February is typically Oregon's grayest, dreariest month, but occasionally we are blessed with a bit of sunshine and the hint of spring. Today was such a day. Rusti and I loaded our cameras in the car and took off for Willamette Valley Vineyards outside of Salem. It was a 2 birds/1 stone destination: we needed wine plus we had heard that this vineyard is beautiful. We heard right.
What a view! Even now, before spring has sprung. I will definitely be going back for more picture-taking when everything is blooming. And to get more wine, of course.
I learned something interesting from the gentleman behind the counter in the tasting room. Who knew that truffles grew here in Oregon? We even recently had a Truffle Festival that included a truffle dog-training seminar. You too could root through the woods for these delicacies if only your dog were trained. Now to the best of my knowledge, I have never eaten anything containing truffles, which is a good thing because if I really liked the taste I wouldn't be able to afford them anyway.
Rusti wanted to take home this barrel of wine, but we settled instead on a very nice bottle of 2007 Pinot Noir and a bottle of Oregon Blossom.
There are still approximately 300 Willamette Valley wineries that we have not yet visited. Stay tuned.