We rolled up on Methven Family Vineyards, south of Dayton, on this brisk, slightly wet Saturday to find an open but empty tasting room.

Will Kobyluck, General Manager, greeted us and poured us two whites and four reds, while sharing stories and generally extending a warm sense of hospitality.

All the wines at Methven are estate wines, which means the fruit is grown on the property. For me, tasting and learning about the wine while visiting the land where the grapes grow is an important part of understanding the vineyard’s terroir.

Darby and I purchased a 2007 Citizen’s Cuvee Pinot Noir and a 2006 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir. Here I am trying to figure out the ’06 on camera, on the fly.

Correction: In the video, I gave the wrong price for the 2006 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir. It’s $25, not $22. The 2007 Citizen’s Cuvee Pinot Noir is $22.

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