Archive for November, 2016

The Future of Oregon Wine – James Suckling

Willamette Valley named 2016 wine region of the year



By Michael Russell | The Oregonian/OregonLive ; photo credit David Krug

America at large is starting to pick up on something Oregonians have known for years.

Earlier this month, Wine Enthusiast magazine named the Willamette Valley its 2016 wine region of the year, noting the valley’s impressive outside investment while praising its Burgundian-quality pinot noir.

In a twist for Oregon, the magazine’s award focuses on the Willamette Valley’s history, starting with the first Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris plantings from Eyrie Vineyards’ David Lett, then retelling the tale of Eyrie’s South Block Pinot Noir placing in the top three at 1979’s prestigious Gault-Millau French Wine Olympiad. As for the present, the magazine references the glut of money to flood the region, first from France, and more recently from California.

“No producer has jumped in more aggressively than Jackson Family Wines. Beginning with its 2013 purchase of 1,385 acres of established vineyards, the company has quickly built a portfolio, purchasing Penner-Ash and WillaKenzie. Jackson Family Wines also bought Solena’s winemaking facility and vineyard (though brand ownership remains with Laurent Montalieu) and is now developing Oregon headquarters and winemaking facility in McMinnville.”

Earlier this month, The Oregonian/OregonLive toured the Willamette Valley, offering this guide to where to stay, eat and drink in advance of the many winery open houses over Thanksgiving weekend.

“A weekend of tasting, delectable food, music and more” – Oregon Wine Press

Thanksgiving in Oregon Wine Country

A festive weekend of tasting, delectable food, music and more awaits you throughout Oregon Wine Country.  Here’s a comprehensive list of wineries, activities, days, hours and locations. Enjoy!

Pre-Thanksgiving Weekend

A.F. Nichols (at Medici)
Nov. 19–20 (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.) Come taste a selection of our current Pinot Noirs alongside our fellow winemakers at Medici Winery. No fee.
28005 N.E. Bell Road, Newberg
971-219-9561 |

Nov. 19 (noon to 5 p.m.) Tasting ADEA wines and Dauntless Wine. Small bites to enjoy with the wines. Fee: $20.
26421 Highway 47, Gaston
503-662-4509 |

Airlie Winery
Nov. 19–20 (noon to 5 p.m.) Food paired with wines, holiday specials, new releases, including 2012 Nudge (Port-style wine) and 2012 BeckenRidge Pinot Noir. Fee: $10 (shared with food banks).
15305 Dunn Forest Road, Monmouth
503-838-6013 |

Alloro Vineyard
Nov. 19–20 (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.) Join us Pre-Thanksgiving Weekend when we will provide a sneak peek of our 2015 estate and Riservata Pinot Noir (won’t be released until the summer of 2017). We will be pouring these wines along with our current releases and also have some charcuterie to nibble. Fee: $15.
22075 S.W. LeBeau Road, Sherwood
503-625-1978 |

Anam Cara Cellars
Nov. 19 (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.) From turkey to sweet potatoes, to cranberries and pecan pie, and just about everything else … we have paired the perfect selection of wines for the big day. Join us to taste through our six-bottle Thanksgiving Wine Sampler, then take this special collection to the big dinner, and you’ll be the favorite guest. Fee: $15 (waived with any wine purchase).
306 N. Main Street, Newberg
503-537-9150 |

Antica Terra
Nov. 19–20 (three seatings daily by appointment) We are hosting intimate, seated tastings daily at the family table in our barrel room by appointment only. All futures available at a 15-percent discount these days only. Reserve your place at the table. Visit our website or call 503-244-1748. Fee: $30.
979 S.W. Alder Street, Dundee
503-244-1748 |

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