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. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. April is Columbia Gorge Wine Passport Month

      Explore Sip With Me! (Mar 16 2015)

      April is Columbia Gorge Wine Passport Month

      Mark your calendars, next month will be the 7th annual Wine Passport event in the Columbia Gorge wine region!   

      And though there's plenty to enjoy in the Gorge, you don't even have to make a special trip to be able taste Gorge wines!
      Portland Grand Tasting
      Friday, April 10, 2015
      4pm-7pm
      1900 NW 18th Ave. Portland, OR 97209
       
      Tickets are $35 each, including a Passport ($50 value), or $25 without a Passport. Tickets include a souvenir glass and a preview of 23 different wineries along with appetizers from Eat Tray Chic. After last year’s ...
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    5. ¡Salud! to Syrah

      Explore Portland Food Events (Mar 9 2015)

      ¡Salud! to Syrah

      The first leaf buds may just be appearing on the grape vines, but McMenamins is already busy preparing for the 14th Annual Celebration of Syrah at McMenamins Edgefield Winery, taking place this April 10 and 11. The two-day revelry of wine, food and fun will bring wine lovers to the scenic vineyards of Troutdale, Oregon, to sample more than 100 wines from 35 wineries, including: Quady North, Tranche Cellars, Dominio IV, McCrea Cellars, AniChe Cellars and Alexandria Nicole Cellars.

      For nearly fifteen years, the Celebration of Syrah has been the largest gathering of Syrahs in the U.S., bringing ...

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  2. OWB Blog

  3. Vintage Oregon Blog

  4. Oregon Wine News

    1. A toast to Oregon's growing wine industry

      Explore Capital Press agriculture news (Mar 13 2015)

      A toast to Oregon's growing wine industry
      The success of Oregon's wine industry is good news for all of Oregon's agricutlure producers. 

      Benjamin Franklin observed that wine is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.

      Though we hesitate to attribute it to divine affection, there’s ample evidence that Oregon grape growers, vintners and other businesses spawned by the industry are pretty happy these days.

      A recent Full Glass Research report on Oregon’s wine industry estimates the economic impact at $3.35 billion, counting crop value and direct and indirect jobs, wages, sales and services.

      The report details an industry ...

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    2. Northwest Grapegrowers Report Early Season

      Explore Wines & Vines (Mar 13 2015)

      Northwest Grapegrowers Report Early Season

      A month ago, growers in Washington state were anxiously wondering if they should prune their vines. The forecasts of a dry, mild winter had come to pass, and spring, too, was coming: Buds were swelling, and ground squirrels were scurrying from hibernation.

      Now, growers in some areas of the Northwest are starting to see buds break and leaves spring forth.

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    3. Cellar 503 curates wines for Oregon-obsessed fans

      Explore Great Northwest Wine (Mar 12 2015)

      A hobby that turned into an obsession ultimately led an entrepreneur to get into the growing Oregon wine scene by launching a wine club called Cellar 503.

      Carrie Wynkoop, who grew up in the Pacific Northwest, started Cellar 503 in November and has quickly found a willing and growing audience for the wines she selects from across Oregon.

      We recently chatted with Wynkoop for the Great Northwest Winecast. Here’s the interview:

      Launching Cellar 503

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      It might seem that Wynkoop would be a natural to get into the wine industry. Her last name, pronounced “WINE-coop,” is a Dutch word for ...

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    4. Oregon's wine industry emerges as an outsized ag force

      Explore Capital Press agriculture news (Mar 9 2015)

      Oregon's wine industry emerges as an outsized ag force

      This is a good place to start talking about the rippling impact of Oregon's “alcohol cluster,” as a state economist calls it. Right here, on the welding shop floor of AAA Metal Fabrication with foreman Antonio Morales, where a half-dozen stainless steel fermentation tanks stand in various stages of production.

      The Pacific Northwest's booming wineries, joined now by breweries, distilleries and hard cider makers, are clamoring for tanks, and AAA Metal Fab is one of the few places that make them.

      “We are not able to meet the demand,” company President Chris Parks says. “It's a nice ...

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  5. Oregon Wine Bloggers

    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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  6. Oregon Bounty

    1. 8 Excellent Oregon Varieties That Aren’t Pinot Noir

      Explore Wine Enthusiast Magazine (Mar 27 2015)

      Pinot Noir may be Willamette Valley’s most renowned wine variety, but there’s more to Oregon than meets the mass market, and much of it is happening in the south.

      From the edge of Eugene to the California border lies the Southern Oregon AVA, a thriving stretch of vineyards planted on diverse sites and soils. The designated sub-appellations here—Umpqua Valley,Applegate ValleyRogue ValleyElkton and Red Hills—have planted more than 60 red and white varieties (many of which are atypical for the region), creating a range of unique, delicious and affordable wines. These may very well ...

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    2. Barbera tops Southern Oregon wine’s Greatest of the Grape

      Explore Great Northwest Wine (Mar 16 2015)

      Barbera tops Southern Oregon wine’s Greatest of the Grape

       Moonlite Winery, which has been open for less than a year in Oregon’s Umpqua Valley, recently topped the Pacific Northwest’s oldest wine event when its 2013 Barbera won the Platinum Award at the Greatest of the Grape wine competition.

      moonlite-winery-2013-barbera-labelEach of the 28 members of the Umpqua Valley Winegrowers Association nominated one of its own wines for the competition, the centerpiece for the 45th annual Greatest of the Grape. Ed and Amy Coughlin are new members after having been inspired through visits to Umpqua Valley wineries Delfino Vineyards and Girardet Wine Cellars. The Coughlins planted their 9-acre Evensong ...

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    3. County well represented in annual wine awards

      Explore Portland Tribune & Community Newspapers (Mar 5 2015)

      The Painted Lady can add another award to its growing list of accolades: the Newberg eatery has been named the top Willamette Valley regional restaurant that advocates for Oregon wine.

      The Oregon Wine A-List Awards held an industry awards dinner at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland last week to announce the top award-winning restaurants statewide. Oregon Wine Press and the Oregon Wine Board had previously announced a longer list of 72 establishments that won honors in January. The winners have now been narrowed down by region.

      Nineteen Willamette Valley restaurants made the cut in January, including in Newberg and ...

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    4. Seven Hills Winery has long history in Washington, Oregon

      Explore Wine Press Northwest (Mar 4 2015)

      Seven Hills Winery has long history in Washington, Oregon

      For more than a decade, Casey and Vicky McClellan had the only winery on the Oregon side of the Walla Walla Valley.

      But being in Milton-Freewater was a bit of a no-man’s land. Seven Hills Winery was not a Washington winery, so it couldn’t easily be involved in Washington wine events. And it was more than 200 miles away from Portland and the Willamette Valley and, thus, was virtually ignored by the Oregon wine industry.

      So in May 2000, the McClellans moved to downtown Walla Walla, sharing a building with Whitehouse-Crawford, one of the best restaurants in Eastern ...

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  7. People and Places

    1. Winery Spotlight: Le Cadeau from Oregon’s Willamette Valley

      Explore Communities Digital News (Mar 27 2015)

      hile there are clearly lots of good Pinot noir producers in the Willamette Valley of Oregon, there are a few that seem to do a really good job of ever-so-slightly edging out the competition; one of those is Le Cadeau Vineyard and winery. It’s a boutique winery in every sense of the word, from its relatively small vineyards of 16 acres to its overall production of around a thousand cases. With its first vintage in 2002, owners Tom and Deb Mortimer have done a great job of building a team who are as passionate as they are when it ...

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    2. OREGON ROSÉ IN A CAN LAUNCHED

      Explore The Drinks Business (Mar 27 2015)

      OREGON ROSÉ IN A CAN LAUNCHED

      Union Wine Company, the Oregon winery that caused controversy in 2013 with its Pinot Noir in a can, has launched a rosé in a can.

      Hailing from the Willamette Valley, the 2014 vintage, housed in a 375ml tin can boasting a striking fuchsia label, is the Pinot Noir specialist’s first rosé offering.

      The wine is also available in 75cl bottles, both of which can be bought on the Union Wine Company website.

      Winemaker Ryan Harms believes the can format is ideal for poolside lounging, festivals, barbeques and other outdoor activities.

      According Harms, the rosé offers notes of “strawberry, watermelon ...

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    3. Wine advice from woman to woman

      Explore Statesman Journal (Mar 23 2015)

      Wine advice from woman to woman

      March is Women's History Month. I caught up with Maria Ponzi, Luisa Ponzi and Alison Sokol Blosser to talk about women in the wine business, and I asked a female friend in the wine business, Christine Collier, what she would want to know from Maria, Luisa and Alison.

      What are your most vivid memories of growing up in your parents' vineyard and winery?

      Maria: "My family was working most of the time on the weekends in the vineyard and the dark cellar. My most vivid memory would be laying in bed and listening in on the conversation in the ...

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    4. Women in Wine Interview: Erica Landon

      Explore enobytes.com (Mar 20 2015)

      Education has always been Erica Landon’s passion, giving her an avenue to share the world of wine and support the industry that she has become immersed in…

      Erica began her career working in restaurants throughout Oregon from the top of Mount Hood to the heart of the Willamette Valley.  Ultimately, she fell in love with teaching, and through this avenue helps to make wine less intimidating and introduces students to the incredible diversity of styles and methods of production found throughout the world.

      In 1998 Erica started working at Oregon’s landmark Timberline Lodge where she began working with ...

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