The Class, Charm and “Family Friendliness” of McMenamin’s Winery

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If you want to have a memorable, Family Day…

You have to visit McMenamins Edgefield Manor in Troutdale, OR. More specifically, the McMenamin’s Winery.

After driving less than ½ hour from Portland we arrived early afternoon with two Grammys, a 21 month old Grandson and respective Son/Daughter. This sprawling property was originally developed as a Poor Farm during the Great Depression and later became a nursing home. McMenamins has created a welcoming and delightful destination that is perfect for a day excursion or an extended respite while maintaining the history of the property…but, I digress. I’m supposed to be talking about the Winery and Tasting Room. (Before I get to that, I have to say, “Three 2-par golf courses, spa, movie theater, outdoor amphitheater, guest rooms, tea house, vineyards, distillery, restaurants…more, more, more”.)

Winery and Tasting Room

In 1934, an infirmary wing was added for the care of the aging at the Poor Farm. In the basement they opened a commissary where residents could buy supplies. This space is now a winery and tasting room. There are small antique British pub tables that line the glass walls offering a view into the Tank Room where the Pinot Gris (grown in the Estate Vineyard) and other white varietals are fermented.

We were pleasantly surprised by the quality and variety of the Edgefield Wine Portfolio. We were offered four different wine tasting flights: Classic Favorites White ($6), White & Rosé ($8), Red ($10), and Fortified ($8). This wasn’t your usual tasting room 3 glass flight. The White Flight had 6 different wines, the White/Rosé and Red were 7 and the Fortified offered 5. And if you want, you can start the tasting experience and really celebrate wine by adding a glass of bubbly for $2. (Your tasting fee is waived if you buy a bottle of wine!)

My White/Rosé Flight was impressive.

The Umbrella Jimmy Dry Rosé was a blend of Grenache, Mouvedre and Counoise from the Columbia Valley and very “French”. The second Rosé was a Willamette Valley Pinot Noir Blanc made with 100% Pinot Noir grapes and exhibited the strawberry aromas that always make me smile. This wine was crisp and “zingy” with a really nice “flinty” finish. The Poor Farm Pinot Gris was 100% Edgefield Estate grown and fermented in oak barrels giving it a nice creaminess. This Gris delighted with strong Anjou pear and apple pie flavors. Next came The 2014 Viognier (I think this was my favorite) produced with fruit from the Chukar Ridge Vineyard in the Columbia Valley. This one had the most wonderful aromas of white peaches and citrus flowers with a nice acidity and flavors of apricot and Meyer lemon. The Winery favorite was The Vintage Select Chardonnay that had a nice creaminess balanced with a spicy peach cobbler note and a hint of caramel corn. Finishing off the flight were 2 Rieslings that were loaded with aromas and flavors. The 2014 Riesling (Columbia Valley fruit) had a refreshing lime zest and fruit blossom nose with pronounced sweet honeysuckle and tart pear. The Vineyard Select (Elhanan Vineyard, Willamette Valley)had aromas of honey and orange blossom with a palate showing guava and candied citrus peal which balances it’s refreshing acidity.
We spent over an hour in the tasting room with grandson welcome and playing underfoot. He had much fun sliding along the brass foot rail at the stand-up tasting bar and wandering with Dad to the patio, accessed right from the tasting room. The staff was delightful, welcoming and informative making the whole family feel comfortable.

If you know you’ll be in the Portland, OR area anytime soon, be sure to spend a day out at McMenamin’s Edgefield Winery. Grab your partner, a friend or the entire family for a day of relaxation and fun in a beautiful, green, serene setting!

Click here to learn more about the McMenamin’s Winery Tasting Room.

About the Author

Beverly Edwards

For 40 years, Beverly has worked in the fine-dining restaurant industry. From Chicago to Salt Lake City to Portland, she has contributed to the success of each city’s most highly acclaimed restaurants. As a result, her knowledge of wine and food is vast, both of which she is passionate about. She currently co-manages one of Portland, Oregon’s most historic and prestigious restaurants. Her position allows her to mingle with some of today’s most exciting winemakers and chefs.

When she isn’t chatting with a wine rep or putting together a food and wine pairing menu, you’ll find Beverly working hard in her beautiful vegetable garden, baking fresh goods and spending time with her three grandsons.

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