1. Articles in category: Wineries in the News

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    1. Illahe and the Willamette Valley Modern Primitive

      Explore Aspen Daily News Online (7 hours, 5 min ago)

      Last week I had a chance to meet up with Gabriel Jagle, assistant winemaker for Illahe Vineyards and Winery, located in Dallas, Ore., in the heart of the state’s famed Willamette Valley. To be more exact, the 80-acre estate winery lies in the sub American Viticultural Area (AVA) of Eola-Amity Hills, with neighbors like Bethel Heights, Cristom, Evesham Wood and Witness Tree.

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    2. Oregon wine’s Silvan Ridge set to open Elizabeth Chambers Cellar

      Explore Great Northwest Wine (Jul 21 2014)

      Oregon wine’s Silvan Ridge set to open Elizabeth Chambers Cellar

       It wasn’t love at first sip for Liz Chambers when first entered the wine business in 1995, but on Saturday, she’ll launch her second winery when she opens Elizabeth Chambers Cellar in downtown McMinnville.

      There’s no doubting the devotion of this University of Oregon grad, who continues to have Michael Stevenson make the Elizabeth Chambers Cellar wines, just as he did when the Chambers family operated Panther Creek Cellars near the home of the International Pinot Noir Conference.

      And Juan Pablo Valot, her winemaker at Silvan Ridge in Eugene, also has a hand in the new 3 ...

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    3. Rogue Valley musicians, wineries work in harmony

      Explore Mailtribune.com (Jul 21 2014)

      Rogue Valley musicians, wineries work in harmony

      As the economy and other factors take their toll on local restaurants, musicians are bringing their thirst to perform to the Rogue Valley's wineries — where they find the hours easier and the audiences more attentive.

      More and more tasting rooms are offering live music as a way to entice customers in an increasingly competitive market, providing musicians with more opportunities to play than ever before.

      When Porscha Schiller became the tasting room manager at South Stage Cellars in Jacksonville seven years ago, it was rare to hear live music while tasting a new wine, she said.

      "There were hardly ...

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    4. Soléna Estate Announces New Leadership

      Explore Press Release Distribution (Jul 18 2014)

      Soléna Estate Announces New Leadership

      Leading Oregon Wine Producer Adds Anthony Van Nice as President (PRWeb July 18, 2014) Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/AnthonyVanNice/Solena2014/prweb12025264.htm

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    5. Troon's tradition: quality wines

      Explore Mailtribune.com (Jul 16 2014)

      Troon Vineyard has been a landmark in the Applegate Valley since the irascible, idiosyncratic and visionary Dick Troon planted his first vines in 1972.

      Troon was convinced that zinfandel could thrive in Southern Oregon, and he not only succeeded with zinfandel, the cabernet sauvignon he planted that first year worked, as well.

      Troon soon planted other varietals, especially chardonnay. He sold his grapes to other wineries until 1993, when he produced his first wines under the Troon Vineyard label.

      He played with blending, and legend has it that his famous "Druid's Fluid," emerged from a blending mistake. Druid's ...

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    6. King Estate Winemaker, Ben Howe, Appointed VP of Operations

      Explore Wine Business (Jul 16 2014)

      King Estate Winemaker, Ben Howe, Appointed VP of Operations

      King Estate Winery, the iconic Willamette Valley based Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris producer, has tapped its’ current head winemaker, Ben Howe, to fill a new position: vice president of operations. This role will play an integral part in the long-term strategic planning of King Estates’ portfolio as well as oversee day-to-day operations. CEO Ed King says, “This operations position will allow Ben to broaden his scope and impact at the winery, while helping us reach our strategic and financial goals.”

      “Ben’s familiarity with the intricate details of operations here at King Estate along with his enthusiasm and knowledge ...

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    7. Dobbes Family Estate Review

      Explore americanwineryguide.com (Jul 11 2014)

      Dobbes Family Estate Review

      They're bigger than you thought, and a lot bigger than they look. 

      Situated in a plain, reddish-brown building on the edge of Dundee on the way out of town, Dobbes Family Estate's tasting room is actually a powerhouse of production. They're one of the largest producers in the state, but you wouldn't know it on first glance at the understated, deceptively large building. Not that it matters, as long as the wine is good. That turned out to be the case, in unexpected ways. 

      The tasting room is simply but amply appointed, with a curved bar ...

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    8. Willamette Valley Epilogue

      Explore Home Page (Jul 9 2014)

      Oregonians appear quirky to most Californians, but therein lies their charm. Everyone respects the speed limit, even on freeways, they drive American cars, polite attendants pump your gas, and there is no disdain for old, used and weathered items including cars, Coming from Orange County, California, where everyone is into image and possessing “things,” I find the change when I hit the roads in the Willamette Valley very refreshing.

      It makes little sense to drive an expensive car in the Valley as many roads are either unpaved or paved with tire-ripping gravel. This rural, serene, agricultural region with miles and ...

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    9. New Discoveries in Willamette Valley

      Explore Seattle Magazine (Jul 7 2014)

      New Discoveries in Willamette Valley

      Oregon and the Willamette Valley AVA have established their oeuvre with Pinot Noir, but their repertoire is growing. A newfound love affair with Oregon Chardonnay has received notice in The New York Times, and several dedicated winemaker evangelists, such as Rollin Soles of Argyle Winery, are touting the joys of Oregon sparkling wine. Southern Oregon, a drier, sparser landscape that looks more like the Blue Mountains of eastern Washington than the Red Hills of Dundee, is producing a surprising array of varietal wines—Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo, Malbec and even Syrah. (Find southern Oregon wineries at sorwa.org.) A surprising ...

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    10. Starring Tempranillo and Wine Clubs: Oregon’s Southern Wineries

      Explore PALATE PRESS (Jul 7 2014)

      Starring Tempranillo and Wine Clubs: Oregon’s Southern Wineries

      There’s a reason most Oregonians don’t leave the state for vacations: they have everything they need right here. The same could be said about Oregon’s wines, too – which is what I found when I finally went beyond the famed Willamette Valley region a few months ago.  Along with the enthusiasm and hospitality of the winery owners, two additional elements are contributing to a flourishing winemaking panorama in Southern Oregon: the tempranillo grape and wine clubs.

      Southern Oregon’s wine-growing area is so different from the Willamette it seems like another country — or at least another state.  Tempranillo ...

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    11. Only Hours From Napa, But a World Away

      Explore NY Times Advertisement (Jul 3 2014)

      Only Hours From Napa, But a World Away

      While Napa Valley and Sonoma are renowned for their world-class wines, tasting trips there generally come attached to luxurious digs, spa treatments, $25 tasting fees, Hummer limos and standstill traffic — and all the “no picnicking” pretension that goes with that.

      It’s gotten to the point where a thirsty, fogged-in San Franciscan in search of summer sun, stellar wine and hotel rates less than $400 a night has to go out of state, especially when toting two children under the age of 5 and a husband who prefers his fishing rod to the French Laundry.

      And so, we headed north ...

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    12. Wine on Wheels: Union Wine Co. in Portland, OR

      Explore Remodelista (Jul 3 2014)

      "We're not California and we aren't France, and we're OK with that." Union Wine Co.'s straight-shooting owner, Ryan Harms, worked for high-end Oregon wineries before founding his own "industrial château" in Portland in 2005: "I decided I wasn't going to accept that wine made in Oregon had to be expensive. Union is about creating something that I can share with friends and family and make accessible without sacrificing quality."

      Having finessed his product to his liking, Harms is now out to make his Oregon craft wines as approachable as beer. Toward that end, he ...

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    13. Betting on the Best

      Explore Oregon Wine Press (Jun 27 2014)

      Betting on the Best

      Winemaker Tony Rynders celebrated for fine craftsmanship

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    14. Devoted for Decades

      Explore Oregon Wine Press (Jun 27 2014)

      Devoted for Decades

      Pfeiffer Vineyards celebrates 30 years of growing grapes

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    15. Rose City Sippin’

      Explore Oregon Wine Press (Jun 27 2014)

      Rose City Sippin’

      PDX Urban Wineries hosts annual tasting event in the city

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    16. Outside Knowledge Shapes Northwest Wineries: Wine regions attract winemakers from California and France

      Explore Wines & Vines (Jun 26 2014)

      Outside Knowledge Shapes Northwest Wineries: Wine regions attract winemakers from California and France

      The tide of investment that’s swept across the Northwest during the past 18 months has grabbed headlines, but a quieter transfer of wealth—in the form of expertise—also has occurred.

      While many of the new players moving in from California have tapped local experience to bring them up to speed on local winegrowing, there’s also been an influx of fresh perspectives related to winemaking.

      Most recently, DanCin Vineyards of Medford, Ore., appointed Brian Denner as winemaker. Denner has worked in Oregon’s Rogue Valley for four vintages, moving north in 2010 from California, where he had worked ...

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    17. Jackson Family Wines expands Oregon holdings

      Explore Harpers.co.uk (Jun 24 2014)

      Jackson Family Wines has appointed key staff to its new Willamette Valley winery in Oregon, one year after it bought to 220-acre vineyard.

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    18. Art Imitates Life In Oregon Wine Country

      Explore opb.org (Jun 24 2014)

      Art Imitates Life In Oregon Wine Country

      The Oregon Historical Society presents Oregon Vineyards: Through The Eyes Of An Artist . The exhibit showcases 11 Willamette Valley artists, including a winemaker who incorporates dirt, pinot noir grape skins and vine cuttings from his own vineyard into his paintings.

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    19. Stoller Family Estate launches artist series, reception

      Explore Wine Press Northwest (Jun 23 2014)

      Stoller Family Estate launches artist series, reception

       Stoller Family Estate, Wine Press Northwest’s “2014 Northwest Winery of the Year,” has launched a local artist series in its tasting room. The series debuts with the nature-inspired works of Kathleen Schildmeyer of Lake Oswego, and will change seasonally.

      Stoller is hosting an artist reception with Schildmeyer open to the public on Sunday, June 29 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.. Those who wish to attend should RSVP to maggie@stollerfamilyestate.com or call 503-864-3404.

      “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to showcase some of Oregon’s most talented artists and provide a unique experience for ...

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    20. Tragic story of Oregon winemaker Jimi Brooks inspires new documentary: Wine Notes

      Explore oregonlive.com (Jun 19 2014)

      Tragic story of Oregon winemaker Jimi Brooks inspires new documentary: Wine Notes

      A new documentary, entitled "American Wine Story," recounts the tragic death of winemaker Jimi Brooks. Additional Oregon producers were interviewed for the film; a special Willamette Valley screening party is slated for July 24.

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    21. A to Z Goes B Corp: Oregon Winery Commits to Serving the Public Good: Leading producer of value Pinot Noir and Chardonnay earns certification as a benefits corporation

      Explore Wine Spectator Home (Jun 19 2014)

      One of Oregon's leading green wine companies, A to Z Wineworks, has just become the first winery in the world to earn a new type of certification focused on operating a socially and environmentally responsible business: B Corp.

      "Business is often seen as the bad guys; the bigger, the worse," said Deb Hatcher, one of A to Z's four cofounders, along with Bill Hatcher, Sam Tannahill and Cheryl Francis. "We want to show that the bigger we get, the more good we can do." She said they sought out the non-wine certification to reflect their business principles as ...

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    22. DANCIN Vineyards names Brian Denner as winemaker

      Explore Great Northwest Wine (Jun 18 2014)

      DANCIN Vineyards names Brian Denner as winemaker

      DANCIN Vineyards in Oregon’s Rogue Valley announced Tuesday that it has hired Brian Denner to take over as head winemaker.

      Denner will assume his new role for owners Dan and Cindy Marca on Aug. 15, not long before harvest begins in their vineyards east of historic Jacksonville.

      DANCIN Vineyards in Medford, Ore., is building a new production facility and has hired Brian Denner to serve as the winemaker. (Photo courtesy of DANCIN Vineyards)

      DANCIN Vineyards in Medford, Ore., is building a new production facility and has hired Brian Denner to serve as the winemaker. (Photo courtesy of DANCIN Vineyards)

      “Our winemaker has been Eric Weisinger of Ashland through a custom crush agreement,” Dan Marca told Great Northwest Wine.

      Denner served as winemaker for his parents ...

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    23. Oregon's chardonnays

      Explore chicoer.com (Jun 17 2014)

      Oregon's chardonnays

      Pinot noir is the undeniable star of Oregon wine. Given that pinot often grows alongside chardonnay -- the classic example is Burgundy -- you'd think that Oregon would also be known for chardonnay.

      Not so. For years, chardonnay struggled -- and some vintners abandoned it. Pinot gris and riesling grabbed the limelight.

      Now Oregon chardonnay is coming into its own. Vintners found clones that are better suited to the cool Willamette Valley, and they've refined their winemaking. The resulting wines can be stunning and vibrant, with a common thread: refreshing natural acidity. Fruit flavors tend toward citrus, apple and white stone ...

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    24. The Art of Wine Tasting Notes

      Explore Wine-Searcher. Find and Price Wines. (Jun 13 2014)

      The Art of Wine Tasting Notes

      When Patrick Reuter sits down to taste wines, he reaches for a pencil and a piece of paper, like many of us do.

      And then things get weird, because he also gets out his tubes of watercolors and his brushes. Which most of us don’t. But maybe we should.

      Over the past 24 years, Reuter – winemaker and owner at Dominio IV in McMinnville, Oregon – has developed a system of wine observation and notation he calls “shape tasting”. The practice grew out of the winemaker’s frustration with traditional tasting notes.


          Patrick Reuter at work shape-tasting

      “I used to write ...

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