News about the Willamette Valley

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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

2013 Snooth Region of the Year

Region of the Year 2013

Snooth – November 6, 2013

Oregon’s Pinot Noirs have achieved such success that they threaten to define the entire state, even though they mostly come from the Willamette Valley, admittedly Oregon’s most important wine producing region. I am tempted to suggest that the Willamette Valley be Snooth’s Region of the Year 2013 based on the strength of their Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Riesling, and Chardonnay, all world class. Read full article

2013 Huff Post Willamette Valley

Top 10 Wine Destinations Around the World

Huffington Post Viator Blog – November 4, 2013

Going wine tasting is a charming way to spend a day or a weekend. It is so enjoyable, in fact, that wine tasting has become a vacation in itself. Wine tourism has increased in the past 10 years and many wineries around the globe now provide exquisite tasting rooms with scenic vineyard views, wine tasting dinners, and tours of the vineyards and cellars. Read full article

Wine Enthusiast

America’s Best Pinot Noirs

Wine Enthusiast magazine – October 22, 2013

It’s been written so often that it’s become a cliché: Pinot Noir is a fickle grape that needs just the right conditions to thrive. Yet, Pinot’s popularity is such that we’re confronted by dozens of bottles from countless regions every time we enter a wine shop or open a wine list. Here’s a way to cut through the clutter. Read full article

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Oregon’s Wine Trail: Discover the Willamette Valley

USA Today – October 1, 2013

Wine country is an integral part of Oregon's agricultural patchwork. Most of the wineries are in the Willamette Valley, a short drive south of Portland. Don't expect Napa Valley, which today is like the Vegas Strip of wine. In Oregon the vineyards are spread out, punctuating other crops such as hazelnuts, berries and Christmas trees. Read full article

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