Our wine tasting weekend took to two local wineries that feature good wine at a good price. Our first stop was the Chocolate and Pinot Noir event at Willamette Valley Vineyard. The place was packed. It was hard to get a spot at the bar to get a splash of the wine to be tasted. My walking team mate Krista joined us for her first explorations in to pinot noir. Rich and I agreed that the WVV pinots are tasting better. But our focus from them is still on the semi-sparkling Frizzante and the Oregon Blossom wines.
The next stop was a winery new to us, Redhawk Winery and Vineyard just north of Salem in the Eola-Amity Hills AVA. We were the only ones in the tasting room and had a very enjoyable time tasting our way through their offerings. Their emphasis is “small quantities of high quality, yet affordable, wines.” First stop was their popular Grateful Red pinot noir. I liked it, especially at $14 a bottle. We were also impressed with the Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley) and the Reds Cuvee (Columbia Valley). Krista bought their version of port. For all of the offerings, the prices were reasonable. It was a pleasure to find another great local winery where we could find good wine at a good price.