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Every year, when Wine Business Monthly chooses our annual list of the top 10 Hot Brands, we look for vintners, growers, wineries and wines that are making a statement in our industry. While quality is always our first and foremost consideration, Hot Brands is not simply a list of the best or most interesting wines we’ve tasted during the year. This list delves more deeply into what it means to be a part of the American wine industry. These are wineries that best exemplify their region or variety, or that dared to take big risks (with big rewards) in ...(Read Full Article)
When someone says, “Oregon wine,” the automatic thought often is “Pinot Noir.” This is because the noble red grape of France’s Burgundy region drives everything about the Oregon wine industry.
A new economic impact report shows that Oregon wine is worth $3.3 billion a year to that state’s bottom line, up from $2.7 billion in 2010. It’s also responsible for more than 17,000 jobs, thanks to the state’s 600-plus wineries and 950 vineyards.
Oregon is the nation’s fourth-largest wine-producing state (after California, Washington and New York), and while vineyards stretch from the ...(Read Full Article)
Despite occasional comments to the contrary, good things do come from that large state sprawling southward below Oregon’s southern border.
Let’s see: There are movies, and at least a few worth watching. Then there is television, particularly the kind that comes commercial-free. There is good weather, which, unfortunately, can’t be exported. And there is good wine, which can be exported. But being faithful Oregonians, we should support our own excellent industry.(Read Full Article)
By OWP Staff
Susan Sokol Blosser, who recently passed her iconic family winery to the next generation, shares the story in a new self-published book, “Letting Go: How One Entrepreneur Energized Her Business, Empowered the Next Generation and Embraced a Bold New Vision.”
Sokol Blosser co-founded Sokol Blosser Winery in Dayton with her former husband, Bill Blosser, in 1971. She turned the operation over to her children, Alex and Alison, in 2008.(Read Full Article)
Another version of Snowmaggedon is forecast to smother the East Coast, but a group of Oregon Pinot Noir producers hopes the weather this week won’t get in the way of the Oregon Pinot Camp it has scheduled Wednesday in New Hampshire.
“They are expecting one to three feet of snow,” said Howard Rossbach, founder and president ofFiresteed Cellars in Rickreall, Ore. “I doubt there will be any four-wheel drive vehicles left at the airport, so I’m hoping that once I get to the hotel that I won’t have to drive anywhere.”
Rossbach will join David Adelsheim ...(Read Full Article)
When Portland native Jimi Brooks died of an apparent heart attack at 38, he owned a thriving winery in the Eola-Amity Hills of the Willamette Valley. And he left some very specific instructions about its future in his will.
The whole business would go to the son who inspired him, Pascal.
The wrinkle: Pascal was just 8 when he became the sole owner of Brooks Winery.
It's the kind of unusual bequest that attracted the attention of a new reality series that debuts Monday on Fox Business Network.
Hosted by Jamie Colby, a Fox Business reporter with a legal ...(Read Full Article)
There is a wine movement happening in the Pacific Northwest and it’s probably not what you’re thinking. It’s not pinot noir in Oregon. That happened years ago. And no, it’s not merlot in Washington. It’s sparkling wine.
Though there are no exact numbers to show how many producers are currently making sparkling, it is has become obvious by the sheer increase in visibility on the shelves that sparkling wine in the Pacific Northwest is on the rise. And it’s here to stay.
For sparkling wine fanatics like myself this is an incredibly exciting thing ...(Read Full Article)
The article is accompanied by a two-page aerial photo by Portland photographer Andrea Johnson, of Elk Cove's vineyard in Washington County, under the title of "A Place in the Sun," a seven-page spread on Oregon's 2012 pinot noir vintage.(Read Full Article)
If Saul Steinberg still were alive and commissioned to draw a map of Oregon’s wine regions, it just might feature the northern Willamette Valley broad and deep in the foreground, with the rest of the state fading in the distant background.
In 1976, that’s the way he famously pictured the United States as seen from New York’s Ninth Avenue, an amusing and enduring bit of artful license.
While vintners in the Chehalem Mountains, the Dundee Hills and other wine enclaves of the upper Willamette Valley southwest of Portland would be tickled by the Steinbergian perspective, other members ...(Read Full Article)
Ken Wright’s 2012 Abbott Claim Vineyard Pinot Noir has been named the top wine in the world for 2014 by Wine Enthusiast Magazine.
It is the first time an Oregon wine has ever topped one of the leading national wine magazine’s Top 100 lists. In fact, it is considered a signal achievement simply to make one of the lists.
Upon initial evaluation earlier in the year, the $65 Yamhill-Carlton AVA pinot was awarded a near-perfect 97 points and named an Editor’s Choice. When the magazine went through the process of determining its best 100 for the year ...(Read Full Article)
Expressed briefly, making a great wine is rather simple. You find the right piece of ground; you put the right grapes in; you tend them well and harvest them at the right time; and then you smash them together and nudge the product gently away from its tendency towards vinegar.
For some people, the most important step is finding the right piece of ground, and for anyone looking to start a winery, it is certainly the first step. It's really important. If you get it wrong, the rest of the stuff doesn't matter.
At least, that's the ...(Read Full Article)
A visit to the Dundee Hills is a visit to the soul of Oregon wine country.
While not quite the oldest region in the modern Oregon wine industry — the Umpqua Valley holds that distinction — these hills with the red-tinted dirt hold the state's history in their purple-stained hands. Here is where people with names such as Lett, Erath and Sokol Blosser planted Pinot Noir and built a new industry in ancient soils.
In the mid-1960s, David Lett arrived here from California. Three decades after Prohibition had laid waste to any kind of Oregon wine industry, Lett set out to ...(Read Full Article)
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)