Around the Valley A TASTE OF New Restaurants & Bars
After more than two years of reconstruction, Recipe has reopened. The Newberg restaurant suffered fire damage in the summer or 2016, closing for repair shortly thereafter. But now, it’s come roaring back to life, much to the joy of the town and nearby vineyards. While contractors and subcontractors plugged away at the original location, chef/owner Paul Bachand ran a pop-up satellite location a few blocks away. Aptly dubbed Recipe Part Deux, it played as the more economical, small-plate sister restaurant of Recipe. Bachand says it will stay open, focusing on French bread pizzas and a generally approachable menu.
The age of the house, built in 1894, stood as a major reason for Recipe’s sluggish return. The Victorian’s architectural details are noteworthy and remained mostly intact since the burn. With the repairs came certain renovations. The upstairs area, formerly an office, is now open to diners. A revamped 500-square-foot kitchen layout was put together by Bachand and sous chef Jonnah Koziol to increase efficiency. The bar shifted spots, now occupying a neat corner between the two entry doors with a bright window staring north toward Parrett Mountain. Using locally sourced ingredients, Recipe’s dinner menu is seasonal. Classics like Escargot Le Val Joli and oyster stew were featured in October, along with other eye-catching dishes such as Octopus and Tripe Ragout with mint, dried olives and Parmigiano-Reggiano; and Duck Fat Fried Marrow Beans with garlic confit and rosemary. Dessert options featured Spice Poached Pear, a classic Affogato and an assortment of French cheeses and digestifs. Recipe’s wine list continues to be thoughtfully curated, offering many local finds as well as global selections. Recipe is located at 115 N. Washington Street, Newberg. Find Recipe on Facebook for more information.
After an update to the building that formerly housed Zippy’s Pizza in Yamhill, Rooted has finally opened its doors. New building owners Larry and Donna Heesacker of A-1 Logging are leasing the property to new restaurateur Valerie Simmons, who continues the pizza tradition, with sandwiches and appetizers, too. Gone is the mini arcade in the back, along with a portion of the square footage — it was added to the adjoining space housing A-1’s new offices. The old tile floor was removed, revealing the property’s original wooden floors now stained dark and varnished for a modern yet rustic look. Soon, a mural of a tree with its roots spreading out will adorn the back wall. Simmons says the name of the restaurant was inspired by the families who are rooted in Yamhill’s tight-knit community. Rooted is located at 180 S. Maple Street, Yamhill. Enjoy lunch and dinner on Sundays, noon to 6 p.m.; Wednesdays and Thursdays, noon to 7 p.m.; and Fridays and Saturdays, noon to 8 p.m. Rooted is closed Mondays and Thursdays.
Owner Valerie Simmons and kitchen manager Sylvestre Resendez work together to pull one of their sizzling good pies from the oven. Rusty Rae Photo.
Tiger Wok, McMinnville
Tiger Wok has opened in McMinnville, 913 N.E. Highway 99W. Customers can enjoy the affordable Chinese fast-food chain as dine-in, take-out, drive-thru or delivery, which can be ordered online, www.tigwok.com. The menu is limited yet features popular fare. Appetizers and sides include spring rolls, pot stickers, crab puffs, egg flower soup, veggie fried rice, lo mein and other items. The main menu offers 10 choices, such as sweet and sour chicken, orange chicken, broccoli beef, etc. In addition to food, beverages range from soft drinks to bubble tea and beer. Want something sweet? Try their self-serve frozen yogurt.
Vineyards and Wineries Sold
Duck Pond > Great Oregon Wine Company Great Oregon Wine Company — which is actually owned by the Colorado-based Integrated Beverage Group — made moves this month to become even greater: The company bought Dundee-based Duck Pond Cellars in a deal that includes the winery, tasting room and 300 acres in both the Willamette and Umpqua valleys. Duck Pond, founded in 1991 by Doug and Jo Ann Fries, specializes in Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris, and enjoys the status of one of Oregon’s largest wineries. The company ranked ninth in the Portland Business Journal’s largest wineries list in 2017. Great Oregon operates inside McMinnville’s city limits. Adding Duck Pond to its portfolio is expected to increase annual production more than 300,000 cases, according to a joint announcement. Although financial terms were not disclosed, Portland’s Business Journal reported the deal places Great Oregon in the “same neighborhood” as leading Oregon producers A to Z Wineworks and Union Wine. The deal is the latest major acquisition in the alcoholic beverage industry. California-based Jackson Family Wines, several years ago, started buying iconic Oregon wineries and built its own facility in McMinnville. “We’re excited to see this type of investment in Oregon wineries and vineyards,” said Steve Thomson, chairman emeritus of the Oregon Wine Board. The transaction closed Aug. 30 and was facilitated by Duck Pond financial advisor Zepponi & Company. The Fries family will help with the transition of the business until regulatory approvals are complete. “We are thrilled to add Duck Pond Cellars to the Great Oregon Wine Company portfolio, giving us access to premier vineyards in the region as we grow our winery operations in Oregon,” said Ari Walker, CEO of Integrated Beverage Group, which acquired Great Oregon in 2016. “With this acquisition, Great Oregon moves into the first rank of Oregon winegrowers.” Daffodil Hill Vineyard > R. Stuart
Rob Stuart and Judy Phillips
R. Stuart & Co. has acquired its first estate: Daffodil Hill Vineyard. First planted in 1997, Daffodil Hill is located in the Eola-Amity Hills with 21 acres of Pinot Noir. The McMinnville winery has been buying fruit from the site since 2003. Over the years, a friendship formed between vineyard co-founders Judy Phipps and Phil Mickelson, and winery owners Rob and Maria Stuart. When Mickelson passed away in 2004, Phipps was unsure if she’d be able to maintain the property. Eola Hills Wine Cellars offered to expand and manage the vineyard. Meanwhile, Phipps guaranteed R. Stuart the first five acres and promised to alert the Stuarts if and when she wanted to sell.Last year, Phipps put Daffodil on the market; she called the Stuarts. In the late summer of this year, R. Stuart announced the purchase.
Redman > Bergström
Cathy Redman has sold Redman Vineyard & Winery to Bergström Wines in Newberg. Cathy and her husband, Bill, who died in 2009, purchased their 30 acres on Ribbon Ridge in 2004. They cleared out the old, tired filbert orchard, planted cover crop and, in a three-year span, planted 22.5 acres — 17 acres of Pinot Noir, 2 of Chardonnay, 1.5 acres of Pinot Blanc and 1 acre of Arneis. Over the years, it has been her “joy to watch these vines take root and a thriving vineyard spring forth.” But now, after 14 years, she feels ready for a “new adventure.” Redman says of the acquisition: “The Bergstrom Family has been so kind and accommodating. I look forward to a lifelong friendship and am excited to watch the land on Ribbon Ridge, which has become dear to me, grow and flourish under their stewardship.”