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I recently visited Todd Hansen, proprietor and grower of Longplay Wine, at his quaint Newberg, Oregon tasting room. Todd developed an interest in wine while serving in the American diplomatic corps in France, Chile and South Africa.
In 2005, Todd bought the 54-acre Lia’s Vineyard (re-named after his daughter Lia) that had formerly been part of Rex Hill’s Jacob-Hart Vineyard. Rex Hill changed ownership and parts of the Jacob-Hart Vineyard in the Chehalem Mountains was sold to Todd and Olenik Vineyards, with Rex Hill retaining ownership of some of the vineyard. Neighboring vineyards include J. Christopher’s Appassionata ...(Read Full Article)
Broadley Vineyards is a family owned winery established over 30 years in the hills west of the town of Monroe, Oregon, producing distinguished wines since 1986. Technically, Broadley Vineyards is in the Willamette Valley, but lies on Highway 99 halfway between Corvallis and Eugene, outside of the more publicized sub-appellations of the Willamette Valley which are located in the northern Willamette Valley.(Read Full Article)
Gary Andrus was, from what I've read, a giant of the American wine scene. I never had the chance to meet him. In 1978 he founded Napa Valley's Pine Ridge Vineyards, and then in 1993 he founded one of the biggest names in the Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, particularly as the Valley developed it's reputation, in Archery Summit. Gary gained a reputation for focus, concentration and pushing the boundaries to see what was possible. He died of health complications in 2009.(Read Full Article)
SHERWOOD, OREGON (August 14, 2014) — Anna Maria Ponzi has been named president of Ponzi Vineyards. Established in 1970 by her parents Dick and Nancy Ponzi. For more than 20 years, Maria has directed the company’s sales and marketing programs. She owns and operates the business with her sister, winemaker Luisa Ponzi.(Read Full Article)
It’s hard to beat the beauty of a bride on her wedding day, but the gorgeous landscape of Oregon wine country can almost compete. Named for the river that runs through it, the 100-mile-long Willamette Valley is a beautifully fertile region acclaimed for its grape-growing prowess. The majority of Oregon’s more than 800 wineries lie in this area from Portland to Eugene that is internationally recognized for wine production.(Read Full Article)
Suffice it to say that the picturesque quality of an Oregon vineyard wedding is almost impossible to surpass. “Oregonians love the chance to appreciate nature,” says Emily Dunay, event ...
A master ceramicist by day and a winemaker/vineyard manager on the weekends, Andrew Beckham sculpts elegant terracotta amphorae for use in winemaking. His first terracotta-fermented wine, as well as another amphora wine from Chad Stock's Minimus label, are now available.(Read Full Article)
More than 135 wine lovers packed the annual Summertime ¡Salud! event, raising $40,000 to provide health care for Oregon vineyard workers.
¡Salud! is a nonprofit program through Tuality Healthcare that provides health care services to seasonal vineyard workers and their families. The event took place July 24 on the eve of the annual International Pinot Noir Celebration.
“We would love to host the Big Dinner ...(Read Full Article)
It started as a dream to find a great place to grow New World Tempranillo. It has turned into a dream come true – for Abacela‘s owners and its growing legion of fans.
In 1994, Earl and Hilda Jones arrived in Southern Oregon’s Umpqua Valley because their research indicated it might be the sweet spot on the West Coast for putting Tempranillo in the ground. Earl, a dermatologist, had become fascinated with the red wines of Spain’s Rioja region in the 1960s and ’70s and harbored hopes of someday finding similar greatness in the United States.
This began ...(Read Full Article)
It's all about the pinot noir and the chardonnay at DANCIN Vineyard.
It's also about owner Dan Marca's passion for growing fine grapes and making great wine.
Dan and Cindy Marca purchased their 10-acre vineyard site off South Stage Road in 2007. To decide what varietals would do best, they consulted with experienced local vineyard manager Randy Gold of Pacific Crest Vineyard Services, with climatologist and geologist Greg Jones of Southern Oregon University, with Southern Oregon wine grape pioneer Porter Lombard, and with Glenn McGourty, Viticulture & Plant Science Advisor with the University of California's Viticulture Program ...(Read Full Article)
With the 1894 Queen Anne Historic Deepwood Estate in the background, party-goers arrived along a garden path lined with colorful summer blooms. The sizzle and aroma of food on the grill whetted appetites, music filled the air and everyone had a wineglass in hand. It was time for the Deepwood Wine & Jazz Fest held on June 28 in Salem.(Read Full Article)
The Weisingers’ release party in early July ushered in a new era for the Southern Oregon winery. At the gala, second-generation Eric Weisinger introduced the new name, Weisinger Family Winery, new look and new philosophy to this local industry pioneer, formerly known as Weisinger’s of Ashland.(Read Full Article)
In 1959, an explosion that came to be known as “The Blast” tore apart downtown Roseburg. One of the surviving buildings was the Historic Hansen Chevrolet Building, owned by the Hansen family since 1937.
Just as that blast transformed downtown, an explosion of a different kind has occurred, and the Hansen Building is once again at the epicenter. The renovations began one year ago, and on July 4, Paul O’Brien Winery opened as the first urban winery in Roseburg.(Read Full Article)
A recent proposal to expand the Willamette Valley AVA (American Viticulture Area) by approximately five miles to the south has been “Accepted as perfected,” meaning the petition meets the requirements for boundary expansion, but it is not a guarantee that the Taxation and Trade Bureau (TTB) will proceed with the rulemaking.(Read Full Article)
It’s fitting for Ryan Harms and his unpretentious Union Wine Co. to roll out their new mobile tasting truck on the streets of downtown Portland on the same weekend as Oregon’s exclusive and expensive International Pinot Noir Conference.
Harms, who generated headlines and raised eyebrows by offering his Underwood Pinot Noir from Oregon in an 375-milliliter aluminum can, will debut his wine tasting truck today on the corner of Southeast 33rd Avenue and Southeast Division Street.
“Whether it ...(Read Full Article)
Wisconsin may not have a climate made for producing the best wine grapes, but its fertile soil has produced a plethora of top notch winemakers. In fact, there are enough of them that c.1880 has featured a number of them on its "All Roots Lead to Wisconsin" wine list.
One such winemaker is Milwaukee native Tony Rynders.
For three women -- an insurance underwriter, a mechanic for F-15 fighter planes and a widow with two young children -- there are second chances in the wine business.(Read Full Article)
Last week I had a chance to meet up with Gabriel Jagle, assistant winemaker for Illahe Vineyards and Winery, located in Dallas, Ore., in the heart of the state’s famed Willamette Valley. To be more exact, the 80-acre estate winery lies in the sub American Viticultural Area (AVA) of Eola-Amity Hills, with neighbors like Bethel Heights, Cristom, Evesham Wood and Witness Tree.(Read Full Article)
It wasn’t love at first sip for Liz Chambers when first entered the wine business in 1995, but on Saturday, she’ll launch her second winery when she opens Elizabeth Chambers Cellar in downtown McMinnville.
There’s no doubting the devotion of this University of Oregon grad, who continues to have Michael Stevenson make the Elizabeth Chambers Cellar wines, just as he did when the Chambers family operated Panther Creek Cellars near the home of the International Pinot Noir Conference.
And Juan Pablo Valot, her winemaker at Silvan Ridge in Eugene, also has a hand in the new 3 ...
As the economy and other factors take their toll on local restaurants, musicians are bringing their thirst to perform to the Rogue Valley's wineries — where they find the hours easier and the audiences more attentive.
More and more tasting rooms are offering live music as a way to entice customers in an increasingly competitive market, providing musicians with more opportunities to play than ever before.
When Porscha Schiller became the tasting room manager at South Stage Cellars in Jacksonville seven years ago, it was rare to hear live music while tasting a new wine, she said.
"There were hardly ...(Read Full Article)
Leading Oregon Wine Producer Adds Anthony Van Nice as President (PRWeb July 18, 2014) Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/AnthonyVanNice/Solena2014/prweb12025264.htm(Read Full Article)
Troon Vineyard has been a landmark in the Applegate Valley since the irascible, idiosyncratic and visionary Dick Troon planted his first vines in 1972.
Troon was convinced that zinfandel could thrive in Southern Oregon, and he not only succeeded with zinfandel, the cabernet sauvignon he planted that first year worked, as well.
Troon soon planted other varietals, especially chardonnay. He sold his grapes to other wineries until 1993, when he produced his first wines under the Troon Vineyard label.
He played with blending, and legend has it that his famous "Druid's Fluid," emerged from a blending mistake. Druid's ...(Read Full Article)
King Estate Winery, the iconic Willamette Valley based Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris producer, has tapped its’ current head winemaker, Ben Howe, to fill a new position: vice president of operations. This role will play an integral part in the long-term strategic planning of King Estates’ portfolio as well as oversee day-to-day operations. CEO Ed King says, “This operations position will allow Ben to broaden his scope and impact at the winery, while helping us reach our strategic and financial goals.”
“Ben’s familiarity with the intricate details of operations here at King Estate along with his enthusiasm and knowledge ...(Read Full Article)
They're bigger than you thought, and a lot bigger than they look.(Read Full Article)
Situated in a plain, reddish-brown building on the edge of Dundee on the way out of town, Dobbes Family Estate's tasting room is actually a powerhouse of production. They're one of the largest producers in the state, but you wouldn't know it on first glance at the understated, deceptively large building. Not that it matters, as long as the wine is good. That turned out to be the case, in unexpected ways.
The tasting room is simply but amply appointed, with a curved bar ...