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“Shallon Winery: A Fun Little Diversion”
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Shallon Winery
Ranked #18 of 51 things to do in Astoria
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Owner description: Shallon Winery is a very small, one-man operation that is open every afternoon, one to six PM, and has been for over 35 years. It, therefore, has to specialize in unique products unavailable elsewhere, such as totally wild berry wines, whey wines, Lemon Meringue Pie wine, and, Chocolate Orange wine. It is a working, functioning winery, not a wine shop.The winemaker prefers a one on one relation with his guests, which entails a brief visit and explanation in the wine making room, followed by tasting all the wines available in a sequence. Local historical information is usually included in the presentation. This visit may run from a minimum of a half hour to an hour or more depending on questions and conversation. Unfortunately, the winery can not afford to entertain larger groups, and frequently is closed to the walk-in public during the days of cruise ship arrivals. However, serious individuals or couples may call during the day for a suggestion for the best time, or just call the number when at the door, if it is not open.
Reviewed November 4, 2008

This is a unique and fun little stop-off in downtown Astoria that's really a one-man-show. My wife and I walked into the winery on a whim while we were walking past it while vacationing here. We were so glad we did!

We met the owner/vintner/manager/chief story-teller, Mr. Paul van der Veldt, who proceeded to tell us everything about his philosophy on wine-making and the story of how he started in the business. We also tasted his very unique wines and ended up buying several bottles. We tried chocolate wine and wine made from cranberries and even whey (yes the stuff from milk)! All were very unusual, and we were surprised how much we liked them.

Wine snobs probably would not enjoy this place but if you want a chance to sample some unusual wines and meet a very nice, almost eccentric man, this is the place for you!

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Reviewed November 30, 2013
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