1. Annual Oregon Pinot noir sales (cases)

  2. Holiday weekend brings visitors to wine country

  3. 'Plug and Pinot' offers gas-free wine country tour

  4. Oregon winemakers debut new iPad app

  5. SOWI Director featured in national publication

  6. Oregon's wine industry continues to ripen

  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. Wine country marathon a labor of love

      Explore Portland Tribune & Community Newspapers (Jul 10 2014)

      Wine country marathon a labor of love

      On a whim, Chris Nagy decided to combine her two loves: wine and running. Five years later, the Fueled by Fine Wine Half Marathon is one of the best in the nation, rated 13th best half-marathon by Runners World and listed as a “must do” by Competitor Magazine.

      “It’s just a funny little race in Dundee,” Nagy said. But with 13.1 miles through the Dundee hills, it’s not an easy race. “It is a difficult course. 

      But it’s meant to be more than just a race. With participants from as far as Germany and China, the ...

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    2. Maude Kerns Art Center brings together artists for 31st aunnual Art and the Vineyard

      Explore Emerald Media (Jul 3 2014)

      The Maude Kerns Art Center’s 31st annual Art and the Vineyard Festival kicks off this July 4-6 at Alton Baker Park in Eugene. This year’s festival is bringing together over 100 artists who will be displaying everything from ceramics to jewelry from across the U.S.

      Sabrina Hershey-Black, the associate director of the festival, said that Art and the Vineyard is the primary fundraising event for the 64 year-old Maude Kerns Art Center.

      “Maude Kerns Art Center had this crazy idea to bring the art out to a vineyard and do an art exhibit out there,” Hershey-Black said ...

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    3. A Full Lineup of Summer Events in Wine Country

      Explore Portland Monthly Magazine (Jul 2 2014)

      A Full Lineup of Summer Events in Wine Country

      With summer solstice officially behind us and warm sunny Oregon days ahead, the Willamette Valley's wine country is gearing up for another action-packed summer.

      Special events in Portland's neighboring wine region range from summertime wine tours to harvest dinners, half marathons to true dog-days of summer. Those looking for a little more relaxation can casually sip some of the region’s best wines, including one of the many celebrated pinot noirs that the valley is known for.

      Here’s a quick peek at what Summer in the Valley is all about:

      • Pink Rosé Festival ($50), July 12 from ...

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    4. Summer is bursting with wine activities

      Explore Statesman Journal (Jun 30 2014)

      Summer is bursting with wine activities

      With our long warm, sunny days, summertime in the Willamette Valley is the perfect time to visit wineries and vineyards.

      Whenever our out-of-state friends consider visiting Oregon, we always plead with them to plan a summer trip instead of winter, spring or fall, when the weather can be iffy. And most of our friends live in states where there's stiffling heat and humidity so Oregon is a nice break for them in the summer. A summer visit also means that they get to see our vineyards at the verdant best.

      This summer, visitors can compare wines made from various ...

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    5. Tonight! June Virtual Tasting - A to Z Oregon Chardonnay 2012

      Explore Sean Sullivan (Jun 30 2014)

      The June Virtual Tasting is tonight! The wine is the 2012 A to Z Oregon Chardonnay - our first foray into Oregon. This wine retails for $14 and is widely available. The tasting will take place tonight (Monday June 30th) from 7-8pm Pacific. What you need to do to participate is: 1. Buy this month’s wine from the winery or a local retailer (see below) 2. Tweet your comments about the wine on Twitter between 7 and 8pm Pacific on the specified date using the hashtag # AtoZwine .

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  2. OWB Blog

  3. Vintage Oregon Blog

  4. Oregon Wine News

    1. MBA students soak up business at Brooks Winery

      Explore Statesman Journal (Jul 14 2014)

      For one week, the financial wing of Brooks Winery worked in a farmhouse, in a modest dining room overlooking a 20-acre vineyeard.

      The team consisted of four graduate students in their late 20s pursuing business degrees at either UC Berkeley or the University of Michigan. Ambitious and hard working, they each were seeing Oregon for their first time.

      Clustered in the rolling hills outside Amity, entrepreneur Janie Brooks could relate. A decade ago, she began work at the business in a similar fashion, parachuting in from a life and family in California, with no experience running a winery. Like the ...

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    2. Pear grower adds wine grapes

      Explore Capital Press agriculture news (Jun 24 2014)

      The name Naumes has been synonymous with pears for 68 years and likely will be for years to come.

      Naumes Inc. is the largest pear packer in Medford. But on steep, picturesque hillsides around the Naumes family home, just southwest of town, pear orchards are giving way to vineyards.

      Laura Naumes caught the wine bug a few years ago and convinced her husband, Mike, that growing wine grapes would be profitable, a good diversification and fun.

      Their first planting was of Pinot Noir on 15.5 acres of hillside below the long, paved and gated driveway that winds up around ...

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    3. Oregon wineries boost profile through direct sales

      Explore Harpers.co.uk (Jun 10 2014)

      Oregon wineries boost profile through direct sales

      Oregon’s wineries have turned to direct cellar door sales to help boost their brand and develop a following both in the US and internationally.

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    4. An Oregon Winelover’s Guide to Walla Walla Valley

      Explore Oregon Wine Press (May 30 2014)

      An Oregon Winelover’s Guide to Walla Walla Valley

      Exploring the interstate AVA and Oregon's major role in this wine region's acclaim

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  5. Oregon Wine Bloggers

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

    1. 5 Dreamy Rieslings Primed to Invade Your Summer Sipping

      Explore Portland Monthly Magazine (Jul 10 2014)

      5 Dreamy Rieslings Primed to Invade Your Summer Sipping

      Welcome back to Take Five, a fresh Eat Beat feature that offers up five must-try culinary finds from food and drink experts around town. Next up, Oregon's darling summer white...

      The Summer of Riesling may officially last for just one season, but here in Portland, Sommeliers and wine directors celebrate the noble varietal every day of the year.

      Over the past few years, Oregon has stepped into the international spotlight for its Rieslings—rather than trying to rival Germany, our home state is bringing its own interpretation of this terroir-transparent grape to the world.

      Want to get in on ...

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    2. Oregon Pinot Noir: Complements from a Chef

      Explore Touring and Tasting (Jun 30 2014)

      Oregon Pinot Noir: Complements from a Chef

      It is impossible to think of Oregon wine without thinking of Oregon Pinot Noir. The state’s incredibly diverse growing regions— from the warmer climates and plentiful soil types found in the southern part of the state, to the cooler climates and unique soils found to the north—have it all. Although the tremendous variety of soils and climates allows Oregon vintners to produce many varietals, from Cabernet Sauvignon to Riesling, it is the Pinot Noir grape with its abundant nuances in flavor and aromas that truly showcases our state’s diverse terroir.

      As an Oregon chef who specializes in ...

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    3. Purposefully Pink, Southern Oregon Rosé: Made With Intention

      Explore nwwineanthem.com (Jun 30 2014)

      Purposefully Pink, Southern Oregon Rosé: Made With Intention
      From Corey McTaggart
      Summertime is off with a bang in Southern Oregon’s hot, sunny Applegate, Rogue, and Umpquavalleys. Barbecues, graduations, weddings and family outings are on the docket.  What will you find on the table during the summer season? Well if you're playing your cards right, chilled – and local – rosé.

      South Stage Cellars Semi Sparkling Rosé  (Petit Sirah, Cabernet Franc)

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    4. Pink, White Done Right

      Explore Oregon Wine Press (Jun 27 2014)

      Pink, White Done Right

      Panel ponders selection of rosés and white blends

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  7. People and Places

    1. A chat with Tendril Wine Cellars' Tony Rynders

      Explore OnMilwaukee.com (4 hours, 43 min ago)

      Wisconsin may not have a climate made for producing the best wine grapes, but its fertile soil has produced a plethora of top notch winemakers. In fact, there are enough of them that c.1880 has featured a number of them on its "All Roots Lead to Wisconsin" wine list.

      One such winemaker is Milwaukee native Tony Rynders.

       

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    2. A series of second acts, in life and in wine: Wine Notes

      Explore oregonlive.com (Jul 23 2014)

      A series of second acts, in life and in wine: Wine Notes

      For three women -- an insurance underwriter, a mechanic for F-15 fighter planes and a widow with two young children -- there are second chances in the wine business.

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    3. Illahe and the Willamette Valley Modern Primitive

      Explore Aspen Daily News Online (Jul 23 2014)

      Last week I had a chance to meet up with Gabriel Jagle, assistant winemaker for Illahe Vineyards and Winery, located in Dallas, Ore., in the heart of the state’s famed Willamette Valley. To be more exact, the 80-acre estate winery lies in the sub American Viticultural Area (AVA) of Eola-Amity Hills, with neighbors like Bethel Heights, Cristom, Evesham Wood and Witness Tree.

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    4. Oregon wine’s Silvan Ridge set to open Elizabeth Chambers Cellar

      Explore Great Northwest Wine (Jul 21 2014)

      Oregon wine’s Silvan Ridge set to open Elizabeth Chambers Cellar

       It wasn’t love at first sip for Liz Chambers when first entered the wine business in 1995, but on Saturday, she’ll launch her second winery when she opens Elizabeth Chambers Cellar in downtown McMinnville.

      There’s no doubting the devotion of this University of Oregon grad, who continues to have Michael Stevenson make the Elizabeth Chambers Cellar wines, just as he did when the Chambers family operated Panther Creek Cellars near the home of the International Pinot Noir Conference.

      And Juan Pablo Valot, her winemaker at Silvan Ridge in Eugene, also has a hand in the new 3 ...

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