New Willamette Valley Harvest Website

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Harvest has officially kicked off in the Willamette Valley, and the WVWA’s new harvest website will help us all feel a part of it. Featuring winemaker stories, blog posts, delicious recipes, grape-friendly Spotify playlists, and event listings that all revolve around harvest, it’s like we’re practically in the cellar—except for the punchdowns.

 

The familial nature of harvest also reaches beyond the intimate work environment of the cellar and into community meals, shared equipment and celebratory events open to all. And while wine is the main focus, harvest season includes the entire Willamette Valley farming community and their bountiful crop of outstanding produce. The age-old combination of good wine, good food and good company is on full display during this plentiful time of year. For social media fans, follow harvest conversations at #wvwines2017 on Facebook and on Twitter @wvwines.

Website visitors can enter-to-win a curated wine country package for two featuring lodging, a winemaker’s dinner, dinner at a select Willamette Valley restaurant, wine tasting passes at hand-picked wineries, and $150 toward a car rental. The contest will run until November 1, 2017.

International Pinot Noir Celebration

Le Véritable Voyage: IPNC toasts Oregon, France and much more

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If I were to sum up the International Pinot Noir Celebration (IPNC) in just one word, it would be “resplendent.” And if you’re a wine geek like me, you can relate to how attending the event was a dream come true. Like a kid let loose in a candy store, my mouth drooled, eager to taste absolutely everything. Glass after glass of the world’s finest Pinot Noir. Plate after plate of the season’s tastiest and perfectly prepared gourmet morsels.

Infectious energy filled the air, as consumers, industry members, prominent speakers — including The New York Times wine writer Eric Asimov and IPNC master of ceremonies Allen Meadows of Burghound — and celebrities of the food and wine world gathered July 28–30 on the picturesque and historic Linfield College campus in McMinnville to toast Pinot Noir, and a few others, too.

Read more about the IPNC here at Oregon Wine Press…

idaho winery

The New Frontier of American Wine

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PICTURE BREATHTAKING RIVER VALLEYS and rolling hillsides rich with ancient but fertile volcanic soil, the type of soil that results in wines of remarkable character and exceptional quality. There’s only a few places in the U.S. with soil like that, and one of them is Idaho.

Understandably, wine grapes probably aren’t your first thought when thinking about a state known for growing potatoes. However, in addition to lush, volcanic sediment that’s chock-full of minerals, Idaho enjoys temperate weather, abundant sunshine and plentiful water?all things perfect for vinifera. For information about Idaho wineries, and specifically where to visit, read the full article on NW Travel & Life magazine, here.