Are you looking for something to do this weekend...or between 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM, seven days per week, at any point in the future? We're pleased to share with you the latest development of one of our very favorite wineries, Willamette Valley Vineyards: The Willamette Valley Wine Center in McMinnville, Oregon. Before we get into the port and truffles of the post, I'l get the logistics out of the way now. The grand opening is taking place this weekend, November 21 - 22, at the center which is located at 300 NE Third Street in McMinnville.
The trade opening featured 10 Willamette Valley Vineyards wine offerings, paired with noshery from local restaurants including The Joel Palmer House, The Dundee Bistro, and Farm to Fork. Our favorite wine from the evening was the 2007 Signature Cuvee, and food wise we dug the Rib Slayer Oregon Lamb Meatballs. The place was packed, according to Meg they were expecting 450 industry folks that evening. As a result, we decided to make the utilitarian decision to do the tasting in reverse order - starting with the Quinta Reserve Pinot Noir Port Style wine. This decision was quickly affirmed by Jim Bernau, who commented that the port "certainly has a lot of alcohol" while being delicious.
On a normal day, the wine center will offer three tastings: a complimentary WVV tasting, a reserve WVV tasting, and a comparative tasting featuring other vineyards and wineries from the region. We're struck by the confidence WVV has in offering other producers wares in their center.
So...where does that leave us? We had a wonderful experience Thursday night and trust you will too. I know it's Saturday (or some point in the future), but get off your duff and head to McMinnville. Meg and her staff will take good care of you and you won't be disappointed!