Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Washington County Oregon Wine Tasting 2012

 Pop @ Ardiri Vineyards

Once again this year, we set our sights on Washington County wineries and vineyards for our annual wine tasting road trip.

Tualatin Valley Estates

Believe it or not, we've been to at least two dozen wineries in Washington County over the past 10-12 years.  Some of them remain in existence today and some are long gone.  I decided to include some oldies, but goodies and two newbies to our trip this year.

One of my very favorite vineyards in Oregon is Willamette Valley Vineyards, 2011 vineyard of the year.  One of their off-shoots is located in Washington County.

Tualatin Estates Vineyard was established in 1973 and is one of the oldest and most respected vineyard sites in the Willamette Valley.  The name Tualatin originates from local indiginous people and means gentle and easy flowing (pretty much describes our group on Friday)!!

For $15, including a delicious cupcake and a Riedel wine glass to keep, we tried 9 Pinot Noirs.

One of the first wineries I found when I was researching this year's adventure was Ardiri Winery.

This was our second stop and the first time at this winery. 

Ardiri overlooks the Washington County countryside, with a beautiful terrace (I must remember this in summer) including a welcoming fireplace.  They call themselves a boutique vineyard and it shows in the quality of their wines and their tasting room.

Speaking of their tasting room....it's brand new and extraordinary.  It boasts a poured black concrete bar with roll-up window/doors for an indoor/outdoor feel.

Our third stop was A Blooming Hill Vineyard and Winery located in Cornelius, OR.

It's one of the newest and probably tiniest vineyards in Washington County, but I loved the description of their Thanksgiving Day weekend celebrations which included a spread of fabulous hors d'ouvres, in a big room with a roaring fire and live music.  Yes, please!

The tasting room is basically their home (kitchen) and it was very inviting and warm.  We especially loved their mulled spice wine which is perfect for the holiday season.

Our last stop is a tradition and a treat for our Designated Driver, Brian.  Since Cooper Mountain Vineyards is literally out our back door, Brian enjoyed a glass of Pinot Noir before taking us back to Rebecca Lane.

Cooper Mountain always has a wonderful spread of food (loads of cheese for Brian), live music and a nice tasting menu.  This is their 30th anniversary of hosting a Thanksgiving Wine Tasting Weekend!

All in all a wonderful day of wine tasting.  In the Willamette Valley, there are close to 150 wineries that open their doors this weekend (and many more that only offer reservation tastings).  I would encourage everyone who loves wine to plan a trip to Oregon in November.  You won't be disappointed!


P.S. Brian and I took some lovely photos on my cell phone, but unfortunately my SD card was corrupted halfway through our wine tasting adventure and this was all we could salvage!