Heart of Oregon Wine Tours got to spend some time on July 29th visiting with Brian O’Donnell at Belle Pente Vineyard & Winery. What a beautiful setting for us to be able to offer our guests! We are pretty excited to begin offering visits to this special winery.
Heart of Oregon visited Abbey Road Farm during the recent open house grand opening on July 26, 2019. This is a beautiful venue, with so many aspects. The Silo suite rooms are gorgeous, the perfect choice for a visit to Oregon’s wine country! Abbey Road Farm has turned an indoor horse arena into fantastic multi-use building with a superb event/wedding venue, their wine making facility, and a tasting room. We even got to learn to throw axes with Portland Axe Throwing.
Heart of Oregon Wine Tours has been having the best Summer fun I have had in a long time. Some of my recent guests have commented to me that it has been the “Best Summer ever”. I have had the pleasure of hosting guests from all over the United States and even Japan. As we move into the end of Summer and harvest season our calendar just keeps filling up with more guests wanting to enjoy our awesome wines, people, and beautiful Willamette Valley. This is a summer that I really don’t want to see end because I am just having “too much fun”. Thanks to all the wonderful people in our area that take such great care of my guests and make us all look like wine rock stars.
Heart of Oregon Wine Tours was the perfect choice to host cast members of the hit TV series Grimm. Sasha Roiz and his co-star Reggie Lee take a moment to pose for a nice shot with Bill Rush owner of Heart of Oregon Wine tours. During their relaxing tour the group enjoyed such venues like Willakenzie Vineyards, Elk Cove, and the sights of Colene Clemens. After some delicious wines the group stopped in for lunch at the nostalgic Zippys for some of “the best pizza ever” is what I am sure I heard from Reggie. Then it was back to the Allison Inn and Spa for a little rest and relaxing by the pool.This was truly a pleasure to chat with these very gracious down to earth gentlemen. Thanks for coming to the beautiful Willamette Valley for wine touring guys.
Heart of Oregon Wine Tours owner Bill Rush and his wife Tracy were graciously hosted to the great company of their touring guests Gary and Denise McGill from Omaha this week. While touring at Penner-Ash they discovered that Lisa Marie Presley would be performing a benefit concert that night. Gary was very excited for this rare event and graciously offered a complimentary bottle of wine to Tracy and I if we wanted to attend with them. Well what could be better? Great wines, music, view, and the best of company. Thank you so much for your time and Omaha hospitality. We will never forget the great life memories you have given us.
Heart of Oregon Wines Tours had the pleasure of touring some true Southern Belles. Chris Stewart of Arkansas purchased a Make a Wish benefit tour for her and her best lady friends that included a private winemakers dinner at the Lincoln restaurant in Portland sponsored by Elk Cove Winery of Gaston. The following day Mrs. Stewart and her lovely guests all personally visited Elk Cove for a private tasting of their great wines. I was lucky enough to get to transport these true ladies around the beautiful Willamette Valley and show them some good Western hospitality.
I think we have all seen something cool made out of an old wine barrel now haven’t we. Tables, fences, sinks, benches, and even art just to scratch the surface. But I was stunned when I investigated the useful life of a wine barrel for making wine and what the initial investment is. A new barrel after being made and shipped to the United States cost approximately $1000 and most will only be used three times from what my local sources tell me. After that who knows what it will be turned into or where it will end up. But I can only hope that some of the very cool stuff they get turned into becomes mine. I stumbled across a fresh shipment of barrels at Colene Clemens just the other day, so being the curious George I am I just had to go count them. Yes the label reads barrel 52 of 52. That is approximately $52,000. Quite an investment don’t you think? But I take comfort in knowing that the wines that will come out of these barrels will be exceptional as always.
Heart of Oregon Wines Tours believes in giving back to our community. Each year at the Yamhill County Livestock Auction we purchase a market animal from a child that has raised and shown there animal in the Yamhill County Fair. This year we purchased a market lamb from Kayla Everett of Dayton FFA. This is just one way we like to be involved in our community. We have donated wine tour packages to several high school graduation night fundraisers, American Cancer Association, Se Ya Later Foundation, and Newberg Chamber of Commerce Fundraisers just to name a few. My father taught me to give not because I have many, but because I know what it feels like to have none.
Heart of Oregon Wine Tours hosts guest from across the United States. This group of talented business ladies was led by Donna Mathews from Colorado. She easily set up this tour for her friends coming from four different states via e-mail, and it went off perfectly timed so all ladies could enjoy the beautiful Willamette Valley. Here they are enjoying the view at Elk Cove after visiting several other stunning venues such as Solena Estate, Colene Clemens, and Arborbrook Vineyards.
Heart of Oregon Wine Tours guests were hosted to a special after hours tasting. Due to some jet lag our guests from Chicago and Colorado got off to a late start on their special friends day of wine tasting in the beautiful Willamette Valley. So after visiting several wonderful venues and time had run out on the day, Angelina Fey offered to treat them to a private tasting of some their finest wines. All the ladies had a wonderful time and were most appreciative of the memories made that day. Cheers to you Angelina.