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On the Way from Düsseldorf, Germany, to Portland, Oregon: Jay Somers, J. Christopher Wines, Stops in Northern Virginia, USA
One of the highlights of our tour a few years ago from Seattle in Washington State to Berkeley in California (where my daughter Katharina used to live) and further South to Paso Robles, was an encounter with star winemaker and killer guitarist Jay Somers in the White Eagle Rock/Jazz Club in Seattle (and a visit of the J. Christopher Estate a few days later with Jay’s right hand man Tim Malone). See: A Riesling Guru and a Killer Guitarist cum Cult Winemaker: Ernst Loosen and Jay Somers and their J. Christopher Winery in Newberg, Oregon
Pictures: Christian Schiller ...(Read Full Article)
Here at Reverse Wine Snob we're nonpartisan when it comes to wine and wine closures. Corks, screw caps, Zorks, tetrapaks, boxes -- it's all good. We're focused on what's inside the vessel rather than the shape or form of it. Wine a can, however, is a bit different. Sure, you can pour it into a glass and drink it just like you would wine from a bottle, but what about drinking straight out of the can like we do so many other beverages? Is this sacrilege or modernity?(Read Full Article)
The can makes a lot of economic, environmental and ...
What started as a three-month pilot program in 2013 to promote Oregon wines will keep flying high aboard Alaska Airlines for at least three more years.
Members of Alaska Airlines’ frequent flier program will continue to receive the perk of free checking for one case of Oregon wine. Last week, the Oregon Wine Board announced that the Oregon Wines Fly Free program, launched Sept. 10, 2013, has been extended through 2017.
“The Oregon Wines Fly Free program with Alaska Airlines has been a wonderful endeavor that has alleviated some of the challenges consumers face when transporting wine acquired while visiting ...(Read Full Article)
Moonlite Winery, which has been open for less than a year in Oregon’s Umpqua Valley, recently topped the Pacific Northwest’s oldest wine event when its 2013 Barbera won the Platinum Award at the Greatest of the Grape wine competition.
Each of the 28 members of the Umpqua Valley Winegrowers Association nominated one of its own wines for the competition, the centerpiece for the 45th annual Greatest of the Grape. Ed and Amy Coughlin are new members after having been inspired through visits to Umpqua Valley wineries Delfino Vineyards and Girardet Wine Cellars. The Coughlins planted their 9-acre Evensong ...(Read Full Article)
Chemeketa Wine Studies has entered a new phase of its evolution by extending their wine courses and workshops to its Yamhill Valley Campus in McMinnville Oregon. For the past fifteen years, the Program has been based at Chemeketa’s 75-acre acre campus in Eola. “This additional presence in Yamhill County makes our courses and workshops more accessible to a wider segment of students and wine industry professionals,” explained Joel Keebler, Director of Ag Sciences.
Michael Adams, a Wine Business Instructor, will be based at the Yamhill Valley Campus. He will be a local point of contact, as well as a ...
Education has always been Erica Landon’s passion, giving her an avenue to share the world of wine and support the industry that she has become immersed in…
Erica began her career working in restaurants throughout Oregon from the top of Mount Hood to the heart of the Willamette Valley. Ultimately, she fell in love with teaching, and through this avenue helps to make wine less intimidating and introduces students to the incredible diversity of styles and methods of production found throughout the world.
In 1998 Erica started working at Oregon’s landmark Timberline Lodge where she began working with ...(Read Full Article)
Much of the hip vibe pouring from Portland’s urban winemaking community seems to be emerging from the block of Division and Southeast 35th Place.
And while the name might signal something divisive, that’s not the feel Thomas and Kate Monroe have created. Rather, It’s just the opposite at their Southeast Wine Collective in Portland, and the exciting wines they’ve bottled as Division Winemaking Co. made them an ideal selection as Wine Press Northwest’s Oregon Winery to Watch for 2015.
“They have such a great attitude,” said Jacksonville grower/winemaker Herb Quady of Quady North, our ...(Read Full Article)
I’m calling you out, New York: Oregon beats you — hands down — in the production of vinifera wine.
During an otherwise peaceful conversation at a recent Oregon wine industry dinner, someone at my table unwittingly pushed one of my simmering hot buttons. “It bugs me,” she said innocently, “that New York is the third largest wine producer in the country.”
“It’s not,” I replied, trying to contain my agitation, “not if you’re talking about fine wine.”(Read Full Article)
When two business entities share the same name, usually the larger and better known — even if it wasn’t the first — sics its lawyers on the other and sends a cease-and-desist letter that orders a name change.
That Olympic National Park has kept its name is a legal triumph in the face of the International Olympic Committee's usual habit of pouncing on anything that even begins to type the letters O, l and y.
So Damian Davis, whose Seattle-based Rainier Wine was starting a new label using Willamette Valley, Oregon, grapes to produce Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris wines ...(Read Full Article)
Argyle Winery expects to christen its new tasting room and hospitality center this summer in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, but don’t expect the spirit surrounding the award-winning program to change.
Those visiting the historic property, the first in downtown Dundee to produce wine beginning in 1987, will notice the former barrel room and cellar at the back of the property are under construction. When the project is complete, the customer experience should be more relaxed and educational.
“The removal of some of the buildings here has been quick and somewhat dramatic,” Chris Cullina, Argyle’s longtime director of sales ...(Read Full Article)
Hillary and Kevin Dobbs were among the first people through the door to raise their glasses at the annual Sip!, formally titled the McMinnville Wine & Food Classic, March 13–15, at the Evergreen Space Museum.
Well, actually, Hillary raised more glasses than her husband. “I’m not really here for the wine,” Kevin Dobbs confessed. “I’m here for the space museum. She’s the wine person in the family. I am more into aviation and history.(Read Full Article)
Mark your calendars, next month will be the 7th annual Wine Passport event in the Columbia Gorge wine region!And though there's plenty to enjoy in the Gorge, you don't even have to make a special trip to be able taste Gorge wines!Portland Grand TastingFriday, April 10, 20154pm-7pm1900 NW 18th Ave. Portland, OR 97209Tickets are $35 each, including a Passport ($50 value), or $25 without a Passport. Tickets include a souvenir glass and a preview of 23 different wineries along with appetizers from Eat Tray Chic. After last year’s ...(Read Full Article)
- ight Willamette Valley wineries recently named Wine Spectator’s “8 New Names to Know” will come together for a tasting event of the hottest brands in Oregon wine country on Saturday, April 4 from 12 – 4pm at Red Slate Wine Co., 107 SE Washington St. Guests are invited to enjoy food from Olympia Provisions and wine from Angela Estate, Artisanal Wine Cellars, Aubichon Cellars, Big Table Farm, Chapter 24 Vineyards, Eminent Domaine, Harper Voit and Tunkalilla Vineyard. Take advantage of this unique opportunity with some of today’s top new names in Oregon wine and prepare to stock your wine ...(Read Full Article)
Spring break is the ideal time to let loose, have a drink and appreciate the scenery we Oregonians are blessed with – and there’s no better way to do both than touring local wineries.
Skip the usual bars for a day and take a trip to some of the best views and the best wines in the area.
King Estate Winery:
80854 Territorial Hwy Eugene, Oregon 97405
Open: Wednesdays-Sundays 11-8 p.m. and Mondays and Tuesdays 11-5 p.m.
Walking through the large glass front doors, you immediately smell the oaky wood beams that line the ceiling. Within the open ...(Read Full Article)
Anyone who wants to discover out what’s what with Oregon wine must attend the annual Oregon Wine Symposium. This event serves as the showcase of an industry on the move. It is, in fact, a convention, conference, lecture and seminar series, trade show and awards dinner all rolled into one.
Presented by the Oregon Wine Board and the Oregon Winegrowers Association, the symposium was held for the fourth year at the Oregon Convention Center on Portland’s Central Eastside waterfront.(Read Full Article)
Due to its overwhelming success, the Oregon Wines Fly Free program has been extended through 2017. The program encourages visitors traveling from Oregon on Alaska Airlines to bring a taste of Oregon home ...(Read Full Article)
Understanding vintage influence and knowing whether to pour or store a bottle is challenging, but you don’t have to take a master class in winemaking for an insider view. This is why a group of wine enthusiasts recently met at Adelsheim Winery for a guided vertical tasting of Elizabeth’s Reserve Pinot Noir from 2008 to 2012.
Vintage Variation(Read Full Article)
Date: March 7, 2015, 7 p.m.
Location: Seven Feathers Casino Resort
Address: 146 Chief Miwaleta Lane, Canyonville
Greatest of the Grape, celebrating its 45th year March 7, is Oregon’s oldest wine festival and first of its kind on the West Coast. Originally called the Oregon Wine Festival, it was established in 1970 by Richard Sommer of HillCrest Winery and Paul Bjelland of Bjelland Vineyards, pioneering winemakers in the Umpqua Valley.(Read Full Article)
- ((img|0415-Profile_Ludeen_bottles.jpg))Michael makes about 750 cases of his eponymous label.##Photo by Marcus Larson
By Jim Gullo
Ten minutes into our interview, it dawns on me that Michael Lundeen must be lying.
We are sitting on folding chairs in the barrel room of Walnut City WineWorks in McMinnville, where he is the head winemaker and general manager, tasting samples of the 750-case Lundeen wine label that he grows, makes, bottles and markets, almost entirely by himself.(Read Full Article)
On Feb. 22, 2015, an historic wine event took place at the Portland Art Museum as 250 people from around the world gathered to toast the late David Lett, his family and their five decades of winemaking at The Eyrie Vineyards.
When David planted those first Pinot Noir cuttings in a nursery near Corvallis on Feb. 22, 1965, I wonder if he thought one day his wines would be served to friends, family and members of the international wine community in a museum ballroom?(Read Full Article)
This month’s Value Picks include wines made from grapes grown in Southern Oregon and the Columbia Valley, and whose heritages can be traced to France’s Rhône, Bordeaux and Savoie, Spain’s Rioja and Ribera del Duero, and Italy’s Piedmont and Apulia wine regions.
Melrose 2012 Umpqua Valley Estate Tempranillo(Read Full Article)
Ken Wright’s 2012 Abbott Claim Vineyard Pinot Noir ranked first among Wine Enthusiast magazine’s Top 100 wines of 2014. Upon initial evaluation earlier in the year, Wright’s 2012 Yamhill-Carlton AVA Pinot was awarded a near-perfect 97 points and named an Editor’s Choice.
When the magazine went about determining its best 100 for the year, the 2012 Ken Wright Abbott Claim Pinot Noir emerged on top among a star-studded field of wines from around the world.(Read Full Article)
Under French law, only six wine grape varieties are allowed for Bordeaux reds: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Carménère. Though still technically legal, very little Malbec remains in Bordeaux, having been almost totally destroyed by a 1956 frost. Carménère, too, is rarely used. Thus, for the purposes of this tasting, only examples of the first four have been evaluated.
Foris 2011 Rogue Valley Cabernet Sauvignon(Read Full Article)
Oregon winemaker Andrew Beckham of Beckham Estate Vineyard is obsessed with making every part of his wine himself—even the vessels he uses for aging. A high school ceramics teacher by day, he transforms 800 pounds of clay—sculpted over two weeks, dried for six weeks and baked in a kiln for 40 hours—into each gigantic clay urn for his A.D. Beckham wines. He is meticulous about the research: He worked with a chemist to develop a food-safe clay blend and experimented with various shapes to induce optimal fermentation (egg-shaped pots, he learned, naturally stir wine as it ...(Read Full Article)