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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

usa today - oregon wine trail

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

Washington Post - Oregon's Willamette Valley

The wineries of Oregon’s Willamette Valley, moving confidently into the future

The Washington Post – September 26, 2013

“Good afternoon, sir. Will you be joining us for a wine tasting today?” Never before had I been greeted by a restaurant-style maitre d’ when visiting a winery. But nothing about this shiny new tasting room at Sokol Blosser winery in Oregon’s Willamette Valley is typical. Read full article

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Oregon terroir is multidimensional

The Washington Post – September 17, 2013

Jay Somers was talking dirt. Hardly had we shaken hands when he started pointing to the ground and describing the various soils in his vineyard: marine sediment here, iron-laced volcanic soils there. Or something like that. Read full article

2013 LA Mag Steve Kepple

Sipping & noshing your way through the Pacific Northwest’s most storied wine region

Los Angeles Magazine – September 12, 2013

If you were thinking of establishing an easygoing friendship with a grape, pinot noir wouldn’t be your first choice. It’s temperamental, thin-skinned, and fussy. Fortunately Oregon’s Willamette Valley, where some of the best bottles of this varietal are produced, is pinot’s polar opposite. Read full article

2013 Voodoo Vintners Seattle Times

Meet Willamette Valley’s ‘voodoo vintners’ and taste some magical wine

Seattle Times – July 13, 2013

Near Portland, a growing cadre of biodynamic growers buries cow horns and plants grapes by the light of the moon. It’s kind of a voyeuristic request of a “biodynamic” winemaker, but I found I couldn’t resist asking every one I met: “Can I, uh, see your cow horns?” Read full article

2013 Fodor's Penner Ash

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

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