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Three wineries and lunch make for a delightful day

SUBMITTED PHOTO: DOUG DICKSTON - These senior wine tasters enjoyed the vineyard life, from left, Margaret Matthies, Marie Horvath, Bill Barger, Peggy Dickston, Margaret DeJardin, Marge Russell, Anne Josey, Joyce Brown, Marlene Rickett, Barbara Buchholz AND Bonnie Metcalfe. More wine-tasting excursions will be planned.

A couple of weeks ago, the West Linn Adult Community Center’s Starship Van, with Captain Bill Barger at the helm, took 12 intrepid senior wine tasters out where none of us had gone before for a tasting experience and lunch. Early on, Captain Bill gave everyone a thrill by announcing, “Hang on! I’m going to try something.” Seniors love this when it doesn’t result in a collision.

It turned out that Captain Bill just wanted to take us by the burned train trestle in Sherwood on the way to Hawk’s View Cellars. There, the group sampled five wines until hunger forced everyone back onto the Starship heading toward Dundee and the Red Hills Market where our lunch order had been phoned in.

Unfortunately, the line to pay and pick up food was still long. It’s never a good idea to surprise hungry seniors with a long wait. But only a couple of us threatened to burn the place down, and we all got our lunches eventually.

So off we went to Four Graces Winery where we ate our lunches and washed them down with more wine tastings. By this time, memories of our long lunch wait had dissipated into the bottom of very large wine tasting glasses, and we voted to soldier on to a third winery, Stoller Vineyards, in Dayton.

If you ever need a perfect venue for a picnic, Stoller Vineyards would be a good choice. It’s modern, beautiful and air-conditioned. Comfortable chairs and tables abound. Moreover, they serve wine!

One suggestion: Consider doing this wine tasting tour in reverse order: Dayton-Dundee-Tualatin. That way, you won’t have so far to drive back home in traffic that even Captain Bill says is awful. Captain Bill’s skills at the Starship’s helm are legendary around the WLACC, and thanks to him we were able to cheat death once again.

We will undoubtedly be taking more wine tasting trips in the future, so read our online newsletter for dates and times and join us if you can.

This week’s lunch menu features tandoori chicken Friday, Aug. 28; shrimp tacos Monday, Aug. 31; and breakfast brunch Wednesday, Sept. 2.

Questions? Call the WLACC at 503-557-4704. We are located at 1180 Rosemont Road, West Linn 97068.



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