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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
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September 1, 2018 | Latest News

Oregon Solidarity' wines to help Rogue Valley winegrowers

By Michael Alberty
The Oregonian

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...

Time Posted: Sep 1, 2018 at 11:40 AM