Saturday, December 6, 2014

49/52: Wine Tasting Wrap Up!

This year, we decided to head out through Newberg to the Carlton area of Yamhill County for our annual Day-After-Thanksgiving Wine Tour.

Chick and I toured Yamhill County last fall and we really enjoyed the beauty of the area, unfortunately...Friday was wet and foggy, but we still enjoyed the scenery.

Friday's first stop was, August Cellars in Newberg, OR.

The winery is family owned and the tasting room is situated at the foothills of the orchards.  The land was purchased in 1942 and the family has been farming it continuously since then.  The vineyard produces, Pinot Noirs, Chardonnay, Riesling and Marechal Foch, plus they had guest wineries sharing the day.

The second stop of the day was, Winter's Hill Estate

On top of the Dundee Hills overlooking Yamhill Country lies Winter's Hill.  It's been operated by the Gladheart Family since 1961.  Thirty Five acres of vineyards are nestled into a 150 acre farm including fir and oak forests.

The matriarch of the family (I think her name was Dot), greeted us and treated us like family.  She was a real sweet lady.

For Thanksgiving Weekend they shared their Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc for $10, plus futures tastings right out of the barrel.

I didn't think much of the futures, but it was fun to "dream" about what the wine might taste like in a few years.



Next we headed right into the heart of Carlton, OR.

There are tons of cute little shops, restaurants and of course tasting rooms, but one in particular that I've always wanted to see is the Noble Pig Tasting Room (if you get a chance to check out their blog, I would highly recommend it).

This is a small family owned vineyard and boutique winery specializing in micro-production of Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris.  

It was founded in 1988 with the purchase of an 88 acre parcel of land just west of McMinnville, OR.  As always, their tasting fee, even for Thanksgiving weekend was $5 and included nibbles along with some nice wines.

Dodging raindrops, we took some time to explore the downtown Carlton area.  Pop, Rosemary and Brian checked out Ken Wright Cellars while Chick, Steve and I headed for Troon Tasting Room.

Each of us came home with at least one bottle from one of the 5 places we visited! 

It was a fantastic day and a great family tradition.

A special THANKS to Brian who drove us around in a rented van while we tasted everything!