After 30 vintages, Joe Dobbes still fascinated by Pinot Noir


Joe Dobbes, owner of Dobbes Family Estate in Dundee, Ore., leads a tasting of four Pinot Noirs from four Oregon AVAs to show their distinct differences. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) DUNDEE, Ore. – Even after 30 years of making wine, Joe Dobbes is still in awe over the…

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California winery buys Oregon’s Penner-Ash Wine Cellars


Lynn Penner-Ash was Oregon’s first female head winemaker when she arrived in 1988. She and her husband, Ron, launched Penner-Ash Wine Cellars in 1998. (Photo courtesy of Andréa Johnson Photography) NEWBERG, Ore. – One of Oregon’s top artisan wineries has been purchased by a large California wine producer. Penner-Ash Wine Cellars announced…

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Linfield College adds to Wine Lecture Series


Richard Smart, viewed as one of the industry’s leading viticultural scientists and nicknamed “The Flying Vine Doctor,” will lecture May 10, 2016 at Linfield College in McMinnville, Ore. (Photo courtesy of Linfield College) McMINNVILLE, Ore. – Linfield College will bring in two of the world’s top viticultural researchers – Jack…

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Trade auction of Willamette Valley Pinot Noir raises $476,000


Committee members for the inaugural Willamette: Pinot Noir Barrel Auction are, front row, auction director Victoria Pustynsky; Emily Nelson, associate director Willamette Valley Wineries Association, and Sue Horstmann, executive director of the Willamette Valley Wineries Association, and back row from left: Pat Dudley, Bethel Heights; Eugenia Keegan, Gran Moraine; Fritz…

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El Niño shows signs of weakening this spring


This image of the western United States from Feb. 23 to March 23, 2016 indicates the percent of normal precipitation (Image by High Plains Regional Climate Center/courtesy of Gregory Jones). ASHLAND, Ore. – March may well go out like a lamb, but the warm lion chasing it through Pacific Northwest…

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Optimism running high as picking begins in Oregon: Warm, long growing season, dry forecast bode for promising vintage

The wine grape harvest is officially under way at many of Oregon’s 463 wineries and 849 vineyards as the state’s industry looks forward to one of its earliest and most promising harvests in years. Temperatures are tracking well above recent years and among the highest in some locations in more…

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Oregon Wine Continues to Draw Investment: Louis Jadot’s purchase of Resonance Vineyard follows Jackson’s acquisition of Soléna Estate

Oregon’s wine industry is set for a banner year of transactions, with the past week seeing two more major winery purchases announced. The latest deal sees Burgundy’s Maison Louis Jadot acquiring Resonance Vineyard, a 20-acre property in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA, from Carla and Kevin Chambers for an undisclosed sum. Originally…

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Burgundy’s Louis Jadot Purchases Oregon Pinot Noir Vineyard: Négociant buys 32-acre Resonance Vineyard; Veteran Jacques Lardière will make wines

Maison Louis Jadot, the Burgundy-based négociant, has purchased a vineyard in Oregon’s Willamette Valley and will produce an Oregon Pinot Noir beginning with the 2013 vintage. Jacques Lardière, who retired as Jadot’s technical director in 2012 after holding the chief winemaking position for 42 years, will be the winemaker. The property…

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Maison Louis Jadot Buys Oregon Vineyard: Resonance Vineyard Represents First Move Outside Burgundy

In its first acquisition outside of Burgundy, Maison Louis Jadot has purchased Resonance Vineyard in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, a 20-acre vineyard in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA first planted to Pinot Noir in 1981 by Carla and Kevin Chambers. The move is the latest in a string of acquisitions in Oregon, the…

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Oregon receives wine consumer group’s top ranking – State named one of six ‘wine friendliest’ in U.S.

Oregon received the No. 1 ranking in the nation for its friendliness to wine consumers, according to a report released yesterday by the American Wine Consumer Coalition. Oregon was one of only six states whose regulatory environment received an A+ rating in AWCC’s annual state-by-state report card. The report used…

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