We tend to think of Oregon as Pinot Noir country. Rightly so, s they harvested more than 50,000 tons of the red French grape last fall. Varner-Traul Vineyard in Talent, Ore., is the estate vineyard for Ledger David Cellars. The Rogue Valley site, first planted in 2006, spans 15 acres…

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Oregon wine industry tops 725 wineries, 30,000 acres of vines

Willamette Valley Vineyards launched its Elton Winery brand this summer, a tribute to the highly acclaimed vineyard established by the late Dick O’Brien and his wife, Betty. (Photo by Eric Degerman/Great Northwest Wine) PORTLAND, Ore. — The Oregon wine industry grew its sales in 2016 by 12 percent to $529…

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Brooks Winery in Oregon creates Great American Eclipse experience

Janie Brooks Heuck is director of Brooks Wines in Amity, Ore. (Photo by Andréa Johnson Photography/Courtesy of Brooks Winery) AMITY, Ore. – For a number of wineries in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, the 2017 vintage might well be remembered for the Great American Eclipse. And as usual, Janie Brooks Heuck had…

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IPNC sets table for celebration of Oregon, Pinot Noir

McMINNVILLE, Ore. – Ask an international wine expert what Oregon is known for, and it’s a safe bet they will answer “Pinot Noir.” It’s a reputation that’s well-deserved yet hard-earned. In the world of marketing, it’s also a valuable tool for a region to be defined so succinctly. Think of…

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Support for Oregon Pinot Noir shows as IPNC nears another sellout

Melissa Burr, head winemaker for Stoller Family Estate since 2003, is among the featured winemakers for the 2017 International Pinot Noir Celebration in McMinnville, Ore. (Photo by Andréa Johnson Photography/Courtesy of Stoller Family Estate) McMINNVILLE, Ore. — This year, the International Pinot Noir Celebration enters its fourth decade, and the…

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WineAmerica presents Oregon Sen. Wyden with award

Janie Brooks Heuck of Brooks Wines in Salem, Ore., and Trent Preszler from Bedell Cellars in New York, present Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) with the 2017 Grape and Wine Public Policy Leadership Award from WineAmerica and the Winegrape Growers of America. (Photo courtesy of WineAmerica) WineAmerica, the nation’s largest wine…

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Abacela, Bunnell star again at Pacific Rim International Wine Competition

Abacela head winemaker Andrew Wenzl, left, and founder Earl Jones work in the cellar at the Roseburg, Ore., winery. Abacela has produced the best rosé at the Pacific Rim International Wine Competition for the past two years. (Photo by Eric Degerman/Great Northwest Wine) SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — Pacific Northwest wines…

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Northwest wineries shine on Wine Spectator bargain list

Vineyard manager Juan Uribe, left, and Juan Muñoz Oca, head winemaker at Columbia Crest in Prosser, Wash., collaborate on some of the best value wines made in the U.S., according to Wine Spectator magazine. (Photo courtesy of Ste. Michelle Wine Estates) Wine Spectator, the world’s leading wine publication, pays tribute…

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Willamette Valley wineries raise $472K in 80 minutes with barrel auction

Willamette: The Pinot Noir Barrel Auction raised $472,000 in less than 90 minutes at The Allison Inn & Spa in Newberg, Ore. The event featuring Oregon Pinot Noir from the 2015 vintage raised marketing funds for the Willamette Valley Wineries Association. (Photo by Aubrie LeGault Photography/Courtesy of Willamette Valley Wineries…

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2017 vintage off to cool start in Pacific Northwest

Greg Jones, a professor at Southern Oregon University and one of the wine world’s leaders in climate research, presents a report Feb. 14, 2017 at the Idaho Wine Commission annual meeting in Boise. (Photo by Eric Degerman/Great Northwest Wine) ASHLAND, Ore. — Climate researcher Greg Jones confirmed on Tuesday what…

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