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One small deal in the Walla Walla Valley AVA marks a major milestone for North Slope Management LLC, owners of Sevein Vineyards, and Betz Family Winery of Redmond, Wash.
North Slope announced the sale this week of 40 acres of land at its SeVein Vineyard site, on the south side of the Walla Walla Valley, to Betz, which acquired the tract for an undisclosed sum through V Squared LLC, a partnership with Kevin Brown of Siren Song Wines in Chelan, Wash(Read Full Article)
One of Washington’s most storied wineries is planting its first estate vineyard – and it will be in the southern Walla Walla Valley.
Betz Family Winery, launched in 1997 by Master of Wine Bob Betz, has purchased land in SeVein, a young vineyard region near Milton-Freewater, Ore., that already is producing grapes for some of the world’s finest red wines.
“It’s the next logical step for Betz Family Winery,” said Steve Griessel, who purchased the winery with his wife, Bridgit, from Bob and Cathy Betz in 2011. “It’s the natural progression that Bob and Cathy had in ...(Read Full Article)
Located in the heart of Willamette Valley wine country, right on the main thoroughfare that goes from one end of thriving downtown Dundee to the other, is an Inn that is the ultimate lodging experience for wine enthusiasts: the Inn at Red Hills. Not only is it a short drive to a plethora of Oregon’s world-renowned vineyards and wineries like Sokol Blosser Winery, Archery Summit and Domaine Drouhin (to name just a few), but it’s within walking distance to more than a dozen tasting rooms boasting famous names such as Argyle, Panther Creek, Ponzi, Dobbes, Four Graces, Owen ...(Read Full Article)
- While the majority of the red wines in my series bringing you the exciting wines being made in Oregon have been good examples of pinot noir, there have also been some well-made, bold wines made from grape varieties often linked to warmer climates. Some of these big bold reds have included the 2011 Primitivo Columbia Valley by Angel Vine and the 2012 Zinfandel produced and bottled by The Pines 1852.
Today, we'll head back to a winery I've developed quite a bit of respect for - The Pines 1852 - for another well-made, bold red wine:2012 Cabernet Sauvignon produced ...(Read Full Article)
Oregon makes some of the best Pinot Noirs in the world, and that variety is also the logical choice for locals looking to pair a drink with a traditional Christmas meal — or those seeking a last-minute gift — said local winery representatives.
“It goes really well with a lot of different foods,” said Mike McLain, winemaker for Springhill Cellars, which is in North Albany off Scenic Drive.
“It’s a bit more enjoyable and not so overwhelming,” added McLain’s son, Conner McLain, the winery’s tasting room and sales manager.
Jay Westly, winemaker for Marks Ridge Winery, located on Berlin ...(Read Full Article)
Pinot Noir can be a very versatile wine. I’ve had it paired with everything from pork to duck to beef, and it’s also very good with simple dishes like bruschetta or pasta or game hens.
One ingredient I also think it does quite well with is salmon, especially vintages with more fruit on the palate — they can cut through the fattiness of the fish.
That pairing is on display for a few days at select Edmonton and Calgary restaurants, which are featuring signature salmon dishes with the Sokol Blosser Dundee Hills Pinot Noir, in support of the Canadian ...(Read Full Article)
The newest AVA in Oregon, having been granted in early 2013 is found in the Umpqua Valley's town of Elkton and its surrounding hillsides. The Elkton AVA designation was sought to make sense of the larger Umpqua Valley's diversity. It was simple according to Terry Brandborg whose Brandborg Vineyard and Winery opened as the area's first winery in 2002.(Read Full Article)
When Melissa Burr decided to get into winemaking rather than medicine, she probably thought her education would be much easier.
Little did she know.
Burr, who grew up in Salem, was going to go into naturopathic medicine after earning a science degree at Portland State University. But then the wine bug bit her, so she changed directions in her life just as she was accepted into grad school.
In 2001, Burr was taking winemaking classes at Chemeketa Community College when she landed an internship at Cooper Mountain Vineyards in Beaverton. She figured she would clean tanks and barrels, learn how ...(Read Full Article)
“It’s nice to have a lot of money, but you know, you don’t want to keep it around forever. I prefer buying things. Otherwise, it’s a little like saving sex for your old age.” ― Warren Buffett
What to get a wine lover for Christmas? Invest in Willamette Valley Vineyards. Often people buy wine as an investment, but at Willamette Valley Vineyards, not only can you buy the wine, but you can also actually literally invest in Willamette Valley Vineyards, listed on NASDAQ as WVVI and it closed today at $5.94, up 3.3%.
Where you might ...(Read Full Article)
Typically, we attend Oregon's International Pinot Noir Celebration every other July on odd-numbered years. But with all the hubbub surrounding the soon-to-be-released 2012s, this year we were obliged to make an exception.(Read Full Article)
As we've reported a number of times, the mood on Thursday night was nothing short of jubilant. The 2012 growing season had been a godsend after the challenging 2011 campaign. Much like hundreds of miles to the south in Napa and Sonoma, the Willamette Valley had been blessed with a mild, dry summer. Barely a drop of rain had fallen between June and the end of ...
Turkey, sweet potato souffle, pumpkin pie: these are the staple of Thanksgiving across America.
But here in the Mid-Valley, for many Oregonians, Thanksgiving trimmings aren't complete without a tour of wine country.
Hundreds of wineries across the Mid-Valley, large and small, throw open the doors of their tasting rooms and production facilities this weekend to visitors eager for a break from the Thanksgiving feast and to stretch their legs and get out into the countryside.
For many, it's become a holiday and family tradition.
For Tom and Carol Brown, from Federal Way, Wash., they had come see friends ...(Read Full Article)
On a Sunday night in May, Scott Wright arrived at his Carlton, Ore., winery to find flames shooting from the roof and smoke billowing into the sky. “There were 30 to 50 firefighters in full gear scrambling around, working on the blaze,” Wright said. “It was like something you see in the movies, very surreal.”
He tracked down the crew chief to find out whether the fire had been contained. Foremost on his mind was the condition of the 2013 vintage at the other end of the building. He’d sampled the wines only the day before and had marveled ...(Read Full Article)
For me, Tyee Winery bridged the gap between Eugene and Corvallis.
Back in October, I did an online reporting project for Eugene/Springfield. And, now, I am wrapping one up for Corvallis/Albany.
As I left Eugene that glorious sunny day, on Sunday, Oct. 18, I couldn't wait to get out of town, after the clerk at the Best Western Greentree Inn told me, "Someone vomited all over your car" late Saturday night in Eugene.
He declined to apologized for the design of the hotel, which leaves second-floor guest room balconies as launching pads onto cars parked only partially ...(Read Full Article)
Many Oregon wine lovers probably recognize the Kramer Vineyards name as one that's been around for 30 years.
Kramer produces estate pinot noir, barbera from Horse Heaven Hills, carmine, a less common red grape variety that produces bold and expressive wines that pair well with braised or grilled meat or game, estate müller-thurgau, pinot gris, chardonnay and riesling.
But what you may not be aware of is that Kramer is also becoming known for its sparkling wines and it's increasing its offering of them.
Keith, Kim and Trudy Kramer work in the vineyard.(Photo: Andrea Johnson Photography ...
A modest but carefully directed assistance effort enables the Give A Little Foundation to make a little stretch a long way. The McMinnville nonprofit was created in 2008 by retired Linfield professor Ellen Summerfield and her husband, rare book dealer Phillip Pirages.
The foundation employs imaginative ways to generate donations in support of its causes. For example, last year, members of its all-volunteer board pledged to match every donation dollar for dollar.(Read Full Article)
On Oct. 30, the Dundee Bistro and Ponzi Wine Bar hosted a celebration of its 15th year in business. Highlighting the event was the induction of 15 new members into the Oregon Wine Walk of Fame. Their names will be added to a distinguished list of individuals previously honored with plaques affixed to the Walk.(Read Full Article)
- The short version of this story would say that Antony Beck rode into Dundee on his white stallion last month, surveyed his magnificent winery kingdom, found it thriving, made a couple of astonishingly shrewd business moves, and then rode off into a rosy-hued sunset.(Read Full Article)
At first glance, Pebblestone Cellars doesn’t look like a winery, but first impressions can be deceiving.
The tasting room, in a charming 1906 hand-poured concrete cottage, is located at 1642 Camp Baker Road, a leafy suburban street off Culver Road in Phoenix. Only a small portion of the winery’s 26-acre site is visible from the winery parking lot.(Read Full Article)
On Nov. 5, a dozen local restaurants and 15 area wineries assembled at the Sentinel Hotel in downtown Portland for Corklandia. The inaugural event featured bites and pours, along with a cooking competition and musical crooning from Tony Starlight, the city’s beloved supper club maestro. Playing backdrop was the Governor Ballroom, easily one of the Northwest’s most sophisticated event spaces.(Read Full Article)
Wineries in two of the Pacific Northwest’s oldest wine regions are using Thanksgiving weekend to help those needing relief from hunger as Washington’s Yakima Valley and Oregon’s Willamette Valley are donating tasting fees or staging large-scale food drives.
Wine Yakima Valley partners with Northwest Harvest — a statewide hunger relief agency — to help feed those who are struggling. Participating tasting rooms during the Thanksgiving weekend will feature a Thanksgiving in Wine Country Taste to Fight Hunger donation box.
For example, Gilbert Cellars in Yakima plans to donate all proceeds from its featured tastings to the Taste to Fight ...(Read Full Article)
It may be hard to believe, but Honeywood Winery in Salem traces its roots all the way back to the repeal of Prohibition.
On Dec. 8, 1933, John Wood and Ron Honeyman stood in line to receive a document that would allow them to make alcoholic beverages after Prohibition had been repealed the day before.
The winery, now owned by the Gallick family, looks back at the winery's rich history as it prepares to celebrate its 80th birthday with festivities on Dec. 6 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Dec. 7 from 11 a.m. to ...(Read Full Article)
New Yorkers made a run on Portland urban winery Division Winemaking Company's supplies, nearly cleaning the winery out of its stocks. Turns out when the New York Times sings our praises, they're just fattening us up before they have us with dinner.
Portland-area wineries dominated the New York Times' November 10 roundup of wines to drink with Thanksgiving dinner. In particular, renowned wine critic Eric Asimov singled out Division's Gamay Noir as the best red to pair with a Thankgiving meal.
"Our top bottle was the 2012 Willamette Valley Gamay Noir from Division Wine Company, brought by ...(Read Full Article)
Willamette Valley Vineyards founder Jim Bernau and St. Innocent winemaker Mark Vlossak were honored by their Oregon wine industry peers earlier this month during the 23rd annual ¡Salud! Oregon Pinot Noir auction, which raised $722,000 for vineyard workers’ healthcare.
Bernau, who in 1983 began transforming a plum orchard into the Turner, Ore., showpiece vineyard and winery, was presented the Los Heroes de ¡Salud! Award. Vlossak, with 26 years at his Eola-Amity Hills winery, received the Legacy Winemaker Award amid the two evenings of festivities in the north Willamette Valley.
“We are so grateful to all of our auction guests ...(Read Full Article)
Devotees of the Willamette Valley’s world-class pinot noirs and other fine wines speak knowingly about subregions such as the Dundee Hills southwest of Portland or the Eola Hills west of Salem.
But nobody’s talking about the mid-valley, the stretch from Monmouth through Corvallis down to Junction City — or, at least, they weren’t.
That may be starting to change, thanks to some excellent showings by local producers in recent competitions and a collaborative effort to build a distinctive identity in the increasingly crowded field of Willamette Valley wineries.
A half-dozen mid-valley wineries — Lumos Wine Co., Airlie Winery, Tyee ...(Read Full Article)