3 Venues to Visit in Oregon for an Educational Wine Tasting Experience

Laurel’s Wine Shop | Cannon Beach

A local favorite for 35 years, Laurel’s Wine Shop offers a variety of fine Pacific Northwest wines, tastings, and more! Expert vintners are happy to assist in pairings and local recommendations making your visit to the Oregon Coast an even better experience.
Recent review on Facebook: “The best place in Oregon to get wine. Laurel knows what is the best in every country. She will help you to choose if you don’t know anything about wine. Wine lovers or tourist you’ll find the finest there. Prices are reasonable. I am a French wine lover and she is the only one who impressed me here!.”

Woodard Wines | McMinnville

Entertaining wine educator Jeff Woodard offers tastings at his wine shop with a customized twist. Depending on the customers and their interests, the experience can range
from the basics of Oregon wine to topics as specific as clonal selection. Woodard is a connoisseur of first-class wines you’ve probably never read about. “The best wines are never reviewed,” said Woodard.
Wine Jeff is Loving Right Now: “The Lingua Franca label from winemaking dream team Thomas Savre, Larry Stone and Dominique Lafon. I have gotten to see their wines develop from their infancy and now I get to enjoy them in the bottle.”

Portello Winecafe | Bend

Three wines—curated by season—are available as a flight on Friday and Saturday evenings at Portello Winecafe in Bend’s NorthWest Crossing neighborhood community. Handwritten tags with winery details accompany each wine in a flight, adding a personal flair to the tasting experience. Portello’s in-house sommelier, Courtney Toci, is always on hand to delve as deep into the details of the wine as patrons want to go. “We keep our flight program super approachable, as a fun way to try new exciting wines,” said owner Lance Newman.
Wine Courtney is Loving Right Now: “Any pinot noir from Cody Wright at Purple Hands winery in Dundee. Every vintage really overdelivers for the price.”
This article is also published in Cascade Living Magazine.