Grant Butler, writing for The Oregonian on November 17, 2009, weaves a wonderful article about where to eat in Wine Country. And he's got some great suggestions:
"Winter is one of the best times to discover the subtle side of wine country. With the exception of Thanksgiving weekend's open houses, tasting rooms are typically less crowded than during the peak of the summer season. So you can sip at a more leisurely pace, asking questions and building your knowledge of what makes prized pinots so wonderful. And the competition for tables at some of the region's best restaurants is not as fierce. Call ahead: Chances are good you can score a spot at one of these wonderful kitchens."
And which restaurants? How about 10 wonderful choices (you'll have to click to his article to read about them, but they all sound simply scrumptious).
But here's the kicker. If you're going to eat in the Oregon Wine Country, wouldn't it be nice to stay in some Oregon Wine Country lodging to round out your culinary tourism experience? The Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild boasts a whopping 25 member inns located in the Willamette Valley of Oregon. Many are located directly in the area around McMinnville, Newberg, Carlton and Dundee--smack in the middle of Grant Butler's suggested restaurant list.
For a bed and breakfast McMinnville Oregon, how about a night or two at one of these fine examples of lodging in Oregon:
A' Tuscan Estate: Full of style and centrally located in town for (perhaps) a walk to your restaurant.
Steiger Haus B&B: Also located in town and walking distance to downtown.
Youngberg Hill Vineyards & Inn: Out of town, but if you don't mind driving to dinner you'll awaken to an incredible view over the Willamette Valley.