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.

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.

The heart of Saffron Fields’ tasting room is called the Jewel Box, which will house art


November 01, 2013

For more than a year, I’ve witnessed the incredible evolution of Saffron Fields — from the road. you see, I’m a neighbor; I live down the street and up the hill....

Oregon Syrahs are grown in both the northern part of the state and Southern Oregon. For tasting notes on these wines and others, keep reading (if you dare). Photo by Carolyn Wells-Kramer


October 01, 2013

Oregon’s success with the brooding Rhône red is a screaming sensation

Syrah might be the perfect wine for the Halloween feast. Not only because of its character and its propensity to exhibit notes of chocolate in the nose — trick or treat — but also because it’s shaking things up in Oregon and perhaps giving Pinot Noir a terrifying run for its life. 

Blakeslee Vineyard Estate owners Bill and Sheila Blakeslee designed the Pavillion to adjoin their residence and make winery guests feel right at home. Photo by Marcus Larson.

Warmest of Welcomes

October 01, 2013

Winery owners make visitors feel right at home

Guests to Blakeslee Vineyard Estate are treated to a welcoming atmosphere usually reserved for invited guests at a private gathering.