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Carlton Winemakers Studio, the first earth-friendly and green facility of its kind, celebrates its tenth birthday this year, marking a major milestone for the boutique co-op where eight high-end producers sustainably make their wine. The facility is the brainchild of Oregon winemakers and husband and wife team of Eric Hamacher of Hamacher Wines and Luisa Ponzi of Ponzi Vineyards—the studio was the first of its kind and served as a model for other, similar projects. Today, the Carlton Winemaker's Studio is populated by a fixed group of small, highly rated wineries: Hamacher Cellars, Lazy River Wines, Andrew Rich ...(Read Full Article)
It's pleasant to visit winery tasting rooms and sip your favorite varietals, but not everyone knows that many wineries offer extended tours of their wine making facilities and vineyards. And the tours usually include special tastings, too.(Read Full Article)
Several years ago, a Romanian immigrant and his wife had a dream to build a world-class winery in Gaston. But when the recession hit, the winery fell on hard times. Today, a group of young winemakers has leased the property and is putting its top-notch equipment and vineyards to great use.(Read Full Article)
Stoller Family Estate Dundee Hills Reserve Chardonnay ($35) and you'll find some unusually detailed information. Namely, the soil type (Jory) and the clones (Dijon 76, 95 and 96). I held the bottle up to a friend recently and asked her to read it. "What's Jory?" she asked me. "What's a clone?"
This got me to thinking. The fact that a winery should feel compelled to share such detailed information on a back label is an insight into the conflicted feelings the Oregon wine industry has about chardonnay. I think we've developed a neurosis, and we're ...(Read Full Article)
Oregon’s relative lack of Chardonnay is downright weird. And in Portland, rare and weird is good. So you know where this is going.
Some of the most exciting wines being made in Oregon today are Chardonnays. These are not your grandma’s butter bombs; they’re taut, lean wines with terrific mouthfeel.
“You have to love making Chardonnay to make good Chardonnay,” says Marcus Goodfellow of Matello Wines. “There’s a lot more work than with red wine.”
Oregonians are not shy about hand work, as long as the end product is cool. And Chardonnay is ripe — or should ...(Read Full Article)
Walla Walla’s Chris Figgins Launches Oregon Pinot Noir Project
To Oregon pinot noir fanciers the name Chris Figgins may not have immediate resonance. It does in Washington. It soon will in Oregon.
Chris is President and Winemaking Director for Figgins Family Estates, in Walla Walla. He is also the son of Gary Figgins, the storied Washington winemaker who founded Leonetti Cellar, the inaugural modern winery in the Walla Walla Valley and one of the few true cult labels in the Northwest. Chris is extending and broadening his family’s legacy: Figgins Family Estates includes the iconic Leonetti Cellar, Chris ...(Read Full Article)
ON A DAMP, CHILLY April afternoon, Philippe Drouhin poured out two glasses of 2005 Joseph Drouhin Clos des Mouches Blanc and surveyed the vineyard that produced the grapes, unfurling on the slope below us. Ominous clouds were moving in, but in the event of lightning I felt quite safe standing beside the 6-foot-6 Mr. Drouhin, who is part of the fourth generation of Maison Joseph Drouhin. This vineyard is the core of the domaine, assembled from 41 different parcels by his grandfather Maurice in the 1930s. Philippe, who is responsible for viticulture, clearly feels a strong bond to this site ...(Read Full Article)
Memorial Day weekend is a great time for a little wine-tasting and Silverton and Mount Angel residents are fortunate to have a several charming local wineries to visit.
One winery that is slightly off the beaten path, but close to home, is Hanson Vineyards on Barlow Road in Monitor. Nestled in between Butte Creek and the surrounding farmland, this 15-acre estate winery and vineyard gives you a good vibe as soon as you turn in at the historic red barn, which happens to be a prominent part of the distinctive Hanson Vineyards logo.
One of the smallest wineries in Oregon ...(Read Full Article)
Dubbed Ne Plus Ultra, meaning “the highest point” in Latin, the 2011 Pinot Noir hails from the Willamette Valley in Oregon.
For Pickett, it could only ever have been Pinot – his protagonist Miles in Sideways is obsessed with the temperamental grape variety, waxing lyrical about its delicate beauty throughout the book.
“When I decided to produce my own wine, I knew immediately it would be a Pinot Noir, the grape variety so rhapsodically celebrated in Sideways,” Pickett said.
“I looked to the Willamette, home to some of the worlds finest Pinot, and the stage on which the misadventures of Miles ...(Read Full Article)
NW Wine Co. kicked off the year by spending $3.87 million to buy two Willamette Valley vineyards.
The Wildewood and Domaine Loubejac properties near Monmouth comprise 385 acres of pinot noir and pinot gris plantings. That’s in addition to 185 acres (an acre is the area of a football field) under the company’s control near McMinnville.
The purchase obviously signifies growth for NW Wine, making it No. 2 in the state for planted vineyards, behind Duck Pond. Between the winery and ...(Read Full Article)
My first experience with winemaker Anne Hubatch’s Helioterra Wines was of her crisp, fresh and totally focused 2011 Pinot Blanc. I instantly fell in love with the elegant floral and sweet citrus aromas. The mouthfeel was gentle and smooth, and the streamlined minerality was not overpowering, but just perfect. It was different from other Pinot Blancs – feminine, elegant, pure.
Hailing from Sheboygan, Wisconsin, Anne’s love for the land is what brought her to the world of wine. Her degree from University of Wisconsin in Geology and Environmetal Studies put her on the path to Oregon, where she realized ...(Read Full Article)
The temperatures this weekend are breaking the 80-degree mark, and I’m already looking forward to having my first glass of rosé on the back porch, enjoying the sunshine and the view of the yellow finches juggling for the best position on our three bird feeders.
When I talk to people about rosés, many of them still think of the sweet-leaning white zinfandel when they think of rosé, but many years ago, I was introduced to a dry French rosé from Bandol Domaine Tempier, a blend of mourvèdre, grenache and cinsault, and I became hooked.
It started me ...(Read Full Article)
A few weeks ago, when I was in McMinnville to pop the cork on some Pinot Noir that some other wine writers and I blended last summer, I was lucky enough to get a glimpse into the 2012 vintage Pinot Noirs at R. Stuart & Company.
Located in the heart of Oregon Pinot Noir land, R. Stuart & Company winery is set in McMinnville’s historic Granary District. Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris is the focus at R. Stuart, but they also produce a dessert wine, a Rosé, a couple Rieslings, a sparkling Brut and a stellar Tawny Dessert Wine (aka Port ...(Read Full Article)
There is a winery nestled in the Chehalem Valley of Oregon surrounded by breathtaking views that encompass the passion of its co-founder and winemaker, Lynn Penner-Ash. Every inch of Penner-Ash Wine Cellars—from the vineyards to the winery—was conceived with the notion of reflecting the values and spirit of Penner-Ash and her husband Ron: elegant and earthy, structured and thoughtful, transparent and connected.
Speaking with Penner-Ash, you quickly grasp her commitment to the land, the grapes and Oregon itself. Touted by Forbes as a trail-blazing Oregon winemaker--and one of the first women in the profession--Penner-Ash is a 30-year veteran ...(Read Full Article)
The Oregon wine industry is a driving economic force, particularly in Lane County. Statewide, the wine business employed approximately 14,000 people in 2010: everyone from winery managers to vintners, from servers in tasting rooms to those tending the vineyards. And as the Oregon wine industry expands, it’s following a nationwide trend — employing more and more women in an industry once dominated by men.
“Nearly every winery in this area has a woman in a leading role,” says Kacy Minnis, manager at Sweet Cheeks Winery, explaining that 90 percent of the resumes she receives are from women. Minnis came ...(Read Full Article)
If rain is Oregon’s best-known cliché, then Pinot Noir is the runner-up. With May celebrating Oregon Wine Month, and the Willamette Valley being one of my favorite wine regions in the world, what better time than now to delve into this sustainable wine mecca?
Viticulturally, Oregon is a big state, with five AVAs (American Viticultural Areas) of varied terrain, climate, and soils. The largest of these is the Willamette (pronounced Will-AM-ette, it rhymes with dammit) Valley, which stretches southwest of Portland and runs for 100 miles south to Eugene, with the Coast Ranges to the west and the Cascades ...(Read Full Article)
Much of the discussion among winemakers and those in the audience at last Saturday’s Oregon Chardonnay Symposium centered around the idea of defining an ‘Oregon’ style of Chardonnay. Winemakers noted that they sensed a lot of enthusiasm for the grape among their tasting room visitors, but the question of how (or if) to describe a specific Oregon style seemed to be a bit of a head-scratcher.My take – there is no such thing as an Oregon style, nor need there be. Now, I am the same guy who has spent much of the last two Oregon Pinot Gris Symposiums ...(Read Full Article)
I snuck out of my cave on this brilliant day to taste some old Willamette Valley Eyrie Vineyards. It is always such a treat to see Jason Lett hold forth on his family's estate. For one, he is an excellent speaker, natural and unguarded, has a lovely expressive use of language. Also, the love he has for his legacy is inspiring. I'm always touched to hear a winery stops at their max, 8000 cases. They did that in 1983 and stayed at that volume. The need not to grow? How refreshing to see someone do what they do ...(Read Full Article)
Traditionally, Eugene is known as a college town, diffuse with hippie-dippy leanings. But the times they are a-changin’. Athletic shoe magnate Phil Knight of Nike has donated millions of dollars to the University of Oregon’s sports and academic programs, helping raise them to top-tier status. With its still predominantly laid-back vibe and relative proximity to Portland and Bend, Eugene — aka Track Town USA — is becoming an increasingly attractive destination for elite athletes and educators.
“Brew-gene” is another popular nickname. Eugene has a booming craft beer district in the Whiteaker neighborhood, northwest of downtown, home to several of the state ...(Read Full Article)
Note: In celebration of Oregon Wine Month, the Wine Notes column will focus on the pinot noirs of the legendary Shea Vineyard this week, and the new guard of Oregon chardonnay in two weeks.
It was a Monday evening in mid-April -- a night when Recipe restaurant in Newberg isn't typically open for business. Baskets of potatoes, scallions and beets sat on the side porch as chef Paul Bachand and his crew worked quietly in the kitchen. Then, at 5 p.m., some of the Willamette Valley's most influential winemakers began coming through the front door.
They headed toward ...(Read Full Article)
I spent the weekend at Durant Vineyards, in the heart of the Red Hills of Dundee. The occasion was the second annual Oregon Chardonnay Symposium, and I was a guest panelist, along with blogger W. Blake Gray and moderator Katherine Cole, the wine columnist for The Oregonian. The event was organized by Paul Durant and Meaghan Burns (Broussard Communications), and the glorious, sunny weather had everyone in a festive mood.What had initially piqued my interest was the opportunity to meet the “new wave of artisan producers” promised by the organizers. And there was no doubt, after an engaging two ...(Read Full Article)
These ten Oregon Pinot Noirs with their fetching combination of alcohol, fruit and structure, make a great case for the wine region a whole. Able to join the meal or just hang out on the porch, Oregon wines are some of America’s most versatile players. This is by no means a comprehensive list, if you’ve uncovered a gem lately, please share. Cheers!(Read Full Article)
Oak Knoll Winery’s Annual Wine label art contest for Portland Oregon’s Annual Rose Festival was unveiled on April 25 in downtown Portland. Just as it takes a village to raise a child, it also takes a community to sponsor an annual festival that fosters complete pride by all members of its neighborhood. This is what [...] The post Portland Oregon’s Annual Rose Festival + Oak Knoll Winery’s Annual Wine label art contest appeared first on Wine Blog.(Read Full Article)