News about the Willamette Valley


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Wine Lover’s Weekend in the Willamette Valley

Fodor's – May 8, 2013

In the northwest part of Oregon, the rain of winter has tapered off, the sun is shining, and the state's largest wine producing region is ready for a new growing season. With more than 200 vineyards, tasting trips are the main attraction in the area between early April and harvest in late October. Here's a weekend itinerary that includes superior sips, fantastic food, and just a touch of adventure—all within easy access of Portland. Read full article


Ellen Bhang for The Boston Globe

Fashionable glasses sport Oregon Pinot Noir for spring

The Boston Globe – April 23, 2012

If a big, lush cabernet sauvignon is your winter parka, and a delicate rosé your summer togs, then Oregon pinot noir is that versatile, stylish sweater that carries you through spring. Lithe, vibrant, and fresh, these pale ruby pours, full of tangy cherry and leafy soil aromas, are what we crave with this season’s suppers. Read full article


Diablo Magazine courtesy of Sokol Blosser

Wine Country Northwest: where to stay, eat, and play in Oregon’s Willamette Valley

Diablo Magazine – February 25, 2013

Sipping pinot noir on the deck of Sokol Blosser’s tasting room, looking out over vineyards that slope gently down the hillside to a line of evergreens and rooftops, I’m only partially reminded of Napa. There’s that same serenity that comes from being surrounded by such stunning beauty and bounty. Read full article


Wine Enthusiast Magazine

Wine Travel Destination 2013: Willamette Valley, Oregon

Wine Enthusiast Magazine – January 8, 2013

The Willamette Valley is a big place, and it’s stuffed with friendly wineries, gorgeous scenery, toy towns and a dazzling array of outdoor activities. Visitors should plan to explore the countryside, not just the main towns. That means lots of driving on twisty, two-lane roads, so try to focus each day’s excursions on a confined area. Read full article


Bob Pool

Oregon’s flourishing wine region

BBC Travel – December 27, 2012

As winter’s cool fog envelops bare grapevines and whispers promises of future fruit, Oregon’s Willamette Valley hums with more wine appreciation than ever before. With a proliferation of hilltop tasting rooms scattered among tiny rural towns, as well as a crush of restaurants with extensive wine lists and top-notch sommeliers, it is easy to compare the region to the way California’s Napa Valley was more than four decades ago, when dirt roads connected small-batch winemakers with big aspirations. Read full article


Wine Spectator

A Perfect Match: Pinot Noir has found an American home in Oregon

Wine Spectator – December 15, 2012

What makes Oregon Pinot Noir so good? Start with the vines, which seem to like Oregon's combination of soils and climate. Growers and winemakers have climbed a steep learning curve, largely while sharing their expertise with one another. They learned how to coax the character and personality from grapes capable of greatness. Wine Spectator's Harvey Steiman explains. Read full article


Carlton Winemakers Studio

Pinot noir reigns in Oregon’s wine country

Daily Herald – October 20, 2012

Driving southwest from Portland an hour or so through the suburbs, you hit the heart of Oregon's wine country rather suddenly. Here the mountainous Coast Range slopes to the Willamette Valley floor, which is smothered with vineyards that produce some of the best pinot noir on earth. Read full article


Jetset Magazine

Wines of the Pacific Northwest

Jetset Magazine – September 24, 2012

California may be the most famous wine-growing state in the USA, but the entire West Coast produces wines of world-class quality. I'd like to introduce you to the styles of the Pacific Northwest — specifically, Oregon and Washington. Oregon and Washington are the USA's answer to Burgundy and Bordeaux, respectively. The wines made there are beautiful and quite different from the same versions made in California. Oregon, which sits on the same latitude as France's famed Burgundy region, is best known for its “Burgundian”-styled pinot noirs and elegant chardonnays. Read full article


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