Todd Newhouse of Upland Vineyards in Outlook, Lynne Chamberlain of Spofford Station Vineyards in Walla Walla and Mike Means of Ste Michelle Wine Estates in Paterson were elected to the 2014 board of directors for the state's Wine Grape Growers Association.
This year commemorates the 30th anniversary of the approval of the Umpqua Valley AVA in 1984 and over 50 years of commercial grape growing in the area. It also marks the region's 44th annual Greatest of the Grape event, being held on Saturday, March 1 at the Seven Feathers Casino Resort in Canyonville, Oregon.
A study of wine industry clusters around the world notes the role extension organizations have in facilitating the transfer of knowledge between government, researchers, and industry. But funding for that vital work has been under increasing pressure. Despite the wealth of taxes the wine industry generates ($17.1 billion annually in the United States alone), extension work itself doesn't generate a direct, measureable payback. It's work done for the public good-supporting residents as well as economic development-and the beneficiaries are increasingly being asked to pony up funds to keep it going.
The momentum is fueled, in part, by a social consciousness that scales roll-out plans to the neighborhood - at least initially, though some recent nationwide successes indicate a powerful trajectory outward.
While the timeline has extended by a few months since the project was initially proposed, with completion slated for early 2015 rather than this fall as indicated in early reports, the budget is more than $3 million short of the original estimate of $26.2 million.
For most of us, wine is just one of life's many small pleasures. But for a small segment of the human population, wine is an extremely expensive hobby bordering on obsession. Within this genus of wine lovers - call it hominem oenophilis - there are at least four separate species.
Politico.com reports the other two wines being served by President Barack Obama's culinary team are Morlet 2011 La Proportion Dorée from Napa Valley and Thibault-Jannison Blanc de Chardonnay from Monticello