Wine news — Panther Creek Cellars to open location in May, looking for community involvement

A new tasting room for Panther Creek Cellars means a new start and an opportunity to become more involved in the community.

“The woman that used to own Panther Creek sold Panther, but not the building. So we moved out of there,” said Christie Shertzer, hospitality manager.

The new tasting room relocates Panther Creek from McMinnville to Dundee. Shertzer said she looks forward to the opening.

“We’re renovating an old restaurant to make the tasting room, using a bunch of reclaimed wood,” she said. “It’s going to be a really beautiful room.”by: GARY ALLEN - Relocating - With the move to Dundee, Panther Creek's new tasting room is nearing completion. The room should open in May.

Located at 110 S.W. Highway 99W, Shertzer said all that’s left to open is installing the tasting bar, a table for the private tasting room — made out of reclaimed wood and metal by a Portland artist — and some finishing touches on the building’s exterior.

“We started renovations at the end of February,” she said. “It’s actually the perfect time of year for doing a move, right before the season starts.”

For the upcoming season, she said they’re using a few new vineyards, and she’s looking forward to tasting the end result.

“We don’t own any of our own vineyards, never have, never will,” Shertzer said. “It’s a perfect way to be able to showcase all the different flavor profiles and textures you get from the AVA’s around the valley without driving up the cost of paying for a vineyard.”

And this year, she’s especially looking forward to the chardonnay.

“I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited for a chardonnay in my life,” she said. “I tasted one in barrel and it’s fantastic.”

Looking forward in the new space, she said there will be more opportunities for events and additional expansion.

“Things slowed down for Panther for a little bit, so I’m going to focus on doing more events, barrel tasting again, getting more fun events doing like quarterly dinners and different, interesting, fun events,” Shertzer said. “I’m such a foodie that I like to incorporate that side of it. I’m not a chef but I like to eat, so I think that’s part of the whole wine experience.”

The dreams of wine-food events will become more of a reality once the kitchen is renovated next year. The outdoor space will be renovated as well, completing those updates in time for next summer.

Once completed, the tasting room will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For more information, visit

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