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We will be staying at the Pronghorn in Bend in late September. Does anyone have any suggestions re wineries in the area? We would also be interested in suggestions for dining and shopping in the area.

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Pronghorn is in central Oregon, 2.5 - 3 hours from where most of Oregon's wine is produced. But, I do know of one winery in that area: http://www.maragaswinery.com/ . It's about 20 miles north of Pronghorn. I've never been, and don't remember ever having tasted their wine, so please report back if you decide to go. I Have been to Volcano Vineyards' tasting room in downtown Bend, and am comfortable recommending that. Not the greatest wines, but the owner/proprietor keeps you entertained.

I'm sure you'll enjoy Pronghorn (well.... if you're golfers). Two VERY good golf courses, and a decent restaurant on the property. But not much else, so Bend would be your best bet for dining and/or shopping. Or, if you're looking for artsy-cutesy, the town of Sisters. And if you do get to Sisters, Jen's Garden would be a great choice for dinner: http://www.intimatecottagecuisine.com/ .

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Googling turned up this site among others...

http://www.winesnw.com/oregon_eastern.html

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Maragas Winery is pretty good... for Central Oregon wine. For tastings you could also check out the Good Drop Wine Shoppe and Volcano Vineyards (downtown Bend) and Winestyles (near the college... I think that one's a chain).

Lots of great wines in the restaurants too, of course. I'm more of a beer gal so wine isn't really on my radar.

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Although Bend is known more for its microbrews, there are ample opportunities for the wine lover as well. In addition to the recommendations of previous writers, Allyson's Kitchen offers wine tastings each Friday evening and Portellos winecafe has a nice selection of wines by the glass (bottles as well, of course) along with great bruschetta.

You asked about dining suggestions. Bend has many great restaurants and if you could be more specific about your preferences, I'm sure you would receive lots of recommendations. For a bit different dining experience, a relatively new restaurant, Trattoria Sbandati (http://www.trattoriasbandati.com/) is great. It's only open for dinner three nights a week (although superb lunches are served most days) and offers a one-seating, fixed price, fixed four-course menu, which changes weekly, with paired wines. To my taste they serve the best Tuscan food I've had outside of Italy. Actually, it's better than most I've had IN Italy. As another poster recommended, Jen's Garden in Sisters also is wonderful and offers a menu with wine pairing. Zydeco is a locals' favorite in Bend. But there are so many good restaurants, it really depends on what you are looking for.

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Just found this thread on Bend. I can recommend Maragas Winery - they have gold medal wines, the Legal Zin being my favorite. They started a small vineyard, but dive over most of their grapes from Southern Oregon and Washington vineyards. They do a Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Muscat, Merlot and Zinfandel blends. It's a small winery and I love stopping every time we drive over (from Portland) because it's right on the highway, the views are incredible sitting on the patio with a glass of wine and they always have great local cheeses to go with the wines. I am also getting a kick out of watching the place evolve, something is always new, like the fountain and pond they put in this trip. If you're into finding boutique wines you wont get anywhere else, and like meeting the winemaker, this is a a great find. Also, the labels are really cute, they have a beatnik flare and were drawn by the winemaker's artist mother in the 50's.

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