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This time of year in the Northwest has everyone suffering from a case of cabin fever.  Spring is in the air but we’re a long ways off from sunshine and 80 degree weather.  I try to combat the wet weather by sprinkling in the occasional excursion.  I wanted to get a dear friend a bottle of wine from her favorite winery which was the perfect excuse to head into Oregon’s wine country.

Entry to Penner Ash tasting room and production facilities

Entry to Penner Ash tasting room and production facilities

The tasting room and production facilities at Penner Ash is set atop a hillside overlooking the lush greenery that is the Newberg, Or area.  The winery focuses mainly on the Pinot Noir varietals but we found their Riesling quite tasty. That’s saying something since I’m not normally a fan of Rieslings.  Inside or out, it’s the perfect place to enjoy the deliciousness that Lynn Penner Ash creates.image_2

On my last trip to the Dundee, OR area, someone recommended a visit to Argyle tasting room.  After tasting so many Pinto Noirs at Penner Ash, a tasting flight of bubbly was right up my alley.  The wine was delicious and as the winery is celebrating their 25th anniversary, they include a free tasting of their Riesling.  The place the packed so I didn’t get any photos but if I had it would have been of the wall of framed menus with accompanying letters from the White House detailing how an Argyle wine was included in the menu for a big event.  Quite impressive.photo

No trip to Dundee is complete without a stop at Red Hills Market.  I love any excuse to visit this simplistic yet mouthwatering establishment.  It’s a wonderful combination of a wine and cheese shop that also serves food that pleases the tastebuds and stomachs.  We ordered their housemade roasted hazelnuts with bacon and rosemary followed by one of their woodfired pizzas served right on the peel.  Before heading out, I love scanning the shelves filled with artisanal salts, seasonings, cookbooks, and my favorite, their ceramic pints.  Glass pint glasses just don’t do it for me anymore.  They seem so wimpy in comparison.  It was during my hesitation to leave that I caught sight of the fresh coconut macaroons.  I couldn’t resist having one of their coconut macaroons to finish it all off.photo

My cabin fever has subsided for the time being but I’m already looking forward to my next visit to the Dundee area.

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