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07/19/19

"Over the last three years, the company's profitability has been significantly impacted by progressive wage laws along the Pacific coast…the result was to increase the company's annual wage expenses by an aggregate of $10.6 million."

07/19/19

Rich Goward has notified the Company of his intention to retire from his role as CFO of Willamette Valley Vineyards by the end of 2019

07/18/19

To download presentations from the evening, and to find out more information about the event, visit www.winebusinessnw.com

07/17/19

Here are four red blends, all of which lead with merlot. All won gold medals at this spring's Cascadia International Wine Competition. Ask for them at your favorite wine merchant or buy directly from the winery.

07/17/19

The study also found that added information about conventional winemaking practices restores consumer willingness to pay for wine labeled organic - but not for wines made with organic grapes or conventional wines. The study was published in the journal PLOS One.

07/17/19

In his new book, "Oregon Wine: A Deep-rooted History" (The History Press, 2019), Scott Stursa takes aim at a number of myths surrounding the origins of the state's wine industry and generally hews to the notion that it's really all about pinot noir.

07/16/19

Wild lands Defense, Alliance for the Wild Rockies and Native Ecosystems Council have filed a complaint accusing the U.S. Forest Service of violating federal law by "categorically excluding" the Rowley Canyon Wildlife Enhancement Project from environmental analysis.

07/16/19

A wildfire, apparently ignited by an off-road motorcycle, burned about 5,000 acres of grass and sagebrush northeast of Mattawa, Wash., on July 14.

07/16/19

The city of Milton-Freewater has been successful in receiving a $230,000 grant from the state of Oregon to conduct a feasibility study on a wine production facility. "The wine production facility would enable dozens of local wineries located in the Rocks District of Milton-Freewater to produce their wines inside the Rocks District boundaries so that wine produced here can be permitted to reflect its prestigious origin on the label," City Manager Linda Hall said.

07/16/19

As recently as a decade ago, merlot still ruled in Washington vineyards. In 2009, merlot was the state's No. 1 grape at 26,700 tons harvested that fall. In fact, merlot was the grape and the wine that helped put Washington on the world stage. The red variety from France's Bordeaux region and the round, supple resulting wines brought Washington a measure of fame.

07/15/19

Working in tandem with Porteaud is Cristom's Director of Membership & Education, Gaironn Poole, formerly of Goodfellow Family Cellars and also former Beverage Director for Bruce Carey Restaurants, who joined the Cristom team in May 2018. Together, Porteaud and Poole will oversee the development and launch of the company's most ambitious hospitality expansion to date, more than doubling the winery's current hosting capacity.

07/15/19

Five years after Oregon legalized recreational marijuana, its lawmakers now are trying to rein in production, fearing the state's big weed surplus will tempt some licensed businesses to sell their products out of state or on the illegal market.

07/12/19

The cooling and rapid demise of an El Nino system was unforeseen a month ago by NOAA's Climate Prediction Center. The drop in sea-surface and subsurface temperatures leaves long-range weather forecasters with no strong clue about the months ahead.

07/12/19

Sponsored by the Washington State Wine Commission, Washington State University and Woodinville Wine Country, WAVEx provides an abbreviated version of WAVE (Washington Advancement in Viticulture and Enology), a popular Washington state wine industry research seminar. "It's a way to bridge that gap that so often happens between academics and industry. We don't always speak the same language," says Melissa Hansen, Research Program Director for Washington State Wine Commission, "[The seminars] have been so successful, and have shown a real hunger, especially on the wine side, for data-driven, practical information."

07/11/19

The Institute for Enology & Viticulture at Walla Walla Community College will present a free public lecture by world-renown vineyard climatologist Gregory V. Jones, Ph.D., on Weds., August 7, at 7 p.m.

07/11/19

As of Tuesday the department had issued licenses to 87 growers, compared to 35 in late May. The state has issued another 18 licenses to processors. Many farmers have combination licenses to grow and process hemp. The department is reviewing about 30 more applications and expects to eventually issue approximately 150 hemp-related licenses this year, spokesman Chris McGann said.

07/11/19

This is the first portion of a three-part series exploring the wines of southern Oregon. Subsequent columns will explore the wines and wineries of the Umpqua and Rogue Valley regions. Over the last several decades Oregon has emerged as a major wine producer. The Willamette Valley, in particular, has gained worldwide fame for its pinot noir. The valley has certainly become the center of Oregon's wine universe, accounting for around 71 percent of the grapes grown in the state.

07/10/19

In the first seminar of the night, Penn and Kirschenmann will be joined by Kari Leitch, SVP, communications and corporate affairs at Ste. Michelle Wine Estates for a discussion of the latest in wine industry news, global trends, issues and insights, as well as some of the creative solutions they've seen.

07/10/19

Moramarco and Adams will present some of the latest findings from their respective publications, provide specific insights and data on the wine industries of Oregon and Washington and hope to field many questions from the audience. The seminar will take place at Wine Business Northwest, the inaugural conference in the region for Wine Communications Group that produces nine wine industry conferences in California and is the publisher of Wine Business Monthly.

07/10/19

On July 8, 2019 more than 200 beverage professionals gathered under sunny skies at Willamette Valley Vineyards in Turner, Oregon for the first annual "Women in Wine: Fermenting Change in Oregon." Powerhouse speakers like Meg Crofton, former president of Disney Parks and Resorts, touched upon the importance of following one's 'inner compass' to guide one's life path. DRY Soda CEO Sharelle Klaus and Philana Bouvier, VP of new business development at Young's Market Company, took on the topic of 'Empowering Female Leaders,' while bestselling author Cheryl Strayed dove deeply into 'Risk Taking and Challenging Yourself.'

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