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First Look: Sokol Blosser Tasting Room by Allied Works Architecture

By Anna Fixsen
July 16, 2013
Photo: © Jeremy Bittermann

Allied Works Architecture’s tasting room for the Sokol Blosser Winery, nestled in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, is a low-profile building with a complex flavor profile. Architect Brad Cloepfil set the low-slung, 5,000-square-foot structure into a hillside and clad the interior and exterior walls in earthy-hued bands of tight knot cedar, Douglas fir, and hickory. Large windows frame vistas of the landscape, while large, striated skylights cast shadows that evoke the grape trellises of the surrounding vineyards.

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The Allied Works addition gives the winery, which opened Oregon’s first tasting room in 1978, a new centerpiece. It serves as a point of orientation on Sokol Blosser’s land and provides one of several spaces for visitors to sample signature pinot noirs and other varietals.

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