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It’s fitting for Ryan Harms and his unpretentious Union Wine Co. to roll out their new mobile tasting truck on the streets of downtown Portland on the same weekend as Oregon’s exclusive and expensive International Pinot Noir Conference.
Harms, who generated headlines and raised eyebrows by offering his Underwood Pinot Noir from Oregon in an 375-milliliter aluminum can, will debut his wine tasting truck today on the corner of Southeast 33rd Avenue and Southeast Division Street.
“Whether it ...(Read Full Article)
Wisconsin may not have a climate made for producing the best wine grapes, but its fertile soil has produced a plethora of top notch winemakers. In fact, there are enough of them that c.1880 has featured a number of them on its "All Roots Lead to Wisconsin" wine list.
One such winemaker is Milwaukee native Tony Rynders.
For three women -- an insurance underwriter, a mechanic for F-15 fighter planes and a widow with two young children -- there are second chances in the wine business.(Read Full Article)
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.(Read Full Article)
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 ...
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 ...(Read Full Article)
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(Read Full Article)
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 ...(Read Full Article)
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 ...(Read Full Article)
They're bigger than you thought, and a lot bigger than they look.(Read Full Article)
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 ...
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 ...(Read Full Article)
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 ...(Read Full Article)
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 ...(Read Full Article)
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 ...(Read Full Article)
"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 ...(Read Full Article)
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.(Read Full Article)
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 ...
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.(Read Full Article)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 ...(Read Full Article)
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.(Read Full Article)
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
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 ...(Read Full Article)