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Meet Cassie the Wine Tour Dog!

    If you have been following us on social media since June of last year, you have seen our Bernese Mountain Dog pup grow from a 12 lb baby to a 65 lb adolescent. This breed is well-known for their friendly personality and we have encouraged these traits by socializing her from Day 1….

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February 16, 2024

Willamette Valley AVA Celebrates 40 Years! Plus 2023 Highlights

2023 was a great year for the Willamette Valley! We received recognition from major wine magazines and newspapers including being called “The Next Napa” as well as placing in many top 10 and top 100 wines of the world lists. Though Pinot Noir continues to be our claim to fame, accolades are pouring in for…

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January 25, 2024

A Visit to Portugal: Willamette Valley vs Douro Valley

  Just last month, we here at Triangle Wine Country Tours were lucky enough to vacation in Portugal after a family wedding in Italy. Portugal, an amazing, beautiful and historic country, is home to the Douro Valley, the country’s primary wine region, much like Willamette Valley is Oregon’s primary wine region. I was struck by…

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November 14, 2023

Winery Dogs (and a Cat)

Newsflash! Triangle Wine Country Tours is getting a Bernese Mountain Dog puppy! Our first dog was also a Berner: Sierra (see below left with our daughter Chloe in 2001) and we were so in love with her, I knew my next dog had to be a Berner too. As we await the arrival of our…

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June 10, 2023

Founders of the Willamette Valley and New Founders Tour!

The history of wine in the Willamette Valley is a fascinating story populated by forward thinking, risk taking, and innovative people. It’s a tale worth knowing if you live here or plan to visit. Collaboration is the concept that applies both to our founders and, 50 years later, the Willamette Valley wine community. I choose…

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March 27, 2023

Innovation at Oregon Wineries!

The Willamette Valley is renowned for its Pinot Noirs. Fully 70% of its vineyards are dedicated to this “heartbreak” grape. This grape is notorious for being delicate, picky, prone to mildew, as well as difficult to perfect but when all goes right it compares to the best Burgundies in France, and brings wine enthusiasts from…

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February 17, 2023

Ancient Wine Or How Old is Winemaking Really?

This blog post is for wine geeks interested in the global origins and history of wine making. If this topic piques your interest, read on! I have long been a proud nerd and love diving into the nitty-gritty of the wine world to have plenty of know-how to share with my customers.   If wine…

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January 24, 2023

Newberg: The Gateway Town to the Willamette Valley!

Where does the Willamette Valley start? Geographically speaking, if you drive in from downtown Portland, south on Route 99, in under an hour you will reach the first wineries in the town of Newberg. Complete with vineyards, scenic tasting rooms and production facilities, Newberg is truly the gateway to the best of Oregon wines! Once…

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December 16, 2022

Dundee: The Center of Northern Willamette Valley!

  Last week I wrote about McMinnville, the largest town in the northern Willamette Valley and the furthest from Portland. As we drive north from McMinnville back to Portland along Route 99, the next town with many amenities is Dundee, the town closest to Dundee Hills sub AVA (American Viticultural Area). Dundee is a great…

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December 1, 2022

The Heart of the Willamette Valley: McMinnville

You know you have arrived when the New York Times makes you the centerpiece of an article. McMinnville had this honor last week when the Frugal Traveler did just that. Entitled, “Sip Oregon Wine Country, No Driving Required”, McMinnville was highlighted as the rare wine region accessible by public transit from the city center and…

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November 19, 2022