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July 8, 2019 | Latest News

How Oregon Grape Growers Banded Together In Support

By Kathie Zipp
Growing Produce

While California’s wine industry leads the U.S., Oregon’s is nothing to scoff at. More than 700 wineries and 30,000 acres of vineyards grace the state’s diverse geography, making it well-suited to many different varieties.

But concerns of smoke taint from last year’s wildfires threatened to put many of the state’s growers out of business.

Last fall, preparations for harvest were going as usual for Quail Run Vineyards, until co-owner Michael Moore received a letter from California-based Copper Cane Wines and Provisions canceling its order due to smoke taint. Moore sells to about 40 wineries and every other one had accepted the fruit. About 10% of his acreage was suddenly unaccounted for. He was shocked. Read full article...

Time Posted: Jul 8, 2019 at 9:00 AM
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May 24, 2019 | Latest News

Oregon Wineries Left Awaiting as Disaster Relief Bill Stalls in Congress

By Jamie Parfitt
KDRV.com

It has been a rough year for Oregon's oft-prosperous wineries. First came the 2018 wildfire season and allegations of elusive "smoke taint" that left the Rogue Valley's vineyards in the lurch. Then, over the winter, a succession of storms that hit western Oregon hardest.

Now months of waiting and advocating have culminated in delayed gratification, at best. Read full article...

Time Posted: May 24, 2019 at 3:15 PM
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May 23, 2019 | Latest News

Oregon vineyards, hazelnut farmers included in federal disaster relief package

By Michael Alberty
OregonLive

Oregon Sens. Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden announced Thursday that the U.S. Senate’s newly passed $19.1 billion bipartisan disaster package contains relief for Oregon farmers affected by severe wildfires and storms in 2018 and 2019.

The bill was welcome news for the grape growers in Southern Oregon who found themselves in the lurch last fall when a major California customer, Copper Cane LLC, cited wildfire smoke damage in canceling approximately 2,000 tons worth of grape contracts. Read full article...

Time Posted: May 23, 2019 at 8:00 AM
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May 2, 2019 | Latest News

How West Coast Wildfires Led to Smoke-Tinged Beer and Wine in Oregon

By Mark Stock
The Manual

There’s been a lot of talk recently about wildfire smoke and the drinks business. And for good reason, as the lingering haze can negatively impact everything from wine grapes to beer hops. Climate change dictates all ⏤ including booze and its many farmed ingredients ⏤ but when is a little smoke a good thing? Read full article...

Time Posted: May 2, 2019 at 2:00 PM
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March 7, 2019 | Latest News

Oregon Solidarity Wines Bails Out (And Bottles) Smoke-Tainted Grapes

By Mike Pomranz
Food & Wine

Winemaking involves plenty of science, but it doesn’t have to be an exact science. And much of what is good or bad can often be chalked up to someone’s personal tastes or preconceived notions. Four Oregon wineries recently proved this point — and in the process, they bailed a bunch of wine grape growers in the state out of a bad situation.

Oregon Solidarity Wines, the first of which debuted this month, were not originally planned for the 2019 release calendar. Instead, the project was forged out of misfortune: Last fall, the California-based brand Copper Cane Wine and Provisions cancelled orders for over 2,000 tons of grapes (valued at around $4 million) from growers in Oregon’s Rogue Valley, claiming that the fruit had high levels of smoke taint — which can imbue the final wine with unwanted smoky notes — due to the Klondike Fire that burned over the summer. Read Full article... 

Time Posted: Mar 7, 2019 at 11:00 AM
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March 6, 2019 | Latest News

Oregon Wineries Come Together To Save Grapes Rejected For Smoke Taint

By Shana Clarke
NPR

Grape growers in southern Oregon thought they had already weathered one of the biggest challenges of the 2018 season — the Klondike Fire, which burned over 175,000 acres in July.

But on Sept. 22, they faced even more devastating news: Copper Cane Wines and Provisions, a Calif.-based winery that contracts with numerous growers in the region, canceled grape orders mere days before harvest was supposed to start, citing smoke taint. Read full article...

Time Posted: Mar 6, 2019 at 10:30 AM
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March 1, 2019 | Latest News

In Solidarity

By OWP Staff
Oregon Wine Press

Starting Feb. 15, consumers can purchase Oregon Solidarity wines made by King Estate and Willamette Valley Vineyards; they collaborated last fall to help Rogue Valley winegrowers after their grape contracts with the California producer of Elouan were abruptly canceled days before harvest, citing smoke taint from the season’s wildfires. In addition, the two wineries were joined by Silvan Ridge and The Eyrie Vineyards to produce three offerings: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and rosé of Pinot Noir.

The line-up will be available in an online pre-sale (oregonsolidarity.com) before the following release dates: rosé, March 1; Chardonnay, May 1; and Pinot Noir, Aug. 1. Net sales proceeds will be donated to Rogue Valley Vintners, helping support growers in the region. Read full article...

Time Posted: Mar 1, 2019 at 10:00 AM
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March 1, 2019 | Latest News

Solidarity Defines Oregon's Wine Community

By Michelle Williams
Forbes

When the going gets tough, the tough band together to save grape growers from bankruptcy—at least that is what happened in Oregon in fall 2018, when Copper Cane Wine & Provisions cancelled their multi-million dollar grape contract with Rogue Valley grape growers days before harvest. Read full article...

Time Posted: Mar 1, 2019 at 6:00 AM
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February 16, 2019 | Latest News

We’ll drink to this wine

The Register-Guard

If you’re a wine drinker, plan to pick up a bottle — or a case — of Oregon Solidarity Rosé of Pinot Noir when it hits the market in two weeks.

You’ll be showing support for Southern Oregon vineyards, honoring the collaboration within our state’s wine industry ... and sticking it to an uppity California winery.

The Oregon Solidarity label arises from the willingness of four Willamette Valley wineries — including two from Eugene — to buy a portion of the Rogue Valley grapes that a California winery rejected last fall on the flimsy grounds that they were tainted by wildfire smoke. Read full article...

Time Posted: Feb 16, 2019 at 12:01 AM
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February 13, 2019 | Latest News

Oregon Solidarity wines, benefiting Rogue Valley winegrowers, make their debut

By Emily Teel
Statesman Journal

Last October, when Rutherford, California winery Copper Cane Wines & Provisions canceled contracts for more than 2,000 tons of Southern Oregon grapes it caused an I-5 scramble. The fruit, rejected for supposed smoke taint from wildfire impact in the region, represented a $4 million dollar collective loss for more than 15 Rogue Valley growers.

Willamette valley wineries, moving quickly, made arrangements to bring some of the fruit north. Based on lab results from each lot, they believed the fruit had been rejected without cause. Five months later, the first wine made from some of these grapes is ready and will soon be sold with proceeds going back to support the grape growers. Read full article...

Time Posted: Feb 13, 2019 at 6:05 PM