Book Review: WineTrails of Oregon

By John ~ July 3rd, 2009.

WineTrails of Oregon by Steve RobertsSteve Roberts has done it again! After his WineTrails of Washington book came out last year, Kori and I ran into Steve at one of his book signings here in Seattle and Kori purchased one of the books. During our conversation, after finding out what a time-consuming process it was to visit all of the wineries and compile all the information on their tasting rooms and their other amenities, I asked Steve what he was going to do for an encore. Steve told me he was already hard at work on WineTrails of Oregon, so I was not surprised when Steve contacted me about sending us a review copy of his new book.

WineTrails of Oregon features 200 wineries throughout Oregon from the Willamette Valley to the Rogue Valley. Wineries are grouped into easy-to-visit WineTrails—a total of 24 different WineTrails to explore. The book is full color, rich in content, and includes over 450 photos from wine country. Bonus material includes a list of Steve’s favorites: the best wineries for meals, overnight accommodations, weddings, picnicking, and biking.

I thought WineTrails of Washington was a very good book and it has been extremely helpful to us in our wine country travels in the state of Washington. I have no doubt that Steve’s new book will prove to be just as valuable for us in Oregon. For example, we have visited Oregon wine country on several occasions, the most recent being last fall; but I had no idea that he could find 200 Oregon wineries with regular tasting hours and a host of others available for tastings by appointment which he lists in the appendix.

When most people think of Oregon wine country, they only think of the Willamette Valley near Portland. Steve points out that there are actually four different viticultural areas in Oregon, each with distinctly different climate and soils. He has divided the four areas into ten geographic regions and a total of 24 WineTrails, each of which you could traverse in a day or two.

Before you visit Oregon wine country (or visit it again), be sure to pick up a copy of WineTrails of Oregon. In case you’re wondering, I’ve already asked Steve what’s next after this book, so be on the lookout for WineTrails of Idaho next year. After that, he says he’s finished, but I don’t believe him.

Congratulations again, Steve!

Filed under: American Wine, Oregon Wine, Wine Books, Wine Travel

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