As an Oregon winemaker, Andrew Rich knew he was within close proximity to two distinct grape growing regions: the Willamette Valley and Columbia Valley that afforded him certain advantages.
It’s that time of year to get your buckets ready and go pick your own fruit and/or vegetables.
Dick Shea came into farming later in life from an entirely different career path. He chose his Oregon vineyard property (Shea Wine Cellars) after six months of careful research, settling upon a 140-acre pasture in the Yamhill-Carleton District in Newberg.
The idea for the LIVE program (Low Input Viticulture and Enology) came about in the early 1990’s when it became clear to Ted Casteel there needed to be both an education and independent verification program based upon solid, science-based principles to promote sustainability practices to other producers.
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.