i always stop in Argyle when I'm traveling through Dundee. The tasting room is pleasant and the people are enthusiastic about their wines. I prefer the sparkling wines, especially the sparkling pinot noir. But I've never had a bad one.
The breads at Country Grains are outstanding. And the couple that runs it are very accommodating. Be sure to stop by for a sandwich at lunch. They are very popular and with good reason.
I bought Dessert Tray cakes for several years in various grocery stores before I found their location. Everything I have had from them has been exceptional. Their store is tiny little thing with a couple of tables. You can buy many of their items by the slice. And on Saturday afternoons, everything is discounted, so get your Sunday desserts then.
There is ample parking and the setting on the lake for Hayden's Lake Front Grill is lovely. During the summer, the outdoor seating is the place to be. The food is good and the service is reasonable quick. We have often gone here for business lunches where one of the prerequisites is fast and accurate service.
Smith & Bevill has been around for awhile and they have an excellent reputation. They are a bit on the high side but they stand behind their stuff. i have only purchased one thing form them and have been happy with the quality.
I knew Old Wives Tales by reputation long before I moved to the Portland area and it was one of the first restaurants I visited when I arrived. The food is consistently good. The atmosphere is casual and they have a play room for your kids. Try the Hungarian mushroom soup - it's spectacular.
I only rarely need hard liquor as I am mostly a wine drinker. I have gone into this store perhaps half a dozen times to get a pint of something for cooking (rum, brandy, etc.) And while I felt a bit sheepish about explaining what I wanted and the recipe, the guys that work here were most accommodating and helpful and not in the slightest patronizing.
I have bought two knives from Excalibur during my many visits tot heir shop. I found them to be knowledgeable about their inventory and they gave me good advice on which brand would be best for the type of cooking that I do. I have been very happy with both knives I bought from them.
A couple of years ago, Lambs in Wilsonville was practically the only game in town. Now that big box grocers have moved in, Lambs is casting around a bit to find its niche. They have brought in a number of organic items and imported foods. They have always had an outstanding wine area with one of the best stewards to be found in Portland.
Each New Seasons has its own personality and this one is definitely trendy. Much bigger on the inside than it looks from the outside, the store is at the fore front of sustainability and the local foods movement. They have many unusual items, all keeping with the theme of organic, local and/or sustainable.