Oregon Wine Board publishes its first touring guide

The 84-page 2016 Oregon Wine Touring Guide is a joint publication of the Oregon Wine Board and SagaCity Media. PORTLAND, Ore. — It’s rather poignant that the Oregon Wine Country License Plate has paved the road for the first Oregon Wine Official Touring Guide. Release of the inaugural 84-page guide…

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Stats show 2016 vintage for Northwest vineyards off to record start

Colter’s Creek Vineyard, an estate planting for owners Mike Pearson and Melissa Sanborn in the newly established Lewis-Clark Valley American Viticultural Area, basks in the warmth of spring near Juliaetta, Idaho. (Photo by Eric Degerman/Great Northwest Wine) Record-setting heat during April kick-started the 2016 vintage in the Pacific Northwest wine…

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King Estate seeks status as largest biodynamic vineyard in U.S.

King Estate hopes to earn Demeter certification for its 465 acres of vineyard, a recognition that would make it the largest such vineyard in the U.S. and among the biggest in the world. (Photo courtesy of King Estate) EUGENE, Ore. – King Estate, a longtime leader in the Pacific Northwest…

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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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