In America, you'll find viognier from the central coast region of California. Although the acreage planted with viognier grapes in Oregon (a mere 210 acres in 2011 according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture) makes it one of the rarer grape varieties in the state, a growing number of Oregon winemakers are turning out wonderful viognier
The Oregon Winegrowers Association and southern and central Oregon wine associations are backing a bill they say protects against conflicts between farm uses and winery activities while allowing wineries to pursue revenue from on-site activities.
Why is Portland such a great wine city? Much less has actually been said about that. And yet Portland has lots of impressive restaurant wine lists and first-rate shops with interesting wines from all over the world.
For the first release of Seven Falls, Gore and his team made more than 50,000 cases of wine at Columbia Crest in Paterson. He made Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot from the 2010 vintage and Chardonnay from 2011. The wines are sold primarily at restaurants in Washington and Oregon and online at www.sevenfallswine.com.
Charlie Hoppes, one of Washington's veteran vintners and Fidelitas owner and winemaker, announced plans today to devote Fidelitas to making Red Mountain wines exclusively, promising singular focus on a diverse collection of vineyard-designated Bordeaux varieties and blends from Washington's smallest AVA.
When PBS NewsHour told the story of budding Walla Walla winemakers Jeremy Petty and Jody Middleton in a segment last September, the broadcast created one very happy ending. Almost immediately the two were flooded with requests from all over the country for wines from their J&J Vintners. But there was one hitch: The winery had not yet had its proper beginning.
Last fall, Washington grape growers harvested 35,900 tons of the noble Bordeaux grape, effectively doubling its output in the past decade. In fact, Cab is not far from being the state's No. 1 wine grape - trailing Chardonnay and Riesling by about 2,000 tons in 2012.
"Last week, we learned through a third party that other events were not receiving permits from the City of Portland. When we reached out to the venue, we were informed of the problem. We looked at over 40 venues as possible substitutes, but at this late date, it was impossible to find a suitable venue."
A recurring topic of conversation across the Pacific Northwest remains the need and opportunities to boost the region's wine profile-collectively, as well as each state's individual wine industry-with wine consumers.