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There’s no doubt about it, Oregon takes its winemaking seriously. The state is recognized nationally as a leading pinot noir producer, and is becoming known for putting its own stamp on pinot gris and chardonnay as well. But with all these great single varietal wines on the shelves, the stunning red blends crafted in every Oregon wine region might just be the industry’s best kept secret. Combining artistry and chemistry with quality, value and complexity, Oregon’s red blends come together to produce a tapestry of flavors that will improve your dinner experience.
A Year in a Glass ...(Read Full Article)
On the Way from Düsseldorf, Germany, to Portland, Oregon: Jay Somers, J. Christopher Wines, Stops in Northern Virginia, USA
One of the highlights of our tour a few years ago from Seattle in Washington State to Berkeley in California (where my daughter Katharina used to live) and further South to Paso Robles, was an encounter with star winemaker and killer guitarist Jay Somers in the White Eagle Rock/Jazz Club in Seattle (and a visit of the J. Christopher Estate a few days later with Jay’s right hand man Tim Malone). See: A Riesling Guru and a Killer Guitarist cum Cult Winemaker: Ernst Loosen and Jay Somers and their J. Christopher Winery in Newberg, Oregon
Pictures: Christian Schiller ...(Read Full Article)
One of the most satisfying moments as a father and a wine professional was the day my daughter, Elise, took a couple sniffs from my wine glass at the dinner table and, in a confident voice, said, “I smell pears, Daddy!”
She was spot on about the white Burgundy, redolent in fresh Bosc-like pears. Being about 5 years old, Elise was also tickled to see her dad grinning ear-to-ear over his budding sommelier. Unfortunately, for the next six months, every wine — regardless of its type — that I put in front of Elise smelled like, you guessed it, pears.
Pears. What ...(Read Full Article)
- ((img|0415-Profile_Ludeen_bottles.jpg))Michael makes about 750 cases of his eponymous label.##Photo by Marcus Larson
By Jim Gullo
Ten minutes into our interview, it dawns on me that Michael Lundeen must be lying.
We are sitting on folding chairs in the barrel room of Walnut City WineWorks in McMinnville, where he is the head winemaker and general manager, tasting samples of the 750-case Lundeen wine label that he grows, makes, bottles and markets, almost entirely by himself.(Read Full Article)
Hillary and Kevin Dobbs were among the first people through the door to raise their glasses at the annual Sip!, formally titled the McMinnville Wine & Food Classic, March 13–15, at the Evergreen Space Museum.
Well, actually, Hillary raised more glasses than her husband. “I’m not really here for the wine,” Kevin Dobbs confessed. “I’m here for the space museum. She’s the wine person in the family. I am more into aviation and history.(Read Full Article)
On Feb. 22, 2015, an historic wine event took place at the Portland Art Museum as 250 people from around the world gathered to toast the late David Lett, his family and their five decades of winemaking at The Eyrie Vineyards.
When David planted those first Pinot Noir cuttings in a nursery near Corvallis on Feb. 22, 1965, I wonder if he thought one day his wines would be served to friends, family and members of the international wine community in a museum ballroom?(Read Full Article)
Some parades and public functions are at the mercy of the weather gods, and the encounters are not always pretty. Thankfully, the 38th annual Newport Seafood and Wine festival did not merely have sanguine weather gods, but deities apparently working for the Newport Chamber of Commerce.(Read Full Article)
Argyle Winery expects to christen its new tasting room and hospitality center this summer in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, but don’t expect the spirit surrounding the award-winning program to change.
Those visiting the historic property, the first in downtown Dundee to produce wine beginning in 1987, will notice the former barrel room and cellar at the back of the property are under construction. When the project is complete, the customer experience should be more relaxed and educational.
“The removal of some of the buildings here has been quick and somewhat dramatic,” Chris Cullina, Argyle’s longtime director of sales ...(Read Full Article)
Urban winemaking. It almost sounds like an oxymoron.
But it’s one of the best new trends in wine. Especially since it allows winemakers to work in collective or shared facilities or even in their own garages – lowering the costs and barriers to entry, and giving them the freedom to experiment with varietals sourced all over the place. And that leads to a newness and freshness that these emerging winemakers thrive on.
There are more than a dozen urban wineries in the Portland area and they’re making some fantastic wine. In March, our Cellar 503 selections focused exclusively on ...(Read Full Article)
Pinor Noir, WillaKenzie Estate, Yamhill-Carlton AVA
Main: Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay
More: Auxerrois, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Chasselas, Dolcetto, Friuliano, Gamay Noir, Gewürztraminer, Grüner Veltliner, Maréchal Foch, Melon, Müller-Thurgau, Muscat, Muscat Ottonel, Nebbiolo, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Meunier, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon, Sylvaner, Syrah, Tempranillo
Main: Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay(Read Full Article)
hile there are clearly lots of good Pinot noir producers in the Willamette Valley of Oregon, there are a few that seem to do a really good job of ever-so-slightly edging out the competition; one of those is Le Cadeau Vineyard and winery. It’s a boutique winery in every sense of the word, from its relatively small vineyards of 16 acres to its overall production of around a thousand cases. With its first vintage in 2002, owners Tom and Deb Mortimer have done a great job of building a team who are as passionate as they are when it ...(Read Full Article)
Union Wine Company, the Oregon winery that caused controversy in 2013 with its Pinot Noir in a can, has launched a rosé in a can.
Hailing from the Willamette Valley, the 2014 vintage, housed in a 375ml tin can boasting a striking fuchsia label, is the Pinot Noir specialist’s first rosé offering.
The wine is also available in 75cl bottles, both of which can be bought on the Union Wine Company website.
Winemaker Ryan Harms believes the can format is ideal for poolside lounging, festivals, barbeques and other outdoor activities.
According Harms, the rosé offers notes of “strawberry, watermelon ...(Read Full Article)
March is Women's History Month. I caught up with Maria Ponzi, Luisa Ponzi and Alison Sokol Blosser to talk about women in the wine business, and I asked a female friend in the wine business, Christine Collier, what she would want to know from Maria, Luisa and Alison.
What are your most vivid memories of growing up in your parents' vineyard and winery?
Maria: "My family was working most of the time on the weekends in the vineyard and the dark cellar. My most vivid memory would be laying in bed and listening in on the conversation in the ...(Read Full Article)
Education has always been Erica Landon’s passion, giving her an avenue to share the world of wine and support the industry that she has become immersed in…
Erica began her career working in restaurants throughout Oregon from the top of Mount Hood to the heart of the Willamette Valley. Ultimately, she fell in love with teaching, and through this avenue helps to make wine less intimidating and introduces students to the incredible diversity of styles and methods of production found throughout the world.
In 1998 Erica started working at Oregon’s landmark Timberline Lodge where she began working with ...(Read Full Article)
Oregon winemaker Andrew Beckham of Beckham Estate Vineyard is obsessed with making every part of his wine himself—even the vessels he uses for aging. A high school ceramics teacher by day, he transforms 800 pounds of clay—sculpted over two weeks, dried for six weeks and baked in a kiln for 40 hours—into each gigantic clay urn for his A.D. Beckham wines. He is meticulous about the research: He worked with a chemist to develop a food-safe clay blend and experimented with various shapes to induce optimal fermentation (egg-shaped pots, he learned, naturally stir wine as it ...(Read Full Article)
Like so many Californians who have traveled north to Oregon to establish a winery, Scott and Rae Ellen Baldwin had owned a walnut orchard in the Central Valley of California and lived in Carmel Valley. They bought a hazelnut orchard near Forest Grove and planted a vineyard, but once they acquired the future De Ponte (“duh pawnt”) Cellars site in 1999, they sold the Forest Grove property to Apolloni Vineyards.
DePonte Cellars is a small winery located on Archery Summit Road in Dayton, Oregon, in the heart of the Dundee Hills, with Domaine Drouhin Oregon, White Rose Estate and Archery ...(Read Full Article)
Spring break is the ideal time to let loose, have a drink and appreciate the scenery we Oregonians are blessed with – and there’s no better way to do both than touring local wineries.
Skip the usual bars for a day and take a trip to some of the best views and the best wines in the area.
King Estate Winery:
80854 Territorial Hwy Eugene, Oregon 97405
Open: Wednesdays-Sundays 11-8 p.m. and Mondays and Tuesdays 11-5 p.m.
Walking through the large glass front doors, you immediately smell the oaky wood beams that line the ceiling. Within the open ...(Read Full Article)
If you don’t enter, you can’t win.
That’s what the team at Serra Vineyards thought when they entered five of their wines in the 2015 Seattle Wine and Food Experience Competition, sponsored by Seattle Magazine. Most of the entries came from Washington State and Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Serra Vineyards was the only Southern Oregon winery to enter.
Serra Vineyards owners, Krissa and Scott Fernandes, along with former Troon marketer, Liz Wan, have a consulting firm, VinoVerse, to promote Southern Oregon wines and tourism. Last year, they attended the Seattle event simply to publicize this area, but ...(Read Full Article)
Much of the hip vibe pouring from Portland’s urban winemaking community seems to be emerging from the block of Division and Southeast 35th Place.
And while the name might signal something divisive, that’s not the feel Thomas and Kate Monroe have created. Rather, It’s just the opposite at their Southeast Wine Collective in Portland, and the exciting wines they’ve bottled as Division Winemaking Co. made them an ideal selection as Wine Press Northwest’s Oregon Winery to Watch for 2015.
“They have such a great attitude,” said Jacksonville grower/winemaker Herb Quady of Quady North, our ...(Read Full Article)
When two business entities share the same name, usually the larger and better known — even if it wasn’t the first — sics its lawyers on the other and sends a cease-and-desist letter that orders a name change.
That Olympic National Park has kept its name is a legal triumph in the face of the International Olympic Committee's usual habit of pouncing on anything that even begins to type the letters O, l and y.
So Damian Davis, whose Seattle-based Rainier Wine was starting a new label using Willamette Valley, Oregon, grapes to produce Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris wines ...(Read Full Article)
Of all the wines they’ve made for themselves and others, the 2012 Ferris Wheel Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir best tells the story of Terry and Sue Brandborg.
“When someone comes into the tasting room in Elkton, Ore. and says, ‘If I’m going to taste just one wine, which wine should it be?’I tell them that one,“ Terry said. “This is the reason why we are here.”
On the other hand, that Pinot Noir from the recently established Elkton, Oregon American Viticultural Area is just one reason why Brandborg Vineyard and Winery has been named Wine Press Northwest ...(Read Full Article)
Oregon is famous for its delicious wines and scenic vineyards that can provide wonderful escapes from city hub-bub and noise.
Tyee Wine Cellars near Corvallis is about as grass roots as it gets. Owner Dave Buchannan, a pioneer in the Oregon wine industry, boasts of five generations of family that have worked their Oregon Century Farm.
He said that in the mid-1970's, he turned away from dairy to plant wine grapes. "Not very many people knew much about wine making back then and I really didn't know much. I actually had 3 or 4 wine making books and ...(Read Full Article)
Wine and the Department of Motor Vehicles don't typically mix well. But on car bumpers, the two make an excellent pairing.
Introduced in May 2012, the "Wine Country" license plate is eye-catching. And it's selling briskly. In 2013 and 2014, it was the state's third-most popular plate. Take that, "Salmon" and "Cultural Trust"! And as soon as the limited-edition "Pacific Wonderland" sells out, "Wine Country" is on pace to slide into second place behind the perennial favorite, "Crater Lake."
As the wine-themed plate approaches its third anniversary in circulation, oeno insiders might be tempted to make a ...(Read Full Article)
Wine can be good on its own.
But wine really shines when reflected in the flavors of food. For many of us, figuring out which wine to serve with which food can be somewhat vexing.
That's one of the great things that attending wine-pairing or wine-tasting dinners helps with. You get to experience a variety of wines with a variety of foods. It helps give you an idea of what to serve with what.
One of the best deals in town, or just south of town, can be had at Willamette Valley Vineyards.
Since the remodel of the Estate ...(Read Full Article)