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October 25, 2018 | Latest News

A Guide to Southern Oregon Wines

By GuildSomm

EDITOR’S NOTE: As reported earlier this month, several Southern Oregon winegrowers are facing financial losses resulting from the cancellation of $4 million worth of contracts by Copper Cane, a wine producer in Napa Valley, California. In response, King Estate Winery and Willamette Valley Vineyards have purchased as much of the wine grapes from the canceled contracts as possible—at the full contracted rates—to help the growers. Using the grapes, they will collaborate with Silvan Ridge Winery and The Eyrie Vineyards to create three Oregon Solidarity wines—a Rogue Valley AVA Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Rosé. The net sale proceeds from the wines will be donated to the Rogue Valley Vintners to help support vineyards in the region. Here, we highlight some of the wines, producers, and the AVAs that have helped make this burgeoning wine region so vibrant and dynamic. Read full article...

Time Posted: Oct 25, 2018 at 8:59 AM
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October 22, 2018 | Latest News

Wineries Create “Oregon Solidarity” Wines to support Southern Oregon Winegrowers

By Sip Northwest

King Estate Winery and Willamette Valley Vineyards have teamed up to help winegrowers whose grape contracts were abruptly cancelled by the California producer of Elouan. The two wineries have purchased as much stranded wine grapes as possible, paying the full contracted rates to help the growers. Read full article...

Time Posted: Oct 22, 2018 at 9:05 AM
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October 21, 2018 | Latest News

Oregon Wineries Rally To Support Rogue Valley Grape Growers

By Joseph V. Micaleff

A group of Willamette Valley wineries have organized an industry wide effort to come to the support of grape growers in southern Oregon’s Rogue Valley after those growers had their grape growing contracts abruptly cancelled. Read full article...

Time Posted: Oct 21, 2018 at 8:48 AM
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October 18, 2018 | Latest News

Solidarity Vintage, Oregon wineries team up, make wine from Oregon grapes a California winery rejected

By Emily Teel
The Statesman Journal

Collectors take note: a new Oregon wine label is on its way and it represents an extremely limited vintage.  

Willamette Valley Vineyards, in partnership with The Eyre Vineyards in McMinnville, and King Estate Winery and Silvan Ridge Winery, both located in Eugene, announced Thursday that they are teaming up to make three collaborative wines from some of the 2,000 tons of grapes that Copper Cane, a California winery, they believe, rejected unfairly. Read full article...

Time Posted: Oct 18, 2018 at 8:52 AM
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October 18, 2018 | Latest News

'Solidarity' wine to support Oregon growers

By Rupert Millar
The Drinks Business

Dubbed ‘Solidarity’, the rosé, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay will go on sale at various points over the course of next year with the net proceeds being sent on to growers in Rogue Valley who had their contracts cancelled at the last minute by Napa-based Copper Cane. Read full article...

Time Posted: Oct 18, 2018 at 8:43 AM
Jim Bernau
October 5, 2018 | Jim Bernau

Letter from Jim Bernau

We loaded a van with a winemaker, lawmaker and reporter to head down to the Rogue Valley as part of the Oregon Wine Industry Solidarity Mission to help stranded winegrowers pick grapes left hanging due to the abrupt cancellation of their contracts by the California producer of Elouan. Lab analysis shows much of the crop is well below the threshold for the resulting wine to be adversely affected by smoke.   
We harvested Pinot Noir from the Bayliss Vineyard in Southern Oregon yesterday. The fruit was in perfect condition with no "smoke taint" and is on its way to the winery now to be a part of a special collaborative effort between winemakers we are calling "Solidarity Vintage." The conditions show it will be a high quality year like 2002 (Biscuit Fire). 
To date, we have increased our grape purchases for our Griffin Creek wines and along with King Estate and Sylvan Ridge committed to additional grape deliveries for a new “Solidarity Vintage” Pinot Noir and Rose collaboration bottlings.
Oregon Legislative Economic Development and Trade Committee Chair David Gomberg lead the delegation to hear from winegrowers, who had their grape contracts suddenly canceled ostensibly for “smoke taint.” In total, the loss to growers could be $4 million — a devastating blow to small growers. Lawmakers will be assessing the impact of the smoke and the abrupt cancellation notice given by Copper Cane, producer of Elouan, just before harvest.
We will keep you informed. Thank you for your support of Oregon winegrowers!

Warm Regards,
Jim Bernau

Time Posted: Oct 5, 2018 at 2:50 PM
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October 4, 2018 | Latest News

Oregon vineyards face losses amid concerns about smoke taint

By Andrew Selsky

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Some Oregon lawmakers and winery owners scrambled Thursday to help a dozen vineyard owners who face the prospect of tons of grapes withering on the vine after a California company abruptly canceled contracts to buy the grapes worth millions of dollars over fears they are tainted by wildfire smoke. Read full article...

Time Posted: Oct 4, 2018 at 9:03 AM
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October 4, 2018 | Latest News

Oregon vintners rally round Rogue grapes

By Greg Stiles
Mail Tribune

TALENT — Oregon’s wine industry responded to the rejection of Rogue Valley grapes by a major California winery with a show of solidarity — and financial support — Thursday morning.

Supported by state legislators with a personal interest in the industry, some of the Willamette Valley’s best known wineries pledged their support to local pinot noir growers whose contracts with Napa Valley’s Copper Cane Winery were voided. Read full article...

Time Posted: Oct 4, 2018 at 8:56 AM