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Temperance Hill Vineyard

A unique week in the Oregon wine industry4 min read

Recently I had quite a week in the wine industry. On Monday I had a rare opportunity to go on a wonderful daylong wine trip. On Wednesday I had a great work trip all day at an excellent winery. Then wrapped up the week on Sunday by attending a fantastic winery launch while having a ph
Italy in the Valley

An abundance of amoré and wine at Italy in the Valley3 min read

The only event of its kind in the state, Italy in the Valley serves up nothing but Italian wine varietals made here in Oregon. Held at Cana’s Feast Winery in Carlton, wine lovers will find a wide variety of white and red wines from Arneis to Zinfandel’s Italian cousin Primitivo. With
Michael Claypool

Why Wine? An Interview with Michael Claypool of Clay Pigeon Winery & Cyril’s3 min read

This is part of a series introducing you to interesting people in the wine industry. For many, the journey into wine is not only intriguing but often quite an adventure. These talented individuals are what make the wine industry what it is today so follow this series to meet this grou
Riesling image

Riesling wines are invading Portland this weekend4 min read

Riesling may be the most misunderstood wine on the planet. Because winemakers have the ability to make it both sweet and dry (and everything in-between), it can be challenging for wine lovers to find the style they like. So, for anyone who wants to learn more about this versatile grap
Vincent

Why Wine? An Interview with Vincent Fritzsche of Vincent Wine Company4 min read

This is part of a series introducing you to interesting people in the wine industry. For many, the journey into wine is not only intriguing but often quite an adventure. These talented individuals are what make the wine industry what it is today so follow this series to meet this grou
2010 Montinore Muller Thurgau

Summer of wine: 2010 Montinore Estate Müller Thurgau2 min read

This is part of a series Matt and I are calling our “Summer of Wine.” We are exploring our wine refrigerator, pulling out white and rosé wines that are a bit older. Sadly, neither of us is great at tracking what we buy and drink, and more importantly, don’t drink. After a
2009 Stangeland Rosé

Summer of wine: 2009 Stangeland Rosé1 min read

This is the first entry in a series that Michele and I are calling our “Summer of Wine.” We are exploring our wine refrigerator, pulling out white and rosé wines that are a bit older. Sadly, neither of us is great at tracking what we buy and drink, and more importantly, do

Why Wine? An Interview with wine writer Karl Klooster3 min read

This is part of a series introducing you to interesting people in the wine industry. For many, the journey into wine is not only intriguing but often quite an adventure. These talented individuals are what make the wine industry what it is today so follow this series to meet this grou
Enso Winery

Support local winemakers and experience the PDX urban wine movement3 min read

The PDX Urban Wineries are having a party this Sunday and everyone’s invited! This unique group of winemakers make the grapes do the commuting by producing their wines in Portland. Wine lovers all over the city can celebrate by toasting with many new releases and old favorites made by
SE Wine Collective taps

Eco-friendly wine growlers make their way from Europe to Oregon3 min read

Europeans have long enjoyed wine on tap and in jugs and bottles to go so it’s only fair that Oregon should join in the fun. Last year, our state passed a wine growler law that was quickly bogged down in red tape and bureaucracy. Happily, that red tape at the federal level has been unt
R Stuart Wine Bar

Memorial Day holiday weekend wine tasting in the Willamette Valley9 min read

The many wineries in Oregon’s Willamette Valley have awoken from their wintery slumber and are having a big open house this Memorial Day holiday weekend. Everyone does something a little special; some offer food, music, library wines from the cellar or souvenir glasses to take home. C
Coopers Hall

Tap into Coopers Hall, Portland’s newest urban winery & taproom2 min read

Forty-four wine taps are an inspiring sight behind the bar of Portland’s newest urban winery, Coopers Hall Winery & Taproom. The latest ChefStable project, Coopers Hall is located in a unique building (formerly a car mechanics shop) in the heart of Southeast, adding another stop t
Rebecca Shouldis

Why Wine? An Interview with Rebecca Pittock Shouldis of Ghost Hill Cellars3 min read

This is part of a series introducing you to interesting people in the wine industry. For many, the journey into wine is not only intriguing but often quite an adventure. These talented individuals are what make the wine industry what it is today so follow this series to meet this grou
Oregon Wine Symposium

Portland hosted annual statewide wine industry symposium3 min read

Grape growers, winemakers and just about everyone else in Oregon’s wine industry attended the Oregon Wine Symposium (OWS), that recently took place in Portland. The event, coordinated by the Oregon Wine Board, brought people from across the state to learn, buy new products and service
Julia Crowley

An Interview with Julia Crowley, Founder of Wine Julia, a wine blog4 min read

This is part of a series to introduce you to interesting people in the wine industry. For many, the journey into wine is not only intriguing but often quite an adventure. These talented individuals are what make the wine industry what it is today so follow this series to meet this gro
2012 Chehalem Gruner

The most memorable Pacific Northwest wines of 20134 min read

After sipping hundreds of wines over the past year, here is a list of the most memorable wines this writer tasted in 2013. Kudos to the hard-working winemakers, wineries and vineyards who spent longs hours to make these beautiful and delicious wines. It was a true honor to savor the r
Harvest 2013

2013 Oregon Wine Harvest Report5 min read

Provided by the Oregon Wine Board Oregon’s 2013 wine-grape harvest may be best remembered as a play in two acts, with a wet intermission. The 2013 harvest was definitely not for the faint of heart. What looked like a potential uneventful and easy harvest going into September turned ou
Salud

¡Salud! raises $710,000 toward medical coverage of Oregon’s wine workers5 min read

Last month’s two-day ¡Salud! event, the Big Board and live auctions raised just over $700,000. As the main fundraising effort of the non-profit that supports medical access for Oregon’s seasonal vineyard workers and their families, these dollars will contribute to the organization’s c
Chris Czarnecki, Chef and owner of the Joel Palmer House

Willamette Valley’s Joel Palmer House gives thanks to those who pour3 min read

Wine workers throughout the Willamette Valley are starting to catch up on their sleep as harvest slows down and barrels are filled with young wine. But before the wine industry officially puts this vintage to sleep, the famed Joel Palmer House Restaurant in Dayton shows its appreciati
Thanksgiving Day weekend

Wine Tasting in Oregon’s Willamette Valley over Thanksgiving holiday weekend1 min read

Mention Thanksgiving to wine lovers in Oregon and likely the plan for the days after the big turkey dinner is to visit the many winery open houses throughout the Willamette Valley. Now in its 31st year, this holiday weekend is when Pinot noir fans from near and far hit the wine trail,
Workers sitting

¡Salud!; Wonderful wines & awesome auction all to support a great cause2 min read

Oregon’s wine industry is unlike any other in a number of ways. One of the most unique differences is the non-profit ¡Salud!, now in its 26th year. With a clear mission of providing healthcare access to the seasonal workers working in the vineyards throughout the Willamette Valley, th
Keeler Estate Vineyard

Keeler Estate Vineyard, using sustainable practices to 
create wines with a strong sense of place5 min read

Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to visit Keeler Estate Vineyard, in the Eola-Amity Hills sub AVA of the Willamette Valley. Upon my arrival I was greeted by gracious hostess and owner Gabriele Keeler riding an ATV, with a heavy accent and broad smile, directed me to park in t
Oregon's wine regions

The real dirt on Oregon wines4 min read

Wine grape growers have always found unique places to plant their vines. The trouble was that few others understood the uniqueness of these regions. Following the examples from the Old World, American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) were created and designated by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax
Abacela Winery

Sip Southern Oregon wines this Saturday1 min read

Enjoy the final dog days of summer this Saturday as you sip Southern Oregon wines in downtown Portland’s Directors Park. Winemakers and owners from the bottom half of our state want wine lovers everywhere to taste their unique wines. They’re so serious about sharing their liquid
Working Harvest

Peek behind the vino veil by volunteering at a PDX urban winery2 min read

  Even wonder how grapes end up as wine? Well wonder no more! The PDX urban wineries are throwing open their doors this harvest, looking for volunteers to be a cellar rat for a day (or evening.) Tasks may include helping to sort fruit, punch down grapes in fermentation bins and p
SE Wine Collective

The buzz about the PDX Urban Wineries can be heard from coast to coast3 min read

Until recently, the urban wineries popping up all of the city were known mostly to locals and their out of town guests. But with the help of the internet, good news travels fast these days and PDX Urban Wineries have become the darlings of the esteemed New York Times. A just published
Oregon Pinot Camp

Oregon Pinot Camp: Spreading the word about Brand Oregon sip by sip2 min read

The Oregon wine industry is different than any other and Oregon Pinot Camp is a perfect example of that uniqueness. Oregon Pinot Camp (OPC) began in 2000 as a way to introduce wine professionals from across the country to “Brand Oregon.” This concept, strongly held by winemakers and v
Pioneers of Oregon wine

Oregon wine Thanksgiving holiday tradition celebrates 30 years2 min read

Now that harvest is finished and the 2012 vintage is quietly resting in barrels for the winter, wineries throughout the Willamette Valley are ready to celebrate the end of another successful crush. Wine tasting over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend has become an important tradition in
Truffle hunting with dogs at Willamette Valley Vineyard

Oregon truffles take center stage at 8th Annual Oregon Truffle Festival4 min read

Truffles, one of the world’s most decadent foods, are worth rejoicing over. The original organizers thought so too and the Oregon Truffle Festival was born. The 8th annual celebration of these rare and expensive fungi is scheduled for January 25-27, 2013. The only event of its kind in
¡Salud!

Willamette Valley harvest workers receive medical care administered by ¡Salud!5 min read

Willamette Valley harvest workers receive medical care administered by ¡Salud! ¡Salud! is a nonprofit organization created 21 years ago to assist Oregon’s seasonal vineyard workers. With no other agency like this in the country, ¡Salud! aim’s to care for the migrant grape pickers alon