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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All in the Details at McMinnville’s New Atticus Hotel

All in the Details at McMinnville’s New Atticus Hotel

A sense of place is a common thread with wine. If your desire is to hit the mark as a Willamette Valley hotelier, having the vision to create that concept in a lodging experience is a bullseye.

On my visit to the recently opened Atticus Hotel, they had me at: “Would you care for a welcome glass of sparkling wine?” Seriously, who would decline that offer? Of course, those bubbles are locally sourced from R. Stuart & Co., pouring just down the street in walkable downtown McMinnville, Oregon. If you are a teetotaler or underaged, there’s also an espresso or nonalcoholic cold beverage option. I wanted to move in when they asked me if I’d like…

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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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I Love Gamay Wine Festival coming in May

I Love Gamay Wine Festival coming in May

It’s time to give Oregon Gamay Noir its due! I Love Gamay is a first of its kind event that brings together adventurous wine lovers and Oregon Gamay producers as well as a few friends from down south for a great excuse to throw a party celebrating our favorite under-the-radar varietal. The Nightwood will play host to two days of events that lets you get to know North American Gamay, including a Gamay tasting salon on day one and a raucous multi-course dinner party on day two. Join us in our second year at a host of I Love Gamay events that will be held May 20 through May 23...

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Giving Back: A Mission of Dedication

Giving Back: A Mission of Dedication

No one can understand the physical scars and mental and emotional weight of things seen or time lost like a military veteran. It is, then, fitting that veteran-owned adult beverage producers are giving back to their fellow service men and women and raising a glass to their fallen brothers and sisters...

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Medal winners announced for Sip McMinnville Wine & Food Classic

Medal winners announced for Sip McMinnville Wine & Food Classic

The votes are in and this year's judges panel for the SIP! McMinnville Wine and Food Classic awarded Barking Frog's 2013 Sangiovese with Best of Show. Sip all the winners during this three-day event held from March 9 - 11 at the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum in McMinnville. 

This year’s Classic is the 25th anniversary of one of the longest public food and wine events in Oregon. SIP (Small Independent Producers) weekend is an all-volunteer fundraiser for...

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The Quest to Save Old Vine Riesling

The Quest to Save Old Vine Riesling

When thinking of Riesling, a famous line by a fictitious character comes to mind: “I’m not bad. I’m just drawn that way.” That was Jessica Rabbit’s defense for her alluring curves in the 1988 movie, Who Framed Roger Rabbit. In the wine world there are a few varietals that, through no fault of their own, are equally misunderstood...

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Gorge provides a beautiful backdrop for UnCruise Adventures

Gorge provides a beautiful backdrop for UnCruise Adventures

“Adventure is out there!”

That’s what Charles Muntz declares in the 2009 animated movie “Up." Sometimes it’s South America but sometimes adventure can be found in your own backyard. 

The Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area is an awe-inspiring region that covers over 80 miles of ever-changing geological scenery. Lush forested landscape surrounding Multnomah Falls gives way to dramatic layers of volcanic rock and...

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A Champagne divot stomp? It’s Polo for a Purpose Oregon style

A Champagne divot stomp? It’s Polo for a Purpose Oregon style

Earlier this month touted Portland area restaurants had the opportunity to roll up their sleeves and pair small bites with Willamette Valley and Portland urban wineries at the annual Corks + Forks Tasting Event. Next up, Oregon Polo Classic...

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