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- ight Willamette Valley wineries recently named Wine Spectator’s “8 New Names to Know” will come together for a tasting event of the hottest brands in Oregon wine country on Saturday, April 4 from 12 – 4pm at Red Slate Wine Co., 107 SE Washington St. Guests are invited to enjoy food from Olympia Provisions and wine from Angela Estate, Artisanal Wine Cellars, Aubichon Cellars, Big Table Farm, Chapter 24 Vineyards, Eminent Domaine, Harper Voit and Tunkalilla Vineyard. Take advantage of this unique opportunity with some of today’s top new names in Oregon wine and prepare to stock your wine ...(Read Full Article)
Mark your calendars, next month will be the 7th annual Wine Passport event in the Columbia Gorge wine region!And though there's plenty to enjoy in the Gorge, you don't even have to make a special trip to be able taste Gorge wines!Portland Grand TastingFriday, April 10, 20154pm-7pm1900 NW 18th Ave. Portland, OR 97209Tickets are $35 each, including a Passport ($50 value), or $25 without a Passport. Tickets include a souvenir glass and a preview of 23 different wineries along with appetizers from Eat Tray Chic. After last year’s ...(Read Full Article)
The first leaf buds may just be appearing on the grape vines, but McMenamins is already busy preparing for the 14th Annual Celebration of Syrah at McMenamins Edgefield Winery, taking place this April 10 and 11. The two-day revelry of wine, food and fun will bring wine lovers to the scenic vineyards of Troutdale, Oregon, to sample more than 100 wines from 35 wineries, including: Quady North, Tranche Cellars, Dominio IV, McCrea Cellars, AniChe Cellars and Alexandria Nicole Cellars.
For nearly fifteen years, the Celebration of Syrah has been the largest gathering of Syrahs in the U.S., bringing ...(Read Full Article)
Oak and chardonnay — such fickle friends. Too much oak, and you feel like you're drinking turpentine or licking a barrel. In the past, it has left me with this nagging feeling that it's a crutch used to hide fault in a particular chardonnay.
Over-oaked chardonnays have turned a lot of people off from chardonnay. Especially because so many new wine drinkers are exposed to inexpensive, and often over-oaked, chardonnay.
Oregon, however, produces some wonderful chardonnay. And by and large, you'll find a more restrained use of oak here. You actually get to taste what the chardonnay tastes ...(Read Full Article)
As winter transitions into spring, so too does a fairly recent Northwest wine tradition take place with the annual Savor Cannon Beach Wine & Culinary Festival.
The event takes place March 12-15 in this coastal community. Dozens of wineries from throughout the Pacific Northwest are participating in tastings, seminars and meals. Space is limited to 100 or fewer participants in the seminars, while up to 500 wine lovers will take part in the Wine Walk, which fills Cannon Beach’s downtown corridor.
Here is a look at this year’s festivities:
Savor Cannon Beach schedule(Read Full Article)
For the first time, a complete troop of producers from the West Coast of the US to Sweden.
The US West Coast wines are on the rise. On March 13, collected the three states of Oregon, Washington State and California under the same roof for the most comprehensive test of wines from the US West Coast carried out in Sweden.
From north to south the west coast a large area with large differences, every state and every district has its own unique character. Meanwhile, there are many similarities. Several producers from California starts producing ...(Read Full Article)
Next month’s Oregon Chardonnay Symposium will return to Stoller Family Estate having grown from last year, and yet the March 14 consumer event in the Dundee Hills is tracking to be another sellout.
“We allotted about 250 tickets, and I’m at a little over 200 sold with about a month out,” co-founder Paul Durant of Durant Vineyards told Great Northwest Wine. “We’re getting close.”
The fourth annual symposium will be led by acclaimed sommelier Rajat Parr. The James Beard Award-winning author, whose winery projects includes Seven Springs Vineyard in the Eola-Amity HIlls, will moderate the technical tasting ...(Read Full Article)
In 2012 Paul Durant of Durant Vineyards and Erica Landon, of Walter Scott Wines collaborated on the first of what has become an important and successful annual event, The Oregon Chardonnay Symposium . The event has sold out every year (maybe go buy your tickets before you finishing reading this. ) This year the technical panel and tasting is being moderated by Rajat Parr, and will include some of the Willamette Valley's most vocal champions of the clone debate.(Read Full Article)
Raise your hand if you love Chardonnay!
That should be all of you! Because those of you who think you don’t love Chardonnay have just been drinking the wrong Chardonnay. That’s right. I said it. Back in my winery working days you were my absolute favorite guest.
Me: “Would you like to try our Chardonnay?”(Read Full Article)
Chardonnay Hater: “No. I don’t drink Chardonnay?”
Me: “Could I convince you to at least give it a taste? If you don’t like it you can always dump it out in the spit bucket. No harm, no risk.”
Chardonnay Hater: “Well ...
Date: March 7, 2015, 7 p.m.
Location: Seven Feathers Casino Resort
Address: 146 Chief Miwaleta Lane, Canyonville
Greatest of the Grape, celebrating its 45th year March 7, is Oregon’s oldest wine festival and first of its kind on the West Coast. Originally called the Oregon Wine Festival, it was established in 1970 by Richard Sommer of HillCrest Winery and Paul Bjelland of Bjelland Vineyards, pioneering winemakers in the Umpqua Valley.(Read Full Article)
In early December, I was one of several people chosen to blind taste 96 Oregon Chardonnays that were submitted for the 2015 Oregon Chardonnay Symposium. Of those 96 Chardonnays, our small group of sommeliers, wine buyers, winemakers and wine writers were selected to narrow in on 40 that best represent our region’s distinctive Chardonnays.(Read Full Article)
February 7, 2015, the Heart of Willamette Wineries Association is hosting its 5th Annual Barrel Tour. A guided bus tour will take wine enthusiasts to four participating wineries; including, Namaste Vineyards, Treos Wine, Emerson Vineyards and Benton-Lane Winery. Each winery will offer three wine selections, including a barrel sample, and will pair their wine with appetizers while participants can learn about the craft of winemaking.
Wineries of the Heart of Willamette Wineries Association are all within 35 miles of Corvallis, in the heart of beautiful rolling hill Willamette Valley wine country. Take advantage of the tour dates ...(Read Full Article)
Pinot noir lovers take note: early bird discount pricing ends Dec. 31 for the International Pinot Noir Celebration in McMinnville.
The premier Oregon wine event includes the Grand Seminar, where participants will learn how wine is made; taste a Champagne flight of three single-varietal bottlings, crafted from pinot noir, pinot meunier and chardonnay; and experience a dosage trial and learn how this step transforms texture, balance and final expression of wine.
Participants can enjoy plenty of pinot noir and learn from winemakers at seminars, participate in the vineyard tour and lunch, and experience fine meals paired with exquisite wines.
The ...(Read Full Article)
With City Winery venues now in New York, Chicago, Nashville and Napa, Dorf is redefining the experience of wine and culture across generations, according to Michelle Kaufmann, communications manager at the Oregon Wine Board . A variety of other sessions ...(Read Full Article)
Kansas City author Doug Frost, one of four people in the world to earn both the Master of Wine and Master Sommelier titles, will serve as master of ceremonies for the Industry Awards Dinner at the 2015 Oregon Wine Symposium in Portland.
The Oregon Wine Board bills the two-day conference Feb. 24-25 as the Pacific Northwest’s largest wine industry event, thanks in large part to the size of the venue — the Oregon Convention Center, a short walk from Lloyd Center.
Next year marks the fourth straight year for the symposium in Portland. Scheduled sessions for this winter’s meeting ...(Read Full Article)
Yesterday, I blind tasted 96 Oregon Chardonnays, and I’m fairly certain that the small group of wine writers, sommeliers, winemakers and wine buyers that were selected to blind taste these 96 wines have tasted more Oregon Chardonnays in one day than anyone else in the world – it was an amazing experience!
Why in the world would we taste 96 Chardonnays in one day?(Read Full Article)
Fall’s chill is in the air and with the arrival of Thanksgiving weekend, it’s time for another Thanksgiving weekend in wine country.
With friends and family visiting from out of town, there’s no better way to show off the beautiful scenery of the state than to take them for a tour of wine country and stop off at your favorite wineries as well as explore some new ones together.
Looking for recommendations? Here’s my list of 5 wineries to put on your tour map this weekend.
5 to visit
1. Brooks Winery: With a brand new ...(Read Full Article)
PORTLAND -- Bon AppétitPresents Feast Portland: A Celebration of Oregon Bounty, one of the nation's leading food and drink festivals, announced today it will donate its 2014 net proceeds, $62,143, to charitable partners Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry® campaign and Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon. Feast Portland 2014 welcomed over 12,000 attendees, and hosted 35 events with 84 chefs, 21 artisans, 23 breweries, 39 wineries, and 13 distilleries.(Read Full Article)
More than 165 wineries will invite visitors during the 32nd November holiday weekend in the Willamette Valley with the annual Wine Country Thanksgiving. After the family gathering on Thanksgiving Day, the wineries pull out the stops Friday to Sunday, Nov. 28-30, by offering a variety of wine-themed events, ranging from barrel room tastings to live music and food pairings. Sponsored by the Willamette Valley Wineries Association, the weekend is the only time that some of the wineries are open for drop-in visitation. Use the 11-page online brochure, or ask to be mailed a print copy through the website, for planning ...(Read Full Article)
The Eugene Urban Wine Circuit is preparing for its 2nd annual Winter Wine Walk, Saturday, December 13. Each urban tasting room location will be pour 3 artisan small batch wines for tasting, showcase live entertainment, and a local food truck will be on site at each location serving up delectable provisions for purchase. In addition, participating wineries will feature special deals on select wines and offer great holiday gift ideas. Visit each of the 6 urban locations, receive a stamp from that winery and turn in the stamped ticket at the last stop for a chance to win valuable prizes ...(Read Full Article)
On November 28–30, 165 of Oregon’s acclaimed Willamette Valley wineries will throw open their door—and their bottles—to the public.
The three-day Thanksgiving celebration is a valley-wide feast of tastings, seasonal food pairings, special releases, discounts, and live music, not to mention the chance to pick the brains of some of the nation’s most elite winemakers. Whether you’re a wine guru or just looking to take the edge off those in-laws' visit, this is the perfect way to give thanks for Oregon’s great bounty.
Here are four of our top destinations:(Read Full Article)
Gorgeous vistas, charming towns, boutique vineyards and rolling farmland are the hallmarks of the Willamette Valley wine country. Just 30 miles southwest of Portland, the Willamette Valley is known for their world-class Pinots and is home to more than 300 wineries—from rustic barnyard tasting rooms to state-of-the-art wineries.
This Thanksgiving holiday, beginning at 11 a.m. on November 28, and running until 5 p.m. on November 30, wineries across the valley will open their doors to wine lovers to celebrate the end of another successful harvest season. Some 165 wineries will be offering special tastings, food pairings, live ...(Read Full Article)
This year, Willamette Valley Wineries Association has decided to initiate “Willamette Cares Food Share,” a programs operated by 70 Oregon wineries with one goal: to collect 100 tons of non-perishable food.
“The drive is both a reaction to wineries’ growing concern of basic needs in the region and a holiday event befitting of the spirit of giving,” according to a press release.
The drive started Nov. 1 and will run through Dec. 20. Wineries and tasting rooms will accept donations and many will offer discounts to those who contribute.
“Our local wineries enjoy collaborating on making world class pinot noir ...(Read Full Article)