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Oregon and Virginia are making a name for themselves with winning wine varieties. Check out what these
regions have to offer wine lovers and plan your boozy escape, whether you prefer red or white.
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If you’re looking for world-class Pinots or superb Syrah, plan your next
vino vacation to Oregon for some saucy sips. Drive an hour south of
Portland to Oregon’s leading wine region Willamette Valley to enjoy a
taste of a smoky Pinot Noir. Plan ahead, sample and stay for a while at
one of the 400+ wineries and their out-of-this-world wine & food pairing
experiences. The state is blessed with one of the most diverse geo-
climates in the world, so vintners can successfully grow superb cool- and
warm-climate grape varieties. This means more flavor profiles for you to
explore. A designated driver is definitely recommended.
Have you heard? Virginia is for lovers and lovers of wine. Wine aficionados
are taking note of the Old Dominion State for both the beauty of its
vineyards and the ever-evolving quality of its wines. The state’s signature
grape is the Viognier, an aromatic white variety that runs the gamut from
subtle & crisp to exuberant & rich, with most displaying expressive floral
aromas and hints of apricot, peach and mango. Get acquainted in hip
and historic Charlottesville before heading south to the Monticello Wine
Trail where you can sample some of the finest Viogniers found in what’s
increasingly being hailed as “Napa Of The East”.