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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
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February 13, 2019 | Latest News

Oregon Winemakers Turn Wildfire Losses Into Collectible Bottles

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...


Time Posted: Feb 13, 2019 at 9:41 AM
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February 13, 2019 | Latest News

First ‘Oregon Solidarity’ wines hit the marketplace to benefit Rogue Valley grape growers

By Michael Alberty
The Oregonian

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...

Time Posted: Feb 13, 2019 at 9:39 AM
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February 6, 2019 | Latest News

Shutdown casts pall on effort to help Oregon winegrowers

By Andrew Selsky 
Washington Post

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...

Time Posted: Feb 6, 2019 at 12:50 PM
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February 6, 2019 | Latest News

Four wine-worthy causes on tap

By MJ Daspit
Mail Tribune

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...

Time Posted: Feb 6, 2019 at 12:46 PM
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December 3, 2018 | Latest News

Eugene Wineries show Oregon solidarity amid state's legal tussle with Copper Cane

By Elon Glucklich
The Register Guard

Amid the legal quarrel between Copper Cane Winery and Oregon regulators, some Eugene-area wineries recently stepped in to help Southern Oregon grape growers left in the dust by a major canceled order from the large California company. Read full article...

Time Posted: Dec 3, 2018 at 8:32 AM
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November 1, 2018 | Latest News

Solidarity Wins

By Jim Gullo
Oregon Wine Press

Copper Cane cancels contracts; industry rallies
In the van, on the way back north from Jacksonville, the two winemakers and the state legislator were working the phones hard. The head winemaker’s wife took the wheel so the rest could work. Their mission was dire: They had to symbolically save the Oregon wine industry. Read full article...

Time Posted: Nov 1, 2018 at 9:09 AM
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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