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what's the best hood river winery?

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what's the best hood river winery?

ackkk - we didn't have time to research, going this weekend. So many wineries, time only for 1 or 2 - which should they be? thanks!

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I've only been to 1/2 dozen of them, and none on the WA side of the river, but if you're asking in terms of the quality of the wine, Marchesi is easily my favorite. Cathedral Ridge is close by so it would be a convenient 2nd stop. Nice tasting room experience, but not much to get excited about wine-wise.

Have fun.

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Marchesi and in Washington, Maryhill Winery.

Marchesi often has a band and a barbeque. Nice patio and the locals and travelers get along like neighbors.

Min

Portland, OR
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Marchesi has fabulous wines and a beautiful patio. You can sit outside and they just come by and refill your taste with the next wine. Plus they bring out a little bread board with meat and sometimes cheese.

As Thrumylens mentioned, Cathedral Ridge wines aren't great but the location and outdoor setting is fabulous.

Syncline across the river has terrific wines!

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4. Re: what's the best hood river winery?

Cathedral Ridge and Pheasant Valley were both very good! :).

Edited: 8:30 pm, August 05, 2011
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5. Re: what's the best hood river winery?

My suggestion if you go to both, is make Maryhill your last one.

. Take in Maryhill museum and the wonderful Stonehenge replica by taking the Biggs Bridge across the river and give yourself enough time... and watch the sunset on the Maryhill Winery patio overlooking the river and Oregon. It's quite lovely.

min

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Thanks all of you for the quick responses! We went this afternoon and hadn't viewed your responses but....based on other reviews, we started at Marchesi. You are absolutely right - lovely wines, and great staff. I'm normally not a barbera fan, but loved theirs. Big weekend for Franco and Sandy also :-) ! At Sandy's recommendation, we also tried Mt Hood Winery; beautiful setting, nice wines. Also tasted at another place, but Marchesi really did stand out. What an amazingly beautiful area you all live in! Thanks again for all the suggestions! Cheers!

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Franco and Sandy sure know how to make you feel at home, don't they? I feel blessed to live in this area.

Min

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8. Re: what's the best hood river winery?

Posting a year late, so probably won't help the original poster, but my votes for best Hood River/Columbia Gorge wineries would be:

1. Phelps Creek Vineyards

2. Cascade Cliffs Vineyard & Winery

3. Maryhill Winery

4. Cathedral Ridge Winery

5. Mt. Hood Winery

And for something completely different and off-beat, try Hood River Vineyards.

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