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

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