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Oregon Winery of the Year: Brandborg Vineyard and Winery

Of all the wines they’ve made for themselves and others, the 2012 Ferris Wheel Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir best tells the story of Terry and Sue Brandborg. “When someone comes into the tasting room in Elkton, Ore. and says, ‘If I’m going to taste just one wine, which wine should it be?’I tell them that one,“ Terry said. “This is the reason why we are here.” On the other hand, that Pinot Noir from the recently established Elkton, Oregon American Viticultural Area is just one reason why Brandborg Vineyard and Winery has been named Wine Press Northwest’s Oregon Winery of ...
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Oregon wine industry honors viticultural pioneers

It’s been 45 years since Dick Erath stopped by Jim and Loie Maresh’s place in the hills above this town to see if they might be interested in planting wine grapes. The Mareshes knew next to nothing about wine grapes, but they were fascinated. So they began to plant Pinot Noir on their farm. Today, some of those original grapes remain, and they are among the most cherished here in the heart of Oregon wine country. Last week, the Oregon wine industry honored the Mareshes with its Founders Award at the annual Oregon Wine Industry Awards Dinner in Portland. Also ...
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Wine on the Rocks U.S. approves The Rocks District AVA on Oregon side of Walla Walla Valley

It’s official: the Rocks District of Milton-Freewater AVA has been designated a subappellation of the Walla Walla Valley AVA, bringing joy to vintners in Oregon and Washington. “This is a golden thread in the tapestry of the Walla Walla Valley,” said Rich Funk, winemaker at Saviah Cellars just north of the appellation, who worked with Steve Robertson and six other growers to petition the federal government to establish the new AVA. “This is as much about the Walla Walla Valley as where the next 10 years will lead us. It’s just a wonderful way for us to tell our story.” ...
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The Rocks District appellation set for approval

On Monday, February 9th approval for The Rocks District of Milton-Freewater appellation will be published in the Federal Register . The Rocks District will be the first sub-appellation of the Walla Walla Valley. The region, which is wholly located on the Oregon side of the valley, will be Oregon's 18th federally approved wine growing region. Wineries using Rocks District fruit may seek approval for labels bearing the appellation name 30 days after publication in the Federal Register.
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