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Been dreaming about leaving your office job to manage a vineyard or perhaps to put your love of wine to work as a sommelier? A new program at Linfield College could offer the first step. The McMinnville school has unveiled the Oregon Wine Industry Experience, a new program funded by a $48,000 grant from the James S. Kemper Foundation that aims to prepare students for careers in wine. The year-long program will include a Summer Wine Institute, comprised of 10 weeks of courses taught by Willamette…(Read Full Article)
Linfield College will establish the Oregon Wine Industry Experience with the help of a $48,000 grant from the prestigious James S. Kemper Foundation. The year-long program will prepare students for professional careers in Oregon’s rapidly growing $2.7 billion wine industry.
The program will include a Summer Wine Institute, fall harvest experience, January Term wine career exploration course, and spring internship at a Willamette Valley winery.
Summer Wine Institute
Wine industry professionals from Willamette Valley vineyards and wineries will host and teach courses during a 10-week Summer Wine Institute. Students will learn about grape growing, winemaking and bottling ...(Read Full Article)
Linfield College has embarked on a unique new wine history project with Southern Oregon.
Linfield’s Oregon Wine History Archive, founded in 2011, is home to collections from some of the most significant wineries, vineyards and wine organizations in the Willamette Valley. The collection includes irreplaceable historical documents and memorabilia from early growers in the area. Now, a new grant from the Oregon Wine Board will allow the school to broaden its outreach and ensure that historical materials are preserved in Southern Oregon as well.
Linfield College will partner with the Southern Oregon Wine Institute, Southern Oregon Historical Society, Southern ...(Read Full Article)
Researchers at Oregon State University have discovered how to turn the pulp from crushed wine grapes into a natural food preservative, biodegradable packaging materials and a nutritional enhancement for baked goods.
The United States wine industry creates a tremendous amount of waste from processing more than 4 million tons of grapes each year, mostly in the Pacific Northwest and California, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Wineries typically pay for the pulp to be hauled away, but a small percentage is used in low-value products such as fertilizer and cow feed.
"We now know pomace can be a ...(Read Full Article)
It's all part of an effort conjured by Yamhill County's exploding constellation of vintners to provide opportunities for teens to find good-paying local jobs in an industry that continues to flourish.(Read Full Article)
Winemaking Students Learn Overseas: Internships program has placed 18 from Northwest grape and wine colleges
Bend, Ore.—When Matt Cates returns from Spain today he’ll be wiser and maybe a bit jet-lagged. The Umpqua Community College student traveled overseas in September to learn the craft of making fine Tempranillo at Dominio de Cair, a new winery near the town of Aranda de Duero in Spain’s DO Ribera del Duero (Burgos) region—one of the country’s two pre-eminent locales for Tempranillo.
Cates is just the latest Northwest viticulture and enology student venturing overseas for experience. Many have traveled through a longstanding—but low-key—program the Oregon University System developed in 1996 with $4 ...(Read Full Article)
Ken Wright, legendary Oregon winemaker, has a long track record of civic involvement in Carlton, home of Ken Wright Cellars. Most of his efforts go unrecognized and that’s the way he mostly wants it.
But his most recent effort has special significance for the future of the Oregon wine industry. Wright worked with a number of educational and industry organizations to start a first-in-the-state viticulture program as part of the Future Farmers of America/Agriculture curriculum at Yamhill-Carlton High School. The idea grew out of how impressed Wright has been with the students who have been involved in FFA ...(Read Full Article)
Dwayne Bershaw used a forklift to dump a large crate of glistening purple grapes onto a vibrating metal table where waiting Southern Oregon Wine Institute students sorted out leaves and other debris from the crop.
Bershaw, associate director of the wine institute, helped students Friday as they processed about a ton of syrah wine grapes from a Roseburg vineyard. The grapes will be the first made into wine in the program’s new home, the Lang Center at Umpqua Community College.
The building, which opened in February, is now outfitted with commercial winemaking equipment for student use, paid for with ...(Read Full Article)
Participating vineyards at this time are Kramer Vineyards, Elk Cove Vineyards, Plum Hill Vineyards, Provincial Vineyards, David Hill Vineyard and Winery, Apolloni Vineyards and Garden Vineyards.(Read Full Article)
Chemeketa Community College has hired Gregory M. Sandor as the college’s new director of the Department of Agricultural Sciences. Sandor replaces Craig Anderson, who retired last year. “I am honored to have been selected for this important position at Chemeketa and am excited to help build on the tradition of excellence that the college has earned over many years,” Sandor said. Sandor ...(Read Full Article)
Oregon Pinot Gris Symposium ~ What individual Oregon wineries can do to market the benefits of their own Pinot Gris
At the Second Annual Oregon Pinot Gris Symposium presented by Oak Knoll Winery, Paul Gregutt was asked to return as the keynote speaker. The reason for this is multilayered. First and foremost, Paul’s been writing about Northwest wines for over 25 years. He’s tasted Oregon Pinot Gris during that time, now understanding them better than [...](Read Full Article)
Starting with Wine Enthusiast’s Paul Gregutt’s keynote speech, the Second Annual Oregon Pinot Gris Symposium sponsored by Oak Knoll Winery, was off and running. Paul Gregutt’s no stranger to Oregon wines, having written about the Northwest since the mid 1980s. His first assignment came from Harvey Steiman at Wine Spectator, as a matter of fact. [...](Read Full Article)
McMINNVILLE – Public access to the Oregon Wine History Archive, housed at Linfield College, will receive a boost, thanks to an $8,000 Cultural Development Grant from the Oregon Cultural Trust.
The award will help Linfield College organize collections from its Oregon Wine History Archive. In 2011, pioneers of the early Oregon wine industry committed their collections to the small college. The archive contains materials from seven Oregon wineries and vineyards including Adelsheim Vineyard, Erath Winery, Eyrie Vineyards, Ponzi Vineyards, Amity Vineyards, Sokol Blosser Winery and Weber Vineyard. The International Pinot Noir Celebration is also represented.
“The Oregon wine industry is ...(Read Full Article)
We are just back from the International Pinot Noir Celebration in McMinnville, Oregon — what a great event! I’ll be writing about some of the things I learned in the coming weeks, but I thought I’d use this opportunity to tell you what I said there. This year the festival organized a “University of Pinot” for [...](Read Full Article)
Battonage, pieage, malolactic fermentation... What do these terms mean, and why should a wine drinker care? Katherine Cole explains some of the more complicated language that wine writers wrestle with.(Read Full Article)
Oregon Winegrowers Raise Stink About Bug: Invasive pest detected in Willamette Valley towns, not yet in vineyards
Corvallis, Ore.—Vineyard watchers fear this could be the year the voracious brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) enters local vineyards and orchards, potentially causing significant economic damage to the state’s grape crop.
Since first being detected in the state in 2004, the bug—by now well established on the East Coast and in 27 states nationwide—has been limited to urban areas. But sampling conducted in 2011 by postdoctoral researcher Nik Wiman discovered the bug in Portland, Ore., and it’s also been detected at sites in communities throughout the Willamette Valley, including Tualatin, Lafayette, Monmouth and Corvallis.
Recently ...(Read Full Article)
- The IPNC, located in McMinnville Oregon, is now in its 26th year as one of the world’s premier events focused solely on Pinot Noirs. It is a rare opportunity to taste some of the best Pinot Noirs from around the world, side by side, paired with specifically chosen food, and centered around educational sessions to learn [...] (Read Full Article)
The successful outcome for the 63rd National Conference at the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront attested to the Pacific Northwest as an ideal setting.
Our generous wine donors provided over 500 conference attendees with opportunity to enjoy wine. Our partnership with the Oregon Wine Board (OWB) and the Oregon Wine Research Institute (OWRI) greatly enhanced opportunity to showcase the Oregon wine industry. We were also indebted to our dedicated sponsors who provided significant support of our technical program.(Read Full Article)