Category Archives: Oregon Wines

Carlton Crush

Carlton Crush Puts the Focus (or the Feet) on Oregon Wine
Guest Blogger: Roselyn, innkeeper at R.R. Thompson House

Carlton Crush Harvest Festival is approaching its fifth anniversary and has become one of the signature wine events in the north Willamette Valley. The 2019 Crush is scheduled for September 7th from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and features an array of exciting activities for young and old.

‘Watch as teams stomp on grapes, or sign up if you’re adventurous! The winning team will receive special prizes.  The Carlton Business Association (CBA) sponsors the Grape Stomp Competition with teams of four people each.  “Grapes are stomped in bare feet, in a half-barrel, with each team member stomping for one minute apiece.”  Visit Carlton Crush on the web and follow it on Facebook for updated posts.

‘Visitors and town folk not stomping can visit the Artists’ Market, listen to live music and enjoy food from Main Street restaurants or vendor booths. Crush has activities for kids as well. In addition to their own Grape Stomp, there will be a kids’ watermelon eating contest. All events are held in the Upper Park or downtown Carlton.

‘Jeff Lorton and Valerie Anctil, proprietors of Opus Desserts, originated the idea for Carlton Crush as fun event that would bring the wine industry and local community together and it has been a hugely successful event from its start in 2012.

The R. R. Thompson House is a five minute walk to the park and downtown Carlton. Choose from two spacious suites and three beautifully appointed rooms;  each has a private bath with jetted tub.  Book your two-night stay and spend a weekend in Wine Country! Free parking at the B & B and all over town, and no entrance fee to this event.’

The innkeepers of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild are ready to share with you their version of Oregon Culinary Tourism and Geotourism.  Get to know our State like a local; stay with one of our nearly 100 hosts in any one of our many regions. Experience romantic getaways, historic treasures, and tucked away rustic retreats.  Whether your trip is for a quiet escape to a quaint rural or coastal town, taking in Oregon Geotourism, for a World Class City experience, or for a new spin on business travel, you can be assured of combining gracious hospitality with ambiance by staying at an inspected and approved Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild member Inn.

Seafood and Wine

The annual Astoria-Warrenton Crab, Seafood and Wine Festival, April 26 – 28, 2019, is one of Oregon’s most popular spring events. The festival focuses on the bounty of the Pacific as well as on the region’s famous wines. Seafood lovers can savor shrimp, salmon, oysters, halibut, and clam chowder. The Northwest’s awesome microbrews and and wines are also featured. In addition to the freshest of seafood, you’ll be able to enjoy live music and crafts booths.

The Oregon Coast is the place to be for Oregon Geotourism and unique Oregon Coast Lodging and the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild has accommodations waiting for you.

Crab, seafood, wine and Oregon Coast Bed and Breakfast Accommodations.  The perfect combination for the perfect Culinary Travel experience.

The innkeepers of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild are ready to share Oregon, its environment, culture, and heritage with you.  Get to know our State like a local. Whether you’re looking for a quiet escape, a world class city experience, or a new spin on business travel,  you can be assured of combining gracious hospitality with ambiance when staying at an inspected and approved Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild member Inn.

Pumpkin Pinots Pears

Pumpkins, Pinot and Pears.  The Oregon Bounty harvest is on.

Did you know that over 80% of the pears in the world were grown right here in Oregon?  Mostly in the Hood River Valley in Northern Oregon. It’s the perfect time to take that drive called the “Fruit Loop” in Hood River, Oregon.  Winding through orchards, farms, roadside stands and vineyards, the Fruit Loop sounds like a perfect thing to do while you are visiting an Oregon Bed & Breakfast.  Don’t forget to pick up some fresh fruit and a homemade pumpkin pie, or apple, or pear, or cherry.  They all go great with the Oregon Pinots.  

And then there’s the Pinots.  Harvest of that lovely fruit that makes Oregon so famous for it’s wines will soon begin.  Oregon’s prize winning, world renown, and absolutely palate pleasing wines are featured not only at our inns, but everywhere you go in Oregon.

Pairing some of Oregon’s wines with a few slices of several varieties of pears and of course pumpkin pie, makes for the perfect Autumn afternoon.

While you’re here search recipes, and see what dishes our innkeepers are making with Oregon’s “never ending harvest!”

Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild is ready to share Oregon with you: it’s environment, culture, and heritage. Combine gracious hospitality with ambiance at an inspected and approved Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild member Inn.

Less than 60 miles east of Portland, Oregon, the Columbia Gorge AVA includes land surrounding the Columbia River, with vineyards and wineries in both Oregon and Washington. Due to the unique climate and geography found in The Gorge, this AVA exhibits a wide range of micro climates in a relatively small region.  It’s marketed as “A World of Wine in 40 Miles’.

Choose an Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild in the Gorge when exploring the Columbia Gorge AVA

The land surrounding the Columbia Gorge AVA is defined by the Columbia River as it cuts through the Cascade Mountain Range and makes its journey to the Pacific Ocean. Abundant outdoor adventure, wildlife and wildflowers, and with vineyards and eclectic boutique wineries throughout its many diverse micro-climates, the Columbia River Gorge has it all.

The climates transitioning from hot, dry desert in the East to the foothills of the Cascades, with its cool moisture from the ocean in the West, is what makes this area so unique. From west to east: losing an inch of rain a mile and gaining a whole lot of sun, it’s an amazing combination of climate, soil and geology.

Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild is ready to share Oregon with you: it’s environment, culture, and heritage. Combine gracious hospitality with ambiance at an inspected and approved Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild member Inn.

Oregon Wineries

The Willamette Valley inns of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild invite you to discover Oregon Wineries of the Willamette Valley.  This fine wine growing region extends from Portland south to Eugene, and from the Coast Range to the Cascades, although 99% of the wine grapes grown in the valley are on the west side of the Willamette River.  There are more than 500 wineries in The Valley and as many vineyards, growing pinot noir, chardonnay, pinot gris, pinot blanc, riesling, gerverts, tempranillo and a host of lesser know varietals.

In the heart of the Valley, primarily north of Salem, where 75% of the vineyards and wineries are, McMinnville, Newberg, Dundee, and Carlton provide respites for lodging, food, and shopping.  Like most other wine regions, great wines have drawn great restaurants and of course accommodating Bed and Breakfasts of the Willamette Valley

Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild member inns in the Willamette Valley have done the research and are familiar with the award winning wines and vintners in this fertile area.

If you need a break from tasting pinot, day trips from the the Willamette Valley could include the Oregon coast, beautiful Silver Falls State Park, Portland, Oregon, and the Columbia Gorge River.  Or spend a day at Evergreen Aviation Museum in McMinnville, one of the top six aviation museums in the world.

Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild is ready to share Oregon with you: it’s environment, culture, and heritage. Combine gracious hospitality with ambiance at an inspected and approved Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild member Inn.

Wine Sorbet

Wine Sorbet and Oregon Strawberries

Wine sorbet and Oregon strawberries.  Hopefully you celebrated Oregon Wine Month with the innkeepers of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild and have stocked up on fine Oregon Wines, putting some aside for this smooth Wine Sorbet shared by Yamhill Vineyards Bed and Breakfast. Blackberries are also lovely in this light dessert.

Basic Wine Sorbet

Ingredients:
¾ cup water
⅔ cup sugar
1 ¼ -1 ½ cups White Riesling, Pinot Gris or Chardonnay wine

Use berries of choice or try nectarines, peaches and other fruit.
The innkeeper prefers using 1 ¼ cups of wine

Instructions:

Combine water and sugar in a small saucepan. Heat slowly over low heat until sugar is dissolved. Add wine, stir and remove from heat. Cool. Freeze according to ice cream maker instructions. I put the mixture in a 4 cup measure cup in the freezer and stir frequently until frozen. At this point you can put small amounts in a blender and blend for a smoother sorbet. Put sorbet into an airtight container to keep it for awhile. Enjoy.

Yamhill Vineyards Bed and Breakfast offers guests a quiet country setting with spectacular views, sunsets, and star gazing. Each of the two large guest rooms has a queen bed, table, chairs, and private bath.

As part of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild Green Certification Program, Yamhill Vineyard’s intention is to care for you and the earth with respect and gentleness.

The innkeepers of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild are ready to share Oregon, its environment, culture, and heritage with you.  Get to know our State like a local. Whether you’re looking for a quiet escape, a world class city experience, or a new spin on business travel,  you can be assured of combining gracious hospitality with ambiance when staying at an inspected and approved Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild member Inn.

may is oregon wine month

May is Oregon Wine Month!   Willamette Valley Wines writes  “We celebrate Willamette Valley all year round, but especially during Oregon Wine Month,  when the entire state joins in commemoration of our beloved industry for the month of May,  offering special activities, tastings and promotions for the enjoyment of Oregon Wine.”

To celebrate Oregon Wine Month in May, wineries around the state come together to host collaborative events.  These events offer unique opportunities to taste and experience a variety of producers with ease, and to gain a deeper understanding of the variances and specialties of many of Oregon’s diverse micro-climates.  Some of these events are one-time affairs, some ongoing.

Less than 60 miles east of Portland, Oregon, the Columbia Gorge AVA includes land surrounding the Columbia River,  with vineyards and wineries in both Oregon and Washington.  Due to the unique climate and geography found in The Gorge, this AVA exhibits a wide range of micro climates in a relatively small region.  The innkeepers of the Columbia Gorge Region invite you to experience “A World of Wine in 40 Miles’

The Willamette Valley extends from Portland south to Eugene, and from the Coast Range to the Cascades.  There are currently 316 wineries in the Valley and as many vineyards.  Willamette Valley innkeepers can point you in the right direction.

Southern Oregon’s latitude and prevailing oceanic winds create a 7 month growing season that uniquely creates an ideal place to grow wine grapes.  Southern Oregon Winery Association and our Southern Oregon Inn invites you to tour the 5 regions of Southern Oregon with over 150 wineries.

Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild is ready to share Oregon with you: it’s environment, culture, and heritage. Combine gracious hospitality with ambiance at an inspected and approved Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild member Inn.

Guest Blogger: Liz Bartholomew, innkeeper, Three Sleeps B&B

‘In 2002 we planted about 8 acres of vineyard on our Mosier, Oregon property.  We grow mainly syrah, tempranillo and viognier.  Our labyrinth has 5 varietals, syrah, tempranillo, petite verdot, cab franc and malbec.  They labyrinth grapes are fermented together to make, what is called, a field blend.  Guests at the bed and breakfast are encouraged to walk the Labyrinth.

‘Our winery and tasting room, Dominio IV in Carlton, Oregon, is owned by our daughter and son-in-law, Leigh Bartholomew and Patrick Reuter. We’ve been selected as a 2018 International Pinot Noir Celebration – IPNC – Featured Winery!   Dominio is Latin for feast and Spanish for territory or dominion.  The IV refers to four people, four seasons, four climates and four quadrants of the labyrinth.   We farm our grapes organically.  We truck our grapes from here to Carlton where all the wine is made.   We do purchase other grapes that we don’t grow, mainly Pinot Noir.  However, Leigh and Patrick have just planted some Pinot at their property in Carlton.

‘Our home was built 2007 and 2008 on our vineyard property.  We didn’t start out thinking B and B but it evolved into that as we were building. Three Sleeps Bed and Breakfast opened in 2010 using our two extra rooms originally designed for and still used periodically for our daughters and their families.   They each have their own bathroom, sitting area and outdoor patio.”

On a side note, I might add, as the creator of this blog post, that I’ve always been fascinated how Three Sleeps got its name:  It is reported that when the Lewis and Clark expedition came to the area of the Columbia River that is now Mosier in 1805, they asked the local Native Americans how far it was to the Pacific Ocean. The answer: “Three Sleeps”.

Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild is ready to share Oregon with you: it’s environment, culture, and heritage. Combine gracious hospitality with ambiance at an inspected and approved Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild member Inn.

Taste McMinnville Dine and Wine Month

Taste McMinnville

Taste McMinnville in the heart of Oregon Wine Country.  Throughout the month of February enjoy fine dining experiences,  discover new tasting rooms, shop the historic downtown 3rd Street, and stay the night in charming McMinnville.  Special $10 tasting fees, prix fixe menus, and other promotions.

The Victorian on 10th is offering a Taste McMinnville $25 off room rate special for the month of February.  The inn can be the perfect retreat for food and wine enthusiasts, those visiting family and friends,  and travelers looking for dog friendly options in the Willamette Valley, Oregon.

The Victorian on 10th is a pet friendly McMinnville, Oregon, inn that has been lovingly restored to its original 1896 Queen Anne Victorian beauty and offers a “home away from home” quality.  Located just a few blocks from McMinnville Oregon’s 3rd street, voted the “Best Main Street in America” by Parade Magazine in 2014, the historic building is a 2,600 square foot Victorian in the heart of the Willamette Valley Wine Country.

Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild is ready to share Oregon with you: it’s environment, culture, and heritage. Combine gracious hospitality with ambiance at an inspected and approved Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild member Inn.

Club Crawl

Club Crawl the Downtown Newberg Wineries

Three Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild Newberg B&Bs, Chehalem Ridge, The Willows and the DreamGivers Inn,  are offering discounts to the winery club members for this Club Crawl of 10% off a 1 night stay and 20% off a 2 night stay.  It is the first 3 weekends of January.  Club members must book by phone and identify themselves as club members of a participating winery.  This is a good time to become a winery club member.

Join us for the Newberg Downtown Wineries Club Crawl!  Tasting Rooms in the Downtown area are coming together to help our Wine Club Members start their year off right- with wine!

HOW IT WORKS:
Newberg Downtown Wineries participating in the Club Crawl extend their club perks to Wine Club Members from other Wineries. Enjoy complimentary tastings, discounts on wine, and taste all the wonderful wines that Downtown Newberg has to offer! This Club Crawl is open only to active wine club members.

WHEN:
First three weekends of January 2018: Friday, Saturday & Sunday
January 5-7, 12-14, 19-21  **Starts and ends during normal business hours** Hours will vary between Tasting Rooms, so refer to individual websites for hours of operation.

Participating Tasting Rooms:
– Anam Cara
– Artisanal Wine Cellars
– Bravura Cellars
– Chehalem Winery
– Cliff Creek Cellars
– Longplay
– Et Fille Wines
– Purple Cow Vineyards (Downtown Newberg Tasting Room)
– VinTyr Wines

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
Club Members will pick up a printed program card from the Winery you belong to and verify eligibility. You will also need to bring a friend because each Card holder gets to bring one guest!  Upon arrival, present your program card to the Tasting Room staff and you will receive a stamp for each location. If you visit all locations and collect all 9 stamps, you will be entered into a raffle to win some awesome prizes! Only Club Members are eligible for Raffle.

Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild is ready to share Oregon with you: it’s environment, culture, and heritage. Combine gracious hospitality with ambiance at an inspected and approved Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild member Inn.