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.
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