We are home-brewers and beer drinkers (IPAs are a strong favorite; dislike most Belgians and pilsner-type beers). We also almost always have gin around, and I'll occasionally enjoy a bourbony drink. Wine, however, has been a foreign language to us and is only drank under duress at weddings that only offer Bud, Miller, and Michelob for beer choices. We've been acting like real grown-ups lately, though, and trying new things, and would like to try some wines.
We would like to go to some tasting to get our feet wet before we dive into buying bottles, though. Living in Oregon we know there are tons of great places around, but we need some suggestions.
Things that would be considered Pros:
-rednecks, white trash, hippies or general eccentrics (the type of people more usually found in the beer world)
-free or inexpensive tastings
-patience for total wine noobs
We live close to Portland but travel a lot, so other PNW suggestions are welcome, and really remote, strange places are totally up our alley.