Cozy Wine Tasting by the Fireplace

In these cold winter months, do you dream of yourself tucked in next to a cozy fireplace with a glass of wine in hand? Good news! You can cozy up to a fireplace as you taste at one of these great Willamette Valley wineries this Cellar Season. Let us help you find the best places to warm your insides with the valley’s renowned Pinot Noirs and your tootsies by the fire at one of these inviting wineries.

At Colene Clemens, wine dog Oso and the fireplace await your Cellar Season visit

Colene Clemens Vineyards is a family owned vineyard with a lovely tasting room complete with a toasty fireplace and delicious, award winning Pinot Noirs. In fact, Wine Spectator just named Colene Clemens 2015 Chehalem Mountains Dopp Creek Pinot Noir as this year’s #7 of 100. Impressive, tasty and not to be missed. While the patio has amazing views of the countryside, during cellar season, sometimes it’s nicer to taste while warming up next to their roaring fire.

Another standout tasting experience can be found at Alexana Winery. This 80-acre estate celebrates its diverse terroir and champions the rich Dundee Hills soil that adds such nuance to each of their fine wines. Visit their tasting room and you will find that they are keen to teach you about the intricacies of growing grapes and making wine. From their bar that is designed with a layered soil display to their large viewing window showing off their inner workings, you’ll get an education as well as a distinguished flight of wine. And, if you just want to sit back and sip? You can relax next to their outdoor fireplace, but in marginal weather, take a seat next to their indoor fireplace and taste the terroir that surrounds you.

Parrett Mountain Cellars’ fireplace welcomes you to warm up with a tasting of bold red wines by the fireplace.

At Parrett Mountain Cellars – a new winery that opened its doors September 2018, you’ll find bold reds and a few pinots. They have quite a variety of wines ranging from a refreshing Sauvignon Blanc to a velvety smooth Malbec (which is a favorite of mine). Enjoy a glass by the hearth to stave off the chill of a cold day! Add to all that, they have an outstanding view and a tasting room built with timber grown on the estate.

Picture yourself at any one of these amazing venues, a glass of wine in your hand, a fire warming your toes and a smile on your face. And when you want a cozy place to warm up after the wineries close, we happen to have a few fireplaces ourselves at the B&B, so give us a call or go online to reserve your room and make the most of the Willamette Valley’s Cellar Season.

By Liz Bethell

Foodie Options for Lunch in Wine Country

Stopping for lunch while wine tasting is necessary. Even though we serve a hearty breakfast at Chehalem Ridge Bed & Breakfast, you really need to balance your wine intake with food. Trust us, we’ve seen and experienced the consequences. Here are some of our favorite foodie options, with one in each of our winery towns.

Liz’s all-time favorite at Red Hills Market is the Open-Face Egg Salad Sandwich

When you arrive in the valley, you’ll probably hear about the buzzworthy Red Hills Market located in Dundee. Cozy and vibrant, the counter-service restaurant doubles as a market stocked with local artisan goods. The wood-fired pizzas are excellent, though they can add a bit to your wait time. The sandwiches, soup or salads are the way to go if you’re on a schedule. My absolute favorite is the Open-Faced Egg Salad Sandwich. The flavors are always spot on and they are also vegetarian and vegan friendly, with gluten-free bread and pizza crust available as well. While there is seating inside and outside, you can also use Red Hills Market for procuring picnic supplies. You can call ahead for an order off the menu or make a selection from the deli case meats and cheeses and head to a picnic-friendly winery.

Another option for curating your picnic lunch, with a larger selection of grocery items, is the Fred Meyer right off 99W in Newberg. They have a deli plus a great deal of specialty cheese, meats, olives, bread and produce. We have picnic backpacks at the inn for you to borrow with plates and utensils, cutting boards and insulated storage ready for your use.

The Fish & Chips at The Newbergundian Bistro is a tasty choice




If a table-service restaurant is what your lunch is calling for, The Newbergundian Bistro (in Newberg, get it?) is a hopping spot where you can get an appetizer of brothy, delicately flavored mussels that pairs well with a nice glass of Pinot Gris. Or, you may want to try their inventive sandwiches and salads, like the Croque Monsieur Salad with smoked ham hock, spinach and gruyere. They also have a hearty burger, fish and chips and Steak Frites on the menu. Sitting at the chef’s counter is a great way to see the action of the kitchen at work.

If your wine tasting takes you further west towards McMinnville, check out the lunch options at Pura Vida, where Latin American cuisine graces the menu. The meats are well seasoned and tender, and Kristin swears by the Plátano Maduro. Their bar menu includes many flavors of margaritas, mojitos and the Brazilian caipirinha in case you want a break from wine.

Finally, the town of Carlton, where you’ll find The Horse Radish with wines by the glass from Marshall Davis Wines and taps of local beers and cider. For lunch, order the cheese and meat board to select from their mostly local cow, goat and sheep cheeses and cured meats. They also have a good selection of sandwiches to choose from using local meats and house-made condiments, and the soup of the day is always tasty.

Whether you decide to relax for lunch in a restaurant or grab a picnic to enjoy at a picnic-friendly winery, throughout the Willamette Valley you’ll find diversity of choices to balance out the wine tasting you’re doing.

By Liz Bethell, Assistant Innkeeper