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Emerson: An Oregon Delight


Cal-Am wine class members take note! If you are passing through the Willamette Valley on your way back to Arizona, don't miss Emerson Vineyards in Monmouth, OR.

Susan & I found Emerson because they are part of the Harvest Host program. If you are an RVer, you owe it to yourself to investigate HarvestHosts.com.

Our stay with Tom and Jane Johns at Emerson was an absolute delight. Tom and Jane offered plenty of space behind the winery for our 40' bus and car, accompanied by gorgeous views of the Oregon Coast Range and Emerson's vineyards. We spent one of the most peaceful nights of our recent 5,000 mile journey here.

But wait! Emerson is a winery. The wine matters.

Taste Emerson's entire line-up. We purchased their unique onion-skin/copper-hued Pinot Gris, their estate-grown Viognier (Susan's choice), their very limited production Avelina Pinot Noir, and "Bijou"—a lovely fortified wine produced using estate grapes locally distilled for Emerson's dessert wine. But you'll find your own favorites.

Most of all, Susan & I think it is important to support multigenerational family wineries. In our view, these represent what wine should be—not some sort of artificial "wine country lifestyle" or obsession with 100-point scores (and exorbitant prices). Wine was and is a part of daily life. Wine makes food taste better and promotes conviviality around the table. Tom and Jane, their winemaker son Elliott and his wife Jenny, and their children Livy and Cooper, embody the best of what wine offers. Don't miss a chance to visit and meet them, if you are in the "Heart of Willamette."


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