Steiger Haus, 360 S.E. Wilson, McMinnville; (503) 472-0821;

This European-style B&B has ivy-covered decks and terraces, as well as a rhododendron and wildflower garden. Within walking distance of charming downtown McMinnville.

Wine Country Farm, 6855 Breyman Orchards Rd., Dayton; (800) 261-3446;

Cozy rooms and spectacular hilltop views. The 1910 house and working farm raises grapes and Arabian horses on the premises. -


Portland has become an important hub in the local wine industry. "About half the winemakers live in Portland and commute 45 minutes each day to their wineries," says Kimberly Bernosky, co-owner of Noble Rot wine bar. "Portlanders have become more wine-savvy because of this proximity." Combined with Northwest cuisine - with its emphasis on fresh salmon and local produce - Oregon Pinot Noir is becoming as much a part of the Portland experience as microbrews and Mt. Hood. Here's a selection of venues that combine the best of the state's food and wine.

Noble Rot, 2724 S.E. Ankeny St.; (503) 233-1999

Opened in spring 2002, this new standout has a great local menu and manages to be a friend to both aficionados and newbies. A savvy wine list, big booths, chatty bar, cool back room, and outdoor seating offer options for any mood.