View from Winderlea Wine Co Tasting Room

Editor’s Note: We recently unveiled Ask Oregon, a program that allows travelers to ask “Oregon Experts” about traveling throughout the state. We’d like to introduce you to our experts and will be featuring them periodically here on the Travel Oregon Blog. This week, we’d like to introduce you to our Wine Ambassador, Ryan Reichert!

What’s your favorite thing about living in Oregon?
Definitely the diversity of people, places, and things to do. Coming from the midwest, I’ve never lived anywhere that I could get to mountains, ocean, wine country, etc. by car in most cases less than an hour.

What’s your favorite way to enjoy Oregon?
In a glass. Beyond that, exploring the Willamette Valley, and finding a perfect view to go with an excellent glass of Oregon Pinot Noir.

What’s the one tip you always give to visitors?
Don’t be fooled by all the grumbling about rain. I think we take for granted what a wonderful place the rain gives us to live in after a while, and it honestly doesn’t rain as often as people made me think before relocating.

Describe your perfect Oregon Vacation…
A week-long trip from the Columbia Gorge all the way down to the Medford/Ashland area, visiting the best wineries that Oregon has to offer.

Have a question for Ryan? Ask him here in the comments or find out other ways to contact him on our Facebook Page.

about author Rhiannon West Chamberlain

Rhiannon is a native Oregonian who grew up exploring the nooks and crannies of the Oregon Coast and daydreaming in Powell’s City of Books. She now lives in NE Portland with her husband and her new baby boy and looks forward to teaching him to love Oregon as much as she does. Rhiannon attended both the University of Oregon and Portland State University, where she studied Journalism and Mass Media. She claims to ‘bleed green’ and happily cheers for both the Ducks and the Vikings every chance she gets. In her free time, Rhiannon enjoys sipping Oregon Pinot, finding new restaurants, bargain hunting and trying new recipes – sometimes successfully. She has a child-like enthusiasm for trying new things and rediscovering old ones – such as skee-ball, mini golf, and big slides.

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