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    1. Owen Roe moves production to Yakima Valley

      Explore Sean Sullivan (21 hours, 51 min ago)

      Owen Roe moves production to Yakima Valley

      The following article was written by Ryan Messer. Read previous articles by Messer here . After 14 years producing wine in St. Paul, Oregon, Owen Roe has moved production of its Washington wines to Wapato in the Yakima Valley. A new production facility has been completed and is slated to open April 26 th . Production of the winery's Willamette Valley wines will continue to take place in Oregon. Owen Roe’s new facility lies in the heart of the winery’s Union Gap Vineyard.

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    2. Special Pinot benefits Oregon Conservation

      Explore The News Tribune (Apr 15 2014)

      Special Pinot benefits Oregon Conservation

      Duck Pond Cellars, a family-owned winery in Dundee, Oregon, recently released Conservation Cuvée, a limited-edition Pinot Noir whose sale benefits the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) Conservation Program.

      Crafted using 2012 vintage Pinot Noir grapes from four of the family’s vineyard sites throughout Oregon, the Conservation Cuvée is only available via the winery’s tasting room and online store. For each bottle sold, $5 is donated to the ODFW Conservation Program; to date, Duck Pond has donated $5,580.

      "We're thrilled to be partnering with ODFW on this project," said Duck Pond president/co-owner ...

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      Explore Grapecollective.com (Apr 10 2014)

      The second generation of pioneering Oregon winemaking families is making their mark in the Willamette Valley, and the story of Ponzi Vineyards is no exception. Vintners and sisters Maria and Luisa Ponzi, the former President and Director of Sales and Marketing and the latter as Winemaker, are leading the way and continuing to push for Pinot Noir like their parents, Richard and Nancy, have since the 1970s.

      I had the chance to send some questions to Maria, who talks about the recently launched "Girls Night Out" dinner series, if people outside of Oregon are interested in more than just its ...

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    4. Life is fine at Upper Five Vineyard

      Explore Mailtribune.com (Apr 9 2014)

      It's always fun to visit the larger Southern Oregon wineries and their architecturally diverse tasting rooms. There is also a joy in discovering smaller wineries and tasting rooms, or an award-winning producer whose wines are available only in local restaurants, specialized outlets or online.

      That's the case with Upper Five Vineyard. The 4-acre operation off Wagner Creek Road in Talent is planted with Tempranillo, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah and Grenache. The vineyard is certified organic and cultivated using biodynamic principles.

      At first, co-owners Molly Morison and Terry Sullivan sold their grapes to other wineries. In 2010, their Sauvignon Blanc ...

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    5. Garden Vineyards provides visitors with a taste of Tuscany while at home in Hillsboro

      Explore oregonlive.com (Apr 4 2014)

      Garden Vineyards provides visitors with a taste of Tuscany while at home in Hillsboro

      Garden Vineyards in the Helvetia area of Hillsboro is owned and operated by Stuart and Melinda Wilson. The estate is a working vineyard, with acres of landscaped gardens and a Tuscan-style vineyard house available for rent.

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    6. http://www.sacbee.com/2014/04/01/6284175/dunne-on-wine-domaine-drouhin.html

      Explore The Sacramento Bee (Apr 2 2014)


      During a casual survey not long ago, I was struck by how many stores in and about Sacramento stock the pinot noirs of Domaine Drouhin Oregon, a Willamette Valley winery that otherwise isn’t getting much love elsewhere these days.

      Not a single wine from Domaine Drouhin Oregon was included in any of several “Best of 2013” wine lists I scanned at the end of the year, with one exception. Wine Spectator columnist Matt Kramer included the Domaine Drouhin Oregon 2010 Dundee Hills LaurenePinot Noir as one of four wines he found “most illuminating” during 2013, describing it as ...

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    7. Analemma Wines opens new tasting room near Columbia Gorge town of Mosier

      Explore oregonlive.com (Apr 1 2014)

      Analemma Wines opens new tasting room near Columbia Gorge town of Mosier

      With their purchase of a Mosier Valley cherry orchard in 2011, the couple has been planting vineyards with the intent of cultivating estate-farmed wines.

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    8. Oregon's Five Grand Cru Sites of the Future

      Explore Wine-Searcher. Find and Price Wines. (Apr 1 2014)

      Oregon's Five Grand Cru Sites of the Future

      Weather aside, it has been a white-hot year for Oregon’s Willamette Valley. This once-sleepy, Pinot Noir-obsessed wine region has heralded several major real estate transactions and significant partnerships over the past 12 months. And the fire shows no signs of dying down; at least two new deals were breaking or pending at the time of writing.

      For Pinot Noir lovers, the most provocative outcome of this uptick in activity has been the confirmation of Burgundy’s reciprocal love affair with Oregon. We always knew that the Willamette Valley harbored a mad crush on the Côte d’Or, but ...

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    9. Foley Family Buys First Oregon Winery

      Explore The Drinks Business (Apr 1 2014)

      Foley Family Buys First Oregon Winery

      The Four Graces was first established by the Black family in 2003 and produces about 20,000 cases of wine each year made from Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc grape varieties.

      The deal, agreed for an undisclosed sum, includes the Black Family Estate Vineyard and the Doe Ridge Estate vineyards in the Dundee Hills and Yamhill-Carlton which together boast nearly 100 acres of planted vines.

      Speaking of the acquisition US billionaire Bill Foley, who is the majority owner of Foley Family Wines, said he had had his eye on Oregon for some time.

      He said: “I’m a ...

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    10. Foley Family Wines Buys Four Graces Winery in Oregon: Third Major Wine Company Extends Reach to Oregon

      Explore Wine Business (Mar 31 2014)

      In yet another sign that Oregon is gaining recognition for its wines, Bill Foley and Foley Family Wines has purchased The Four Graces, a producer produces Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, and Pinot Blanc in the Dundee Hills of Oregon’s Willamette Valley.

      The purchase includes The Four Graces business, the Black Family Estate Vineyard with 54 acres of planted vineyard, located in the Dundee Hills AVA, as well as the Doe Ridge Estate Vineyard with 41 acres of vineyard, located in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA. The winery produces about 22,000 cases of wine each year.

      Terms weren't disclosed.

      The ...

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    11. Columbia Gorge winery offers ‘varietal vertical immersion’

      Explore Great Northwest Wine (Mar 31 2014)

       Cathedral Ridge Winery owner Robb Bell long has believed in the longevity of Pacific Northwest wines, so this year he began showing Columbia Gorge wine lovers just how some of his wines have arrived from point A to point B.

      “I think the ‘cellar well’ comment has real value for our region,” Bell told Great Northwest Wine. “The Northwest wine scene is producing truly excellent wines that can now prove they cellar well, too.”

      cathedral-ridge-winery-logo-blackBell refers to his exercise for guests at his Hood River winery and tasting room as The Vertical Varietal Immersion Series. It began last month by ...

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    12. Track of your sommelier - Jimmy Örnewald

      Explore Livets Goda (Mar 20 2014)

      Track of your sommelier - Jimmy Örnewald

      Restaurant profession dropped its quite natural for Jimmy, his mother was a restaurant manager and Jimmy opened up the opportunity to work extra hours at the restaurant during school time. But when it came to career choices walked Jimmy instead of his father's wake and trained to be a sailor. After a time at sea he tired, being lonely young man in a group of older and very seasoned sailors who had been everywhere in the world did not feel so uplifting. 

      That led to his being moved to Oslo and got a job as a brownie on the ...

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    13. NJ native follows family's simple method for creating fine pinot noirs

      Explore nj.com (Mar 19 2014)

      NJ native follows family's simple method for creating fine pinot noirs

      Though little more than 10 years old, Oregon’s Montebruno Wine Co. has earned an international reputation for the quality of its pinot noir — which is saying something given Oregon’s reputation for producing some of the best pinot noirs outside of France.

      The aromatically seductive, richly textured Montebruno Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir ($25) is sold in fine restaurants and wine shops from New Jersey to Quebec to Paris. Montebruno was the only Oregon winery — and one of just two American producers — to be invited to “La Dive Bouteille,” an annual trade show in France’s Loire Valley that showcases ...

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    14. Oregon 'on the verge of something exciting'

      Explore The Drinks Business (Mar 18 2014)

      Looking more broadly at the Oregon wine industry , which currently comprises around 545 producers across 25,448 acres, Douglas highlighted a “ton of capital investment in the area” during the last year alone as a sign that “we're on the verge of ...

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    15. Elk Cove Vineyards announces purchase of Yamhill-Carlton AVA vineyard

      Explore oregonlive.com (Mar 17 2014)

      Elk Cove Vineyards announces purchase of Yamhill-Carlton AVA vineyard

      Elk Cove Vineyards has purchased a 69-acre vineyard in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA. The move continues a string of acquisitions by interests both inside and outside Oregon's $2.7 billion commercial wine industry.

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    16. 2014 Oregon Winery of the Year: Chehalem

      Explore Wine Press Northwest (Mar 17 2014)

      2014 Oregon Winery of the Year: Chehalem

      Perhaps the best barometer of the Willamette Valley wine industry is the growing number of second-generation winemakers successfully taking the lead in the family business.

      At Chehalem Wines, the only question is how the erudite Harry Peterson-Nedry, 66, wants to describe the transition of his daughter, Wynne, into his role as head winemaker.

      “I’ve done succession plans for people in other industries, and we haven’t formally created one,” he said. “Mine was more of an assumption if it was Wynne’s desire and if she saw the benefits.”

      Handing off the baton at their 20,000-case winery has ...

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    17. 2014 Pacific Northwest Winery of the Year: Stoller Family Estate

      Explore Wine Press Northwest (Mar 17 2014)

      2014 Pacific Northwest Winery of the Year: Stoller Family Estate

      In just two decades, a former turkey farm has become one of the finest vineyards in Oregon and home to an exciting winery rooted to the land and a model for sustainability.

      Bill Stoller has been involved in the Oregon wine industry for more than a quarter-century. He began planting his estate vineyard in the early 1990s, launched Stoller Family Estate less than 2 decades later and oversees our Pacific Northwest Winery of the Year for 2014.

      Stoller was born on the farm and grew up nearby. He has fond memories of the land his father and uncle purchased in ...

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    18. Oregon Winemakers Rally Behind Chardonnay

      Explore Wines & Vines (Mar 17 2014)

      Chardonnay is enjoying a revival of sorts, and Northwest winemakers are in the vanguard of reinventing the grape for a new generation of wine drinkers.

      Harvest figures for 2013 from Washington state recently highlighted the variety’s ascention to the throne of white grapes, while in Oregon winemakers attending the third annual Oregon Chardonnay Symposium on March 8 proved that there’s plenty of room for differences in style.

      A technical panel of nine winemakers agreed that Chardonnay from Oregon shouldn’t try to be Chardonnay from some other part of the world—but defining Oregon Chardonnay remains an ongoing ...

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    19. Oregon's Erath Winery gets supply boost with Ste. Michelle vineyard purchase

      Explore oregonlive.com (Mar 14 2014)

      Oregon's Erath Winery gets supply boost with Ste. Michelle vineyard purchase

      The purchase includes the 119-acre vineyard Willakia Vineyard in the Eola-Amity Hills AVA. Enough room remains on the site to plant an additional 30 acres.

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    20. 2014 Oregon Winery to Watch: Leah Jorgensen Cellars

      Explore Wine Press Northwest (Mar 13 2014)

      2014 Oregon Winery to Watch: Leah Jorgensen Cellars

      Leah Jorgensen worked the U.S. wine industry on both coasts and lived in the Willamette Valley long enough to realize Oregon doesn’t need another boutique Pinot Noir producer.

      So the spirited assistant coach for Jesuit High School’s girls lacrosse team is taking a shot at making Cabernet Franc the way she wants — in the style of France’s Loire Valley.

      “Most of the vineyards in the United States plant Cabernet Franc so that it is a blending grape, but it has been a rock star in the Loire Valley,” Jorgensen said. “That is the style of Cabernet ...

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    21. Ste. Michelle Buys 298 Acres in Oregon: Company will use vineyard site in the Eola-Amity Hills for Erath labeL

      Explore Wines & Vines (Mar 13 2014)

      Ste. Michelle Buys 298 Acres in Oregon: Company will use vineyard site in the Eola-Amity Hills for Erath labeL

      Ste. Michelle Wine Estates is the latest buyer to pick up a tranche of vineyards formerly managed by Premier Pacific Vineyards Inc. on behalf of the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS).

      CalPERS has steadily divested itself of hundreds of acres in the Northwest over the past year, with purchasers including Jackson Family Wines of California and Seattle-based Precept Wine Brands (see “Hot Spring for Northwest Acquisitions”).

      The latest deal gives Ste. Michelle a 298-acre parcel in the Eola-Amity Hills AVA, boosting its overall vineyard holdings in Washington state, Oregon and California to more than 3,800 acres. The parcel ...

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    22. Ste. Michelle buys Eola-Amity Hills vineyard for Erath Winery

      Explore Great Northwest Wine (Mar 12 2014)

      Ste. Michelle buys Eola-Amity Hills vineyard for Erath Winery

      Erath winemaker Gary Horner has a new vineyard to play with.

      Ste. Michelle Wine Estates has purchased Willakia Vineyard in Oregon’s Eola-Amity Hills for Erath, one of Oregon’s oldest and most respected wineries. Ste. Michelle purchased the winery from founder Dick Erath in 2006.

      “Willakia Vineyard is a dream vineyard for a winemaker,” Horner said. “It offers this great combination of small blocks planted with diverse clones and rootstocks at different aspects, slopes and orientations. It will give me a broad array of fruit styles to craft beautiful estate wines.”

      The Eola-Amity Hills is one of six small ...

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    23. La Crema Introduces Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

      Explore Yahoo UK & Ireland Finance (Mar 11 2014)

      La Crema Introduces Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

      From a winery with a rich tradition of highlighting the regional differences in California's cool-climate appellations, La Crema is exploring an entirely new area with the addition of its Willamette Valley Pinot Noir. The winery's first foray into Oregon winemaking, the new Pinot Noir will be available this Spring.

      "The Willamette Valley is one of the finest areas for growing Pinot Noir, and I've long been impressed with the nuance and delicacy of the wines from this region," said Elizabeth Grant-Douglas, winemaker. "Creating our Willamette Valley Pinot Noir was a great experiment, allowing me to sample grapes ...

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    24. Wine In A Can And A Wine Tasting Truck: How To Win In Wine, Part Three

      Explore forbes.com (Mar 11 2014)

      The Union Wine Company, an urban winery model outside Portland, Oregon, capitalizes on volume and a robust strategy of well-timed, well-aimed marketing outreach.

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