Taste Carlton

Cap off your wine-touring season in Oregon's thriving Yamhill County

Wine tasting at the Depot

Wine tasting at the Depot

Pete Stone

Suddenly, it seems, little Carlton is home to several exceptional winemakers, many of them clustered in an eco-friendly winemaking (and wine-tasting) hub at the northern edge of town.

Add a handful of shops and a fine new restaurant in the 19th-century farming town's three-block-long center, and you've got a new player on the Oregon wine map. The wine-touring year in these parts builds to a peak during Thanksgiving weekend and into December, after which some wineries shut down tasting rooms until spring.

Savor the season's end in the Yamhill wine country with a day of sipping and shopping in Carlton.

DRINK:

Carlton Winemakers Studio. WHAT: As many as 10 boutique winemakers can be housed here; test the results of their work in an airy tasting room that also offers espresso. WHEN: 11-5 daily Feb-Dec; by appointment only in Jan. HOW MUCH: Tasting fee varies. WHERE: 801 N. Scott St. www.winemakersstudio.com or 503/852-6100.

 

 

Cuneo Cellars. WHAT: Wine Press Northwest named Cuneo "Oregon Winery of the Year" for 2005. WHEN: 12-5 daily. HOW MUCH: Tasting fee from $5. WHERE: 750 Lincoln St.; www.cuneocellars.com or 503/852-0002.

The Tasting Room in Carlton. WHAT: Try vintages from two dozen or more small local wineries. WHEN: 11-5 daily. HOW MUCH: Tasting fee is 10 percent of the bottle price. WHERE: 105 W. Main St.; www.pinot-noir.com or 503/852-6733.

EAT:

Cuvée. WHAT: Chef/owner Gilbert Henry owned Winterborne in Portland before moving here. Try French favorites like cassoulet d'agneau (lamb stew) paired with local wines. WHEN: Dinner Wed-Sun. HOW MUCH: $$$. WHERE: 214 W. Main St.; 503/852-6555.

 

 

SHOP:

LuLu. WHAT: Country French artifacts, most circa 1910-1940. WHEN: 12-6 Sat-Sun and by appointment. WHERE: 214 W. Main St.; 503/852-6777.

Late Bloomers Quilt Shop and Dry Goods Company. WHAT: Finished quilts and all the makings. WHEN: Open Tue-Sat. WHERE: 125 W. Main St.; 503/852-5533.

The Depot. WHAT: Browse gourmet gifts and taste Tyrus-Evan wines in the town's restored 1923 railroad station. WHEN: 11-6 Thu-Mon. WHERE: 120 N. Pine St. (at Main St.); 503/852-7010.

INFO: Carlton is about a 71⁄2-mile drive north of McMinnville on State 47 and about a 37-mile drive southwest from Portland.

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