1. Oregon vineyard land rush is also a statement of confidence in the US economy

    The Gray Report (Aug 22 2013)

    1. Oregon vineyard land rush is also a statement of confidence in the US economy

      Oregon is suddenly the belle of the wine ball. A year ago the image was of enlightened hippies earnestly struggling to farm in sync with Mother Nature, with no wineries bigger than 175,000-cases King Estate. This week, it's all neckties, bankers and mortgage rates.

      * Maison Louis Jadot just bought a 20-acre vineyard in the Yamhill-Carlton district, its first purchase outside Burgundy. Jacques Lardiere, who worked at Jadot for 42 years, will move to Oregon to be the winemaker, a stunning adjustment for a guy who retired earlier this year.

      * Earlier this week, Jackson Family Wines (the Kendall-Jackson folks ...

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