Joel Palmer House & The Barlow Room: Dayton restaurants attract spotlight as A-List honorees.

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Joel Palmer House & The Barlow Room: Dayton restaurants attract spotlight as A-List honorees.

Why is it important to support Oregon wineries?

As a person who loves to travel, I love tasting the wine and foods of the places I visit. In France, I eat French food and drink French wine. When I get to Japan, I’ll eat Japanese food and drink saké. When people travel to Oregon, they want to experience all we have to offer. Our wine list is exclusively Oregon because I want to offer a broad selection of the old, the new, from the Northern Willamette to the South. We want to show the diversity that our area has to offer, including producers whose wines aren’t available out of the state.

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Road Trip: Searching the Willamette Valley for the Perfect Pinot

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Road Trip: Searching the Willamette Valley for the Perfect Pinot

 

The plan: To explore as many of the wineries — and as many of the quirky small-town spots that make this region unique — as possible in a four-day trip.

The route: Portland to Eugene, avoiding the highway (in this case, I-5) in favor of picturesque byways.

The car: My usually trusty 2000 Mazda Protege. Downside: Broke down in the middle of my trip. Upside: Broke down in the middle of a wine district that had tasting rooms and a mechanic within walking distance.

 

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Quick Hits: The Barlow Room

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Quick Hits: The Barlow Room

Growing up outside the Willamette Valley in Eastern and Central Oregon meant my parents piled the kids in the station wagon—I preferred the back end, with more room and a barrier between me and my two younger brothers—every few months and drove over the mountains to Portland. These trips always involved a stop about halfway for a bathroom break, coffee, lunch or pie at a café, some landmark place my parents had been stopping since they were young marrieds.

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