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A new documentary film called “An American Wine Story” will screen three times starting this weekend as part of the Newport Beach Film Festival. Directed by David Baker and made by Three Crows Productions in Oregon, the 74-minute film recounts the stories of a dozen winemakers around the country who took the risk to shed their old lives and devote themselves to wine.
Caution: This film may make you want to pull up stakes and follow in these winemakers’ journeys. Scrolling across the screen comes the question: "If you finally discovered your true calling, would you have the courage to ...(Read Full Article)
The latest e-newsletter from winery Faith, Hope and Charity Vineyards talks about the “Central Oregon Wine Trail” which is a great idea but I can’t find an official reference to it anywhere (yet). Maybe they’re just getting it started? At any rate I think it’s a great idea if so, we already have the Bend Ale Trail and with the growing number of wine destinations in our area it makes total sense.
Here’s what they say about it:
Spend a day on the Central Oregon wine trail! Visit wineries, vineyards and boutique wine shops. Indulge in ...
- I had the distinct pleasure of getting to know the Wrigley's a couple of weeks back, while visiting Oregon's Wine Country on a press trip. The primary goal of my trip was to get to know the McMinnville AVA [also affectionately known as the Mac AVA] much better, I feel I accomplished that goal in spades. I stayed with the Wrigley's for two days, in their tasting room [which you see above, bathed in the glow of the rising sun] and more specifically the 'media-room' reserved for visiting writers and such.The 'tasting room' is primarily constructed ...(Read Full Article)
Indeed, Kansas City has played parent to skilled winemakers who have gone on to craft excellent wines and wineries in the Pacific Northwest. Several of the area’s native sons and daughters have ventured forth to tend grapevines in Washington and Oregon and are contributing to those states’ burgeoning reputations for distinctive wines.
It’s hard not to see their success springing from a Midwestern mindset that values toil, sweat and a happy attitude toward all that life throws at them.
These vintners ...
Union Wine Company, one of Oregon’s fastest-growing wineries, announced that it has hired winemaker JP Caldcleugh to take over production.
Founding winemaker/owner Ryan Harms hired Californian winemaker Caldcleugh, a New Orleans native, to replace Greg Bauer at the Tualatin winery.
Union plans to produce 110,000 cases from the 2013 vintage under its three labels — Alchemist, Kings Ridge and Underwood Cellars.
Bauer, a Seattle native who spent four years at Union, is “pursuing other projects,” Harms told Great Northwest Wine through a spokeswoman.
Production at Union Wine Co., launched in 2005, grew 45 percent last year, and sales ...(Read Full Article)
Earth Day is a perfect moment to toast the history of Oregon and its winemaking tradition, as well as the entrepreneurial spirit and sustainable lifestyle that continues to draw people there.
There’s an idea, articulated to me a few weeks ago in Oregon wine country, about the trajectory of the sustainability movement in the state of Oregon.
“It goes back a long ways, actually to the Oregon Trail in the 1840s and 1850s,” said Alex Sokol Blosser at his family’s winery in Dundee. “People arrived in Boise Idaho and they had a decision to make. They could either ...(Read Full Article)
The story of Brooks winery is one of the most poignant—and ultimately uplifting—in the Northwest. Just before harvest in 2004 the popular upcoming young winemaker and owner, Jimi Brooks, suddenly died at age 38.
Key Oregon Winery Poised for New Growth
It was tragic. Yet out of affection and respect for Jimi his many friends in the industry, including long-established and even legendary Oregon winemakers, immediately turned from their own harvests to contribute their time and effort to harvest Jimi’s contracted fruit (from 11 different vineyards), make his wine, complete his final vintage, and keep the winery ...(Read Full Article)
In addition, passengers showing their Alaska boarding passes within a week of their arrival in Oregon will receive complimentary tastings at any of more than 300 participating Oregon wineries. The Oregon Wine Board and Travel Oregon are partnering with ...(Read Full Article)
Each week, as regular readers know, we pose a series of questions to a winemaker. This week, we’re featuring Wayne Bailey, the winemaker and owner of Youngberg Hill in McMinnville, Oregon.
Bailey grew up in Oakland, Iowa, where his father farmed corn and soy beans and raised hogs.
Although Bailey graduated from college with a degree in engineering, he spent most of his career in food and beverage consulting. In 1997, he landed a three-month contract in Burgundy to help a number of vintners with branding and marketing, and that’s when he fell in love with wine.
Bailey ...(Read Full Article)
An aptly titled “pilot program,” launched last fall letting airline passengers check a case of Oregon wine for free, has been renewed for a year, starting May 1.(Read Full Article)
The promotion is an inducement for visitors to fly to Oregon and purchase wine. Portland residents could use the promotion to bring back wine with flights home from three other Oregon airports served by Alaska Airlines, plus Walla Walla, Wash.(Read Full Article)
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.(Read Full Article)
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 ...(Read Full Article)
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 ...(Read Full Article)
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 ...(Read Full Article)
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.(Read Full Article)
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 ...
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.(Read Full Article)
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 ...(Read Full Article)
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 ...(Read Full Article)
Foley Family Wines Buys Four Graces Winery in Oregon: Third Major Wine Company Extends Reach to Oregon
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 ...(Read Full Article)
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.”(Read Full Article)