My family is need of a serious vacation this summer, so we'll be driving up to Oregon to do some camping and visiting. Our friends live in Oakridge, southeast of Eugene, the campsite is northeast of Salem and I'm hoping to make it all the way to Portland.
This is what I'm looking for:
Small to medium local producers that I might not see if the SF Bay Area
Free or low-cost tasting rooms with friendly, knowledgeable, no pressure staff
Reasonably priced offerings: Under $30 (Mama's gotta pay for gas)
Unusual geeky varieties (especially whites) that are delicious
And a good, balanced Pinot might be nice ; )
I also don't want to drive more than 30 minutes from my base camps as this is a major road trip and the 8 year old is already not going to be physicked about being stuck in the rolling box for long periods.
As always, I greatly appreciate any and all information.