Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Britisn Columbia Wine, Winery, Vineyard, Winemaker Articles
Oregon & Washington Wine
I am a mushroom hunter and Pinot Noir lover. The combination, to quote from the movie, "Forrest Gump" is like "two peas in a pod." There is a synergy of combining the earthy, smoky flavors of a morel mushroom with the spice and velvet earthiness of a good Oregon Pinot Noir.
Mark McNeilly, owner and winemaker at Mark Ryan Winery, makes Washington wine with a roll and roll sensibility. He and his winemaking friends' "Indie" wineries produce huge, raucous, massive red wines with names and flavors inspired by musicians from Spinal Tap to the Afghan Whigs.
Owen Roe’s Winemaker Discovers Yakima Valley’s Hidden Gems Via Tiny Vineyards. The winemaker who co-founded Sineann Winery and is the co-owner and winemaker for Owen Roe Winery in Newberg, Ore, will be introducing new wines and bringing a new Washington winery to the market.
As natives to the city and arts enthusiasts, the founders of Territorial chose to establish their winery away from their vineyards, in an environment where they could promote and host a smorgasbord of artistic creations - from abstract paintings and avant-garde jazz to poetry slams and elegant Pinot noirs.
Eugene, Oregon's Whitaker neighborhood, where Territorial Vineyard's winery and tasting room is located, is just west of downtown Eugene. The "Whitaker" has long been a home to artists' studios, funky bars, a truely gonzo juice company, natural food stores, and some great ethnic restaurants.
ROCO Wines is the family project of Argyle's winemaker Rollin Soles and his wife Corby Stonebraker. Rollin's day job is winemaker and co-owner of the famous Argyle Winery. At home, he and Corby make a small amount of Pinot noir from their family's vineyard. For years, their "ROCO" pinot noirs were given to family and friends. ROCO was, and is, the family's "house" wine.
Dusky Goose Winery is a collaboration between winemaker Lynn Penner Ash and owners John and Linda Carter. Popularized by word of mouth alone, Dusky Goose Pinot noir is perhaps Oregon's most sought after wine.
Maresh's Third Generation
Oregon's 2008 vintage provided winemakers lots of nail-biting, hair-pulling frustration. Day after day, overcast weather made June and July two of the coolest summer months in recent memory.
What do winemakers and vineyard managers talk about when they get together? Chances are, the topic over a beer at Lumpy's (a tavern in Dundee frequented by lots of wine people) will be the weather.
Terra Vina is a small family winery and vineyard owned by the Dinger family. Carole Dinger's Italian roots are woven through the Terra Vina story. Karl Dinger (Terra Vina's winemaker) found his passion for winemaking while he and Carole explored her ancestral home on vacation in Italy.
Trellising the Grape