Wine Cork Board

This was a few years and a few bottles of wine in the making.  ; )  While living in Portland, Oregon we were within minutes of pinot country.  We were teased when we moved there, that if we didn’t already know about wine we’d learn just by living there possibly through osmosis.  Boy was he right!  I’ll admit it, at the time I was a margarita and  “fine box ‘o wine” by the pool Texas girl.  We spent countless weekends of our new “empty nest” enjoying rediscovering each other and visiting all the offerings of the Willamette Valley’s vineyards.  The lucky souls who came for a visit were equally impressed by the valley’s offerings.



There were a few we liked so much that we joined their wine clubs:

  • Domaine Serene – a gorgeous estate with equally stately wine offerings. Their site says it all, “Great press!  Over 85 wines rated 90 points or higher in the Wine Spectator since our first vintage”
  • Archery Summit – pictured above, excellent wine,  breath taking vista and fantastic wine cave, “Celebrating 20 years of crafting some of the most evocative Pinot Noir in the works from some of the oldest veins in the Willamette Valley.”
  • Lange Estate Winery one of my husband’s favorites, their website “We are honored to be selected as Wine & Spirits 2012 Winery of the Year!”
  • Lemelson Vineyards – one of my favorites, a small, modern chic winery with a unique and interesting family heritage producing excellent pinot gris

This is when my collection obsession with wine corks began.  A few hundred bottles later   we’ve had fun drinking the wine, especially with friends and family, and making things like the huge cork board pictured above. The 3′ X 4’ frame was purchased at Hobby Lobby on clearance for $9! No kidding! The cost of wine and value of friends that it took to fill the frame? Priceless! I admit that when I found the frame I was so eager to get the last 15% filled that I went on the hunt for donated corks, but since then they’ve all been replaced.  Pretty easy to do with a glue gun!  Also, I’m a frugal girl and lucked out when our daughter found this massive 3’ X 4’ frame on clearance at Hobby Lobby for $9.  I know, right?!  Can you believe it?   Of course, the frame’s full and I’m still collecting, a little here, a little there.  I’ve also have a glass 3’ tall vase, and a few baskets full.  I’m always looking for inspiration on Pinterest, maybe you are too?

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