Wiking, wunning, and wafting. And of course there’s always worseback riding.
Wine + hiking = wiking.This month I wrote an article for the New York Times travel section about how wiking is taking off as a trend in Oregon.
Wiking means wine hiking. Going for a hike to different vineyards. Or enjoying wine while you are hiking.
California is better known for its palatable wines than Oregon. But wine making in this state keeps getting better. Oregon grape vines have had several years to grow and mature. The microclimates in our state lend themselves to producing different varietals. And Oregon-based winemakers (many of whom are from France) are becoming more sophisticated. Yes, the Oregon wines cost more. But once you realize how much goes into making just one bottle of wine, you understand that the higher price point is worth it.
Alice Laussade, who writes for the Dallas Observer’s food blog, has much better suggestions, like Dolf (“I’ll bring the doughnuts, you bring the balls.”)
Read her spoof on my New York Times piece here.
But before you click over there to pee your pants laughing, we actually do have worseback riding in our fair state (and wunning and wafting). I’ve yet to try it but I suspect trotting from tasting room to tasting room courtesy of a noble steed is a lovely way to spend a day.
Almost as good as going for a wike.
Published: May 29, 2011
Last update: January 30, 2020