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Downtown tasting room offers VinTyr wines

A new tasting room in downtown Newberg offers a range of blended reds that bring an Old World touch to the local winery scene.

The new brand, VinTyr (pronounced vin-teer), is a joint effort of winemaker Dave Rasmussen, distributor Robby Mason and tasting room manager TJ Hawes.GARY ALLEN - VinTyr has opened a tasting room in downtown Newberg, showing off its brand of blended wines that are imbued with an Old World quality.

Rasmussen has been working on the VinTyr brand for about three years, with its first wine released to the public this year.

The VinTyr brand is a sister winery to Purple Cow Vineyards, as both are housed under the Audhumla Beverage Co. name, but they are very distinct from each other.

Purple Cow, Rasmussen noted, has made its name on single varietals, so the VinTyr brand branches off into a new venture while retaining Purple Cow’s stature.

“You find so many people like that: they just don’t want to drink the same thing all the time,” Rasmussen said.

And the brand has an Old World bent, employing traditional barrel aging and even using some rarer blending grapes beyond the domestically common merlot.

“That’s a commonality in the United States and in California,” Rasmussen said.

VinTyr’s blends are created with grape varieties like Barbera, Malbec, Tempranillo and others. While that’s not uncommon around the globe, it sets the brand apart on a domestic basis.

“It gives us a broader reach in the market, but it also gives us a unique reach,” Rasmussen said.

VinTyr’s tasting room is located at 300 E. First St. For more information, visit www.vintyrwine.com/.