Top 10 mini wine country escapes

Our staff's pick of the West's best wineries for a quick escape

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Photo by John Clark; written by Sara Schneider

Join the party in Willamette Valley, OR

Music, food, otherwise unavailable wines, and a convivial (but crowded) atmosphere are what you’ll find at the Willamette Valley’s Wine Country Thanksgiving open houses, when wineries welcome the masses. Info: for a list of participating wineries and fees. Bonus tip: Hate crowds? Go earlier in the month and hit Winderlea Vineyard & Winery (call for hours; $10 tasting fee; or 503/554-5900), which floats over some of the valley’s oldest vines; cozy Lange Estate Winery ($10 tasting fee; or 503/538-6476), where you can sip singer-songwriter Don Lange and son Jesse’s wines in a new tasting building; and Penner-Ash Wine Cellars (call for hours; $5 tasting fee; or 503/554-5545), which has views to Mt. Hood on clear days.  


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