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

Beans, Brews and Bells Up Package

Experience hidden gems of artisanal beverages

Let us, your trusty B&B innkeepers, help you find the hidden gems you long to discover on vacation. Yes, innkeepers are one of the best kept secrets to successful travel planning because we live here and play here!  At Chehalem Ridge Bed & Breakfast, we’ve taken this knowledge a step further by planning a day for you in wine country with our special Beans, Brews and Bells Up Package which will have you experiencing a variety great drinks produced by local artisans who happen to be our neighbors.  This package of a 2-night stay and the day of tastings and lunch is available through May 2020, taking advantage of the Willamette Valley’s Cellar Season when you can get up close and personal with the artisans of our area.

Different techniques of pour-over coffee at Caravan Coffee highlight different aspects of the beans

We’ll start your day off right with a gourmet, inventive breakfast in our dining room and then send you to your first tasting at Newberg’s Caravan Coffee. Here you’ll enjoy a private tour of their roastery where you’ll get a behind the scenes look at all sorts of coffee beans in various stages of their journey to become that amazing cup of joe you look forward to each day. Take a peek at their legendary San Franciscan Roasters, the impressive, hand-crafted machines that make artisan coffee roasting possible. Then, with their coffee flight, you’ll experience tasting one coffee brewed 4 different ways, discerning all the nuances in the bean brought out by the various techniques and equipment.

 

Brewer Paul Long with his Porter

Next up, LONG Brewing, a small operation delivering big taste and winning awards along the way. Hailing from several generations of hops farmers, it’s no wonder Paul Long, a retired electrical engineer, makes his beer with such care, precision, and complexity. Standing amongst his brewery equipment, Paul will take you through a tasting of his available beers – from ales to lagers to stouts – to show you the science behind his brewing techniques and share what he can do differently because of his small batch style. He’ll blow you away and make you rethink what you think you know about one of the world’s oldest recipes.

 

Winemaker Dave Specter shares barrel tastings

After lunch at a local restaurant, you head to the final artisan tasting: Wine! And not just any wine, mind you, because it comes from Bells Up Winery, the kind of boutique winery you hope to visit when you come to Oregon’s wine country. Nestled in the foothills of the Chehalem Mountains, owner and winemaker Dave Specter invites you into his tasting room that doubles as his barrel room. Taste his hand-crafted wines with a view of their beautiful vineyard. While the vineyard is young, Dave produces a bright rosé from its harvest.  The pinot noirs, sourced from the Willamette Valley, are produced as a fruit-forward blend and as a couple of vineyard-specific bottlings. Dave also makes a well-balanced syrah from Walla Walla grapes. Producing just over 400 cases, Dave has his hands in every part of the winemaking process, so don’t be afraid to ask any questions about wine, winemaking, wine tasting or how they chose the Willamette Valley… that’s a good story!
Book your two-night stay package with us now through April to experience the work of these great artisans.  After a day of good food, great company and delectable beverages, come back to the B&B and tell us all about it. We love to hear about your adventures!

By Liz Bethell, Assistant Innkeeper