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    1. How to Create Your Own Wine Advent Calendar

      Explore Wine Harlots (Dec 3 2014)

      How to Create Your Own Wine Advent Calendar

      Wine Harlots Oregon Advent Calendar 4 copyright EatonAlive 2014 Oregon Advent: <BR />How to Create Your Own Wine Advent Calendar

      For this project, we chose to focus on a wine region, Oregon, but you can do anything that suits your fancy. Countries, regions, places you’ve visited, a single producer or your favorite varietal. Or mix it up! The major cost is the wine. If you are buying $10 bottles of wine, the wine cost will be roughly $240. For $20 bottles, it will be $480; for $50 wines, $1200. For most people, spending $500 in a single shot for wine isn’t possible, so start planning now for next year — in January begin buying two bottles a month, by ...

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    2. 5 Urban Wineries & Tasting Rooms in Portland to Visit this Fall

      Explore Oregon Winette (Nov 9 2014)

      5 Urban Wineries & Tasting Rooms in Portland to Visit this Fall

      In the big city and can’t make it out to wine country? No worries you can still get your wine on in Portland this fall. Try one, or all five, of these  tasting rooms and sip away while the last leaves fall and the rain soaks the street.

      Not sure what to have with dinner? Then head to Pairings Portland to grab a bottle and some inspiration! This fun and funky wine shop organizes its wine by pairings – from food to movies, music, and more.

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    3. Three Things You Didn't Know About Oregon Wine Country

      Explore Wine - Answers.com (Aug 26 2014)

      Three Things You Didn't Know About Oregon Wine Country

      The state of Oregon, in the U.S. Pacific Northwest, is home to seventeen designated wine growing areas, which house over 200 wine tasting rooms and about 550 wineries, many of which are small, family-owned operations producing fewer than 5,000 cases of wine per year. All told, wine-related tourism in Oregon is big business, contributing an estimated $158 million in revenue to the state's economy. While many wine lovers known Oregon for world-class Pinot Noir (first planted in the area in the 1960s), as well as excellentChardonnay and Riesling, there are interesting facts about Oregon's wine ...

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    4. Original Oregon: Umpqua Valley's HillCrest Vineyards

      Explore nwwineanthem.com (Aug 7 2014)

      Original Oregon: Umpqua Valley's HillCrest Vineyards

      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.

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    5. All-Stars and Rookies: The Wines with Character Trading Cards of the Chehalem Mountains AVA

      Explore nwwineanthem.com (May 19 2014)

      All-Stars and Rookies: The Wines with Character Trading Cards of the Chehalem Mountains AVA

      When I was a kid I collected baseball cards because the generation before me had nostalgia and money and they would and could spend ridiculous amounts of money on the baseball cards they had as kids but either lost, forgot or neglected. So, frankly my generation was set up believing that this was some kind of an "investment" along with comic books. Sucker bet.

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    6. Photo gallery: Willamette Valley bud break

      Explore Great Northwest Wine (Apr 30 2014)

      Photo gallery: Willamette Valley bud break

      The first sign of the 2014 vintage began showing about two weeks ago when tiny leaves started to emerge from Pinot Noir vines in the northern Willamette Valley.

      Winemakers and grape growers in the Dundee Hills and Yamhill-Carlton American Viticultural Areas said bud break this year was right on time – or even a bit early. They are delighted by the good start to the 2014 vintage, and warm days this week are helping to get the vines started on a solid path early in the growing season.

      Following are a few photos from the northern Willamette Valley on Monday and ...

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    7. Cranberries and Dirt: Guide to Oregon Pinot Noir

      Explore Wine Folly (Jan 6 2014)

      If you’re wondering what Oregon wine is really like and want to understand the region a little better, this guide will help you understand the grape varieties, the sub-regions and the taste that makes Oregon wine so unique. In particular, we’ll be talking mostly about Oregon’s largest region: The Willamette Valley which is known for Oregon Pinot Noir.
       

      Q: What Does Oregon Do Best?

      A: Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay

       

      First Oregon Pinot: David and Diana Lett plant Pinot Noir in Dundee Hills in 1965
      True grit. Newly minted Oregonians David and Diana Lett
      plant Pinot Noir (1965). Courtesy Linfield College

      Interestingly enough, I grew up in the Willamette Valley and ...

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    8. Friday Find, December 6th: Tertulia Cellars

      Explore nwwineanthem.com (Dec 6 2013)

      Friday Find, December 6th: Tertulia Cellars

      Each Friday we highlight a wine from the Northwest that we think is a real "find. " By find we might mean that it's a steal, as all of these wines we'll feature weekly are at or under $20. We might also mean "Hey, you really need to go find this" and it might be a wine that we feel not enough people know about. In any case, with the weekend pending we're hoping to help you "find" a wine to kickoff the weekend right.

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    9. Assorted Southern Oregon Wines & Black Bear Diner

      Explore The Passionate Foodie (Dec 2 2013)

      Assorted Southern Oregon Wines & Black Bear Diner

      During my Oregon trip, there wasn't enough time to visit all of the wineries in Southern Oregon, but some of the wineries sent representatives or their wines to the wineries we did visit, so we got some exposure to other wines. I wanted to highlight some of those wines, as well as a cool diner where I ate a couple times. 

      During our visit to Abacela VineyardsPatrick Spangler (pictured on the left) of Spangler Vineyards joined us for the tour and lunch. Pat purchased the vineyard and winery in 2004, and has about 9 acres of grapes, purchasing ...

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    10. Oregon wine industry enjoys record growth* in 2012

      Explore Great Northwest Wine (Nov 18 2013)

      Oregon wine industry enjoys record growth* in 2012

      Oregon wineries and vineyards enjoyed their largest harvest ever during the 2012 vintage.

      How much bigger is the question.

      Oregon harvested a record 50,186 tons in 2012, up significantly over 2011, when a reported 41,500 tons were brought in.

      The 22 percent increase can be attributed to a warmer vintage and more acreage for certain. But it isn’t known just how large the increase really is because the Oregon wine industry switched to a new system of tracking grape growing and winemaking.

      The 2011 numbers were recorded and reported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture – as ...

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    11. Abacela Winery in Oregon celebrates International Tempranillo Day

      Explore Great Northwest Wine (Nov 18 2013)

      Abacela Winery in Oregon celebrates International Tempranillo Day

      There’s little doubt the Pacific Northwest’s celebration today of International Tempranillo Day can be traced to a bottle of 1982 Tinto Pesquera Janus Reserva, which rocked the world of Kentucky-born physician Earl Jones.

      His enlightenment led him to Roseburg, Ore., and the creation of Abacela Winery, where Jones — owner and founding winemaker — planted the region’s first Tempranillo vines in 1995.

      international-tempranillo-day-2013“I was on the Gulf Coast of Alabama, and it had gotten written up in one of those glossy wine publications,” Jones said wryly. “I bought a bottle from a shop in Bethseda, Md., had it sent ...

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    12. Oddities & Curiosities: Unique Northwest Wines

      Explore nwwineanthem.com (Nov 12 2013)

      Oddities & Curiosities: Unique Northwest Wines

      Over the years we have come to identify particular wine varieties not just with regions but with wine itself. You know, wine, like Merlot, or Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay or Pinot Noir. That's wine. Oh sure, there are outliers or wine varietals some would even call boundary pushing, like Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Mourvedre, Grenache, etc. But for many wine drinkers, we play it safe and keep it simple. There are, according to some estimates, as many as 1,300 varieties of wine grape used for commercial winemaking. So why the narrow focus? My theory is that our wine based tunnel ...

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    13. Best Case Scenario: Montinore Estate Reserve Pinot Noir 2010

      Explore Wine Julia (Nov 12 2013)

      Best Case Scenario: Montinore Estate Reserve Pinot Noir 2010

      Located in the North Willamette Valley near the foothills of Oregon’s breathtaking Coastal Range, Montinore Estate is comprised of 240 acres of contiguous vineyards that are Demeter Certified Biodynamic and Stellar Certified Organic. Dedicated mostly to Pinot Noir, other varietals grown on the estate vineyards include Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer, Riesling and Muller-Thurgau.

      The 2010 Montinore Estate Reserve Pinot Noir has bright fruit aromas like cranberries and cherries along with a tantalizing and alluring smokiness. Flavors of dark cherry, plums and earth with a hint of pepper on the lingering, juicy finish is down-right delicious. Excellent acidity balances out this ...

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    14. Great Northwest Destinations: Youngberg Hill

      Explore Great Northwest Wine (Nov 12 2013)

      Great Northwest Destinations: Youngberg Hill

      One of the most beautiful, serene and relaxing places in the Pacific Northwest also is crafting seriously delicious wines.

      Youngberg Hill offers some of the most amazing views in the Pacific Northwest and provides eight stunning rooms for those who want to pamper themselves in the heart of Oregon wine country.

      Youngberg Hill launched in 1996 and is owned by Wayne and Nicolette Bailey. The 50-acre estate sits atop a hill surrounded by organically farmed vineyards. The 20 acres of vines are primarily Pinot Noir along with Pinot Gris, and the oldest vines date back to 1989.

      Youngberg Hill is ...

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    15. Cowhorn Vineyards: A Biodynamic Choice

      Explore The Passionate Foodie (Nov 12 2013)

      Cowhorn Vineyards: A Biodynamic Choice

      Even if you didn't know it was Biodynamic, the name of Cowhorn Vineyards might clue you in as cowhorn is integral to one of the more famous Biiodynamic preparations. Preparation 500 is essentially a cow horn, filled with a cow manure mixture, that is buried in the ground. The purpose of this preparation is to improve soil structure and microbiological activity. It is considered by some to be one of the key preparations for Biodynamics. Cowhorn Vineyards is the only certified Biodynamic vineyard in Southern Oregon, though you will find a number of others in the Willamette Valley.

      Cowhorn ...

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    16. November update from our Oregon producer friends

      Explore Wine Blog (Nov 4 2013)

      November update from our Oregon producer friends

      I get to work with a lot of different wine companies, so I asked for a November update from our Oregon producer friends… I mostly wanted to know what harvest was like for them, even though some are still finishing up on harvest. This is why, I know, that the following wine companies were so […]

      The post November update from our Oregon producer friends appeared first on Wine Blog.

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    17. Friday Find, October 25th: Seufert Winery

      Explore nwwineanthem.com (Oct 25 2013)

      Friday Find, October 25th: Seufert Winery

      Each Friday we highlight a wine from the Northwest that we think is a real "find. " By find we might mean that it's a steal, as all of these wines we'll feature weekly are at or under $20. We might also mean "Hey, you really need to go find this" and it might be a wine that we feel not enough people know about. In any case, with the weekend pending we're hoping to help you "find" a wine to kickoff the weekend right.

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    18. Ten Things You Should Know About Southern Oregon (Part 2)

      Explore The Passionate Foodie (Oct 22 2013)

      Ten Things You Should Know About Southern Oregon (Part 2)

      5) Southern Oregon lacks a singular grape/wine identity.
      The Willamette Valley is best known for Pinot Noir but Southern Oregon is still seeking what will be their signature grape or wine. They currently grow at least 70-80 different grapes and the region's climate and soils allow them to grow nearly any grape that exists. About 70% of the grapes they grow are red, with some of their top planted grapes including Pinot Noir (about 20%), Syrah (about 11%), Merlot (about 11%), Pinot Gris (about 10%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (10%).

      Two of the more exciting grapes making their mark ...

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    19. Ten Things You Should Know About Southern Oregon (Part 1)

      Explore The Passionate Foodie (Oct 21 2013)

      Ten Things You Should Know About Southern Oregon (Part 1)

      The "3 Ps" of Oregon are Portland, Precipitation & Pinot Noir.

      Greg Jones, a climatologist at Southern Oregon University, made the above statement, stating it was a common belief in Oregon. Pinot Noir and Oregon is such a famous combination, a singular identity that is known across the world, elevating the Willamette Valley to being the most recognizable American Viticultural Area (AVA) in Oregon. With over 300 wineries and 610 vineyards, accounting for nearly 75% of Oregon's wine production, the Willamette Valley seems to get almost all of the attention and publicity.

      Most consumers probably couldn't identify another Oregon ...

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    20. Southern Oregon wineries set for full-court press

      Explore Great Northwest Wine (Oct 15 2013)

      Southern Oregon wineries set for full-court press

      Southern Oregon winemaker Pat Spangler, a former floor trader on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, is bullish on the October forecast and his 2013 vintage.

      “I’m so optimistic that canceled all my California contracts this year. My focus is all on Oregon,” he said from his eponymous winery in Roseburg.

      About an hour’s drive to south on Interstate 5, Linda Donovan, who owns Pallet Wine Co., in Ashland, sounded as cheerful as a punch-drunk winemaker can be after another long day on the crush pad.

      “It’s beautiful — 72 degrees, sunny and cool at night,” she told Great Northwest ...

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    21. Making Wine in the Vineyard

      Explore nwwineanthem.com (Oct 14 2013)

      Making Wine in the Vineyard

      One of the first things a winemaker will tell you is that “great wine is made in the vineyard.” And while obviously, they’re not actually making wine there, rather, growing it, the utterance gives you a real sense of the undeniable importance that proper vineyard location and its subsequent management can have on the final product, the wine in the bottle.

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    22. Exploring Oregon Wine Country & Wine Wednesday

      Explore Carpe TravelCarpe Travel (Oct 11 2013)

      Exploring Oregon Wine Country & Wine Wednesday

      I have yet to visit Oregon and sip its wines in person, but guest blogger Angie Picardo has. And she has a little to share on this Wine Wednesday when is comes to exploring Oregon wine country. It’s perfect timing too seeing as Sunset Magazine named Oregon Wine Country one of its Best of the West things this month. I suppose I need to push a visit to Oregon Wine Country further up on my travel list. Make sure to stick around for our monthly Wine Wednesday Link-up!

       

      By Guest Blogger, Angie Picardo

      Oregon is known for its beautiful ...

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    23. Fall Harvest Dinner at Red Ridge Farms

      Explore Wine Julia (Oct 9 2013)

      Fall Harvest Dinner at Red Ridge Farms

      More incredible than I could have ever imagined, Red Ridge Farms is simply breathtaking.  Within this Dayton, Oregon, family-owned farm, a nursery with beautiful plants and pots surround a gift shop filled with delicious exotic flavored gourmet salts and olive-oils that are some of the best I’ve ever had.  Above the gift shop, with access via a spiral staircase, a beautifully decorated guest suite offers unobstructed views of Mt. Hood, the surrounding rolling hill vineyards, and thousands of olive trees.  It’s an olive grove, an olive mill, a lavender farm, a vineyard, a winery, a tasting room, an ...

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    24. Oregon Wine Goes Social

      Explore Sip With Me! (Oct 9 2013)

      Oregon Wine Goes Social

      In honor of Regional Wine Week (sponsored by Drink Local Wine), I'd like to take a moment to draw your attention to a new monthly tasting group with a focus on Oregon wine. The Oregon Wine Social which has recently emerged in Portland, brings Oregon wine country directly to the city. Thinking beyond urban wineries and giant wine festivals, each month this wine group presents a fantastic opportunity to taste a variety of producers from all over Oregon wine country in a very intimate venue.

      This ain't no wine festival though. With limited tickets available, you won't ...

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