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...
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...
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!
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...
By Greg Stiles
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...
By Michael Alberty
King Estate Winery and Willamette Valley Vineyards have teamed up to help Rogue Valley winegrowers whose grape contracts were abruptly canceled by California winery Copper Cane due to suspicions of wildfire smoke contamination. Read full article...