While touring the Oregon Coast with Darlene Perrone of “Destinations Travel Magazine,” it soon became apparent that wine was a staple of her daily life – rightly so. As an enthusiast of Oregon wines, I’m ready to make it a daily staple of my own diet. Thanks, Darlene! Reflected below are only a few of the establishments we visited in our quest for the perfect glass of vino on our glamping vacation.
Twist Wine Company in Pacific City
Owned by Chenin and Sean Carlton, the place resonates with a cool vibe and an air of expertise. Chenin is not only the ideal hostess, she is also named after a grape, just further convincing me that she is perfectly fulfilling her legacy.
Flying Dutchman Winery in Otter Rock
Owned by Dick Cutler, whose official title according to his business card is “Instigator,” the laid back Flying Dutchman winery boasts a salt air methodology for fermenting grapes. Dick and Dan, the manager and assistant winemaker, are absolutely delightful. The resident squirrel that peeks in upon occasion for a hand feeding of nuts, adds to the charming, friendly feel. Plus, the view of the Devil’s Punchbowl State Park can’t be beat.
Blue Heron French Cheese (and wine) Company in Tillamook
Is there anything better than a good wine and cheese pairing? At the Blue Heron we tasted all sorts of decadent Brie and then a variety of wines, some with the Blue Heron label, some from nearby wineries.
The Wine Place in Yachats
With a plethora of Oregon wines and daily wine tastings, there’s something for everyone.
Of course, a glamping vacation is never complete without a plethora of fine dining. Quality, local wine was easy to find at the following restaurants.
Adobe Resort in Yachats
With their delectable oysters, fantastic salad bar, delicious razor clams and charming general manager who never ceased to make me laugh, this was an evening filled with friendship, sense of community and of course, delicious wine.
Newman’s in Cannon Beach
Newman’s definitely lived up to its high-end reputation having the best appetizers I’ve ever had the good fortune to eat (not to mention the molasses rum crème brulee there at the end).
Delicate Palate Bistro in Pacific City
Everyone at the Delicate Palate Bistro was absolutely delightful. And, the steamer clams were so good, we didn’t even get a picture in until all that was left were shells.
Although you can drive to your favorite winery in your car or take a tour bus, one of the best aspects about taking the RV is that after all that food and wine, one can climb into bed and take a quick and wonderful nap, before heading out, once again, on the quest for adventure and culinary delights.
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