By Emily Teel
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...
By Larissa Zimberoff
The year 2018 was a stellar year for wine grapes, as harvests hit record yields up and down the West Coast. But it was also a year of powerful fires on the heels of catastrophic blazes in 2017. Read full article...
By Michael Alberty
After a California winery cited smoke taint damage in canceling its contracts with 15 Rogue Valley grape growers in September, two prominent Willamette Valley wineries responded by purchasing a portion of the rejected grapes to make wines whose profits will benefit vineyard owners throughout the Rogue Valley. Read full article...
By Andrew Selsky
TURNER, Ore. — Winegrowers in southern Oregon faced financial ruin after a California winemaker claimed wildfire smoke tainted their grapes and refused to buy them. Now, the rejected fruit that was turned into wine by local vintners is facing another setback.
Two Oregon wineries stepped in to buy the grapes, but getting the Oregon Solidarity wines they produced to markets on time is in doubt because the federal agency that approves labels has a huge backlog, a hangover from the government shutdown. Read full article...
By MJ Daspit
It’s not very difficult to find a reason to buy a bottle of Rogue Valley wine or attend a tasting, but if you’re looking for one, consider that in some cases your purchase or participation may benefit others in the community. Here are four examples of what I’m talking about.
Oregon Solidarity: As you may recall, last summer’s smoky conditions in the Rogue Valley resulted in the cancellation of a California winery’s contracts for fruit from several local vineyards. Lab tests did not support fears of widespread smoke taint, but the buyer refused to honor the contracts notwithstanding. Read full article...