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    1. Results Are In – 40 Oregon Chardonnays to be Featured During 2015 Oregon Chardonnay Symposium

      Explore therealwinejulia.com (Jan 10 2015)

      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.

      Oregon Chardonnay fills the flights of wine to be blind tasted by the judges.

      Oregon Chardonnay fills the flights of wine to be blind tasted by the judges.

      The blind tasting took place at Portland’s Red Slate Wine Co., owned by Sommelier David Speer, the same owner of the popular Champagne Bar, Ambonnay, located in the same building ...

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    2. Heart of Willamette Wineries 5th Annual Barrel Tour – Feb. 7

      Explore therealwinejulia.com (Jan 10 2015)

      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 VineyardsTreos WineEmerson 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.

      HOWW photo from visit corvallis

      photo: visitcorvallis.com

      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 ...

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    3. Early bird discount ends Dec. 31 for IPNC

      Explore Statesman Journal (Dec 19 2014)

      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 ...

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    4. Registration now open for Oregon Wine Symposium

      Explore Statesman Journal (Dec 18 2014)

      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 ...

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    5. Doug Frost MW to serve as MC for Oregon Wine Symposium dinner

      Explore Great Northwest Wine (Dec 10 2014)

      Doug Frost MW to serve as MC for Oregon Wine Symposium dinner

      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.

      Oregon Wine Symposium logoThe 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 ...

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    6. 96 Oregon Chardonnays in 1 Day

      Explore therealwinejulia.com (Dec 10 2014)

      96 Oregon Chardonnays in 1 Day

      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?

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      Glasses filled with our first flight of six Oregon Chardonnays at Red Slate Wine Co. | photo credit: Oregon Chardonnay Symposium

      The Fourth Annual Oregon Chardonnay Symposium will take place at Stoller Family Estate on March 14 ...

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    7. Celebrate Thanksgiving wine-country style

      Explore Statesman Journal (Nov 25 2014)

      Celebrate Thanksgiving wine-country style

      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 ...

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    8. Bon Appétit Presents Feast Portland

      Explore Oregon Wine Press (Nov 25 2014)

      Bon Appétit Presents Feast Portland

      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.

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    9. Wine Country Thanksgiving draws visitors to Willamette Valley tasting rooms: Holiday events

      Explore oregonlive.com (Nov 24 2014)

      Wine Country Thanksgiving draws visitors to Willamette Valley tasting rooms: Holiday events

      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 ...

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    10. Eugene Urban Wine Circuit: Winter Wine Walk

      Explore therealwinejulia.com (Nov 21 2014)

      Eugene Urban Wine Circuit: Winter Wine Walk

      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 ...

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    11. Celebrate Thanksgiving with 165 Willamette Valley Wineries

      Explore Portland Monthly Magazine (Nov 18 2014)

      Celebrate Thanksgiving with 165 Willamette Valley Wineries

      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:

      Árdíri Winery ...

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    12. Thanksgiving In Oregon's Wine Country

      Explore komonews.com (Nov 12 2014)

      Thanksgiving In Oregon's Wine Country

      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 ...

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    13. Winery association begins drive to stock food bank

      Explore Portland Tribune & Community Newspapers (Nov 6 2014)

      Winery association begins drive to stock food bank

      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 ...

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    14. Oregon Chardonnay Symposium 2014 and What’s to Come for 2015

      Explore therealwinejulia.com (Oct 14 2014)

      Oregon Chardonnay Symposium 2014 and What’s to Come for 2015

      Last spring, taking place at the beautiful Stoller Family Estate in Oregon’s layered and rolling Dundee Hills, the 2014 Oregon Chardonnay Symposium began with a Technical Panel and Tasting that had a very impressive line-up of Oregon Chardonnay producers.  From some of the well-known pioneers like David Adelsheim (who brought the first Dijon Chardonnay clones into the state) to today’s generation of impassioned producers like Melissa Burr of Stoller Family Estate – we wine enthusiasts were all ears when each panel member shared their thoughts on the future of Oregon Chardonnay.

      During the tasting, which included nine incredible Chardonnays ...

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    15. Dundee winery to class in Portland

      Explore Statesman Journal (Sep 22 2014)

      Dundee winery to class in Portland

      Wine enthusiasts can register now for Erath Wine Dinner in the Pearl, a wine and food class, Oct. 4 in Portland.

      The interactive and educational class will feature local products, paired with Erath's award-winning wines.

      The menu will include smoked salmon crostini with roasted beet spread and watercress, paired with 2012 Leland Pinot Noir; arugula salad with pomegranate seeds, candied pecans, goat cheese and white balsamic vinaigrette, paired with 2013 Dion Pinot Gris; skillet rib-eye with tarragon mushroom ragout, paired with 2012 Estate Selection Pinot Noir; wild rice pilaf with sour cherries and pancetta, paired with 2012 Oregon Pinot ...

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    16. Harvest Tours and tasting at Apolloni Vineyards Sept. 27-28

      Explore Oregon Wine Press (Sep 18 2014)

      Harvest Tours and tasting at Apolloni Vineyards Sept. 27-28

      (Forest Grove, Oregon) – Apolloni Vineyards, premium producer of Pinot Noir and Italian style wines, is inviting the public for a unique tasting experience as well as mini tours of the vineyards, barrel cave and production facility during Saturday and Sunday, September 27 and 28, 2014 from 11 AM to 5 PM.

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    17. The Procrastinator's Guide to Feast PDX

      Explore nwwineanthem.com (Sep 17 2014)

      The Procrastinator's Guide to Feast PDX
      Stop what you’re doing lollygaggers, Feast PDX is this weekend. No, not two months from now I’ll figure it out when it gets closer, THIS weekend, and by now, tons of the eating/tasting/drinking/drooling sessions have already sold out. Luckily, the Feast organizers planned on wasting nobody’s time and made each and every one of their events completely amazing. For the procrastinators among us, here’s a rundown of the Feast PDX events that still have tickets available:
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    18. Master sommelier Rajat Parr to lead 2015 Oregon Chardonnay Symposium

      Explore Great Northwest Wine (Sep 16 2014)

      Master sommelier Rajat Parr to lead 2015 Oregon Chardonnay Symposium

      Master sommelier Rajat Parr will serve as moderator of the fourth annual Oregon Chardonnay Symposium on March 14 at Stoller Family Estate in the Dundee Hills.

      Parr, a James Beard Award-winning author, agreed to direct the technical tasting panel and will be joined by Thomas Bachelder of Bachelder Wines, Mimi Casteel of Bethel Heights Vineyard, Jason Lett of The Eyrie Vineyards, John Paul of Cameron Winery and Craig Williams of X-Novo Vineyard.

      A grand tasting of more than 40 examples of Oregon Chardonnay, poured by winemakers, will follow the technical tasting.

      Chardonnay panel to address role of clones

      Master sommelier Rajat Parr moderates an international panel of Syrah producers during the 2014 Celebrate Walla Walla Wine festival.

      Master sommelier ...

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    19. Sip it to believe it

      Explore Pamplin Media Group (Sep 16 2014)

      Sip it to believe it

      Drink wine, you will.

      The date for the "Attack of the Clones" Oregon wine event has been set for March 14 at the Stoller Family Estate in Dayton.

      The event will include two parts: a technical discussion and "grand tasting," featuring 40 of the state's top chardonnay producers.

      It'll be hosted by the Oregon Chardonnay Symposium, which helps to boost domestic and international recognition of the state's chardonnay production and history.

      The discussion will be moderated by acclaimed author and sommelier Rajat Parr, a name synonymous with several wine ventures that include Sandhi, Maison L’Orée ...

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    20. Oregon Pinot Gris is getting it’s Gris On, Redux

      Explore Wine Blog (Sep 13 2014)

      Oregon Pinot Gris is getting it’s Gris On, Redux

      Oregon Pinot Gris is once more Getting it’s Gris on, with a statewide tasting to celebrate this varietal wine. Oregon, Get Your Gris On!™ is wine and food nibble tasting event is consumers and is happening at wineries that want to join the fun, on Saturday and Sunday, September 27 and 28, 2014. The second […]

      The post Oregon Pinot Gris is getting it’s Gris On, Redux appeared first on Wine Blog.

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    21. 'Clink! A Taste Of Oregon Wine' Exhibit Closes September 20

      Explore Oregon News Headlines Page 1 (Sep 11 2014)

      'Clink! A Taste Of Oregon Wine' Exhibit Closes September 20

      There are less than two weeks left to visit the Oregon Historical Society's popular summer exhibition, "Clink! A Taste of Oregon Wine," closing Saturday, September 20.

      To celebrate the end of this beautiful Portland summer and the final full weekend of the exhibit, the Oregon Historical Society will host Arborbrook, Brooks, Cooper Mountain, Elk Cove, Maysara, and Ponzi wineries for an afternoon wine tasting event on Sunday, September 14 from 1 - 4 p.m. Also, at 2 p.m., industry pioneer Susan Sokol Blosser will sit down for a Q&A with OHS Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk, discussing the ...

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    22. A Variety of Tasting Panels at Feast Portland to Tempt You

      Explore Sip With Me! (Sep 9 2014)

      A Variety of Tasting Panels at Feast Portland to Tempt You

      Feast Portland. The name about says it all. For a weekend full of OTT culinary madness, it's the event guaranteed to deliver. It's also less than two weeks away and if you haven't purchased tickets yet, many of the hot events have long sold out.

      But you're in luck because tickets are still attainable for some of the more affordableTasting Panels. Think Chardonnay, Negronis, Sour Beer, Beans and Booze (and by beans, they mean coffee beans), Lagers and Tiki Cocktails. And if you're anything like me, than tasting experiences are right up your dark ...

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    23. Pinot in the City returns this week to Seattle

      Explore Great Northwest Wine (Sep 8 2014)

      Pinot in the City returns this week to Seattle

      Not a lot of Pinot Noir is made in Washington, and what is has a difficult time comparing itself with Oregon’s signature red wine grape.

      So Pinot Noir lovers will be rejoicing this week as Pinot in the City returns to Seattle.

      Some 60 Willamette Valley wineries will head north of the Columbia River for a trade and consumer tasting that takes place Thursday at Sodo Park, 3200 1st Ave. S. Tickets are $65. The trade tasting runs from noon to 4 p.m., while the consumer tasting takes place from 6 to 9 p.m.

      Tickets must be ...

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    24. Coming Up: The Anthem Prepares to FEAST Portland-Style!

      Explore nwwineanthem.com (Sep 2 2014)

      Coming Up: The Anthem Prepares to FEAST Portland-Style!
      This year we’re thrilled to have been invited to attend Feast Portland, a renowned all-things-food-and-drink festival coming up September 18th – 21st in The City of Roses itself!
      Founded in 2012, Feast could be considered a crash course of sorts in the now standard farm-to-table culinary approach that has driven the Oregon restaurant scene.
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