News about the Willamette Valley

2014 Wine Spectator Harvey Steiman

Oregon Pinot Noir on a Roll

Wine Spectator Blog – October 7, 2014

When it happened, Oregon's 2013 Pinot Noir vintage looked like a flop. A warm growing season climaxed with a couple of heat spikes in mid-September. And then it rained. And rained. And rained some more. Some vineyards counted 9 inches of rain in a week. Most of Willamette Valley got around 4 inches. “I never saw rain so sideways here, and it hit when everything was pretty damn ripe,” said Rollin Soles of Roco. Read full article

2014 Portland Monthly

Northwest Wine Country Weekends

Portland Monthly Magazine – September 26, 2014

Admit it: Wine country isn’t just about the wine. It’s about the unfolding views, the earthy-sweet aromas, the ethereal blankets of fog, and the impression that you are a part of the landscape, rooted as firmly in the soil as the vines themselves. Read full article

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

2014 Snooth Terroir of WV

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

2014 Seattle Magazine Pinot in the City

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

Alaska Airlines cover August 2014

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

2014 Yahoo Travel Arygle Winery

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


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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