A Yummy Wine Experience

    Wonderful wine experiences are everywhere… if you keep your eyes open.

     Even in the tiny, isolated community of Seaside, tucked in the northwest corner of Oregon, a little more than an hour by car from Portland.

     Since April of 2007, Seaside has been home to Yummy, a wine bar and bistro where pretentiousness is checked at the door and proprietor Corey R. Alpert seeks to make wine accessible to the masses.

     “One of my goals is to shake the notion that one must know a lot about wine to enjoy the experience of a wine bar,” Alpert says. “We are offering a wine bar without the intimidation.”

     Those who know and love wine will be impressed by the well-selected wine list, which includes by-the-glass and flight options in addition to full bottles. For those who are new to wine, there are no dumb questions, and Alpert’s friendly staff members offer their expert guidance.

     “It’s not as complicated as people may think,” Alpert says. “Drink and taste, and taste some more; that’s the only way to learn what you like and don’t like.”

     In that regard, the Yummy flights — ample pours of three different wines, paired by varietal or theme — make delicious learning tools. On one visit last spring, the “Northwest Reds” flight consisted of Saginaw Vineyard’s 2006 Marechal Foch, Amalie Robert’s 2006 Pinot Meunier, and Belle Vallee Cellars’ 2007 Pinot Noir, all from Oregon’s Willamette Valley.

     The wine list is constantly evolving, and the food menu changes with the seasons. This summer, for instance, some of the featured selections have included Shrimp Ceviche, Summer Tomato Soup, Basil Goat Cheese Chicken and Lemon Tartlet with wild berry coulis.

     There’s also a “Bites” menu, perfect for those who just want to relax and snack.

     Can’t decide what to have? Just ask. The staff at Yummy is happy to help.

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     Yummy Wine Bar & Bistro is located at 831 Broadway in Seaside, Ore., and is open Thursdays through Mondays from 3 to 10 p.m. Call 503-738-3100 for reservations.

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