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The Best wine list in the Willamette Valley for variety and value.

Address: 2525 Allison Lane, Newberg, OR 97132
Phone:(503) 554-2526
The Jory is a relatively new restaurant attached to a relatively new hotel that is a harbinger of things to come for the Willamette Valley, long a vinous destination of underserved enotourists. there will be many arguments about how this changes the complexion of the region but the bottom line is that you can get some great wines and fine food at the Jory and that is very rarely a bad thing. 
The food is sort of fancy fresh, certainly a bit fancy for the Willamette Valley but fresh and absolutely ingredient driven. Dishes feature the local bounty with complex layers of flavors. Everything looks delicious and I could be very happy ordering the following menu, though it might call for an unusual ordering of wines! With this menu I would want a light fresh red to start, then a rich white for my middle course, and wrap things up with a powerful red wine. Not only does the wine list here at the Farmhouse make that easy, that make it difficult by offering so many excellent choices.
A selection of house cured charcuterie
pickles, mustards, fennel pollen lavosh, grilled crostini 18.
Oregon dungeness crab hass avocado, roasted red pepper,spring onion,
cilantro, espelette oil, brioche 22.
Wood-fired Wagyu strip loin fingerling potatoes, spring green garlic, goldbar squash, forest mushrooms 45.
So let’s kick things off after a day of tasting plenty of Pinot with something young and fresh and perfect for Charcuterie. Check out these offerings. It’s really a fantastic selection of wines and the Chevillon is a no brainer at that price!
2011 Brick House Gamy Ribbon Ridge Oregon $45
2009 Domaine Robert Chevillon Bourgogne Passetoutgrains $34
2006 Catherine et Claude Maréchal Chorey-les-Beaune $50
With the crab and the avocado I’d be looking for a softly sweet Chenin Blanc from the Loire Valley but seeing as the wine will only be paired with a single dish I'd rather opt for just a half bottle, like the half bottle of Delille’s 2008 Chaleur Blanc for $32. I bet the wood has integrated perfectly right about now, still rich and fresh yet with the burgeoning complexity that comes with age. I think it would be an exciting match, but the most exciting wines are still to come.
With that steak you want a bigger wine, though being in Pinot country I would forgive you if you opted for a local Pinot. Before you commit to a Pinot though consider that you’ve been tasting Pinot all day and that’s a heck of a fire grilled steak you’re facing, and then there are these:
2006 Ravenswood Zinfandel Old Hill $70
I’ve highlighted the real gems on this list, great wines and great values but I also recognize that not everyone gets to spends days in wine country To maximize your exposure to Oregon Pinot lets take a look at the very extensive list of wines on offer. There are some really intriguing 2010s on the list, all a bit on the expensive side but well worth it and sometimes challenging to find outside of Oregon and a handful of major enological centers!
2010 Bergstrom Winery Pinot Noir Bergstrom Vineyard $108
2010 Evening Land La Source $110
2010 Tristaetum Estates Reserve $100 

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  • Snooth User: zinfandel1
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    Impressive article. I can use this for my next trip to the west coast. I would like to see more articles like this.

    Sep 09, 2013 at 1:12 PM

  • Just a "small" question: Why did you not mention the Shenandoah Valley (Amador County), just a hop & a skip from Napa and Sonoma??? However, if your intent is to inform persons about good wine regions, etc, why give so much space to Napa and Sonoma that EVERYONE already knows about??? [Personally, I literally grew up with Napa wines in the 50's & 60's. . .However, when they began reading their press clippings, I moved to the Sonoma vintners. . .And, when THEY became a bit too big for their britches, I left them and "discovered" the Amador wineries in the 80's and 90's and I still exploring their fine wines. . .easily the equal of the Napas and Sonomas; and, without the traffic jams; the "elitism;" and, the general commercialism that prevails in Napa; Sonoma; and, now the Central Coast (by virtue of "Sideways"). . .

    And, I find a "friendliness" that is the way it USED to be in Napa and Sonoma! [And, in case, anyone wonders, I have NO ties to any of the wineries in Amador other than I REALLY enjoy the wines; and, like the people I encounter there. . .And, I like to share a "good thing" <smile>

    Sep 09, 2013 at 3:45 PM

  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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    This is not an article about wine regions, it's an article about wine lists. If you want to share restaurant wine lists that are really outstanding in Amador county, we'd love to add them to the list of restaurants in Napa, Sonoma, Seattle, and the Willamatte Valley that were included in the article.

    Thanks Zinfandel 1. I'll try and keep them coming. And frankly can't wait for my next visits to some of these places!

    Sep 09, 2013 at 5:10 PM

  • Snooth User: Richard Foxall
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    Well, GdP, we cannot wait for your next visit out this way, either!

    Someone will always be disappointed that their fave wine region was left out. Amador is not such a small hop, skip and jump and, keeping in mind that Snooth has a national and international readership, proximity to a city with an airport is one of many considerations that also goes into these articles, I'm sure. One could also make the argument that the Santa Cruz Mountains (Ridge, Rhys, Villa Mount Eden, plus Manresa restaurant in Los Gatos and Village Inn in Woodside) deserve mention, or Monterey/Santa Lucia Highlands, if it's wine country you want.

    As someone who grew up here and traipsed to Napa as a kid behind his wine-enthusiast parents, I agree things have changed. But this is where people go and that's the focus of the article. That said, I've had dinners with winemakers and assistants from Napa wineries, and still have pleasant visits to tasting rooms--you just have to seek out the independents like Smith Madrone, Bell, Chappellet, and the like. As for Sonoma, yes, it's getting more corporatized, but not so much that I'd tell people to stay away. Nope, I'd help them find a good place for a meal and a glass of wine!

    That said, I'm going to be in Napa for a conference on Columbus Day weekend, so I will definitely put this article's recommendations to work.

    Sep 09, 2013 at 7:55 PM

  • Snooth User: Jeff Nott
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    One of the most impressive wine lists I have ever come across is at Café Riacci in Palo Alto, CA. When last I was there, I asked for a particular bottle on their list. The server then asked "What year would you like?" I asked " What do you have?" Her response "Every year between 1997 and 2010". Apparently this is the same for most of the wines they carry and it is an extensive list. And the food is fantastic!

    Sep 09, 2013 at 8:50 PM

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