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    1. 5 Dreamy Rieslings Primed to Invade Your Summer Sipping

      Explore Portland Monthly Magazine (Jul 10 2014)

      5 Dreamy Rieslings Primed to Invade Your Summer Sipping

      Welcome back to Take Five, a fresh Eat Beat feature that offers up five must-try culinary finds from food and drink experts around town. Next up, Oregon's darling summer white...

      The Summer of Riesling may officially last for just one season, but here in Portland, Sommeliers and wine directors celebrate the noble varietal every day of the year.

      Over the past few years, Oregon has stepped into the international spotlight for its Rieslings—rather than trying to rival Germany, our home state is bringing its own interpretation of this terroir-transparent grape to the world.

      Want to get in on ...

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    2. Oregon Pinot Noir: Complements from a Chef

      Explore Touring and Tasting (Jun 30 2014)

      Oregon Pinot Noir: Complements from a Chef

      It is impossible to think of Oregon wine without thinking of Oregon Pinot Noir. The state’s incredibly diverse growing regions— from the warmer climates and plentiful soil types found in the southern part of the state, to the cooler climates and unique soils found to the north—have it all. Although the tremendous variety of soils and climates allows Oregon vintners to produce many varietals, from Cabernet Sauvignon to Riesling, it is the Pinot Noir grape with its abundant nuances in flavor and aromas that truly showcases our state’s diverse terroir.

      As an Oregon chef who specializes in ...

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    3. Purposefully Pink, Southern Oregon Rosé: Made With Intention

      Explore nwwineanthem.com (Jun 30 2014)

      Purposefully Pink, Southern Oregon Rosé: Made With Intention
      From Corey McTaggart
      Summertime is off with a bang in Southern Oregon’s hot, sunny Applegate, Rogue, and Umpquavalleys. Barbecues, graduations, weddings and family outings are on the docket.  What will you find on the table during the summer season? Well if you're playing your cards right, chilled – and local – rosé.

      South Stage Cellars Semi Sparkling Rosé  (Petit Sirah, Cabernet Franc)

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    4. Pink, White Done Right

      Explore Oregon Wine Press (Jun 27 2014)

      Pink, White Done Right

      Panel ponders selection of rosés and white blends

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    5. Summer sippers at a super value

      Explore Courier (Jun 27 2014)

      Summer sippers at a super value

      One of the nice things about the arrival of summer, if you’re an Oregon wine lover, is that there are so many great options for really good summer sippers.

      The state’s claim to fame may be pinot noir, but the diverse climates, from the maritime-influenced warm days and cool nights of the Mid-Willamette Valley, to the warmer drier climate of the Rogue Valley in Southern Oregon, mean that a variety of white wine grapes can be grown. There’s no lack of great pinot gris, viognier, riesling and even white pinot noir when it comes to wines appropriate ...

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    6. Frozen in Carbon: From Han Solo to Beaujolais to the Willamette Valley

      Explore nwwineanthem.com (Jun 23 2014)

      Back in the days of the Galactic Empire, when the Imperial Fleet was wreaking havoc all across the galaxy the Rebel Alliance made it clear that they were more than just a band of rag-tag fighters by striking them where it hurt and destroying the Death Star. As if often the case, the Empire knew that they had to send a message and the plan was, capture Luke Skywalker, freeze him in carbonite and take him straight to the Emperor. Period, end of sentence for our heroes, or at least that was the plan. Onlycarbonite freezing was not a ...

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    7. Hands off the wine! The art of leaving it alone at Youngberg Hill

      Explore Sips With Friends (Jun 16 2014)

      Hands off the wine! The art of leaving it alone at Youngberg Hill

      In late April, we had the very great pleasure of an afternoon tasting wines and talking winemaking, vineyard management, parenting, and careers with Wayne Bailey of Youngberg Hill Wines.

      Wayne Bailey started life on the family farm, raising corn in rural Iowa. There, he learned the value of cooperation, a value he brought with him to Oregon’s Willamette Valley. On his way, he spent two years  in Burgundy learning how to grow grapes and make wine like the French. What he learned there has served Youngberg Hill Wines well.

      With an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering and an MBA ...

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    8. An Unexpected Conversation with David Adelsheim

      Explore :: DallasWineChick.com :: (Jun 11 2014)

      An Unexpected Conversation with David Adelsheim

      Sometimes the stars align … last week appeared to be the perfect storm of a very tough and demanding work week.  We had a series of key all-day meetings for most of the week, which was grueling.  At the end of the week I found myself at the Fairmont Hotel with my executive team where we were having a very well deserved drink.

      I ordered an Adelsheim Pinot Gris, usually one of my favorite “go to” whites on the Fairmont’s by the glass list. Our waitress stopped and said, you know that David Adelsheim, the founder, is sitting right over ...

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    9. The elegance of Oregon Pinot Noir

      Explore Great Northwest Wine (Jun 4 2014)

      The elegance of Oregon Pinot Noir

      Oregon’s Willamette Valley is on the edge of viticultural viability – and that’s where Pinot Noir seems to be most comfortable.

      Every vintage, intrepid grape growers and winemakers do everything in their power to bring Oregon Pinot Noir to its optimal ripeness before autumn rains come along. In the case of the crazy 2013 vintage, they were working in between massive rainstorms.

      How do they do it? Low yields, impossibly complex use of various clones of Pinot Noir, different rootstocks, experimenting with elevations and different hillsides and, of course, soil types. Once those grapes are in the winery, the ...

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    10. Quite White

      Explore Oregon Wine Press (May 30 2014)

      Quite White

      Can you name the Rhône Valley's most well-known red wine? Châteauneuf-du-Pape, or "New Chateau of the Pope," is familiar to many. But what about the Rhone's most widely known white?

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    11. Perfect Pearing

      Explore Oregon Wine Press (May 30 2014)

      Perfect Pearing

      Harry & David wines complement company classics Harry & David has been an American tradition for almost 80 years. From hand-picked fresh fruit to hand-packed gift baskets and homemade treats, the company has grown to be one of the country’s lead gourmet gifting experts. Samuel Rosenberg, father of Harry and David, was a successful hotel owner in Seattle, but his true love was agriculture. ...

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    12. Resonance Vineyard's last pinot noir sold to Oregon winemaker (Sineann

      Explore oregonlive.com (May 16 2014)

      Resonance Vineyard's last pinot noir sold to Oregon winemaker (Sineann

      I had the opportunity to ask Joe Dobbes, a top winemaker in Dundee, what that meant to the Oregon wine industry . His response: "It's a great affirmation that Oregon is hot. We're growing great pinot noir grapes,'' Dobbes said. "Louis Jadot is a common ...

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    13. Elizabeth Chambers Cellar: Making stylishly delicate Pinot Noirs

      Explore Welcome to Examiner.com (May 16 2014)

      Elizabeth Chambers Cellar: Making stylishly delicate Pinot Noirs

      Soaring above most Pinot Noir like the blue butterfly on Elizabeth Chambers Cellar’s label, one will fine a truly elegant wine from Oregon’s Willamette Valley. The winery specializing in Pinot Noir from McMinnville Oregon was founded in 2013.

      Elizabeth Chambers, known as Liz, is no newcomer to the wine industry; her family has been in the business since 1991. The winery’s tasting room is located in the historic power station building in McMinnville.

      The blue butterfly on the label that symbolizes the delicate balance of the winery’s Pinot Noir is attributed to Liz’s mother Carolyn ...

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    14. 5 Willamette Valley wines to try

      Explore washingtonpost.com (May 16 2014)

      Availability information is based on distributor records. Wines might not be in stock at every listed store and might be available at additional stores. Check Winesearcher.com to verify availability, or ask a favorite wine store to order through a distributor.

      Here are just a few of my favorite wines from the recent Pinot in the City tasting sponsored by the Willamette Valley Wineries Association. Ask your retailer or sommelier for suggestions about other Oregon wines from the 2011 and 2012 vintages.

      Wineries I recommend from the tasting include Adelsheim,  Antica Terra, Bergstrom, Coeur de Terre, Chehalem, Dukes, Dusky Goose ...

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    15. Looking for a wine to go with oysters? Keep it clean, crisp and cold

      Explore latimes.com (Apr 21 2014)

      Looking for a wine to go with oysters? Keep it clean, crisp and cold

      When it comes to a bottle of wine, an oyster’s demands are fairly simple. It should be cold, crisp and clean. Anything more is likely to create a clash of some kind. That’s just the way it goes with briny shellfish.

      That point was made yet again at the 20th annual Pacific Coast Oyster Wine Competition, sponsored by Washington state oyster grower Taylor Shellfish. Judging panels from Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle spent afternoons sipping wines and slurping oysters and puzzling out which combinations worked best. The Los Angeles conclave was held at Water Grill downtown ...

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    16. Friday Find, April 4th: Chehalem

      Explore nwwineanthem.com (Apr 4 2014)

      Friday Find, April 4th: Chehalem

      Each Friday we highlight a wine from the Northwest that we think is a real "find. " By find we might mean that it's a steal, as all of these wines we'll feature weekly are at or under $20. We might also mean "Hey, you really need to go find this", and it might be a wine that we feel not enough people know about. In any case, with the weekend pending, we're hoping to help you "find" a wine to kickoff the weekend right.

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    17. Wine Down Eugene

      Explore Eugene Daily News (Apr 4 2014)

      Spring has arrived in the Willamette Valley.  Along with the usual rain, blue sky one day, grey sky the next, enhanced by massive diurnal swings in temperature from day to night – everything is pretty normal around here this time of year.  Except one thing: I usually fill my glass with Pinot Noir up until the day I dust off my flip flops, but this spring, I just can’t seem to keep my hands off of Oregon’s Chardonnays.

      photo: Julia Crowley

      photo: Julia Crowley

      Those who know me well, know I have always been a fan and advocate of the Willamette Valley ...

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    18. Oregon making mark on wine map with pinot noir

      Explore San Francisco Examiner (Apr 4 2014)

      Oregon making mark on wine map with pinot noir

      Oregon has become a tour de force on the global pinot noir scene. The state’s wine went from being an experiment in the mid-1960s to a viable product in the 1990s. Today, wine is a major industry in Oregon, and as pinot noir accounts for about two-thirds of the sales, it is largely responsible for putting our neighbor to the north on the winery map.

      Many of the best early pioneers, such as Ponzi and Bethel Heights, continue to make great wines. However, the new kids on the block are making pinot noirs that have grabbed me of late ...

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    19. Heart Attack & Vine: Kramer Vineyards' Cardiac Hill Pinot Noir

      Explore nwwineanthem.com (Mar 31 2014)

      At Kramer Vineyards in Gaston, Oregon, young second-generation wine maker Kim Kramer is just beginning to get her bearings on the family's small estate. Her first vintage flying solo as the winemaker was 2010. At only twenty acres, it's not that Kim is in danger of getting lost, but the diversity of the family's site can certainly make it challenging as she tries to get a handle on what's happening in the vineyard. "We have a hilly site, with vines of different ages, clones, root stock, etc. This results in a surprising level of variability ...

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    20. Bulls-eyes for Archery Summit's pinot gris, pinot noir

      Explore nj.com (Mar 31 2014)

      Christopher Mazepink’s wanderlust brought him to Oregon and Archery Summit winery.

      Mazepink grew up in Delaware and studied anthropology at Hardwick College in Oneonta, N.Y. Via its study abroad programs, he spent semesters at the University of the West Indies in Kingston Jamaica and University of Cape Town in South Africa, and did research in Guatemala. After earning his degree, he visited the enology schools of the University of California at Davis and Oregon State University in Corvallis. At the latter, he noted the adjacent river offered salmon fly fishing, and nearby snow- covered mountains had skiing. Guess ...

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    21. Appellation Pinot

      Explore Oregon Wine Press (Mar 28 2014)

      Appellation Pinot

      Oregon AVAs craft Pinot Noirs representative of prowess and place.

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    22. Pinot Gris: Oregon’s favorite white inspires

      Explore Oregon Wine Press (Mar 28 2014)

      Pinot Gris: Oregon’s favorite white inspires

      Pinot Gris is a light, bright, refreshingly fruity white that is enjoyable right out of the barrel and retains its freshness for a couple of years in the bottle.

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    23. Weekend Wine Notes: Six Excellent Willamette Valley Pinot Noirs

      Explore biggerthanyourhead.net (Mar 17 2014)

      The days are long gone when West Coast producers planted pinot noir all over the place, hoping they would hit upon the proper soil and climate either by chance or force of will. Time and effort and dedication have winnowed the acknowledged handful of great pinot noir areas to — naming some personal favorites — Santa Lucia Highlands, Russian River Valley, Sonoma Coast and Anderson Valley in California and the tiny appellations of Oregon’s Willamette Valley as not just suitable but frequently superb ground for the notoriously shy and difficult grape. Today, I offer six recently tasted pinot noirs from Willamette ...

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    24. The 2014 Oregon Chardonnay Symposium – What is the future of Oregon Chardonnay?

      Explore Vindulge Wine Blog (Mar 12 2014)

      The 2014 Oregon Chardonnay Symposium – What is the future of Oregon Chardonnay?

      One thing I learned this past weekend is that Oregon Chardonnay is definitely not your mother’s Chardonnay… that is of course, unless your mother drinks super clean, vibrant, Chardonnays with remarkable acidity and a very promising future.

      Over the weekend winemakers, press, and Chardonnay lovers gathered at the gorgeous Stoller Family Estate for the third annual Oregon Chardonnay Symposium.

      More than a hundred guests packed into the crowded tent set up just outside the tasting room, with dozens standing in the back of the sold out event.


      Moderated by one of my favorite northwest wine writers, Cole Danehower, the ...

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