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Making Sparkling Wines in the Willamette Valley

Making Sparkling Wines in the Willamette Valley

Sparkling wines are relatively new in the Willamette Valley. Chris Berg, the current winemaker for the Laurel Ridge Winery, is one of the few local winemakers who specializes in making “Methode Champenoise” style sparkling wines.

The Old World Craft of Barrel Making

The Old World Craft of Barrel Making

Rick DeFerrari, of Oregon Barrel Works, offers his barrel making services to artisan winemakers.

The Art of Blending Wines: From Barrel to Bottle

The Art of Blending Wines: From Barrel to Bottle

For James Frey at traesatum Winery and Vineyards, the process of blending wines to achieve just the right balance of flavor and aroma is the last step before the wine goes to bottle.

A Young Oregon Winemaker

A Young Oregon Winemaker

Remy Drabkin grew where new winemakers were developing the nascent Oregon wine industry. She knew too she would one day become a young Oregon winemaker.

The Oldest Pinot Noir Vines in the Willamette Valley

The Oldest Pinot Noir Vines in the Willamette Valley

David and Diana Lett moved to Oregon in 1965 and soon began planting the first cuttings of Pinot Noir on their new property they called, Eyrie Vineyards. We speak to Jason Lett about the vineyard he has run since 2005, and his father’s legacy.