1. Awards and more . . .

    OWB Blog (Nov 21 2012)

    1. Oregon’s award-winning wine industry scored a few more kudos recently, including a mention in today’s New York Times wine column.

      Thirty-five Oregon wines scored awards at the recent American Wine Society Conference judging held in Portland. Notable were Willamette Valley Vineyards and Cottonwood Winery, both in the Salem area, for their double gold and gold awards. Willamette Valley Vineyards won a double gold for its 2011 Pinot gris and a gold for its 2009 Bernau Block Pinot noir. Cottonwood won double gold for its 2005 Brigette Catherine Pinot noir and a gold for its 2007 Raya Jade Syrah.

      Wine Spectator annually selects its top 100 wines and Oregon wines were big winners. Four Oregon wines landed on Wine Spectator’s annual roundup of most exciting wines. Shea Vineyard Estate picked off the No. 7 position with its 2009 Willamette Valley Pinot noir. The Shea wine was one of only two American wines in the top seven. Maysara’s 2009 Pinot noir Cuvee came in at No. 14. Argyle’s 2002 Willamette Valley Extended Tirage was at No. 18 on the list. Evening Land’s 2010 Seven Springs Vineyard Pinot noir ranked No. 79. Once again, Oregon wineries outperformed their size, ranking well above the size of the region and validating their unflinching focus on quality.

      Eric Asimove’s The Pour column in today’s New York Times provides some last-minute recommendation for Thanksgiving dinner wine. He cited Oregon Pinot gris as exceptional in the affordable white category. He specifically mentioned King Estate, the nation’s largest producer of Pinot gris, calling it dry, energetic and reasonably priced.

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