1. Annual Oregon Pinot noir sales (cases)

  2. Warm weather leads to vintage Oregon wine harvest

  3. Holiday weekend brings visitors to wine country

  4. 'Plug and Pinot' offers gas-free wine country tour

  5. Oregon winemakers debut new iPad app

  6. SOWI Director featured in national publication

  7. Oregon Pinot Gris

  8. The Oregon Wine Board

       The Oregon Wine Board is a semi-independent Oregon state agency managing marketing, research and education initiatives that support and advance the Oregon wine and wine grape industry. The Board works on behalf of all Oregon wineries and independent growers throughout the state’s diverse winegrowing regions. The Oregon wine grape and wine industry contributes more than $2.7 billion in economic activity to the state economy each year, including more than 13,518 wine-related jobs and $382 million in wages.

  1. Events

    1. Doug Frost MW to serve as MC for Oregon Wine Symposium dinner

      Explore Great Northwest Wine (Dec 10 2014)

      Doug Frost MW to serve as MC for Oregon Wine Symposium dinner

      Kansas City author Doug Frost, one of four people in the world to earn both the Master of Wine and Master Sommelier titles, will serve as master of ceremonies for the Industry Awards Dinner at the 2015 Oregon Wine Symposium in Portland.

      Oregon Wine Symposium logoThe Oregon Wine Board bills the two-day conference Feb. 24-25 as the Pacific Northwest’s largest wine industry event, thanks in large part to the size of the venue — the Oregon Convention Center, a short walk from Lloyd Center.

      Next year marks the fourth straight year for the symposium in Portland. Scheduled sessions for this winter’s meeting ...

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    2. 96 Oregon Chardonnays in 1 Day

      Explore therealwinejulia.com (Dec 10 2014)

      96 Oregon Chardonnays in 1 Day

      Yesterday, I blind tasted 96 Oregon Chardonnays, and I’m fairly certain that the small group of wine writers, sommeliers, winemakers and wine buyers that were selected to blind taste these 96 wines have tasted more Oregon Chardonnays in one day than anyone else in the world – it was an amazing experience!

      Why in the world would we taste 96 Chardonnays in one day?

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      Glasses filled with our first flight of six Oregon Chardonnays at Red Slate Wine Co. | photo credit: Oregon Chardonnay Symposium

      The Fourth Annual Oregon Chardonnay Symposium will take place at Stoller Family Estate on March 14 ...

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    3. Celebrate Thanksgiving wine-country style

      Explore Statesman Journal (Nov 25 2014)

      Celebrate Thanksgiving wine-country style

      Fall’s chill is in the air and with the arrival of Thanksgiving weekend, it’s time for another Thanksgiving weekend in wine country.

      With friends and family visiting from out of town, there’s no better way to show off the beautiful scenery of the state than to take them for a tour of wine country and stop off at your favorite wineries as well as explore some new ones together.

      Looking for recommendations? Here’s my list of 5 wineries to put on your tour map this weekend.

      5 to visit

      1. Brooks Winery: With a brand new ...

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    4. Bon Appétit Presents Feast Portland

      Explore Oregon Wine Press (Nov 25 2014)

      Bon Appétit Presents Feast Portland

      PORTLAND -- Bon AppétitPresents Feast Portland: A Celebration of Oregon Bounty, one of the nation's leading food and drink festivals, announced today it will donate its 2014 net proceeds, $62,143, to charitable partners Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry® campaign and Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon. Feast Portland 2014 welcomed over 12,000 attendees, and hosted 35 events with 84 chefs, 21 artisans, 23 breweries, 39 wineries, and 13 distilleries.

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    5. Wine Country Thanksgiving draws visitors to Willamette Valley tasting rooms: Holiday events

      Explore oregonlive.com (Nov 24 2014)

      Wine Country Thanksgiving draws visitors to Willamette Valley tasting rooms: Holiday events

      More than 165 wineries will invite visitors during the 32nd November holiday weekend in the Willamette Valley with the annual Wine Country Thanksgiving. After the family gathering on Thanksgiving Day, the wineries pull out the stops Friday to Sunday, Nov. 28-30, by offering a variety of wine-themed events, ranging from barrel room tastings to live music and food pairings. Sponsored by the Willamette Valley Wineries Association, the weekend is the only time that some of the wineries are open for drop-in visitation. Use the 11-page online brochure, or ask to be mailed a print copy through the website, for planning ...

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  2. OWB Blog

  3. Vintage Oregon Blog

  4. Oregon Wine News

    1. Oregon winemakers say 2014 vintage could be a real corker, with dry harvest

      Explore The Republic (Dec 16 2014)

      Oregon winemakers say 2014 vintage could be a real corker, with dry harvest

      EUGENE, Oregon — Winemakers say it was generally dry for Oregon's 2014 grape harvest, and yields were good — which signals an abundance of good wine from the vintage. A spokeswoman for the Oregon Wine Board calls it a Goldilocks year: "Not too ...

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    2. Oregon Wine Institute Plans for the Future

      Explore Wines & Vines (Dec 11 2014)

      Oregon Wine Institute Plans for the Future

      Six months after Mark Chien stepped into the role of program coordinator at the Oregon Wine Research Institute, the new shape of the institute is coming into focus.

      Chien was appointed to serve as a facilitator for the institute’s activities rather than the director, taking his lead from Oregon Wine Board’s Oregon Wine Industry Standing Committee on Research. The standing committee includes representation from industry and Oregon State University faculty. It is charged with setting the institute’s scientific research priorities (see “Oregon Wine Research Institute Refocuses Efforts”). 

      Speaking this week with Wines & Vines, Chien said communications and ...

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    3. Wrights sell interest in Oregon’s Scott Paul Wines to Healy

      Explore Great Northwest Wine (Dec 8 2014)

      Wrights sell interest in Oregon’s Scott Paul Wines to Healy

       Scott and Martha Wright, founders of Scott Paul Wines in Carlton, announced they have sold their interest in the Oregon winery to partner Cameron Healy.

      scott-paul-winesMartha and I founded Scott Paul Wines in 1999, and Cameron joined us on our amazing journey in 2003,” Wright said in a Dec. 5 news release. “As the founder of both Kettle Foods and Kona Brewing Co., Cameron has had a tremendous track record of success and we know the company will be in great hands going forward.”

      Wright said he plans to stay on as a consultant for the next year to help ...

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    4. Linfield College Hires Wine Director

      Explore Oregon Wine Press (Nov 30 2014)

      Linfield College Hires Wine Director

      By OWP Staff

      Ellen Brittan, general manager at the Carlton Winemakers Studio and owner of Brittan Vineyards, has been named director of wine education at Linfield College in McMinnville.

      Brittan will work with Linfield’s Division of Continuing Education (DCE) to develop a wine education program that could include a variety of courses offered online or during the summer. Her appointment is effective Jan. 5.

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  5. Oregon Wine Bloggers

    1. How to Create Your Own Wine Advent Calendar

      Explore Wine Harlots (Dec 3 2014)

      How to Create Your Own Wine Advent Calendar

      Wine Harlots Oregon Advent Calendar 4 copyright EatonAlive 2014 Oregon Advent: <BR />How to Create Your Own Wine Advent Calendar

      For this project, we chose to focus on a wine region, Oregon, but you can do anything that suits your fancy. Countries, regions, places you’ve visited, a single producer or your favorite varietal. Or mix it up! The major cost is the wine. If you are buying $10 bottles of wine, the wine cost will be roughly $240. For $20 bottles, it will be $480; for $50 wines, $1200. For most people, spending $500 in a single shot for wine isn’t possible, so start planning now for next year — in January begin buying two bottles a month, by ...

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    2. 5 Urban Wineries & Tasting Rooms in Portland to Visit this Fall

      Explore Oregon Winette (Nov 9 2014)

      5 Urban Wineries & Tasting Rooms in Portland to Visit this Fall

      In the big city and can’t make it out to wine country? No worries you can still get your wine on in Portland this fall. Try one, or all five, of these  tasting rooms and sip away while the last leaves fall and the rain soaks the street.

      Not sure what to have with dinner? Then head to Pairings Portland to grab a bottle and some inspiration! This fun and funky wine shop organizes its wine by pairings – from food to movies, music, and more.

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    3. Three Things You Didn't Know About Oregon Wine Country

      Explore Wine - Answers.com (Aug 26 2014)

      Three Things You Didn't Know About Oregon Wine Country

      The state of Oregon, in the U.S. Pacific Northwest, is home to seventeen designated wine growing areas, which house over 200 wine tasting rooms and about 550 wineries, many of which are small, family-owned operations producing fewer than 5,000 cases of wine per year. All told, wine-related tourism in Oregon is big business, contributing an estimated $158 million in revenue to the state's economy. While many wine lovers known Oregon for world-class Pinot Noir (first planted in the area in the 1960s), as well as excellentChardonnay and Riesling, there are interesting facts about Oregon's wine ...

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    4. Original Oregon: Umpqua Valley's HillCrest Vineyards

      Explore nwwineanthem.com (Aug 7 2014)

      Original Oregon: Umpqua Valley's HillCrest Vineyards

      The Oregon wine industry and the Willamette Valley have come to be synonymous with American Pinot Noir. It didn't all start there though. To find the birthplace of the modern Oregon wine industry you'll need to travel south on I-5 from what has come to be known as Oregon Pinot country until you get to the town of Roseburg.

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    5. All-Stars and Rookies: The Wines with Character Trading Cards of the Chehalem Mountains AVA

      Explore nwwineanthem.com (May 19 2014)

      All-Stars and Rookies: The Wines with Character Trading Cards of the Chehalem Mountains AVA

      When I was a kid I collected baseball cards because the generation before me had nostalgia and money and they would and could spend ridiculous amounts of money on the baseball cards they had as kids but either lost, forgot or neglected. So, frankly my generation was set up believing that this was some kind of an "investment" along with comic books. Sucker bet.

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  6. Oregon Bounty

    1. Oregon Advent: Day 12 Domaine Drouhin Oregon Dundee Hills Pinot Noir 2012

      Explore Wine Harlots (Dec 17 2014)

      “I’ve known rivers:
      I’ve known rivers ancient as the world and older than the flow of human blood in human veins.
      My soul has grown deep like the rivers.”
      ― Langston Hughes

      Domaine Drouhin Oregon Pinot Noir 2012 3 Oregon Advent: Day 12<BR />Domaine Drouhin Oregon<BR />Dundee Hills Pinot Noir 2012French soul. Oregon soil. It’s the motto of Domaine Drouhin Oregon. The French are cooler than we are. It’s that whole savoir faireje ne sais quoi action, and we just can’t complete. (Trust us, we Americans have our charms, but the French je ne sais cool is unrivaled.) And in the wine world, it’s no different. The French have been making wine ...

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    2. Oregon Advent: Day 13 Argyle Vintage Brut 2011

      Explore Wine Harlots (Dec 17 2014)

      “I drink to separate my body from my soul.” ― Oscar Wilde

      “I drink to separate my body from my soul.” ― Oscar Wilde Oregon Advent: Day 13<BR />Argyle Vintage Brut 2011

      Argyle Brut was the first Oregon wine we ever had, a pre-party quaff before we ventured out somewhere disreputable on New Year’s Eve, long, long, ago on a rainy night in Seattle on the last day of the year. The label is different now, but I’m sure the bottle would say the same of us, it’s more minimal and sophisticated, and how we wish that was also our destiny.

      Argyle Vintage Brut 2011 Oregon Advent copyright EatonAlive 2014 2 Oregon Advent: Day 13<BR />Argyle Vintage Brut 2011

      For us, the Argyle Vintage Brut was a fun and festive glass, the flavors were green apple ...

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    3. Toast the new year with Oregon sparkling wines

      Explore Statesman Journal (Dec 17 2014)

      More and more Oregon winemakers are making excellent sparkling wines at a variety of price points and a variety of styles. There's a little something for almost every palate to celebrate the New Year holiday. Here are a few of my favorites.

      2011 Argyle Brut Rosé ($50): A blend of 70 percent pinot noir, 25 percent pinot meunier and 5 percent chardonnay, this wine has a beautiful faded antique pink rose color; aromas of rose petal, anise biscotti and pepper; complex flavors of strawberries, citrus, creamy butter cookies and spice notes; and a crisp acidity and clean finish.

      2011 ...

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    4. #1 Oregon Pinot Noir Vintage in 50 Years?

      Explore Buy Wine Online (Dec 16 2014)

      #1 Oregon Pinot Noir Vintage in 50 Years?

      Since the Wine Spectator's "near-perfect" 97-point 2008 vintage, Oregon's growers have been dealt challenging hands. But after spending 36 hours cellar-hopping from McMinnville to the Dundee Hills, the Eola-Amity Hills to the steepest slopes on Ribbon Ridge, it's clear that all the pre-release hype associated with the 2012 vintage is well deserved. In many cases, these luscious 2012s will outpoint the historic 2008s.

      Bordeaux-born-and-bred enologist Laurent Montalieu, long one of Oregon's brightest Pinot Noir stars, explained why. 

      "It was really a storybook vintage, unlike any I've seen since I moved to Oregon from Bordeaux. Old-timers ...

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  7. People and Places

    1. Betz Purchases 40 Acres of SeVein Vineyards

      Explore Wines & Vines (Dec 17 2014)

      One small deal in the Walla Walla Valley AVA marks a major milestone for North Slope Management LLC, owners of Sevein Vineyards, and Betz Family Winery of Redmond, Wash.

      North Slope announced the sale this week of 40 acres of land at its SeVein Vineyard site, on the south side of the Walla Walla Valley, to Betz, which acquired the tract for an undisclosed sum through V Squared LLC, a partnership with Kevin Brown of Siren Song Wines in Chelan, Wash

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    2. Betz Family Winery to plant Walla Walla Valley vineyard

      Explore Great Northwest Wine (Dec 16 2014)

      Betz Family Winery to plant Walla Walla Valley vineyard

      One of Washington’s most storied wineries is planting its first estate vineyard – and it will be in the southern Walla Walla Valley.

      Betz Family Winery, launched in 1997 by Master of Wine Bob Betz, has purchased land in SeVein, a young vineyard region near Milton-Freewater, Ore., that already is producing grapes for some of the world’s finest red wines.

      “It’s the next logical step for Betz Family Winery,” said Steve Griessel, who purchased the winery with his wife, Bridgit, from Bob and Cathy Betz in 2011. “It’s the natural progression that Bob and Cathy had in ...

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    3. Best of Oregon: Inn at Red Hills

      Explore therealwinejulia.com (Dec 15 2014)

      Located in the heart of Willamette Valley wine country, right on the main thoroughfare that goes from one end of thriving downtown Dundee to the other, is an Inn that is the ultimate lodging experience for wine enthusiasts: the Inn at Red Hills.  Not only is it a short drive to a plethora of Oregon’s world-renowned vineyards and wineries like Sokol Blosser Winery, Archery Summit and Domaine Drouhin (to name just a few), but it’s within walking distance to more than a dozen tasting rooms boasting famous names such as Argyle, Panther Creek, Ponzi, Dobbes, Four Graces, Owen ...

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    4. 2012 The Pines 1852 Cabernet Sauvignon

      Explore The Nittany Epicurean (Dec 15 2014)

      While the majority of the red wines in my series bringing you the exciting wines being made in Oregon have been good examples of pinot noir, there have also been some well-made, bold wines made from grape varieties often linked to warmer climates. Some of these big bold reds have included the 2011 Primitivo Columbia Valley by Angel Vine and the 2012 Zinfandel produced and bottled by The Pines 1852.

      Today, we'll head back to a winery I've developed quite a bit of respect for - The Pines 1852 - for another well-made, bold red wine:
      2012 Cabernet Sauvignon produced ...
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