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- Oregon Wine License Plate Sales Top 6,000 Mark: Specialty Plate Is Second Fastest Selling First Year of Sales
- State’s Wineries Ready For Oregon Wine Month: Promotions, Events Highlight Focus on $3 Billion Industry
- Newly Designated Elkton AVA Bottles Its First Vintage
- Brick House founder interviews Oregonian wine writer at Linfield College
- Oregon Wine Board’s team divulges wine tasting secrets!
- Vintage Oregon - Exploring Oregon's Wine Regions
- Vintage Oregon Uncovered
- FIRST EVER WINE TOURISM DAY – May 11, 2013
- Ponzi Vineyards to unveil a dynamic new winery tasting room
- Oregon wine makes big splash in South Korea
Linfield College will establish the Oregon Wine Industry Experience with the help of a $48,000 grant from the prestigious James S. Kemper Foundation. The year-long program will prepare students for professional careers in Oregon’s rapidly growing $2.7 billion wine industry.
The program will include a Summer Wine Institute, fall harvest experience, January Term wine career exploration course, and spring internship at a Willamette Valley winery.
Summer Wine Institute
Wine industry professionals from Willamette Valley vineyards and wineries will host and teach courses during a 10-week Summer Wine Institute. Students will learn about grape growing, winemaking and bottling ...(Read Full Article)
Carlton Winemakers Studio, the first earth-friendly and green facility of its kind, celebrates its tenth birthday this year, marking a major milestone for the boutique co-op where eight high-end producers sustainably make their wine. The facility is the brainchild of Oregon winemakers and husband and wife team of Eric Hamacher of Hamacher Wines and Luisa Ponzi of Ponzi Vineyards—the studio was the first of its kind and served as a model for other, similar projects. Today, the Carlton Winemaker's Studio is populated by a fixed group of small, highly rated wineries: Hamacher Cellars, Lazy River Wines, Andrew Rich ...(Read Full Article)
Tooling over hill and dale searching for far-flung wineries isn't everyone's glass of pinot. But you can still go wine touring over the Memorial holiday weekend by visiting some of the many urban wineries right in the heart of Portland.(Read Full Article)
Take a break from the cares of the world and visit a few of the gorgeous wineries that will be open over the Memorial holiday weekend. Our spring guide has the tools you need to plan your tour, as well as some of the latest news on Oregon wine.(Read Full Article)
It's pleasant to visit winery tasting rooms and sip your favorite varietals, but not everyone knows that many wineries offer extended tours of their wine making facilities and vineyards. And the tours usually include special tastings, too.(Read Full Article)
Several years ago, a Romanian immigrant and his wife had a dream to build a world-class winery in Gaston. But when the recession hit, the winery fell on hard times. Today, a group of young winemakers has leased the property and is putting its top-notch equipment and vineyards to great use.(Read Full Article)
Winemakers in Oregon's newest wine-growing region are hoping that having official AVA status will help differentiate their wines from the warm-weather varietals grown elsewhere in the southern half of the state.(Read Full Article)
Wine tasting really works up an appetite, and not surprisingly, Oregon wine country is full of great restaurant options, whether you're craving the full white linen experience or just want a humble burger.(Read Full Article)
Many wineries understand that consumers are looking for experiences as well as great wine, so keep your eye out for events that elevate your wine country experiences. A great place to start your search is the Oregon Wine Board's website, oregonwine.org.(Read Full Article)
Stoller Family Estate Dundee Hills Reserve Chardonnay ($35) and you'll find some unusually detailed information. Namely, the soil type (Jory) and the clones (Dijon 76, 95 and 96). I held the bottle up to a friend recently and asked her to read it. "What's Jory?" she asked me. "What's a clone?"
This got me to thinking. The fact that a winery should feel compelled to share such detailed information on a back label is an insight into the conflicted feelings the Oregon wine industry has about chardonnay. I think we've developed a neurosis, and we're ...(Read Full Article)
Oregon’s relative lack of Chardonnay is downright weird. And in Portland, rare and weird is good. So you know where this is going.
Some of the most exciting wines being made in Oregon today are Chardonnays. These are not your grandma’s butter bombs; they’re taut, lean wines with terrific mouthfeel.
“You have to love making Chardonnay to make good Chardonnay,” says Marcus Goodfellow of Matello Wines. “There’s a lot more work than with red wine.”
Oregonians are not shy about hand work, as long as the end product is cool. And Chardonnay is ripe — or should ...(Read Full Article)
“The temperature and dry weather are somewhat unusual, last time I have seen a start like this was 1992, and harvest started for young vines at the end of August,” Tardy wrote in an email sent to Torii Mor fans on Thursday.
Tardy, a native of Burgundy, arrived in the Willamette Valley in 1990 to work both in the vineyards and the cellar at Montinore Estate.
This week, he noted that recent Willamette Valley temperatures in the ...(Read Full Article)
I could write endlessly about Oregon Pinot Noir and never tire from it – life is good in the Willamette Valley, especially when I come across Pinots that are as good as this one. With fruit sourced from their organic estate vineyard; specifically, from a block that has developed special characteristics over time, the winemaker at King Estate designates the Blackjack Block for special bottlings under the King Estate Domaine label. To qualify for production using the Domaine brand, the grapes are only sourced from King Estate’s 100% organically grown estate vineyard.
The fruit for the 2009 Blackjack Block Pinot ...(Read Full Article)
Located in the Chehalem Mountains AVA, a sub AVA of Oregon’s Willamette Valley, Carabella Vineyards is ideally situated on a southeast facing slope at an elevation of 500 – 600 feet above sea level – a perfect location for growing Pinot Noir, Dijon Chardonnay and Pinot Gris. Hailing from Colorado with a firm belief that making wine is all about the vineyard site, winemaker and geologist Mike Hallock searched for twelve years to locate a site he believed to obtain a combination of the best and highest quality Oregon and Burgundy terroirs.
With an extremely pleasing previous experience with the 2010 ...(Read Full Article)
Walla Walla’s Chris Figgins Launches Oregon Pinot Noir Project
To Oregon pinot noir fanciers the name Chris Figgins may not have immediate resonance. It does in Washington. It soon will in Oregon.
Chris is President and Winemaking Director for Figgins Family Estates, in Walla Walla. He is also the son of Gary Figgins, the storied Washington winemaker who founded Leonetti Cellar, the inaugural modern winery in the Walla Walla Valley and one of the few true cult labels in the Northwest. Chris is extending and broadening his family’s legacy: Figgins Family Estates includes the iconic Leonetti Cellar, Chris ...(Read Full Article)
Even though the weather still can’t seem to make up its mind to finally shed its misty shroud, wineries and tasting rooms up and down the Willamette Valley are gearing up for another year of Memorial Weekend in Wine Country, when more than 150 wineries will welcome visitors to their tasting rooms to sample the fruit of the gods for three days devoted to treasured Willamette Valley wine.
It’s also the time of year when a handful of small producers will be open to the public to offer a rare glimpse into the hand-crafted approach to some of ...(Read Full Article)
And consumers are willing to pay more for a wine based on its reputation, or the reputation of its region, according to a recent study by Linfield College, the Oregon Wine Board and the Willamette Valley Wineries Association. Local vineyards are building on(Read Full Article)
ON A DAMP, CHILLY April afternoon, Philippe Drouhin poured out two glasses of 2005 Joseph Drouhin Clos des Mouches Blanc and surveyed the vineyard that produced the grapes, unfurling on the slope below us. Ominous clouds were moving in, but in the event of lightning I felt quite safe standing beside the 6-foot-6 Mr. Drouhin, who is part of the fourth generation of Maison Joseph Drouhin. This vineyard is the core of the domaine, assembled from 41 different parcels by his grandfather Maurice in the 1930s. Philippe, who is responsible for viticulture, clearly feels a strong bond to this site ...(Read Full Article)
Memorial Day weekend is a great time for a little wine-tasting and Silverton and Mount Angel residents are fortunate to have a several charming local wineries to visit.
One winery that is slightly off the beaten path, but close to home, is Hanson Vineyards on Barlow Road in Monitor. Nestled in between Butte Creek and the surrounding farmland, this 15-acre estate winery and vineyard gives you a good vibe as soon as you turn in at the historic red barn, which happens to be a prominent part of the distinctive Hanson Vineyards logo.
One of the smallest wineries in Oregon ...(Read Full Article)
Bacchus Capital Management first tapped into Oregon's wine country by investing in Dundee-based Wine by Joe in 2011.
The investments came from Bacchus Capital's inaugural $50 million fund, which seeded Bacchus' portfolio of eight West Coast wineries and brands. With that fund nearly depleted and Bacchus seriously considering raising a second fund, it seemed worth checking in with co-founder and Managing Partner Sam Bronfman to see if the firm might ...(Read Full Article)
Dubbed Ne Plus Ultra, meaning “the highest point” in Latin, the 2011 Pinot Noir hails from the Willamette Valley in Oregon.
For Pickett, it could only ever have been Pinot – his protagonist Miles in Sideways is obsessed with the temperamental grape variety, waxing lyrical about its delicate beauty throughout the book.
“When I decided to produce my own wine, I knew immediately it would be a Pinot Noir, the grape variety so rhapsodically celebrated in Sideways,” Pickett said.
“I looked to the Willamette, home to some of the worlds finest Pinot, and the stage on which the misadventures of Miles ...(Read Full Article)
As you pull on to Ferry Street in Dayton, Oregon, looking for Seufert Winery in the 3 block core that covers most of Dayton’s downtown, don’t underestimate the wine that’s waiting behind the brick-colored door that leads you into the tasting room, winery and barrel hall – there’s a myriad of Pinot Noirs that will undoubtedly swoon your palate.
Admittedly, I was confused as our GPS was directing us out of wine country and into the streets of small town Dayton. A moment earlier, we were driving through the rolling hill countryside and passing by the signs ...(Read Full Article)
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. We'll tell you a little bit about the wine and try to ...(Read Full Article)
Dundee lands landmark tasting room: Lauded Evening Land Vineyards may make award-winning wine in Oregon, California, and Burgundy, but they've made do without a tasting room—until now. Their first tasting room is coming to downtown Dundee, next tothe Inn at Red Hills and Paulée Restaurant on Highway 99W, on Memorial Day Weekend. The kick-off party will take place on Saturday, May 25 through Monday, May 27 from 10 am to 5 pm.More information.
Ponzi Vineyard's modern tasting room reveals opening date: Oregon's noted multi-generation winery's third tasting room will open its doors ...(Read Full Article)