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Oregon Vineyard Bidding War
CA Winery Outbids Willamette Valley Winemakers
for Seven Springs Vineyard

Seven Springs and Anden Vineyard, a longtime key vineyard source for several flagship Willamette Valley Oregon wineries is gone. However, a new, potentially powerhouse producer of Pinot noir is about to arrive.


Capitello's Kiwi Makes Memorable Pinots
Former King Estate Winemaker Goes Indie

Winemaker Ray Walsh was recruited from New Zealand to work for King Estate—one of Oregon’s largest wineries—in 1993. His talent swept him higher and higher until, before he had a chance to look back, he’d progressed beyond the realm of winemaker to executive status—ten years of upward momentum. When Walsh finally had a chance to reflect on his journey, he realized he longed to return to what he loved best—the hands-on stuff. “All of a sudden,” Walsh said, “I realized, ‘I’m not making wine anymore.’ I really wanted to get back to winemaking because that’s where I’m happy.”

ROCO Winery
Argyle Winemaker Rollin Soles at Wit's End

ROCO Wines is the love child of Argyle’s winemaker Rollin Soles and his wife Corby Stonebraker. The couple produces single-vineyard Dijon-clone Pinot noir from their Wit’s End Vineyard located in the foothills of the Chehalem Mountains in Yamhill County. This seven acre vineyard was planted in 2001 with three Dijon clones of Pinot noir selected for this site. The first two vintages have produced intense Pinot noir with notes of blackberry, huckleberry and spice that show plenty of promise

Et Fille Winery
You Say Tomato, I Say Tomahto

This is the kind of song and dance one might imagine Et Fille (“and daughter”) Wines father and daughter duo Howard and Jessica performing, replacing the lyrics with wine descriptions. While the two share fundamental views about business and winemaking, they have a running dialogue about their wines, which allows each of their unique personalities to shine through. (They also have a whole lot of fun working together.)

Beaux Freres 2005 Pinot noirs
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