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“If there’s a more adorable Willamette Valley town than McMinnville, we’d like to hear about it. The small college town boasts historic Third Street, home to wine bars, hotels, Michelin-starred restaurants like ōkta, James Beard Award winners like Nick’s Italian (set to reopen soon) and Hayward, and working wineries. Countless wineries reside within a 20-mile radius of the city of 35,000, including standouts like Remy Wines and Archery Summit in the Dundee Hills and The Carlton Winemakers Studio in nearby Carlton. Do an overnight at The Atticus Hotel in town or sleep amongst the vines—and in an old farm silo, no less—at Abbey Road Farm. McMinnville is just an hour’s drive from Portland and the best-situated town in all of Willamette Valley wine country. Pinot Noir is still king here, but the latest generation of winemaking talent is working with a whole lot more, reviving classics like Chardonnay and crafting lesser-knowns like Savagnin.”

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