Archive for the ‘Oregon’ Category

Jan 23, 2019

The Oregon Wine Industry’s Direct Shipping Success Story

The 2019 SOVOS/Wines & Vines Direct To Consumer Wine Shipping Report was released today and it showed that, once again, Oregon wineries are outpacing other regions in growth of wine shipped direct to the consumers. Overall in 2018, all American wineries increased the volume and value of their DTC shipments by 8.9% and 11.6 percent, respectively. Oregon wineries increased their volume and value of shipments by 19% and 21%. Ladies and gentlemen, can I get a Hoorah! What this means,…

Jan 11, 2019

An Oregon Wine Tasting and the Lure of a New Road

This is the very first wine event I plan to attend upon becoming an official Citizen of Oregon: SIP: McMinnville Food & Wine Classic Seventy-Five Oregon wineries as well as local brewers, distillers, chefs and bakers. What’s not to like. Plus, it’s in McMinnville. I’ve tried a large number of Oregon wines over the years and, like most, am drawn to the diverse collection of Pinot Noirs. But I have a great deal of catching up to do (poor me)….

Jan 9, 2019

Five Essential Features of Wine Lover’s Home

One of the best things about undergoing a change of venue (we are moving), is it forces you to re-evaluate the set-up or functionality of your living space. As the packing for our move to Oregon commenced, little Henry George and I found ourselves standing in front of and staring at a collection of 250 bottles of wine. This is by no means huge. But it’s significant enough to get you thinking about the process of moving it and where…

Jan 3, 2019

Saying Goodbye To Napa Valley

I’ve lived in Northern California for 55 years. I’ve lived in the North Coast Wine Country (Sonoma and Napa) for more than two decades. Nearly all of my very best friends are located here in Northern California. The heart of the Industry in which I’ve worked for 25 years is here in Northern California. At the end of January, I’m packing up my family and leaving for Oregon’s Willamette Valley. That we are leaving is largely an economic decision. In…

Nov 30, 2018

Freedom and Egalitarianism in American Wine

The San Francisco Chronicle’s excellent young wine editor, Esther Mobley, engages in some really interesting speculation this week. In response to Katherine Cole’s excellent survey of how some wine labelling regulations have and are changing in the U.S. published in SevenFifty Daily, Mobley asks the following question: “Will this emulation of Europe at some point endanger our distinctively American spirit of experimentation when it comes to planting vineyards?” What Esther is asking is will wine labelling regulations in the U.S….