SATURDAY

Eat

Step into the bustling Crescent Café for a journey back in time. A white-haired, formally attired maitre d’ leads you to your table, and sunny waitresses jauntily recite the daily specials. Chef and co-owner Danny Wilser bakes five kinds of bread and makes fresh sausages each morning. All eggs are cage-free, and he uses only locally sourced meat, some of it from his own Angus beef. 526 NE Third St, McMinnville; 503-435-2655

Taste

Start at Brooks Wines in the Eola-Amity Hills. Founded in 1998 by Portland native Jimi Brooks, this biodynamic winery is now owned by his 14-year-old son, Pascal, who is apprenticing with winemaker Chris Williams. The shady grove near the tasting room provides the perfect spot for a glass of Ara Riesling, which was served at a 2009 White House dinner. By appointment only; 9360 SE Eola Hills Road, Amity; 503-435-1278; brookswine.com

At Cristom, winemaker Steve Doerner focuses on single-vineyard wines such as the estate pinot gris, a floral viognier, and pinot noirs that Portland Monthly wine critic Condé Cox says are considered to be among the world’s best. Tue-Sun 11-5; 6905 Spring Valley Rd, Salem; 503-375-3068; cristomwines.com; $5 tasting fee

Around the bend, you’ll find the equally renowned St. Innocent, where the tasting room’s burgundy walls and copper bar give it the feel of a stylish café. An avid foodie, winemaker Mark Vlossak offers unpretentious tasting notes, pairing his wines with the ideal meal. Tue-Sun 11-4; 5657 Zena Rd NW, Salem; 503-378-1526; stinnocentwine.com; $5 tasting fee

Founded in 1977 by the Casteel family, Bethel Heights offers a range of estate wines: pinot blanc, chardonnay, and, of course, pinot noir. A leader in sustainable farming, Ted Casteel co-founded LIVE (Low Input Viticulture and Enology), a nonprofit that certifies wineries that adhere to standards for sustainability in both grape growing and wine production. Tue–Sun 11–5, 6060 Bethel Heights Rd, Salem; 503-581-2262; bethelheights.com; $5 tasting fee

Eat

When La Capitale opened two years ago, Salemites rejoiced. At this casual brasserie, chef David Rosales, a veteran of San Francisco’s Chez Panisse and Fonda, focuses on seasonal fare from Willamette Valley farmers and ranchers. Try the McK Ranch burger with heirloom tomato and Oregon cheddar cheese. Entrées are in the $20 range. 508 State St, Salem; 503-585-1975;
lacapitalesalem.com

SUNDAY

Eat

Stop in at the Red Fox Bakery for coffee, croissants, and a handful of sbrisolona (an almond butter cookie). 328 NE Evans St, McMinnville; 503-434-5098

Taste

Evesham Wood produces some of Oregon’s best—and best-value—pinot noirs. The winery’s rosés ($13.50) are a steal, too. Though winemaker Russ Raney is passing the torch, he’s consulting for the next two years, meaning more of his top-flight wines will be available. By appointment only; 3795 Wallace Rd, Salem; 503- 371-8478; eveshamwood.com

Eat

"If I had to pick a taco to go with pinot noir, it would be the goat taco," confesses Jason Lett, of Eyrie Vineyards. He especially likes those at Tacos el Paraiso, which also has a succulent carnitas taco ($1.25), as well as buches (pork stomach) for the more adventurous. 1621 NE Baker St, McMinnville