After our hike, we were tired and sweaty and little muddy, and the original plan was to head back to the house to clean up but we decided to stop at David Hill Winery, first, because it was so close to the hike we just did. It didn’t make sense to make that drive again. So we stopped and shared a nice wine tasting.
The grounds were really pretty. We got there a little after noon and it wasn’t very crowded yet so we got to enjoy our tasting outside in the garden.
I really liked a lot of their wines. For some reason I had thought that it was a winery I didn’t like, but I was wrong! Excellent whites and very good reds.
What I like most about wine tasting is being able to taste a lot of different wines without an investment. There have been many times where I bought a bottle on a whim and it was gross (to me). Many times I can just tell Michael I don’t like it and he’ll drink what I don’t like, but I hate spending money on something that I might pour down the drain–I’ve done that about three times before. So when you go tasting, you can figure out pretty quickly if it’s good, if you like it, if it’s a bottle you want to buy. Pro tip: split one tasting with whomever you are with so you don’t get wasted. 😉
It was getting a bit late in the day and we really needed lunch. So we stopped in Forest Grove for a lunch at Kama’Aina and ended up having some of the best Hawaiian food we’ve had outside of Hawaii.
We got a few appetizers to share. The spam masubi was OUTSTANDING! So were the wings. The mac salad was good. I was not impressed with the poke (too much mayo and onion flavor) but all the other stuff was so delicious. We will definitely go back there again. Food was so good and cheap, too.
Finally, back at the house to shower and change. Then we headed out to a few wineries. The first one was Ardiri Wines. I had been looking forward to it after reading reviews and from a few recommendations from friends but I was not impressed. We split a tasting and neither of us really liked what we had. It was all very unmemorable. So we left pretty quickly.
The next place we went to was Montinore Estates and we both REALLY liked it. The place was cool and the staff was great. It also turned out that an old coworker of Michael’s worked there! So that was nice.
We ended up becoming members. 🙂 The wines were that good. I really loved the sparkling white they gave us to start:
And there was the original estate on the grounds, too:
How amazing was that house? After that we went back to the house to figure out where we wanted to go for dinner. We went for a walk around the property of the Airbnb and they had all these cute little meditation spots with benches and chairs you could relax on in the woods. It was very peaceful.
Dinner was in Forest Grove again. This time at Bites, kind of funky Asian fusion place. It was a cool place and we got tapas to share. We got the crab cake bites and pork gyoza.:
I liked the crab cakes a lot. The Pork gyoza had excellent flavor but I wanted them a little crunchier. We got the Korean short rib tacos (they were spicy but a little on the dry side).
And the mozzarella egg rolls with a Thai marinara sauce. Sounds weird, I know, but it was actually really good.
Then we shared a molten lava cake for dessert.
And home to the hot tub again!
On Sunday we got to sleep in a little bit again, showered, packed and then checked out. For breakfast we went to the Babica Hen in Newberg. I got the Eggs Benedict which was an English Muffin topped with bacon, tomato chutney, the poached eggs and a hollandaise tarragon sauce. It was pretty good but a little on the sweet side, probably from the tomatoes.
Michael got the breakfast burrito and said it was really good. After breakfast we went for a hike at the nearby Harvey Creek Trail. It was short but there were some parts that were pretty steep so we got an okay workout in. It was a really nice day, too, so it was nice to just walk in the woods.
It’s not too long, so not the usual hike we do, but it was nice.
The trailhead was at the old Pioneer Cemetery. It was interesting to see the old pioneer graves.
After the hike we stopped at Dobbes Family Estates and I did a quick tasting. I liked their wines (and bought a few bottles) and the tasting room was really cool. They had a very nice outdoor patio. It was lovely just sitting in the sun.
After that we headed back home to relieve my parents. Logan was so cute! He woke up from his nap when we got home and he was GLUED to me for a long time. I think he missed us! We missed him for sure but it was also a really nice weekend to chill and not have any responsibilities. And sleeping in was fantastic. 😉
What a great way to spend an anniversary. As always, such beautiful scenery. You really do take great photos, Lisa. All that food looks so delicious and that old Victorian house. I would of loved to explore inside that house. Also it must of been somewhat interesting to see that Pioneer cemetery. I just can’t imagine the hardship those pioneers had trying to make it out west on the Oregon Trail. I have read several books on their adventures.
Thank you Marianne! I do like taking pictures.
As for the house, I believe as members we get a tour of the house! I can’t wait.
Nice post, your wine tasting posts always make me wish I lived closer to wineries. It looks so fun to taste all the options to help choose what your favorites are. Happy Anniversary!
Thanks Kate! It was a beautiful area of the state.
What a nice and relaxing anniversary weekend for you two! It must have been fun to be able to set your own schedule and not have to worry about nap time and early rising. And what spectacular scenery for your wine tastings! Hubby and I and another couple took a Walla Walla Winery Weekend a few weeks ago and just had a blast! SO many wineries! We liked just about everything we tasted, though I decided once and for all that Cabernet Franc is not a grape for me. For some reason it always gives the wine a tinny flavor. Thankfully, there are so many more to choose from 🙂 Such a nice way to spend a weekend.
That sounds wonderful! We went to Yakima a million years ago and went to some of the wineries. It’s been a long time but I remember it being pretty.
that estate house is amazing! I would love to see the inside of that. Sounds like a fun anniversary trip. Wine tastings have always sounded like something really fun to do, but I really don’t like wine at all LOL.
LOL yeah…if you’re not a wine fan…. 😉