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Hood River Vineyards

Hood River Vineyards Hood River Vineyards was founded in 1981 by Cliff and Eileen Blanchette in the Hood River Valley, high above the Columbia River. They specialized in locally grown grape wines (especially reds) and fruit wines. In mid-1993, Bernie and Anne Lerch moved to the Hood River area, planning to start an orchard. Bernie was a molecular biologist with a PhD in chemistry who had tired of the long hours and lack of hands-on work that his career was demanding of him. After meeting Cliff Blanchette and learning of the Oregon wine industry from him, the Lerches decided to buy Hood River Vineyards from the Blanchettes, who were planning to retire to their sailboat. Bernie had been making wine at home since he was 14 years old, and quickly took to the business. He is still trying experimental varieties in the area, trying to see what works, not content to accept what has been traditionally done. Over the next few years, the Lerches plan to experiment with more Rhone and northern Italian varietals, as well as more blended wines.

Take I-84 East from Portland. Take exit 62, south. Right at end of ramp. Right onto Country Club Road. (after about 1.6 miles) Right onto Post Canyon Drive. (after a few tenths of a mile) Right onto Westwood Drive. (after a few tenths of a mile) Left into lot.

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4693 Westwood Drive, Hood River, OR, US, 97031 Email:
Phone: 541-386-3772 Web:
Fax: 541-386-5880
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Berries & cherries up front, smooth mid-palate, dry
  Black Muscat Port
Subtle rose fragrance, spice and raisin
  Blackcap Raspberry
Rich & velvety; chocolate & spice in the finish
  Cabernet Sauvignon
Lean, mean & elegant! Bordeaux-style blend
  Cabernet Syrah
50-50 blend, cherry aromas, velvety texture, light tannins
  Cabernet Zinfandel
Chocolate, plum & berry with a little spice
Port-style; like chocolate-covered dried cherries; rich
Essence of the fruit, sweet & tart
Bright berry up front & hearty finish, very flavorful
  Merlot Rose
Dry, with lovely fruit and a crisp finish
  Old Vine Zinfandel
Forward raspberry with cinnamon & clove spice
Sweet sherry-style; Bartlett, Bosc & d'Anjou pears; cask-aged 10 years;
  Pinot Gris
Crisp & dry; pear & floral aromas, great seafood wine
  Pinot Noir
Plum, tobacco, & nutmeg; black pepper finish
Sweet liqueur, like drinking the fruit
Strawberry, cherry & vanilla flavors
Plum & berry notes, licorice, slight spice in the finish
  White Zinfandel
Semi-sweet blush, light, smooth & fruity
  Zinfandel Port
Raspberries with a spicy finish


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