Carrie Wynkoop is the owner and creator of Cellar 503. She loves Oregon, she loves wine, and she loves discovering and sharing new bottles and flavors. Like many wine lovers, Carrie found herself joining a variety of wine clubs to experience new tastes. But none offered an Oregon-specific experience. Knowing the bounty Oregon has to offer, Carrie created Cellar 503 to share Oregon with wine enthusiasts across America. With Cellar 503, Carrie focuses on highlighting the hidden gems in every corner of Oregon, from tiny vineyards tucked around the corner of a country road, to urban wineries often housed in collaborative spaces. Cellar 503 is about celebrating and sharing the extraordinary range of Oregon wine and the diverse talents of Oregon winemakers. Carrie is also a storyteller. Cellar 503 members appreciate the stories of the winemakers and grape growers that arrive with each monthly selection. Carrie believes the magic of Oregon wine lies in the land, climate, grapes and people who pour their hearts and souls into their creations.

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When people think of Oregon wine tasting, they generally think of the beautiful rolling hills of Willamette Valley, or the vibrant urban winery scene in Portland. But if you take the time to expand your horizons, there are many equally beautiful and worthwhile places to visit around the state.

Eugene, Oregon’s second-largest city, is a wonderful place to visit. Drive just two hours south of Portland, and you’ll experience Eugene’s great hotels, excellent restaurants, and a rich combination of both urban and off-the-beaten-path wineries in the hills surrounding the town.

When you’re ready to check out this politically active, football-obsessed, up-and-coming foodie city, here are some suggestions for your trip. (more…)

Posted by on March 27th, 2017

Planning a trip to Oregon? Wondering where to eat? Looking for a restaurant in your area that features Oregon wine? You’re in luck!

One of the most highly anticipated lists of the year was released in January by the Oregon Wine Board. The 2017 Oregon Wine A-List Awards recognizes restaurants across the world that enthusiastically support Oregon wine and show an appreciation for the diverse regions and varietals of Oregon. This year’s list includes over 90 restaurants in Oregon and the rest of America. It is wonderful to see so much support for Oregon wine around the country!

Here’s a secret: When I’m looking for Oregon wine to feature at my Cellar 503 wine club, I pop into these restaurants to uncover what hot new finds the local chefs and sommeliers have discovered. Check out a few of my faves: (more…)

Posted by on February 6th, 2017

The view from Mt. Hood Winery

The view from Mt. Hood Winery

Fall is by far my favorite time of year. The crisp air with a tinge of wood smoke, blue skies, stunningly colorful leaves, harvesting of apples and pumpkins, and of course, the crushing of wine grapes.

There is no better place to experience the colors and tastes of fall than the Columbia River Gorge. Hood River, Oregon, is just one hour east of Portland and is the full fall experience — wineries, fruit stands, pumpkin patches, and more.

The Willamette Valley often overshadows this picturesque region. But with rolling hills, access to Oregon’s famed Mt. Hood, and stellar wind surfing along the Columbia River, it’s the perfect place for wine! (more…)

Posted by on November 14th, 2016

Photo by Evan Wood / Flickr

Photo by Evan Wood / Flickr

Urban winemaking. It almost sounds like an oxymoron.

But it’s one of the best new trends in wine. Especially since it allows winemakers to work in collective or shared facilities or even in their own garages – lowering the costs and barriers to entry, and giving them the freedom to experiment with varietals sourced all over the place. And that leads to a newness and freshness that these emerging winemakers thrive on.

There are more than a dozen urban wineries in the Portland area – but there are also urban wineries in Eugene, Roseburg, and even as far South as Medford – and they’re making some fantastic wine. We’ve devoted several of our monthly selections to urban winemakers and collectives, and I always love highlighting these winemakers and letting people know how easy it can be to taste wine right in the middle of your city! (more…)

Posted by on September 26th, 2016

Carrie Wynkoop

I love Oregon. I love wine.

And I love discovering and sharing great Oregon wine.

Like a lot of folks, as I was exploring the world of Oregon wine, I found myself joining one wine club after another.

Again and again, I kept wondering, “How come there’s not a single wine club that will just send me great stuff from all over Oregon?”

And from that little idea, Cellar 503 was born. (more…)

Posted by on August 8th, 2016

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