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Tiny Bubbles! 

Tiny Bubbles! 

How do they do that? I think Don Ho said it best: Tiny bubbles In the wine Make me happy Make me feel fine So why do we love those tiny bubbles?  Is it the tickle of those delicate ebullitions on your nose?  Or the sophistication you feel while sipping the wine of...

It’s Truffle Time!

It’s Truffle Time!

    Greetings from Wine Country! We've made it through the holidays and are looking forward to the new year with plenty to explore and experience in Oregon Wine Country. Did you know the combination of our cool, rainy weather and dark woods provides the perfect...

O Tannenbaum!

O Tannenbaum!

When people around the country think of Oregon, naturally visions of towering, evergreen forests spring to mind. And they aren’t wrong. Oregon does pride herself on the acres upon acres of verdant conifers filling the land, split occasionally by jagged, snow-capped...

The Humble Oregon Cranberry

The Humble Oregon Cranberry

While Oregon is famous for our lovely, delicate Pinot Noir grape, you may be surprised to learn that Oregon is the third largest producer in the US of another red fruit - the cranberry! While Oregon falls just behind New Jersey’s cranberry production (510,000 barrels...

More Than Just Wine Tasting During the Giving Season

More Than Just Wine Tasting During the Giving Season

Looking for a little holiday fun and maybe get in some wine tasting while you are at it? Well, we have a list of some festive events happening around our neck of the vines where wine and fun go hand in hand:   The Month of November  Durant Vineyards & Olive...

Did the Pilgrims serve wine at the First Thanksgiving?

Did the Pilgrims serve wine at the First Thanksgiving?

Probably not. While wine was most likely brought with them on their grueling 66-day voyage from England to the shores of the New World in 1690, it would have been long gone by the time of the First Thanksgiving in the fall of 1691. As the native grapes in the area...

It’s the First Day of Fall!

It’s the First Day of Fall!

The air is crisp, the sweaters have come out of storage, and the leaves have just begun to change. It's the first day of fall in the Willamette Valley! Though we are sad to see the busy summer season come to an end, fall has always been one of our favorite seasons...

Summer in Wine Country

Summer in Wine Country

Summer is upon us here in wine country. It was a slow start with an unusually rainy spring, but now it is here in full force and we are loving it. There are so many things to do in the Willamette Valley during the summer season, be sure to keep your eyes open for...

Views of the Valley: A Tour of Fairsing Vineyard

Views of the Valley: A Tour of Fairsing Vineyard

In the Willamette Valley, we are lucky to be close to the mountains, beach, and city all at once! One of my favorite things to do when the weather is nice is to explore and find the best views in the area. And wine tasting is no different! While I enjoy urban tasting...

Tasting Through the Vines: Alexana Winery

Tasting Through the Vines: Alexana Winery

Are you planning a trip to the Willamette Valley and looking for a winery that can fill your cup and stimulate your senses? While I could go on for hours about the phenomenal wineries in the Valley, I decided to spare you all the novel, and will focus on one winery a...

Off-Season Wine Tasting

Off-Season Wine Tasting

I hope everyone is enjoying the holidays! We are definitely in the off-season here in the Willamette Valley. Now that things have slowed down I have been visiting a ton of wineries that are new to me. Please believe that I've uncovered lots of hidden gems that I'm...

Driver’s Choice

Driver’s Choice

Being a tour guide in the Willamette Valley is very rewarding for me. I think what I enjoy the most is being able to use my knowledge and best judgement to craft a personalized route for each tour. I get my best opportunity to do that on a “Driver’s Choice” day. Once...

Mr. Wine Snob

Mr. Wine Snob

I’ll tell you, it's quite awesome being in the wine industry during the holidays. After spending the busy season doing wine tours and getting to know wine, it was a lot of fun busting out my favorite wines from the Willamette Valley, as well as opening up some wines...

The blog is back!

The blog is back!

Well here I am. Back with a blog. The time has really flown by recently. I can’t believe it’s already the middle of May. Things are in full swing here in the Willamette Valley. I’ve been busy working and enjoying the weather. The heat feels sooooo good. In the midsts...

Spring is on the way…

Spring is on the way…

I can’t tell you how happy I am that we are finally in March. December to February was actually quite mild compared to last year, and those who came out to tour actually enjoyed good weather for the season, but I am just really looking forward to spring.  A handful of...

The Bypass

The Bypass

Well, the bypass has finally opened. Locals have been waiting for a very long time to use it and measure its effectiveness. Anyone driving through Dundee during rush hour knows how congested the 99W can be. To go just a few miles can take more than 20 minutes. The...

Season’s Greetings!

Season’s Greetings!

Well, it sure has been a while since I updated our Pinot Car blog. I’ll tell you, the yeah has just flown by. We have been very busy up until December and now that things have slowed down I thought I drop in and touch base with you all. December is a great month for...

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