News about the Willamette Valley


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Terrific Terroir – Enjoying Oregon’s Wine Country

Alaska Airlines Magazine – August 1, 2014

The most fun I have had in a vineyard was while riding a horse named Rave. About 40 miles southwest of Portland I found the joys of the “sip, saddle and ride” experience offered by Equestrian Wine Tours. When I signed up for the excursion, I thought it was for the unique experience of horseback riding between the vineyard rows of the gorgeous Dundee Hills AVA. Read full article


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Road Trip: Searching the Willamette Valley for the Perfect Pinot

Yahoo Travel – July 10, 2014

The plan: To explore as many of the wineries — and as many of the quirky small-town spots that make this region unique — as possible in a four-day trip. The route: Portland to Eugene, avoiding the highway (in this case, I-5) in favor of picturesque byways. Read full article


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In Oregon, back-to-back vintages show the subtle difference a year can make

The Washington Post – May 14, 2014

It’s fashionable today to argue that vintages don’t matter, because winemaking has improved around the world to the point that wines can be consistently good from year to year. But then we might as well drink beer — not that there’s anything wrong with that. Read full article


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An Earth Day Toast To Organic Winemaking In Oregon

Forbes – April 22, 2014

Earth Day is a perfect moment to toast the history of Oregon and its winemaking tradition, as well as the entrepreneurial spirit and sustainable lifestyle that continues to draw people there. There’s an idea, articulated to me a few weeks ago in Oregon wine country, about the trajectory of the sustainability movement in the state of Oregon. Read full article


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Willamette Valley emerges as powerful pinot producer

Mission Valley News – April 11, 2014

All great wines reflect their time and place, so now may be the biggest change in the range of wines produced. Due to the effects of global warming, many ‘cool climate’ growing regions of the world — which typically struggle to ripen some grape varieties — are becoming major wine producers. Read full article


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Wine Tour of the World: 10 Must-Visit Stops

ABC News – April 7, 2014

If you’re a fan of smoky and smooth pinot noirs, then Oregon is a must-stop on your world wine tour. Located about an hour’s drive outside of Portland, the Willamette Valley produces some of the best wines in a state that’s recently become quite the stateside destination. Read full article 


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Willamette Valley Gourmet Escape

Via Magazine – March 1, 2014

The back roads of Oregon’s fertile valley reveal lush scenery, small-town appeal, and sophisticated pleasures. For 25 years I’ve been traversing the Willamette Valley from my home in southern Oregon to Eugene or Portland. I usually take the freeway, blasting up I-5 “without seeing a single thing,” as John Steinbeck wrote about interstate system users in Travels with Charley. Read full article


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Why Oregon Will Fondly Remember 2011

The New York Times – December 19, 2013

How important is vintage in discussing fine wines? I’d say we overrate it, or at least over-generalize about it. Focusing on vintage characteristics may be a helpful shorthand approach for wine writers, but usually it is too simplistic, leading to reflex decisions rather than more-considered ones. Read full article


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