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. The entire US vinvästkust to Stockholm in March 2015-02-26

      Explore WOW NEWS (Feb 26 2015)

      For the first time, a complete troop of producers from the West Coast of the US to Sweden.

      US west coast on the rise.

      US west coast on the rise.

      The US West Coast wines are on the rise. On March 13, collected the three states of Oregon, Washington State and California under the same roof for the most comprehensive test of wines from the US West Coast carried out in Sweden.

      From north to south the west coast a large area with large differences, every state and every district has its own unique character. Meanwhile, there are many similarities. Several producers from California starts producing ...

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    2. Oregon Chardonnay Symposium closes in on another sellout

      Explore Great Northwest Wine (Feb 26 2015)

      Oregon Chardonnay Symposium closes in on another sellout

      Next month’s Oregon Chardonnay Symposium will return to Stoller Family Estate having grown from last year, and yet the March 14 consumer event in the Dundee Hills is tracking to be another sellout.

      “We allotted about 250 tickets, and I’m at a little over 200 sold with about a month out,” co-founder Paul Durant of Durant Vineyards told Great Northwest Wine. “We’re getting close.”

      The fourth annual symposium will be led by acclaimed sommelier Rajat Parr. The James Beard Award-winning author, whose winery projects includes Seven Springs Vineyard in the Eola-Amity HIlls, will moderate the technical tasting ...

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    3. Clink! A Taste of Oregon exhibit visits History Museum

      Explore Hood River News (Feb 23 2015)

      Celebrate the wonders of Oregon wine and the people who make it possible in Clink! A Taste of Oregon Wine, a traveling exhibition curated by the Oregon Historical Society in collaboration with local history organizations and industry leaders. This unique, engaging exhibition, which will be on display at The History Museum from March 1-April 30 tells the stories of some of the individuals and institutions that propelled Oregon wine onto the national and international stage.

      Clink! traces the history of Oregon wines from the earliest vineyards to legislative efforts to control alcohol during Prohibition to the resurgence of the wine ...

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    4. The Clone Wars: The Oregon Chardonnay Symposium

      Explore nwwineanthem.com (Feb 23 2015)

      The Clone Wars: The Oregon Chardonnay Symposium

      In 2012 Paul Durant of Durant Vineyards and Erica Landon, of Walter Scott Wines collaborated on the first of what has become an important and successful annual event, The Oregon Chardonnay Symposium . The event has sold out every year (maybe go buy your tickets before you finishing reading this. ) This year the technical panel and tasting is being moderated by Rajat Parr, and will include some of the Willamette Valley's most vocal champions of the clone debate.

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    5. The 2015 Oregon Chardonnay Symposium is coming!

      Explore Vindulge Wine Blog (Feb 9 2015)

      The 2015 Oregon Chardonnay Symposium is coming!

      Raise your hand if you love Chardonnay!

      Oregon Chardonnay Symposium

      That should be all of you! Because those of you who think you don’t love Chardonnay have just been drinking the wrong Chardonnay. That’s right. I said it. Back in my winery working days you were my absolute favorite guest.

      Me: “Would you like to try our Chardonnay?”
      Chardonnay Hater: “No. I don’t drink Chardonnay?”
      Me: “Could I convince you to at least give it a taste? If you don’t like it you can always dump it out in the spit bucket. No harm, no risk.”
      Chardonnay Hater: “Well ...

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  2. OWB Blog

  3. Vintage Oregon Blog

  4. Oregon Wine News

    1. Claim to Retail Fame

      Explore Oregon Wine Press (Feb 28 2015)

      Claim to Retail Fame

      From Beaverton to Bend, Bandon to Baker City, wine merchants around the state boast about their bottle selections, tastings, wine club offerings, staffs’ palates and more. As a voice of the Oregon wine industry, we searched for the shop claiming to stock the most Oregon wine. While we were at it, we also discovered the oldest, newest and largest cellar selection of library wines featuring, you guessed it: Oregon.

      Primrose & Tumbleweeds | Hillsboro

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    2. Rock Solid AVA

      Explore Oregon Wine Press (Feb 28 2015)

      Rock Solid AVA

      By OWP Staff

      The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) established The Rocks District of Milton-Freewater as the newest American Viticultural Area (AVA) on Feb. 9.

      The AVA sits on an alluvial fan of the Walla Walla River, where the river exits the foothills of the Blue Mountains and enters the Walla Walla Valley. Located entirely within the state of Oregon, it includes part of the town of Milton-Freewater.

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    3. Experts say Oregon’s wine industry is poised for continued growth

      Explore Capital Press agriculture news (Feb 27 2015)

      Experts say Oregon’s wine industry is poised for continued growth

      Oregon’s wine industry, which has gained an international reputation for high quality, still has room to grow, experts said Feb. 24 at the annual Oregon Wine Symposium.

      Christian Miller, whose company Full Glass Research analyzes the economic impact of the wine industry, and Silicon Valley Bank executive Mark Freund delivered “state of the industry” talks during the symposium’s opening event at the Oregon Convention Center.

      Both described an industry that has grown rapidly in the past decade, gained acclaim from reviewers and has an economic ripple effect that outpaces other agricultural sectors. Miller estimated the Oregon wine industry ...

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    4. Winemakers Explore Aeriel Imaging, Fermentation Vessel Choice During Oregon Wine Symposium

      Explore Wine Business (Feb 27 2015)

      There were two programs of special interest at the Oregon Wine Symposium held at the Convention Center in Portland on February 26, 2015.

      The first was titled “Spectral Aerial Imagery: An In Depth Look at a Precision Farming Tool to Support Zonal Management” presented by Susan Ustin (UC Davis), Rob Sorenson (Senior Viticulture Manager, Wente Family Estates), and Chad Vargas (Vineyard Manager at Adelsheim Vineyard).

      The panel described the different types of aerial imagery available to vineyard owners and managers: satellite, Sky Box imaging services offered by Google, Higher Revisit imaging services, TerrAvion services, which is coming to Oregon in ...

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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 Wine Board announces most wine-friendly restaurants

      Explore Great Northwest Wine (13 hours, 48 min ago)

      Oregon Wine Board announces most wine-friendly restaurants

      The acclaimed Joel Palmer House in Dayton, Ore., which has continued its tradition of championing Oregon wines since first opening in 1996, recently received the inauguralOregon Wine A-List Restaurant of the Year award.

      The Oregon Wine Board capped the first year of its program spotlighting restaurants and trade members most supportive of Oregon wines by announcing the category winners during the Oregon Wine Industry Awards dinner Feb. 25 in Portland.

      Christopher Czarnecki, the Joel Palmer House’s second-generation chef/owner who maintains a wine list with more than 600 entries from Oregon, accepted the award.

      Another wine country restaurant ...

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    2. Joel Palmer House honored at Oregon Wine Symposium

      Explore Statesman Journal (Mar 2 2015)

      Joel Palmer House honored at Oregon Wine Symposium

      24 at the Oregon Wine Industry Awards Dinner, held as part of the Oregon Wine Symposium in Portland at the Oregon Convention Center. Owner Christopher Czarnecki received the award recognizing the restaurant for its support of Oregon wine . The Oregon ...

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    3. The genius of Oregon Pinot Noir

      Explore Great Northwest Wine (Mar 2 2015)

      The genius of Oregon Pinot Noir

      Oregon wine country is, by far, dedicated to Pinot Noir. More than 65 percent of the wine produced in the state is Pinot Noir, and the vast majority of that is crafted in the northern Willamette Valley.

      Surrounding such towns as Dundee, Newberg, McMinnville, Carlton, Yamhill, Dayton and Lafayette are six small wine-producing regions. They are:

      • Dundee Hills
      • Eola-Amity Hills
      • McMinnville
      • Yamhill-Carlton
      • Ribbon Ridge
      • Chehalem Mountains

      In addition to these American Viticultural Areas are other interesting small pockets of vineyards and special places.

      None of this is far from the Pacific Ocean. In fact, a small set of hills – called ...

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    4. Bordeaux Inspired

      Explore Oregon Wine Press (Mar 2 2015)

      Bordeaux Inspired

      Under French law, only six wine grape varieties are allowed for Bordeaux reds: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Carménère. Though still technically legal, very little Malbec remains in Bordeaux, having been almost totally destroyed by a 1956 frost. Carménère, too, is rarely used. Thus, for the purposes of this tasting, only examples of the first four have been evaluated.

      Foris 2011 Rogue Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

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  7. People and Places

    1. Winemaker David Lett's quest to make 'the great American pinot noir'

      Explore splendidtable.org (Mar 2 2015)

      Winemaker David Lett's quest to make 'the great American pinot noir'

      [Editor's note: This interview was conducted in 2008, prior to David Lett's death.]

      In 1966 David Lett and his wife, Diana, spent their honeymoon planting the first commercial pinot noir grapes in Oregon. "I wanted to make the great American pinot noir," Lett says. "I figured there was no climate cool enough in California to do that."

      That was the beginning of The Eyrie Vineyards, which went on to attain cult status and help start Oregon's pinot noir industry. David Lett and his son Jason, who serves as The Eyrie Vineyards' winemaker and vineyard manager, talk about ...

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    2. Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Papa Pinot’s Legacy

      Explore Home Page (Mar 2 2015)

      Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Papa Pinot’s Legacy

      I was fortunate to be one of the 250 people who attended The Eyrie Vineyards Fiftieth Anniversary Vertical Tasting in Portland, Oregon, this past February 22, 2015, hosted by Diana and Jason Lett. This momentous event commemorated fifty years since David Lett planted the first Pinot Noir vines in the Willamette Valley of Oregon on February 22, 1965.


      I have been enthralled with the story of David Lett and wrote extensively about the first plantings of Willamette Valley Pinot Noir in a previous issue (“Oregon Pinot Noir: Who Planted First?”: www.princeofpinot.com/article/ 1090/). It was not surprising then ...

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    3. Fiftieth Anniversary Vertical Tasting

      Explore Home Page (Mar 2 2015)

      Fiftieth Anniversary Vertical Tasting

      There are very few, if any, Oregon wineries that can call on such a vast library of wines to conduct a vertical tasting of three varietals over five decades. Tasting older vintages in pristine condition is a unique opportunity few people, either critic or consumer, have the opportunity to experience.

      For old wines, it is not a matter of scores or comparative quality, but the realization that aged wine is unique in the secondary characters and surprises it offers. As noted wine writer Hugh Johnson remarked, “Young wines are exciting; old ones can be moving.” The wines in this vertical ...

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    4. Turning “Winewards”: Origins of the First Willamette Valley Plantings

      Explore Home Page (Mar 2 2015)

      Turning “Winewards”: Origins of the First Willamette Valley Plantings

      David Lett grew up on a farm in Utah, graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Utah in 1961, and was in San Francisco waiting to begin dental school when a road trip to Napa Valley wine country led to a life-changing epiphany. David visited Souverain Cellars, one of the few California wineries producing premium still dry wines at the time. He was so inspired by the founder and winemaker at Souverain, J. Leland “Lee” Stewart, he would later remark, “I turned winewards.” He was offered a job at the winery, but his parents encouraged him ...

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