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THE NEXT BIG SPARKLING WINE DESTINATION ISN'T WHERE YOU'D EXPECT
TRAVEL + LEISURE - OCTOBER 1, 2021
After decades of quiet development, local winemakers are creating traditional méthode champenoise wines and creative pét-nats with an "only-in-Oregon" feel, priming the state to become a world leader in sparkling production. Since many of these bottles are small-batch or limited releases, the ideal (and sometimes, the only) way to try them is to visit. Read full article.
NBA STAR CJ MCCOLLUM BUYS OREGON VINEYARD PROPERTY
DECANTER - SEPTEMBER 15, 2021
NBA player CJ McCollum has followed up the launch of his own wine label by purchasing more than 100ha in Oregon's Willamette Valley with his wife, where they plan to create an 'exceptional vineyard'. Read full article.
YOUR GAY GUIDE TO THE OREGON WINE COUNTRY JUST OUTSIDE PORTLAND
OUT TRAVELER - SEPTEMBER 10, 2021
When our family vacation this year took us to Portland and the Oregon Coast, we jumped at the chance to spend several days in the area’s premier wine region, the Willamette Valley. (To sound like a local, remember the correct pronunciation with the rhyme, “It’s Willamette, dammit.”). Read full article.
OREGON'S LONG-LIVED PINOT NOIRS
WINE SPECTATOR – MARCH 2021 ISSUE
Oregon is quickly growing as a top winegrowing region. To understand Oregon’s significance in the wine world, consider our Top 100 Wines of 2020. There were an unprecedented seven Willamette Valley Pinot Noirs on the list, surpassing even Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. In senior editor Tim Fish’s recent tasting report on the region, recent releases show value and top scores from both red and white wines. The 2018 vintage in particular is intense and rich, with wines that would benefit from time in the cellar. Read full article.
11 OUTSTANDING OREGON PINOT NOIRS
WINE SPECTATOR – JANUARY 25, 2021
With so many new winemakers and Pinot Noir projects, exciting things are happening in Oregon's Willamette Valley. And the region's veteran vintners are making some of the best reds of their careers. Both old and new faces are highlighted in this week's selection of 2018 Pinot Noirs that earned 90 points or more on Wine Spectator’s 100-point scale. Read full article.
10 VIBRANT OREGON PINOT NOIRS AT 90+ POINTS
WINE SPECTATOR – NOVEMBER 23, 2020
Willamette Valley is Oregon's Pinot Noir heartland, producing distinctive styles from the classic Burgundy grape. The best versions offer rich fruit laced with bright acidity and savory accents. This week, we've selected 10 newly released reds that display this lively character, each earning an outstanding rating on Wine Spectator's 100-point scale. Read full article.
OFTEN OVERLOOKED, OREGON'S LATINX WINE COMMUNITY THRIVES
WINE ENTHUSIAST – OCTOBER 20, 2020
“Wine is a story, and it begins with the work being done out in the vineyard,” says Elena Rodriguez, president/winemaker at Alumbra Cellars. “When I talk about my winemaking, I start by sharing the story of my vineyard workers, of their dedication and hard work to help me bring in beautiful fruit. Their work is so often overlooked and undervalued. I want to make it known that without them, the wine industry wouldn’t exist.” Read full article.
IN OREGON'S WILLAMETTE VALLEY, ELEGANT PINOT NOIR FOR LESS THAN $40
WINE ENTHUSIAST – SEPTEMBER 8, 2020
Oregon’s Willamette Valley American Viticultural Area (AVA) is widely acknowledged as the next best place after Burgundy, where Pinot has thrived for centuries, to explore its vast potential. First planted there by Eyrie Vineyards founder David Lett in the mid-1960s, the area is now the foundation for the state’s growing reputation. Read full article.
OREGON PINOT NOIR: THE WINNING STREAK CONTINUES
VINOUS – AUGUST 4, 2020
Oregon’s unprecedented run of outstanding vintages which began in 2014, has been extended yet again with 2018. In fact, you have to go all the way back to 2011 and 2007 to find years that were truly challenging, and both of those vintages actually produced a large number of outstanding wines. Read full article.
SIX OF THE BEST OREGON WINES THAT AREN'T PINOT NOIR
VINEPAIR – DECEMBER 9, 2020
These days, when we think about wine from Oregon, we immediately blurt out Pinot Noir. It makes sense, of course, as this is one of the U.S.’s meccas for wines made from the grape, and of our more unique expressions of it to boot. But what I think we have learned here at VinePair, with an entire month focusing solely on American wine, is that even though one grape may define a region to the general public, a wine region is much more than a single grape. Read full article.
OREGON PINOT NOIR: TOP PRODUCERS TO KNOW AND TRY
DECANTER - SEPTEMBER 23, 2021
With its distinctive soils and innovative planting and winemaking trends, this corner of the Pacific Northwest has found great success with Burgundy's temperamental red grape. Charles Curtis MW shares his top Oregon Pinot Noir producers to know and the best wines to buy. Read the full article.
WILLAMETTE VALLEY PINOT NOIR AUCTION 2021 RAISES OVER $700,000
DECANTER - AUGUST 11, 2021
Some 97 registered live and online bidders raised more than $700,000 at Oregon’s sixth annual Willamette Valley Pinot Noir Auction, showcasing the 2019 vintage. Charles Curtis MW reports. Read full article.
URBAN WINE TRAILS ARE POPPING UP ACROSS THE U.S., FROM SEATTLE TO BROOKLYN
CONDÉ NAST TRAVELER - MARCH 19, 2021
One of the joys of a visit to Napa or the Willamette Valley is the ability to pop from winery to winery with ease. Now, several American cities can claim their own cosmopolitan versions of wine country, with multiple tasting rooms and working wineries concentrated in downtown areas—many within an easy walk or ride from each other. For the cost of a day’s parking you can sip and stroll your way through wine country without leaving the city. Here's where you can do it. Read the full article.
WILLAMETTE VALLEY WINE MOMS ON WHAT MAKES THEIR REGION SPECIAL
FORBES – MAY 7, 2021
“The sense of community in the Willamette Valley is like no other,” says Laura Laing, co-winemaker at Hazelfern Cellars. “I hope the future generations in the valley continue to embrace it!” Read full article.
WILLAMETTE VALLEY WINERIES TAKE ON SOCIAL JUSTICE ISSUES
FORBES – APRIL 30, 2021
Even as Willamette Valley celebrates 50 years of successful wine making, the community is asking itself some poignant questions. Are the wineries doing all they can to provide and promote diversity and belonging among all people? Are they creating avenues of mentorship, scholarship, employment, partnership, and hospitality for underrepresented communities? Read full article.
STANDOUT RIESLINGS FROM THE WILLAMETTE VALLEY
FORBES – APRIL 29, 2021
Most wine drinkers associate Riesling with Germany, Austria, and the Alsace — and often, with sweetness. These impressions aren’t unfounded: the Riesling grape is native to Germany’s Rhine Valley, and even today, Germany and its neighboring countries lead the world in production of this variety. It’s also true that traditionally, many Rieslings are at the sweeter end of the spectrum. But the aromatic, high-acid Riesling grape is far more versatile than these two generalizations would lead you to believe. Read full article.
DRINKING OREGON ROSÉ WITH THE PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS' CJ MCCOLLUM
FORBES – APRIL 14, 2021
After eight seasons with the Portland Trail Blazers, shooting guard CJ McCollum has taken up the other Oregon passion of winemaking. Teaming up with one of the state's founding wineries, Adelsheim, he launched his own label, McCollum Heritage 91, in the fall of 2020, with an initial release of a 2018 Chehalem Mountains Pinot Noir. Now with his second release available, a 2020 Willamette Valley Rosé, I spoke with McCollum about what motivated him to start his own wine project. Read full article.
CELEBRATE 50 YEARS WITH THESE WILLAMETTE VALLEY WINERIES IN 2021
FORBES – MARCH 24, 2021
The stories are filled with tension and atmosphere. Words like pioneer, taking risks, life savings, and nerve pepper recollections as Oregon’s Willamette Valley looks back over the past 50 years during a season of anniversary celebrations. Read full article.
WINE SPECTATOR'S TOP 100 WINES OF 2020 FEATURES SEVEN OREGON PRODUCERS
FORBES – JANUARY 3, 2021
Wines from Oregon’s Willamette Valley have been appearing on the Wine Spectator’s Top 100 list for the last two decades. In 2020, however, they won seven spots on the list, the most the Oregon wine industry has ever achieved. Read full article.
LOOKING AHEAD TO A 'BOUNCE BACK' SUMMER IN WINE COUNTRY
NEWBERG GRAPHIC – APRIL 18, 2021
With the pandemic's outlook improving, Willamette Valley wineries anticipate welcoming more guests. Read full article.
FORGET CHAMPAGNE: 11 SUPERB NEW SPARKLING WINES FROM OREGON—YES OREGON—TO TOAST YOUR VALENTINE
ROBB REPORT – FEBRUARY 8, 2021
With home runs in the books for Pinot Noir and (more recently) Chardonnay, Oregon wine producers should long ago have put them together to make top-notch sparkling wine, the exquisite marriage of the two main grapes in Champagne and California bubbly. One would think. But they (mostly) didn’t, until very, very recently. Read full article.
FIVE INSPIRING WOMEN IN THE WORLD OF WINE
TOWN & COUNTRY - MARCH 8, 2021
Women are fearless leaders in the wine industry. Through remarkable innovation and daring, they continue to push boundaries and dazzle the palate. Whether as newcomers or as members of a centuries-old family winemaking heritage, they have one thing in common: determination. Taste the fruits of their efforts in these five delicious wines. Read full article.
CJ MCCOLLUM AND ELISE ESPOSITO’S WEDDING WAS AN INTIMATE AFFAIR IN OREGON WINE COUNTRY
VOGUE – JANUARY 6, 2021
Portland Trailblazers guard CJ McCollum and dentist Elise Esposito were married at our very own Black Walnut Inn in an intimate ceremony in the Willamette Valley in October 2020. Read full article.