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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State’s Wineries Ready For Oregon Wine Month: Promotions, Events Highlight Focus on $3 Billion Industry

Oregon’s 450-plus wineries are preparing to kick off Oregon Wine Month, a month-long focus on the state’s $3 billion industry next week. Dozens of promotions, tasting and other activities are planned by wineries and wine retailers in the state, culminating in the annual Memorial Day Weekend Open House when most of…

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Oregon Senate approves wine growler bill

The Oregon Senate approved a bill Thursday allowing wine to be sold in refillable “growlers,” similar to the way that brewpubs sell beer today. Sen. Lee Beyer, D-Springfield, showed his colleagues on the Senate floor a pair of wine growlers, suggesting the bill would bring parity to the marketplace, treating…

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Oregon Wine Board’s team divulges wine tasting secrets!

Hello Oregon Wine Explorer! This week we polled team members working on our big kick off event, Vintage Oregon, who range from a newbie wine drinker to an oenophile that grew up on a vineyard. We asked each person, “What tip would you tell someone new to wine tasting?” Their timely advice is…

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Vintage Oregon – Exploring Oregon’s Wine Regions

Vintage Oregon will be taking place at the Leftbank Annex, a unique event space situated in the heart of Portland, Oregon. Located on all the major transportation lines and right next to the Rose Quarter, the multi-level floor plan allowed our creative team a chance to envision an interactive floor…

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