Wine Country Travel From an Insiders POV

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As summer begins to heat up the desire to get out of town, avoiding 100 degree Dallas days and be pampered in wine country paradise, is a focus. From Napa and Sonoma, to Willamette, Woodinville and Walla Walla, a domestic wine adventure can be the ideal get away. But, where to go, where to stay, where to eat, where to spa???

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I am here to help. Over the past 15 years of writing about wine and wine country travel I have seen, and stayed, just about everywhere. Yes it is great to hit the hot spots, but what about getting off the well worn track to find the hidden gems that are filled with passion, dedication, oh, and very, very good wine. Photo 3 - slope w: Gewürzt

If you are interested in setting up your wine country summer excursion, shoot me an email. We are happy to help!



  1. Once again, you have found a great way to share your knowledge and expertise. I hope this pays off and people get the benefit of your incredible travels and information packed into that beautiful head of yours.


  2. I am planning a trip to Willamette – our third. We’ve been to several places (Domaine Serene, Domaine Drouhin, Penner Ash, Bergstrom) – any thoughts on some “hidden gems” to visit? If you don’t mind, check out and follow our Napa Valley wine blog:


    • We have many favorites, including those you noted. But I would also give Stoller, White Rose and Winderlea a try in Dundee, EIEIO, Gran Moraine and Soter in Yamhill-Carlton, and always love Adelsheim in Newberg. Have a great trip!


      • Thanks, Dallas! I forgot to mention Adelsheim and Soter, we went last time. The others are all new gems – thanks. Have you been to Southern Oregon wineries – Rogue Valley? We are driving home from Oregon to Napa and will pass through that region – thinking about stopping this time. 🙂


  3. We did a trip a few years ago to see a James Taylor concert in Central Point and stopped at Del Rio (delicious wines, specifically their Syrah, on a beautiful farm,) Abacela (great Temrpanillo) and Delfino. Rogue River Creamery is a must if you are in the region. However, step out of the wine country for a bit a take the drive to Crater Lake. It is one of the most beautiful sites in the world, and the bartenders at their lodge make a mean Bloody Mary!


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