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The sold-out 2014 Oregon Chardonnay Symposium might be best remembered for winemaker Jesse Lange describing one of his bottlings as a “lingerie-style” Chardonnay — a reference to his suave use of French barrels as opposed to unoaked “naked” wines.
“Yeah, I should have looked into trademarking that, but it’s probably too late now,” Lange chuckled while pouring at the grand tasting that followed the panel discussion he took part in.
The Saturday matinee for Chardonnay, held in the rain-drenched Dundee Hills at Stoller Family Estate, drew a standing-room-only crowd that applauded the “Yay Chardonnay!” slogan, which moderator Cole Danehower credited ...(Read Full Article)
Janie Brooks Heuck, Managing Director of Brooks Winery, is pleased to announce that Jessica Pierce has been appointed Director of Wine Education and Communications of the family owned winery in Amity, Oregon.
Says Heuck, “Our philosophy has always been centered around building personal relationships with our customers. Adding Jess to our team will improve our presence in our local markets while helping to educate consumers and the trade about our expanded Riesling and Pinot Noir offerings. Her experience in winemaking, viticulture, and the hospitality industry will all serve to increase overall awareness of the Brooks lineup.”
Jess worked the 2010 ...(Read Full Article)
Members of the Bear Creek Boutique Wineries Association are working together to let tourists and locals know numerous wineries are located just minutes from downtown Ashland, Medford and Jacksonville.(Read Full Article)
Willamette Valley Gourmet Escape: The back roads of Oregon’s fertile valley reveal lush scenery, small-town appeal, and sophisticated pleasures.
For 25 years I’ve been traversing the Willamette Valley from my home in southern Oregon to Eugene or Portland. I usually take the freeway, blasting up I-5 “without seeing a single thing,” as John Steinbeck wrote about interstate system users in Travels with Charley. From the freeway, you get glimpses of the gentle hills that rise above the valley’s western edge, some 20 miles away. That’s where many of its nearly 400 boutique wineries are located—and you can’t get there on I-5.
To reach the heart of the valley’s wine country, you want 99W ...(Read Full Article)
Pyrenees Vineyard’s new Umpqua-Willamette blend: Umpqua Valley producer enters Willamette Valley wine scene with the new Pyrenees Lounge & Tasting Room in Eugene
The Eugene downtown business development and urban wine boom continues with the opening of Pyrenees Lounge & Tasting Room — the first foray outside of the Umpqua Valley for Pyrenees Vineyard & Cellars, a 30-acre estate located just south of Roseburg in Myrtle Creek.
The driving force behind Pyrenees — which produces a selection of eight red and five white wines — is Robert Stryk, 38, who purchased the winery in 2012. Stryk got into the wine business while working as a lobbyist in Washington, D.C. When one of his clients mentioned that his Oregon winery was for sale, Stryk took the plunge.
Jim Bernau, president and founder of Willamette Valley Vineyards, has been selected for the First Citizen award for 2013.
Salem Area Chamber of Commerce officials said Tuesday that Bernau had been chosen for the annual award honoring a community leader who demonstrates outstanding service and has a positive impact on our community.
The chamber also recognized former Judge Pamela Abernethy, Rich Duncan and Jeannette Moore as Distinguished Service Award recipients. Cecilia Ritter James is this year’s Outstanding Young Professional.
“We are proud to recognize these gems in our community,” said Jason Brandt, chief executive officer of the Salem Area ...
The changes continue at Evening Land in Oregon, one of the state's top-rated producers of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Wine Spectatorhas learned that Isabelle Meunier has left the winery where she has been overseeing winemaking and viticulture since Mark Tarlov founded it in 2007.
"And there's more to come," said Rajat Parr, who has been managing Evening Land since the partnership was expanded earlier this month. That's not surprising—Evening Land has seen several changes. The company's Oregon wines have been outstanding, but its wines in Burgundy and California have been less consistent, and there ...(Read Full Article)
Given the relative youth of American wine making and certainly the establishment of wine here in the Northwest, when someone tells you about the second generation of a Willamette Valley wine making family, you expect them to tell you about someone who's just getting their feet wet. Well, that's certainly not the case at Ponzi Vineyards one of the Valley's pioneering labels established by Dick and Nancy Ponzi in 1970.(Read Full Article)
Proving that you’re never too old to have your own stash of trading cards, the Chehalem Mountain Winegrowers Association has introduced a limited edition deck of cards profiling 28 unique wine industry characters that make up the vibrant Chehalem Mountains AVA.
Spanning 1,400 acres just 20 miles southwest of Portland, this viticultural area is home to approximately 150 vineyards and 50 established wineries and producers, many of them family farms producing some of Oregon’s best Pinot Noirs.
These quirky trading cards bring these individuals to life and capture the personality, character, and little known details about the ...(Read Full Article)
Green holds degrees in Winemaking and Viticulture from Chemeketa Community College in Salem, as well as a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder.
The post Apolloni Vineyards hires Kevin Green as full-time assistant winemaker appeared first on Wine Blog.(Read Full Article)
It’s getting rarer these days to find wineries that are more than 20 years old with the same winemaker and vineyard manager who were in place when the winery was established but who are not also owner of the winery.
This builds an incredible body of knowledge and creates consistency for the winery that allows it to develop and maintain a certain philosophy and have that philosophy consistently show through the wines that are made year after year.
Such is the case at Cristom Vineyard. Paul and Eileen Gerrie founded Cristom in 1992, and the winery, vineyard and wines ...(Read Full Article)
Three high-profile figures in California wine have joined Evening Land, which has produced some of Oregon’s highest-rated Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays and also makes wine in Sonoma County and Burgundy. The majority owners, a Texas partnership led by venture capitalist Steve Webster, will remain, but CEO Greg Ralston is leaving after two years in charge, Wine Spectator has learned. Coming in as minority partners and taking over operations are Rajat Parr, Charles Banks and Sashi Moorman.
“We’re investing capital and taking over running of the business,” said Banks, a former partner in Screaming Eagle in Napa Valley, whose ...(Read Full Article)
In the Jean Paul Sartre novel Nausea ( La Nausee) the protagonist, Antoine Roquentin comes to terms with his own existence. No longer able to subscribe to the conventional ways through which our lives are supposedly given meaning, Roquentin confronts the possibility that there is no meaning to life. This realization nearly drives him insane, but in the end, he's found that in this realization lies mankind's true freedom. Our life has the meaning that we make for ourselves.(Read Full Article)
Foris Vineyards Winery, a family-owned and -run vineyard, was one of Southern Oregon's winemaking pioneers. It is still going strong and — given the scores received by its latest releases — worth a fresh look, not to mention taste.
Ted Gerber purchased 15 acres near the old, abandoned mining town of Holland in the hills above Cave Junction in 1971. He had a dream and a plan.
Gerber had done his homework. Armed with meteorological data going back 30 years, collected by a forest-firefighter base south of Cave Junction, Gerber knew that he had the ideal climate for Alsatian and Burgundy ...(Read Full Article)
WHEN HE WASN'T designing rides for Disneyland, engineer Dick Ponzi was reading the Whole Earth Catalog and dreaming about getting back to the land. This was Southern California in the 1960s: You can almost hear the soundtrack. Mr. Ponzi and his wife, Nancy Ponzi, discovered wine about the same time they got into organic gardening. They especially liked the red wines of Burgundy. "We couldn't find anything in California that said 'Pinot Noir' the way Burgundy did," Mr. Ponzi told me recently, over a glass of his 2010 Ponzi 40th Anniversary Pinot Noir Reserve. "Cab was king then ...(Read Full Article)
Mark Wisnovsky regularly checks out Costco wine sections in his travels.
A few years go, he routinely found domestic and European wines for under $10 in the large warehouse stores. What the president of Valley View Winery didn't find was wine under $10 from Oregon.
It occurred to Wisnovsky that Valley View's long-standing Rogue Red blend could fill the void.
"I came back two years ago from one of our trips to Seattle," Wisnovsky said. "It just bugged me that there were pallets and pallets of $8.99 and $9.99, and none of it was from Oregon ...(Read Full Article)
Dick had no background in wine, he was one of the engineers who designed rides for Disneyland. Interest in wine was first purely private, like many other successful Americans had Dick and Nancy Ponzi acquired a taste for the good life, for the fine wines. The dream of the actual wine making grew, however, getting stronger and the young couple traveled to Germany, Alsace and Burgundy to be inspired and learn more about wine.That led to them bought a 4.85-acre strawberry farm in Oregon and planted wine. When it two years later salvaged their first harvest and made ...(Read Full Article)
Hood River’s Naked Wines LLC will double the capacity of its Naked Winery this spring, driven in large part by its surging e-commerce business.
Rob McMillan, executive vice president and founder of the wine division of Santa Clara, Calif.-based Silicon Valley Bank, called out Naked Winery’s e-commerce prowess in a well-viewed wine industry forecast webinar Thursday, saying the Oregon winery is a leader in using social media and internet channels such as Amazon.com to reach customers.
McMillan…(Read Full Article)
When Wine Business Monthly creates its annual Hot Brands list, we aim to celebrate the breadth and diversity of our industry. We seek out wineries that have superior wines, creative techniques, unique sites or heartfelt philosophies behind their brands. We look for winemakers that are willing to take risks and commit to their vision regardless of the whims of the market. We like wineries and winemakers that love what they do and want to honor that love with well-developed, meaningful wines.
This year we have 10 wineries from four states and six different regions in California, and virtually all of ...(Read Full Article)