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“Winery Tour Winner”

Access Oregon Wine Tours
Ranked #3 of 50 Food & Drink in Newberg
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Owner description: We offer small, private, day wine tours in the Willamette Valley of Oregon. Our mission is to give you the best possible Oregon wine experience. We are experts at locating hidden gems, and knowing what's hot and what's overrated.
Reviewed 1 September 2013

A tour with Chris was one activity during a two-plus week tour in Washington and Oregon this summer. Since returning home and recounting our trip to family and friends, I inevitably hear myself saying, "the wine tour in the Willamette region of Oregon is the best thing we did," which is often swiftly followed by, "And our driver was so cool!"

It goes without saying that Chris's job title goes far beyond "driver" (e.g. wine expert, joke/winemaker, etc.), and my adjective of choice can be enhanced with several additional descriptors (e.g. knowledgeable, down-to-earth, ginormously tall). While he is arguably the B.F.G. of the Dundee hills, he also didn't dominate the conversation with wine stats and pretentious babble about tannins. He waited instead to figure out what we wanted to know, and then happily obliged a barrage of Google-style questioning on our part (e.g. "What percentage of all wine in the US is produced in Oregon?").

Probably our favorite aspect of the tour overall was how low-key and comfortable it was. Not once were we made to feel silly for our lack of wine know-how; in fact, Chris essentially told us to trust our palates and like what we like. That's the kind of anti-wine snobbery lingo I can appreciate. Moreover, it was easy to find wines we liked in Oregon, and we have since recommended both Willamette and Chris to many people on the east coast and back home in the Netherlands.

2  Thank Jessica W
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Reviewed 25 August 2013

We booked Chris a while ago. Much of that decision was based on reviews I read here on Tripadvisor. We were totally satisfied with Chris. Not only did he put together a good itinerary, he also made some good last minute changes based on what he learned about our tastes in wine. He was very knowledgeable about the wineries, the grapes they used the growing conditions and the terroir. Also, he does know a thing or two about local beer producers if you are interested. He is highly recommended without any reservations.

Thank Darren D
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Reviewed 5 August 2013

Chris did an excellent job of sharing his knowledge of the Dundee Hills APA and of the grape growing and winemaking techniques. He was affable, an active listener and made every part of the day special. After spending the day with Chris, our understanding of Pinot Noir and Oregon Chardonnay has been greatly enhanced. Chris being in the wine business himself allows him to give a unique perspective to the tour. We visited only boutique wineries which were very interesting. As a bonus, Chris took us to meet a local beer maker, where we tasted some terrific craft beer. We have taken a number our tours in wine regions and Chris provided us with the best experience thus far. When we return, Chris will be our guide.

1  Thank Elliot B
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Reviewed 20 July 2013

Chris made this day a special one. His knowledge of the Dundee area means you can focus on the really special wineries and avoid the barkers. Chris picked us up in downtown Portland, took us to a small, special family winery to start the day, then took us to Red Hills Market to pick up lunch, which we enjoyed on the deck at Domaine Drouhin. We made several other enjoyable winery stops, then finished the day with some of the finest beer I've ever tasted. Great choice to clear the palate after several hours of tasting a lot of different wines. Really looking forward to our next tour with Chris.

Thank VacaBoy
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Reviewed 10 July 2013

Chris was a wealth of knowledge about wine and intimately familiar with many of the local producers. He can guide you expertly through the local AVAs and introduce you to very high quality small producers, as well as the bigger names. A great guide!

Thank Well Traveled Golfer
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