Willamette Valley

The Willamette Valley (/wɨˈlæmɨt/ is the most populated region in the state of Oregon of the United States. Located in the state's northwest, the region is surrounded by tall mountain ranges to the east, west and south. The valley's floor is broad, flat and fertile because of Ice Age conditions. Located centrally inside the large alluvial-deposited soils of the Willamette River drainage basin, the valley spreads far from the river banks to both the east and west barrier ranges as the river proceeds northward from its emergence from the Calapooya Mountains near Eugene to the confluence of the Willamette with the Columbia River at Portland.
Posts about Willamette Valley
    • Washington, Oregon wines shine in big California judging

      Mike Dunne, wine columnist for The Sacramento Bee, evaluates wines during Friday’s sweepstakes round at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition in Cloverdale, Calif. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) CLOVERDALE, Calif. – Nine wines from Washington and Oregon earned best-of-class distinction at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, which is the largest j ...

      Great Northwest Winein Cabernet Franc- 9 readers -
    • I've been drinking a box wine for a month!

      I often tell everyday wine drinkers they should drink more box wine. For the last few weeks, I put my mouth where ... well, I put some box wine in it. A lot of box wine. There are a number of great things about box wine: * It's actually in a plastic pouch inside the box that deflates as you take wine from it, so the wine isn't exposed to oxygen.

      W. Blake Gray/ The Gray Reportin Sauvignon Blanc- 10 readers -
  • Recent Sips: Ferrari, Matello Wines, and Steven Kent Winery

    … Hello Friends, Just about every day, as wine o'clock approaches, you can find me uncorking or unscrewing a new wine adventure. Being a wine enthusiast, a wine blogger, and someone who appreciates and enjoys the liquid expression of a place, a person’s vision, and Mother Nature’s influence -- I find wine to be one of the most intriguing beverages…

    Dezel Quillen/ My Vine Spotin Chardonnay- 4 readers -
  • January Bubbles Challenge – Sparkling Wine from the Pacific Northwest

    … January Bubbles Challenge Sparkling Wine from the Pacific Northwest by Mary on January 26, 2015 Remember my New Years challenge for you? Drink more sparkling wine! The first monthly challenge is here, and its about a subject near and dear to my heart (and backyard) sparkling wine from the Pacific Northwest. Since moving back to Oregon last…

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  • A Eulogy: The Eyrie Vineyards Pinot Noir Yamhill 1990 RIP

    … On Saturday, January 24, 2015 at approximately 6:00 P.M. the very last bottle of this fine Pinot Noir was poured. I claim to know this because the winery asserts it was their last bottle. Perhaps in some dusty cellar there rests another copy but that would be mere speculation. We must face facts, something remarkable has left the world…

    Dwight Furrow/ Edible Artsin Pinot Noir- 31 readers -
  • Du bon Bachelder: Burgundy, Oregon, Niagara

    … is a flinty, indiscreetly pinching and itinerant example. More complex than it needs to be, it can be accused of being a risk taker. If Chardonnay is considered in terms of finding excellence out of cool climates, this Aligoté is downright gelid. The wine doth go both ways, at once reductive and then terpenic. Lime citrus concentrates aromas…

    Michael Godel/ Godelloin Pinot Noir- 4 readers -
  • Pinot Noir drives Oregon wine economics

    Pinot Noir dominates Oregon vineyard plantings, particularly in the northern Willamette Valley. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) PORTLAND – Pinot Noir is plowing the way for the Oregon wine industry, which now adds more than $3.3 billion to the state’s bottom line. “There’s no question that having a powerful and unique primary grape variety really acts as a snowpl ...

    Andy Perdue/ Great Northwest Wine- 8 readers -
  • 2015 is Year to Explore, Travel

    …. Argentina and Chile continue to produce wines which seem to improve with each vintage. Everyone knows of Argentinian Malbec but look for a Bonarda for something different. Bonarda will often have many of the same taste characteristics but a bit more of a smoky hint on the palate. Don’t be afraid of Indiana wines. Nothing frustrates me more than…

    Howard W. Hewitt- 3 readers -
  • A White Winter

    … of a fan of Drew Barrymore, and I am not entirely sure why. As I mentioned the other day, however, I tend to be inherently a bit skeptical when it comes to “celebrity” wines. Nonetheless, over the Christmas break, I cracked this as soon as my six-year old’s hands clutching the Monopoly game as he surfaced from the recesses of the basement. It did not last…

    the drunken cyclistin Sauvignon Blanc Riesling Chardonnay- 10 readers -
  • Wine of the Week

    … a little fleshy and meaty, picking up some slightly dusty tannins and graphite elements. The wine also develops more firmness, offering a tantalizing texture that’s part dense, part ephemeral, all enlivened by spanking fresh acidity. 13 percent alcohol. Drink now through 2016 or ’17. Reticent, spare, elegant. Oak Knoll was founded in 1970 by Ron and Marjorie Vuylsteke; it is operated now by their sons, Tom and John. Excellent. About $18, marking Good Value. A sample for review. This post is the 9th on BTYH for 2015. …

    Fredric Koeppel/ Bigger Than Your Headin Pinot Noir- 4 readers -
  • January Wine Favorites: Top Three that Knocked My Socks Off

    … currant, tobacco, blackberry, violet, mocha and chocolate. It was absolutely delicious and was the first bottle consumed. 2012 Cornerstone Oregon Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, Stepping Stone Cuvée – full of juicy cherry fruit, herbs, earth and balance. This was a delicious pinot noir and another shining star example of how Cornerstone continues to produce wines that are consistently on my list of favorite wines. …

    Dallas Wine Chickin Cabernet Franc Pinot Noir- 4 readers -
  • Walla Walla native heads to James Beard House

    … team.” Corvino’s wine selections include: Argyle Winery 2010 Vintage Brut, Willamette Valley Bethel Heights Vineyard 2012 Grüner Veltliner, Willamette Valley Woodward Canyon Winery 2013 Chardonnay, Washington Ayres Vineyard 2012 Perspective Pinot Noir, Ribbon Ridge Elk Cove Vineyards 2012 Ultima, Willamette Valley Corvino began…

    Andy Perdue/ Great Northwest Wine- 4 readers -
  • Episode 254: Some Entry Level Oregon Pinot Noir From 2013

    … Chas picked three bottles of current release Pinot Noir for this week’s show. All three are around $20 and all three producers make a number of Pinots at higher price points. So, this is a good chance to check out some entry level offerings. We taste the 2013 Ken Wright Cellars Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, the 2013 Seven Of Hearts Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, and the 2013 Argyle Willamette Valley Pinot Noir. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJK6ZQKgz38 What was your top album of 2014 this year? …

    Wine is Serious Businessin Pinot Noir- 13 readers -
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