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Brandon St-Martin
 
February 1, 2017 | Brandon St-Martin

2015 Vintage Report : Oregon Scores A Vintage For The History Books

In Oregon, both 2014 and 2015 were essentially dry-harvest vintages. In 2015, the earliest on record for many wineries, rainstorms rolled through at the end of August, moistened the parched, drought-hit soils, and refreshed the vines well before they neared ripeness. September was among the coolest on record. Vintners could pick at whatever they considered to be optimum ripeness. By Oct. 4, the wineries were done picking.  Continue »

Time Posted: Feb 1, 2017 at 6:02 PM
Brandon St-Martin
 
February 1, 2017 | Brandon St-Martin

2016 Vintage Report: Oregon Has Yet Another Banner Year

A warm—but not hot—growing season has produced the third straight year of potentially outstanding wines. Oregon vintners usually spend their harvest time looking at rain clouds gathering in the sky, threatening to disrupt their picking. Not this year. Winemakers across the Willamette Valley are feeling relaxed and happy. By the first week of October, many had already finished picking.  Continue »

Time Posted: Feb 1, 2017 at 5:50 PM
Brandon St-Martin
 
February 1, 2017 | Brandon St-Martin

2016 Vintage Report: Oregon Has Wine Harvest Trifecta

A warm—but not hot—growing season has produced the third straight year of potentially outstanding wines. Oregon vintners usually spend their harvest time looking at rain clouds gathering in the sky, threatening to disrupt their picking. Not this year. Winemakers across the Willamette Valley are feeling relaxed and happy. By the first week of October, many had already finished picking. Most of their wines were already in barrel, having completed fermentations weeks before.  Continue »

Time Posted: Feb 1, 2017 at 3:26 PM
Brandon St-Martin
 
February 1, 2017 | Brandon St-Martin

2013 Vintage Report: Washington And Oregon In Review

Harvest. For winemakers, no other word is loaded with so much potential and anticipation. After a long growing season of endless work in the vineyards, it's time to see what nature delivered. On the West Coast in 2013, most vintners are reporting a great year, a twin to the promising 2012...American winegrowers in the Pacific Northwest are reporting a long, pleasant growing season. The only dim spot was Oregon’s Willamette Valley, where late rains threatened the Pinot Noir. As for final quality in the bottle, it's too early to know, but here's a sneak peek...  Continue »

Time Posted: Feb 1, 2017 at 10:32 AM
Brandon St-Martin
 
February 1, 2017 | Brandon St-Martin

2014 Vintage Report: Washington and Oregon in Review

In the second of five 2014 vintage reports, American vintners report good harvests on both the East Coast and the Pacific Northwest. In Washington and Oregon, sunshine was abundant and harvest came early. In Virginia and New York state, winter was brutal, but most vines survived and produced good fruit.  Continue »

Time Posted: Feb 1, 2017 at 6:54 AM