Features

SETTING THE BAR

March 01, 2014

In many ways, the wine bar of today mimics the street corner pub of centuries ago. Today’s wine bar follows the basis of the original bar itself: a true gathering place.

All the World's a Stage

July 01, 2014

Willamette Shakespeare performs the bard’s lines among the vines

Hamlet. Daniel Somerfield seems awestruck by the name alone, one so many students naively associate with dense reading, tricky quizzes or even trickier performances. Not Somerfield, an Oberlin College grad who spends his days in a Nike office and his summer evenings presenting William Shakespeare to Oregon wine country. He’s pulling quotes from 400-year- old-plus tragedy with ease, still moved by their powers.

An Oregon Winelover’s Guide to Walla Walla Valley

June 01, 2014

Exploring the interstate AVA and Oregon's major role in this wine region's acclaim

The Mother Load

May 01, 2014

Balancing work and kids a rewarding challenge for wine industry moms

Appellation Pinot

April 01, 2014

Oregon's many AVAs craft Pinot Noirs. Discover how soil, climate and topography effect quality of the end product in each locale.

Member of WOW gather for an event at Durant Vineyards in Dayton

WOWing the Future

March 01, 2014

Women of Willamette to award seven Stoller scholarships

Historic Edgefield, built in 1911 as the county poor farm, is a destination resort in the Pacific Northwest that blends Oregon s natural beauty with McMenamins’ signature whimsy. Photo Courtesy of McMenamins.

Staying on the Edge

March 01, 2014

It’s a misty, rainy Thursday evening as I duck into the tasting room at McMenamins Edgefield Winery. A jocular crowd of twoscore or more are assembled around the bar and at tables throughout the barrel room. Most of the carousers are guests staying the night at the adjoining Edgefield Hotel. --- As the clock hand creeps up on 7 p.m., a musician carefully carts her guitar and amplifier through the throng and sets up. She’s here to provide tonight’s musical entertainment, since the tasting room stays open — and lively — until 10 p.m., seven nights a week. --- This place is just heating up around the time when most winery tasting rooms have already closed up for the night. But then, McMenamins Edgefield Winery isn’t your “normal” winery.

View of Pinot Noir (upper far left) and Cabernet Sauvignon vines seen from Jade Valley Winery & Resort established by Qingyun Ma in 2000, near Xi’an, Shaanxi Province, China. Photo by Jānis Miglavs.

Luck of the Red

February 01, 2014

Exporting wine to China takes patience, persistence and a splash of serendipity

Two Flowers, One Pot

February 01, 2014

Many Oregon restaurants are owned by husband and wife duos, and they’ll be the first to tell you it’s not always Champagne and caviar. Yet, it takes a special talent to excel on planet restaurant, and when a couple possesses the ability to do so, the results can be doubly impressive.

Gamay Noir ripens in the sun.

Grapeful for Gamay

November 01, 2013

During the holiday season, there is a lot of talk about Pinot Noir as THE red wine to go with turkey. While there is no debating the wisdom of that pairing, there is another grape not to be overlooked: Gamay Noir.