We drove from Vancouver south along the I-5 past Seattle and Tacoma; we spent the first night in Portland. I've always wanted to visit the legendary Powells Bookstore in Portland. If you're a book lover like me, it's worth the trip. Powells is HUGE--it takes up an entire city block and they sell new books as well as used books.
After a browse through Powells, we visited the Portland Japanese Gardens before heading south-west along the 99W toward McMinnville, in the heart of the Willamette Valley.
This region is famous for its Pinot Noir. We tasted plenty of pinots during our three-day stay.
This is Domaine Serene's tasting room. Gosh, their wines are expensive, but very, very good.
Anne Aime's winery:
The Carlton Winemaker's Studio:
The first night in McMinnville we ate at this fantastic French restaurant called Bistro Maison. Their braised duck breast in a pinot noir cherry sauce was TO-DIE-FOR.
We came back home with 18 bottles of wine to add to our cellar. We had to pay $180 (Canadian) in duties when we crossed the border back into Canada though. Argh!