Experiences

Experience the best of Willamette Valley wine tasting at Chris James Cellars, an award-winning family-owned vineyard and winery offering an extensive portfolio of unique wines not commonly found in the Valley.

With two locations in McMinnville and our Carlton Estate, we invite you to join us weekly and monthly for special events, and on social media where we release a new video every Wednesday describing the flight of the week.

Weekly Flight

Our flights change weekly on Wednesdays to allow our guests to experience our extensive portfolio. We offer a flight of 5 wines curated by our in-house sommelier for a $20 tasting fee, that can be waived with a club sign-up or a 2 bottle purchase.

Want to learn more about the flight?  Check out our Instagram for our weekly video with tasting notes and event updates.  It is posted each Wednesday.

2019 Merlot, Columbia Valley

2019 Merlot, Columbia Valley

The fruit forward nose of both dark and red fruits, with floral and vanilla aromas will bring blackberry, blueberry, dark chocolate and baking spice to the palate. 

2019 Tempranillo, Willamette Valley

2019 Tempranillo, Willamette Valley

Aromas of earth, dark cherry, dried fruit and cloves; with flavors of dark cherry, dried fig, dark chocolate, tobacco and cedar.

2020 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley

2020 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley

Aromas of red current, tart cherries, baked strawberry and baking      spice; with flavors of Bing cherries, red currents and juicy acidity

2021 Gruner Veltliner, Willamette Valley

2021 Gruner Veltliner, Willamette Valley

An acid driven wine with aromas of green apple lime and nectarine, and layered flavors of lemon, honey, nuts & a hint of creaminess.

2021 Sparkling Chardonnay, Yamhill-Carlton (Estate)

2021 Sparkling Chardonnay, Yamhill-Carlton (Estate)

Aromas of green apple, Bosc pear, with hints of white peach and citrus. The mouthfeel is slightly creamy with crispness on the finish.

Tasting Rooms

Each of our tasting rooms offers small bites, sparkling water, and a selection of rotating beers.

McMinnville Tasting Room

The McMinnville Tasting Room is our newest location in the heart of McMinnville on 3rd Street. Drop in to try the newest wines or to enjoy a glass of your favorite wine with small bites.

Sunday – Thursday: 12pm – 6pm
Friday & Saturday: 12pm – 8pm
By appointment, walk-ins are welcome if space permits.

645 NE 3rd Street
McMinnville, OR 97128
503-474-7670

Menu

Cheese & Charcuterie plate $28
Charcuterie plate $20
Cheese plate $20
Spinach Artichoke Dip $12
House-made Bread $8
Spiced Nuts $7
Marinated Olives $7
Ash Creek Hazelnuts (4oz bag) $10

Estate Tasting Room

The Estate Tasting Room is nestled in the foothills of the coastal range less than 15 minutes west of Carlton. Relax while enjoying a flight with small bites, and taking in the beautiful scenery.

The Estate Tasting Room is tended by our wine educators who can offer personalized winery and vineyard tours tailored to your interests.

Friday – Sunday: 12pm-5pm
March – November
By appointment, walk-ins are welcome if space permits.

12000 NW Old Wagon Rd.
Carlton, OR. 97111
503-852-1135

Menu

Cheese and Meat plate $20
Spinach Artichoke Dip $12
Nuts & Berries $5
Marinated Olives $7
Ash Creek Hazelnuts (4oz bag) $10

Chris James Cellars Gives Back

Each month we partner with a local nonprofit organization and show support through a portion of our proceeds on our new release of the month.

You can help us help our local heroes.
10% of bottle sales and $1 per glass pour is donated.