Memorial Weekend in The Willamette Valley Wine Country

Pinot Noir in Oregon Wine Country Near an Oregon Bed & BreakfastIt's time to start planning your Memorial weekend get-a-way.  Spending a few days sipping wine from over 100 valley wineries sounds pretty tempting.  I think I can do that!

Memorial weekend is May, 23, 24 and 25 this year and many of the finest wineries in Oregon will open their cellar doors from 11-5pm and offer tastes of new releases as well as some barrel tastings.  Meet the Winemakers from large and small wineries in the valley region and experience some of the family owned wineries that offer food and wine for sale as well.  In the heart of all this fine wine tasting, lies two Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild member inns right in the middle of Oregon wine country. 

Gardens at Yamhill Vineyards Bed and Breakfast, OregonYamhill Vineyards Bed and Breakfast is one of two Oregon bed and breakfasts that offer a taste of the vine along with the total experience of watching the grape grow while you enjoy relaxing with your own glass of the splendid juice.  Watch the sunset from two decks, enjoy the indoor spa, eat the gourmet breakfast then take off for antique shops or the nearest winery only five minutes away. 

Hideaway Hill Bed and Breakfast is high above the valley at 1000', offers four guest rooms and their breakfast is served using food from their own organic gardens.Thundercloud Plum Trees at Hideaway Hill Bed and Breakfast, Oregon  As you sip your wine in the afternoon or are enjoying breakfast in the morning, watch for deer and other creatures grace the gardens near the Thundercloud Plum Trees on the property at this inn.

We meet guests occasionally that really don't know much about the wine here in the valley but do make the trip to get a glimpse of the vine, a taste of our world famous Pinot Noir, and all while checking in to an Oregon Bed & Breakfast.  Some of the questions asked about Pinot Noir can be answered quite simply:
  • It is important not to chill Pinot Noir like any regular red wine.  It should be chilled close to the same way a white should be chilled at about 55-60 degrees. 
  • Pinot Noir does not need to be decanted.  Exposing the wine to air during decanting, causes a decrease and fading in taste and aroma.
  • Using a balloon shaped wine glass and filling only half way is the perfect way to to serve Pinot Noir or any red wine for that matter. 
  • Know that the Pinot Noir grape is highly unstable making for sometimes subtle changes in taste depending on the mood of the grape.  
It is not uncommon to taste the wine at one winery, go across the road to another in essentially the same region and have the Pinot Noir taste a bit different. 

Pinot Noir being a lighter color and flavor than the typical red wine, makes it a perfect pairing with poultry, ham, lamb or pork.  I am vegetarian, therefore, I enjoy my glass of Pinot Noir with a huge green salad made with hazelnuts, chopped green apple or pear, feta cheese, kalamata olives and green onion topped with extra virgin olive oil and white balsamic vinegar.  The fruit in the salad, the white balsamic vinegar and sipping this wine makes for a heavenly combination of distinct but mild flavors. 

Imagine the taste of sweet berries, plums, tomatoes, cherries and at times, that earth oak or wood flavor resting on your palate as you watch the grape mature on a vine right in front of you in the heart of wine country.  I think I can do that too! 



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