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Brooks Winery has a bittersweet story, one that has touched manywine lovers throughout the Willamette Valley. The sudden death of young winemaker Jimi Brooks shocked the Oregon wine industry just 10 years ago. In fact, the Brooks Winery story is so compelling that it has recently been featured in the new wine documentary,American Wine Story.
Jimi died just as harvest was starting in the Willamette Valley. His death hit the entire wine community hard. So much so that by the time Janie Brooks-Heuck, arrived from her home in California, just hours after her brother’s death, the many ...(Read Full Article)
There is a recurring pattern in the life of Michael Noel: discovery followed by doing.
For instance, the saxophone: On a business trip to New Orleans years ago, Noel was enchanted by the “amazing sound” of a jazz group rehearsing in a hallway of the hotel at which he was staying.
“It was my first brush with jazz,” the West Linn resident recalls. “When I came home, I bought a tenor saxophone, and I took lessons for two years.”
And there was quilting: “I love the beauty of Amish quilts, and I thought ‘I’m going to make an Amish ...(Read Full Article)
Newberg, OR – September 15 – A to Z Wineworks is excited to announce that it has been selected as #4 small businesses in The Oregonian Top Workplaces for 2014 and Best in Category for Leadership.
Started in 2002 by two Oregon wine industry couples, the Hatchers and the Francis Tannahills, A to Z Wineworks has grown to become one of Oregon’s leading wine producers.(Read Full Article)
The Willamette Valley has proven it's mettle as a region that produces world class Pinot Noir, and many say that before too long it's Chardonnay will be similarly lauded. The valley's climate and soil types do indeed bear a resemblance to those elements found in the hallowed grounds of Burgundy. Oregon however has made a style all it's own. The singularity of Pinot Noir's success has been a boon to Oregon's wine industry in the Willamette creating an international reputation.(Read Full Article)
Dyson DeMara and Scott Kelley are putting their extensive wine experiences to use in a unique business concept in the downtown area of this southern Oregon town.
The friends and business partners have established the Paul O’Brien Winery in a former Chevrolet car dealership building and are working to establish a marketplace of wine-related businesses around the wine production facility.
“The catalyst is the wine,” DeMara said. “Everybody has said this type of concept is not possible, but it’s been done in Paso Robles and in Lodi in California. Why not us? Why not here? We’ve got ...(Read Full Article)
- "We are a grape growing family, not a wine making family," explains Paul Durant of Durant Vineyards at Red Ridge. In 1973, Paul Durant's parents were among the first to plant vineyards in Willamette Valley. Starting with two acres planted to vine, today sixty acres of Durant farmed Pinot noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot gris supply key wineries with their much sought after Dundee Hills' fruit.In 2003 the Durants decided to make wine under their own label. With 30 years of grape growing experience under their belts they knew they should stick to their knitting, but they also knew ...(Read Full Article)
IT’S A SMALL community not unlike so many others in Oregon’s rural Willamette Valley. But this little town is the heart and soul of wine country.
Named after a Scottish town, Dundee has long been agricultural. It wasn’t until the late 1960s and early ’70s when such pioneers as David Lett, Dick Erath, Bill Blosser and Susan Sokol Blosser arrived and began planting pinot noir in the ancient red soils.
The resulting grapes became remarkable wines, turning a dream into an industry. Today, wines from the Dundee Hills are famous with pinot noir lovers.
And rightfully so ...(Read Full Article)
ROCO Winery is named after Rollin and Corby Soles for a very good reason—it represents the combined energy of a tireless married couple who dreamed for decades of starting their own wine label in the Chehalem Mountain range of Oregon’s fertile Willamette Valley. Originally from Texas, Rollin has more than three decades of winemaking under his belt. He co-founded the prestigious Argyle Winery 27 years ago and is the only Oregon winemaker whose wines have been ranked in Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines of the World 13 times! He stepped back from his full-time position at Argyle ...(Read Full Article)
It’s time for our annual rendition of “September Song,” ’cause September is wine time. Just as a fr’instance, on Labor Day weekend, almost every Oregon winery/tasting room opens, even many not normally open to the public, and they dress up: music usually, nibbles sometimes, special events of various sorts and, of course, lotsa wine. In case you missed, make a calendar note for next year. Plan a major gig. Get out in the Oregon backcountry, so beautiful, so bountiful, it’ll take your breath away.
Actually, though, and especially this year, in the background lurk high-times for ...(Read Full Article)
A surprisingly large number of winery owners reside in Orange County, as many as 20. I profiled Greg Sanders of Corona Del Mar and White Rose Estate previously in this blog, and now introduce you to my neighbors, the Chapels, who own Cardwell Hill Cellars.
North Tustin resident Dan Chapel retired from a successful engineering career with Fluor Corporation, and found winegrowing to be a challenging outlet for his creative juices. Along with wife Nancy, he acquired an overgrown vineyard in a picturesque location in Philomath, Oregon, just west of Corvallis in the southern Willamette Valley.
The Chapels transformed the ...(Read Full Article)
I’ve only been to Oregon’s Willamette Valley a few times, but I’ve been a fan of its wines for at least 25 years.
Located between Oregon’s Cascade Mountains and the Coast Range, the Willamette Valley stretches more than 100 miles and spans 60 miles at its widest point.
The Willamette Valley encompasses nearly 3.5 million acres, yet there are less than 16,000 acres under vine. Although the number of wine producers in the Willamette Valley has increased from 220 to 550 in a little more than 10 years, that number is but a drop ...(Read Full Article)
Personality can be defined as the evident traits in one’s character as it impresses another. To say that every wine embodies its own personality would not be a bold enough statement. How each winemaker influences their wine’s personality is reminiscent of parent’s influence on some of the personality traits of their child. Each wine may start from the same place, but both nature and nurture will predict the qualities it expresses in the end.
In the second part of the Behind the Wine Label series, we’ll take a closer look at some of Oregon’s male ...(Read Full Article)
Route 5 NW Wine Bar in Eugene, Oregon offers guests a tasting tour through the wines of the Pacific Northwest.
“Sometimes people don’t know where they want to visit in wine country,” explains Kirsten Hansen, Wine Director. “At Route 5 they can taste wine from different AVAs.” (American Viticultural Areas).
Hansen and Route 5’s talented, knowledgeable staff create fun and educational experiences for guests. In addition to the bottle shop selection, a rotation of about 20 Northwest wines (mostly Oregon and Washington) are available by the splash, glass, or flask. Visitors can customize flights. For instance one might ...(Read Full Article)
I recently discovered a nearby Oregon winery owner residing in Orange County, California who has sought success with Oregon Pinot Noir. David de Lancellotti is a very animated and passionate wine lover who has an interesting story to tell behind his inaugural release of 2012 Formaglini Vineyards Chehalem Mountains Willamette Valley Pinot Noir.
David grew up in a traditional Italian immigrant family living in Orange County where wine was always on the dinner table. As he pursued a career in the tech industry and raised a family, he maintained a close relationship with his Italian heritage, visiting Italy annually with ...(Read Full Article)
By Ken Friedenreich
Wine enjoyment and wine lore resemble baseball — each a version of the pastoral. Both pastimes are defined by place — one can say Rogue River or Côte-d’Or, and the initiated know exactly what’s meant — like mentioning “the Green Monster” or “the House that Ruth built.”(Read Full Article)
Florida native B. Kiley Evans got his winemaking start in Southern Oregon, and three years after making wine in North Carolina, he’s back in the Rogue Valley to take the lead atLedger David Cellars.
And this will be the second time he’s making wine for co-owners David Traul and wife Lena Varner. The relationship began in 2010 before Evans took a winemaking job at Raffaldini Vineyards and Winery in North Carolina to help care for his ailing father and dying grandmother.
“Before we left for North Carolina, we had dinner and talked about a bunch of things ...(Read Full Article)
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If Willamette Valley’s cool climate is perfect for Pinot Noir, then it is perfect for delicate ...(Read Full Article)
Ponzi Vineyards recently named Anna Maria Ponzi as president, a newly created position that signals the complete succession for one of the Willamette Valley’s iconic family-owned wineries.
In 1993, Maria’s sister, Luisa Ponzi, took over the winemaking duties from their pioneering father.
The winery’s patriarch, Dick, who celebrated his 80th birthday this year, and wife Nancy moved from the Bay Area to create their winery in 1970 — just three years after Oregon’s first bottle of Pinot Noir was released.
Two years ago, Maria and Luisa became joint owners of the 45,000-case winery, making Ponzi Vineyards ...(Read Full Article)
Willamette Valley winery is using an unusual method of pest control -- owls.
Sokol Blosser, an organic winery located in Dayton, has a history of using earth-friendly farming efforts to grow grapes and produce wine.
The latest effort involves three barn owls, which were released onto the farm Thursday evening (video below, tap here for mobile).
Gophers and voles are a problem on vineyards because they attack vine roots to the point that they need to be replanted, according to spokeswoman Kristin Keilman-Long.
The barn owls eat those rodents, helping the farm to keep the problem at bay organically.
"Our goal ...
Seven miles past bustling, leafy Hood River, the hamlet of Mosier is home to a raw and undiscovered wine scene, where winegrowers use phrases like "test drive" and "blend of convenience" to describe the exploratory approach to viticulture.(Read Full Article)
Feeling a special connection and tie to their family’s Dundee Hills cabin and historical vineyards below, some of which they helped plant as children, the now adult children of former Oregon wine pioneer, Cal Knudsen, have decided to revive the family’s name in making fine Oregon wine – starting with a soon to be released Knudsen Vineyards Dundee Hills 2012 Pinot Noir, their first proprietary release in 25 years.
A very small group of wine writer’s and I met Page Knudsen Cowles (one of the four children and only daughter of Cal and Julia Lee Knudsen) at the ...(Read Full Article)
Late summer is the perfect time for Portlanders to visit Oregon winecountry in the Willamette Valley. Many of the wineries are anticipating the forthcoming harvest and it’s a great time to snag some deals on summer time whites and rosés. The little town ofCarlton, Oregon, is actually an ideal town for Portland wine tasters looking for a relaxing day trip to sample the myriad of wines that Oregon has to offer, not just the Willamette Valley. Park your car for the day and everything you need is in walking distance.
The most scenic route to get ...(Read Full Article)
When the wine began to take root in Oregon during the 1960s and 1970s, the number of producers who planted the vine and took aim at making quality wines of them no more than they could sit around a little bigger kitchen table and discuss with each other. There sat David Adelsheim, David Lett, Dick Erath, Dick and Nancy Ponzi, Pat and Joe Campbell and Susan Sokol Blosser and Bill.(Read Full Article)