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OPB Documentary Chronicles Oregon Wine Pioneers

If you are like me and missed last night’s Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB) Oregon Experience documentary on the making of the Oregon wine industry, you are in luck, because there are alternative opportunities to watch it. The hour-long program is desc…

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May is Oregon Wine Month!

It’s official! May has been declared by Governor John Kitzhaber as Oregon Wine Month. Why does Oregon wine need its own month?
The Oregon wine industry is a major economic driver, according to the governor, contributing $2.7 billion annually to the state’s economy and clocking in as the state’s leading value-added agricultural segment. Oregon ranks third in the United States for wine production behind California and Washington. This should be celebrated!
It is also a great avenue to introduce more people to Oregon wines. Major retailers like Safeway, Albertsons, Fred Meyer, New Seasons and Whole Foods are on board with in-store displays and promotions nationwide. Independently-owned wine and specialty shops are hosting Oregon wine focused tastings and educational events.
In addition, it is getting the word out to residents to “Drink Local.” The Oregon Wine Press and Oregon Wine Board have partnered up to help consumers find restaurants that strongly advocate Oregon wine. They created a “Superior Cellar Award” for restaurants that feature diverse and broad selections of Oregon wines. Visit the award winners in our backyard:
38 Central, Medford
Amuse, Ashland
Chateaulin, Ashland
Elements Tapas, Medford
Jacksonville Inn, Jacksonville
Lark’s, Ashland
Madrone Kitchen, Shady Cove
Pomodori, Medford
Steamboat Inn, Idleyld Park
The Winchester Inn, Ashland
It is simple to join in on the celebration. Order Oregon when you are dining out, organize an Oregon tasting with your friends or take an afternoon to visit Oregon wineries. For a collective list of wine events in Southern Oregon check out our Events Page

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UnWine’d Unfolds with Success

Oregon showed its might Sunday with 100 producers coming together to proudly kick off May’s Oregon Wine Month with the inaugural UnWine’d event. It has been decades since the Oregon Wine Board has sponsored a collective tasting and with over 800 attendees, I’d say it was a massive success. Not only was the two-story Left Bank Annex full of wine enthusiasts, it was also full of excitement for the quality and creativity coming from our state. 
The response for Southern Oregon wines was overwhelming popular. I manned the Southern Oregon Winery Association table for an hour and my hook to bring people in was “Which Southern Oregon wines have you enjoyed today?” Everyone had answers! And the twitter-verse was going crazy too: 

Here are some photos of the afternoon: 
The crowd in on the top-floor tasting wineries H-Z
Michael Donovan pours RoxyAnn Wines

Carole Stevens shows off Folin Cellars Tempranillo
Bob Denman chats with attendees about his Slagle Creek Wines
The Brandborg’s pour a vast line up of wines from the Umpqua Valley
Mike Wisnovsky from Valley View Winery shares and explains Viognier
Nora and Scott from Kriselle Cellars debut their wines in Portland
Craig from Del Rio Vineyards 
Herb & Meloney Quady pour the new Pistoletta and Rosé along with
 their Syrah and Cabernet Franc. A very popular table!
The Oregon Wine Board really hosted a great event and I’d like to thank the whole staff for their efforts. Now, let’s keep the momentum alive and celebrate Oregon wines! 

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Un’Wined – Celebrate Oregon Wine – April 29th

Oregon Wine Board’s new logoMARK YOUR CALENDARS!As reported in January, Governor Kitzhaber signed a proclamation designating May as Oregon Wine Month. To kick off the month’s festivities, the Oregon Wine Board will be hosting a grand tasting, Unwine’d:…

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How Oregon Wineries View Themselves

During the Oregon Wine Industry Symposium’s Wednesday morning session titled “Oregon in the Eyes of the World,” former Oregon Wine Board Chairman and A-Z Wineworks Proprietor, Sam Tannahill, spoke the adjectives of how Oregon wineries view themselves, …

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Oregon Wine Industry Honors David Adelsheim

The Oregon Wine Board (OWB) honored David Adelsheim, Co-Founder and President of Adelsheim Vineyard with its 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award at this evening’s Industry Awards Dinner.Adelsheim has lead his winery to become of Oregon’s largest and most r…

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Michael Donovan Leads Oregon Wine Board

Michael Donovan, Managing Director of RoxyAnn Winery has been appointed Chairman of the Oregon Wine Board (OWB) and Oregon Winegrowers Association (OWA). After serving for the past two years on the Board of Directors, Michael replaces Sam Tannahill of …

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The Drink Local Wine Project

On a recent trip to the Priorat region of Spain, I was in awe at the level of support local restaurants give to the local wines. This support was also apparent in Barcelona and Madrid for the nation’s wine.On an even more recent trip to Sonoma County, …

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May is Oregon Wine Month!

As if you need another reason to drink Oregon wine, Governor Kitzhaber proclaims this May as Oregon Wine Month!From today’s Mail Tribune article by Greg Stiles:January 19, 2012Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber has signed a proclamation designating May 2012 as…

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Wine Tasting Through Oregon? There’s an App For That!

The Oregon Wine Board on Monday launched a new directory to help consumers locate more than 200 Oregon wineries on their mobile phones.The Oregon Wine Map, available for free, also includes maps to tasting rooms, hours of operation, contact information…

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