirely of marine sediment. Same as Yamhill-Carlton AVA. It is geographically protected by the surrounding larger land masses. Pinot Noir is defined here by black fruit, spice, earth, and cocoa, wines boarder on rustic at times with moderate to high structure, fine tannins and high acidity.

2017 Beaux Frères Upper Terrace Pinot Noir ($110) devours the senses with dark chocolate covered cherry, black berries, warm baking spice, cherry cola, crushed lavender, orange hibiscus tea, worn leather, wet granite, seductively graceful, crushed silk palate, wide and long

2018 Bergstrom Le Pré du Col Vineyard Pinot Noir ($80) dazzles with a puree of black berries, exotic spice, black tea, damp underbrush, white pepper, worn leather, ample and bold, layered, broad shouldered, chewy tannins, long mineral driven finish, long age-ability

2016 Trisaetum Winery Ribbon Ridge Estate Pinot Noir ($55) offers tart red and black berries, crushed violets, warm baking and exotic spice, forest floor, white pepper, elegant, vibrant, juicy, lean and silky tannins, mineral-driven finish *sold out, I encourage you to buy any of their beautifully crafted wines

2016 Utopia ‘Paradise’ Estate Reserve Pinot Noir ($65) draws attention with aromas of dark berries, warm baking spice, licorice, forest floor, worn leather, wide on palate with silky tannins, vibrant acidity, long finish

Willamette Valley AVA comprises the entire region from Portland to Eugene. While the northern valley is divided into sub-AVA’s to acknowledge its unique qualities, excellent Pinot Noir is also produced south of Salem—it’s only a matter of time before this too is divided into sub-AVAs. Southern Willamette Valley is home to more than 100 vineyards and 25 wineries. It’s well worth exploration. Learn more from the South Willamette Winery Association.

2017 Iris Vineyard ‘D Block’ Pinot Noir ($39.99) offers tart red and black fruit, warm baking spice, tea, dried roses, toasted hazelnuts, bold and firm on palate, vibrant acidity, mineral finish

2016 King Estate Domaine Pinot Noir ($70) opens with loads of red fruit, warm baking spice, tea, dried roses, rich with nice vibrancy and lift off the palate, lean and focused

2016 Sweet Cheeks Winery ‘Triple Block’ Estate Pinot Noir ($35) delivers loads of fresh bright berries, warm spice, rose petal tea, cherry cola, licorice, silky, approachable, vibrant

View of Willamette Valley's Yahmill-Carlton AVA from Penner Ash Winery

Yamhill-Carlton AVA is comprised mostly of marine sediment, some of the oldest soil in Willamette Valley, that drain quickly. Appearing like an upside-down shaped “U,” this area is cut off from the central valley heat, instead it is impacted by fog and wind, and has a higher ambient temperature. The Pinot Noir feels fuller across the palate, with fine grain tannins, fruit characteristics appear darker but not riper.

2015 Anne Amie Estate Pinot Noir ($45) offers red and black fruit, baking spice, cola, black tea, worn leather, elegant, lean and focused, long-fine grain tannins

2016 Trisaetum ‘Coastal Range Estate’ Pinot Noir ($55) delivers vibrant dark red fruit, warm baking spice, Chinese five spice, dusty cocoa, white mushroom, minerality and floral notes, sleek and focused energy, high-grain tannins, long acidity

2017 Gran Moraine Pinot Noir ($35) offers red and black berries, crushed red flowers, dusty earth, cured meat, and black tea, bold yet sophisticated, fresh, driven

2016 Wilakenzie Terres Basses Pinot Noir ($75) delivers bold notes of black berries, black tea, forest floor, and cured meat, layered and complex, firm shoulders

2016 Lenne Estate ‘South Slope’ Pinot Noir ($55) opens with juicy red and black fruit, warm baking spice, leather, bold yet approachable, silky texture, long mineral-driven finish

2017 Penner-Ash Shea Vineyard Pinot Noir ($72) explosion of red fruit, warm baking spice, fresh herbs, lavender, damp underbrush, sweet tobacco, layers, poised, silky tannins, long finish

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