Overwhelmed by the sheer number of wineries in the Willamette Valley? Not familiar with Oregon wines? Looking for a place to start?
Check out this Winecountry.com article by travel and wine writer Penny Sadler, “9 Willamette Valley Wineries for Newcomers to Oregon Wines.” Sadler also blogs under Adventures of a Carry-on. She also recently wrote about us on her own site, where she reviewed our 2021 Helios Estate Seyval Blanc and as-yet-unreleased 2021 Jupiter Estate Pinot Noir.
In the article, Sadler includes some of the valley’s best known and largest producers. So why us? She notes the opportunity to experience a private wine tasting with Winemaker Dave as being exceptionally unique.
“Bells Up is a micro-boutique winery in the Chehalem Mountains AVA making classic Pinot Noir, and is the only winery in Willamette Valley to produce Seyval Blanc, a white wine made from a French hybrid grape. The tasting room and each of the wines are classical music-themed, as owner and winemaker Dave Specter was a professional French horn player. Be sure to book your appointment in advance, as the winery only offers three tastings per day. You will meet Dave Specter and possibly Sara Specter, the brains behind the scene, who will be your private hosts.”
Above, we’re sharing a photo from Eric and Alexandra, who’ve been members of Fanfare Club for years. They recently brought her parents for a tasting with us precisely because they wanted their family to experience what Sadler described.
To see what Sadler had to say about the other wineries featured in the article, click here.