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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
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Spend Thanksgiving weekend in Oregon’s Wine Country

Give thanks this Thanksgiving holiday weekend by visiting Oregon’s wine country! Wineries throughout the entire state throw open their doors to visitors this weekend. To help you plan your day (or days) out wine tasting, we’ve pulled together a list of just some of our fav
Viticulture 101: Veraison in the vineyard

Viticulture 101: Veraison in the vineyard

Viticulture 101: Veraison 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, we
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Viticulture 101: Grapevine canopy management part one

Viticulture 101: Grapevine canopy management part one 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 10
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Viticulture 101: Grape bloom, flowering and fruit set in the vineyard

Viticulture 101: Grape bloom, flowering and fruit set 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 ou
Drink Pink

Drink Pink wine in the Oregon sunshine

One of our favorite events of the summer, Drink Pink is a celebration of rosé wine. As rosé continues to skyrocket in popularity, so too does this event. Now in its fifth year, attendees can expect 28 different Oregon wineries pouring rosé wines of all shades and hues, from salmon to
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Win free tickets to the Cascade Foothills Winegrowers tasting event

Win free tickets to the Cascade Foothills Winegrowers tasting on April 30! We’re giving away 3 pairs of tickets to the Cascade Foothills Winegrowers tasting event on Saturday, April 30 from 1-5pm. Help celebrate their new name, sip wine with the makers and learn how grapes go fr
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Viticulture 101: Pruning grapevines

Viticulture 101: Pruning grapevines 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, we will
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
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Glamping 101

Glamping. It seems that most people know what it is– ‘glamorous camping,’ but few have actually done it. Yet it’s a great way to experience the great outdoors without hauling around a bunch of camping gear. And anyone who’s pitched a tent knows what a comedy of errors that
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
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Memorial Day holiday weekend wine tasting in the Willamette Valley

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
Chris Czarnecki, Chef and owner of the Joel Palmer House

Willamette Valley’s Joel Palmer House gives thanks to those who pour

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
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
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Oregon wine Thanksgiving holiday tradition celebrates 30 years

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

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
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¡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
Italy in the Valley

Italy in the Valley Celebration: a wine vacation without the passport

Discover the wines of Italy without ever leaving the state Cana’s Feast Winery is hosting the 4th Annual Italy in the Valley Celebration where wine lovers across the Willamette Valley and Portland can taste Italian wine varietals produced by eleven Pacific Northwest wineries. This yea
Italy in the Valley

Need a wine vacation to Italy? Why not free tickets to the next best thing: Italy in the Valley on Sunday, August 26 in Carlton?

Please enter our contest to win a couple tickets to Italy in the Valley. Eleven wineries making Italian wine varietals in the Pacific Northwest are hoping to transport you to the Old World on Sunday, August 26th from 1-5pm at the Cana’s Feast Winery in Carlton. A $40 value- these tick
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Ooh la la– Bastille Day celebrations all weekend long

What’s Bastille Day without wine? Fortunately you don’t have to find out since WillaKenzie Estate is celebrating all weekend long. On Saturday, July 14, the actual holiday, Portlanders can partake in the free festivities at Director Park in downtown Portland. With over 8000 participan
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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
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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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Enjoy the lighter side of wine at Rosé in the Rose City

Toast the start of summer by sipping rosé and several white wines made by wineries in the Northern Willamette Valley. Rosé in the Rose City, a sanctioned Rose Festival event, celebrates rosé, an often-misunderstood wine. Today’s rosé wines run the gamut from very dry with high acid le
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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
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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
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Chocolate & Vermouth Pairing Class

Sugar, Spice and Everything Nice is the name of this innovative class offered on Wednesday, May 30th from 7:30-9pm at The Meadow Salt shop in North Portland. Two Oregon vermouth producers, Patrick Taylor of Cana’s Feast and Neil Koppline, one of the owners of Imbue Cellars are working
Van Duzer, one of the Pinot 365 wineries

Pinot in Portland hosted by Pinot 365

Pinot 365 is bringing Pinot noir to the city for just one special evening. This group of 13 wineries are all open 365 days a year and spread across the Willamette Valley. Their mission is to provide an authentic winery experience, regardless of season or day of the week. But they also