1. Annual Oregon Pinot noir sales (cases)

  2. Oregon winemakers debut new iPad app

  3. SOWI Director featured in national publication

  4. Oregon's wine industry continues to ripen

  5. What wine goes well with turkey? A sommelier recommends the best

  6. Wine program students learn with new vines

  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. Wines Fly Free program returns on Alaska Airlines

      Explore DailyTidings.com (Apr 18 2014)

      Alaska Airlines said today its Wines Fly Free takes flight for a whole year beginning May 1.

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    2. Oregon wines fly free on Alaska Airlines as 'pilot program' partnership is extended

      Explore oregonlive.com (Apr 18 2014)

      Oregon wines fly free on Alaska Airlines as 'pilot program' partnership is extended

      An aptly titled “pilot program,” launched last fall letting airline passengers check a case of Oregon wine for free, has been renewed for a year, starting May 1.

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    3. Oregon wine flies free on return Alaska Airlines flights (check the details)

      Explore oregonlive.com (Apr 18 2014)

      Oregon wine flies free on return Alaska Airlines flights (check the details)

      The promotion is an inducement for visitors to fly to Oregon and purchase wine. Portland residents could use the promotion to bring back wine with flights home from three other Oregon airports served by Alaska Airlines, plus Walla Walla, Wash.

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    4. The (Wine) Trail of Truth

      Explore 1859 Oregon Magazine (Apr 11 2014)

      The ancient Latin phrase in vino veritas, “in wine there is truth,” is particularly relevant for the wine experience in Oregon. Do the North Willamette Wine Trail Weekend April 12 – 13, take in stellar views of Mt. Hood while sipping internationally recognized, award-winning wines, and discover why this is truly one of the best experiences Oregon offers.

      photo by Paul Loofburrow

      The wine trail weekend heightens this experience, packaging wine tastings, pairings of delectable artisan food, live music and other offerings at 22 wineries (at 20 locations). The event stimulates the brain as well as the palate, from learning about ...

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    5. A Taste of Syrah is a Taste You'll Remember

      Explore Sip With Me! (Apr 4 2014)

      A Taste of Syrah is a Taste You'll Remember

      Coming up next weekend is an event like no other. Yeah, it's located on the fabulous McMennamin's Edgefield property, which is always a plus, but The Celebration of Syrah event, features so much more than just delicious Syrahs from Oregon and Washington.

      It isn't just about Syrah. The weekend celebration features other Rhone-style wines and there is also much more than just the Grand Tasting on Saturday, April 12 from 4-7pm.

      Kick-off the celebration weekend out with a bang at the Syrah Dinner and Rhone White Reception. The evening begins with a taste of delectably aromatic Viogniers ...

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  2. OWB Blog

  3. Vintage Oregon Blog

  4. Oregon Wine News

    1. Wine 101: Students have their very own vineyard at school

      Explore katu.com (Apr 18 2014)

      Students at Yamhill-Carlton High School get to call a vineyard their classroom. 

      A couple years ago, Oregon winemaker Ken Wright and local businesses came up with the idea to make viticulture part of the Future Farmers of America/Agriculture curriculum at Yamhill-Carlton High School. The program also allows students earn college credit through Chemeketa Community College.

      Nichole Eskelen teaches the viticulture class.

      "We don't have to hop on a bus or go to someone else's facility," she said. "We can easily come down and work and learn and they have an actual visual aid." 

      Student Trask Ward agreed ...

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    2. Atlas Buys 683 Acres in Willamette Valley

      Explore chron.com (Apr 9 2014)

      Atlas Vineyard Management purchased two properties totaling 683 acres in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, where Atlas president Mike Cybulski and several staff members have been farming and developing vineyards since 2006.

      “We’re committed to Oregon, and we’re committed to the relationships we have in Oregon,” says Barry Belli, co-founder and CEO of Atlas Vineyard Management. “We wanted to buy these properties to further these relationships and help local wineries grow their brands.”

      Purchasing the two sites—Cooper Creek and Fern Creek—represents a new chapter for Atlas which farms high-end vineyard sites in Oregon and California’s North ...

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    3. OSU selects experienced coordinator for Wine Research Institute

      Explore Capital Press agriculture news (Apr 7 2014)

      OSU selects experienced coordinator for Wine Research Institute

      Mark Chien, a veteran viticulturist with previous ties to Oregon's wine industry , has been hired as coordinator of Oregon State University's Wine Research Institute. Chien's hiring allows Bill Boggess, the interim director, to resume his primary duties as executive associate ... According to the Oregon Wine Board , the industry employs 15,000 people and has an economic impact approaching $3 billion annually.

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    4. OSU taps Mark Chien to coordinate its Oregon Wine Research Institute

      Explore oregonlive.com (Apr 7 2014)

      OSU taps Mark Chien to coordinate its Oregon Wine Research Institute

      The institute is charged with addressing the needs of the state's $2.7 billion commercial wine industry through research and educational outreach.

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  5. Oregon Wine Bloggers

    1. Cranberries and Dirt: Guide to Oregon Pinot Noir

      Explore Wine Folly (Jan 6 2014)

      If you’re wondering what Oregon wine is really like and want to understand the region a little better, this guide will help you understand the grape varieties, the sub-regions and the taste that makes Oregon wine so unique. In particular, we’ll be talking mostly about Oregon’s largest region: The Willamette Valley which is known for Oregon Pinot Noir.
       

      Q: What Does Oregon Do Best?

      A: Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay

       

      First Oregon Pinot: David and Diana Lett plant Pinot Noir in Dundee Hills in 1965
      True grit. Newly minted Oregonians David and Diana Lett
      plant Pinot Noir (1965). Courtesy Linfield College

      Interestingly enough, I grew up in the Willamette Valley and ...

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    2. Friday Find, December 6th: Tertulia Cellars

      Explore nwwineanthem.com (Dec 6 2013)

      Friday Find, December 6th: Tertulia Cellars

      Each Friday we highlight a wine from the Northwest that we think is a real "find. " By find we might mean that it's a steal, as all of these wines we'll feature weekly are at or under $20. We might also mean "Hey, you really need to go find this" and it might be a wine that we feel not enough people know about. In any case, with the weekend pending we're hoping to help you "find" a wine to kickoff the weekend right.

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    3. Assorted Southern Oregon Wines & Black Bear Diner

      Explore The Passionate Foodie (Dec 2 2013)

      Assorted Southern Oregon Wines & Black Bear Diner

      During my Oregon trip, there wasn't enough time to visit all of the wineries in Southern Oregon, but some of the wineries sent representatives or their wines to the wineries we did visit, so we got some exposure to other wines. I wanted to highlight some of those wines, as well as a cool diner where I ate a couple times. 

      During our visit to Abacela VineyardsPatrick Spangler (pictured on the left) of Spangler Vineyards joined us for the tour and lunch. Pat purchased the vineyard and winery in 2004, and has about 9 acres of grapes, purchasing ...

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    4. Oregon wine industry enjoys record growth* in 2012

      Explore Great Northwest Wine (Nov 18 2013)

      Oregon wine industry enjoys record growth* in 2012

      Oregon wineries and vineyards enjoyed their largest harvest ever during the 2012 vintage.

      How much bigger is the question.

      Oregon harvested a record 50,186 tons in 2012, up significantly over 2011, when a reported 41,500 tons were brought in.

      The 22 percent increase can be attributed to a warmer vintage and more acreage for certain. But it isn’t known just how large the increase really is because the Oregon wine industry switched to a new system of tracking grape growing and winemaking.

      The 2011 numbers were recorded and reported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture – as ...

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    5. Abacela Winery in Oregon celebrates International Tempranillo Day

      Explore Great Northwest Wine (Nov 18 2013)

      Abacela Winery in Oregon celebrates International Tempranillo Day

      There’s little doubt the Pacific Northwest’s celebration today of International Tempranillo Day can be traced to a bottle of 1982 Tinto Pesquera Janus Reserva, which rocked the world of Kentucky-born physician Earl Jones.

      His enlightenment led him to Roseburg, Ore., and the creation of Abacela Winery, where Jones — owner and founding winemaker — planted the region’s first Tempranillo vines in 1995.

      international-tempranillo-day-2013“I was on the Gulf Coast of Alabama, and it had gotten written up in one of those glossy wine publications,” Jones said wryly. “I bought a bottle from a shop in Bethseda, Md., had it sent ...

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  6. Oregon Bounty

    1. Friday Find, April 4th: Chehalem

      Explore nwwineanthem.com (Apr 4 2014)

      Friday Find, April 4th: Chehalem

      Each Friday we highlight a wine from the Northwest that we think is a real "find. " By find we might mean that it's a steal, as all of these wines we'll feature weekly are at or under $20. We might also mean "Hey, you really need to go find this", and it might be a wine that we feel not enough people know about. In any case, with the weekend pending, we're hoping to help you "find" a wine to kickoff the weekend right.

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    2. Wine Down Eugene

      Explore Eugene Daily News (Apr 4 2014)

      Spring has arrived in the Willamette Valley.  Along with the usual rain, blue sky one day, grey sky the next, enhanced by massive diurnal swings in temperature from day to night – everything is pretty normal around here this time of year.  Except one thing: I usually fill my glass with Pinot Noir up until the day I dust off my flip flops, but this spring, I just can’t seem to keep my hands off of Oregon’s Chardonnays.

      photo: Julia Crowley

      photo: Julia Crowley

      Those who know me well, know I have always been a fan and advocate of the Willamette Valley ...

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    3. Oregon making mark on wine map with pinot noir

      Explore San Francisco Examiner (Apr 4 2014)

      Oregon making mark on wine map with pinot noir

      Oregon has become a tour de force on the global pinot noir scene. The state’s wine went from being an experiment in the mid-1960s to a viable product in the 1990s. Today, wine is a major industry in Oregon, and as pinot noir accounts for about two-thirds of the sales, it is largely responsible for putting our neighbor to the north on the winery map.

      Many of the best early pioneers, such as Ponzi and Bethel Heights, continue to make great wines. However, the new kids on the block are making pinot noirs that have grabbed me of late ...

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    4. Heart Attack & Vine: Kramer Vineyards' Cardiac Hill Pinot Noir

      Explore nwwineanthem.com (Mar 31 2014)

      At Kramer Vineyards in Gaston, Oregon, young second-generation wine maker Kim Kramer is just beginning to get her bearings on the family's small estate. Her first vintage flying solo as the winemaker was 2010. At only twenty acres, it's not that Kim is in danger of getting lost, but the diversity of the family's site can certainly make it challenging as she tries to get a handle on what's happening in the vineyard. "We have a hilly site, with vines of different ages, clones, root stock, etc. This results in a surprising level of variability ...

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  7. People and Places

    1. Weekly Interview: Wayne Bailey

      Explore Terroirist (Apr 18 2014)

      Weekly Interview: Wayne Bailey

      Each week, as regular readers know, we pose a series of questions to a winemaker. This week, we’re featuring Wayne Bailey, the winemaker and owner of Youngberg Hill in McMinnville, Oregon.

      Bailey grew up in Oakland, Iowa, where his father farmed corn and soy beans and raised hogs.

      Although Bailey graduated from college with a degree in engineering, he spent most of his career in food and beverage consulting. In 1997, he landed a three-month contract in Burgundy to help a number of vintners with branding and marketing, and that’s when he fell in love with wine.

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    2. Owen Roe moves production of WA wines to Yakima Valley: Willamette Valley wines to stay in OR

      Explore Sean Sullivan (Apr 16 2014)

      Owen Roe moves production of WA wines to Yakima Valley: Willamette Valley wines to stay in OR

      The following article was written by Ryan Messer. Read previous articles by Messer here . After 14 years producing wine in St. Paul, Oregon, Owen Roe has moved production of its Washington wines to Wapato in the Yakima Valley. A new production facility has been completed and is slated to open April 26 th . Production of the winery's Willamette Valley wines will continue to take place in Oregon. Owen Roe’s new facility lies in the heart of the winery’s Union Gap Vineyard.

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    3. Special Pinot benefits Oregon Conservation

      Explore The News Tribune (Apr 15 2014)

      Special Pinot benefits Oregon Conservation

      Duck Pond Cellars, a family-owned winery in Dundee, Oregon, recently released Conservation Cuvée, a limited-edition Pinot Noir whose sale benefits the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) Conservation Program.

      Crafted using 2012 vintage Pinot Noir grapes from four of the family’s vineyard sites throughout Oregon, the Conservation Cuvée is only available via the winery’s tasting room and online store. For each bottle sold, $5 is donated to the ODFW Conservation Program; to date, Duck Pond has donated $5,580.

      "We're thrilled to be partnering with ODFW on this project," said Duck Pond president/co-owner ...

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    4. MARIA PONZI ON GROWING UP IN THE VINEYARD AND PINOT NOIR OBSESSIONS

      Explore Grapecollective.com (Apr 10 2014)

      The second generation of pioneering Oregon winemaking families is making their mark in the Willamette Valley, and the story of Ponzi Vineyards is no exception. Vintners and sisters Maria and Luisa Ponzi, the former President and Director of Sales and Marketing and the latter as Winemaker, are leading the way and continuing to push for Pinot Noir like their parents, Richard and Nancy, have since the 1970s.

      I had the chance to send some questions to Maria, who talks about the recently launched "Girls Night Out" dinner series, if people outside of Oregon are interested in more than just its ...

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