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Our “Profiles in Farming” and “Biodynamic® Product Spotlight” have never been joined at the hip -- that is to say, representing both farmer and product from the same farm. But due to recent praise for Demeter-certified Cowhorn Vineyard & Garden, we are thrilled to honor the farmers, and their products, together here.(Read Full Article)
Just weeks after Sunset magazine highlighted Cowhorn in its annual “Best of the West” issue, Cowhorn wines were reviewed in the October issue of Robert Parker’sThe Wine Advocate. Along with high scores, reviewer David Schildknecht offered a perspective that is truly remarkable for a small family-run estate winery ...
from guest blogger Renae Henderson : Historic Downtown Newberg, OR recently welcomed Fire + Flood , Oregon at the end of September, a new tasting room by Chapter 24 Vineyards with a vision to showcase everything the Willamette Valley has to offer. While still new, the plan is to build up to pouring wines from 10 to 15 local guest winemakers featuring two wines from each in addition to their four Fire + Flood label Pinot Noirs.(Read Full Article)
Willamette Valley Vineyards is one of the most successful wineries in Oregon. The reason for this is obvious, simple in fact, it’s just two words: Jim Bernau.
Of course, that’s not to take anything away from the polished, professional staff that greeted us with a flood of hospitality. We were presented with a textbook knowlege of wine and an ability to compare, contrast, explain and deliver the story with a flair that would make any Academy Award Winner jealous.
We arrived for our 10 o’clock a bit early, we waited until 10, on the dot. Jim appeared ...(Read Full Article)
With so much on offer just blocks from my home in southeast Portland, sometimes it is easy to forget the bounty that surrounds our fine city. The Willamette Valley AVA is Oregon’s largest wine producing region, and home to a majority of the state’s wineries, and yet it is only an hour away from downtown Portland. It makes for the ideal gourmand weekend getaway.
Here are some tips and suggestions based on my visits to Newberg.
Because there are not a lot of hotels in the area, I suggest booking your accommodation up front. The most well ...(Read Full Article)
My recent visit to Oregon ended in Portland, the largest city in the state, and a place that I really enjoy. On my last trip to Portland, I had a great time exploring the city, and continued my explorations again this time. Portland has an assortment of nicknames, including Rose City, Stumptown, Bridgetown, Puddletown, and Rivercity. Though the name "Portland" derives from Portland, Maine, the city almost became the second "Boston." Maybe that is why I feel a special affinity to Portland.
Back in 1843, Asa Lovejoy, who had been an attorney in Boston, Massachusetts before setting off to the ...(Read Full Article)
After spending a few days in Southern Oregon, we moved north into the Willamette Valley, the most well known Oregon AVA. Willamette Valley accounts for roughly 79% of Oregon wine production, and there are over 300 wineries and 600 vineyards. Pinot Noir is by far the most planted grape, with over 11,000 acres, and accounts for 88% of production in the state. The second most planted grape, Pinot Gris, only occupies about 2400 acres and the third most planted grape, Chardonnay, occupies about 725 acres. Pinot Noir may be king, but there are other intriguing wines being made in ...(Read Full Article)
... a special connotation this year as wineries, vineyards, restaurants and retailers welcome visitors and guests with holiday lights, wine barrel art, special holiday wine packages and fun promotions, according to Charles Humble of the Oregon Wine Board .(Read Full Article)
Union Wine Company never bought into snooty wine culture, eschewing an expensive rural hilltop location for a gritty Tualatin industrial park and selling bottles around $10. Now it plans to roll out wine in a can.
Union Wine hopes its roughly $5, 375-milliliter cans of Underwood pinot gris and pinot noir will hit shelves by spring of 2014. It may sound expensive to those used to $6 six-packs of Pabst Blue Ribbon tall boys, but the price works out to a $10 bottle. Packaging wine in a can plays into a larger “beerification” of wine, says co-owner Ryan Harms.(Read Full Article)
Oregon’s largest winery and one of North America’s largest suppliers of wine bottles developed an environmental program that exemplifies the wine industry’s commitment to ecological stewardship.
King Estate Winery elected to change to a more sustainable glass bottle than it had been using for the prior decade. With TricorBraun(TricorBraun.com) WinePak’s (WinePakDirect.com) guidance, the winery selected the Eco Series bottles manufactured by Verallia North America.
“This is a winery that thinks ‘outside the bottle’ and the Eco Series selection was just the starting point for a sweeping sustainability program,” Gillian Brennan, TricorBraun WinePak’s ...(Read Full Article)
When you visit a winery tasting room, one of the last things you might expect to see is an homage to the Friday the 13th movie franchise, including images of Jason Voorhees, the hockey-masked killer. While in Southern Oregon, wandering around the tasting room of a historic winery, I was surprised and puzzled to find a large collection of Friday the 13th memorabilia in one corner of the room. Why was it there? What did it have to do, if anything, with wine? I'll provide you the answers later in this post.
First, let us delve back to the ...(Read Full Article)
Duck Pond Cellars, one of the the largest brands in the Oregon wine industry, has given its 20-year-old bird a sleek new look.
“The ’90s were the era of the critter label, and people have a certain perception of that,” said Amber Fries, director of communications for Duck Pond, which celebrated its 20th anniversary this year in Dundee. “We feel our wines are better than some of the better-known critter labels, so we wanted a more modern and classic look that will let the wines speak for themselves.”
Duck Pond, ranked as Oregon’s No. 3 brand in terms of ...(Read Full Article)
Yamhill County usually gets most of the attention when talking about Willamette Valley wineries, but the ones down in Polk County rank right near the top, too.(Read Full Article)
The two buildings on the south side of the complex are presently being deconstructed, a term used in the "green building" trade to indicate that salvageable components will be reused.(Read Full Article)
Terry Brandborg would love to turn Elkton Villages Nouveau into an annual celebration at his eponymous Southern Oregon winery, but some years the Pinot Noir won’t make it to the party in time.
This vintage, though, the fruit came in early enough for Brandborg and his wife, Sue, to schedule their third Beaujolais Nouveau-themed party for tonight. They will be doing the cooking for 50 guests in the cellar at Brandborg Vineyard & Winery, a festive gathering in the tiny town of Elkton to observe a French tradition that’s young by Old World standards.
“I will tell them a ...(Read Full Article)
In addition to the new downtown Eugene tasting rooms of Capitello Wines and William Rose Wines/
Oregon Wine LAB — more about both of them in the Urban Wine Circuit story, Page 8 — several recent and upcoming changes are transforming the local wine-bar scene. Here’s a taste:
LaVelle Vineyards opens Tap Room in Springfield
After moving from its longtime club-room location at Fifth Street Public Market, LaVelle Vineyards of Elmira recently opened its new LaVelle Tap Room at 400 International Way, Suite 130, just off Interstate 5 in Springfield’s Gateway area.
The new location still serves as an in-town ...(Read Full Article)
A Japanese garden with water features decorates the outside of the tasting room at Saffron Fields Vineyard. The tasting room had a soft opened in September, but officially marked its opening Nov. 17.(Read Full Article)
Sokol Blosser Winery is nestled in the famous red hills two miles south of Dundee, on that busy highway between Portland and the Oregon coast. The Ponzis make their wines on the north side of Chehalem Mountain, between Beaverton and Sherwood, in a location they chose in order to be close to a big city market.(Read Full Article)
A couple of weeks ago Janie Brooks Heuck and Revel Wine hosted aBrooks Riesling tasting at 18 Reasons in San Francisco. The event brought together a small group of writers and wine industry folks to taste through four flights including two dry Riesling verticals, one 2012 horizontal showing soil variation, and one off-dry to sweet style flight.
The grape has been planted through the Willamette Valley since the early stages of their industry, however, initial styles were largely unsuccessful. Most early examples are today jokingly compared to Sprite. The future of Riesling in Willamette Valley became uncertain, then, when ...(Read Full Article)
For the first time in its 26-year history, Argyle Winery is unveiling new labels that set a dramatic tone for the winery’s products and better visually connect its award-winning sparkling and still wines under a unified brand. In response to and in anticipation of future growth, the company is also expanding production with the purchase of a larger facility as Nate Klostermann assumes the day-to-day head winemaking role under the watch of founding winemaker Rollin Soles.Branding Conveys Argyle’s QualityElegant and contemporary, the winery’s new labels reflect the attention to detail in Argyle’s winemaking as ...(Read Full Article)
When visiting different wine regions, I usually find a number of wines I would like to purchase, but flying with wine is a challenge. There can be the added cost for additional luggage and the a risk that the bottles might break during the flight. Generally, I'll only purchase one to three bottles, and pack them carefully in my existing luggage. Thus, I need to be very selective in which bottles I decide to transport home. When I recently visited Oregon, I purchased only a single bottle, a high end Tempranillo from Abacela Vineyards. It was a most impressive ...(Read Full Article)
California music executive Jay Boberg and Burgundian winemaker Jean-Nicolas Méo of Domaine Méo-Camuzet have announced their formation of a partnership, the latest in a string of high-profile international winemaking collaborations to be announced in Oregon’s Willamette Valley.
Méo, who learned his craft from Henri Jayer, is consulting winemaker on the as-yet-unnamed project. His winery in the village of Vosne-Romanée is one of Burgundy’s top producers.
Boberg cofounded the seminal I.R.S. record label in 1979 and headed the MCA Records division of Universal Music from 1994 to 2003. He is currently chairman of ...(Read Full Article)
- An Oregon winemaker gives new shape to "handcrafted" wine.
A couple of years back, concrete egg-shaped fermenters were all the rage in the most fashionable winery cellars. Today, you just aren’t with the times if you're not fermenting or aging your wine in a vessel that’s been around for millennia: the terracotta amphora.
But with only a few terracotta artisans manufacturing amphorae, supply is slim and prices are steep – particularly for New World producers, who must pay to ship the fragile vessels from traditional production zones such as Tuscany. (The going rate in the U.S. is ...(Read Full Article)