Archive | February 2014

A Visit to Ardiri Winery & Vineyards

by Gretchen DeMoss

Ardiri Winery is a new addition to the interactive dog-friendly winery map. Located just south of Hillsboro off of Hwy 219, this winery is just a short drive from the Portland metro area.

We learned of the winery from the couple seated across from us at the Apolloni wine dinner last week. A visit to the Ardiri website showed that they are dog friendly, so we took a drive out there today to see the place ourselves. The setting is absolutely beautiful. I can only imagine what it would be like on a clear day.

There are lots of seating areas outside the tasting room to enjoy a nice glass of wine.

There are lots of seating areas outside the tasting room to enjoy a nice glass of wine.

Along the side of the tasting room there are tables where you can sit outside when the weather’s nice and enjoy your wine. Around the front of the tasting room, there’s a fire pit area with beautiful views of Mt Hood on a clear day.

Looking out at Mt Hood

Looking out at Mt Hood

Can’t you just see yourself sitting there, chatting with friends around the fire, and enjoying some wine?

A covered seating area

A covered seating area and more fire pits

I love how they created different seating areas. There’s a whole other area with grass and picnic tables that I didn’t take a picture of. There’s definitely plenty of space to sit outside and enjoy the afternoon with your dog along.

Inside the tasting room

Inside the tasting room

Inside the tasting room there are also fire pits. It appears that the entire area can be opened up during the warmer months. It’s a beautiful space.

Rocking chairs at Ardiri Winery

Rocking chairs looking out over the vineyard

Unfortunately, we didn’t have time to stay and try the wine. It was pretty crowded in the tasting room. This just means that we’ll have to go back with Kendall when the weather is nice.

Do you have any recommendations for other dog-friendly wineries for me to add to the map? If so, let me know? I’ll stop by for a visit and post some pictures.



Photos from the Cave by Candlelight Dinner

Last night we attended the Cave by Candlelight dinner at Apolloni Vineyards. Here are some pictures.

It all started with Sparkling Pinot Blanc in the Tasting Room

It all started with Sparkling Pinot Blanc in the Tasting Room

Then, we made our way out to the wine cave where we found our name card and took our seats in anticipation of the rest of the meal.

Dinner in the Apolloni wine cave

Dinner in the Apolloni wine cave

There were 60 people seated at that long table in the wine cave. We didn’t know anyone else at the dinner, so we  chatted with the folks around us.

Looking the other direction from our seats at the table

Looking the other direction from our seats at the table

Here is the menu from the evening:

Sparkling Pinot Blanc

Spiced Butternut Squash Bisque
2011 Chardonnay

Pear and Pomegranate Salad
with Blue Cheese Croutons & Warm Bacon Vinaigrette
2012 Rosé

Fresh Ricotta and Roasted Vegetable filled Pasta
with Sundried Tomato Sauce
2010 Flaminia Vineyard Pinot Noir

Smoked Tenderloin
with Roasted Peppers and Balsamic Demi-Glace
2010 Soleggio

Chocolate Viognier Pot de Crème
2011 Viognier Dolce Vino

Happy Valentine's day

Happy Valentine’s Day

I hope you found a fun way to celebrate. If you’re looking for fun things to do in Oregon Wine Country this weekend there’s lots going on. Consider stopping by Kramer Vineyards in Gaston or Carlton for a taste of their newly released 2009 Pinot Noir Port, a perfect pairing with chocolate, or perhaps a visit to the charming town of Carlton where you can visit 20 tasting rooms.

Cave by Candlelight Dinner at Apolloni Vineyards Tonight

Happy Valentine’s Day! I’m looking forward to our dinner tonight at Apolloni Vineyards. They’re holding a Cave by Candlelight Valentine’s Dinner in their wine cave.  I made our reservations the moment I saw the email come out because I knew it was going to be a special evening. We don’t usually go out on Valentine’s Day, but the cost of this wine dinner wasn’t any more than any other wine dinner we’ve been to any other time of the year, so it sounded like something we wanted to do.

For those of you not going to the dinner tonight, they have their Sweet as a Cupcake Weekend going on all weekend where they’ll be featuring wine-inspired cupcakes, gluten-free sweets, and even treats for the kids. This takes place Saturday and Sunday, February 15th and 16th in the Tasting Room. 11 am – 5 pm

Snow and Ice in Oregon Wine Country

It’s been a snowy few days here in Oregon wine country. They’ve asked everyone to stay off the roads to give our very small road crews the chance to clear the roads in time for Monday. The tasting rooms at most of the wineries are closed today. It’s a good day to stay in and sip some wine by the fire. Stay warm.