Restaurant Spotlight: The Painted Lady

An Oregon wine country destination from a seasoned chef and his wife

Restaurant Spotlight: The Painted Lady
Owned by Allen Routt and Jessica Bagley, the Painted Lady showcases seasonal cuisine that relies on local ingredients. (Courtesy of the Painted Lady; Marielle Dezurick)
Nov 5, 2020

Oregon’s Willamette Valley has attracted wine lovers the world over, and Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence winner the Painted Lady is among the top attractions. Opened in 2005 by husband-and-wife duo Allen Routt and Jessica Bagley, the restaurant in Newberg, Ore., serves high-end cuisine in a wine-focused environment.

To match the modern American menu, wine director J'Aime Dumauriee’s list focuses on wines from the Willamette region, with 250 of the more than 400 selections hailing from the valley, and more than 100 Pinot Noirs from local wineries. The program also excels in France to pair with the warm and delicate dishes crafted by Routt, like miso custard with crab and pickled onion, Columbia River king salmon and potato gnocchi with chestnut purée and Oregon black truffle.

During the whirlwind of the coronavirus pandemic and the fires that have ravaged the West Coast, the Painted Lady has stayed active by cooking meals for firefighters and offering a three-course menu to-go. Now the restaurant is open for limited seating indoors with one table available outdoors.

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