A Trip to Oregon Wine Country + Dad’s First Winery!
it was suddenly summer again in portland this weekend with temperatures in the 80s AND my dad came in from colorado! pretty solid weekend. if we are bffs on instagram, then you saw we kicked off his visit at our favorite brunch spot and definitely ordered four entrees between the three of us. amazing, although i would not recommend attempting to run after this because…ugh.
we decided the only reasonable thing to do on saturday when it was still 83 degrees in oregon was to visit our favorite winery, yamhill valley vineyards!
they are in the midst of harvest, which was very cool to witness. there are over 2 tons of grapes in each of those bins below! because of our super dry and toasty summer in oregon, they actually produced 40% more fruit this year! crazy town. i was basically wilting this summer so i thought the grapes would do the same. apparently they are stronger than i am.
linda is yamhill valley vineyard’s fabulous tasting room manager and one of kindest and strongest women i know!
yamhill valley vineyards is so kind to be the new wifestyle’s first official sponsor and super exciting news…they are extending an offer to my smart readers!
they are offering FREE wine tastings and 20% off all your orders by mentioning ‘the new wifestyle’ and talking to firstname.lastname@example.org!
here’s a pretty reminder because when the wine starts flowing through my veins, my creativity flows as well. their tasting room is open daily from 11am-5pm.
we sat outside and tasted six of their different wines, which were all delicious but they specialize in pinot noir and yum. this was my dad’s first time to a winery and i could not think of a better one to take him too! he officially approves.
he also captured the very mature game we played of “see if i can catch the palate-cleansing cracker in my mouth.” this is only one sided because if i attempted this, the cracker would get lodged in my throat and i would choke and pass out. you can’t take us anywhere.
on our way back to portland (this winery is about an hour outside of the city) we passed not one but two dairy queens and it’s only tradition that i chant “DQ! DQ! DQ!” anytime we pass one (which is not too often where we live). it usually results in my husband pulling through the drive-through. it’s magic i tell you!
i think i’m going to cross-stitch in ‘and health blizzards” to my new towel as well. it’s amazing what wine can do for PMS-meanness that came from me that day paired with ice cream. both my husband and my dad confirmed i was much nicer after both.
i am one of those lucky ladies whose family gets along well with my husband. i realize this is not the case for everyone so i’m extra grateful that we can all spend time together or my dad and my husband can hang out and it’s not weird or awkward and both don’t count the minutes until it’s over.
it makes me happy to make my parents proud by the life i’m living and the husband i’ve chosen to spend my life with. isn’t it interesting that we often strive to make our parents proud? i made my dad some pumpkin pancakes (recipe this week!) and he thanked me a few times for making him breakfast since he knows i don’t love cooking. the amount of breakfasts i’ve been made by my parents (amongst thousands of other things) is countless. i suppose i’m now officially an ‘adult child.’ weird.
the rest of our weekend was spent watching ‘frozen,’ walking along the waterfront and sitting around chatting.
this time it was not as hard to say goodbye to my dad because i get to go play in colorado later this week and leave on thursday! i’m going to my soulfriend lindsey’s baby shower (thanks again to those who confirmed my biological clock isn’t necessarily broken) and get to spend time with my mama too! i can’t wait. i’ve already started packing.
since both my husband and i will be gone this next weekend, we decided to celebrate sugar’s birthday while my dad was still here. that’s in another post but here is how excited she was about us putting a birthday bow in her hair:
don’t let a little red bow ruin your day.
1) have you ever been to a winery before? what did you think?
2) does your family and spouse get along pretty well?
3) lady question: how terrible does your PMS get? (mine gets baaaad. to the point where my husband says he must reserve love for me during that week.)