Oregon Coast Wine Developments Include NASCAR Connection
(Nehalem, Oregon) – Two geographically distant parts of the Oregon coast are connecting via a bottle of wine, a central coast B&B now features fine wines for its guests – and a north coast winery has snagged a relationship with NASCAR.
At the Nehalem Bay Winery, employee John Forrester recently became one of a handful of Oregon people to hop on a NASCAR team.
He’s part of the pit crew for Ryan Newman – actually the crew’s official barbecue chef.
Nehalem Bay Winery sponsors him on his NASCAR jaunts around the country by buying the food that he serves Newman and other members of his crew. Forrester estimates he goes out at least once a month on races with Newman, where he gets all access passes to the races and the facility.
“I can go anywhere,” Forrester said. It means he regularly gets to hobnob with racing stars of all kinds, including heroes like Gordon or Earnhardt.
As one of Nehalem Bay Winery’s top sellers, he’s been able to convince some NASCAR officials to come out to Oregon and grab some of the coastal nectar. Ryan Newman has even served the wine at a recent birthday part of his.
Since Nehalem Bay Winery has also become a dealer for Traeger Grills, Forrester has been using Traeger grills at the racetrack.
Nehalem Bay Winery. Hyw 53 - between Wheeler and Nehalem. 888-368-9463. www.nehalembaywinery.com
Just south of Newport lays a rugged stretch of rather clandestine coastline, sparsely populated by a few homes and a handful of businesses. Along here sits the luxurious Ona Beach B&B and Bunkhouse, which has always had a large wine cellar full of wondrous examples of vino, which they have shared with guests by the glass for some time.
Now, however, they are allowing guests to purchase some of their stellar collection of 550 wines. Co-owner Don Weller said some of these date back to 1998, and include wines from Australia, Italy, France, Chile and many from the U.S.
“Cellar conditions are optimum - cool, humid and dark - in our undercroft,” said Weller. “We've always poured a complimentary glass for guests. we are now opening our cellar for purchase of most wines.”
There are also many famous wine labels from Oregon: Abiqua Wind, Anne Amie, Ponzi Vineyards, Troon Vineyard, Argyle, Tyee and the famed Sokol Blosser Winery.
14389 S. Coast Hwy. South Beach, Oregon (Between Newport and Waldport). (541) 867-2923.www.onabeachb-b.com.
In Astoria, the Cannery Pier Hotel was selected by Depoe Bay’s Flying Dutchman Winery as the exclusive retail distributor of Flying Dutchman wines outside of their own retail operations. This partnership adds to the selection of Oregon specialties already available in the hotel gift boutique. The hotel has also started offering Flying Dutchman wines during their weekend happy hour for guests.
“We’re proud to add the Flying Dutchman wines to the assortment of fine Oregon products that we sell in our gift boutique,” said Jake Jacob, owner of the Cannery Pier Hotel. “It’s an honor to be able to sell the only Oregon wine produced on the West coast in the oldest town on the West coast.”
Flying Dutchman winery, a small family owned winery, has been producing wine with ocean views since 1997.The Flying Dutchman is the only working winery on the Oregon coast. Dubbed as Oregon’s first “micro-winery” the Flying Dutchman has been winning awards since its first barrel. The very first vintage of Pinot Noir was awarded a gold medal at the 1999 Oregon State fair.
The Cannery Pier Hotel is built on the site of the former Union Fish Cannery, 600 feet into the Columbia River with architecture and décor reflecting the heritage of the community. Guests are treated to unparalleled views of a real working river, as well as views out to Cape Disappointment Lighthouse and nearby Washington. To find out more about the Cannery Pier Hotel or make reservations, visit www.cannerypierhotel.com.
The Flying Dutchman sits perched on a cliff high above the Pacific at Otter Rock – just south of Depoe Bay. The boutique winery has earned a reputation for consistently producing wines of distinction. www.dutchmanwinery.com