Noir and Nosh
Fans of Oregon wineries expect quality vintages, beautiful views and inviting atmospheres. You’ll find all that and more at many Southern Oregon wineries, which offer tasty food menus and cozy gathering spots to go along with tasting flights. Any time of year, these wineries invite you to pull up a chair, have a nosh and stay a while.
The Tuscan architecture, gardens and patio at DANCIN Vineyards near Jacksonville create a warm atmosphere for enjoying their pinot noir and chardonnay. There’s always something wonderful coming out of the kitchen too, whether it’s wood-fire pizza, stuffed mushrooms, chocolate truffles or some other tasty delight.
While away the afternoon on the broad patio at Kriselle Cellars near Central Point. If it’s blustery outside, pull up a chair next to the fire pit. Cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, malbec and tempranillo pair well with the cheese plate, antipasti platter and, on weekends, wood-fire pizza.
In Medford, enjoy a glass of RoxyAnn Winery’s claret, pinot gris, cabernet franc or tempranillo in The Honor Barn, the historic 19th century barn turned tasting room, along with a cheese plate, antipasti plate or spinach artichoke dip. To make your own picnic, choose from a selection of salami, prosciutto, freshly baked bread and locally made cheese.
Take in the lush gardens and Craftsman tasting room at Schmidt Family Vineyards in Grants Pass. Estate grown albariño, sauvignon blanc, cabernet sauvignon, merlot and malbec pair with a host of snacks, flatbread pizza and cheese platters.
Red Lily Vineyards in Jacksonville keeps things simple by focusing on tempranillo, the Spanish wine that captured the owner’s attention. The charming, barn-like tasting room is surrounded by scenic pasturelands. Sit outside and enjoy their Rogue Creamery cheese platter, homemade soup or something from the snack caddy.
About the Author: Eileen Garvin
Eileen Garvin is the editor of Travel Oregon’s Seasonal Features, enewsletters and annual visitor guide. When she’s not cooking up trip ideas, Oregon Dreamer profiles and outdoor adventures to write about, she’s out exploring Oregon.
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