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. Oregon Wines in NYC

      Explore Aftertaste by Lot18 (Apr 7 2015)

      Oregon Wines in NYC

      If you have nothing to do on April 14, get yourself a ticket to Pinot in the City at City Winery (6-9pm). Actually, if you already have something to do, cancel. You want to be at this tasting.

      While a ticket costs about the same as a high-end bottle of Willamette Valley Pinot, this event is very much worth the time and expense. There will be 50 Willamette winemakers on hand, each pouring plenty of their wines. This is a rare chance to meet the people who make some of the best Pinot on earth, all in one place – and ...

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    2. Columbia Gorge wineries offer passport to April events

      Explore Statesman Journal (Mar 30 2015)

      Columbia Gorge wineries offer passport to April events

      The Columbia River Gorge isn't just about waterfalls.

      It's also about wineries.

      And the Columbia Gorge Winegrowers Association has banded together to put on the seventh Columbia Gorge Passport Month in April.

      The association is selling passports for $25, and passport holders get access to exclusive offers including discounts and unique experiences at 24 Gorge wineries all month long including special events such as the Columbia Gorge Grand Tasting in Portland on April 10, Food and Wine Weekend on April 11 and 12, Gorge Grapes Weekend on April 18 and 19, and Barrel and Reserve Tasting Weekend on ...

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    3. Weekend Wine Event “Clinks” Glasses For Clean Water

      Explore GoLocalPDX (Mar 27 2015)

      The Oregon Environmental Council (OEC) is bringing together 22 wineries that are each committed to clean and plentiful water in Oregon for a weekend long, water-loving event: Clink for Clean Water.


      According to the OEC, Oregon’s wine industry has led the way in environmental stewardship.

      Wineries participating in Clink are each examples of that stewardship.

      In the rolling hills of the Willamette Valley, Bethel Heights–near Salem–is committed to the two-year process of on-site visits and regular training of the live certification. They are using fewer and less toxic pesticides and fertilizers, promoting biodiversity on the farm to ...

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    4. Celebration of Syrah Grand Tasting

      Explore enobytes.com (Mar 27 2015)

      On Friday and Saturday, April 10 and 11, McMenamins Edgefield Winery will hold its 14th Annual Celebration of Syrah, a two-day revelry of wine, food and fun.

      The 74-acre Edgefield property will host winemakers from the Pacific Northwest and beyond who will showcase their best Syrahs throughout the weekend. Syrahs are bold inky-colored reds, made from a grape originated in France’s Rhone Valley. Celebration of Syrah events range from $45 for the Grand Tasting to $95 for the Viognier Reception & Gourmet Syrah Dinner; there is something for everyone.

      Why not stay the night or the whole weekend at Edgefield ...

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    5. Wine Spectator’s ‘8 Names To Know’ Coming To Portland on April 4

      Explore Portland Food Events (Mar 16 2015)

      Wine Spectator’s ‘8 Names To Know’ Coming To Portland on April 4
      ight Willamette Valley wineries recently named Wine Spectator’s “8 New Names to Know” will come together for a tasting event of the hottest brands in Oregon wine country on Saturday, April 4 from 12 – 4pm at Red Slate Wine Co., 107 SE Washington St. Guests are invited to enjoy food from Olympia Provisions and wine from Angela Estate, Artisanal Wine Cellars, Aubichon Cellars, Big Table Farm, Chapter 24 Vineyards, Eminent Domaine, Harper Voit and Tunkalilla Vineyard. Take advantage of this unique opportunity with some of today’s top new names in Oregon wine and prepare to stock your wine ...
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  2. OWB Blog

  3. Vintage Oregon Blog

  4. Oregon Wine News

    1. Oregon wines keep flying free on Alaska Airlines

      Explore Great Northwest Wine (Apr 8 2015)

      Oregon wines keep flying free on Alaska Airlines

      What started as a three-month pilot program in 2013 to promote Oregon wines will keep flying high aboard Alaska Airlines for at least three more years.

      oregon-wines-fly-freeMembers of Alaska Airlines’ frequent flier program will continue to receive the perk of free checking for one case of Oregon wine. Last week, the Oregon Wine Board announced that the Oregon Wines Fly Free program, launched Sept. 10, 2013, has been extended through 2017.

      “The Oregon Wines Fly Free program with Alaska Airlines has been a wonderful endeavor that has alleviated some of the challenges consumers face when transporting wine acquired while visiting ...

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    2. Oregon wine flies free on Alaska Airlines

      Explore oregonlive.com (Apr 6 2015)

      Oregon wine flies free on Alaska Airlines

      Almost 5,000 cases of Oregon wines have been checked for free since the program started, according to Ellen Brittan, chair of the Oregon Wine Board.

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    3. Walla Walla has new wine AVA in Oregon: Rocks District of Milton-Freewater

      Explore oregonlive.com (Apr 6 2015)

      Walla Walla has new wine AVA in Oregon: Rocks District of Milton-Freewater

      The Rocks AVA is situated 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. It lies entirely within Oregon and includes part of the town of Milton-Freewater.

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    4. Oregon Wines Fly Free Extended Through 2017

      Explore finance.yahoo.com (Apr 3 2015)

      Oregon Wines Fly Free Extended Through 2017

      Due to its overwhelming success, the Oregon Wines Fly Free program has been extended through 2017. The program encourages visitors traveling from Oregon on Alaska Airlines to bring a taste of Oregon home ...

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  5. Oregon Wine Bloggers

    1. Spectacular Wineries of Oregon Urges a Visit

      Explore Home Page (Apr 7 2015)

      Spectacular Wineries of Oregon Urges a Visit

      I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this new book that features the photography of Portlander, Andrea Johnson. I have known Andrea for years, and have found her wine-related photography to be inspiring.

      This large, hard-bound book of 270 glossy pages includes hundreds of dazzling photographs, including many spectacular aerial shots that bring Oregon's pastoral terroir vividly to life in these pages. Covering 70 of Oregon’s most notable wineries, the photographs are accompanied by a detailed history of each winery, a portrait of the associated colorful owners and winemakers, and a listing of featured wines with ...

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    2. Oregon Chardonnay: Inside the Think Tank

      Explore Tasting Pour (Mar 23 2015)

      Oregon Chardonnay: Inside the Think Tank
      Chardonnay is the chicken of the wine world.  It is the least offensive, least confusing, least compelling of the white wines.  It is a conference wine, the wine you order when you don't know what to drink, and what non wine drinkers think when they hear "white wine."
      A cadre of Oregon winemakers are on a mission to change that.  At least for Oregon Chardonnay.  Oregon Chardonnay isn't California Chardonnay.  It isn't Burgundy Chardonnay.  Who even says "Burgundy Chardonnay?'  We call it "white Burgundy" and it is above the fray.  So what is Oregon Chardonnay?  The jury ...
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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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  6. Oregon Bounty

    1. Youngberg Hill Pinot Noirs from 2012

      Explore biggerthanyourhead.net (Apr 3 2015)

      The history of Youngberg Hill is as complicated as such things often are in the West Coast wine industry. This land in Oregon’s Willamette Valley was farmed by a Swede named Youngberg until 1987, when Norman Barnett, a financier from Boston, rolled in, bought the acreage and built an inn. In 1989, the legendary Ken Wright planted two vineyards here and used those grapes for his Panther Creek pinot noirs. Wayne Bailey, originally from Iowa but nurtured on the wines of Burgundy and his work there, bought the property in 2003, and 10 years later he is still the ...

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    2. Willamette Valley Pinot for the Unpretentious - Underwood Wine In a Can

      Explore The Reverse Wine Snob (Apr 3 2015)

      Willamette Valley Pinot for the Unpretentious - Underwood Wine In a Can

      Here at Reverse Wine Snob we're nonpartisan when it comes to wine and wine closures. Corks, screw caps, Zorks, tetrapaks, boxes -- it's all good. We're focused on what's inside the vessel rather than the shape or form of it. Wine a can, however, is a bit different. Sure, you can pour it into a glass and drink it just like you would wine from a bottle, but what about drinking straight out of the can like we do so many other beverages? Is this sacrilege or modernity? 

      The can makes a lot of economic, environmental and ...

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    3. Keeper of the Old Vines

      Explore wweek.com (Apr 1 2015)

      Keeper of the Old Vines

      Every Wednesday afternoon from 2 to 4 pm, Andy Zalman sits at table 49 at Higginsrestaurant. One wine rep after another pitches him their latest cellar stock, in hopes he’ll order a case or more. Zalman, a legendarily cool wine director who only bothered to pass his first sommelier exam at age 50, looks across the table at much younger faces and puts them through their paces.

      “Listen, when you go to your next place—and this is going to sound like I’m being an asshole,” he says, without a trace of pretension, “Cahors is pronounced kah-hor ...

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    4. Wine pairings: Deciphering what to serve with ham

      Explore Statesman Journal (Mar 31 2015)

      Wine pairings: Deciphering what to serve with ham

      he traditional Easter ham presents a challenge when trying to decide which wine to pair with it. Part of the difficulty lies in the wide variety of preparation methods for baked ham that can give it pronounced flavors besides the ham.

      If the ham has a light glaze that doesn't impart an overly sweet flavor to the ham, a fruit-forward pinot noir or syrah would pair nicely with it. Some Oregon fruit-forward pinot noirs include 2012 Erath Oregon Pinot Noir, 2012 Evening Land Blue Label Willamette Valley Pinot Noir and Grochau Cellars Commuter Cuvee 2013 Pinot Noir. For a ...

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  7. People and Places

    1. The Beauty of the Blend

      Explore 1859 Oregon Magazine (Apr 8 2015)

      The Beauty of the Blend

      There’s no doubt about it, Oregon takes its winemaking seriously. The state is recognized nationally as a leading pinot noir producer, and is becoming known for putting its own stamp on pinot gris and chardonnay as well. But with all these great single varietal wines on the shelves, the stunning red blends crafted in every Oregon wine region might just be the industry’s best kept secret. Combining artistry and chemistry with quality, value and complexity, Oregon’s red blends come together to produce a tapestry of flavors that will improve your dinner experience.

      A Year in a Glass ...

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    2. On the Way from Düsseldorf, Germany, to Portland, Oregon: Jay Somers, J. Christopher Wines, Stops in Northern Virginia, USA

      Explore schiller (Apr 2 2015)

      One of the highlights of our tour a few years ago from Seattle in Washington State to Berkeley in California (where my daughter Katharina used to live) and further South to Paso Robles, was an encounter with star winemaker and killer guitarist Jay Somers in the White Eagle Rock/Jazz Club in Seattle (and a visit of the J. Christopher Estate a few days later with Jay’s right hand man Tim Malone). See: A Riesling Guru and a Killer Guitarist cum Cult Winemaker: Ernst Loosen and Jay Somers and their J. Christopher Winery in Newberg, Oregon

      Pictures: Christian Schiller ...

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    3. Oregon’s getting excited about chardonnay

      Explore AJC.com (Apr 1 2015)

      Oregon’s getting excited about chardonnay

      One of the most satisfying moments as a father and a wine professional was the day my daughter, Elise, took a couple sniffs from my wine glass at the dinner table and, in a confident voice, said, “I smell pears, Daddy!”

      She was spot on about the white Burgundy, redolent in fresh Bosc-like pears. Being about 5 years old, Elise was also tickled to see her dad grinning ear-to-ear over his budding sommelier. Unfortunately, for the next six months, every wine — regardless of its type — that I put in front of Elise smelled like, you guessed it, pears.

      Pears. What ...

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    4. A Mac Classic

      Explore Oregon Wine Press (Mar 30 2015)

      A Mac Classic

      Hillary and Kevin Dobbs were among the first people through the door to raise their glasses at the annual Sip!, formally titled the McMinnville Wine & Food Classic, March 13–15, at the Evergreen Space Museum.

      Well, actually, Hillary raised more glasses than her husband. “I’m not really here for the wine,” Kevin Dobbs confessed. “I’m here for the space museum. She’s the wine person in the family. I am more into aviation and history.

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