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Spencer Spetnagel of King Estate Winery

Why Wine? An interview with Spencer Spetnagel of King Estate Winery

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
Lynmar Estate

Winery Spotlight: Lynmar Estate in Sonoma, California

Winery Spotlight: Lynmar Estate Slightly off the beaten path in Sonoma, California you’ll see a winery sign. If you follow that sign and turn off the road, down the driveway and through a wrought iron gate, you’ll discover a slice of wine heaven. One hundred acre Lynmar Es
Bliss House at Lynmar Estate

The Bliss House at Lynmar Estate

The Bliss House at Lynmar Estate According to the dictionary, bliss, a noun \ˈblis\ means “complete happiness.” And I think we can all agree that in today’s world, that can be very hard to find. Although the Winerabblers didn’t exactly go looking for bliss when
Why Wine? An interview with Denise Shurtleff of Cambria Winery

Why Wine? An interview with Denise Shurtleff of Cambria Winery

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
Viticulture 101: Bud break in the vineyard

Viticulture 101: Bud break in the vineyard

Viticulture 101: Bud break in the vineyard Like wine? Want to better understand the winemaking process? Most winemakers will tell you that great wines start in the vineyard. So here’s your opportunity to learn more about how wine grapes are cultivated. In our Viticulture 101 series, w
Visit Oregon wineries this Thanksgiving holiday weekend

Visit Oregon wineries this Thanksgiving holiday weekend

Our local wine industry gives thanks each year over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, so why not celebrate with them? Today, tomorrow and Sunday offer the perfect opportunity to enjoy some locally made wine and stock up for the rest of the holiday season. Just about every winery in th
Glamping and wine tasting in Oregon’s Willamette Valley

Glamping and wine tasting in Oregon’s Willamette Valley

Have you even been glamping? A “glamorous” form of camping, glamping is great for those who want some of the creature comforts not usually available with traditional camping. A mattress, hot shower, heated blankets and electricity are just a few things you may find when you arrive at
Janie at Brooks Winery

The new Brooks Winery in the Eola-Amity Hills

Brooks Winery has a bittersweet story, one that has touched many wine lovers throughout the Willamette Valley. The sudden death of young winemaker Jimi Brooks shocked the Oregon wine industry just 10 years ago. In fact, the Brooks Winery story is so compelling that it has recently bee
Keeler Estate Vineyard

Keeler Estate Vineyard, using sustainable practices to 
create wines with a strong sense of place

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 Pinot Camp

Oregon Pinot Camp: Spreading the word about Brand Oregon sip by sip

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
Truffle hunting with dogs at Willamette Valley Vineyard

Oregon truffles take center stage at 8th Annual Oregon Truffle Festival

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
R Stuart ¡Salud! Pinot noir

¡Salud! the neglected workers that make Oregon wine possible

As harvest nears in the Willamette Valley, vineyards are preparing for the grape pickers to arrive. These migrant workers travel from place to place, harvesting grapes as they ripen. Oregon’s wine industry would not be possible without their skilled labor to bring the grapes in from t
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Drink Pink: Celebrate Oregon Rosé wines

Winemakers throughout the Willamette Valley are making some serious rosé wines these days. Rosé, like many teenagers, suffered an awkward, blushing adolescence as sweet, mass-marketed White Zinfandel. Patton Valley Vineyard and other Oregon wineries are working to change those preconc
Patton Valley Vineyards

Delectable Patton Valley Vineyard Winemaker Dinner at Milwaukie Kitchen & Wine

Do you find food and wine pairings a challenge? Let the experts at Patton Valley Vineyards and Milwaukie Kitchen & Wine help you discover perfect combinations that celebrate the bounty of early summer crops. Winemaker Derek Einberger and chef Pascal Sauton invite wine and food lov
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Join Portland’s urban wineries at their 2nd annual summer event

Wine made right here inside the city limits of Portland? Amazing and true! The PDX Urban Wineries group is building momentum with nine wineries now making small batches of wine from their favorite grapes. Come taste the fruits of their labor this Saturday, June 9 from 2-5pm during the
Artisanal WIne Cellars

Memorial Day weekend wine tasting in Newberg, gateway to the Willamette Valley

Memorial Day weekend and wine tasting go together like cheese and crackers. Celebrate the holiday weekend in style– wine lovers throughout the Portland area should hit the 99W down to Newberg, the gateway to the Willamette Valley’s wine country. Recently, a number of wineries have ope
Stoller Vineyards

Wine tasting in the Dundee Hills over Memorial Day weekend

Memorial Day weekend is considered by many to be the open house of the Willamette Valley wineries. The spring cleaning has been done and all the wineries are officially open for the summer! It’s a great opportunity to try new releases while enjoying special touches like food, music, w
Wine aroma wheel

Smell & Memory: Wine 101

Did you know that your sense of smell is located adjacent to your memory within your brain? That explains how a whiff of something can suddenly trigger an intense memory that was long forgotten. I often find that aromas in wine take me back to childhood memories that have nothing to d
Pinot noir grapes

Pinot noir: The seductive temptress

Pinot noir. A tricky grape to grow but oh, the rewards for both the winemaker and wine drinker! Pinot noir is finicky, elusive, fussy, the list goes on and on. And this is exactly why people fall in love with it. It’s not unusual to meet regular folks that have fallen under it’s spell