wine tasting in Oregon

We accomplished a lot of time consuming work on the kitchen over the weekend!
But we also took some time on Saturday to go do some wine tasting for our anniversary- which is today.
19 years! It's hard to believe.

We are super fortunate to have a plethora of vineyards literally within minutes of our house.
We decided to first try Stangeland vineyards. (pronounced Stang-gull-and)
We've seen their wines at our local grocer, but our resource for finding wineries to visit led us to their doors. And aren't they phenomenal?

These handmade doors are made from reclaimed wood. We had an amazing time with Norm who was generous with his knowledge of wine but also the history of the vineyard. It was such a fun visit and we had one of the best Pinot Gris I've ever tasted.

We purchased a bottle of their 2009 for the amazing price of $15!! My husband, who normally doesn't like white wines thoroughly loved it. We also loved their Millers Vineyard Pinot Noir and took home a bottle of that.
The surrounding views and tasting room were very Northwest. 

Next, we headed just down the road to Cristom Vineyards.

Gorgeous views and also a beautiful entry to welcome guests.

The large farmhouse table in the middle of the tasting room was very homey.
These antique display cabinets were from a Catholic boys home. I just loved the curved interior walls on these!

We enjoyed a fantastic array of cheeses, salami, bread, and fig spread with our tasting.

They had a few picnic tables with gorgeous views that we'd like to bring our friends to for an afternoon!
The sun finally broke out for a few minutes before we left and I loved this shot of the vineyard:

We had a great time at both vineyards. Neither of us are wine connossieurs- we enjoy driving through the country and enjoying some of Oregon's best. If you've ever considered a wine tasting trip, Oregon is a gem in the wine world.
And best of all? No sales tax!
Wine Trails of Oregon by Steve Roberts has been a fabulous resource for us and I highly recommend it.
Happy anniversary honey. It's been an amazing journey and I can't imagine it with anyone else.


  1. Oh my gosh, your pictures are magnificent! Happy Anniversary!! You and your husband are such a nice looking couple. Enjoy the wine...;) XO ~LIZ

  2. Happy 19 years!! That is awesome and the wine tasting looks like so much fun.

  3. Happy Anniversary! We love so many Oregon wineries too! We haven't been to Stangeland, but will try to visit soon.

    Thanks for sharing.


  4. Happy Anniversary!! Glad you were able to take a break from work and have some fun!!

  5. Happy Anniversary! So glad you were able to get away and enjoy the beautiful countryside together.

  6. I loved looking at your winery pics. I need directions to Strangeland. That one looked amazing! Thought of you on your Anniversary.

  7. Thank goodness our crap-tastic weather in Oregon is made up for by the bounty of vineyards that surround us. If you're ever tasting in Newberg/Dundee/Carlton, let me know - that's where we're located and we love an excuse to get out. Happy Anniversary!

  8. happy anniversary! looks like you had a nice relaxing time with your man!

  9. Denise, happy anniversary to you and your hubby! That vineyard is so picturesque - what a fun idea to celebrate your 19th years together.

  10. I've been searching for one of those wine barrel holders that they sit on. I want to make it into a coffee table. I wonder if our local winery will miss one? lol

  11. Well, these photos are breathtaking! I've only been to the Northwest once (Tacoma, WA) but it was beautiful! If I ever get back I will head to this winery! Thanks so much for sharing. And Happy Anniversary!


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