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Founders of the Willamette Valley and New Founders Tour!

The history of wine in the Willamette Valley is a fascinating story populated by forward thinking, risk taking, and innovative people. It’s a tale worth knowing if you live here or plan to visit. Collaboration is the concept that applies both to our founders and, 50 years later, the Willamette Valley wine community. I choose…

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March 27, 2023

Ancient Wine Or How Old is Winemaking Really?

This blog post is for wine geeks interested in the global origins and history of wine making. If this topic piques your interest, read on! I have long been a proud nerd and love diving into the nitty-gritty of the wine world to have plenty of know-how to share with my customers.   If wine…

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January 24, 2023

Oregon’s Wine Reputation Continues to Grow!

The History Since I am relatively new to the Willamette Valley, I spend my down time researching the history of the Oregon wine industry so I can better educate our tour guests about this unique wine region. I just finished reading “Pinot Girl” by Anne Maria Ponzi, published in 2020. Upon reading, I was surprised…

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October 26, 2022

Winemakers Series Part II: Roots Wine Company

  What makes the Willamette Valley so special? Of course the wine has a lot to do with it, but who makes the wine? The people! More specifically, we can thank the pioneers who first came here in the 1960’s and planted the first vines. We can also look to today’s pioneers who continue to…

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August 19, 2022

Cabernet Sauvignon and Chianti and Merlot Oh My! On Grape Varietals and Wine Regions

What do Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir and Merlot have in common? They are types of wine grapes. What do Chianti and Rioja and Bordeaux have in common? They are regions that describe types of wine. If you have ever confused the two categories, you’re not alone.   Though there are over 10,000 wine grape…

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January 26, 2022