News about the Willamette Valley


2014 The Seattle Times Dundee Hills Andy Perdue

Head for the Dundee Hills for Remarkable Wines

The Seattle Times – September 5, 2014

It's a small community not unlike so many others in Oregon’s rural Willamette Valley. But this little town is the heart and soul of wine country. Named after a Scottish town, Dundee has long been agricultural. It wasn’t until the late 1960s and early ’70s when such pioneers as David Lett, Dick Erath, Bill Blosser and Susan Sokol Blosser arrived and began planting pinot noir in the ancient red soils. Read full article


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The Terroir of the Willamette Valley

Snooth – September 2, 2014

The terrain of Oregon's Willamette Valley is made up of bountiful complex micro-climates that play a major role in the dynamism and charisma of the region's variegated Pinot Noirs.  These micro-climates offer diverse geology and soils, so the multiple sub AVAs of the larger Willamette Valley AVA have been inherent in identifying and outlining the unique characteristics of different wine growing areas. Read full article
 


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66 Oregon Winemakers are Coming to Seattle

Seattle Magazine – August 27, 2014

When a bunch of winemakers travel from their vineyards so close to crush, they must have good reason. For more than five dozen Oregon winemakers traveling to Seattle on September 11, that reason is to spread the Burgundian-grape gospel at Pinot in the City. Read full article


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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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