Sunday, December 9, 2012

Wine and cookies in the Oregon Wine Country: Discovering the Four Graces Winery

On a visit to Vancouver, Washington, just across the Columbia River from Portland, Oregon, I had the pleasure of a short driving trip to the beautiful wine country just south of Portland.

One wine growing region is around the little town of Dundee. Years ago, there were only a few wineries.

Now, much to my surprise, the hills were dotted with vineyards and the wine-tasting stops had multiplied considerably.
Our first stop was The Four Graces Winery, known for their estate-grown, hand-crafted Pinot Noir. They were just putting out a special event sign guiding us to a Wine and Cookie tasting. What a way to start a holiday celebration!

We strolled the scenic grounds and went from building to small building to experience excellent wines, talk to friendly people and savor the sweets and cookies that were expertly paired with the Four Graces wines. 

The delightful cookies were from Le Cookie Monkey in Portland. And, we succumbed to chocolate confections from A Yen for Chocolate, also of Portland. 

Turns out, the tasting was also a great Christmas shopping stop. My friend picked up some boxed chocolates with scroll tied atop from Yen.

It was a cool, damp winter day but the hospitality was warm and inviting. We savored:

Willamette Valley Pinot Blanc - Orange Dream sponge
Willamette Valley Pinot Noir - Frangipan tart with dried cherries
Dundee Hills Pinot Noir - Hazelnut thumbprint with raspberry jam
Black Family Estate Pinot Noir – Innovative cookies containing bacon

The Four Graces Winery tasting room is in a lovely small home with a view of vineyards. Smaller buildings on the property were used for the tasting event.

The tasting room is just off 99W 1.5 miles south of Newburg. Map

9605 NE Fox Farm Road
Dundee, Oregon 97115
Phone (800) 245-2950