McMINNVILLE - The Oregon Wine Tasting Room, the first and longest-operating independent wine bar and retail store in the Yamhill Valley, is ending its almost three-decade run June 22, according to owner Myron Redford.

Redford, a Yamhill Valley wine pioneer who co-founded Amity Vineyards in 1974, opened the business in the Lawrence Gallery at Bellevue over the 1980 Memorial Day weekend.

His manager, Patrick McElligott, blamed astronomical gas prices for a lack of growth and the economy in general for this year's downturn.

"We all see that gas prices are shooting up again," he said. "People aren't traveling as much, and they've cut back on unnecessary expenditures. When they do buy wine, it's not higher end pinot noir."

Being on a major route to the coast, tourists have always been a key factor in the business, he said.

- The Associated Press

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