Marks Ridge Winery
Marks Ridge would appear to be Oregon’s newest winery. At least for the moment. Having christened their tasting room during the first week of December 2008, owners Jay and Janet Westly are up and running.The couple call themselves “accidental vintners.” They operated a small millwork and cabinetry business in Southern California for 30 years before coming to Oregon. Finally, after the kid was grown, they decided to make a total lifestyle change.
As with many other wine lovers, the mystique of Wine Country captivated them. Weeklong wanderings around Northern California’s Sonoma and Napa regions, in particular the Russian River Valley, whetted their appetite for more, and more often.
But it was a European vacation that proved to be the decisive persuader. From Bordeaux and the Loire Valley in France to Germany’s Rheingau region, they drank in Old World pastoral pleasures both literally and figuratively.
When you follow up sampling freshly harvested grapes at the world-renowned Chateau Margaux with floating lazily down the Rhine River, the immersion is too..