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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

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 ( 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

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