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In addition, passengers showing their Alaska boarding passes within a week of their arrival in Oregon will receive complimentary tastings at any of more than 300 participating Oregon wineries. The Oregon Wine Board and Travel Oregon are partnering with ...(Read Full Article)
An aptly titled “pilot program,” launched last fall letting airline passengers check a case of Oregon wine for free, has been renewed for a year, starting May 1.(Read Full Article)
The promotion is an inducement for visitors to fly to Oregon and purchase wine. Portland residents could use the promotion to bring back wine with flights home from three other Oregon airports served by Alaska Airlines, plus Walla Walla, Wash.(Read Full Article)
Instead of asking each other, "Who's your favorite winemaker?", we should start asking a different question: "What's your favorite sub-appellation?"(Read Full Article)
Optimism running high as picking begins in Oregon: Warm, long growing season, dry forecast bode for promising vintage
The wine grape harvest is officially under way at many of Oregon’s 463 wineries and 849 vineyards as the state’s industry looks forward to one of its earliest and most promising harvests in years. Temperatures are tracking well above recent years and among the highest in some locations in more than a decade.(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)
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)
- By OWB Staff PORTLAND – Oct. 10, 2012 -- Oregon’s burgeoning wine industry is headed down the home stretch to what some are calling an epic harvest that could lead to one of the best vintages in the history of the 50-year-old region. “This harvest has been amazing,” said Jesse Lange of Lange Estate Winery in Dundee, who described himself as downright giddy. “Epic is the word I used earlier to describe this coming vintage and it’s turning out to be accurate.” The Oregon industry has experienced one of its driest harvest season on record as much of the state ... (Read Full Article)
Oregon wine country as we know it today really started to formulate in the 1960s.
In 1961, Richard Sommer, a UC Davis graduate, began making wine south of Portland in the Umpqua Valley under the Hillcrest Vineyard label. In 1964, David Lett, ignoring UC Davis professor, Maynard Amerine’s advice that Oregon was too cold and wet for grapes, went ahead and searched for an ideal vineyard site in the State. In went Pinot Noir vines in a temporary nursery in Corvallis before Lett found his preferred spot in the Willamette Valley’s Dundee Hills. It was here that Eyrie ...(Read Full Article)
I began covering wine for The Oregonian a decade ago. At that time, the industry was established but unsophisticated; wine country didn't boast a luxury hotel or many fine-dining options. Vintners answered the phone -- or didn't -- while sitting on the backs of tractors, or while driving their vans to town to "hand sell" their wares to restaurateurs and shop owners.(Read Full Article)
Today, more often than not, local wineries employ marketing teams and distribution firms to handle messaging and deliveries. The Willamette Valley, Rogue Valley and Columbia Gorge appellations, in particular, have seen spectacular growth as wine-tourism destinations. And the ...
In 2002, more than a dozen structures and countless trees were scorched in the course of the Biscuit Fire, which took down roughly 500,000 acres in southern Oregon. Now a Dayton-area winery with a history of green innovation - Stoller Family Estate - has put a number of those trees to use in its new tasting room, along with a whole lot of solar power. This wood comes courtesy of the "standing dead," i.e., trees that were killed by the fire but were left standing, often in excellent shape for tho(Read Full Article)
In 2002, more than a dozen structures and countless trees were scorched in the course of the Biscuit Fire, which took down roughly 500,000 acres in southern Oregon. Now a Dayton-area winery with a history of green innovation — Stoller Family Estate — has put a number of those trees to use in its new tasting room, along with a whole lot of solar power. This wood comes courtesy of the “standing dead,” i.e., trees that were killed by the fire but were left standing, often in excellent shape for tho(Read Full Article)
I just read this story: Oregon wants to double UK sales within three years, published by Harpers, a UK magazine. The following was written by Gemma McKenna, on Thursday, 24 May 2012: The head of the Oregon Wine Board hopes to double its UK sales within the next three years. Tom Danowski, executive director, told [...](Read Full Article)
Doug Frost is a wine and spirits consultant based in Kansas City. He holds the rare dual distinction of master of wine and master sommelier. His column appears in The Star’s Food section. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.(Read Full Article)
Governor John Kitzhaber signed a proclamation designating May 2012 as Oregon Wine Month to promote Oregon wine and recogize how wonderful it is. It's the first time there’s been an “Oregon Wine Month” since 1989 when Neil Goldschmidt was Governor. For a time, Goldschmidt had his own vineyard and winery.(Read Full Article)
Oregon Wine Month includes retail, restaurant and consumer events and promotions. It started with a consumer event in Portland, “Unwine’d: Celebrating Oregon Wine.” I was there with small group for a quick media tour with the Oregon Wine Board. We covered a lot of ground in three ...
Oregon ranks third in the number of wineries and fourth in wine production in the United States. In its relatively short 40-year history, the Oregon wine industry has evolved into a world-class wine region. Today, Oregon boasts over 400 wineries and 16 AVA’s (American Viticultural Areas). With those AVA’s found in both warm and cool [...] Oregon Wine: Beyond Pinot Noir was originally posted on Wine Peeps. Wine Peeps - Your link to great QPR wines from Washington State and beyond.(Read Full Article)
Starting Monday, Oregon drivers will be able to purchase wine country automobile license plates for an ongoing $30 surcharge.
The plates were approved during the state's 2011 legislative session under Senate Bill 442, brainchild of Angie Morris, CEO of Travel Salem. The request was made under the auspices of Cultivating Communities, a non-profit Travel Salem arm created by Morris just for that purpose.
Drivers will be able to customize the wine country plate, which was designed by artist Judy Phipps. But no references to wine will be allowed, as the Oregon DMV prohibits allusions to sex, drugs, alcohol and ...(Read Full Article)
If you missed last night’s OPB Oregon Experience documentary on the making of the Oregon wine industry, there are still some opportunities to watch it. The hour-long program may be the consummate piece on the history of the wine industry. It follows the paths of the pioneers and tells the story in their own words, not the mention offering some breathtaking video footage. You have several choices to watch or record it. Or you can stream it to your computer or smart phone from the OPB website. The next airings are: Thursday, May 10, 1 a.m.Sunday, May ...(Read Full Article)