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Harvest 2018 Reflections

By |November 7th, 2018|

Bree Boskov MW / Oregon Wine Board Education Manager "The 2018 vintage in the Willamette Valley and Oregon overall is looking to make some exceptional wines. Not exactly a return to normal, as the spring and summer was one of the warmest and driest on record, but there were no real heat spikes and the season was longer due to the cool autumn weather. That allowed grapes to hang and develop complex flavors on the vine while retaining fresh acidity."

USA Today’s “10Best” Packed with Oregon Wine

By |September 5th, 2018|

Two big things happened in the past week: harvest began at select Oregon vineyards and a dozen Oregon wine country tasting rooms, hotels, restaurants and festivals were awarded best of the nation accolades in the 2018 USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards. [...]

SUMMER FESTIVALS AND FESTIVITIES

By |July 12th, 2018|

Each year a select group of 40 Oregon vintners release a rare and tiny cuvée for the annual ¡Salud! auction. This year, for the first time, wine lovers around the country can raise a digital paddle from home, call out to the auctioneer, and vie for a taste in the Summertime ¡Salud! E-Auction [...]

Mastering Oregon with Bree Boskov MW and Chris Tanghe MS

By |June 6th, 2018|

Oregon hit the trail in April, bringing 50 wineries to Los Angeles for a generous pour of Oregon’s fine wine and pioneering spirit. In addition to 1,500 bottles of wine, we also brought two masters: Master of Wine Bree Boskov and Master Sommelier Chris Tanghe. Together they presented a 90-minute overview of why Oregon wine tastes Oregonian by illuminating regionality, geology, climate, trends and more. Pour a glass, press play and dig into Oregon's terrior from home.

Your Table is Ready

By |May 8th, 2018|

More than 150 restaurants across Oregon and beyond are celebrating Oregon Wine Month throughout May with Oregon wine flights, specials and pairings.

What’s more, we’ve partnered with OpenTable to make finding and reserving your spot easy. To see all 150+ restaurants, what they’re offering and to book your table, click below.

 
Here’s a taste of what there is […]

Video: The Wines of Oregon by GuildSomm

By |April 27th, 2018|

You know GuildSomm, right? They’re a nonprofit international membership organization for sommeliers and wine professionals that promotes education, collaboration, and healthy debate. Or more succinctly, GuildSomm is the world’s premier sommelier organization.

President Geoff Kruth spent time in Oregon recently to produce a ten minute video featuring an overview of each winegrowing region in Oregon.

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Developing Regional Taste Profiles

By |April 19th, 2018|

To develop a taste profile of a region, soil type or style you could visit dozens of wineries one at a time… or you could join one of the many collaborative tastings throughout May and easily explore a variety of producers.

Penner-Ash Wine Cellars by Carolyn Wells-Kramer
To celebrate Oregon Wine Month in May, ten winery groups are collaborating […]

Win a Wine Flight at 10,000 Feet

By |April 19th, 2018|

To celebrate Oregon Wine Month in May, we’re offering an immersive 3-night wine and food getaway unlike any other. Enter now for your chance to explore the soil, sea and air of Oregon’s terroir.

One grand prize winner and guest will soar above the vines for a Willamette Valley tour by air with pilot Scott Neal, winemaker at Coeur […]

100 Oregon Wineries, 3 Collaborative Events

By |February 14th, 2018|

So it goes: so much wine, so little time.

Fortunately there are collaborative tastings that offer many producers pouring many bottles under one roof. Collaborative tastings not only expose you to many new wines efficiently, but they’re also a unique opportunity to explore the character of a specific region or style.

Three collaborative tastings are approaching in […]

Forbes Pops the Cork on Oregon’s Sparkling Wine Industry

By |January 28th, 2018|

The Forbes Magazine article Bubbles Along The Willamette: Oregon’s Sparkling Wine Renaissance is like a metaphorical popping of the cork for Oregon’s burgeoning sparkling wine industry. Author Joe Micallef, himself a domestic sparkling wine judge and a Champagne judge Europe, proclaims the Willamette Valley to be in the midst of a sparkling wine renaissance.

In his words: […]