Tour de Wine
It started innocently enough. What could be classier than a lovely saturday spent sipping on pinots in the Willamette Valley? Well to start, we didn’t want to shell out the money to rent a limo to drive our group of ten around, so we cruised up to the wineries in this bad boy …
Off we went. First stop of the day? An old steady King Estate Winery. A very popular winery in the region, some might say the most popular, known for their Pinot Noirs and Pinot Gris. Their tasting room is warm and open, and for 6 wine tastings its a mere $5. If you buy a bottle of wine from the tasting flight, the $5 is waived. We couldn’t pass up this deal, so we each bought a bottle of wine. I bought the signature Pinot Noir, one of my favorites, for $24.
Needless to say, after this first stop we were in knee deep in wine grapes and there was no looking back. So off our bus went to the next stop, Silvan Ridge Vineyards, just down the road. We had never been here before so we were excited to see what it was all about. There were more wines to taste here than most other wineries in the region, so our glasses didn’t stay empty for long. Silvan Ridge offers a 5 wine complimentary tasting, and if you want to try some of their reserve wines you can, for a price. The wine was OK, but my main memories from this stop are clearing out their supply of Ritz crackers, I’m sure reserved only to clear your palate and not as lunch, and some of the boys on our trip barrel rolling down the hill after the tasting . . . yes, we kept going after this.
Our bus driver informed us that we wouldn’t have enough time to drive to our last stop Pfeiffer Vineyards (EF and I are going here today), so we went across the street instead to Sweet Cheeks Winery. The wine here is good, and they offer free tasting, but they do not have the selection that other wineries do in the area. The patio area and view are both beautiful, and worth spending a sunny afternoon enjoying.
Oh yeah but the best part of this winery is? The cheese plates. After all that wine, this was the perfect way to end the tour. After four hours of wine, sun, and fun, we loaded back into our bus and headed home. I made homemade pizzas for the group on our return to my house, and a dance party quickly began. I will leave you with this picture, a testament to the state of our minds, and my house, at the end of the Tour de Wine.
Chin chin followers!
Yes, those are cheetos.