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    1. Pacific Northwest Promises a Memorable Vintage

      Explore Wine-Searcher. Find and Price Wines. (Oct 16 2014)

      Pacific Northwest Promises a Memorable Vintage

      Oregon should have its largest wine harvest ever in 2014, and Washington is awash in grapes as well, as the Pacific Northwest enjoyed a record-setting warm, dry summer.

      Everything is high: temperatures, crop size, sugars, potential alcohol. And possibly future critics' ratings. The 2014 wines might be memorably intense; what they won't be is shy.

      "We're probably the ripest up here we've ever been," says Dick Boushey, a grower and vineyard manager in Washington's Red Mountain and Yakima Valley.

      But not this year. Oregon is on target to have its hottest year in recorded history, and ...

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    2. Oregon wineries expecting a vintage year

      Explore KTVZ.COM (Oct 14 2014)

      Oregon wineries expecting a vintage year

      An estimated $2.7 billion pours into Oregon's wine industry every year. This year's vintage is predicted to be a record-breaking best for wineries around the state.

      It was the hottest growing year on record, and Maragas Winery in Culver took advantage of those consistent temperature and lack of frost. They're expecting one of their best yields yet.

      Owner and winemaker Doug Maragas and his crew harvested the last fruits of their labor on Monday
         
      "It's the last stage of the harvest season for reds," Maragas said.

      And the grand finale was one of epic proportions ...

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    3. Huge harvest gives Oregon winemakers unusual challenge

      Explore nwcn.com (Oct 10 2014)

      Huge harvest gives Oregon winemakers unusual challenge

      Wine makers in Oregon are facing an unusual challenge. They have so many grapes this year they're running out of places to put them.

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      Jim Prosser, owner of J.K. Carriere Wines, says this has been one of his most challenging harvests and it's all due to the hot weather.

      "I feel like I'm in a big wrestling match," Prosser said.

      Prosser is making more wine than he has places to put it.

      "I haven't quite figured out how to stand liquid up in my cellar without anything containing it, but I ...

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    4. Oregon winemakers laud 'juggernaut' 2014 vintage

      Explore decanter.com (Oct 7 2014)

      Oregon winemakers laud 'juggernaut' 2014 vintage

      Tank space is at a premium due to high yields from a 2014 crop that the Oregon Wine Board believes could set a new record. But, that isn't all. This year is also forecast to be a rare vintage for US state's $2.7bn wine industry , perhaps like 1994, when both ...

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    5. Willamette Valley wineries reaping record-setting harvest

      Explore Corvallis Gazette (Oct 6 2014)

      Willamette Valley wineries reaping record-setting harvest

      Oregon wine connoisseurs take note: 2014 is going to be a very good vintage.

      Willamette Valley wineries harvesting grapes this season say that 2014 could be the best season in more than a decade. The summer’s consistently hot days, warm nights and just the right sprinkling of rain added up to near-perfect conditions for almost all 72 varieties of wine grapes grown in the Willamette Valley and throughout Oregon.

      While wineries harvested grapes into early November in 2013, many wineries are set to finish the 2014 harvest this week.

      “What’s interesting is this has been a record summer ...

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    6. Winemaker Joe Dobbes on 'the best year ever' for Oregon grapes

      Explore Business News (Oct 3 2014)

      Winemaker Joe Dobbes on 'the best year ever' for Oregon grapes

      Joe Dobbes has been making wine in Oregon for 29 years.

      The 2014 fruit is, he says, the best he's ever seen.

      "It’s a rare vintage where it’s high quantity and high quality," said Dobbes, founder of Wine by Joe, which produces the Wine by Joe and Dobbes Family Estate brands among others.

      Typically, the Oregon grape harvest begins in the third week of September for Southern Oregon fruit. This year, Southern Oregon grapes were prime for picking at the beginning of September and Willamette Valley grapes weren't far behind.

      That's great when it comes ...

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    7. Local vineyards could have warmest vintage ever

      Explore KOIN.com (Oct 1 2014)

      Local vineyards could have warmest vintage ever

      Unlike last year when heavy rain threatened the wine grape harvest, 2014 is looking fairly ideal for local vineyards.

      “We had an early bud break and an early bloom,” said Bill Sweat, Oregon Wine Association board president and owner of Winderlea Wine Company. “The good thing about that is it gives the indication we’ll be starting early.”

      In fact, he said, many wineries have already been pruning and some have began harvesting as early as the first week in September.

      Adelsheim Vineyard started picking for pinot noir Sept. 10, alongside sparkling grape growers the week prior.

      “Everything tastes ripe ...

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    8. Nothing to Wine About

      Explore Oregon Wine Press (Sep 30 2014)

      Nothing to Wine About

      Oregon winemakers around the state can scarcely contain their excitement about the potential of the 2014 harvest. Conditions appear to be so superb that every positive indicator is operating on overdrive.

      Ken Wright has been immersed in the Yamhill Valley wine world since 1986, when he founded Panther Creek Cellars. He sources fruit from the Yamhill-Carlton, Dundee Hills, Eola Hills and McMinnville AVAs.

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    9. Splitting Heirs

      Explore Oregon Wine Press (Sep 30 2014)

      Splitting Heirs

      By Hilary Berg, OWP Editor

      As a winery owner, I know how hard it can be to garner media attention, especially when — you believe — you’re rightfully deserving of the spotlight.

      In the case of Honeywood and HillCrest, these two wineries deserve the utmost respect as both have roots so deep, perhaps Roots would have been an appropriate name for either.

      Some wineries — Roots! — are shameless for attention; not the case for Honeywood or HillCrest.

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    10. Grape Expectations

      Explore Oregon Business (Sep 29 2014)

      Grape Expectations

      On December 18, 2012, a massive windstorm blew through the Willamette Valley, causing severe roof damage to Kevin and Carla Chambers’ triple-wide mobile home just outside Newberg. “We had a waterfall in our house,” says Kevin, a vineyard manager who has worked in the Oregon wine industry for 35 years. “My wife and I looked at each other and said, ‘Obviously, we’ll have to do something about our living situation.’”

      Back in 1989, the couple had bought a 32-acre property called Resonance, knowing that it was an exceptional site for growing pinot noir grapes. In the hands of local ...

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    11. 2014 Oregon wine-grape harvest turns up the heat as winemakers predict quality vintage

      Explore oregonlive.com (Sep 27 2014)

      2014 Oregon wine-grape harvest turns up the heat as winemakers predict quality vintage

      What Oregon's $2.7 billion wine industry will remember 2014 for is the hottest growing year on record.

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    12. It's a Vineyard Seller's Market Read more at: http://www.winesandvines.com/template.cfm?section=news&content=139268 Copyright © Wines & Vines

      Explore Wines & Vines (Sep 25 2014)

      It's a Vineyard Seller's Market  Read more at: http://www.winesandvines.com/template.cfm?section=news&content=139268 Copyright © Wines & Vines

      The 23rd Wine Industry Financial Symposium, designed to bring together lenders and the wine business, was held earlier this week at the Marriott Napa Valley. Among many interesting sessions, one that attracted great attention was that on winery and vineyard sales and acquisitions.

      John Mackie, the managing partner of law firm Carle, Mackie, Power & Ross, moderated a panel of Josh Grace, managing director, International Wine Associates; Matthew Franklin, principal, Zepponi & Company; and vineyard appraiser Tony Correia of the Correia Company.

      Josh Grace started the discussion with transactions in the Pacific Northwest, which has become a hotbed of wine property sales ...

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    13. Bountiful Harvest

      Explore Polk County Itemizer (Sep 25 2014)

      Bountiful Harvest

      Fingers crossed.

      The 2014 wine harvest began early in the Willamette Valley, prompted by a spectacular growing season this spring and summer.

      In some places in the valley, vineyards have already pulled all of their fruit into the winery and most expect to be finished early.

      “We’re ahead of schedule by almost two weeks, and have been since bud break,” said Bill Sweat, chairman of the Oregon Wine Board (OWB) and owner of Winderlea Vineyard and Winery in Dundee, in an OWB harvest update. “With the 30-day forecast showing slightly warmer and drier than normal conditions, 2014 has the ...

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    14. Oregon growers face ‘epic’ grape harvest

      Explore Capital Press agriculture news (Sep 24 2014)

      Oregon growers face ‘epic’ grape harvest

      Sam Tannahill doesn’t want to jinx the 2014 Oregon wine grape harvest, but here goes: It’s shaping up to be “epic.”

      “An amazing year,” said Tannahill, viticulture director and a co-founder of A to Z Wineworks in Yamhill County. Perfectly warm summer temperatures, no bad weather “curveballs” like last year’s monsoon and very little disease pressure, he said.

      As a result, the state’s growing regions, from Mosier in the Columbia River Gorge to Medford in Southern Oregon, are producing big yields of “beautiful, beautiful grapes,” Tannahill said. “The quality is off the charts.”

      Knock on wood ...

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    15. Oregon’s 2014 wine grape harvest is underway

      Explore OWB Blog (Sep 19 2014)

      Oregon’s 2014 wine grape harvest is underway

      Oregon’s 601 wineries and 905 vineyards are delighted as the early outlook for the 2014 vintage is prosperous. Ideal growing conditions in the spring and summer have the state’s $2.7 billion wine industry poised for a potential record harvest. 

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    16. Near-perfect Willamette Valley harvest hums along

      Explore Great Northwest Wine (Sep 19 2014)

      Near-perfect Willamette Valley harvest hums along

       Pinot Noir is coming in faster than it ever has in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, thanks to a warm vintage with near-perfect conditions.

      “We’re almost done,” said Melissa Burr, head winemaker for Stoller Family Estate in the Dundee Hills. “It’s incredible. We’ve never had such a compressed harvest.”

      Burr, who is in her 12th harvest at Stoller, started picking Pinot Noir on Aug. 27 for sparkling wine and Sept. 8 for still wines. At this point, she has 75 percent of her grapes brought in and should have most of the rest of her fruit in the ...

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    17. Oregon Wine Services Merges with Wineshipping

      Explore Oregon Wine Press (Sep 19 2014)

      Oregon Wine Services Merges with Wineshipping

      McMinnville, Ore. September 19, 2014 - Oregon Wine Services, the premier wine shipping, storage and transportation company in Oregon, announced today that it has joined with Wineshipping, the Napa-based leading provider of wine shipping services, in a move that strengthens and streamlines fulfillment of e-commerce and winery-direct shipments across the country.

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    18. Harvest 2014: Summer's warm weather proves kind to wine grapes

      Explore Portland Tribune & Community Newspapers (Sep 17 2014)

      Harvest 2014: Summer's warm weather proves kind to wine grapes

      Unlike last year when heavy rain threatened the wine grape harvest, 2014 is looking fairly ideal for local vineyards.

      “We had an early bud break and an early bloom,” said Bill Sweat, Oregon Wine Association board president and owner of Winderlea Wine Company. “The good thing about that is it gives the indication we’ll be starting early.”

      In fact, he said, many wineries have already been pruning and some have even begun harvest as early as the first week in September.

      Photo Credit: GARY ALLEN - Employees and interns began sorting the first pickings (left) of pinot noir last week at Adelsheim Vineyards near Newberg.

      Photo Credit: GARY ALLEN - Employees and interns began sorting the first pickings (left) of pinot noir last week ...

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    19. Warm weather leads to vintage Oregon wine harvest

      Explore KOIN.com (Sep 10 2014)

      he warm weather this summer has many of the Oregon vineyards ripe and and ready for harvest.

      Wine growers throughout Oregon and Washington are preparing for the harvest, and some vineyards already began picking the grapes.

      At the Stoller Family Estate in Dayton, there are nearly 400,000 vines and 190 acres with grapes for pinot noir and chardonnay. Their harvest should go through October, and they said it looks to be one of the best vintages in the last few years.

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    20. Oregon wine grape harvest early this year

      Explore nwcn.com (Sep 9 2014)

      Oregon wine grape harvest early this year

      This is shaping up to be a historic year for Oregon wines. Not only is a large 2014 yield expected, but the harvest is extremely early.

      R.J. Lint owns and operates the Plum Hill Vineyards in Gaston, which is overflowing with grapes. The pinot noir already looks ready to pick, which is remarkable when you consider how early it is.

      "Consider that in 2011 we picked on November 3rd and this year we will start picking next week," Lint said Sunday.

      The fruit is healthy and heavy across nearly every vineyard in the Willamette Valley. Wine connoisseurs are excited ...

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    21. Conditions ripe as Oregon wine growers ramp up grape harvest

      Explore oregonlive.com (Sep 7 2014)

      Conditions ripe as Oregon wine growers ramp up grape harvest

      Oregon's Dundee Hills suffered from late rains last year that impacted the quality of wine in one of Oregon's most productive regions.

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    22. Nationally Ranked

      Explore Polk County Itemizer (Sep 3 2014)

      Nationally Ranked

      Michelle Kaufmann, assistant communications manager for the Oregon Wine Board , isn't surprised at the county's No. 32 ranking nationwide. ... It contributes to the $2.7 billion total from Oregon's wine industry and ranks No. 10 in the state for ...

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    23. Green on the Ground

      Explore Oregon Wine Press (Aug 27 2014)

      Green on the Ground

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      By Jessica Cortell

      Clusters, shoots, green drop, wings, shoulders, thirds… What is all this talk about? At this time of year, in many Oregon winegrape vineyards, dried clusters of grapes are littering the ground. For an outsider seeing a lot of fruit being dropped is surprising. Why would anyone want to thin fruit off anyway?

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    24. Pinot Noir Still King in Oregon - Red varietal brought highest average price per ton of $2,655 in 2013

      Explore Wines & Vines (Aug 19 2014)

      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 ...

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