Bringing well-deserved attention to Oregon Chardonnay, the second annual Oregon Chardonnay Symposium was held on May 4th, 2013 in the heart of the Dundee Hills AVA. Participants tasted with eight Oregon winemakers while wine writer Katherine Cole moderated. The discussion centered around the question of an "Oregon style" and explored the eight signature styles of
In the New York Times, Eric Asimov said: "Oregon pinot gris is one of the least-talked-about, best-value wines on the market today." We agree. He concludes his article by summing up that "you would be hard-pressed to find other American white wines with as much character in this price range." Asimov's article presses the point
above, tasting at Oregon Chardonnay Celebration 2015 © Jean Yates Inc. The word is out. Oregon Chardonnay is the next big thing. Great news. So how does that translate to winery sales, and most importantly, to profit? And how does the Oregon Chardonnay Celebration compete with the branding efforts of other regions, specifically, Canada's British Columbia? Oregon
Fire & Flood and Chapter 24 launched their new tasting room on a sunny Saturday afternoon in late November. A packed crowd enjoyed acrobats from the AWOL (Aerial Without Limits) dance collective swinging from the ceiling. Two of Portland's buzziest chefs, Aaron Barnett of St. Jack PDX and Graham Chaney of Stammtisch, served little tastes
Jim Maresh - Old Roots Run Deep Meeting Jim Maresh is like meeting a slice of Oregon history. He is a force to be reckoned with, one of the pioneers of the Oregon wine industry since planting his first grapevines in 1970. Along the way, he profoundly influenced the direction of Oregon's future, helping protect
In the lull after Thanksgiving when the tasting room is quiet and the 2014 vintage is put to bed, here's a useful 1.5 day workshop on wine chemistry. It's in Roseburg and is taught by analytical chemist Dr. Barry Gump Everyone I've spoken to who has taken it says it's well worth the time. A
In seven categories, Oregon wine beats out California, says a Linfield College survey. The seven categories are: Hand crafted artisan wines Organic or sustainably made Small family farms Community/collaboration Value for price Uniqueness Quirkiness/independence In contrast, California scored higher than Oregon for: Mass produced wine Tradition Expensive wines Easy to find when I buy wine.
Oregon vineyard purchases by Kendall Jackson, Ste. Michelle Estates, Precept Wine, Domaine Drouhin, and this week's purchase by Elk Cove Winery have led to speculation that the Oregon wine industry is going the way of California - large corporations buying up prime vineyards and forcing small wineries out of business. Pundits claim "we're on the