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Product Details

  • Perfect Paperback: 538 pages
  • Publisher: South Slope Productions; First edition (May 25, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979269814
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979269813
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,086,522 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

More than a year's worth of delicious research went into the creation of WineTrails of Oregon. But somebody had to do it. That somebody is Steve Roberts, a native of the Pacific Northwest, who set out on a journey to satisfy his love of wine and stumbled on a wonderful secret that the tasting rooms of Oregon are fun to explore and, better yet, their wines are amazing. He visited 200 wineries and learned why Oregon has become a major producer of premium wines as well as an emerging destination for wine tour vacations. With notebook, pen and camera in hand, Steve visited tasting rooms throughout the state to capture their ambiance and amenities, interview winemakers, take pictures and gain firsthand knowledge on where to stay and where to eat. To make your wine tour a great experience (and avoid the numerous mistakes he made during his travels) he evolved the WineTrails concept and launched a website (winetrailsnw.com). When he s not visiting wineries, Steve is the owner and president of Orca Bay Benefits, he works with small businesses meeting their health insurance needs. He's an insurance broker by day and a guidebook writer by night. An odd dichotomy but it works.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ursiform TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 16, 2012
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Regional wine books generally focus either on the wine or on the wineries/tasting rooms. This book is firmly in the latter category. Divided by region, the layout is based on two (facing) page spreads. Each region is introduced with a description on the left page and a map and other practical info on the right. Following is a two page layout for each winery or tasting room, with a narrative on the left and a map and other info on the right. The narrative varies a bit from winery to winery. It could focus on history, the owner(s), the wine maker, the wine making philosophy, or something else.

What you won't learn much about is the wine. While some of each winery's offerings are listed, and there are sometimes vague endorsements of the wine, there is no critical assessment of the wine.

If you are going to be in an area of Oregon and wonder where to taste wine, this book will give you the options. But if you want to select stops likely to have wine that appeals to you, you'll need resources beyond this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Phil on September 7, 2012
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I have enjoyed the other wine trail books in the series so I bought this one ahead of a trip to Oregon wine country. I was pretty disappointed. Unlike the other books in the series, this one tries to cover the entire state. As such, it's big and sprawling. I think the author should have stuck to the formula of the other books and focused on just one region per book. While breaking the regions into specific "trails" (that metaphor is getting tired, in my opinion) makes some sense, I found the book hard to use because of it. In addition, there are some pretty glaring omissions. The author only lists wineries with regular tasting hours. I'd like to at least know about the others, they will often open up to tasting with just a phone call. But in some cases, even ones with regular hours were omitted. One in particular that stands out is Raptor Ridge Winery. When Parker rates a winery's wines at 90 pts or better, they have arrived. Not according to Roberts, though. I suspect RR didn't fit into the author's trail structure so he omitted them. The upshot of all this is I hardly used WToO for planning my trip.

I would recommend a different book for people planning a trip to the Willamette Valley wine country - Oregon Wine Country by Moore & Welsch. The information in it is much more accessible and I used it a lot for my trip. Of course, the internet is best resource for planning a trip like this. And, I used Google Maps extensively as well.

I do like the winery profile structure that Roberts uses in the Wine Trail series and his listing wineries by various attributes like view, gift shop and picnic opportunities is very helpful.
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A group of us used the book to select the region we wanted to visit and taste wines. Came in very handy,
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