Oregon Pinot Noir trophies shine in Jory Restaurant at Allison Inn

By on August 30, 2014
The Allison Inn & Spa in Newberg, Ore., will celebrate its fifth anniversary as Oregon's wine country luxury lodge in September. (Photo courtesy of  Laura Davidson Public Relations)

The Allison Inn & Spa in Newberg, Ore., will celebrate its fifth anniversary as Oregon’s wine country luxury lodge in September. (Photo courtesy of Laura Davidson Public Relations)

NEWBERG, Ore. — The Allison Inn & Spa in Newberg, Ore., immediately became one of the Pacific Northwest’s wine country destinations when Ken and Joan Austin opened it Sept. 26, 2009.

More than 200 wineries are within a short drive of the Allison, and the hotel’s Jory Restaurant — led by executive chef Sunny Jin and pastry chef Shelly Toombs — makes Oregon Pinot Noir a focal point. During most weeks, the living room at The Allison plays host to its Thursday Celebrity Wine-Tender Tasting, an informal event with a local winemaker that runs 6:30 –7:30 p.m. for guests.

Many of the Willamette Valley’s top producers were so thrilled with the arrival of the Allison that they presented personalized bottles to the Austins as a sign of their appreciation.

Sadly, Joan passed away last year at the age of 81. However, these large-format bottles remain displayed in the restaurant as a tribute to the food-and-wine experience she helped create as The Allison prepares to celebrate its fifth anniversary.

Here are some of the bottles at The Allison.

Pages: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39

About Eric Degerman

Eric Degerman is the President and CEO of Great Northwest Wine. He is a journalist with more than 30 years of daily newspaper experience and has been writing about wine since 1998. He co-founded Wine Press Northwest magazine with Andy Perdue and served as its managing editor for a decade. He is a frequent wine judge at international wine competitions throughout North America and orchestrates 10 Northwest competitions each year.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *