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 Chardonnay Symposium 2014 and What’s to Come for 2015

      Explore therealwinejulia.com (Oct 14 2014)

      Oregon Chardonnay Symposium 2014 and What’s to Come for 2015

      Last spring, taking place at the beautiful Stoller Family Estate in Oregon’s layered and rolling Dundee Hills, the 2014 Oregon Chardonnay Symposium began with a Technical Panel and Tasting that had a very impressive line-up of Oregon Chardonnay producers.  From some of the well-known pioneers like David Adelsheim (who brought the first Dijon Chardonnay clones into the state) to today’s generation of impassioned producers like Melissa Burr of Stoller Family Estate – we wine enthusiasts were all ears when each panel member shared their thoughts on the future of Oregon Chardonnay.

      During the tasting, which included nine incredible Chardonnays ...

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    2. Dundee winery to class in Portland

      Explore Statesman Journal (Sep 22 2014)

      Dundee winery to class in Portland

      Wine enthusiasts can register now for Erath Wine Dinner in the Pearl, a wine and food class, Oct. 4 in Portland.

      The interactive and educational class will feature local products, paired with Erath's award-winning wines.

      The menu will include smoked salmon crostini with roasted beet spread and watercress, paired with 2012 Leland Pinot Noir; arugula salad with pomegranate seeds, candied pecans, goat cheese and white balsamic vinaigrette, paired with 2013 Dion Pinot Gris; skillet rib-eye with tarragon mushroom ragout, paired with 2012 Estate Selection Pinot Noir; wild rice pilaf with sour cherries and pancetta, paired with 2012 Oregon Pinot ...

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    3. Harvest Tours and tasting at Apolloni Vineyards Sept. 27-28

      Explore Oregon Wine Press (Sep 18 2014)

      Harvest Tours and tasting at Apolloni Vineyards Sept. 27-28

      (Forest Grove, Oregon) – Apolloni Vineyards, premium producer of Pinot Noir and Italian style wines, is inviting the public for a unique tasting experience as well as mini tours of the vineyards, barrel cave and production facility during Saturday and Sunday, September 27 and 28, 2014 from 11 AM to 5 PM.

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    4. The Procrastinator's Guide to Feast PDX

      Explore nwwineanthem.com (Sep 17 2014)

      The Procrastinator's Guide to Feast PDX
      Stop what you’re doing lollygaggers, Feast PDX is this weekend. No, not two months from now I’ll figure it out when it gets closer, THIS weekend, and by now, tons of the eating/tasting/drinking/drooling sessions have already sold out. Luckily, the Feast organizers planned on wasting nobody’s time and made each and every one of their events completely amazing. For the procrastinators among us, here’s a rundown of the Feast PDX events that still have tickets available:
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    5. Master sommelier Rajat Parr to lead 2015 Oregon Chardonnay Symposium

      Explore Great Northwest Wine (Sep 16 2014)

      Master sommelier Rajat Parr to lead 2015 Oregon Chardonnay Symposium

      Master sommelier Rajat Parr will serve as moderator of the fourth annual Oregon Chardonnay Symposium on March 14 at Stoller Family Estate in the Dundee Hills.

      Parr, a James Beard Award-winning author, agreed to direct the technical tasting panel and will be joined by Thomas Bachelder of Bachelder Wines, Mimi Casteel of Bethel Heights Vineyard, Jason Lett of The Eyrie Vineyards, John Paul of Cameron Winery and Craig Williams of X-Novo Vineyard.

      A grand tasting of more than 40 examples of Oregon Chardonnay, poured by winemakers, will follow the technical tasting.

      Chardonnay panel to address role of clones

      Master sommelier Rajat Parr moderates an international panel of Syrah producers during the 2014 Celebrate Walla Walla Wine festival.

      Master sommelier ...

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  2. OWB Blog

  3. Vintage Oregon Blog

  4. Oregon Wine News

    1. Short Season Expected to Yield Wine Records

      Explore Wines & Vines (Oct 30 2014)

      Short Season Expected to Yield Wine Records

      Overlooking his family’s estate vineyard in early March, winemaker Jesse Lange was optimistic as he pointed to the new plantings that are allowing Lange Estate Winery & Vineyards to boost production for the family’s Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. A warm start to spring had encouraged hopes for early bud break, backed by long-range forecasts that suggested the year could bring generally favorable growing conditions (see “Northwest Vineyards See Bud Break”). 

      Taking a break last week in the wake of harvest, Lange told Wines & Vines that his initial optimism hadn’t been disappointed.

      “To say it was a dream vintage ...

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    2. Pacific Northwest Promises a Memorable Vintage

      Explore Wine-Searcher. Find and Price Wines. (Oct 16 2014)

      Pacific Northwest Promises a Memorable Vintage

      Oregon should have its largest wine harvest ever in 2014, and Washington is awash in grapes as well, as the Pacific Northwest enjoyed a record-setting warm, dry summer.

      Everything is high: temperatures, crop size, sugars, potential alcohol. And possibly future critics' ratings. The 2014 wines might be memorably intense; what they won't be is shy.

      "We're probably the ripest up here we've ever been," says Dick Boushey, a grower and vineyard manager in Washington's Red Mountain and Yakima Valley.

      But not this year. Oregon is on target to have its hottest year in recorded history, and ...

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    3. Less is more? Maybe not, says Oregon pinot noir study: Wine Notes

      Explore oregonlive.com (Oct 15 2014)

      Less is more? Maybe not, says Oregon pinot noir study: Wine Notes

      Oregon vineyard managers regularly discard up to half of the precious clusters off their vines so that their surviving siblings can, the thinking goes, soak up more of the plant's limited resources. Oregon State University professor Patricia Skinkis may have proven that thinking to be wrong.

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    4. Oregon wineries expecting a vintage year

      Explore KTVZ.COM (Oct 14 2014)

      Oregon wineries expecting a vintage year

      An estimated $2.7 billion pours into Oregon's wine industry every year. This year's vintage is predicted to be a record-breaking best for wineries around the state.

      It was the hottest growing year on record, and Maragas Winery in Culver took advantage of those consistent temperature and lack of frost. They're expecting one of their best yields yet.

      Owner and winemaker Doug Maragas and his crew harvested the last fruits of their labor on Monday
      "It's the last stage of the harvest season for reds," Maragas said.

      And the grand finale was one of epic proportions ...

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  5. Oregon Wine Bloggers

    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. Photo gallery: Willamette Valley bud break

      Explore Great Northwest Wine (Apr 30 2014)

      Photo gallery: Willamette Valley bud break

      The first sign of the 2014 vintage began showing about two weeks ago when tiny leaves started to emerge from Pinot Noir vines in the northern Willamette Valley.

      Winemakers and grape growers in the Dundee Hills and Yamhill-Carlton American Viticultural Areas said bud break this year was right on time – or even a bit early. They are delighted by the good start to the 2014 vintage, and warm days this week are helping to get the vines started on a solid path early in the growing season.

      Following are a few photos from the northern Willamette Valley on Monday and ...

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    5. 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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  6. Oregon Bounty

    1. 2012 Montinore Estate Pinot Noir Reserve Willamette Valley

      Explore Buy Wine Online (17 hours, 16 min ago)

      2012 Montinore Estate Pinot Noir Reserve Willamette Valley

      Top Tanzer Bargain from Oregon Pinot Noir Vintage "For the Record Books" 

      When Carlo and Rosa Marchesi packed up all their possessions and emigrated from a tiny village in Northern Italy to bustling New York City, they did everything possible to hold on to the Old World as they settled in the New. 

      In the shadow of Yankee Stadium, Rosa rolled pasta on a wooden cutting board as sauce simmered on the stove. On weekends, Carlo planted fruit trees in front of the house and a few rows of grapevines in the back. Then, much to his bride's chagrin ...

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    2. Deep Delve into 2012

      Explore Oregon Wine Press (Oct 31 2014)

      Deep Delve into 2012

      During the past decade, Oregon Pinot Noir has indisputably demonstrated how it has earned its status as one the best in the world, if not the best. Among the several top-rated vintages over those years, 2012 has proved to be the most lauded of them all.

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    3. Awards to honor top restaurants, sommeliers for Oregon wine

      Explore Great Northwest Wine (Oct 24 2014)

      Awards to honor top restaurants, sommeliers for Oregon wine

      The name has changed, but this fall the Oregon wine industry continues its search for restaurants and sommeliers who support, promote and pour wines from the state.

      The Oregon Wine A-List Awards are sponsored by the Oregon Wine Board and Oregon Wine Press, and the campaign began in 2010 as the Superior Cellar Awards.

      AList_Logo_Round_2015_outlinesAccording to spokesman Cole Danehower, “The goal of the program is to guide consumers to restaurants who advocate and celebrate the quality and diversity of the wines of Oregon.”

      Results are intended to help guide consumers to restaurants in and outside of Oregon that feature the ...

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    4. 2012 Oregon Pinot Noir: America's Best Answer to Burgundy's Côte de Nuits

      Explore Buy Wine Online (Oct 20 2014)

      In the last week of July, we flew from JFK to Portland, Oregon, then took that all-too-familiar slow drive on 99W towards Newburg. The night before the opening ceremonies of Willamette Valley's annual wine bash, the International Pinot Noir Celebration, the mood wasn't so much hopeful as celebratory. On the eve of the release of what many are calling "Oregon's first 100-point vintage," growers were beaming, already tallying profits to be reaped at their 2012 Pinot Noir release parties.

      As we cellar-hopped on the days after the festival, working every angle to pry out small allocations of ...

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  7. People and Places

    1. Kiley Evans Returns

      Explore Oregon Wine Press (Oct 31 2014)

      Kiley Evans Returns

      Kiley Evans Returns

      By Roberta Kent

      As Ledger David Cellars expands, the Southern Oregon winery has hired Kiley Evans as the brand’s first in-house winemaker.

      The winery’s Le Petit Tasting Room (245 Front St., Central Point) remains, but new plantings, new wines and a gravity-fed winery facility at the vineyard in Talent’s Wagner Creek watershed are planned for 2015.

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    2. Prescription for Pinot

      Explore Oregon Wine Press (Oct 31 2014)

      Prescription for Pinot

      By Rusty Gaffney

      The tradition of doctors entering the wine business first began with the Australians. A procession of British ships transported convicts from Northern Europe to Australian penal colonies from the late 1700s to mid-1800s. Dr. William Redfern, Sydney’s leading doctor of the time, also an ex-convict, recommended that a quarter pint of wine, with added lime juice, be given to all convicts on board to prevent malnutrition and scurvy.

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    3. New to Newberg

      Explore Oregon Wine Press (Oct 31 2014)

      New to Newberg

      Since 1987, the first year Argyle Winery made wine, everything was done at a former nut processing factory on Highway 99W in Dundee. Areas within the old agricultural complex housed their winery and aging cellar, while an adjacent Victorian residence was repurposed for a hospitality room and offices.

      That is, until this year.

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    4. 2Hawks Sold

      Explore Oregon Wine Press (Oct 31 2014)

      2Hawks Sold

      There are new owners, a new name and a new philosophy at 2Hawk Vineyard & Winery in Medford.

      Owners Ross and Jennifer Allen bought the property in the spring of 2014 from original owners Rick and Nisha Jackson.

      Ross Allen comes from a California farming family and he still grows pistachios and almonds in the area around Fresno and Coalinga — he was a leader in bringing sustainable farming practices to that area.

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