You can hardly visit the Willamette Valley without visiting some of its famed wineries and that's exactly what I did. Starting at Montinore Estate, one of the state's largest biodynamic/organic wine producers, we visited the stunning tasting room and then stepped into the vineyards for a visit with winemakers Ben Thomas and Stephen Webber.
When your guests are paying $275 a head, he's aware you'd better deliver. The kitchen employs 30 chefs, all of whom have undergone extensive training. He hopes his guests leave excited and with fond memories, something they can relate to and even laugh about. Before we left, he prepared a salad for me to photograph. Alas, before I could dig my fork in, the plate was whisked away.
Saturday morning I'll land at Rome's Fiumicino airport, where I will meet up with a group of fellow bloggers as we eat and drink our way through Orvieto, Montefalco and Torgiano before finally arriving in Perugia in the heart of Umbria.
On a dreary, rainy morning, Bob, Maggie, Laura and I climbed into Bob's pickup and checked out the incredible views from the vineyards. These young vines are producing sensational fruit and Bob is making superior wines.
Where we've fallen short I believe is in engaging you and opening a dialogue with you. I take full responsibility and I intend to change that. We've always wanted this to be a two way street and I encourage you to let us know how we can improve the experience for you.