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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Alaska Airlines to allow passengers one case of Oregon wine to fly free

One case of Oregon wine can fly free as checked baggage on Alaska Airlines, from four Oregon airports, Sept. 10 through Nov. 20. The Oregon Wines Fly Free program is valid on domestic Alaska Airlines return flights from airports in Portland, Eugene, Medford and Redmond, as well as Walla Walla, Wash.…

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Where Oregon pinot noir was born

Charles Humble, spokesman for the Oregon Wine Board, a state agency that markets Oregon wineries, said Sommer’s decision to plant in Oregon played an important role in creating what is today a $3 billion business in Oregon. “He gets credit for being the Fed By: Featured Articles on Oregon Wine…

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Cheap Vacation Alternatives to Popular Places

EDITORS NOTE: Kiplinger has just recognized Oregon’s Wine Country as a better wine vacation choice than the Napa Valley. Oregon is a world-class wine region with 17 approved winegrowing regions and more than 450 wineries producing 72 varieties of grapes. Scroll down to the fourth vacation alternative to get the scoop…

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Pioneering Umpqua Valley vintner gets recognition

In 1961, Richard Sommer, an agriculture student at the University of California, Davis, took a leap of faith. His professors told him Oregon would never be good wine country. Sommer ignored them. After scouring Southern Oregon for a suitable site, he chose a Melrose farm where he planted 13 acres in the era’s…

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Oregon Wine License Plate Sales Top 6,000 Mark: Specialty Plate Is Second Fastest Selling First Year of Sales

Oregon’s Wine Country license plate turns a year old today and it’s turning into a big hit with Oregonians who have placed more than 6,000 sets of the specialty plates on their vehicles in the first year. Oregon’s Wine Country plates officially went on sale in May 2012. The plates…

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