Snoqualmie Winery, Washington's largest certified organic vineyard in the state, introduces new packaging and an updated website (www.snoqualmie.com) for its entire line of wines. The first wines to feature the new packaging began shipping nationally in February 2013.
The unwinding and dispersal of the nearly 5,000 acres of vineyard properties formerly owned by the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) and its partners is complete. Napa-based Atlas Vineyard Management Inc. announced this week that it had acquired 683 acres at two sites in the Willamette Valley. The properties include the Cooper Creek vineyard, a 300-acre property just west of Monmouth, Ore., and Fern Creek, a 383-acre property near Dallas, Ore.
Dewey Weddington launched Ferment Marketing and exited his role as the director of marketing and education with the Oregon Wine Board (OWB) after nearly two years of helping to restructure the organization. Under the Ferment Marketing banner, Weddington will work with Oregon wineries, breweries, cideries and other craft producers to create, enhance and build their brand.
Mark Chien, a veteran viticulturist with previous ties to Oregon's wine industry, has been hired as coordinator of Oregon State University's Wine Research Institute. Chien's hiring allows Bill Boggess, the interim director, to resume his primary duties as executive associate dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences. Boggess will retain overall responsibility for the institute.
A Canadian company that recently scooped up a fifth of the remaining prime land in Washington's smallest wine grape growing area is the new owner of two vineyards in the state's largest. Aquilini Brands bought almost 700 acres of vineyards in the Horse Heaven Hills for almost $7 million earlier this week.
The executive director of the Idaho Wine Commission says the state is getting national attention for its wines. Moya Dolsby credits a $400,000 annual budget funded through the state liquor tax and wine industry assessment as well as enthusiastic supporters.
Oregon has become a tour de force on the global pinot noir scene. The state's wine went from being an experiment in the mid-1960s to a viable product in the 1990s. Today, wine is a major industry in Oregon, and as pinot noir accounts for about two-thirds of the sales, it is largely responsible for putting our neighbor to the north on the winery map.
A half hour was all it took this afternoon for Musser Bros. to sell 694 acres of vineyard land in the Horse Heaven Hills AVA to an undisclosed buyer. The transaction, which is set to close May 9, saw the Alder Creek and Windy Ridge vineyard properties - which include 335 acres of developed vineyard - sell out of receivership for $6.89 million.
The impact of old vines on Washington State's wine industry has become more important in the past 10 years as planted acreage surged from 30,000 acres to more than 50,000 acres. The predominance of new vines complicated grape buying decisions as the number of wineries multiplied at the same time, and most winemakers went looking for old-vine fruit.
McKinley Springs, one of Washington's largest wine growers with over 30 years of winegrowing experience tending over 2,000 vineyard acres, introduces its new Bombing Range Red label and Bombing Range White blend. The wines were created to honor U.S. troops and reflect the property's history as a fighter pilot training ground during WWII.
V2 Wine Group of Sonoma, California and Hedges Family Estate of Benton City, Washington are proud to announce a sales and marketing partnership between the two companies effective immediately. Under the terms of the agreement V2 Wine Group will provide sales and marketing services and manage the distribution network of Hedges wines throughout the United States.
, the delegation wrote that the ruling "threatens to undermine the Oregon legislature's intent and the winemaking industry by requiring retailers such as grocery stores and restaurants, to maintain labels, licenses and records as if they were bottling wine themselves. Such requirements would unnecessarily burden these businesses and limit sales of these fine products."
Complaints reached Washington D.C., where U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., spearheaded a united effort among the Oregon delegation to get the TTB to cut the new law some slack. They all signed a letter that said, in essence, Oregonians like their growlers, and why should the Treasury Department spoil the good times?
A free presentation on why the Columbia Basin is good for viticulture, or the growing of wine grapes, is set for 7 p.m. Thursday in the Hebeler Hall Auditorium on campus at Central Washington University.
"Lots of wine bottles today are imported either from Europe, China or Mexico. But the Yamhill-Carlton Winegrowers Association was committed to finding a domestically produced solution, and we're thrilled that Verallia, our domestic manufacturer, rose to the challenge," said Gillian Brennan of Tricor-Braun.
Construction could start this fall on the first two buildings in the Port of Kennewick and city of Kennewick's wine-inspired development along Columbia Drive. In the meantime, the city is moving forward on a treatment system for waste water from the winemaking process. Such a system will help attract boutique wineries to the area, officials have said.