The Williamette Valley has been on my radar for a long time so when we found cheap tickets we jumped on the opportunity and decided to spend our long holiday weekend drinking all the Pinot Noir. I think the trip was successful since we managed to visit 12 wineries. Because we covered so much ground I will be writing two posts about our adventures. 12 wineries in 3 days is a bit aggressive. Not sure how I lived to write about it but it was one of the best trips. Before we get into wine lets talk about logistics.
We found flights for about $250 round trip from JFK to Portland. Since we knew we were going to spend a lot of money on wine we opted to use points. Our flights ended up being $20 roundtrip for both me and my husband. We flew out Friday night and returned home on the red eye Monday night so we had three full days to explore wine country.
We almost always opt for an AirBnb and we were lucky to find one for under $300 for the entire weekend which was under a mile from town. This was ideal since after a long day of wine tasting we really weren't keen on traveling too far to get a bite to eat. Or dare I say a drink. It was a cute cottage that we had all to ourselves. I loved it.
One of the hardest decisions when trying to figure out where to say is picking a location that is central. After scouring the read and reading tons of recommendations we settled on the town of McMinnville. It was perfect. We were less than a 20 minutes ride to most of the wineries we ultimately visited and there was so much in town including a number of wine tasting rooms, yummy restaurants and even a rooftop bar. I would highly recommend making this your home base when visiting wine country.
There are so many options for food but I will highlight three of my faves during our stay.
For Breakfast on our first day we went to a place called Community Plate. My biggest recommendation is to eat a hearty breakfast before a day of wine tasting and this place didn't disappoint. When doing research this place came up with great reviews but when our host recommended I knew we had to go.
For Lunch on our last day we stopped in at Red Hill Market which is in the middle of wine country and a great spot to grab a bite to eat in between wineries. Everything there is phenomenal. I had a tuna melt and hubby had a margarita pizza. It did not disappoint and gave us to fuel to continue in our journey.
For dinner one night we went to Gem Creole Saloon. This was another recommendation from the locals. We both had Macaroni and Cheese. The portions were very generous. We even had leftover for the next day.