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Oregon Wine License Plate Sales Top 6,000 Mark: Specialty Plate Is Second Fastest Selling First Year of Sales
Oregon’s Wine Country license plate turns a year old today and it’s turning into a big hit with Oregonians who have placed more than 6,000 sets of the specialty plates on their vehicles in the first year.
Oregon’s Wine Country plates officially went on sale in May 2012. The plates were authorized by the Oregon Legislature in 2011 and are the first specialty license plates to recognize wine production by any state in the U.S.
“The popularity of the Wine Country license plates is another indicator of the support that the Oregon wine industry enjoys ...(Read Full Article)
State’s Wineries Ready For Oregon Wine Month: Promotions, Events Highlight Focus on $3 Billion Industry
Oregon’s 450-plus wineries are preparing to kick off Oregon Wine Month, a month-long focus on the state’s $3 billion industry next week. Dozens of promotions, tasting and other activities are planned by wineries and wine retailers in the state, culminating in the annual Memorial Day Weekend Open House when most of the state’s wineries are open for public tastings.
Oregon wine will be made especially visible at the state’s leading food and beverage retailers where many are planning special promotions and pricing during the entire month of May.(Read Full Article)
The Oregon Senate approved a bill Thursday allowing wine to be sold in refillable "growlers," similar to the way that brewpubs sell beer today.
Sen. Lee Beyer, D-Springfield, showed his colleagues on the Senate floor a pair of wine growlers, suggesting the bill would bring parity to the marketplace, treating wine the same way the state treats beer.
House Bill 2443 passed in an unanimous vote in the Senate.
During committee testimony on the bill, Kara Olmo, owner of Wooldridge Creek Vineyard and Winery in Grants Pass, said growler sales would reduce waste and cost.
Wine lovers will be able ...(Read Full Article)
Hello Oregon Wine Explorer!
This week we polled team members working on our big kick off event, Vintage Oregon, who range from a newbie wine drinker to an oenophile that grew up on a vineyard. We asked each person, “What tip would you tell someone new to wine tasting?” Their timely advice is the perfect prep for our event on April 28th.(Read Full Article)
Vintage Oregon will be taking place at the Leftbank Annex, a unique event space situated in the heart of Portland, Oregon. Located on all the major transportation lines and right next to the Rose Quarter, the multi-level floor plan allowed our creative team a chance to envision an interactive floor plan like none other (think Candyland meets the Oregon Trail).
With the goal of encouraging guests to taste, learn and experience the very best of the Northwest, we thought it best to break down Oregon wine country.
Oregon’s wine country is comprised of 17 distinct American Viticultural Areas (AVAs ...(Read Full Article)
Imagine, if you will, that you’re preparing to go for a hike on one of Oregon’s many trails. Add a warm jacket, a comfy pair of pants or shorts, and a pair of boots, a map and a few tools. You’re now a hiker, ready to explore the path ahead, excited about what’s around every turn of road in front of you.
Come with us for a few moments, and let our team share with you the story behind Vintage Oregon, the big kick off event for Oregon Wine Month happening Sunday, April 28th from 3 ...(Read Full Article)
Earl Jones’ taste for Tempranillo continues to bring international fame to Southern Oregon, but his predilection and genius show his Fault Line Vineyards at Abacela also are deliciously suited for other varieties from Spain and Portugal.
The latest proof came during Wine Press Northwest’s 2012 Platinum Judging, an invitation-only competition of wines that won a gold medal in the United States or beyond during the calendar year.
Abacela entered three wines from grapes native to the Iberian Peninsula, and each one from winemaker Andrew Wenzl attained Platinum — the 2011 Albariñ:o, 2011 Grenache Rosé and 2009 Port. That winning ...(Read Full Article)
Willamette Valley’s pioneering ¡Salud! program illustrates the power of passion, pinot and people. ¡Salud!’s mission is simple: provide quality health care services to seasonal vineyard workers — the only program of its kind in the nation. ¡Salud! derives its name from the traditional Spanish toast meaning “To Your Health,” and began in 1991 as a collaboration between Tuality Heathcare doctors and Oregon wine makers wanting to help the migrant worker community.
Recently Palate Press sat down to discuss ¡Salud!’s success with founding member Nancy Ponzi of Ponzi ...(Read Full Article)
Oregon residents drink a lot of Oregon wine—a surprising 20% or so of Oregon's production is consumed in-state, says Charles Humble of the Oregon Wine Board. But Oregon producers need to do a better job of distribution. As Mr. Vlossak said, "If you make(Read Full Article)
Two 40-foot containers of Oregon wine – about 27,000 bottles – will be departing the Port of Portland this weekend, headed for South Korea and its largest retailer. The shipment of Oregon Pinot signals a potentially bright future for export to a growing Korean market.
"We've enjoyed the export of many Oregon products to Korea for decades, but this particular sale of wine is extraordinary," says Gary Roth, the Oregon Department of Agriculture's marketing director.
“What is unusual is the size of the retailer making the purchase and how quickly it happened. Korean buyers who visited our wineries last ...(Read Full Article)
Food & Wine Magazine’s March issue just hit the mailboxes across America and what Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden recently described as Oregon’s “relentlessly good news story” continues to roll on. F&W’s wine editor Ray Isle interviewed wine guru Robert Parker for the magazine’s 35th anniversary issue and Parker added his kudos to the Oregon story:
Ray Isle: Also in 1987, you wrote, “Western Oregon may well have the finest potential of any viticultural region in the world, outside of Burgundy, to produce great wine from the fickle and temperamental Pinot Noir grape.” Did western Oregon ...(Read Full Article)
Elkton Oregon designated state’s 17th AVA: Elkton Oregon wine producers see years of hard work rewarded
Elkton Oregon became the state’s newest American Viticultural Area after receiving approval from the U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau this week. The new Elkton Oregon AVA is entirely contained within the Umpqua Valley AVA, which is entirely within the Southern Oregon AVA. Oregon has a total of 17 AVAs.
By gaining AVA status, winegrowers and winemakers within the Elkton Oregon AVA can better describe the origin of their wines and consumers can better identify wines they may purchase. The TTB ruling is effective March 7, 2013. The AVA may be referred to as Elkton Oregon ...(Read Full Article)
For the tenth year, Wine Business Monthly has compiled its list of the Top 10 Hot Brands.
The Hot Brands list is our chance to honor wineries that are innovative, curious, adventurous and, of course, delicious. These winemakers can be trailblazers or traditionalists (and are often both), but most of all, these are people who have dedicated themselves to crafting the best wines possible from their unique sites.
We’ve found ourselves quite taken with each of these brands this year. These are, as we like to say, wines that we’d serve to winemakers.
This year, we are releasing ...(Read Full Article)
Harvey Steiman’s annual review of Oregon wine (primarily the 2010 vintage) published this week and it’s another ringing endorsement of the quality of wine being produced in the nation’s third largest wine growing region. Steiman, a veteran reviewer for The Wine Spectator, lauded Oregon’s 2010 vintage, calling it another “landmark vintage.” Of the 552 wines reviewed for the article in the February 2013 issue, 250 were rated 90 points or higher – a spectacular showing for Oregon’s much awarded industry. Six of the wines ranked 95 or higher.
While 90% of the highly rated wines were ...(Read Full Article)
We've all heard it said—many of us have probably said it ourselves—that we're living in a Golden Age for fine wine. But is it true?
I'd say that, yes, it is true—up to a point. It is a Golden Age for fine wine. But not for every producer, and it's not everywhere, either. And that, in turn, is why not everyone gets in on the golden deal merely by showing up with a credit card. You've got to know where to look.
For example, this is not really a golden era for ...(Read Full Article)
Oregon Wine Board names two new directors, officers: Bartholomew elected Chairwoman; Thomson, Valot join OWB/OWA as directors
Gov. John Kitzhaber has appointed two new directors to the Oregon Wine Board (OWB) and reappointed two current directors to new terms. Both Steve Thomson of King Estate Winery and Juan Pablo “JP” Valot of Silvan Ridge Winery were appointed to three-year terms. Leigh Bartholomew of Archery Summit and Dominio IV winery and Michael Donovan of RoxyAnn Winery were re-appointed to new terms.
Bartholomew was elected by the board to succeed Donovan as chairwoman. Donovan becomes chairman emeritus. Bill Sweat of Winderlea Vineyard & Winery was elected vice chairman and Ellen Brittan of Brittan Vineyards was named treasurer for the 2013-14 ...(Read Full Article)
Oregon, it seems, has a density of female winemakers. Based on purely anecdotal evidence, at last count I had Veronique Drouhin (Domaine Drouhin), Maggie Harrison (Antica Terra), Kim Kramer (Kramer Vineyards), Rebecca Pittock-Shouldis (Ghost Hill), Melissa Burr (Stoller Family Estate) and Lynn Penner-Ash (Penner-Ash). Maggie Harrison found the Oregon terroir, specifically the rocks, so compelling she made a split-second decision to move her family north and make wine there. Veronique Drouhin followed the visionary footsteps of her father straight to the Dundee Hills.
I asked the other four to weigh in on why they got into wine. The first of ...(Read Full Article)
With more than 460 wineries producing over two million cases of wine, Oregon is one of the largest wine-producing states in the country. And despite a challenging economy, in 2012 Oregon witnessed the opening of several new wineries, as well as hosted conferences, implemented new educational programs, and launched the first-ever "Oregon Wine Month."
Here are some highlights in the world of Oregon wine that took place during 2012:
Several new Oregon wineries, winemaking facilities and tasting rooms opened in 2012.
- During its 10th year of business, Matello Wines moved into its own winery in McMinnville.
- Walter Scott Wines, Alexana ...
Though still in the shadow of the Willamette Valley, Southern Oregon is becoming a force in the wine industry.
The region, which stretches from south of Cottage Grove to the California border, is Oregon's oldest wine-producing area. Grapes were planted here in the mid-1800s, and Oregon's first winery opened in 1873. More than 150 vineyards and nearly 100 wineries have sprung up in Southern Oregon, most in the past decade.
And while Pinot Noir is the No. 1 grape in Southern Oregon, it doesn't dominate like it does up north in the Willamette. Rather, it stands alongside ...(Read Full Article)
Oregon Wines Expand Reach: As sales figures escalate statewide, a popular gift basket company is contracting for its own wine label
While the Oregon wine industry toasted the news the state’s wineries shipped more than 2 million cases of wine last year, the staff at Harry & David Holdings Inc. were packing gift baskets with a line of wines that promise to further boost shipments.
In business since 1934 and based in the southern Oregon city of Medford, Harry and David sells gift baskets filled with locally produced fruit and snacks. Wine from Southern Oregon will now be part of the mix, through an arrangement with Medford vintner Pallet Wine Co. Pallet winemaker Linda Donovan is making the wine for Harry ...(Read Full Article)
Oregon Wine Industry Symposium Set for Feb. 19-20 in Portland: Annual Industry Gathering Expected To Attract Record Attendance
The largest gathering of Oregon’s wine-producing industry is set for Feb. 19-20, 2013 at the annual Oregon Wine Industry Symposium. This will be the second year the conference has been held in Portland at the Oregon Convention Center.
Last year’s conference, which moved to Portland from Eugene, broke all previous attendance records with more than 1,300 industry members, vendors and media registered. Attendance at the 2013 symposium, which focuses on all aspects of Oregon’s highly successful wine industry, is expected to top last year’s record.
“We are expecting our largest and best symposium ever,” said ...(Read Full Article)
Oregon wineries top 2 million case mark for first time: 2011 census shows sales, production growth exceeds industry average
PORTLAND, Dec. 12, 2012 –Oregon’s $3 billion wine industry continue to outpace much of the rest of the U.S. wine industry by topping the 2 million case sales level for the first time in its 50-year history, according to the 2011 Oregon Winery Census Report released today by the Oregon Wine Board (OWB). The census was conducted and produced by Southern Oregon University’s Southern Oregon Research Center in Ashland.
Oregon’s 463 wineries saw overall sales increase 9% both in volume and sales revenue, making 2011 the biggest year in the history of the industry. Total case ...(Read Full Article)
For the first time in its nearly 50-year history, the $2.7 billion industry exceeded the two million case mark, according to the 2011 Oregon Winery Census Report.(Read Full Article)
"It's always the last vineyard we pick, and honestly in 2010 I mentally wrote it off. The great thing about Temperance is there's great old-vine Pommard out there that can hang through weather. And in 2010 we picked it the second week of November. I just love that site."
-Josh Bergstrom, Bergstrom Wines
For Pinot Noir, the challenging 2010 vintage in California was a referendum on style. In a year where ripeness was tricky, what would wines reveal?
The best of them, listed here, showed clarity of site and distinct, age-worthy flavors. From Anderson Valley to the west ...