Entries by Daniel Barre

Red, White and Blues

For someone who grew up with country music, took a detour into rock ‘n’ roll and settled into sultry, soulful blues, Tess Barr has remained remarkably true to her beverage of choice.

“I’ve been a professional musician for 35 years, but I’ve always made wine off and on,” she says, relaxing on the deck outside the garage that was the first production facility for her Hood Crest Winery.

“My husband told me I could [make wine] for five years and see how it did,” says Tess.

Fairly well, by her estimation, and that of contest judges and people who are increasingly finding their way to the 7.5 acres where she and Patrik make wine, beautiful music and a whole lot more:

They play, record and mix hard-rockin’ blues albums in their home studio; they import and sell gel caps to the nutraceutical industry; they make pizzas in a wood-fired oven they built behind their house, next to a koi pond they created themselves, next to the woodshop that never was because of the wine barrels stacked to the ceiling.

2012 voted the “Best Chardonnay” at the 2014 Bite of Oregon

WE are thrilled to Announce that our 2012 Chardonnay has been voted ‘BEST CHARDONNAY” at the 2014 Bite of Oregon. Join us and thousands of others as we explore food and wine in Portland at the Waterfront Park for the BITE OF OREGON August 8, 9 & 10th.

“Our 2012 Chardonnay was tried and tasted by many judges at the ‘Best of The Bite of Oregon 2014′ and voted BEST! We are so excited to have this honor. It just confirms our love of wine and that we must be doing something right!” Exclaims owner and winemaker Tess Barr. “Patrik and I have been working hard these past years and now our hard work is paying off in recognition of our wines.”

Columbia Gorge Wine Country Awards

The Columbia Gorge Wine Country experience is defined by spectacular scenery, the trailblazing spirit of the people, and the diverse lifestyle opportunities that accompany the world-class wines grown and crafted here.

Columbia Gorge Wine Country is a 40-mile, sweeping, dramatically changing panorama of landscapes as the Columbia River cuts through the Cascade Mountain Range, creating microclimates of arid desert to cool temperate rainforest, providing the specific rain and soil conditions required to nurture the growth of more than 30
premium wine grape varietals.