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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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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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Oregon Wine Board, Oregon Wine Press Partner to Recognize Top Oregon Wine Lists

Oregon Wine Board, Oregon Wine Press Partner to Recognize Top Oregon Wine ListsSeventy restaurants receive Oregon Wine Superior Cellar AwardIn an effort to spotlight Oregon restaurants that are strong advocates for Oregon wines, the Oregon Wine Bo…

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Non-Bordeaux Beauties

Oregon Wine Press highly recommends a handful of Southern Oregon wines in their February issue.Non-Bordeaux BeautiesAbacela 2008 Tempranillo, Southern Oregon • $20 (1835 cases) The class of a classy class continues to be Abacela’s skillful tak…

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Oregon Wine Press Names Southern Oregon Wine Institute Organization of the Year

Reposted from Oregon Wine Press:2010 Organization of the Year: Southern Oregon Wine InstituteBy Janet EastmanIf you listen closely enough to people in Oregon’s wine industry, you’ll hear a word repeated as if it’s a prayer on everyone’s lips: e…

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