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Pinot Noir Still King in Oregon - Red varietal brought highest average price per ton of $2,655 in 2013
The rebound in pricing for Oregon grapes during the past four years suggests that growers will see stable or slightly higher prices this season.
Preliminary results from the 2013 Oregon Vineyard and Wine Production Census indicate that statewide, growers received an average of $2,252 per ton in 2013, down 3% from 2012.
Pinot Noir topped the crop with a price of $2,655 per ton, with white varieties including Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Müller-Thurgau coming on strong. Chardonnay is now the state’s second most-expensive grape at $2,236 per ton, up 28% in 2013 compared to 2012 ...(Read Full Article)
Oregon’s Willamette Valley has earned its place on the shelf.
In the last 10-15 years, the Burgundian-style Pinot Noir wines from the Northwest have proven to be good enough to be compared to French Burgundy.
Critics love the terroir-driven wines while consumers find an increasing selection of Oregon Pinot on wine shop shelves. The notoriety has made many Oregon wineries household names.(Read Full Article)
If Oregon's 2014 commercial grape harvest started tomorrow, the numbers would be stunners and the smiles blinding.
Ideal early season conditions spawned so many clusters that vineyard managers from Milton-Freewater to Dundee are madly "green pruning" -- dropping up to one-third of their grapes -- to ensure that the bountiful remains have a chance to ripen.
But early August, as any veteran of Oregon's $2.7 billion commercial wine industry will attest, isn't mid- to late September. Even the most optimistic vintner remembers the drenching, late-season rains that drowned parts of last year's harvest.(Read Full Article)
The Oregon wine industry and the Willamette Valley have come to be synonymous with American Pinot Noir. It didn't all start there though. To find the birthplace of the modern Oregon wine industry you'll need to travel south on I-5 from what has come to be known as Oregon Pinot country until you get to the town of Roseburg.(Read Full Article)
In a previous column we related some of the climate and geology of Walla Walla Valley in Southeastern Washington. As the valley celebrates 30 years as a recognized AVA (American Viticultural Area), the number of wineries has grown from just four in 1984 to over 100 today. The quaint downtown of Walla Walla boasts a couple of dozen tasting rooms from the surrounding area wineries and a nice collection of restaurants and tourist-oriented shopping opportunities. Walla Walla Valley is anticipating the Fall 2014 announcement of a new AVA — The Rocks of Milton-Freewater on the Oregon side of Walla Walla Valley ...(Read Full Article)
Previous columns have argued that a critical mass of wine energy has indeed been reached in Walla Walla and it is interesting to watch ways the four groups I identified, Pioneers, Next Generation, Foreign Legion and Millennials, compete, cooperate and collectively build the region’s reputation.(Read Full Article)
¡Salud!, a non-profit program through Tuality Healthcare that provides healthcare services for seasonal vineyard workers and their families, raised $40,000 at its second annual Summertime ¡Salud! – The Big Dinner, hosted by Stoller Family Estate and presented by The Allison Inn & Spa. The July 24 event, held the evening before the annual International Pinot Noir Celebration, drew a crowd of 135 guests and featured cuisine by JORY chef, Sunny Jin and magnums from the 18 participating wineries from Oregon, California and France.(Read Full Article)
In an effort to achieve the most sustainable vineyard possible, growers often find themselves in a balancing act of reducing inputs — herbicides, fungicides, pesticides, tractor passes — in the hope of a healthier vineyard ecosystem. But at times, eliminating one input sometimes leads to increasing another. This tension is what complicates sustainability, making spinning plates while riding on a unicycle look easy.(Read Full Article)
It’s Sunday night and Lumpy’s, a dive bar in Dundee, is packed to the gills. Two master sommeliers are playing pool, the wine director from the newest James Beard award-winning restaurant is scrolling though the karaoke songbook, and two wine buyers from competing grocery stores are talking World Cup over local ales.(Read Full Article)
For one week, the financial wing of Brooks Winery worked in a farmhouse, in a modest dining room overlooking a 20-acre vineyeard.
The team consisted of four graduate students in their late 20s pursuing business degrees at either UC Berkeley or the University of Michigan. Ambitious and hard working, they each were seeing Oregon for their first time.
Clustered in the rolling hills outside Amity, entrepreneur Janie Brooks could relate. A decade ago, she began work at the business in a similar fashion, parachuting in from a life and family in California, with no experience running a winery. Like the ...(Read Full Article)
The name Naumes has been synonymous with pears for 68 years and likely will be for years to come.
Naumes Inc. is the largest pear packer in Medford. But on steep, picturesque hillsides around the Naumes family home, just southwest of town, pear orchards are giving way to vineyards.
Laura Naumes caught the wine bug a few years ago and convinced her husband, Mike, that growing wine grapes would be profitable, a good diversification and fun.
Their first planting was of Pinot Noir on 15.5 acres of hillside below the long, paved and gated driveway that winds up around ...(Read Full Article)
The show, curated by Lori Erickson, relays the history of the Oregon wine industry in an appealing format, featuring crisp, bold graphics by Bryan Potter Design and interactive elements such as a scent wall and — yes! — a tasting room. Best of all, the ...(Read Full Article)
"If you're in the market for a winery as a commercial entity or a family business, there's never been a better time," said Rob McMillan, founder of Silicon Valley Bank's Wine Division and author of the report.(Read Full Article)
¡Salud!, a program that provides health care to seasonal vineyard workers and their families in Oregon, has announced that its annual Oregon Pinot Noir Auction for fundraising will be moving this fall to the Allison Inn & Spa in Newberg.
And this year’s second annual Summertime ¡Salud! – The Big Dinner will be Thursday, July 24, in Dayton at Stoller Family Estate, recently named Wine Press Northwest magazine’s Pacific Northwest Winery of Year.(Read Full Article)
Oregon grape growers say herbicide drift is damaging vineyards and it's time for the state to ban 2,4-D use during April to October growing season.
Joel Meyers estimates herbicide drift has caused $50,000 damage in the past three years to vineyards he owns, leases or manages in Oregon’s Yamhill County wine country, and he’s had enough of it.
An incident this spring wilted the leaves of a block of muscat grapes and likely will stop shoot development and prevent fruit formation, Meyers said. It’s the third year in a row he’s been hit ...(Read Full Article)
Adelsheim Vineyard is pleased to announce its purchase of a 59-acre property in the Chehalem Mountains American Viticultural Area, which includes the 20-acre Bryan Creek Vineyard.
“First planted by us in 1989, Bryan Creek has long been part of the Adelsheim Vineyard estate vineyard portfolio. However, the land underneath the grapes has always been owned by our neighbors, Jess and Joy Howell. We had a 30-year lease that allowed us to plant and manage a vineyard on 20 acres,” says president and co-founder David Adelsheim.
Following Jess Howell’s passing three years ago, his wife and their children made the ...(Read Full Article)
Signs let farmers know their herbicides can harm local vineyards: Wine-grape growers group is most worried about effects of 2,4-D
The state's largest organization of wine-grape growers is making signs for distribution to vintners who are concerned with the risks herbicides can pose to vineyards.
The Oregon Winegrowers Association is making fence-post signs available to wineries and vineyard owners. The signs alert farmers who are using 2,4-Dichlorophenoxyacetic acid, commonly referred to as 2,4-D, about the potential danger to the state's 25,000 acres of vineyards.
The systemic herbicide, used in the control of broadleaf weeds, is one of the most widely used herbicides in the world, and is the third-most commonly used herbicide in North America ...(Read Full Article)
After Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., intervenes, the Alcohol, Tax and Trade Bureau backs off a ruling that would have halted a new law allow wine sales in refillable containers.(Read Full Article)