I did a really brilliant day of bike wine touring on the first weekend of October. I’m seeing a guy and wanted to take him wine tasting. He’d never been wine tasting in Oregon because he’s literally from the North Pole. But don’t ask about him at Thanksgiving, because I’ll probably find out that he’s some sort of criminal before then. Since neither of us own cars (and I can barely drive safely when I’m sober) we went on bikes, which was unbelievebly fun!
We put bikes on the MAX and got off in Hillsboro. From there, we went south doing a 23 mile loop that hit three wineries. It was so fantastic. Remember the first weekend of October that was amazingly warm and beautiful? It was that day.
Our first stop was Oak Knoll. The tasting room is really ugly, but we grabbed glasses of wine and went wandering through hazelnut orchards. We later realized that we were trespassing into the neighbor’s land.
Our second stop was Ardiri. It’s pretty fancy-pants. I’ve never been to Sonoma, but I imagine that it’s fancy. We brought a picnic and ate it there. It was pretty fantastic. We tried 6 different pinots and they all tasted exactly the same. I still don’t think anyone can actually tell the difference. No one goes wine tasting for the wine anyway.
Our final winery was called A Blooming Hill vineyard. It’s kinda low-brow, like this really nice couple just wanted to make their own wine because their 3-year old did a great drawing and they decided to put that on their wine bottles. The “wine bar” is in their downstairs living room. It’s pretty random, but it was Hillsboro, and we were doing a wine tasting for like $5, and they had this cool patio (picture below) we could sit on and play with their kids and dogs. I think we were their only guests that day. It was actually really charming, and they were excited that we had biked all the way out to their house.