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. Remembering the Greatest

      Explore Oregon Wine Press (Jan 27 2015)

      Remembering the Greatest

      Date: March 7, 2015, 7 p.m.

      Location: Seven Feathers Casino Resort

      Address: 146 Chief Miwaleta Lane, Canyonville

      Website: www.umpquavalleywineries.org

      Tickets: $75–$100

      Greatest of the Grape, celebrating its 45th year March 7, is Oregon’s oldest wine festival and first of its kind on the West Coast. Originally called the Oregon Wine Festival, it was established in 1970 by Richard Sommer of HillCrest Winery and Paul Bjelland of Bjelland Vineyards, pioneering winemakers in the Umpqua Valley.

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    2. Results Are In – 40 Oregon Chardonnays to be Featured During 2015 Oregon Chardonnay Symposium

      Explore therealwinejulia.com (Jan 10 2015)

      In early December, I was one of several people chosen to blind taste 96 Oregon Chardonnays that were submitted for the 2015 Oregon Chardonnay Symposium Of those 96 Chardonnays, our small group of sommeliers, wine buyers, winemakers and wine writers were selected to narrow in on 40 that best represent our region’s distinctive Chardonnays.

      Oregon Chardonnay fills the flights of wine to be blind tasted by the judges.

      Oregon Chardonnay fills the flights of wine to be blind tasted by the judges.

      The blind tasting took place at Portland’s Red Slate Wine Co., owned by Sommelier David Speer, the same owner of the popular Champagne Bar, Ambonnay, located in the same building ...

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    3. Heart of Willamette Wineries 5th Annual Barrel Tour – Feb. 7

      Explore therealwinejulia.com (Jan 10 2015)

      February 7, 2015, the Heart of Willamette Wineries Association is hosting its 5th Annual Barrel Tour.  A guided bus tour will take wine enthusiasts to four participating wineries; including, Namaste VineyardsTreos WineEmerson Vineyards and Benton-Lane Winery.  Each winery will offer three wine selections, including a barrel sample, and will pair their wine with appetizers while participants can learn about the craft of winemaking.

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      Wineries of the Heart of Willamette Wineries Association are all within 35 miles of Corvallis, in the heart of beautiful rolling hill Willamette Valley wine country.  Take advantage of the tour dates ...

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    4. Early bird discount ends Dec. 31 for IPNC

      Explore Statesman Journal (Dec 19 2014)

      Pinot noir lovers take note: early bird discount pricing ends Dec. 31 for the International Pinot Noir Celebration in McMinnville.

      The premier Oregon wine event includes the Grand Seminar, where participants will learn how wine is made; taste a Champagne flight of three single-varietal bottlings, crafted from pinot noir, pinot meunier and chardonnay; and experience a dosage trial and learn how this step transforms texture, balance and final expression of wine.

      Participants can enjoy plenty of pinot noir and learn from winemakers at seminars, participate in the vineyard tour and lunch, and experience fine meals paired with exquisite wines.

      The ...

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    5. Registration now open for Oregon Wine Symposium

      Explore Statesman Journal (Dec 18 2014)

      With City Winery venues now in New York, Chicago, Nashville and Napa, Dorf is redefining the experience of wine and culture across generations, according to Michelle Kaufmann, communications manager at the Oregon Wine Board . A variety of other sessions ...

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  2. OWB Blog

  3. Vintage Oregon Blog

  4. Oregon Wine News

    1. Study shows wineries are steadily increasing

      Explore Portland Tribune & Community Newspapers (Jan 29 2015)

      Study shows wineries are steadily increasing

      Oregon’s wine industry is not only bringing the state national renown, it’s also become a major pillar of the state’s economy.

      Wine contributes $3.35 billion to the Oregon economy, according to a study released by the Oregon Wine Board last week, and by far the majority of the industry is concentrated in the northern Willamette Valley.

      There were 605 wineries operating in the state in 2013, with a whopping 384 of them located in the northern Willamette Valley. The next closest region was the Applegate and Rogue Valley areas, which hosted a total of 75 wineries ...

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    2. The Big Cut

      Explore Oregon Wine Press (Jan 27 2015)

      The Big Cut

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      Pruning should be done to promote a fruitful year and also to maintain the health and longevity of the vines. As many of Oregon’s vineyard reach 10 years and older, how the vines are pruned impacts the vine’s health. Each year, pruning is done during the winter months when around 90 percent of last season’s growth is removed.

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    3. The Best Wines from The Rocks AVA

      Explore Seattle Magazine (Jan 27 2015)

      The Best Wines from The Rocks AVA

      “Rocks! Rocks!” declares the December 1906 issue of Up-To-The-Times, Walla Walla’s magazine of record until 1930. “The best and largest strawberries grow in among these rocks, and such berries, too, as can’t be raised in the East. The fruit trees are growing here in abundance. The luscious clusters of grapes are still on the vine, unhurt, as yet, by frost, and this is October.”

      As long as farmers have worked the earth in the Walla Walla Valley, they’ve known of The Rocks, a special patch of soil outside the town of Milton-Freewater, just over the Washington border ...

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    4. Oregon wine business has a lot of body

      Explore KOIN.com (Jan 27 2015)

      Oregon wine business has a lot of body

      Oregon’s wine industry is on a post-recession roll with planted acres, wineries and sales all reporting gains, and with new interest from investors outside the state, a new assessment says.

      The report from California beverage consultant Full Glass Research says wine grapes aren’t among the state’s top 10 most valuable crops, coming in at No. 11, the agricultural publication Capital Press reports.

      But the report details an industry that punches above its weight with economic impact ranging from the production of oak barrels and steel tanks to money spent by tourists in tasting rooms. It says it ...

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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. Anne Sery Martindale and the #1 Under-$20 Pinot Noir in Oregon

      Explore Buy Wine Online (Jan 28 2015)

      Anne Sery Martindale and the #1 Under-$20 Pinot Noir in Oregon

      Anne was born in the islands. Her father was a French diplomat with exquisite taste in Burgundy. On weekends, the family dinner table featured bottles from the likes of Roumier, Méo-Camuzet, Morlet, and Barthod. While still in her teens, Anne stunned guests with her blind-tasting precision, often identifying vintages by color and smell before taking a first sip.

      After earning her enology degree from the Faculté de Bordeaux under professor Denis Dubourdieu, in 2008 the adventurous young winemaker accepted a cellar position in Oregon with another French émigré, Laurent Montalieu. Four years later, in the 2012 vintage, Anne decided ...

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    2. One Word Reviews of 2012 Youngberg Hill Pinot Noirs

      Explore Jameson Fink (Jan 28 2015)

      One Word Reviews of 2012 Youngberg Hill Pinot Noirs

      After running through a trio of 2012 Pinot Noirs from Oregon’s Youngberg Hill received as samples, I was struck by one thing they all had in common: richness. These are not lacy, delicate wines! A quick internet search about the 2012 vintage in Oregon turned up a post where these words were trotted out to describe [...]

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    3. Honoring Oregon Wine Advocates

      Explore Oregon Wine Press (Jan 27 2015)

      Honoring Oregon Wine Advocates

      By OWP Staff

      The Oregon Wine Press, in association with Oregon Wine Board, congratulates the following restaurants honored in the 2015 Oregon Wine A-List. Formerly the Superior Cellar Awards, the program pays tribute to restaurants that display a commitment to presenting and promoting the diverse wines of Oregon. The A-List is also a guide for consumers to find restaurants, both in-state and out, that promote and feature Oregon wines in concert with their culinary programs.

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    4. Big and Beautiful

      Explore Oregon Wine Press (Jan 27 2015)

      Big and Beautiful

      This month’s Value Picks include wines made from grapes grown in Southern Oregon and the Columbia Valley, and whose heritages can be traced to France’s Rhône, Bordeaux and Savoie, Spain’s Rioja and Ribera del Duero, and Italy’s Piedmont and Apulia wine regions.

      Melrose 2012 Umpqua Valley Estate Tempranillo

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  7. People and Places

    1. Introducing the 2014 Top 10 Hot Brands ~ Union Wine Company

      Explore Wine Business (Jan 28 2015)

      Introducing the 2014 Top 10 Hot Brands ~ Union Wine Company

      Every year, when Wine Business Monthly chooses our annual list of the top 10 Hot Brands, we look for vintners, growers, wineries and wines that are making a statement in our industry. While quality is always our first and foremost consideration, Hot Brands is not simply a list of the best or most interesting wines we’ve tasted during the year. This list delves more deeply into what it means to be a part of the American wine industry. These are wineries that best exemplify their region or variety, or that dared to take big risks (with big rewards) in ...

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    2. Northwest Wine: Pinot Noir drives Oregon wine industry

      Explore Wine Press Northwest (Jan 28 2015)

      Northwest Wine: Pinot Noir drives Oregon wine industry

      When someone says, “Oregon wine,” the automatic thought often is “Pinot Noir.” This is because the noble red grape of France’s Burgundy region drives everything about the Oregon wine industry.

      A new economic impact report shows that Oregon wine is worth $3.3 billion a year to that state’s bottom line, up from $2.7 billion in 2010. It’s also responsible for more than 17,000 jobs, thanks to the state’s 600-plus wineries and 950 vineyards.

      Oregon is the nation’s fourth-largest wine-producing state (after California, Washington and New York), and while vineyards stretch from the ...

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    3. Valuable Imports

      Explore Oregon Wine Press (Jan 27 2015)

      Valuable Imports

      Despite occasional comments to the contrary, good things do come from that large state sprawling southward below Oregon’s southern border.

      Let’s see: There are movies, and at least a few worth watching. Then there is television, particularly the kind that comes commercial-free. There is good weather, which, unfortunately, can’t be exported. And there is good wine, which can be exported. But being faithful Oregonians, we should support our own excellent industry.

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    4. Turning the Page

      Explore Oregon Wine Press (Jan 27 2015)

      Turning the Page

      By OWP Staff

      Susan Sokol Blosser, who recently passed her iconic family winery to the next generation, shares the story in a new self-published book, “Letting Go: How One Entrepreneur Energized Her Business, Empowered the Next Generation and Embraced a Bold New Vision.”

      Sokol Blosser co-founded Sokol Blosser Winery in Dayton with her former husband, Bill Blosser, in 1971. She turned the operation over to her children, Alex and Alison, in 2008.

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