We Bet You Didn’t Know These 7 Things About Oregon or Oregon Wines

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When most people think of Oregon, they picture dense forests and maybe Fred Armisen or Carrie Brownstein. But there’s so much more to this rugged land, including smooth Oregon wines. Check out some quirky facts about the Beaver State. Who knows – maybe one will come up at your next trivia night!

  1. Hell’s Canyon National Recreation Area is home to North America’s deepest river gorge. The gorge is 8,000 feet deep, and the Snake River carves a path through the mountains. This area is home to a number of recreational activities, including boat tours, white water sports, fishing, camping and more.
  2. Oregon has 159 yurts available for rent in its State Park system.  Yurts are circular tents used for camping or everyday living, and are ideal for visitors who enjoy relaxing (with a Willamette Valley wine, of course!) and taking in the surrounding sights.
  3. Oregon is home to more than 750 wineries – each putting their own spin on the area’s 70 different varieties of wine grapes. It’s no wonder Oregon wines have gotten so much attention as some of the best in the world!
  4. Like cheese? Then you need to visit Tillamook, Oregon. Tillamook produces some of the world’s finest aged cheddars (pairs perfectly with Rainstorm Pinot Noir) and is the state’s largest cheese producer.
  5. Oregon loves it’s llamas. So much so, that one quarter of the nation’s llamas reside in Oregon. Alpaca you a suitcase so you can see for yourself!
  6. Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States and is situated in the caldera, or top, of an volcano. It is world-renowned for its deep blue color and crystal clear waters.
  7. Every year, Portland hosts the World Naked Bike Ride, bringing together one of the largest collections of nude cyclists in the world. Not for you? Grab a glass of Pinot gris and enjoy the show!

Oregon is one of the most magical places in the world. Come see for yourself.

Music Festivals to Rock Your Summer

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Nothing says summer like attending a music festival with thousands of your closest friends. More than music, a sense of harmony and community emerges that you just don’t find anywhere else. Grab a glass of Rainstorm Pinot Rose and imagine rocking out at one of these famous festivals.

Sasquatch - George, WA is where it’s at May 27-30. Florence and the Machine, The Cure, Chet Faker, Purity – these are just a few of the more than 100 bands set for this festival’s lineup.  Sasquatch sells out fast every year, and it’s no wonder: the location on the edge of a cliff overlooking a gorge provides an incredible scenic backdrop to killer tunes.

Governor’s Ball – Things are going to get loud June 3-5 in NYC. The Governor’s Ball will feature Kanye West, The Killers, The Strokes, Beck, Of Monsters and Men, Miguel, and tons of others.  With an average attendance of around 50,000, there’s almost a quaint feeling to this show. Smaller crowds mean you might just catch a glimpse of a celeb dropping in.

Bonnaroo - One of the nation’s best-known music festivals, Bonnaroo has a lot to live up to – and it does, year after year. The Manchester, TN show will continue June 9-12 in 2016 with performances by Pearl Jam, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Death Cab for Cutie and lots more. Four days of outstanding musical acts and swarms of happy music-lovers in costume. And it’s for a good cause! Bonnaroo donates a portion of its proceeds to charities like Doctors Without Borders and Habitat for Humanity.

These are just a few of the music festivals you can catch this summer. If you haven’t been to one before,  give it a try. It’s a great way to kick back and experience great music. Throw in some good food and drinks (a few bottles of Rainstorm pinot rose or pinot gris, perhaps?) and enjoy the laid-back atmosphere.

Why an Oregon Road Trip Should Be in Your Summer Plans

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In case you didn’t know, Oregon is amazing! We boast breathtaking coastlines, lush forests, high deserts, magnificent cities and quaint towns – and don’t get us started on the incredible gastronomic delights and the best Pinot Noirs in the country. Come enjoy the wonders of our great state.

There are lots of reasons why Oregon should make the cut as the destination of choice for your summer road trip:

  • Amazing wineries – Willamette Valley is known across the globe as a premier wine producer. Manufacturing some of the best pinot noirs and other varieties, our vineyards are behind some of the best tasting vino available.  Stop by an Oregon winery and see – or taste – for yourself.
  • Columbia River Gorge – Want to see the second highest waterfall in the U.S.? Visit the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Situated in the Cascade Mountain Range, this place is packed with natural wonders. Hiking, biking, and camping opportunities abound here, so pack your gear and prepare to be awed.  
  • Portland Japanese Garden – If you’re interested in natural beauty that’s been tamed by master gardeners, the Japanese Garden in Portland should be on your list. This 5.5-acre area located in Washington Park is a place of absolute beauty and serenity – right in the middle of the city! The cherry trees bloom in spring, but the garden is a stunning work of natural art all year long.
  • Crater Lake – Crater Lake National Park’s otherworldly landscape features towering lava cliffs surrounding the Park’s crown jewel – Crater Lake. At 1935 feet, it’s the deepest lake in the country. The park is perfect for fishing, boating, hiking, and camping.
  • Portland food trucks – One of the best cities for street foods, Portland’s food trucks serve up some of the state’s tastiest fare. Mobile chefs will satisfy your craving for Sushi, Tex-Mex, Asian fusion, even Viking Soul Food (yes, that’s a thing).
  • Cannon Beach – This Astoria beach is a must-see for any ocean-lover. Haystack Rock, tide pools, and the grandeur of the area make it a great place to spend an afternoon (or two or three).

So what are you waiting for? Start planning your trip now, and don’t forget to pencil in a couple of  Oregon winery stops along the way!


5 Reasons Wine is Good for Your Health- Healthy Wines

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Wine has been enjoyed since the dawn of human history – and for good reason. Complex and intriguing flavors and a delicious warming sensation combine to melt stress away and promote relaxation. These are the most obvious reasons for wine’s popularity, but there’s one that’s even more important. It’s good for you! Need proof? Here are 5 ways wine can actually improve your health:

  1. It’s good for your heart. Multiple studies have shown that red wine such as pinot noir, and even many white wines, can reduce your risk of heart failure and cardiovascular disease, while also lowering your blood pressure.
  2. It can improve your memory. After a night of too much drinking, your memories of the evening might be a bit fuzzy. But over the long term, moderate consumption of wine has actually been shown to sharpen the mind and reduce the risk of cognitive decline and diseases such as Alzheimer’s.
  3. You’ll enjoy a longer life. Again, the key is moderation – we want to state that up front. However, researchers have found that those who enjoy a glass of wine regularly tend to live longer than their non-imbibing counterparts.
  4. It’ll put you in a better mood. Does this one really need explaining? Probably not, but we’ll do it anyway. When you enjoy healthy wines, like a nice pinot gris or pinot noir, your body relaxes and feel-good endorphins are released to boost your mood.
  5. You’ll like the number on the scale better. Who would’ve thought wine would be good for your waistline? When compared to other alcoholic beverages, wine – pinot noir, pinot gris, etc – has a much lower calorie count, and wine-drinkers are less likely to be obese.  

We think Benjamin Franklin said it best: “Wine makes daily living easier, less hurried, with fewer tensions and more tolerance.”  He’s absolutely right, and adding healthy wines to your life can also result in some serious benefits you don’t want to miss out on. Raise a glass to your own health!