Savoring the Southwest

Savoring the Southwest

After nearly 200 years in the making, Savor Southwest Washington Wine debuts Saturday, May 11. The Southwest Washington Winery Association (SWWA) hosts the all-inclusive wine and culinary celebration at the Pearson Air Museum. Merely a stone’s throw from Fort Vancouver, the historical trading post stands as the first location of grapevines in Washington…

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Joyride: Getting to the wineries should be half the fun

Joyride: Getting to the wineries should be half the fun

The Willamette Valley is known for its world-class wine, but as most tourists soon discover, the scenery boasts much more than grapevines draping the hills. Soaring evergreens frame the landscape with majestic mountain views on clear days, and, come fall, the mighty oak savannas give New England “leaf peepers” a run for their money. Loaded orchards, century-old barns and even the occasional olive grove are often surprising details worthy of attention — or Instagram — but, if you are driving, you might miss it. Proving that getting there is half the fun, here’s a list of six local companies elevating — sometimes literally — the journey to be on par with the destination…

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Cooper Mountain Vineyards celebrates four decades of sustainability

Cooper Mountain Vineyards celebrates four decades of sustainability

Situated on an extinct volcano just outside Beaverton, Cooper Mountain Vineyards marks 40 years this fall. Throughout those decades, the winery has long been a pioneer in sustainability, earning organic certification by Oregon Tilth in 1995 and Biodynamic certification by Demeter in 1999 — the latter the first in the Pacific Northwest…

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LIVE All Abuzz

LIVE All Abuzz

In the shared interest of environmental sustainability, 165 members, representing Washington, Oregon and Idaho, gathered in April for the 2018 LIVE annual meeting where an exciting, innovative outreach was unveiled that had the room abuzz. Slated to hit tasting rooms all over the Willamette Valley, Buzz Box was born from an idea originating in Norway where the world’s first “bee highway” was launched…

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Willamette Wows: WVWA auction takes Pinot even higher

Willamette Wows:  WVWA auction takes Pinot even higher

In life there are moments that must be experienced to comprehend. At the third annual Willamette: The Pinot Noir Auction, April 6 and 7, the intensity and excitement among a standing-room-only crowd felt infectious, contagious and, dare I say, intoxicating. 

The build-up to Saturday’s final event, including an immersion seminar, preview tastings and intimate Friday night winemakers’ dinners, impressed as well, like the 2016 vintage the auction delivered…

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Beyond Child’s Play: winemaker creates whimsical brand honoring daughters

Beyond Child’s Play: winemaker creates whimsical brand honoring daughters

Second labels remain, arguably, the best kept secret in the wine world. Inside the bottle is still high quality wine but typically at a more approachable price point.

Designated the “playful younger sister” to Tendril Wines, Child’s Play delivers high quality for a great price and is made to the exacting standards of winemaker Tony Rynders, yet the vibrant artwork draws initial attention

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Unparalleled Experience: Domaine Serene hosts culinary series

Unparalleled Experience: Domaine Serene hosts culinary series

Descending the grand limestone staircase, the first glimpse of the cool cave comes into view. Tucked inside, a table is set with elegant wine glasses specifically chosen for the varietals to be poured. Each guest is seated before a menu, divulging the script for a two-hour, immersive food and wine pairing, comparing and contrasting Pinot Noir and Chardonnay crafted in both the Willamette Valley and Burgundy...

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Twenty Years Young; Brooks celebrates founder, friends and bright future

Twenty Years Young; Brooks celebrates founder, friends and bright future

A person’s story doesn’t always end when they die. For some loved ones, it’s merely a chapter in a book they hadn't finished reading. When Janie Brooks Heuck stepped off the plane in Portland, Oregon in the fall of 2004 and into the welcoming arms of a group of Willamette Valley winemakers, she did so with an open heart and discovered her own destiny in her brother’s legacy.

Throughout 2018, Brooks Wines is celebrating its 20th anniversary by honoring the winemakers who came together on that fateful day at Jimi Brooks' home, shortly after he died suddenly, leaving the close-knit community grief-stricken and in shock...

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The Wineries at Woodland: Waterfront development a soon-to-be Washington destination

The Wineries at Woodland: Waterfront development a soon-to-be Washington destination

A day dedicated to tasting robust Washington reds in the Portland/Vancouver metro area currently has a few options, including a four-hour drive to Eastern Washington and fighting Seattle traffic en route to Woodinville. But soon, traveling a short distance north along I-5 to the quaint town of Woodland will offer...

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